St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 696 - May 7 / May 20, 2012

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

No. 696
May 7 / May 20, 2012
Sunday of the Blind Man

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
May 9
Vespers was read.
May 10
The full Gospel of St. Mark was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read
May 11
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
May 12
Two people came for Vespers.
May 13
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Two communicants and Parastos.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
May 14
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
May 15
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Six people came for the Akathist to the Resurrection and Pomen.
May 16
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read. Vespers was read.
May 17
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read. Vespers was read.
May 18
Matins and First Hour were 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 Matins and First Hour on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM Vespers on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

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

Feast of Ascension. 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

May 20 - Hundredth Anniversary of Holy Ascension of Serbian Orthodox Church, Youngwood.
May 22 - Transfer of the Relics of St. Nicholas
May 23 - Apodasis of Pascha
May 24 - Feast of the Ascension
May 27 - Sunday of the Holy Fathers
June 2 - Memorial Saturday
June 3 - Feast of Pentecost

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People and All Suffering People Everywhere

Parish Life

1. Sympathy extended to the family, friends and Kumovi of +Lewis Musulin recently departed this life.

2. St. George Church lost a dear friend and supporter this past week when +Ann Katusa departed this life. May God give comfort to her family and her friends.

3. Seven people attended Adult Class this past week. Class is scheduled again this coming Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Come and learn more about the Church.

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

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

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

7. The peonies planted on the church grounds in remembrance of those who who were martyred and died in Kosovo are currently blooming.

8. Jennifer Knezovich helped lead the Penns Manor girls’ track and field team to win the Indiana County team title.

9. Remember the 56 miners killed in nearby Osage, W.Va. on May 12, 1942.

Remember the 194 miners killed at the Mather Mine in Greene County in 1928.

Remember the 10 miners killed in Matewan, W.Va. in 1920.

10. Let us remember all police officers living and departed who have faithfully served.

This past week was National Police Week.

11. St. George Church has had several parishioners having careers in law enforcement.

12. If you have a question about the teachings or practices of the Church, ask the priest.

A Thought from His Holiness Patriarch KYRILL of All of Russia

Any success is made up of many factors. These are personal qualities, education, and experience. But there is something else, what people for the lack of rational explanation call “luck”, the word we do not use in the Church. Nobody knows what luck is. There is no rational description of this word. It is a kind of a gap between the efforts a man makes and an actual result. We use another word for describing this unknown space. We call it God’s help.

( Posted on the Serbian Orthodox Patriarchal website )

To Consider

The approach of the Feast of the Ascension.
The Leave-taking of Pascha.
The Feast of Pentecost coming soon.

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

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 14 - Went to Monessen and McKeesport for pastoral reasons.
May 17 - Local pastoral visit.

Proverbs 27:190

As in water face answers to face, so the mind of man reflects the man.

Sunday of the Blind Man

John 9:1-38

Now as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from birth. And His disciples asked Him saying: “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him. I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. And He said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam”(which is being translated, Sent). So he went and washed, and came back seeing. Therefore the neighbors and those who previously had seen that he was blind said, “Is not this he who sat and begged?” Some said, “This is he. Others said, “He is like him.” He said, “I am he.” Therefore they said to him, “How were your eyes opened? He answered and said, “A Man called Jesus made clay and anointed my eyes and said to me, ’Go to the pool of Siloam and wash’ So I went and washed, and I received sight.” Then they said to him, ‘Where is He?” He said, “I do not know. They brought him who formerly was blind to the Pharisees. Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see." Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.” Other said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them. They said to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him because He opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.” But the Jews did not believe concerning him that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight. And they asked them, saying, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind?” How then does he now see?” His parents answered them and said, “We know that his is our son, and that he was born blind; but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself.” His parent said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.” So they again called the man who was blind and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner.” He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” Then they said to him again, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?” He answered them, “I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?” Then they reviled him and said, “You are His disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples. We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where He is from.” The man answered and said to them, “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes!” Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshipper of God and does His will, He hears him. Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind. If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.” They answered and said to him, “You were completely born in sins, and are you teaching us?” And they cast him out. Jesus heard they had cast him out; and when He had found him, He said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God? He answered and said, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” And Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him and it is He who is talking with you.” Then he said, “Lord, I believe! And he worshipped Him.

The Lord God gives each of us a full day of life until the day we depart this life. Each day God deserves our joyful appreciation for the life He gives us. Each day we should give ourselves completely to God in grateful appreciation.

The current Gospel of St. George provides additional reasons to draw closer to God in appreciation. The healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ is revealed once again in an extraordinary situation. The healing of the man born blind is sufficient reason to always maintain hope in the most difficult of situations. Jesus demonstrated that He is not limited in overcoming seemingly permanent adverse physical conditions.

The Church is in the time of the Paschal celebration. When Jesus rose from the tomb after dying on the Cross, He achieved the ultimate victory over death. When resurrecting, Jesus established that He is limitless in what He can do.

When He rose from the tomb, Jesus verified His earlier statement: “With God all things are possible.” (Mt. 19:26). Permanent hope in Christ is vital for believers facing severe challenges in daily life.

Temptations will often arise in believers to yield to adversities and to give up on God. When adversities occur, temptations may arise to seek solutions not compatible with Christian teachings and beliefs. Read in Hebrews: “We desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (Heb. 6:11-12)

Joy comes through faithfulness to Christ. Joy is associated with Christ going to the Cross. (Heb. 12:2) We learn of the healing to the man born blind during this time when the Resurrection of Christ is being celebrated. We learn from the Gospel the blind man and his parents did nothing to deserve his condition. He was blind in order for the works of God to be revealed. (Jn. 9:3)

When we experience certain hardships or physical conditions or when members of our family, or friends or others that we know have conditions of adversity, we should keep in mind the reason the blind man had his condition.

Let us open our eyes to the work of God in our lives. Let us examine our lives from birth to the present to find the immeasurable blessings God has granted to each of us. A valuable lesson was given to the Romans by the Holy Apostle Paul when he said: “All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Rom. 8:28)

The joy of the Risen Christ is an indomitable joy rising above all conditions of adversity. The Risen Christ establishing enduring hope for all circumstances in life. Jesus is the light of the world and all serious believers seek to fervently follow Him. (Jn. 9:5)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 7 / May 20, 2012
Sunday of the Blind Man.
Appearance of the Precious Cross Over Jerusalem.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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