St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 481 - March 24 / April 6, 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 24 / April 6, 2008
Fourth Sunday of Great Lent
No. 481

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

I Timothy 1:18

This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, having faith and a good conscience which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck, of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.

Recent Services
March 30
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Thirty-three people came for Divine Liturgy. Five communicants. Parostos held.
March 31
Midnight Office, First and Third Hour with Kathisma read.
One person came for Akathist to Holy Trinity, Akathist to the Cross a nd Akathist to Jesus Christ.
Two people came for Great Compline.
April 2
Four people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Two communicants.
One person came for Akathist to Jesus Christ and Akathist to the Cross.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Matins, Father Dimitre serving.

Mornings
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday at 5:30 AM

Afternoons
Tuesday, Friday at 4:00 PM.

Thursday
6:30 PM followed by Adult Class.

Friday
Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts, Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont at 10:00 AM.

Next Sunday
Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.
Midnight Office and Matins at 5:30 AM.
Our Parish hosts Lenten Vespers at 5:30 PM

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

April 6 - Sunday of St. John Climacus, 5:30 PM, Vespers, 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, 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
April 25 - Great and Holy Friday
April 26 - Great and Holy Saturday
April 27 - Pascha, Feast of Feasts

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

Pray for the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija


Parish Life

Honor the remaining days of Great Lent.

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

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

Class this Thursday at 7:00 PM.

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.

Do you read your Bible daily?

Volunteer to help with the Lenten Vespers dinner.

Visitors to the parish always appreciate the St. George Choir.

Congratulations to William Rose for winning an award for a drawing he did.

Congratulations to Aaron Carson for being chosen to give a conference presentation on the Darr Mine.

Thank you to parishioners traveling to the Lenten Vespers on Sunday nights.

A THOUGHT FROM HIS GRACE BISHOP DR. MITROPHAN

In order to realize the divine plan of the All-Holy Trinity concerning the salvation of men in the Church, the Lord gave us the Apostles. He bestowed upon them with all of the gifts. And just how are they Apostles? In that they function with the apostolic grace, which they received from the Lord. The Lord is the leader in the building of the body of the Church, and they are co-workers and co-laborers.

(The Teaching of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translated by Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. Sremski Karlovaci, 2001, p. 54 )

To Consider

Learning from St. John Climacus.
Evaluating the state of our personal Christian development.
Avoiding sin and stagnation in the Christian growth.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 30 - Went to St. George Church in Midland for Lenten Vespers. Preached sermon.
March 31 - Blessed one home.
April 1 - Went to Chicago for Clergy Brotherhood Meeting.
April 2 - Blessed one home.

From the Wisdom of Sirach (3:6)

He who honors his father will have a long life and he who obeys the Lord will give rest to his mother (SAAS)


The Fourth Sunday of Great Lent

Mark 9:17-31

Then one of the crowd answered and said, "Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to You disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not." He answered and said to him, " O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me." Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell to the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. So He asked his father, "How long has this been happening to him?" And he said, 'From childhood. And often he has thrown him bother into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us." Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, "Lord, I believe, help my unbelief!" When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it: "Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more. Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, "He is dead.." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" So He said to them, "This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting." Then they departed from there and passed through Galilee, and He did not want anyone to know it. For He taught His disciples and said to them, "The Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him. And after He is killed, He will rise the third day."

Matthew 4:25-5:1-12

Great multitudes followed Him---from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan. And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."

Our relationship with God depends upon our love for God and our seriousness about our soul. Our relationship with God depends upon our interest in the Kingdom of God and the salvation of our soul.

Every moment of life is precious because each moment of life exists only once and can never be replaced. We do not know the exact length of our lives. We can only use statistics, scientific research and the teachings of the Church to estimate life expectancy.

Wise individuals cherish each moment of life as a gift from God. Wise individuals make an effort to make the best use of each moment of life. Each person is at a different level of Christian growth.

The important point is for each person to make the best use of the remaining time of life. If the time of life has been poorly used to the present, repentance and return to God can bring complete correction.

The present Gospel of St. Mark speaks of the value of prayer and fasting. (Mk. 9:29). Believers practicing prayer and fasting with regularity know well the benefits.

Temptations and diversions exist in the world to draw a believer away from the path to the Kingdom of God. Men and women with singleness of heart and mind seeking the Kingdom of God will be vigilant.

The Gospel of St. Matthew states: "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled." (Mt. 5:6)

When we seek to feed the hunger of the soul with nourishment from God, God provides the food. The Holy Scriptures, the Precious Body and Blood of Christ, the Divine services of the Church feed the hunger of the soul.

Individuals with faith in God are never disappointed. Individuals looking carefully will perceive the work of God in their daily lives.

Great Lent produces changes in the lives of individuals honoring Great Lent. Changes may be subtle or dramatic. Changes may be known only in the recesses of the heart, mind and soul.

The Psalmist once said: "My soul earnestly longs for Your salvation." (Ps. 118:81). Every soul has a yearning for the food from God. Good stewards of the soul perceive the yearning and meet it.

In the remaining days of Great Lent, God provides ample nourishment to feed the souls of everyone coming to Church. Thanksgiving to God has a place in the hearts, minds and souls of everyone coming to taste and see. (Ps. 33/34:9).

Believers fed by God choose what to do with the remaining time of their lives. Grateful believers will serve God in their homes, in their families, at their workplaces, in the community and through the Church.

Jesus healed ten lepers. One of the ten returned to say: "Thank You." (Lk. 17:11-19) God nourishes, heals and protects believers each day. The world would benefit greatly if more believers used the remaining time of life giving glory and thanksgiving to God.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 24 / April 6, 2008
Fourth Sunday of Great Lent.
St. John Climacus.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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