St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 638 - March 28 / April 10, 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 28 / April 10, 2011
Fifth Sunday of Great Lent
No. 638

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

Luke 7:50

Then He said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you. Go in peace."

Recent Services
March 31
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
April 1
Three people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. One communicant.
April 2
Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
April 3
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy.
Twenty-nine people came for Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
April 4
Matins and First Hour were read.
Ninth Hour and Vespers were read.
April 5
Matins and First Hour were read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
April 6
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
Three people came in the evening for the Akathist for Communion.
April 7
Matins and First Hour were read. Five people came for Vespers with Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.

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.

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

8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs Scheduled on request during week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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 17 - 5:30 PM Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh Deanery Vespers
April 20 - 7:00 PM Holy Unction, Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, Pittsburgh
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

Thank you to all parishioners helping with the Lenten Dinner this evening.

Sympathy extended to Monongalia General Hospital Chaplain Ed Horvat. Chaplain Ed's mother departed this life this past week.

It was good to have WVU students Marija Karas and Mila Baich and W&J student John Buffalini in church for the Divine Liturgy last Sunday.

Three people came for Adult Class this past week. Class again this Wednesday.

Steve, George and Mark Zivkovich maintain a continuing interest in the St. George Church.

Lou Rodavich always remembers the St. George Church.

The world is a better place because Jim Riggs of Perry County, Pennsylvania continues to devote himself to community service unselfishly responding when tragedies occur.

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.

Regularly prepare for Holy Confession and Communion.

A Thought from Father Deacon Mark Oleynik

Love is something you do. Love is action, not a creed. Love is the way we live, or do not live. If we love God, we do as He commands---and, whether we like it or not, He commands us to love and never hate. Love is a commandment, yes, but a commandment that brings joy most of us long for and never attain. When we realize that we are the children of God's love, then His every will is our delight to perform.

( The Trisagion Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, State College, Pa. March 2011 )

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

To Consider

Our personal investments in Great Lent.
The benefits we derive from Great Lent
Great Lent being a part of the Church Year every year.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 28 - Blessed parishioner's restaurant.
March 31 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
April 1 - Attended Solidarity Day March and Rally of United Mine Workers of America. In Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.
April 3 - Went to Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church, Steubenville, Ohio for Deanery Vespers.
April 5 - Bless one parish family's home.

Psalm 111/112:1

Praise the Lord! Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who delights greatly in His commandments.

The Fifth Sunday of Great Lent

Mark 10:32-45

Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him: "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be betrayed to the chief priests and to the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him to the Gentiles: and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him. And the third day He will rise again." Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Him, saying, "Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask." And He said to them, "What do you want Me to do for you?" They said to Him, "Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left in Your glory." But Jesus said to them, "You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?" They said to Him, "We are able." So Jesus said to them, "You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared." And when the ten heard it, they began to be greatly displeased with James and John. But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, "You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many."

St. Mary of Egypt

Luke 7:36-50

Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee's house, and sat down to eat. And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee's house, brought and alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, "This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner." And Jesus answered and said to him, "Simon, I have something to say to you." So he said, "Teacher, say it." "There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denari, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?" Simon answered and said, "I suppose the one whom he forgave more." And he said to him, "You have rightly judged." Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave Me no kiss, this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much, But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little." Then He said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." And those who sat at table with Him began to say to themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins" Then He said to the woman,"Your faith has saved you. Go in peace."

Christians coming to this point in Great Lent need to assess the personal goals established at the beginning of Great Lent. One week remains before the arrival of Holy Week. If personal goals for Christian betterment during Great Lent are to be met any remaining work has to be done this week. If sincere repentance was the goal and this has not taken place, then the time is now. If increased prayer and fasting were intended then the time is now for them to occur and continue. If better relations with loved ones were intended, the time is now for them.

The heart and soul can be changed quickly when a person sincerely turns to Christ. Long range intentions for betterment materialize when built upon small and certain steps to be better. Believers need to be consistent in their prayer life. Having a definite time to pray and definite prayers to say on a daily basis is important. Honoring the fasts of the Church is expected. Keeping relationships on a peaceful basis improves personal health and improves care of the soul. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Romans: "If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men." (Rom. 12:18)

The Lord Jesus Christ set the supreme example of coming into the world to serve. Followers of Christ are expected to be servants. The current Gospel reading stresses the importance of being a servant. (Mk. 10:43-45). The image of the Lord Jesus Christ washing His disciples' feet as an instructive lesson should be indelibly etched into the hearts and minds of all Christians. (Jn. 13:3-15)

Jesus' forgiveness of sins of the woman described in the Gospel of St. Luke (Luke 7:36-50) is a lesson in hope for every sinner. Individuals coming to the realization of personal sin need to know they can repent and turn to Christ seeking forgiveness. Individuals caught up in sin need not give up in despair. Sinners benefit from knowing that with Christ, personal lives can always improve and the improvement can become enduring.

Jesus provides a door of escape for individuals trapped in sin. Jesus provides a ladder out of the depths of despair. Jesus provides a remedy for individuals depressed over their current circumstances. Individuals may feel personal pain due to the degree of sinfulness. Forgiveness will lift the weight of sin but forgiven individuals needs to commit to faithfulness in Christ if true change is desired.

The God of love desires individuals to repent rather than remain in sin. The Lord Jesus Christ said: "I did not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance." (Mt. 9:13) Joy abounds when sinners repent. (Lk. 15:7) The remaining days of Great Lent deserve the foremost attention of believers. Great Lent is a wisely determined period in the life of the Church each year. Great Lent enables Christians the opportunity to be firmly reunited with Christ. Every believer has reason to give thanks to God for the opportunities of repentance.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 28 / April 10, 2011
Fifth Sunday of Great Lent.
St. Mary of Egypt.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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