St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 641 - April 18 / May 1, 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

Phone 724-966-7428
Phone/Fax 724-966-7780
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944

No. 641
April 18 / May 1, 2011
Thomas Sunday

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
Great and Holy Friday
Twelve people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. for the Royal Hours.
Eight people came to St. George Church for Vespers and Matins of Holy Saturday.
Great and Holy Saturday
Fifteen people attended the Vespers and Divine Liturgy. Nine communicants.
One person came for the complete reading of the Acts of the Apostles.
Resurrection Matins with Procession-Eight people attended.
Akathist to Holy Communion was read followed by the Paschal Divine Liturgy. Sixty people attended. Fifteen communicants.
Bright Monday
Two people attended the Matins.
Two people attended Vespers.
Bright Tuesday
Three people attended Matins.
Bright Wednesday
Two people came to read the Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Matins and 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, Saturday.

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

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy, Blessing of Kolach and Koljivo, Procession.

Akathists and services for special needs held on request during the week.

Important Dates

May 6 - St. George Day
May 7 - Parish Slava celebration.
May 10 - Burning of Relics of St. Sava
May 12 - St. Basil of Ostrog.
May 19 - Transfer of Relics of Sava.
May 22 - Transfer of Relics of St. Nicholas
June 2 - Feast of Ascension
June 5 - Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic.

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

The full church on Pascha added to the festal joy.

It was good to have believers in church everyday of Holy Week.

Lt. Col. Rich Menhart sets a leading example when he takes time with his family to attend the Divine Liturgy at St. George Church.

Make your reservations for the Slava dinner. Bring a friend or relative.

Adult class will be held on Tuesday evening. Come and bring a friend.

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.

Share the joy of the Resurrected Christ with everyone you meet.

Come to church more often during weekdays.

Read about the Resurrection in your Bibles.

Pray for the victims of the recent severe weather taking many lives.

Listen to His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN's Paschal message on the parish website.

Chris Jordan of Earth Justice visited the parish on Holy Monday. He met with Board President Stan Brozik and Father Rodney.

A Thought from St. Bishop NIKOLAI

My faith is my only genuine knowledge. Everything else is like children collecting motley pebbles by the lake. My faith is the only genuine interest of my life. Truly everything else is a comedy of the senses. When I say:"Give me more faith" - I am thinking: "Give me more of Yourself, O my Father and God."

( Prayers by the Lake. Translated by Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Teodor Mika and V.Rev. Dr. Stevan Scott. The Serbian Orthodox Metropolitanate of New Gracanica, Grayslake, Ill. 1999. Pp. 57-58.) )

To Consider

The continued joy of the Resurrection.
The evidence of the Resurrection.
Lives changed by the Resurrection.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

Holy Friday - Went to Fairmont, West Virginia for Royal Hours.
Bright Monday - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa

Psalm 114/115:18

But we will bless the Lord from this time forth and forevermore.

Thomas Sunday

John 20:19-31

Then, the same day, at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them. "Peace be with you." When Jesus had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, "We have seen the Lord." So he said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe." And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace to you!" Then He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing. And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

Being immersed in the life in Christ means thinking about Christ as often as possible throughout the day and night. Immersion in the life in Christ includes measuring all thoughts and actions against Christ's teachings and standards. Immersion in the life in Christ includes repentance and partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

The Risen Christ lights the way to His Kingdom. The Risen Christ provides the joy that makes waking up each day an anticipated event. The Risen Christ stands in direct contrast to thoughts of futility and hopelessness. The Risen Christ draws interested believers closer to Him.

Thomas initially doubted the Resurrection of Christ. He was convinced through personal experience and said to Jesus: "My Lord and My God." (Jn. 20:28) Thomas' declaration of Jesus as "My Lord and My God" is the fitting standard for personal measurement.

The period between Pascha and Thomas Sunday is a time of great joy. The joy continues on Thomas Sunday. Christ's defeat of death created a new way of viewing life and death. The finality of death was erased. The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: "Now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep." (I Cor. 15:20)

Each day believers contend with the demands, challenges and responsibilities of life. The Risen Christ provides nourishment, hope and instruction in meeting the demands, challenges and responsibilities. The Risen Christ sets the most inspiring example to follow each day.

The Risen Christ erased the doubts of Thomas. The Risen Christ erases the doubts of individuals drawing near to Him in firmness of faith. The Risen Christ inspires serious consideration of the expectations of believers.

Believers convinced of the Resurrection of Christ reflect that conviction in their daily lives. Actions and thoughts of serious believers are shaped by the belief in the Resurrected Christ. Aspects of life which run counter to the belief in the Resurrection are rejected and cast aside.

Serious believers see the value of learning more about the Resurrected Christ and ways to enrich daily personal life by pleasing Him. Believers are enriched by participating in the joy of Pascha. The joy of Pascha affects the lives of those participating in the feast. Thomas changed as a person when he experienced the Resurrection.

When the joy of Pascha rests in the hearts of parents, children are treated differently and view their parents differently. When husbands and wives share the joy of the Resurrection, their marriage is stronger and more greatly appreciated. When employees and employers have the joy of Pascha in their hearts, the workplace is a much different place.

Believers are expected to invest extensively during Great Lent and Holy Week in preparing for the Paschal celebration. The joy of Pascha is experienced commensurate with the investment of preparation. Pascha is a new beginning. Each believer has the opportunity to begin anew in Christ.

Believers are expected to apply their hearts, minds and bodies to living the Christian life. The Resurrected Christ provides motivation for believers to seek greater unity with Christ. A whole new world opens for believers with the celebration of Pascha. A whole new life opens at Pascha.

The joy of the Resurrection lifts the thoughts of believers. The joy of the Resurrection increases the energy of believers. Thomas Sunday is an expression of the Church and an action of the Church consistent with the celebration of Pascha. Believers are better informed when learning of the experience of Thomas.

The continued celebration of Pascha spreads the joy of the Resurrection and confirms the Resurrection in the lives of believers. Churches celebrating the Resurrection spread the joy to the communities in which they are located and to others areas where their ministries reach.

The Resurrected Christ changed the life of Thomas forever. Everyone convinced of the Resurrection of Christ has their lives changed forever.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 18 / May 1, 2011
Thomas Sunday.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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