St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 588 - April 12 / April 25, 2010


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 12 / April 25, 2010
Sunday of the Paralytic
No. 588

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
April 11
Twenty-nine people came for Divine Liturgy and Parastos. Two communicants.
April 17
Two people came for Ninth Hour and Great Vespers with Litya.
April 18
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
April 19
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

Saturday, May 1
5:30 AM at St. George Church.
10:00 AM for Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va.
4:00 PM Ninth Hour and Vespers at St. George Church.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

April 25 - Fourth Sunday of Pascha-Sunday of the Paralytic
May 1 - Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Church in Fairmont, W.Va.
May 2 - Fifth Sunday of Pascha, Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
May 6 - St. George Day, Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
May 8 - Parish Slava Celebration, Slava Dinner. Divine Liturgy at 10:00 AM.
May 9 - Sixth Sunday of Pascha-Sunday of the Blind Man.
May 10 - Burning of Relics of St. Sava
May 12 - St. Basil of Ostrog
May 13 - Feast of Ascension
May 19 - Transfer of Relics of St. Sava.
May 21 - Apodasis of Feast of Ascension
May 22 - Transfer of Relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
May 23 - Feast of Pentecost
May 24 - Slava of Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church, Fairmont, W.Va.
May 25 - Pentecost Tuesday

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

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People Everywhere

Parish Life

The Outdoor Religious Program and Parish Picnic will be on Sunday July 25. No picnic will be held in June.

Frances Dragich has a longer trip from Washington than she did when she lived in Fredericktown but she still comes to church.

The parish Vidovdan observance and program will be on June 27.

The parish Healthcare seminar is scheduled for August 10.

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.

Mitzie Hunchuck has posted videos on Utube showing portions of different church services. Take time to view them.

Continue to celebrate Christ's Resurrection each day.

A Thought from Protinica Victoria Trbuhovich

The goal for each parent is to take his or her family to the very best place that they can be in, and to experience the most perfect experience one could ever have: Gathering in Church to meet the Lord in the Divine Liturgy. If we're not paying close attention, we might not understand that this is, indeed, what the Divine Liturgy is about.

(Little Falcons Vol. 16, No. 4, 2009, p. 18)

To Consider

The amount of time and effort required for preparing for ordination as deacon or priest.
The continuing learning requirements for clergy.
The expectations placed upon clergy.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 17 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
April 18 - Attend parish Executive Board meeting.

From Psalm 54/55:22

Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.


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 healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ needs to be made known to each generation. The Holy Gospel is preached that individuals will learn about Christ, turn from sin and experience Christ's healing.

Jesus told the healed paralytic to sin no more. When believers experience the healing of Christ through Holy Confession and Communion and Holy Unction, believers are expected to take steps to remain united with Christ.

Faithfulness to Christ requires daily effort and attention. Daily faithfulness to Christ wards off sinful behavior. Daily faithfulness to Christ enables the believer to experience the joy of the life in Christ.

Peace is found in Christ. Direction is found in Christ. Life's meaning is found in Christ. Fulfillment is found in Christ. Individuals turning to Christ will make vocational decisions and family decisions in accord with the way of Christ.

Individuals united with Christ and faithful to Christ will conduct their business and professional lives according to the ways of Christ. Individuals grateful for being healed by Christ, will demonstrate gratitude by the way they live.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: "You will know them by their fruits."(Mt.7:16) God knows if we are grateful for healing by the way we use our time, our talents and our resources.

God's knows if we are grateful for His continued love and blessings by the way we pray and worship. God knows if we are grateful for His forgiveness, protection and mercy by the way we treat others.

The Lord Jesus Christ intervened in the life of the paralytic after the paralytic had suffered in his condition for thirty-eight years. The healing of the paralytic after many years of suffering is reason for everyone to have hope.

Individuals with longstanding conditions can turn to God in prayer. Individuals with longstanding conditions can learn from the healing of the paralytic that "with God all things are possible." (Mt. 19:26)

The healing of the paralytic after thirty-eight years of suffering is cause for great joy. The healed man's life changed dramatically. The Lord Jesus Christ granted the man new strength and new life. The man had increased freedom.

Christ provides strength, freedom and new life to each person. The paralytic at the pool side had his heart and mind and soul open to Christ. The paralytic believed Jesus could make a difference in his life.

The paralytic did not scoff at Jesus and say that his condition had existed too long for a change to be made. Every sinful person can turn to Christ in faith, repent and be healed. All that is needed is sincerity in Christ and a willingness to change.

Jesus said: "If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you." (Mt. 17:20)

The same Lord Jesus Christ that healed the paralytic healed the man born blind. It had never been heard of that a person born blind could be healed. (Jn. 9:1-32). The healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ is unlimited.

We are in the time of Pascha in God's Holy Church. The Church is celebrating with great joy that the Lord Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. The miracles of Jesus reflect that joy that comes from Christ.

We do well to always seek the joy that comes from Christ. The investment we make in the life in Christ is the best investment we can make. The change in the life of the paralytic is evidence of the difference Christ can make in a life.

Whether we have long standing conditions that concern us or whether new and unexpected challenges to our patience and faith arise, faithfulness to Christ will always bear the best results.

We do well to always be open to the presence and action of Christ in our lives. If we look with faith at daily occurrences, we will see and feel the healing presence of Christ as did the paralytic.

Christ's Resurrection established an indomitable and universal message of His healing power. Let us now and each day recommit our lives to Christ and seek fervently to be faithful.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 12 / April 25, 2010
Sunday of the Paralytic.
Venerable Basil the Confessor, Bishop of Parium.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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