St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 472 - January 21 / February 3, 2008

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
January 21 / February 3, 2008
Thirty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 472

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

Matthew 15:28

Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Recent Services
January 27
One person was present for Midnight Office, Matins, and First Hour.
Eighteen people were present for Divine Liturgy with Blessing of Kolach and Koljivo. One communicant.
January 28
One person was present for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
January 30
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
The Akathist for the Cross and Akathist to St. John the Baptist were read in a parishioner's home with two individuals participating.
January 31
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read. Two people were present for Ninth Hour.
February 1
Pomen held in funeral home for +Anne Paroda.
February 2
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
Funeral service for +Anne Paroda held at Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church in Brownsville. Burial in Lafayetter Memorial Park.
Three people came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.

No weekday services are scheduled.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

February 12 - Synaxis of Holy Three Hierarchs
February 15 - The Meeting of Our Lord God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, in the Temple.
February 17 - Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee
February 22 - Leave-taking of the Meeting of the Lord.
February 23 - Sunday of the Prodigal Son
February 26 - St. Simeon the Mryrrhgusher
March 2 - Meatfare Sunday
March 9 - Cheesefare Sunday
March 16 - Sunday of Orthodoxy
March 23 - Second Sunday of Great Lent

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

Anne Paroda, a founding member of Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, West Virginia fell asleep in the Lord this past week.

No daily services this week.

Next Sunday the service will begin at 8:50 AM.

Thank you to all supporting and participating in the St.Sava Program.

If you do not celebrate you family Slava, it is time to begin.

If you have not been to Holy Confession and Communion recently, it is time to prepare.

No Adult Class this week.

Remember the men and women working in dangerous occupations including those in the mines and criminal justice agencies, the police, correctional officers and parole agents.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, nursing homes, jails and prisons.

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

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

When making funeral arrangements, please talk to the parish priest to ensure the arrangements are consistent with the practices of the Holy Orthodox Church.

Today's collection goes to support the St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville, the only Serbian Orthodox School of Theology in America.

Prayer Before An Operation

O Lord Jesus Christ our God, You patiently endured the scourging and wounding of your sacred body, that You may save the souls and bodies of Your people. Look now graciously on my suffering body, and give me the strength to bear patiently whatever awaits me. Bless the people and all the means which will be used to restore me to health, and grant that I may accept my bodily sufferings as a means of reparation for the salvation of my soul. For You, O Christ my God and Savior, are merciful, and I give glory to You, together with Your eternal Father, and You all-holy and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

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

To Consider

The power of faith.
The results of faith.
Renewal through faith.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 28 and February 1 - Went to Diocesan Center
January 29 - Went to Antiochian Village for Christian Associates meeting
January 30 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
January 30 - Blessed two homes.

From the Desert Fathers

A brother asked Abba Poemen, 'Can a man be dead?' He replied, 'He who is inclined to sin starts to die, but he who applies himself to good will live and will put it into practice.'

Thirty Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Matthew 15:21-28

Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, "Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed." But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, "Send her away, for she cries out after us." But He answered and said, "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." Then she came and worshipped Him, saying, "Lord, help me!" But He answered and said, "It is not good to take the children's bread and throw it to the little dogs." And she said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their master's table." Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire." And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Christians have a responsibility of looking beyond seemingly bad circumstances to see the good that God always provides. The Cross was the darkest of moments.

The Gospel of St. Luke said: "Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour." (Lk. 23:44). The darkness of Great and Holy Friday was soon replaced by the brightness of the Resurrection.

Pascha is the Feast of Feasts. The celebration of Jesus Christ's resurrection is the constant proclamation of hope for all willing to listen. The Risen Christ is everywhere to be experienced in daily life.

The woman in the present Gospel had eyes to see that Jesus could help her daughter. She was persistent. She would not give up after hearing Jesus' answer to her request for help.

Turning to God in prayer is an act of faith. Turning to God in prayer is an expression of belief in God and in God's ability to answer the prayer. Turning to God with a request for help is a courageous act.

When asking God for help, a person admits that he or she needs help from beyond the self. Pride must be set aside when approaching God in prayer. Pride must be set aside when approaching God for help.

The woman came to the Lord Jesus Christ in circumstances where she could be observed by others. Being observed by others probably put additional pressure on her. The pleading woman was subject to dismissal by the disciples who saw her as one "crying after them."

The Lord Jesus Christ does not disappoint individuals turning to Him with complete confidence and faith. The demon-possessed daughter in the present Gospel was healed.

The demon-possessed daughter was a direct beneficiary of her mother's faith. This Gospel lesson is a primary example of faith in action for parents. Fathers and mothers when faced with very difficult dilemmas, are wise to turn to the Lord Jesus Christ in prayer.

Turn to Jesus in faith. Turn to Jesus for directions, for peace, for help. Turn to Jesus expecting to find peace and joy. Turn to Jesus expecting to experience love and direct assistance.

Individuals coming to Christ have a responsibility to be willing to live in ways pleasing to Christ. A person cannot consciously carry on a lifestyle contrary to the teachings of the Holy Gospel and without due repentance, turn to Christ when circumstances in life get difficult.

When approaching Christ, the heart needs to be open to Christ. The mind needs to be open to Christ. The commitment to Christ must be a long-term commitment.

No guarantees in life exist that only a limited amount of personal difficulties will arise. Sometimes it seems like one problem after another can appear. More than one family member can get sick.

Financial hardship might be experienced at a time the car breaks down or a major appliance needs replaced. A man or woman can lose a job or medical benefits just at the time an illness is diagnosed.

God is ever-present to hear the plea. God is ever-present to provide the direction and help. Depression can be replaced by Christian joy. The loss of hope can be transformed into a renewed commitment to Christ.

When situations in life arise that seem beyond our personal capability, turning to God in prayer is the first and best step to take. When Jesus died upon the Cross, many people believing in Him must have been disappointed.

Not long after the death upon the Cross, the world changed and has never been the same. Jesus rose from the dead.

The words: "Hristos Voskrese! Christ is Risen!" are proclaimed with the greatest of joy. Because of her faith, a loving mother had her demon possessed daughter healed.

Believers of every generation turning to Christ in faith can experience the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ. The healing power of Christ changes a person.

Once a person consciously feels the healing power of Christ, the person has a confirmed point of reference. If a person is faithful to Christ, the person will experience the healing power of Christ throughout life.

Each experience of healing is a point of reference. The person is changed by each experience. Faith in Christ is renewed with each experience.

A courageous woman of Canaan has changed the lives of generations of believers. Her daughter was healed. Many more sons and daughters through the ages have been healed by believers following the example of this courageous woman.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 21 / February 3, 2008
St. Maximus the Confessor.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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