St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 435 - April 30 / May 13, 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
April 30 / May 13, 2007
Sunday of the Blind Man
No. 435

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

Services This Past Week
May 5
Parastos in addition to services listed in last bulletin.
May 6
One person came for Midnight, Matins, and First Hour.
Forty six-people came for Divine Liturgy with Procession and Blessing of Kolach and Koljivo. One communicant.
May 7
One person came for the Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection.
May 8
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
May 9
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
May 10
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Four people came for Akathists to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection. Father Dimitre Dimitrov came to concelebrate.
One person came for an Akathist to St.Nicholas.
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Nine people came the YWCA in Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy.
One person came to St. George Church for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Divine Liturgy.

Saturday 5:30 AM, Midnight Office, Matins.

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 4:00 PM Vespers.

No class this week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

May 19 - Transfer of Relics of St. Sava
May 22 - Transfer of Relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
May 25 - Leavetaking of Ascension.
May 26 - Memorial Saturday
May 27 - Pentecost
June 2 - Leavetaking of Pentecost
June 4 - Apostles Fast Begins
June 28 - Vidovdan

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Greetings and photos were received from Captain Dustin Menhart from Afghanastan Continue to pray for Dustin, his brother Richard and all the men and women in the military.

This past week was National Nurses Week and National Correctional Officers Week.

St. George Church has been blessed with a number nurses as parishioners.

Two individuals attending St. George Church have correctional office experience.

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

Remember the miners, those in law enforcement, corrections and parole officers and others in dangerous occupations.

Remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

Three people in addition to Father Dimitre came to Adult Class this past Thursday to discuss the Gospel for the Feast of the Holy Ascension. Several other people maintain interest in the classes by receiving emails of the class papers. If you want added to the email distribution, please notify Father Rodney. No class this week.

The summer Outdoor Religious Program and Parish Picnic is scheduled for July 22.

Are you listening to the parish radio program? Are you telling others about the program?

Are you listening to the parish daily services on the internet. Tom Hunter continues to work to improve the quality and efficiency of internet broadcasts.

Anna Zivkovich, daughter of George and Mary Jane Zivkovich and granddaughter of +Eli and Pearl Zivkovich is graduating from medical school this week at WVU.

Let us be grateful for the love mothers show to their children.

Thoughts from the Proverbs of Solomon

My son, keep your father's command, and do not forsake the law of your mother. Bind them continually upon your heart; Tie them around your neck. When you roam, they will lead you; When you sleep, they will keep you; And when you awake, they will speak with you.
(Prov. 6:20-22 )

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

To Consider

The healing of the blind man.
Viewing the world with hearts of Christian love.
Having a new view of the world through Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May-6 - Attended three family Slava celebrations.
May 7 - Accompanied friend of parish to doctor.
May 8 - Visited parishioner in Uniontown Hospital.
May 9 - Went to Waynesburg Hospital to be with parishioner at time of surgery.
May 12 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.

From the Desert Fathers

A brother asked Abba Sisoes the Theban, 'Give me a word.' and he said, 'What shall I say to you? I read the New Testament, and I turn to the old.'

Sunday of the Blind Man 2007

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.

The Lord Jesus Christ performs miracles. The Lord Jesus Christ changes lives. The Lord Jesus Christ turns sinners into saints. Christ entering and remaining in a single human life makes a decided difference.

When a person is baptized into Christ and takes the baptism seriously, the person can live a full and complete life in Christ. This is not to say there will not be trials and tribulations.

Jesus said: "A servant is not greater than his master. If they persecute Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word they will keep yours also. (Jn. 15:20)

When a person makes a conscious decision to follow Christ and honors the decision, a certain set of standards sets in. A certain direction is adopted. A certain relationship is maintained with the Lord Jesus Christ.

The relationship with Jesus Christ affects all relationships. When a person is serious about Christ, the person attempts to relate to others in the home, at the job and in the community in ways pleasing to Christ.

Individuals fail and fall short in their efforts to live in ways pleasing to God. Forgiveness comes for God for those willing to try anew. Individuals are shortsighted and do not have the comprehensive vision of Christ.

Love of Christ can change a person's vision of the self, of family members, of friends and co-workers. Love of Christ can change a person's vision of his or her circumstances in life.

Love of Christ can change a person's attitude towards others. Love of Christ can change a person's perceptions of opportunities present in life.

Christ's entry into a person's life can come unexpectedly. Christ's entry into a person's life will change the life completely if Christ is received with open heart and open mind.

In the present Gospel, the blind man went from being blind from birth to having sight and being blessed to see the Lord Jesus Christ directly. The present Gospel account of the healing of the blind man is absolutely amazing.

The blind man testified about Christ in this way: "Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind." (Jn. 9:32)

The healing of the man born blind is absolute reason for contemporary believers to open their hearts and minds to Christ to an extent never previously considered.

The healing of the man born blind is reason for present day believers to be fervent in faith and in Christian action. Individuals hearing the present Gospel can be filled with joy over the healing of the blind man.

Individuals hearing the present Gospel can derive a permanent hope. Problems encountered in life can be put in perspective knowing the living and loving Christ can change everything we face in darkness.

Christ brings light The Risen Christ brings the light of the Resurrection. The Risen Christ brings hope and light and love so each person can say with the healed blind man: "Lord, I believe." (Jn. 9:38).
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 30 / May 13, 2007
Holy Apostle James, brother of St. John the Theologian.
Sunday of the Blind Man.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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