St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 637 - March 21 / April 3, 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
March 21 / April 3, 2011
Fourth Sunday of Great Lent
No. 637

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

Romans 4:20-21

He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was able to perform.

Recent Services
March 26
Matins and First Hour were read at St.George Church.
Third and Sixth Hours were read at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont followed by Divine Liturgy. Ten people attended Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read at St. George Church.
March 27
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-eight people attended. Nine communicants.
March 28
Matins and First Hour were read.
March 29
Ninth Hour was read.
March 30
Matins and First Hour were read.
Four people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Two communicants.
Two people came in the evening for Akathist to the Cross.
March 31
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 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Wednesday and Friday
8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.

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

8:00 AM-Divine Liturgy, Feast of Annunciation

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

April 3 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent
5:30 PM - Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church, Steubenville, Ohio
5:30 PM - St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Monroeville, Pa.
April 7 - Feast of Annunciation
April 8 - 6:00 PM Second Vigil, St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa
April 10 - Fifth Sunday of Great Lent.
5:30 PM - St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pa.
5:30 PM - St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Johnstown, Pa.
April 16 - Lazarus Saturday
April 24 - The Divine Liturgy on Pascha, Easter Sunday will begin at 9:00 AM.

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

Volunteer to serve and to bake fasting desserts for the Lenten Vespers on April 10.

A parastos will be held for +Very Reverend Stavrofor Branko Skaljac on Friday April 8 following the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.

Attorney Linda Chambers is working to protect the interests and property of the St. George Church with respect to actions being taken for the new Masontown bridge.

Congratulations to Dustin Menhart for being promoted to the rank of Major in the United States Army.

Three people came for Adult Class on Wednesday. Class again this Wednesday.

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.

Thank you to the large number of helpers coming to bake rolls this past week.

A Thought from Protopresbyter Dragomir Tuba

During the period between the First and the Second World Wars under the guidance of St. Bishop Nikolaj of Zica, "Bogomaljacki Pokret" (Movement of God-Fearing People) flourished in Serbia. Laypeople gathered for Bogomoljacki Sabor in different monasteries, singing spiritual songs, and proclaiming the Word of God from their own experience. They would strengthen each other in faith. Please remember they were not there to party. Then they would go from village to village, house to house teaching and encouraging people to fear God. Results were enormous. Is there a way for us to do the same today?

(From Father Tuba's presentation at a recent Diocesan Clergy Seminar )

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

To Consider

Investing in the Kingdom of God during the remaining days of Great Lent.
Working to be a better Christian by the conclusion of Great Lent.
Keeping the Lord Jesus Christ in the heart and mind more each day.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 25 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
March 26 - Went to Fairmont, West Virginia for Divine Liturgy.
March 26 - Went to Bridgeport, W.Va. to bless house.
March 27 - Went to St. George Church in Midland for Vespers.

Psalm 110/111:1

Praise the Lord! I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.

The Fourth Sunday of Great Lent

Mark 9:17-31

Then one of the crowd answered and said, "Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit. And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not." He answered and said to him, " O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him to Me." Then they brought him to Him. And when he saw Him, immediately the spirit convulsed him, and he fell to the ground and wallowed, foaming at the mouth. So He asked his father, "How long has this been happening to him?" And he said, 'From childhood. And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us." Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes." Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, "Lord, I believe, help my unbelief!" When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it: "Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more. Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, "He is dead.." But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. And when He had come into the house, His disciples asked Him privately, "Why could we not cast it out?" So He said to them, "This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting." Then they departed from there and passed through Galilee, and He did not want anyone to know it. For He taught His disciples and said to them, "The Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him. And after He is killed, He will rise the third day."

Matthew 4:25-5:12

Great multitudes followed Him---from Galilee, and from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan. And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."

The Fourth Sunday of Great Lent has arrived. The intensity of Great Lent increases with each passing day. The arrival of Holy Week draws closer with the arrival of each new day. Believers intending to conclude this Great Lent as better Christians than when Great Lent began must remain faithful during the remaining period of time and be serious about repentance.

Increased prayer and fasting during the remaining period of Great Lent will aid each believer serious about growing closer to God. Christian growth is highlighted with the arrival of this Fourth Sunday dedicated to St. John Climacus. St. John's book The Ladder of Divine Ascent is a source of instruction, measurement and inspiration.

Readers of The Ladder of Divine Ascent will discover areas in their personal lives that need much work. Readers will discover the need to be faithful to God and guard against pitfalls that occur throughout life leading to peril for the soul.

When believers repent and are forgiven by God cause for joy and for mourning exist. Believers have reason to be joyful for the experience of being forgiven and having the opportunity to begin anew. Christ's love is shown in the act forgiveness. At the same time, believers need to mourn for the sins committed and take action to reduce the likelihood of these sins being repeated. Loving God and living in ways pleasing to God protect the soul and provide for a life of fulfillment.

Great Lent is a time to seek the fullness of the Christian life. This is a time to be immersed in the services of the Church, in prayer and in fasting. This is a time to increase charitable work.

The Lord Jesus Christ healed the son in current Gospel who was having convulsions and was thrown into the fire and water. The Lord Jesus Christ will heal believers turning to Him in sincere faith. Great Lent is a time for healing of the soul. Great Lent is a time for bringing peace to the mind, heart and soul.

The Lord Jesus Christ emphasized the importance of prayer and fasting in the healing process. (Mk. 9:29). Prayer and fasting are effective when the motivations of the believer are pure and the believer is consistent in effort. Fervency is important. Attentiveness is important.

Believers need to pray to God with resoluteness. Hope needs to dominant. Love of God and loving intent have a part in prayers that are effective. The believer needs to combat sin with full strength. The Lord Jesus Christ said to the boy' father: "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes." (Mk. 9:23)

Firmness of faith and belief in Christ enable believers to live each day with purpose. Christians are expected to live active lives in Christ. Christ empowers believers. Christ provides nourishment for believers. Christ gives instruction for believers.

The Lord Jesus Christ said in the Gospel of St. Ma tthew: "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled." (Mt. 5:6) Great Lent provides the structure for believers to satisfy the hunger of the soul. The decision-making of believers determines the degree to which the hunger of the soul is satisfied.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 21 / April 3, 2011
Fourth Sunday of Great Lent.
St. John Climacus. St. James the Confessor.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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