St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 280 - May 3/May 16, 2004




Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
Parish Priest - Fr. Rodney Torbic
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320

May 3/May 16, 2004
Sunday of the Blind Man
No. 280


Remember to listen to the parish radio broadcast each Sunday afternoon at 12:15 on WMBS, 590 AM, Uniontown.


Habakkuk 2:4

Behold his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith.

Services This Past Week

Sunday of the Samaritan Woman - Twenty nine people atended Church.
Monday of the Samaritan Woman - Three people came for to St. George Church for Matins, First Hour and Reading of the Lives of the Saints. Three people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy. Two people came to St. George Church for Akathist to the Resurrection and Vespers.
Tuesday of the Samaritan Woman - Three people came for Matins, First Hour and Reading of the Lives of the Saints. One person came for Akathist to the Resurrection and Vespers.
Wednesday of the Samaritan Woman - Three people came for Matins, First Hour and Reading of the Lives of the Saints. Two people came for the Akathist to the Resurection and Vespers.
Thursday of the Samaritan Woman - Three people came for Matins, First Hour and Reading of the Lives of the Saints. Four people came for the Akathist to the Resurrection and Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God "Unexpected Joy."
Friday of the Samaritan Woman - Three people came for Matins, First Hour and Reading of the Lives of the Saints. Two people came for the Akathist to the Resurrection and Vespers with two addition people arriving during Vespers.
Saturday of the Samaritan Woman - Three people came for Matins, First Hour and Reading of the Lives of the Saints. Two people came for Akathist to the Resurrection and Vespers

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule
Sunday of the Blind Man - Today and each Sunday Divine Liturgy is at 10:00 AM. It is earlier on Pascha.
Morning Services- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 6:30 AM.
Thursday - Feast of Ascension at 9:00 AM.
Friday - Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont at 10:00 AM.
Afternoon Services - Monday at 7:00 PM. Tuesday 4:00 PM. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 4:30 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

May 19 - Transfer of the Relics of St.Sava.-Apodasis of Pascha.
May 20 - Feast of Holy Ascension.
May 23 - Youngwood Slava Celebration. Call if you are going.

If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!

Parish Life

This past week was National Police Officers Week. We acknowledge the faithful service of Peter Smargie to the Pennsylvania State Police and to Masontown Borough. We acknowledge the faithful service of Marty Knezovich to the Pennsylvania State Police. We acknowledge the faithful service of +George Radovich to the Secret Service and to Masontown Police.
While considering contributions to law enforcement in the community from the parish, the contributions of Greene County First Assistant District Attorney Linda Chambers and retired Federal Correctional Officer Louis Zorman deserve mentioning. The families of Butch Brozik, Matt Matovich, Bob Dephillips and Diane Roll have reason to think about their participation in the protection of the community.
Five people attended the Adult Class on Thursday. The topic was "Pastoral Counselling".
Congratulations to Eric Rose for performances in Florida.
Congratulations to Paige Shlosky for her academic achievements.
Thomas Kornick and Jennifer Stephanie Michelli plan to marry on May 22, 2004.
Sympathy extended to family of Andre Simo Stevens, sister Rosemary having departed this life this past week.
Shadeland Camp Applications are available. Counsellors and volunteers are needed.
Thank you to Andrea Janson for directing the choir.
A welcome return to Debby Hunter to the area.
Thank you to Djelosh, Grulja, and Wilma Milosevich for bringing your relative from Montenegro to Church last Sunday.

A Thought from Dr. Veselin Kesich

Each of the gospels was written to serve a particular purpose, and each stresses its own theme. Mark's gospel emphasizes the necessity and the mystery of the cross of Christ. Those who desire to follow him must come to terms with the meaning of the cross and must be ready to share his destiny, to experience themselves the rejection and suffering he underwent. The cross of suffering will be transformed into the resurrecting cross, but there is no resurrection without the cross.
(The Gospel Image of Christ St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1992, p.73 ) )

To Consider

The dramatic change Jesus Christ made in the blind man's life.
The dramatic change Jesus Christ makes in each believer's life.
Each person can turn/return to Christ to change his or her life.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 10 - Burning of Relics of St. Sava, Served Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission,.
May 11 and May 14 - Visited Resident at SCI, Greene.
May ll - Went to Brownsville for parish administrative reasons.
May 12 - Blessed home in Rices Landing.
May 13 - Blessed home in Uniontown.

From the Desert fathers

He (Pambo) also said, "This voice cries out to a man to his last breath, 'Be converted today.'"

The Sixth Sunday of Pascha 2004
Sunday of the Blind Man

John 9:1-28

Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him saying: "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and HE anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam"(which is being translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing. Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, "Is not this he who sat and begged?" Some said, "This is he. Others said, "He is like him." He said, "I am he." Therefore they said to him, "How were your eyes opened? He answered and said, "A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, 'Go to the pool of Siloam and wash' So I went and washed, and I received sight." Then they said to him, 'Where is He?" He said, "I do not know. They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees. Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, "He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see." Therefore some of the Pharisees said, "This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath." Other said, "How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?" And there was a division among them. They said to the blind man again, "What do you say about Him because He opened your eyes?" He said, "He is a prophet." But the Jews did not believe concerning him that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight. And they asked them, saying, "Is this your son, who you say was born blind?" How then does he now see?" His parents answered them and said, "We know that his is our son, and that he was born blind; but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself." His parent said these thing because they feared the Jews, for the Jew had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, "He is of age; ask him." So they again called the man who was blind and said to him, "Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner." He answered and said, "Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see." Then they said to him again, "What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?" He answered them, "I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?" Then they reviled him and said, "You are His disciple, but we are Moses' disciples. We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where He is from." The man answered and said to them, "Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes!" Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshipper of God and does His will, He hears him. Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. It this Man were not from God, He could do nothing." They answered and said to him, "You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?" And they cast him out. Jesus heard they had cast him out; and when He had found him , He said to him, "Do you believe in the Son of God? He answered and said, "Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?" And Jesus said to him, "You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you." Then he said, "Lord, I believe! And he worshipped Him.

Today we hear about another miracle performed by the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ heals people everyday. Most healings take place without much publicity. The Church wants us to know about the healing of the man born blind.

The Church wants us to consider and reconsider the healing of the blind man. The Church brings this healing before the faithful every year.

We are in the period of Pascha celebrating Jesus Christ rising from the dead. Jesus Christ defeated death when He rose from the tomb. Jesus Christ offers new life to those believing in Him and faithful to Him. The blind man experienced newness of life. He became a man who could see after years of blindness.

The healed man could see the panorama of God's creation. Our vision of life and of the world change when we are renewed in Christ. Our vision of life and the world improves as we grow in Christ.

When Christ is of paramount importance in our lives, when we turn to Christ to be healed of spiritual blindness, we come to know the healing power of Christ.

The man born blind was convinced of the divinity of Christ. The man born blind served as a living witness to Christ's divinity. People healed by Christ are the best witnesses for Christ.

The best witnesses for Christ are those placing complete trust in Him and living according to His teachings and way of life. Christ is clearly and convincingly reflected in the lives of faithful believers. Christ is clearly and convincingly present in the lives of men, women and children loving Christ and following Christ each day. Christ's teachings are alive in the lives of His followers.

People baptized into Christ take on a responsibility to live according to the way and teachings of Christ. While we have breath, while we have life, while we have the faculty of thinking, it is not too late to repent and fully honor the baptismal commitment to Christ as King and God.

The blind man was confident in expressing his views about Christ. The blind man spoke from personal experience. Each person hearing the Gosple must come to terms with the message.

Hearing of the healing of the man born blind has an effect on our lives. The effect is determined by the way we perceive the message and make it part of our lives. The Holy Orthodox Church brings Scripture readings before believers on a daily basis. The response to the daily Scriptures varies among identified Orthodox Christians.

Some individuals pay careful attention daily to the Scripture readings. Others have a casual acquaintenance with Holy Scripture. Some people never read nor listen carefully to the Holy Scripture readings of the Church.

The Holy Scriptures teach us about the way of Christ. The Holy Scriptures teach us about Christ. We draw near to Christ when we study the Holy Scriptures daily. We draw near to Christ when we give careful attention to His words and life as recorded in Holy Scripture.

Today people throughout the world are hearing about this man who now could see for the first time. Each time we come to Christ in faith, our vision and understanding of the world improves. Let us not live in a condition of blindness. Let us not travel roads that lead to dead ends. Christ directs to the way of the Kingdom.

Jesus Christ brings life. Jesus is life. We do well when we think about Christ throughout the day. We do well when we devote our lives to Christ.

The man healed by Christ became a teacher. By telling others of his healing, the man professed Christ. He was a teacher to those who did not know of the healing power of Christ.

We know of Christ as we have experienced Him in the Holy Orthodox Church. We know of Christ as He has protected and blessed the Serbian Orthodox Church through the centuries.

We know of Christ as we have met Him in the Holy Sacraments. We know Christ as we have met Him in our hearts. We know of Christ as we have heard from Him when listening to the Holy Gospel.

Let us share with others our knowledge of Christ. Let us share with others our experiences with Christ. Let us tell others of the love and goodness of Christ.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 3/May 16, 2004
Sts. Timothy and Maura, Martyrs.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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