St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 536 - April 13 / April 26, 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
April 13 / April 26, 2009
Thomas Sunday
No. 536

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

Hristos Voskrese! Vaistinu Voskrese!
Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

Recent Services
Holy Friday
Four people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, West Virginia for Royals Hours.
Eleven people came for Vespers and Matins on Holy Friday evening at St. George Church
Holy Saturday
Twelve people came for Divine Liturgy to St. George Church. Nine communicants.
Ten people came on Holy Saturday evening for reading of the Acts of the Apostles.
Pascha
Fifteen people came for Resurrection Matins.
The Akathist for Holy Communion was read before the Paschal Divine Liturgy
Sixty-four people came for the Paschal Divine Liturgy. Sixteen communicants.
Bright Monday
Midnight Office and Matins were read.
Nine people came for Divine Liturgy. Father Fred Pfeil was present to serve. One communicant.
The Hours of Pascha, Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection were read.
Bright Tuesday
Midnight Office and Matins were read.
The Hours of Pascha, Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection were read.
Bright Wednesday
Midnight Office and Matins were read.
The Hours of Pascha and Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection were read.
Bright Thursday
Midnight Office and Matins were read.
The Hours of Pascha and Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection were read.
Bright Friday
Midnight Office and Matins were read.
The Hours of Pascha and Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

Mornings
5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Friday.

Monday
6:30 PM followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

Thursday
4:00 PM

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

May 3 - Parish Slava celebration. St. Nikolai of Zhicha, Ven Joasaph of Serbia.
May 6 - St. George.
May 10 - Burning of Relics of St. Sava.
May 12 - St. Vasilje of Ostrog.
May 15 - St. Athanasius the Great
May 19 - Transfer of Relics of St. Sava.

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

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

Parish Life

Thank you to all individuals helping to sing, prepare food and to welcome visitors on Bright Monday.

May God grant Mike "Mac" Rogish continued good health in his hundredth year!

Make your Slava reservations today.

Plan to attend the parish Slava celebration next Sunday.

Continue to rejoice in the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Share the joy of the Resurrection in your home and neighborhood.

Two people attended Adult Class last Tuesday to watch the video "Journey of Faith."

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. Class on Monday night this week at 7:00 PM.

Every parishioner is a missionary for St. George Church.

From the Epistle to the Thessalonians

But I do not want you to be ignorant brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

(I Thess.4:13-17-NKJV Orthodox Study Bible )

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

To Consider

The witness of the Holy Apostle Thomas.
The enduring message of Christ's Resurrection.
The permanent hope in the Risen Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 17 - Went to Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, West Virginia for Royal Hours.
April 20 - Went to Archangel Antiochian Orthodox Church in Monessen for Divine Liturgy.
April 22 - Went to Morgantown, West Virginia to meet with Orthodox Christian.
April 24 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pa.

From The Psalms 3:3

But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head
(NKJV Orthodox Study Bible )


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 Holy Apostle Thomas wanted proof of the Lord Jesus Christ's resurrection. People exist today who want proof of Jesus Christ's divinity and resurrection.

Proof of Jesus Christ's divinity and resurrection are experienced by believers putting their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. Believers putting their faith and trust in the Lord experience Him in their daily lives.

The lives of believers are changed in proportion to their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. The lives of believers are renewed in direct proportion to the faith and trust they put into the Lord Jesus Christ.

Believers turning to God in faith and in trust find independent verification of the presence of God everywhere in their daily lives. In ways expected and in ways unexpected, Christ is manifested in the lives of believers.

Miracles continue to occur every day. Believers will see and hear of miracles that can only be attributed to God. Miracles need not be proclaimed from the housetops or in the national and international media.

Believers truly placing their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ are content in seeing small signs of Christ that testify to His presence and to His power and divinity.

The Holy Apostle Thomas was convinced of the resurrection when he had the opportunity to reach out and touch Jesus. Believers who live the Christian life each day will feel the touch and presence of Christ particularly in times of need.

A kind word, a sympathetic phone call, an unexpected letter or visit are signs of Christ at work in the lives of believers. When a believer is depressed or is in mourning, Christ acts through others to lift the person from despair.

When a believer gets discouraged, Christ acts through others to offer signs of hope and encouragement. Believers reap what they sow. Believers spreading their faith in Christ, experience the faith of Christ in other believers they meet.

The Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ has great power to change lives. The Holy Apostle Thomas declared: "My Lord and my God!"(Jn.20:28) Certainly the Apostle Thomas' life was not the same after experiencing the Risen Christ.

The Holy Apostle Paul encountered the Lord Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus. The Holy Apostle Paul's life changed dramatically. (Acts 9:1-22) Believers are celebrating the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ at this time. The lives of current believers are changed to the degree the Resurrection of Christ is experienced as currently celebrated.

The Precious Body and Blood of Christ transform believers. Holy Confession, Holy Communion and Holy Unction bring healing and renewal.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." (2 Cor. 5:17) Believers trusting in Christ follow Christ and listen to Christ.

True believers look to God for direction and turn to God in prayer. True believers place confidence in God and are never disappointed. The lesson of Thomas Sunday is a lesson of verification of the Resurrection.

The lesson of Thomas Sunday is convincing proof of the Empty Tomb and of the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. People want evidence. People want convinced.

Believers know that prayer brings proof. Believers know that faith brings proof. Believers know that hope in God is never futile. Believers know that the relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is stronger than death, stronger than steel.

Martyrs die while convinced of the Risen Christ and unwilling to compromise their faith in Christ. The Holy Apostles spread the Gospel of Christ in the face of great hardship and adversity.

Individuals today make choices at every segment of time whether to be joined with the Crucified and Risen Christ or to be joined with disbelievers and skeptics.

The joy of the Resurrection is not confined to Pasha. The joy of the Resurrection lives in the hearts of believers who proclaim with the Holy Apostle Thomas throughout the year: "My Lord and my God.!"


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 13 / April 26, 2009
Thomas Sunday.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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