St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 384 - May 1 / May 14, 2006


The Orthodox Faith


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 1 / May 14, 2006
Sunday of the Paralytic
No. 384

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

Services This Past Week
May 7
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Akathist to Communion, Matins and First Hour.
Forty-five people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant
May 8
One person came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ and First Hour.
One person came for Ninth Hour
May 9
One persom came for Midnight Office, Canon to Jesus Christ, Canon to Mother of God, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection.
May 10
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Akathist to the St. Sava and Akathist to the Resurrection.
May 11
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Eight people came for Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection.
May 12
One person came for Midnight Office, Matns and First Hour.
Four people came for Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection.
May 13
One person came to St. George Church for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Six people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy.
Four people came to St.George Church for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour, Divine Liturgy.

Wednesday
6:30 PM

Thursday
5:30 AM and 6:30 PM

Friday
5:30 AM and 3:00 PM

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Sunday of the Paralytic-Holy Prophet Jeremiah
May 15 - St. Athanasius the Great
May 19 - Transfer of Relics of St. Sava.
May 21 - Sunday of the Samaritan Woman - Holy Apostle John the Theologian
May 22 - Transfer of Relics of St. Nicholas -
May 23 - Sts. Cyril and Methodius - St. Nikodim.
May 28 - Sunday of the Blind Man June 1 - Feast of the Holy Ascension of Our Lord. June 3 - Sts. Constantine and Helen

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

Parish Life

The parish outdoor religious program and picnic is tentatively scheduled for June 4.

Thank you again to all helping with and participating in the Slava celebration last week.

This past week was National Nurses Recognition Week. A number of parishioners work and have worked as nurses. The work of nurses is deserving of recognition throughout the year.

Six people came for Adult Class this past Thursday evening to discuss the liturgical period between Pascha and Sunday of All Saints. Class again this Thursday at 7:00 PM.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in care homes, rehab centers and homebound. Remember the people caring for them.

Remember miners living and departed.

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia.

Make good use of the time between now and Holy Ascension.

Are you among the listeners to the parish radio program?

Read the Bible daily for the benefit of your soul.

Learn the saints celebrated by the Church each day.

A Thought from Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko

The only reason for faithful and responsible adults not to baptize the children in their care, according to Orthodoxy, and so to have them sealed with God's Holy Spirit and communed with the eucharistic gifts, is the fear that the baptized children might be gravely tempted to abandon the faith and to defile the sacramental mysteries. This was the case in the past, as for example in the lives of Ss. Basil and Ambrose, who were not brought into the sacramental life of the Church by their holy parents who feared that they might sin after participating in the Church's holy mysteries and be left excommunicated for many years, perhaps even to their deathbed (See 2 Pet. 2:22). Such was the extreme sensitivity to the sacredness of the sacraments in the early Church

( All the Fulness of God St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, Crestwood, New York, 1982, p. 131. )

To Consider

The healing power of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ changing lives forever.
Jesus Christ healing at unexpected times in unexpected ways.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 7 - Visited parishioner in Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, West Virginia.
May 8 - Attended the funeral of Clifford Sloppy, retired Director of Education for the Youth Development Center at Loysville, Pennsylvania held in Blain, Pennsylvania.
May 8 - Visited parishioner in Uniontown Hospital.
May 9 - Went to Morgantown, West Virginia to be with family at time of surgery.
May 11 - Attended continuing education seminar entitled "Healing the Healthcare System" held in Morgantown, West Virginia.
May 13 - Served Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Poemen said, 'Teach your mouth to say that which you have in your heart.'

The Sunday of the Paralytic 2006

John 5:1-15

After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, "Do you want to be made well?" The sick man answered Him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me." Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your bed and walk." And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath .The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, "It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed." He who made me well said to me, "Take up your bed and walk." Then they asked him, "Who is the Man who said to you, "Take up your bed and walk?" But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you." The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well

Jesus Christ came to the paralytic and healed him. The man waited thirty-eight years to be healed. We cannot put ourselves in the man's position to determine his feelings during those thirty-eight years of paralysis.

We do know as a result of the healing of the paralytic that there is reason to always maintain hope. We never know when Jesus Christ will dramatically enter our lives and make significant changes for the better.

If we look carefully at daily life, we will see that Jesus Christ comes to us at every moment. Jesus comes to heal us at every possible moment. He comes to us listening to our prayers.

Jesus comes to us through people we do not know who pray for us. Jesus comes through people who are kind to us as a result of being Christian. Jesus comes to us in the Holy Gospel. Jesus comes to us in the Divine services of the Church. Jesus comes to us in His Precious Body and Blood. Jesus comes to us in all the Holy Mysteries of the Church.

Our lives may be stagnant. We may feel a paralysis of the mind. We may feel a paralysis of the heart. We may feel a paralysis of the body. Jesus Christ can change the way we look at our condition.

Jesus Christ can change the way we handle any condition we face in life. St. Paul was on the road to Damascus. St.Paul encountered Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus and become a new person in Christ (Acts 9:1-31).

We are new creatures in Christ if we accept the full message of our Baptismal experience. We are new creatures in Christ if we accept the forgiveness of sins at Holy Confession. We are new creatures in Christ when we partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

When we pray to Jesus Christ, we become new in Christ. When we listen to Christ and change as a result of what we hear, we become new in Christ. When we fast and increase our attentiveness to Christ, we become new in Christ.

When we accept and rejoice in the message of the Resurrection, we are new in Christ. The world looks totally different to those who believe Jesus Christ rose from the dead.

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the defining perspective. The Church calls the celebration of Jesus' Resurrection "The Feast of Feasts". Pascha is in a category by itself.

The Church is in the time of the Paschal celebration. The paralytic received new life in Christ. The paralytic is an example for every century, for every parish, for every individual.

Courage is necessary to believe in Jesus Christ. Individuals believing in Jesus Christ may be subject to persecution and ridicule (Mt. 5:10-11). Individuals believing Jesus Christ may be subject to derision.

Jesus told his disciples:" You will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved." (Mt. 10:22)

The paralytic was healed. He gave the credit for the healing to Jesus Christ. Do we give Jesus Christ the full measure of credit for all He has done for us? Do our lives reflect appreciation for Jesus Christ suffering upon the Cross?

Do our lives reflect appreciation for the forgiveness of sins we experience in Holy Confession? Do our lives reflect the deepest deserved appreciation for being able to partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Jesus Christ?

How do we show our love and appreciation for Jesus Christ? Do we give our time and talents to the Church of Christ? Do we come to Church as much as possible to give thanks to God?

Do we form relationships and maintain relationships the are founded in the love of Christ? Do we walk in the newness of life praising and giving thanks and glory to God?

Do we look at life and the future with confidence in the Risen Lord? Do we embrace the message of the Resurrection?

The paralytic was questioned about his healing. Are we staunch in confessing Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ said: "Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My father who is in heaven." (Mt. 10:32).

The life in Christ requires a love for Christ. The life in Christ involves a willingness to confess and follow Christ. The life in Christ involves a firm belief in the Resurrection of Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 1 / May 14, 2006
Sunday of the Paralytic.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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