St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 628 - January 17 / January 30, 2011

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
January 17 / January 30, 2011
Thirty-Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
No. 628

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

Luke 18:42

Then Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight, your faith has made you well."

Recent Services
January 23
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy.
Thirty people attended the Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
The Monongahela River was blessed.
January 26
Vespers was read.
January 27
Two people came for Divine Liturgy.
Vespers was read.
January 28
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

4:00 PM Ninth Hour and Vespers on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

January 30 - Annual Meeting, St. Anthony the Great
February 6 - St. Sava Program, Covered Dish Dinner
February 12 - Holy Three Hierarchs
February 13 - Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee
February 15 - Presentation of the Lord
February 18-19 - Diocesan Assembly, Clearwater, Florida
February 20 - Sunday of the Prodigal Son
February 22 - Apodosis of the Presentation
February 27 - Meatfare Sunday
March 6 - Cheesefare Sunday
March 7 - Great Lent begins
March 13 - Sunday of Orthodoxy
March 20 - Second Sunday of Great Len, St. Gregory Palamas
March 27 - Third Sunday of Great Lent, Veneration of the Holy Cross
April 3 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent, St. John Climacus
April 10 - Fifth Sunday of Great Lent, St. Mary of Egypt

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

Thank you to all parishioners staying for the river blessing last Sunday.

Thank you to all parishioners planning to attend the annual meeting.

Thank you to all Executive Board members and Audit Board members for having served this past year.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Protopresbyter Stavrofor Stevan Petrovich of Troy, Michigan departed this life this past week.

Happy Name Day to Subdeacon Anthony Miralles.

Plan to attend Adult Class on Tuesday at 7:00 PM following the 6:30 Akathist. The class will continue to focus on the weekly Sunday Gospels.

How many parishioners remember the Youth Development Center in Waynesburg or the Youth Development Center in Canonsburg?

Make an effort to come to the services scheduled during the week.

It is time for home blessings.

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.

Adult classes will resume on February 1.

If you have questions regarding the practices of the Church, ask Father Rodney.

If you or a family member are hospitalized and want the priest to visit, please ask.

Listen to the parish radio broadcast on Uniontown station WMBS or on the internet.

A Thought from St. Athanasius the Great

The fact that he (St. Anthony the Great) became famous everywhere and that he found universal admiration and his loss is felt even by people who have never seen him, betokens his virtue and a soul beloved of God. For Anthony gained renown not for his writings, nor for worldly wisdom, nor for any art, but solely for his service of God.

(St. Athanasius the Great. The Life of St. Anthony - Ancient Christian Writers Translated by Robert T. Meyer Newman Press, New York, 1978, p. 97 )

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

To Consider

The extent of our personal knowledge of the lives of the saints and martyrs.
The daily benefits we receive from the saints and martyrs.
We can increase our faith by learning more about the saints and martyrs.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 22 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
January 23 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars for Diocesan Council meeting.

Psalm 98/99:9

Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at His holy hill; For the Lord our God is holy.

The Thirty Sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 18:35-43 (NKJV)

Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the roadside begging. And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. So they told him Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. And he cried out, saying, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me.!" Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!" So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him, saying, "What do you want Me to do for you?" He said, "Lord, that I may receive my sight." Then Jesus said to him, "Receive your sight; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

Each Gospel message is an opportunity to think about God and our personal lives. The Gospel message in each Divine Liturgy is intended to impact each hearer of the Gospel. The Gospel is proclaimed throughout the world and therefore has general implications. At the same time, the Gospel has a personal message for each person. The Gospel is amazing in continued relevancy and particularity. The Gospel is amazing in being able to feed the hungry souls of all believers.

The present Gospel describes Jesus healing a blind man. The blind man was able to see after being healed by Jesus. Individuals turning to Christ to begin life anew will see the world differently. Individuals turning away from sin and toward Christ already have an improved vision. Nourishment by Christ gives individuals a healthier world view. Dangers exist even for individuals with a healthy world view. Evil abounds in daily life and a believer must be vigilant to avoid snares that put the soul in peril.

The blind man in the present Gospel was not content with his condition of blindness. He was not content to sit by the roadside begging as a way of existence. The Lord Jesus Christ made a difference in his life. Individuals are limited in their personal growth in Christ only by the extent they put their faith and trust in Christ. The lives of the saints and martyrs show the far reaching development that can occur in an individual or group putting full faith and trust in Christ.

Parish communities completely faithful to the Gospel thrive. Monastic communities completely faithful to the Gospel thrive. Visitors to monasteries or parishes where faithfulness to the Gospel is clearly evident witness the joy of Christ. Complete faithfulness to the Gospel is not easy. The Cross is always a part of the Christian life. God does forsake those faithful to Him. The blind man in the current Gospel had faith in Christ. Christ recognized the man's faith and gave the man his sight. It is always good for individuals and parishes to do a serious and honest review of the degree of faithfulness to the Holy Gospel. Repentance and redirection toward the Kingdom of God always have a place in the Christian journey.

The healing of the blind man by the Lord Jesus Christ is reason for each person to pause and examine his or her relationship with Christ. The blind man put full faith and trust in Christ for healing. Each person can benefit from healing by Christ. Each person sins to a certain degree. Each person has the ability to become more Christ-like by relinquishing certain thoughts and behaviors that prevent Christian development. Each person can benefit by having an improved view of God and a corresponding improved Christian life more pleasing to God.

The Holy Gospel is proclaimed within the Divine Liturgy and the believer has the Divine Liturgy as a context within which to understand his or her existence. The content of the Divine Liturgy including the Holy Gospel sets standards and goals for each believer. The Divine Liturgy puts words and meaning to the hunger of the soul and the needs of the soul. The Divine Liturgy provides a vision for believers through which to see and understand life.

The healed man in the current Gospel is a lasting example for individuals to increase their faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. The healed man in the present Gospel is evidence that the life committed to Christ can improve a person's earthly existence and raise a person to levels that previously would seem unthinkable and unattainable.

Miracles by Christ did not end centuries ago. Miracles by Christ continue to occur. Christ changes lives every day. Sometimes the changes are immediately obvious. Sometimes the changes are not noticeable for years. Sometimes the changes are dramatic and lasting. Sometimes the changes are gradual and incremental.

The Gospel provides nourishment at each Divine Liturgy. The Divine Liturgy provides a structure and framework for each believer to view the world and to be enriched. Believers experience Christ in hearing the Gospel. Believers experience Christ in the Divine Liturgy.

Christ is within reach of each person. Each person has the ability to experience Christ through prayer. Each person has the ability to experience Christ through the Divine services of the Church. Each person chooses whether to live in a world that is blind to Christ or whether to reach out to Christ in faith and see a new world open up that leads to the Kingdom of God.

Faith in Christ is a matter of choice. Wise individuals choose Christ. The life in Christ offers a future that is not limited by time or human understanding. The life in Christ offers health of soul, heart and mind. The life in Christ offers peace and joy. The life in Christ offers strength in times of adversity and light in times of darkness.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 17 / January 30, 2011
Anthony the Great.
Thirty Sixth Sunday after Pentecost.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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