St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 590 - April 26 / May 9, 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 26 / May 9, 2010
Sunday of the Blind Man
No. 590

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
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Divine Liturgy was celebrated at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. Six people attended.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were held at St. George Church. Three people attended.
May 2
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-two people attended. Five communicants.
May 3
Matins and First Hour were read.
May 4
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Resurrection was read.
May 5
Matins and First Hour were read. Vespers was read.

Services This Coming Week - Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

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

6:30 PM Followed by Adult Class at 7:00 PM

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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, Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian
May 22 - Transfer of Relics of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker
May 23 - Feast of Pentecost
May 2 - Slava for Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont.
May 25 - Pentecost Tuesday.
May 29 - Leavetaking of Pentecost
May 31 - Apostles Fast Begins
June 3 - Holy Equal to the Apostles Emperor Constantine and Helen
June 4 - St. John Vladimir
June 7 - Third Finding of the Head of St. John the Baptist
June 17 - St. Metrophanes

If you are too busy to are too busy!

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

Parish Life

Congratulations to Archimandrite Dr. Michael Dahulich, Dean of St. Tikhon's Seminary, being consecrated Bishop in New York today for the Orthodox Church in America.

Lt. Col. Rich Menhart fresh from Iraq visited the St. George Church with his family recently.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Timothy Helm of Aliquippa, his having departed this life.

Sympathy extended to the Hickman and Pataskie families, a dear uncle having departed this life.

This being National Nurses Week, nurses from the parish, past and present are recognized including: +Kathryn Gustovich, +Pearl Zivkovich, Paulette Radock, Mitzie Hunchuck, Normana Hickman, Christina Hickman Sivak, Linda Porter, Anna Miscovich and Luann Yancich Ljubic. Irene Yancich has two daughters that are nurses. Eli and Sarah Matovich's daughter is a nurse. Nikki Matovich is a nurse. Scott and Heather Newton, both nurses, come here on Christmas Eve. Diane Rebich Snider is a nurse.

This is National Teachers Week and it is appropriate to recognize Dr. Susan Zivkovich Clark and Susan Zorman Donovan. Dr. Radoslav and Dr. Ivko Dimitric and Aaron Carson also are educators. Peter Shlosky and Lynn Neale Shosky have contributed to the area educational system. Rose Ilich, Karen Brozik, Mim Bizic, Patricia Cekoric, George Vurgich, Paula Dragovich, Melissa Leech and Dr. Natalie Pavlovich have made their marks in the field of education. Marilyn Newton comes here at Christmas and is an educator. Dr. R. J. Porter is an educator. Dr. Sinisha Zikich and Dr. Andrei Popa both teach at the university level. The educational work of +Stevo Milosh Klipa bears remembering. David Silianoff is also a teacher. Denise Dragich and Melissa Dragich are involved in education. Dustin Menhart is preparing to teach at a high level.

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.

A Thought from Protopresbyter Stephen Zaremba

Through sin man brought sickness and death into this world, not God. Whoever receives healing from God, the forgiveness of sin, whatsoever man may beseech of God for his health and salvation, must take care to blamelessly keep the will of God, for if he does not fulfill the will of God, preferring his own will instead, that is, if he sins, for to sin is to do ones own will and instead of the will of God, he can not only lose that which he received, it can even be worse for him than before because of his thanklessness. He who is thankful to God, it is he who listens to God, for he loves God.

(A recent sermon at St. Sava Church in St. Petersburg, Florida )

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

To Consider

Using our eyes to see God at work in daily life.
Using our mind to give thanks to God.
Using our heart for God intended purposes.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 1 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, W.Va.
May 3 - Attended viewing for +Timothy Helm recently departed this life.
May 4 - Attend West Virginia University continuing education social work ethics class on confidentiality, privacy and privileged communication.

Psalm 56/57:2

I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.

Sunday of the Blind Man

John 9:1-38

Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him saying: "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, "Go, wash in the pool of Siloam"(which is being translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing. Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, "Is not this he who sat and begged?" Some said, "This is he. Others said, "He is like him." He said, "I am he." Therefore they said to him, "How were your eyes opened? He answered and said, "A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, 'Go to the pool of Siloam and wash' So I went and washed, and I received sight." Then they said to him, 'Where is He?" He said, "I do not know. They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees. Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, "He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see." Therefore some of the Pharisees said, "This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath." Other said, "How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?" And there was a division among them. They said to the blind man again, "What do you say about Him because He opened your eyes?" He said, "He is a prophet." But the Jews did not believe concerning him that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight. And they asked them, saying, "Is this your son, who you say was born blind?" How then does he now see?" His parents answered them and said, "We know that his is our son, and that he was born blind; but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself." His parent said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, "He is of age; ask him." So they again called the man who was blind and said to him, "Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner." He answered and said, "Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see." Then they said to him again, "What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?" He answered them, "I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?" Then they reviled him and said, "You are His disciple, but we are Moses' disciples. We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where He is from." The man answered and said to them, "Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes!" Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshipper of God and does His will, He hears him. Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing." They answered and said to him, "You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?" And they cast him out. Jesus heard they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, "Do you believe in the Son of God? He answered and said, "Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?" And Jesus said to him, "You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you." Then he said, "Lord, I believe! And he worshipped Him.

The Lord Jesus Christ healed the man born blind. The Lord Jesus Christ can heal long standing problems if we open our hearts, minds and souls to Him. With each passing moment, we draw closer to the Second Coming of Christ.

We do well to utilize each moment of time to prepare for Christ's Second Coming. We do well to use each moment to live in the fullness of Christ. The joy of the life in Christ is accessible to each believer.

The healing of the blind man is a valuable lesson for persons afflicted with serious illness. Jesus told His disciples: "Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him" (Jn. 9:3)

When faced with the question "Why me?" it is time to look to see how God can change the situation for the better. It is time to consider what can be done personally to ensure life is being lived according to ways pleasing God.

Whenever circumstances are difficult and stressful, it is time to look to God for internal peace and for wisdom. It is time to look to God for direction. The man born blind had his life completely changed when Christ healed him.

Long standing negative personal conditions can change with the help of Christ. Barriers in life can be overcome with Christ. The Holy Apostle Paul said: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Phil. 4:13)

The blind man became a man of vision when Jesus healed him. The man's life was radically changed. He experienced a new freedom to move about unhindered. He was empowered by Christ to do things he could not do before.

Healings by Christ bring accompanying responsibilities to be grateful to Christ. When our prayers our heard, we need to live in ways that express our gratitude. We need to live in ways that give glory to God.

The blind man was unwavering in his recognition that Jesus performed a miraculous act. The blind man was firm in his belief that Jesus was set apart and different from everyone else.

The blind man said: "If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing." (Jn. 9:33) Christians need to reflect the same degree of belief in Christ as the blind man.

Jesus heals believers in different ways of long standing conditions. Healings need not be as readily apparent as the man born blind from birth but can be known personally and quietly to the believers involved.

The Church wants believers to consider the experience the healing of the blind man every year during the Paschal celebration period. Joyous healing is found in Christ and believers need not deprive themselves of this joy.

Informed believers knowing of the experience of the blind man can turn to Christ with confidence and seek the healing necessary for their personal lives.

Jesus invites believers with the words: "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." (Mt. 11:29)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 26 / May 9, 2010
Sunday of the Blind Man.
Holy Hieromartyr Basil of Amasea.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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