5:30 Pm - St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Johnstown, Pa.
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
Timely Words from 1 John 1:8-9
- · Many members of the Bozick Family were at the church this week.
- · Sympathy extended to Jack and Cynthia Rose. Jack' mother +Berldine
departed this life.
- · Kathleen Waters maintains a strong interest in the St. George Church.
- · Lane and Nick Gotch live in Michigan but remember the St. George Church all year.
- · Dorothy McCloy always remembers the St. George Church.
- · Paul Adams and Nikola Sudar came for a visit this past week.
- · Milosh Serb Krewasky and Josephine Gresko travel to the Deanery Lenten Vespers.
- · The Parish Officers and Budget received Diocesan approval this week. Officers are
- President - Stan Brozik;
- Vice President - Harry Richard Porter;
- Treasurer - Sonia Janson;
- Secretary - Mitzie Hunchuck;
- Financial Secretary - Andrea Janson.
- Audit Board - Aaron Carson, Gail Menhart and Anna Mae Knezovich.
- Assembly Delegate - Sonia Janson.
- Tutors - Rich and Linda Porter.
- · 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.
- · Take time to pray regularly each day.
- · Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion during Great Lent.
- · Susan Donovan was here visiting from Arizona last week.
- · Pete Shlosky is moving closer to graduation at Penn State.
- · Thank you to all helping to bake this week.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse
us from all unrighteousness. (NKJV)
The Cross of Christ.
The cross in each of our lives.
Being faithful in picking up our crosses and following Christ.
Recent Activities of Parish Priest
March17 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
March 18 - Went to Diocesan Center then to Johnstown for funeral
of +His Eminence Metropolitan NICHOLAS.
March 18-19 - Was in Atlanta, Georgia for Clergy Confession and
Christian Education meeting.
March 20 - Went to St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa, Pennsylvania for Lenten Vespers.
March 21 - Visited parishioners in Clarksville.
March 23 - Visited patient at Mon General Hospital, Morgantown, W.Va.
March 24 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pa.
From Psalm 107/108:5
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and Your glory above all the earth.
Third Sunday of Great Lent
Veneration of the Holy Cross
Mark 8:34-38, 9:1
And when He had called the people unto Him with His disciples also, He said unto them,
"Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for My
sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man if he shall
gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his
soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of Me and of My words in this adulterous and
sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of Man be ashamed when He cometh in the glory
of His Father with the holy angels'. And He said unto them, "Verily I say unto you,
that there will be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death,
till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.
The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "For the message of the cross is foolishness
to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."
(I Cor. 1:18).
Believers benefit from thinking carefully and extensively about Jesus ascending the Cross
voluntarily. Believers benefit from considering the reasons Jesus would subject Himself to
the pain and humiliation of the Cross.
Every believer is indebted to Christ. Christ cannot be repaid for all that He gives and
has given to us. Believers can best express appreciation to Christ by being faithful to Christ.
Believers grow and mature to the extent they are faithful to Christ. Repentance is an essential
part of being faithful to Christ. Repentance is a return to Christ after having sinned.
St. John wrote: "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and
to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
(I Jn. 1:8)
The Cross gives believers strength. The Cross provides inspiration and hope for believers.
The Cross is a sign that that leads to the Resurrection. The Cross helps believers maintain
honesty and integrity which are essential to being a Christian. The present Gospel speaks of
the value of the soul being of greater value than the whole world.
Individuals need to guard and protect the soul in everyday life. In the workplace,
in the community, and even in the home, believers face temptations to compromise the life
in Christ that would destroy the soul.
The narrow way to the Kingdom of God is the certain way.
Not everyone chooses the narrow way. Not everyone is willing to pick up their cross and
follow Christ. Parents will have children who stray from the path of Christ. A husband
or wife may stray from the path to the Kingdom of God. Brothers or sisters, friends or
neighbors may choose a life that does not include Christ. Believers need to remain faithful
to Christ and to pray for those who have gone astray. Believers need to pray for healing
of the hurt that occurs when a loved one departs from the Christian path and falls into
deep sin. Everyone sins. Everyone is in need of prayer and repentance.
Three weeks of Great Lent are complete. Three weeks remain until Holy Week.
The remaining days are of utmost importance to individuals seeking to make the most
of this Great Lent. Each remaining day deserves increased prayer and serious fasting.
Each remaining day deserves continuous thought about God.
No person can have a full understanding of the degree to which he or she has failed
to honor God. No person can fully understand the benefits coming from God each day.
No person can fully comprehend the degree to which he or she has sinned.
Great Lent is a time to care for the soul and to repent of sins committed.
Great Lent is a time to return to God and recommit to living in ways pleasing to God.
Time passes and sins creep into each life. At times sins are consciously committed.
At other times, sins occur unintentionally or out of carelessness.
The soul is of utmost importance and requires care throughout the day.
Care of the soul is paramount. Believers need to be on guard at all times
not to slip into the depths of sin.
The life in Christ affects all relationships. Believers committed to Christ
reflect the commitment in daily relationships at home and in the community.
Relationships can be problematic at times. A difficult relationship can be a
daily cross requiring patience and understanding. All family members,
friends or co-workers may not be easy to get along with. Praying to God makes
a big difference in improving personal relationships.
Christian morals and ethics have a proper place in the home, in the workplace
and in the community. Believers may find it difficult to confront anti-Christian
practices but this is part of the cross of daily life. Seeking God's wisdom is
always advisable as a believer moves forward in defense of Christianity.
The life in Christ is a life of joy. The Lord Jesus Christ endured the Cross
because of the joy that was set before Him.
Resoluteness in purpose and objective are necessary for believer to pick up the
cross and follow Christ. Pain and suffering become bearable through Christ when
undertaken out of love and commitment to Christ.
Each day of Great Lent reveals the love and teachings of God. Attentiveness to
God increases with prayer and fasting. Listening to God increases the nourishment
of the soul. The Holy Gospel provides direct nourishment for the believer.
The Precious Body and Blood of Christ are complete nourishment for the soul.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 14 / March 27, 2011
Third Sunday of Great Lent.
Venerable Benedict of Nursia.
Fr. Rodney Torbic
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