St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 530 - March 2 / March 15, 2009

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 2 / March 15, 2009
Second Sunday of Great Lent
No. 530

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

Galatians 3:26

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

Recent Services
March 6
Midnght Office, First and Third Hours were read.
Two people came for the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. One communicant.
One person came for Great Compline.
March 7
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Third and Sixth Hour immediately before the Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission Church in Fairmon, W.Va.
Seven people came to the service in Fairmont.
Two people came to St.George Church for Ninth Hour and Akathist to Communion.
March 8
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read immediately before the Divine Liturgy.
Twenty-eight people came for Divine Liturgy. Six communicants.
Six people came for Vespers.
March 9
Midnight Office, First and Third Hours were read.
Six people came for the Akathist to St. John.
Ninth Hour was read.
March 10
Great Compline was read.
March 11
Midnight Office, First and Third Hours were read.
Two people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. One communicant.
Great Compline was read.
March 12
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for the Akathist to the Holy Spirit, Akathist to the Icon of the Mother of God, Unexpected Joy and Akathist to St. Photios.
Four people came for Great Compline.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour. Third and Sixth Hour before Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Tuesday at 6:30 PM followed by Adult Class

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

10:00 AM - Divine Liturgy, Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Fairmont, W.Va.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

March 15 - Vespers Second Sunday of Great Lent at 5:30 PM St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa.
March 22 - Vespers Third Sunday of Great Lent at 5:30 PM St.George Church, Midland.
March 29 - Vespers Fourth Sunday of Great Lent at 5:30 PM Holy Resurrection Church, Steubenville
April 5 - Vespers Fifth Sunday of Great Lent at 5:30 PM St. George Church, Carmichaels.
April 12 - Vespers Palm Sunday at 5:30 PM Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

Parish Life

Steve Popovich remembers the St. George Church even though he lives far away.

Mildred Bezjak does important work in area prisons.

Christian Sivak is doing well in her advanced academic studies.

Jack, Cynthia and William Rose were in Texas to see Eric graduate from basic training.

Eric Rose is one of three former altar boys from this parish in the service at this time.

Four men from this parish are on active military duty at this time.

Three people came for Adult Class this past Wednesday to discuss the Gospel for the Sunday of Orthodoxy. Class again this Tuesday at 7:00 PM.

Every believer able should come to Holy Confession and Holy Communion during Lent.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill , their caretakers and the institution staffs.

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

Remember the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Every believer is a missionary for the Church.

Learn the calendar of the Church and use it to structure your daily life.

If you have a question about the Divine services or other questions ask Father Rodney and come to the Adult Classes.

Irene Yancich and Sandy Rantovich are among the regular helpers when the Kolo bakes.

A Thought from Protopresbyter Stavrofor Rastko Trbuhovich
"I was never in the habit of going to church on weekdays," you say. Of course not. You were working those many years. It will be a new experience for you. You never appreciated the feasts because you did not experience them first hand. But we all know that as long as we are on this earth, God has a job for us. We are always called to be stewards, His partners doing His work. When we retire from our daily obligations of employment, we are free to join the weekday festal celebrations.

(The Voice of St. Stephen , March-April, 2002. )

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

To Consider

The Sundays of Great Lent.
The services during Great Lent.
Our participation in Great Lent.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 7 - Went to Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy.
March 7 - Went to Greek Orthodox Church in Monessen for Vespers.
March 10 - Went to Diocesan Center.
March 10 - Visited parishioner in Washington Hospital.
March 12 - Blessed home of one parish family.

From the Wisdom of Sirach

But the Lord will never give up His mercy, nor cause any of His works to perish;

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 to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and 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 leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. 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 also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

The Second Sunday of Great Lent has arrived. Two weeks of this dedicated time for repentance have passed. The time that has passed will never return. The immediate present and each remaining day of Great Lent are important.

The time of life is a gift from God to be used for the glory of God and the salvation of the soul. Individuals making wise use of Great Lent will pray and fast as intended by the Church.

The period of Great Lent are used wisely by serious Christians to prepare for Holy Confession and Holy Communion. The days of Great Lent are used beneficially when the condition of the soul is carefully examined.

Believers do well during Great Lent to honestly assess their relationship with God. This is a time to determine if we are living in ways pleasing to God and to repent of sin keeping us from God.

The Lord Jesus Christ went to the Cross for each person. The Lord Jesus has infinite love for each person. The Lord Jesus heals individuals seeking health and wholeness of the heart, mind and soul.

Love for God is demonstrated in the way we show love to the Church, to our family, to friends, to co-workers, and to the individuals we meet in daily life.

Our relationship with God is connected with the people we meet. The Holy Apostle John said: "Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother." (I Jn. 3:10)

Relationships require the building of trust. Ideally, the relationship with God develops as a person matures. The relationship with God is not intended to stagnate or to end at a certain age.

We are to grow in Christ throughout life. We are to mature in our understanding and relationship with God. The mind develops as a person grows from infancy to adulthood. The relationship with God is intended to develop.

Adult believers do well to examine the passing of time from Holy Baptism to the present and determine if the understanding and relationship with God has grown and improved.

Believers do well to determine if their approach to prayer has improved with the passing of time. Believers do well to determine if their approach to Great Lent and other aspects of Church life demonstrate maturity and appropriate honor.

Becoming a Christian is accompanied by acceptance of the major responsibility of living as a Christian for the remaining time of life. All aspects of the commandments of God are to be honored and welcomed.

The structure of the Church provides the necessary support to live in Christ completely. Believers with a favorable view of the structure of the Church will approach life in the Church with a greater degree of confidence.

Confidence in God increases as a person comes to God in faith. At times a person turns to God out of desperation. Normally, even turning to God in desperation, a person has a residual of faith that brings the person to God.

A person placing trust in God finds the trust is well-placed. The person taking that initial step to trust God has reason to continue trusting God. The decision to continue rests in how badly a person wants peace for the heart, mind and soul.

Peace for the heart, mind and soul are found in God. The paralytic in the present Gospel experienced peace through the forgiveness of sin and healing of the body. Forgiveness and healing came through Jesus Christ.

Peace from Christ is divine peace. Peace from Christ can prevail in the most difficult of circumstances. Martyrs facing death can have peace at heart due to knowledge of and faith in Christ.

The peace of Christ is not easy to understand unless one prays to Christ and unless one has had the experience of forgiveness by Christ. Forgiveness brings peace. Moving from paralysis to health brings peace and freedom.

A person is not agitated by paralysis if the person is healed. Faith in Christ during Great Lent brings mobility, freedom and peace.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 2 / March 15, 2009
Second Sunday of Great Lent.
Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas. Hieromartyr Theodotus, Bishop of Cyrenia.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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