St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 485 - April 21 / May 4, 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
April 21 / May 4, 2008
Thomas Sunday
No. 485

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

Recent Services
Resurrection Matins
Twelve people came.
Paschal Divine Liturgy
Sixty-five people came. Thirteen communicants.
Monday
The Hours of Pascha and Matins were read.
One person came for the Hours of Pascha,
Thursday
The Hours of Pascha and Matins were read.
The Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and the Akathist to the Resurrection were read.
Friday
The Hours of Pascha and Matins were read.
The Hours of Pascha, the Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and the Akathist to the Resurrection were read.
Saturday
The Hours of Pascha and Matins were read at St. George Church.
Seven people came to Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, West Virginia.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Divine Liturgy.

Mornings
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 5:30 AM.

Afternoons
Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 4:00 PM.

Tuesday
Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.

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

Saturday, May 3rd
Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM with Procession, Blessing of Kolach and Koljivo.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

May 6 - St. George
May 8 - Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark
May 10 - Celebration of Parish Slava, Burning of the Relics of St. Sava on Vracar.
May 12 - St. Vasilje of Ostrog
May 15 - St. Athanasius the Great
May 19 - Transfer of the Relics of St. Sava of Serbia
May 21 - Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian
May 22 - Transfer of the Relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
May 24 - Sts. Cyril and Methodius, St. Nikodim of Pec.

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

Pray for the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija


Parish Life

Thank you to all coming to celebrate Pascha.

Thirteen people from West Virginia were present for Pascha.

Remember to make your Slava dinner reservations today.

The Leave-taking of Pascha is on June 4, 2008.

Share the joy of the Resurrection with everyone you meet.

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 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?

Greene County First Assistant District Attorney Linda Chambers is a very important case at this time. She is helpful to the St. George Church throughout the year.

Pray for and be grateful for the volunteer fire fighters in your community.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Steve Maddish. Funeral held on Holy Saturday.

One person came for Adult Class this past Thursday. Class will be held this Thursday.

A Thought from Protopresbyter Stavrofor Stevan Stepanov

What is the Resurrection and what does it mean? It is a new life in its fullness. Resurrection is not a dream. It is not deceit. Do not disregard this reality. The tomb is not the end of living. It's the tunnel leading to a new life. It's the passing over from death to life-Pascha. Belief in the Resurrection has been a stumbling block for many people. However, in nature and in the Scriptures, we can find all the evidence we need to lead us to believe in the Resurrection. But one thing is needed is to look, study, listen, and believe what we see and hear.

(St. Elijah Easter Bulletin 1999).

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

To Consider

The services of Pascha.
The joy of Pascha.
The love of Pascha.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 28 - Visited parishioner at home for Confession and Communion.
April 29-30 - Travelled to New Jersey and New York for Christian Education meeting..
May 3 - Travelled to Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy.

From the Wisdom of Sirach
(3:17-19 SAAS)

Wisdom exalts her children and lays hold on those who seek her. Whoever loves her loves life, and those who come to her early in the morning will be filled with gladness. He who holds fast to her will inherit glory and the Lord blesses every place she enters. Those who serve her will minister to the Holy One, and the Lord loves those who love her.


Thomas Sunday

John 20:19-31

Then, the same day, at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them. "Peace be with you." When Jesus had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, "We have seen the Lord." So he said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe." And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace to you!" Then He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing. And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

The resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ is cause for great joy. The resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ exceeds the ability of the human mind to fully comprehend. Each person can be joyful in knowing the resurrection occurred.

Thomas witnessed the Resurrected Christ and exclaimed: "My Lord and my God." (Jn. 20:28) Thomas was privileged to be in the same location with the Risen Christ. Thomas was privileged to hear and speak with the Risen Christ.

The more believers listen to and speak with the Risen Christ, the better believers will We know "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever." (Heb. 13:8).

The passage of time does not hinder our ability to speak with the Lord Jesus Christ. The passage of time does not diminish the resurrection of Christ. The passage of time gives further credence to the power of the Resurrection.

The world changed due to Christ's Resurrection. Believers understand the world in the context of the Resurrection. The Resurrection reveals and verifies Christ's authority and divinity.

When the Risen Christ becomes the guide and guardian, the inspiration and the goal of each believer, life changes for believers. Believers united with the Risen Christ through Holy Confession and Holy Communion live in ways pleasing to Christ.

Believers seeking unity with the Risen Christ make choices pleasing to Christ. The thoughts and actions of believers united with Christ are measured according to standards established by Christ.

Believers will sin. The Resurrected Christ offers forgiveness of sin and a new life in Christ. New life in Christ is extended joy in Christ.

Believers benefit by immersing themselves in Christ. Believers benefit by having Christ in their hearts, their thoughts and on their lips. Believers benefit by praising and giving thanks for the Resurrection.

Partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ brings unity with Christ and the cleansing of sins. Believers are strengthened by Christ. Believers are inspired by Christ. Believers are guided by Christ.

The Resurrection of Christ takes believers to new levels of development. The Resurrection is celebrated "in the present" each year. Believers greet each other with: "Christ is Risen!" The past tense is not used.

The time is now to enjoy the Resurrection. The time is now to prepare for Christ's Second Coming. The time is now to savor the defeat of death. The time is now to be filled with hope.

Gloom and darkness experienced on Great and Holy Friday are replaced by joy and light.

Jesus told His disciples: "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained. (Jn. 20:22). Jesus authorized His disciples to forgive sins.

The forgiveness of sins enables believers to begin anew in Christ. The forgiveness of sins enables believers to overcome despair. When believers find their lives have gone astray, forgiveness of sins provides for a new start.

Present day bishops are successors to the Holy Apostles. Through the canonical laying on of hands, forgiveness of sins continues to the present day. Time is transcended in the Christian life.

Believers are able to pray without regard to the passing of centuries. Prayer reaches across boundaries that are beyond the imagination. Prayer unites the believer with the Risen Christ and enables the believer to be sustained in hope.

The celebration of Christ's Resurrection continues. The Church gives shape to the world through the celebration of the Resurrection. The world is changed by the celebration of the Resurrection.

Christ is manifested through the liturgical celebration of the Resurrection and in the lives of believers expressing the joy of the Resurrection. To the extent believers experience the joy of the Resurrection and share it with others, the world is different.

Christ makes a difference in the lives of believers. Believers in Christ make a difference where they live and work. Believers are nourished and sustained by the Risen Christ.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 21 / May 4, 2008
Thomas Sunday.
Holy Hieromartyr Januarius.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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