St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 386 - May 15 / May 28, 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 15 / May 28, 2006
Sunday of the Blind Man
No. 386

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

Services This Past Week
May 19
Five people came for Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection.
May 20
One person came for Midnight Office, First and Third Hours.
One person came to read the Ninth Hour.
May 21
Twenty-seven people came for Third and Sixth Hour and the Pro Liturgy served by Father Deacon Dragoslav Kosic.
May 22
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection.
May 23
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection.
May 24
One person came to St. George Church for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came to St. George Church for Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection.
May 24
Four people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy.
May 25
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Six people came for Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection
May 26
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Five people came for Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection.
May 27
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Five people came for the Akathists to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection.
One person was present for Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule
Today
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Divine Liturgy.

No weekday services are scheduled.

Saturday
Vespers will be held on Saturday at 4:00 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

May 28 - Sunday of the Blind Man
June 1 - Feast of the Holy Ascension of Our Lord.
June 3 - Sts. Constantine and Helen, St. Jelena of Decani
June 4 - Holy Fathers of First Ecumenical Council, Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic.
June 9 - Leave taking of Ascension

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

Parish Life

Kolo members have been hard at work preparing for the picnic next week. Help will be needed for the picnic. Please volunteer.

Stan Brozik and Milosh "Serb" Krewasky arranged for a new roof on the kitchen at the picnic grounds. Milosh has been working on getting the water supply working.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Bessie Vasila Tsoucaris. Vasila's daughter Catherine was married to Dr. Nicholas Sellas in the St. George Church. Dr. and Mrs.Sellas and son visited the church this past week.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Jennifer Elaine Osbahr.

Djelosh, Grulja and Wilma Milosevich have been blessed with four new young colts, recently born.

Four people attended Adult Class this past Thursday to discuss the topic of children. Next class will be June 8.

The many veterans of the St. George Church, living and departed, are remembered. Individuals from St. George Church have served in WW II, Korea, Viet Nam, Afghanistan and Iraq. Two priests of the St. George Church have served as military chaplains: Very Rev. Lt. Colonel Adam Yonitch and Rev. Father Milan Sturgis.

Willie Spens from Morgantown and friend of the St. George Church does important mine disaster work.

Aaron Carson begins the next step of his education with six weeks of intensive Russian language study.

When the Masontown Memorial Day parade is held this year, the contributions of Pete Smargie through the preceeding years, will be part of the solid foundation.

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

Betty Matovich and daughter Andrea were here this week from the St. Nicholas Church in Steelton. Betty was one of the participants in the Cantors' Workshop last week in Aliquippa.

The first peony planted by Sonia Janson at the Cross in memory of those martyred in Kosovo has bloomed.

A Thought from Milica Yaksich

I remember what it was like for me when I began my spiritual awakening. I cried almost incessantly during every liturgy. A kind old woman in our church came to me at the end of the service one day and put her arms around me and asked me what was wrong. She assumed that something terrible had happened. The contrary was actually true. I could not express that the pain I was feeling was from looking into my own soul. Often it is through pain that we begin to feel the soul and by the same painful recognition of our passions and weaknesses that we are able to nurture, heal and guard the soul. We know that we are on our way when we begin to identify threats to our spiritual peace in our everyday life and understand how to avoid these. By the same token, it is not as simple as just running away from everything and everyone. The idea is not to hide but to pursue the situations, activities and relationships that nurture the soul.

( Istocnik-Herald of the Serbian Orthodox Church-Canadian Diocese. March 2006. p. 27 )

Remember the Students of St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville

To Consider

Jesus healing the blind man.
Seeing the world through the teachings and life of Christ.
Looking for the presence of God in daily life.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 20 - Attended reunion of employees of the Youth Development Center, Loysville, Pennsylvania.
May 21 - Attended Divine Liturgy at St. Tikhon's Monastery, South Canaan, Pennsylvania.
May 24 - Served Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont. Visited parishioner at home. Visited parishioner at hospital in Waynesburg.
May 27 - Visited one parishioner in Uniontown Hospital. Visited one parishioner in rehab center.

From the Desert Fathers

An old man said, "Even a tree cannot bear fruit if it be often transplanted, no more can a monk that is often removing from one place to another.

Sunday of the Blind Man 2006

John 9:1-38

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 things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews 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. If 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.

Jesus Christ performs miracles everyday. Individuals praying to the Lord Jesus Christ are able to see God at work everyday. Individuals praying to God receive the necessary forsight to handle the problems of life.

Individuals can be blinded by many things. Individuals can be blinded by abundance and not see the presence of God. Individuals can be blinded by poverty and not see the presence of God.

Individuals can be blinded by illness and not see the presence of God. Individuals can be blinded by hardship and not see the healing power of God.

The Holy Apostle Paul, speaking about God, once said: "In Him we live and move and have our being." (Acts 17:28).

We don't have to look far to see God. God is as close as our heart. God is as close as our mind. God is as close as every breath we take, as every step we take, as every thought we have.

We don't have to look far to see God at work. We simply have to realize we have life because of God. Our blood flows because of God. Our heart beats because of God.

We experience movement of the body, we experience physical pain, we experience smell and sound because of God.

The healing of the blind man is amazing. He was blind from birth. He is a good lesson for individuals presently experiencing hardship and pain. The blindness was not attributed to anything the man had done. The blindness was an opportunity to manifest the divinity and healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Often the question is asked "What did I do wrong to deserve this illness or this accident or this hardship?" Jesus Christ's answer to the question from His disciples in helpful.

In response to the disciples' question of who sinned the blind man or his parents, Jesus said: "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him."

If we look to Jesus Christ in times of illness, in times of accidents, in times of job loss and hardship, we will find the vision to go forward in ways pleasing to God.

If we look to Jesus Christ in times of frustration, in times of despair, in times of poverty and depression, we will visualize the road to travel, the investments to make, and the actions that are necessary to take us to God's Kingdom.

The man receiving his sight from Jesus Christ was blind from birth. His blindness was not a momentary illness. Perhaps we have strayed from the path taken at Holy Baptism, perhaps we have strayed from the path to God's Kingdom, perhaps our vision has been blurred and we have taken paths down dark alleys and dead end streets.

Let us be confident in the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us think about the words of the blind man. The blind man said: "If anyone is a worshipper of God and does His will, He hears him."

Now is the time to ask ourselves if we are doing the will of God. Now is the time to ask ourselves if we live and act in ways pleasing to God.

If we want to see the world as it is, we need to look at the world through the vision of the Creator. We need to look at the world through the teachings of God.

We need to look at the world through the life and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. We need to look at the world under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Too often we look to authorities having no basis in Christ. Too often we look for answers in places where Christ is forbidden.

Too often we look far and wide for solutions when if we realize it, Jesus Christ is ever present with us. Simple prayers reach God. Simple prayers are answered.

May we be healed of our spiritual blindness and see the world as God would have us see it.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 15 / May 28, 2006
Sunday of the Blind Man. May 15/28, 2006.
St. Pachomius the Great.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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