St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 687 - March 5 / March 18, 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. 687
March 5 / March 18, 2012
Third Sunday of Great Lent

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

II Thessalonians 3:1-2

Finally, brethren pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonably and wicked men; for not all have faith.

Recent Services
March 9
Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.
March 11
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-seven people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
March 12
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
March 13
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
March 14
Matins and First Hour was read Third Hour was read..
Seven people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Two communicants.
Seven people were present for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
Six people were present for the Akathist to the Cross.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
March 15
Matins and First Hour were read.Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
One person was present for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy. Warmly Welcome Father John Kluchkoy

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

8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts

8:00 AM-Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs Held During the Week on Request

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

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
April 16 - Bright Monday

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People and All Suffering People throughout the World

Parish Life

Congratulations to Melva Hunchuck for becoming a great-grandmother.

Aaron Carson attended the Sunday of Orthodoxy Doxology at the Antiochian Orthodox Church in Pittsburgh.

Stan Brozik, Sonia Janson and Milosh “Serb” Krewasky attended the Lenten Vesper service in Aliquippa. Paulette Radock attended the service in Youngwood.

Sonia Janson, Melva Hunchuck, Mildred Bezjak, Paulette Radock, Subdeacon Anthony Miralles, Felica Williamson, Kathleen Waters and Shawn Miciotto participated in the parish retreat. Millicent Hunchuck also participated in the beginning portion.

Sonia Janson, Paulette Radock and Mildred Bezjak recently attended the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts at St. John Orthodox Church in Monessen as part of area Orthodox services in the Mon Valley.

Rich Porter hung the two new icons in the choir loft.

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. Try to attend

Bulletin recipient Andre Stevens departed this life this past week.

Gayle Bartell, long-time employee of the Pa. Board of Probation and Parole from this area departed this life.

Attend the daily services at St. George Church.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

The spiritual strength of any Christian is in his firm and steadfast faith, trust in the Lord and the fulfilling of God’s will in his or her life. In the same way, the spiritual strength and richness of any parish is in the pure and strong faith of the individual members and the parish as a whole. It is in submitting our wills to God’s will; submitting our ways to the Lord Jesus Christ as our Way; in obeying the Gospel of our Savior through the acceptance of His Teachings as preserved and taught by the One, Holy, Apostolic and Orthodox Church.

( "A Pastoral Letter on Gambling.” The Path of Orthodoxy April 2001, p. 15 )

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

To Consider

The time elapsed in Great Lent.
The time remaining in Great Lent.
The effort we will put forth individually and collectively to honor Great Lent.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 9/10 - Went to Diocesan Center, then to Lebanon,Pennsylvania. Attended Christian Education meeting at Holy Resurrection of Christ Serbian Orthodox Church in Lebanon on March 10,2012.
March 11 - Attended Vespers at St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa.
March 13 - Visited parishioner in Uniontown Hospital.
March 14 - Attended Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts at St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church in Monessen.
March 15 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.

Proverbs 18:2

A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.

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.

Care of the soul is the first and foremost responsibility of the believer. The current Gospel reading very clearly expresses the value of the soul. The soul is of greater value than the whole world.

Unless a believer practices vigilance, care of the soul can erode. Unless a person nourishes the soul regularly, the soul will not remain healthy. The soul needs the regular nourishment of the Holy Gospel.

The soul regularly needs the Precious Body and Blood of Christ. The soul needs protected from immoral activity of the body and mind. The soul needs protected from polluted thoughts.

The soul needs protected from illicit, illegal and immoral behavior. The believer needs to live in ways that do not tarnish the soul. The soul needs protection from erosion that comes from being in unhealthy company.

The soul needs protected from environments where unethical behavior is rampant. The soul needs to be in an environment where the Lord Jesus Christ is welcome and is confessed freely.

Parents have a responsibility to care for their sons and daughters. Sons and daughters benefit from being raised in a loving home and taken to church regularly. Sons and daughters benefit from parents who love Christ.

When the atmosphere in the home is firmly influenced and established by love for Christ, the family members benefit. Jesus was firm in renouncing individuals that cause little children to sin.

Jesus said: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Mt. 18:6)

Parents having the blessing of having young children, also have the great responsibility of raising the young children in the best way possible. Too often news accounts appear about neglected and abused children.

Christians need to set a good example for their sons and daughters. Christians needed to be responsible in parenting their children. Parental goals for the family need to account for care of the souls of all family members.

The desire for a family to advance in material benefits should not result in sacrificing moral principles founded in the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Parents need to be conscious of their use or language, alcohol and drugs.

Parents need to be sensitive about the language they use in the home and the images they permit in the home via the television and computer. Parents need to examine personal views of the Lord Jesus Christ as expressed in the home.

Each person will stand before Christ at the Second Coming. Each person does well to make good use of Great Lent to repent of any sins and draw close to Christ.

The mid-point of Great Lent is a good time to assess progress and determine the remaining needs requiring attention. Conscientious believers will want to conclude Great Lent as better Christians than when they began.

The days of Great Lent are passing. Conscientious believers attempt to make the best use of each day in ways that are pleasing to God. Prayer and fasting are necessary to live in ways pleasing to God.

The current Gospel is a measuring point for believers. The current Gospel directs attention to the value of the soul. Believers do well to carefully examine personal values.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Mt. 6:21) Eventually, it will become clear whether the believer really treasures and cares for the soul.

Believers caring for the soul will value Holy Confession as a means to have sins forgiven and to begin anew in Christ. Believers caring for the soul will treasure Holy Communion as the way to be united with Christ.

Believers treasuring the soul will cherish hearing the Holy Gospel as a primary source of nourishment. Believers seeking to keep the soul healthy will avoid environments laden with poisonous practices.

Parents will examine their marital relationship to determine if they are living in accord with the teachings and standards of Christ. The strength, moral and ethical fabric of the marriage will directly influence young children in the home.

Many factors go into the care of the soul. Holy Baptism is a required step for entry into the Church. Preparation goes into baptism. Preparation is needed for the remaining days of life.

Care of the soul deserves first and foremost attention each day.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 5 / March 18, 2012
Third Sunday of Great Lent.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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