St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 532 - March 16 / March 29, 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 16 / March 29, 2009
Fourth Sunday of Great Lent
No. 532

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

Hebrews 6:11-12

And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

Recent Services
March 19
Ninth Hour was read.
March 20
Midnight Office, First and Third Hours were read.
Three people came for the Presanctified Liturgy. Two communicants.
Ninth Hour was read.
March 21
Midnight Office, Matins, First Hour were read at St .George Church.
Third and Sixth Hour were read before the Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va.
Fifteen people came for Divine Liturgy. Seven communicants.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read at St. George
March 22
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read before the Divine Liturgy.
Twenty-five people attended the Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
March 23
Midnigth Office, First and Third Hours were read.
One person came for reading of the Ninth Hour
March 24
Midnight Office, First and Third Hour were read.
Two people came for the Akathist to Jesus Christ and the Akathist to the Cross.
March 25
Midnight Office, First Hour and Third Hour were read.
Five people came for Presanctified Liturgy. Two communicants.
Ninth Hour was read.
March 26
Midnight Office, First and Third Hours were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

6:30 PM on Monday followed by Adult Class.
4:00 PM on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

9:00 AM Presanctified Liturgy, Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Fairmont, W.Va.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

March 29 - Vespers, Fourth Sunday of Great Lent at 5:30 PM, Holy Resurrection Church, Steubenville
April 3 - Second Vigil Service at 6:00 PM, St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa.
April 5 - Vespers, Fifth Sunday of Great Lent at 5:30 PM, St. George Church, Carmichaels.
April 11 - Lazarus Saturday
April 12 - Vespers, Palm Sunday at 5:30 PM, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh
April 15 - Great and Holy Wednesday, Holy Unction at 7:00 PM, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh.
April 16 - Great and Holy Thursday

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

Parish Life

Joseph Katusa has been honored at the national level for work done in behalf of the Merchant Marines. +His Holiness Patriarch GERMAN recognized Joe for his support of the new St. Sava Cathedral in Belgrade. Joe sings prayerfully at each Divine Liturgy.

Lou Rodavich, son of +George and +Lenore Rodavich, continues to remember the St. George Church.

Melva Hunchuck is eager to be back to work at the St. George Church.

Mike "Mac" Rogish will be honored at Dolfi's. on April 25 for his hundredth birthday Parishioners are invited and must respond to his family by April 11.

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..

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.

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

Sympathy extended to the family of +Cecilia Yoskovich recently departed this life.

Two people came to Adult Class on Tuesday. Class on Monday this coming week.

A Thought from Hieromonk Seraphim Rose
This rule of fasting, to be sure, is not intended to be a "straight-jacket" for Orthodox believers, nor a source of pharisaical pride for anyone who keeps the letter of the Church's law. It is rather the rule, the standard, against which each is to measure his own practice, and towards which one must always strive, according to one's strength and circumstances. Whenever, for sickness or any other reason, one falls short of the rule, he applies to himself the spiritual medicine of self-reproach and strives to enter more fully into the spirit and discipline of fasting, which is indeed of great spiritual benefit to those who sincere strive to follow it.

(St. Herman of Alaska Calendar 2007 )

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

To Consider

The requirements for spiritual growth.
The steps of spiritual growth.
The results of spiritual growth.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 14 - Went to Fredericktown for viewing for +Helen Dabrunich.
March 19 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
March 21 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy. Blessed one home on the return trip.
March 22 - Went to St. George Church, Midland for Vespers.
March 23 - Went to viewing for +Cecilia Yoskovich.
March 24 - Went to Diocesan Center.
March 24 - Went to St. Ellien Antiochian Church in Brownsville to attend service.

From the Wisdom of Sirach

It was Ezekiel who saw the vision of glory which God showed him above the chariot of the cherubim.

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 Your 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."

Christians are expected to change during Great Lent. Christians are expected to be better Christians at the end of Great Lent. Increased prayer, fasting and increased church attendance are intended to make a difference.

The way Christians approach Great Lent and live each day are the determining factors. Believers expecting to change and improve during Great Lent will achieve the desired ends if they honor and invest in Great Lent.

Effort is required in Great Lent to experience the benefits. A minimal investment of effort will yield minimal results. If we don't fast and pray throughout Great Lent, improvements in our Christian life will be minimal

Jesus told the disciples they could not heal the child with the adverse spirit because prayer and fasting were required. (Mk. 9:29) Prayer and fasting benefit the believer and are fundamental to the Christian life.

God is to be feared to the extent believers do not abide by His commandments and are unwilling to repent. The person who repents has certain responsibilities to correct as much as possible any wrongs committed.

Holy Confession provides for the forgiveness of sins. Forgiveness is an answer to prayer and an expression of God's love. Believers experiencing forgiveness are expected to begin living in ways pleasing to God.

When a person fails to make progress, the person's unbelief needs careful examination. The stumbling blocks to progress need removed. Fasting is not limited to abstaining from meat and dairy products.

Holy Prophet Isaiah spoke of fasting this way: "To loose the bonds of wickeness...share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him (Is. 58:6-7)

Believers wanting to make progress during Great Lent must be willing to fight strongly against sinful inclinations and habits and engage seriously in prayer.

The Lord Jesus Christ said "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled." (Mt. 5:6). This Beatitude is sung at each Divine Liturgy. Great Lent has objectives.

Believers need to be certain of their objectives. The Lord Jesus Christ made clear the primary objective for believers. The Lord said: "Seek first the Kingdom of God." (Mt. 6:33)

A believer's thoughts and efforts during Great Lent and outside of Great Lent should be directed toward the Kingdom of God. Christ's joy is experienced in the earnest effort of the Christian life and is also the desired objective.

Every day offers fulfillment in Christ. Believers are nourished by Christ in the reading of the Holy Scriptures. Believers are nourished by Christ in prayer. Believers are nourished by Christ when attending the Divine services.

The hunger of the soul is satisfied when Christ is sought in earnest. Casual interest in Christ does not bring the fullness and peace that comes from serious interest. Being serious about Christ makes a decided difference in many lives.

The serious Christian is changed by Christ and this change affects others. Parents taking a serious interest in Christ will have an impact on their children. Husbands and wives strengthen their marriages when they are centered in Christ.

The father of the child with the adverse spirit told Jesus he believed. He wanted Jesus' help with his unbelief. Believers benefit by consistently asking Jesus for help in strengthening their faith.

If every baptized person had strong faith the world would be totally different. Lives become better and different when Christians seriously ask the Lord Jesus Christ for help and make responsible use of it.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 16 / March 29, 2009
Fourth Sunday of Great Lent.
Sunday of St. John Climacus.
Holy Apostle Aristobulos.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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