St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 428 - March 12 / March 25, 2007


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
March 12 / March 25, 2007
Fifth Sunday of Great Lent
No. 428

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

Galatians 3:26

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

Services This Past Week
March 18
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Nineteen people came for Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
March 19
One person came for Midnight Office, First and Third Hour with Kathisma and reading of The Ladder.
Three people came for Great Compline.
March 20
One person came for Midnight Office, First and Third Hour with Kathisma and reading of The Ladder.
Four people came for Great Compline.
March 21
Matins and First Hour were completed by Father Zoran Radovic and Father Zivko Velimirovic. Father Toma Stojsich was in attendance. One parishioner came.
The Canon of Great Andrew was read in the evening.
March 22
One person came for Midnight Office, First and Third Hour with Kathisma and reading of The Ladder.
Four people came for Great Compline.
March 23
One person came for Midnight Office, First and Third Hour with Kathisma and reading of The Ladder.
Four people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. One communicant.
Three people came for Matins with Akathist to the Mother of God.
March 24
One person came for Midnight Office, First, Third and Sixth Hours and Canon of Repentance.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour, Divine Liturgy, Vespers at 5:30 PM

Mornings
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 AM
Wednesday - Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts at 8:00 AM

Afternoons
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:00 PM

Friday
Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts - YWCA, Fairmont, W.Va. at 10:00 AM

Lazarus Saturday
Divine Liturgy at 7:30 AM

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Fifth Sunday of Great Lent, Vespers, Carmichaels at 5:30 PM.
March 31 - Lazarus Saturday
April 1 - The Feast of Jesus Christ's Entry into Jerusalem. Vespers at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pgh.
April 2 - Great and Holy Monday
April 3 - Great and Holy Tuesday
April 4 - Great and Holy Wednesday

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

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to the Pasquini Family, +Lisa Pasquini having departed this life this past week.

Sympathy extended to the Clark and Zivkovich Families, +Michael Clark, husband of Susan Zivkovich Clark, having departed this life this past week.

Sympathy extended to the Katusa Family, +John Katusa having departed this life this past week.

Thank you to the Kolo, all parishioners and friends of the parish helping with the Lenten dinner to be held this evening.

Thank you to Tom Hunter for setting up the parish website enabling the Sunday Divine Liturgy to be broadcast live each week over the internet to be heard anywhere in the world.

This evening's Vesper service will be broadcast live on WMBS, 590 AM on the dial. The radio broadcast begins at 5:30 PM. Tell your friends to listen.

Congratulations to RJ Porter and to parents Rich and Linda Porter, RJ Porter completed his doctoral defense successfully at Penn State University this week in Civil Engineering.

Remember parishioners at home recovering from recent medical care.

Remember those in hospitals, in care homes, in jails and prisons, rehab centers and the homebound. Remember their caretakers.

Remember those working in mines, in correctional institutions, as police or parole officers and in other dangerous occupations.

Remember the men and women in the military and their families.

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia.

Honor the fast until the Paschal Divine Liturgy.

Adult Class on Thursday at 7:00 PM. Three people came this past Thursday to class to discuss "Discipline and Obedience."

Protopresbyter Toma Stojsich, Protopresbyter Djokan Majstorovic, Reverend Father Zivko Velimirovic and Reverend Father Zoran Radovic visited the parish this week.

A Thought from St. Gregory of Nyssa

Moses teaches us by his own example to take our stand with virtue as with a kinsman and to kill virtue's adversary. The victory of true religion is the death and destruction of idolatry. So also injustice is killed by righteousness and arrogance is slain by humility.

(The Life of Moses Paulist Press, New York, p. 58 )

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology, Libertyville

To Consider

Repentance
What leads to repentance?
What results from repentance?

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 18 - Attended Vespers at St. Nicholas Church, Monroeville.
March 19 - Attended funeral of retired State Parole Agent Ewing Miller.
March 21 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pa. for Clergy Confession.
March 21 - Visited parishioner in Washington Hospital.
March 23 - Met with Michael Ciuca and Gary Dinzeo of Allegheny Energy.

From the Desert Fathers

An old man said,"Be a free man in thy speech, not a slave."


The Fifth Sunday of Great Lent

Mark 10:32-45

Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him: "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles: and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again." Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, "Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask." And He said to them, "What do you want Me to do for you?" They said to Him, "Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left in Your glory." But Jesus said to them, "You dod not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?" They said to Him, "We are able." So Jesus said to them, "You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared." And when the ten heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John. But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, "You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

St. Mary of Egypt

Luke 7:36-50

Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee's house, and sat down to eat. And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee's house, brought and alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, "This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner." And Jesus answered and said to him, "Simon, I have something to say to you." So he said, "Teacher, say it." "There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denari, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?" Simon answered and said, "I suppose the one whom he forgave more." And he said to him, "You have rightly judged." Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave Me no kiss, this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much, But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little."

The last week of Great Lent has arrived. Holy Week will soon be here. Every remaining day is important to finish the Lenten journey with faithfulness to Christ. Every remaining day is important for individuals desiring unity with Christ.

Repentance of sins takes on increased importance. Faithfulness to Christ takes on increased importance. Adhering to the narrow path takes on increased importance (Mt. 7:13).

The full heart and mind belong with Christ this week.

Believers benefit from finding creative ways to find time to pray to God. Believers benefit from examining the limits placed on the personal relationship with Christ. Believers benefit from increased personal knowledge of Christ and the teachings of the Church.

Holy Confession and Holy Communion are tried and true Holy Mysteries uniting the believer with Christ. Fasting, prayer and almsgiving are tried and true practices drawing a believer closer to God.

Reading the Holy Scriptures provides nourishment for the soul. Maintaining faith even under adverse conditions proves beneficial. The Holy Apostle Paul said: "And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart." (Gal. 6:9)

This week gives the believer the opportunity to think back and review the journey this year. This week gives the believer the opportunity to assess whether progress has been achieved.

Great Lent has the intended purpose of believers ending the Lenten journey as better Christians than at the outset.

Humility is an important part in the life of the believer. The woman in today's Gospel put herself at Jesus' feet. She washed and anointed Jesus' feet. The Gospel of St. John reminds believers that Jesus washed His disciples' feet (Jn.13:5-15) Believers do well to embrace these lessons of humility and make them part of their lives.

We show our love for Christ by the way we live. We show our love for Christ by the way we talk. We show our love for Christ by the ways we invest our time.

The remaining days of Great Lent are treasured opportunities to demonstrate love for Christ. The remaining days of Great Lent are treasured opportunities to demonstrate appreciation to God for blessings received.

Becoming new in Christ requires a commitment to Christ. Becoming new in Christ requires giving Christ first place in the heart and mind. Becoming new in Christ means putting aside all that detracts from the relationship with Christ.

At Holy Baptism the believer set out on the journey to the Kingdom of God. Great Lent helps the believer restore the vision of that journey. Great Lent helps believers adjust the direction and content of their lives to be more consistent with the Baptismal commitment.

Today and each day let us do all we can to remain true to Christ.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 12 / March 25, 2007
Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt.
Fifth Sunday of Great Lent.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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