St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 480 - March 17 / March 30, 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 17 / March 30, 2008
Third Sunday of Great Lent
No. 480

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

Romans 11:20-21

Because of unbelief, they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either.

Recent Services
March 23
Midnight Office, Matins, and First Hour were read.
Twenty-three people came for Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
March 25
One person came from Great Compline.
March 26
Midnight Office, First and Third Hours read with Kathismas.
One person came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts at St. George Church.
Five people came to Great Compline at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
March 27
Midnight Office, First Hour and Third Hours were read with Kathismas.
Two people came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to the Cross.
March 28
Midnight Office, First Hour and Third Hour were read with Kathisma.
Four people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. One communicant.
Great Compline was read.
March 29
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were served. Three people came for Vespers.
Two people came for Akathist for Holy Communion.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Mornings
5:30 AM Monday and Thursday.

Afternoons
4:00 PM Monday

Wednesday
8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.
6:30 PM and Adult Class on Wednesday evening at 7:00 PM.

No services on Friday or Saturday.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

March 30 - Sunday of the Cross, 5:30 PM Vespers at St. George Church, Midland
April 6 - Sunday of St. John Climacus, 5:30 PM, Vespers at Holy Resurrection Church, Steubenville
April 7 - Feast of Annunciation
April 13 - Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt, 5:30 PM Our Parish hosts Lenten Vespers
April 20 - Palm Sunday, 5:30 PM, Vespers at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh.
April 21 - Great and Holy Monday
April 22 - Great and Holy Tuesday
April 23 - Great and Holy Wednesday
April 24 - Great and Holy Thursday

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

Pray for the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija


Parish Life

The parish Slava celebration is scheduled for Saturday, May 10th.

The parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic is scheduled for June 1st.

Honor the fast throughout Great Lent.

Adult Class this Wednesday 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.

Do you listen to the parish radio broadcast each Sunday or on the internet during the week? Do you tell your friends and relatives about it.

Invite a friend or relative to church the next time you come.

A THOUGHT FROM HIS GRACE BISHOP DR. MITROPHAN

The aim of the Savior's advent is to rebuild in man a building to God, that man may once again become that which he was when he was created. The Savior did his by His sacrifice on the Cross, saving us objectively, and it is up to us to work on our own personal salvation. He did not merely make sacrifice and then leave us, He also gave us all the divine means by the Holy Spirit through which we will be perfected. For the true designation of man is to live in the Holy Spirit and by the holy Gospel.

(The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translated by Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. Sremski Karlovaci, 2001, pp. 60-61 )

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

To Consider

The Cross of Christ.
The cross in each life.
Choices made regarding the cross in each life.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 23 - Went to Lenten Vespers at St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa.
March 26 - Served Great Compline at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia. Blessed one home in Bridgeport, W.Va.
March 27 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
March 28 - Blessed one restaurant.
March 28 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.

From the Desert Fathers

They said of Abba Or that he never lied, nor swore, nor hurt anyone, nor spoke without authority.


Third Sunday of Great Lent

Veneration of the Holy Cross

Mark 8:34-38, 9:1

And when He had called the people unto Him with His disciples also, He said unto them, "Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for My sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of Man be ashamed when He cometh in the glory of His Father with the holy angels'. And He said unto them, "Verily I say unto you, that there will be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.

Jesus Christ's love is manifested in His death upon the Cross. Jesus said: "A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. (Mt. 10:24). Believers manifest their love for Christ by using Christian ways to confront the problems of life.

Christian love is reflected in the way a person lives his or her life. If a person gives of him or herself in Christian ways to family members, friends, co-workers, the Church and the community, Christian love is manifested.

If a person is selfish with his or her time, solely using the time for personal pursuits having no benefit to family members, friends, the Church or the community, then the person's priorities come into question.

The present Gospel asks the penetrating question: "What shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" Each day brings a news report of individuals or companies experiencing financial excesses beyond the average imagination. At the same time, great suffering and want exists in the world.

The distribution of the world's resources is a matter of stewardship. Human beings created in the image and likeness of God (Gen. 1:27) make the decisions about the way the world is cared for.

Not everyone is a Christian. Not everyone lives in Christian ways. Many people actively oppose Christianity. Christian believers must achieve a certain balance in life that enables a life of peace without compromising personal integrity.

Believers must be true to Christ and act as good stewards of the environment and all earthly resources. Christians are expected to set good examples. Christians are expected to live in ways pleasing to Christ.

In the present Gospel, Jesus said; "Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him also shall the Son of Man be ashamed when He cometh in the glory of His Father with the holy angels." (Mk. 8:38)

The way we live will reflect the love we have for Christ. The way we treat others will reflect our love for Christ. Jesus said: "In asmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me." (Mt. 25:40)

The appearance of the Cross in the middle of the Church is cause for contemplation at this time of Great Lent. Half of Great Lent is complete. This is a time for personal assessment of progress made. This is a time to determine the best way to complete Great Lent.

People blessed by God to live the remaining days of Great Lent will only have one opportunity to make the best use of the time. Great Lent comes once per year. Wise individuals do their best to honor Great Lent as intended by the Church.

The Lenten services and increased prayer, fasting and almsgiving provide an atmosphere encouraging repentance and return to life pleasing to God. Individuals make the choices that determine whether Christ is honored in daily life.

Family homes take on a certain atmosphere. When Christ is the center of family life, home life is different than when accumulation of power, wealth and possessions are exclusive priorities.

Relations with neighbors will reflect whether Christ is the center of the family home. When property concerns and interpersonal relationships with neighbors are resolved according to Christian principles, neighborly peace exists.

The Cross of Christ is proof of what happens when power and jealousy take hold. (Mt. 26:59). Individuals benefit from thinking carefully about Jesus on the Cross. Individuals benefit from carefully thinking about expectations in the Christian life.

Being a Christian is a serious undertaking. The profession of faith at Holy Baptism is expected to be renewed and honored throughout life. Believers are expected to handle the crosses in their lives as Christ handled His Cross.

Jesus said: "It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master." (Mt. 10:25). Facing the crosses in our personal lives requires a confidence in God.

Great Lent is an opportunity to express and restore our confidence in God. Great Lent is a time to return from wayward paths and use the narrow gate to the kingdom. Jesus said: "Wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it." (Mt. 7:13)

The life in Christ is a life of joy. Even in suffering there can be joy if the suffering is for Christ. Jesus endured the cross for the joy that was set before Him. (Heb.12:2)

Jesus set an example for us when he faced the Cross. Let us follow Jesus' example in facing the crosses in our lives.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 17 / March 30, 2008
Third Sunday of Great Lent.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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