St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 479 - March 10 / March 23, 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
March 10 / March 23, 2008
Second Sunday of Great Lent
No. 479

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

Mark 2:5

When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven you.".

Recent Services
March 16
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read. Thirty people came for Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
March 17
One person came for Midnight Office, First and Third Hours with Kathisma.
Two people came for Great Compline.
March 18
One person came for Midnight Office, First and Third Hours with Kathismas.
Two people came for Great Compline.
March 19
One person came for Midnight Office, First and Third Hours with Kathismas.
Four people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. One communicant.
One person came for Great Compline.
March 20
One person came for Midnight Office, First and Third Hours with Kathismas.
Two people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to the Cross.
March 21
Midnight Office, First and Third Hour with Kathisma read.
Two people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Two communicants.
Two people came for Great Compline.
March 22
One person came for Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour.
One person came for Vespers.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour. Divine Liturgy.

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 AM.

Tuesday, Friday, Saturday at 4:00 PM.

Wednesday and Friday
8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.

Thursday 6:30 PM followed by class at 7:00 PM.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

March 23 - Second Sunday of Lent, 5:30 PM Vespers, St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa.
March 30 - Sunday of the Cross, 5:30 PM Vespers, St. George Church, Midland
April 6 - Please note Sunday morning service at our St. George Church will begin at 8:50 AM.
April 6 - Sunday of St. John Climacus, 5:30 PM, Vespers, Holy Resurrection Churc, Steubenville
April 13 - Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt, 5:30 PM Our Parish hosts Lenten Vespers
April 20 - Palm Sunday
April 21 - Great and Holy Monday

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Pray for the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

Parish Life

Please note the April 6 morning service here will begin at 8:50 AM.

Richard and Dustin Menhart are career military officers. They remember the St. George Church always wherever they are located throughout the world. Both were altar boys at the St. George Church.

It was good to have Rich Menhart, wife Kesa and daughter Brittany in church last Sunday along with Rich' mother Gail. Rich will soon begin a new position as Battalion Commander.

Dustin Menhart sent a Certificate of Recognition of the St. George Church from his location in Afghanistan. Dustin and Rich both have sent remembrances from Afghanistan.

Mike Dephillips and Lou Zorman, both in church last Sunday, are skilled adult corrections professionals. Lou is retired from the federal system. Mike is still advancing in his state career.

Volunteer to help the Kolo on baking days.

Adult Class this Thursday at 7:00 PM. Three people came to class last Thursday.

Prepare to come to Holy Confession and Communion during Great Lent.

Monetary donations are being accepted immediately and will continue to be accepted to help the needy in Kosovo. When donating, please designate the contribution for Diocesan Relief Fund. The situation is urgent and of great importance.

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 staff members and caretakers.

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

Rich Porter put his woodworking skills to good use in building an icon stand.

A Thought from St. Gregory Palamas

We said earlier that wisdom comes to man through effort and study; not that it is only effort and study, but that it is the result of these. The Lord dwells in men in different and varied ways according to the worthiness and way of life of those who seek Him. He appears one way to an active man, in another to a contemplative, in another again to the man of vision, and in yet different ways to the zealous or those already divinized.

(St. Gregory Palamas. The Triads. Translated by Nicholas Gendle. Paulist Press, New York, 1983, pp. 83-84. )

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 16 - Attended Sunday of Orthodoxy service at St. Nicholas Carpatho Russian Church, Homestead, Pa.
March 18 - Blessed one home. Went to Uniontown for pastoral visit.
March 19 - Went to Uniontown for pastoral visit.
March 20 - Attended two West Virginia University lectures in Morgantown, W.Va.
March 22 - Went to St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa.

From the Desert Fathers

He (Isadore the Priest) also said, "IF you desire salvation, do everything that leads you to it."

The Second Sunday of Great Lent

Mark 2:1-12

And again, He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. Immediately, many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven you." And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts. "Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone? But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, "Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, "Your sins are forgiven you, or to say, 'Arise, take up your bed and walk? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins"-He said to the paralytic, "I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house." Immediately, he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw anything like this!"

John 10:9-16

I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leave the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters tehm. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them I must also bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

Our relationship with Jesus Christ is of primary interest during Great Lent. The condition of our souls is of primary interest during Great Lent. Our sinfulness is necessarily of great interest during Great Lent.

If we take Great Lent seriously and fast, pray and increase our attendance at the Divine services, our sins will be apparent to us. We benefit by repenting of these sins.

We benefit by carefully and seriously preparing for Holy Confession and Holy Communion. God welcomes a broken and contrite heart (Ps. 50/51:19)

Exercising our faith during Great Lent is necessary. Making the best use of Great Lent through serious prayer and fasting increases the benefits of Great Lent.

A believer's life is transformed by the Lord Jesus Christ. A serious Christian home is shaped by and founded on the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the criteria for measuring the activities of serious Christian families.

Jesus Christ is the source of love and the goal for devout Christian families. The Gospel tells us Jesus knows His sheep and His sheep know Him. (Jn. 10:14)

Jesus' sheep are known by their fruits. Jesus taught: " A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit." (Mt. 7:16-20)

Great Lent is an opportunity to contemplate the love of God. Great Lent is an opportunity to think of the miracles and teachings and love of Christ.

Believers benefit from careful thinking about their relationship with Jesus Christ. Candid self-examination will reveal if Jesus is the joy of life.

Honest self-examination will reveal if we love the Lord our God with all our heart, all our soul and all our mind. Self-examination will reveal if we love our neighbor as ourselves. (Mt. 22:37)

When establishing family goals and career goals, serious Christians weigh and evaluate the goals against the criteria set by the Lord Jesus Christ.

St. Mark's Gospel lesson for today described a paralytic healed by Jesus due to an act of faith. True believers govern their lives in faith. Believers acting in good faith are never disappointed.

Great Lent is a test of faith. Every moment of time is a test of faith. Individuals are always making decisions which conform with the way of Christ or are counter to the way of Christ.

The mind and heart battle at every moment. The soul is at stake and daily vigilance is necessary. Vigilance is alertness to the dangers of sin. Vigilance is a state of readiness to do battle with sin.

Fasting and prayer keep the body and mind in a state of readiness. The wise believer uses Great Lent to assess personal sinfulness and repents. Each believer can seek the mercy of God. Forgiveness comes throughout Holy Confession and Communion. The joy of forgiveness gives the believer new life in Christ.

Christ is present in each century for believers in every community. Christ heals believers and gives believers mobility. The paralytic in today's Gospel was able to walk by the healing power of Jesus Christ.

Every believer can experience healing in the Lord Jesus Christ. Every believer turning to Christ can face the future with confidence. Great Lent re-opens the mind to the greatness of God and the goodness of God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 10 / March 23, 2008
Second Sunday of Great Lent.
St. Gregory Palamas.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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