St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 686 - February 27 / March 11, 2012

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. 686
February 27 / March 11, 2012
Second Sunday of Great Lent

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

I Corinthians 13:13

And now abide faith, hope and love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Recent Services
March 2
One person came for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
Canon for St. Theodore was read.
March 3
Matins and First Hour were read at St. George Church.
Thirteen people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, West Virginia. One communicant.
March 4
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-seven people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
March 5
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third Hour was read.
March 7
Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Akathist to Mother of God was read.
One person came for Akathist to St.John the Baptist.
March 8
Midnight Office was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday.

8:00 AM-Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.
Akathists during the day.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs scheduled on Request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Second Sunday of Great Lent. Vespers at St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa at 5:00 PM
March 14 - Parish Retreat
March 18 - Third Sunday of Great Lent. Vespers at St. George Church, Midland at 5:00 PM
March 25 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent. Vespers at Holy Resurrection Church, Steubenville at 5:00 PM
April 1 - Fifth Sunday of Great Lent. St. George Church, Carmichaels at 5:00 PM.
April 7 - Feast of Annunciation. Lazarus Saturday.
April 8 - Feast of Christ’s Entry in Jerusalem. Vespers at Holy Trinity Cathedra, Pittsburgh
April 9 - Great and Holy Monday
April 10 - Great and Holy Tuesday
April 11 - Great and Holy Wednesday. Holy Unction. Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh
April 12 - Great and Holy Thursday
April 13 - Great and Holy Friday
April 14 - Great and Holy Saturday
April 15 - Pascha

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

Let the love of Christ guide all your daily actions.

Use each day to improve your relationship with God and the people you meet.

Remember the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Remember the men and women serving in the military and their families.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, the mentally ill, their caretakers and the institution staffs.

Seriously prepare for Holy Confession and Communion regularly.

Unless you live far distant from the church, please come to confession on Saturday evening or one of the weekday evenings when Vespers is scheduled.

Schedules of Lenten services in different churches are posted in the church hall.

A full day Lenten seminar will be held in the parish on Wednesday March 14. Tell Father Rodney if you plan to attend.

Honor the Lenten fast until Pascha.

Increase attendance at Divine services during Great Lent.

Ask the priest if you have a question about the practices and teachings of the Church.

One person came to Adult Class on Wednesday.

Attend the Sunday evening Vespers at parishes in the Pittsburgh Deanery.

Read the Bible regularly.

A Thought from Very Reverend Stavrofor Radovan Milkovich

The Holy Divine Liturgy is not a concert, or a dialogue between the officiating clergyman and the choir, but a meeting of friends, of family, of blood-relatives; not of the physical blood but of the sacramental blood, the redeeming Blood of Our Saviour. It is a meeting of the Creator, Angels, Saints and of the faithful.

( Sermons and Speeches Prepared by Zivota Stevovich. Raska Skola, Belgrade. 1999 )

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

To Consider

The Jesus Prayer - “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.”
The frequency we pray The Jesus Prayer each day.
The continuous and unlimited power and value of The Jesus Prayer.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 2 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
March 3 - Served Divine Liturgy in Fairmont, West Virginia. Blessed one home in Morgantown.
March 3 - Attended Mon Valley Orthodox Vespers at Nativity of the Mother of God Orthodox Church in Monongahela.
March 5-6 - Participated in retreat of Orthodox Clergy at St. John’s Orthodox Monastery in Hiram, Ohio.
March 7 - Attended Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts at St. John Orthodox Church, Monessen.
March 8 - Went to Diocesan Center and Monastery Marcha.

Proverbs 17:1

Better is a dry morsel with quiet than a house full of feasting with strife.

The Second Sunday of Great Lent

Mark 2:1-12

And again, He entered Capernaum after some days, and it was heard that He was in the house. Immediately, many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts. “Why does this Man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone? But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, “Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, “Your sins are forgiven you, or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the paralytic, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” Immediately, he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”

John 10:9-16

I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and they may have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep and am known by my own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.

Great Lent is the opportune time to consider the commitment made to God’s Holy Church and to the life in Christ. The parish church needs individuals willing to commit themselves with love to sustaining the parish.

The founders and benefactors of the parish church committed themselves fully to building the parish church. Subsequent generations of believers need to commit themselves to living the life of the Church and sustaining the parish.

The life in Christ is a fully consuming life of loving God and of experiencing the love of God. The life in Christ involves more than minimal commitment. The believer experiences Christ to the degree of commitment to Christ.

Today’s Gospel of St. John speaks about the shepherd willing to lay down His life for the sheep. True and serious believers are prepared to give their lives for Christ. True and serious believers invest themselves fully in the Church.

True and serious believers live for Christ each day. Prayer and fasting are part of the essentials for true and serious believers. Attending Divine services consistently is essential to the life in Christ.

Holy Confession and Holy Communion form the basis for the life in Christ and enable the believer to experience Christ and remain united with Christ. Parish churches do not remain strong or grow unless parishioners are strong in Christ.

Parishioners do not fully know the joy of Christ unless the commitment to the life in Christ is firm and irrevocable. Love is the primary essential of living in Christ. (I Cor. 13:13) Love for the parish church is necessary for the parish to remain strong.

The degree of love for Christ will be revealed in family and personal relationships. The degree of love for Christ will be revealed in Holy Confession. The degree of love for Christ is revealed by interest shown in Holy Communion.

Interest in Christ will be revealed in personal practices of prayer. Interest in Christ will be revealed by the joy that emanates from a person’s heart. Care for the sick and the suffering will reveal commitment to Christ.

Love for the stranger and the needy reveal love for Christ. The Holy Gospel sets forth the standards and the way for the life in Christ. Christ’s words and teachings are found in the Holy Gospel.

The Holy Gospel is proclaimed in the Church throughout the year. Attentive listeners have their lives affected by the Holy Gospel. Attentive listeners find joy in hearing the Gospel and in taking the Gospel to heart.

Great Lent is a time for personal change. Each believer is expected to conclude Great Lent as being more united with Christ and less sinful. Each believer will experience the joy in Christ to the degree of love shown to Christ.

Christ offers change and newness in life. Christ offers the way out of sin. Christ offers the way to have sin lifted from the heart, the mind and the soul. Individuals seeking to improve their lives know that Christ is the only way.

Christ needs to be the foundation of life and the goal of life. Unity with Christ shapes the believers values and activities. Unity with Christ enables the believer to face any situation with confidence and certainty of purpose.

Temptations and distractions are perils that appear during the course of the Christian life. Vigilant believers committed to Christ handle the perils with the help of Christ. Vigilant believers seek Christ in time of peril and all others times.

Great Lent is set forth for all believers. Each believer chooses whether to honor Great Lent and the degree to which Great Lent is honored. Each person has a mind and the ability to make choices in life.

Each person is responsible and accountable for the choices made each day. Sooner or later Christ will return for the final judgment. Sooner or later each person’s earthly life comes to an end.

Each day is a day to prepare for the Second Coming of Christ. Each day is a day to make the best of the life given by God.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 27 / March 11, 2012
Second Sunday of Great Lent.
Venerable Procopius of Decapolis.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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