St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 538 - April 27 / May 10, 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 27 / May 10, 2009
Sunday of the Paralytic/Burning of Relics of St. Sava
No. 538

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
May 1
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read. Vespers was read.
May 2
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
May 3
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read.
Fifty-six people attended the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy served by His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN. Father Deacon Dragoslav Kosic also served. Eleven communicants. His Grace blessed the Slava Kolach and Koljivo and a Procession was held.
May 4
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
May 5
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Jesus Christ, Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection were read at the Federal Correctional Institution at Morgantown, W.Va. with two inmates participating.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
Two people came to St. George Church for the Akathist to St. George.
May 6
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read.
Four people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
May 7
Midnight Office, Matins and First Hour were read

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

4:00 PM-Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday.

6:30 PM followed by Adult Class.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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.
May 22 - Transfer of the Relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
May 24 - Sts. Cyril and Methodius. St. Nicodemus, Archbishop of Serbia.
May 27 - Leavetaking of Pascha
May 28 - Feast of the Ascension of our Lord.
June 6 - Memorial Saturday, Grave Blessings.
June 7 - Feast of Pentecost, Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija

Parish Life

Father Miladin Blagojevich was among the attendees at the Slava. This parish grew out of the Youngwood parish where Father Miladin is the priest.

Mark Opacic, friend of St. George Church recently visited Greene County.

Two people came to Adult Class this past Tuesday to see a video about Gracanica Monastery. Class again this Tuesday.

This is National Nurses Week and the following individuals need recognized for their important work: Pearl Zivkovich, Mitzie Hunchuck, Paulette Radock, Norma Hickman, Christina Hickman, Linda Porter. Diane Rebich Snider.

Dr. Anatoli Peredera always remembers the St. George Church though he lives elsewhere.

Share the joy of the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ in your home and neighborhood.

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 parishioner is a missionary for St. George Church.

Congratulations to all students completing another year of academic study.

Remember Mothers, living and departed. Pray for them and appreciate them.

Shadeland Camp applications are available for campers. Volunteer helpers are always needed.

From St. NIKOLAI (Velimirovic)

The living soul of the saint, however, looked triumphantly at the fire from the invisible world. For Sava's lifelong desire to be also a martyr for Christ's sake was now fulfilled. Therefore, with the smile of a victor, Sava forgave Sinan Pasha, and blessed His Serbian People.

(The Life of St. Sava St. Vladimir's Seminary Press )

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

To Consider

The lasting power of the greeting: "Christ is Risen!"
The greeting of "Christ is Risen" as used in everyday life.
The changed lives resulting from the Paschal greeting.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 30 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
May 1 - Went to Diocesan center in Mars for Shadeland meeting.
May 5 - Went to the Federal Prison in Morgantown to serve and talk with inmates.
May 5 - Went to Fairmont General Hospital to visit a patient.
May 6 - Went to Diocesan Center for Slava celebration and to two additional Slava celebrations.
May 7 - Went to Fairmont General Hospital while patient had surgery.
May 7 - Stopped to briefly visit with parish family in Fairmont.
May 7- - Went to hospital in Clarksburg, West.Virginia to visit patient. Stopped briefly to visit with hospital chaplain Rev. Morley. Rev. Morley comes to seminars at St. George Church.

From Psalm 5:1-2

Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God, for to You I will pray. (NKJV)

Sunday of the Paralytic
John 5:1-15

After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus was him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, "Do you want to be made well?" The sick man answered Him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me." Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your bed and walk." And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, "It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed." He answered them, "He who made me well said to me, "Take up your bed and walk." Then they asked him, "Who is the Man who said to you, "Take up your bed and walk?" But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you." The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who made him well.

The Lord Jesus Christ was responsible for healing the man at the pool of Bethesda. The man had his infirmity of thirty-eight years. His condition was long-standing. Some people probably felt the condition was permanent.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "With God all things are possible." (Mt. 19:26) God can reverse and change what seems impossible to change. Healing of the man at the pool of Bethesda is evidence of the miraculous work of God.

Abraham and Sarah were advanced in age and having a child at their age seemed impossible. The Lord said: "Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time, I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son." (Gen. 18:14)

God's Holy Church is in the time of the Paschal celebration. The Risen Christ defeated death and demonstrated convincingly that indeed all things are possible with God.

Hope and faith are fundamental in the life of the Christian. The Holy Apostle Paul said: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Phil. 4:13)

Parents need to have hope and confidence in the ability of their children to do well. Mothers and fathers need to stand by their sons and daughters and love them in all circumstances. Parental love and care make a big difference.

Jesus showed love for the paralytic. Jesus showed love for every person when He went to the Cross and rose from the Tomb. Christian love changes lives. Christian loves changes neighborhoods and communities.

In the workplace, in school and in the community, Christians change the atmosphere when there are serious about their faith. Loving the Lord Jesus Christ and acting with the love of Christ transforms human relationships.

Family life improves when Christ is the center of the family. Relations between husbands and wives improve when Christian teachings govern the relationship.

Raising children is put in the proper perspective when mothers and fathers focus on Christ and center their lives in Christ. Prayer, fasting and reading the Holy Scriptures provide strength for parents.

Holy Confession and Holy Communion renew families. The Risen Christ provides the foundation for resolute hope. In these times of world economic crisis and uncertainty, the certainty of the way of Christ is of paramount importance.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "I will build My church and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it." (Mt. 16:18). Believers find security in Christ. Believers find security in Christ's Holy Church.

Christ makes individuals well and gives them strength. Christ nourishes individuals turning to Him in faith. The period between Pascha and Christ's Ascension is time to reflect on the Resurrection and renewal in Christ.

The paralytic became new in Christ. He experienced a new mobility and freedom. The Lord Jesus Christ changed the life of the paralytic completely. The Lord Jesus Christ changes the lives of believers taking Him seriously.

Our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is the most fundamental relationship we have. The degree to which we are serious about the Lord Jesus Christ will be reflected in our relationship with others.

If we love Christ, we will strive to keep His commandments and live in ways pleasing to Him. If we love Christ, we will treat others as Christ would have them treated.

If we turn to Christ in faith, our hearts and minds will be at peace. If we cherish our relationship with Christ, we will care for our soul. Paralysis of the mind and heart are healed by the Risen Christ.

Paralysis of thought is healed by the Lord Jesus Christ. Negativism is healed by the Risen Christ. Christ enters our lives unexpectedly and with definitive results as He did with the paralytic.

We do well to be prepared to receive Christ into our hearts and homes at all times. We do well to love Christ and seek Him every moment of everyday. The love of Christ is all-healing.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 27 / May 10, 2009
Sunday of the Paralytic
Burning of the Relics of St. Sava.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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