St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 694 - April 23 / May 6, 2012


The Orthodox Faith
Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320

No. 694
April 23 / May 6, 2012
St. George Day / Sunday of the Paralytic

Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

Parish Priest - Father Rodney Torbic

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

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
April 28
Three people came for Great Vespers with Lytiya
April 29
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-nine people came for Divine Liturgy. Four communicants.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
April 30
Matins and First Hour were read.
May 2
Matins and First Hour were read.
Two people came for the Akathist to the Mother of God and Akathist to the Resurrection.
May 3
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today
Matins and First Hour.
Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy with Blessing of Slava Kolach and Koljivo and Procession.

Mornings
5:30 AM Matins and First Hour on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.

Afternoons
4:00 PM Vespers on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday.

Wednesday
9:00 AM Divine Liturgy for Mid-Pentecost

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs held during the week on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, May 6 - St. George Day, Parish Slava celebration. Sunday of the Paralytic
May 9 - Mid-Pentecost Divine Liturgy. Mon Valley Orthodox parishes to attend.
May 10 - Burning of the Relics of St. Sava
May 12 - St. Basil of Ostrog
May 13 - Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
May 20 - Hundredth Anniversary of Holy Ascension of Serbian Orthodox Church, Youngwood.
May 22 - Transfer of the Relics of St. Nicholas
May 27 - Sunday of the Holy Fathers
June 2 - Memorial Saturday
June 3 - Feast of Pentecost
June 4 - Pentecost Monday. St. John Vladimir of Serbia

If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People and All Suffering People Everywhere

Parish Life

Very Rev. Stavrofor Janko Raljich fell asleep in the Lord this past week. He was Dean of the Cleveland Deanery, long time parish priest of Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngstown, Ohio, and a member of the Diocesan Ecclesiastical Court. May God give comfort and strength to his family, friends and parishioners.

Thank you to all celebrating the parish Slava today. Thank you to all helping.

Happy Slava to all having today as their personal family Slava.

Members of the St. George Choir are very faithful and dedicated.

The St. George Choir continually has new people expressing appreciation for the singing.

Thank God for new people coming to St. George Church.

Thank God for the faithful parishioners, friends and supporters of St. George Church.

The presence of more children in St. George Church is a blessing.

The Parish Picnic and Outdoor Religious Program originally scheduled for June 3 is being rescheduled to a later date to be announced.

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.

Continue to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection each day.

If you have any questions about the practices or teachings of the Church, ask the priest.

Three people came to Adult Class last Wednesday. No class this week.

Plan to attend the Divine Liturgy on Wednesday at 9:00 AM. Visiting Orthodox priests and Christians from the Mon-Valley will be here.

A Thought from the Holy Apostle Paul

"If you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God." (Colossians 3:1) (NKJV)

To Consider

The continued celebration of Pascha
The continued joy of Pascha
The Light of the Resurrected Christ.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 22-23 - Went to Harrisburg for pastoral reasons. Went to St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church of Steelton and to Hagia Sophia, Orthodox Coffee House in Harrisburg.
April 28 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va for printing purposes.
April 29 - Went to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh to visit patient.
April 30 - Went to hospital in Waynesburg then to Diocese in Mars, Pennsylvania, then to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngstown, Ohio for pomen.
May 1 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngstown for funeral of +Protopresbyter Stavrofor Janko Raljich.

Proverbs 25:11

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.


Sunday of the Paralytic

John 5:1-15

After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.” He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, “Take up your bed and walk.” Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, “Take up your bed and walk?” But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.” The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who made him well.

St. George

John15:17-16:2

These things I command you, that you love one another. If the world hates you, know that it hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word I said to you, ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me, hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law., ‘They hated Me without a cause.’ But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. And You will also bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning. These things I have spoken to you, that you should not be made to stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.

The healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ is clear in the present of Gospel of St. John. Every person needs healed of spiritual sins and infirmities that limit personal mobility and freedom

Sins weigh on a person’s conscience. Sins affect the judgments and actions of a person. Sins can become an overwhelming emotional weight upon a person. The Lord Jesus Christ is capable of forgiving those sins and providing healing.

Believers need to be open to healing by Christ. Believers need have hope and be motivated to want forgiveness and spiritual health. The believer needs to reject the life in sin and embrace the way of Christ.

Christ spoke about love for one another in the Gospel of St. John. Love of Christ needs to be paramount in the lives of believers. Love of Christ results in drawing near to Christ and being nourished more by Christ.

Believers separating themselves from Christ by the way they think and live will increase in their sins and be less faithful to Christ. The way to increase faith in Christ is to draw near in prayer and repent.

The Risen Christ is prominent in the minds of believers at the present time. Individuals eager for healing will heed the lesson of Christ healing the paralytic. Individuals eager for healing will draw near to Christ in faith.

The Lord Jesus Christ made it clear that the paralytic was to put sin behind him. The paralytic’s continued wellness was conditional upon him not using his new freedom in detriment to his soul.

Jesus brings major changes to the lives of serious believers. Jesus changes individuals physically, emotionally and spiritually. Serious believers in Christ experience and place full confidence in Christ.

Christ showed by His actions He could triumph over death. Christ showed He could triumph over paralysis. By His love, He triumphs over evil. Christ’s followers spread His love by their obedience to His commandment.

Followers of Christ are expected to be different as Christ is different. Followers of Christ are expected to adhere to the qualities Christ sets forth in His life and teachings.

Loving others is a hallmark of obedient Christians. Rejecting sin and constant repentance is a hallmark of obedient Christians. Seeking constant nourishment from Christ is a hallmark of obedient Christians.

Jesus said : ”He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me and I in him.” (Jn. 6:55). Heeding these words of Christ deserves the pre-eminent place in believers’ lives. Holy Communion provides the desired unity with Christ.

Through unity with Christ sin is combatted. Sin is defeated. Sin is overcome. Only through Christ is lasting healing possible. Only through Christ is widespread of love of others achievable.

Making the most of each day for the benefit of the soul is the desire of serious believers. Believers must always be ready for departure from this life or the return of Christ for the Final Judgment. The Risen Christ shows the way to the Kingdom.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 2 / May 15, 2011
St. George Day.
The Sunday of the Paralytic.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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