St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 733 - January 21 / February 3, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 733
January 21 / February 3, 2013
St. Maximus

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.

Hebrews 11:30

By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.

Recent Services
January 23
Vespers was read.
January 24
Matins and First Hour were read.
January 26
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
January 27
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy with blessing of the Slava Kolach and Koljivo. Twenty-seven people attended Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
January 28
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read
January 29
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
January 30
Matins and First Hour were read.
Three people came for the Akathist to St. Anthony and Theodosius.
January 31
The Gospel of St. Mark was read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
February 1
Matins and First Hour were read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Akathists and prayers for special needs held on request during the Week.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

February 7 - St. Gregory the Theologian
February 9 - Translation of the Relics of St. John Chrysostom
February 12 - Holy Three Hierarchs
February 15 - Presentation of the Lord
February 17 - Zacchaeus Sunday
February 24 - Sunday of the Publican and Pharisee

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

Thank you to all coming on St. Sava Day: Stanley Brozik, Sonia and Andrea Janson, Melva and Millicent “Mitzie” Hunchuck, ,Richard and Linda Porter, Dr. Ivko Dimitric, Norma Hickman, Philip, Christina, Anya, Kesenije and Maxim Sivak, Djelosh Milosevich, Aaron Carson, John and Felicia Williamson, Paulette Radock, Milosh “Serb” Krewasky, Josephine Gresko, Frank and Gail Menhart, Protinica Romana Prodanovich, Vesna Prodanovich Meinert, Mildred “Mickey” Bezjak, Dorothy Smargie, Dr.Ezekiel Olagoke. Thank you to all participating in the Divine Liturgy, dinner and program.

Today’s collection benefits the St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville, Illinois, the only School of Theology of the Serbian Orthodox Church on this continent.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of newly departed +Martha Madich.

Three people came for Adult Class on Wednesday. Class again this week. Plan to attend.

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 the families.

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

The Serb National Federation is always seeking new members. Consider joining.

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

View the Eastern American Diocese website:

See Stan Brozik and the flyer in the church hall for details on a March 9 fundraiser in Pittsburgh for suffering people in Serbia.

From the Holy Apostle Paul’s Epistle to the Romans (6:4-5)

Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection.

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

To Consider

The importance of theological education in the preparation of clergy.
The on-going needs of the Church for clergy to preach the Gospel.
Support of the faithful in advancing the Gospel of Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

January 25 - Attended the March for Life in Washington D.C.
January 26 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
January 28 - Blessed three residences in Waynesburg.
January 29 - Went to a Slava celebration.
January 31 - Attended funeral of +Martha Madich.

Sirach 19:29

A man is known by his appearance, and a sensible man is known by his face, when you meet him. (RSV)

The Thirty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Luke 18:35-43 (KJV)

And it came to pass, that as He was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging: And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant. And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by. And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me. And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, He asked him, Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.

The blind man along the road placed his hope and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. The blind man perceived that the Lord Jesus Christ had the power to grant his sight. The blind man had a reservoir of faith as a basis for his action.

The Lord Jesus Christ was close enough to the blind man to hear his appeal. Jesus’ ears were open to the appeal and He granted it. Jesus valued the man’s plea for mercy.

Today and every day the Lord Jesus Christ is within reach of individuals seeking healing. Today and every day, every individual benefits from the mercy of God. Today and every day, every person experiences a certain amount of healing.

The rise of the sun each day and the presence of breathable air each day are acts of mercy with the power of healing given by God. Even in the darkest and coldest corners of the earth, life can exist through God’s mercy

The present Gospel demonstrates dramatic healing is possible in Christ. Dramatic healing may be physical as in the present Gospel. Dramatic healing may also be spiritual.

An experience with Christ can open the eyes of a person to a radical new way of life in Christ. Individuals may cast off a life of sin and dedicate the remaining days of their lives to Christ.

Individuals may come to “see” that the life immersed in sin is very shallow and without long term benefits or joy. Individuals may come to “see” peace and eternal life are possible with Christ.

Spiritual blindness can be tormenting to individuals. Christ can make a difference. The Holy Apostle Paul had his eyes opened after he met Christ on the road to Damascus. His life changed dramatically. (Acts 9:1-20)

Individuals seeking a better life need to overcome personal resistance to reaching out in faith. Individuals seeking growth in Christ need to increase personal faith and act on it. The present Gospel message provides motivation.

Prayers and petitions for mercy are readily available for each person willing to reach out in faith. Christ is within hearing and healing distance of each person. Proof of healing comes through acts of prayer and faith.

Joy awaits individuals reaching out to Christ. The blind man in the present Gospel received his sight. Imagine the joy occurring in his heart, mind and soul. Imagine the testimony he gave to others.

Present day alcoholics and drug addicts coming to the end of their wits may come to “see” the path from despair begins with reaching out to Christ. Individuals greatly depressed may “see” Christ lighting the way to a life of hope and joy.

The present Gospel is not the only account of Jesus healing a blind man. The Holy Gospel of St. John speaks of Jesus healing the man blind from birth. (Jn. 9:1:38) Additional accounts of healing also exist in the Holy Gospel.

Jesus told disciples of John the Baptist: “The blind receive their sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.” (Mt. 11:4-5)

Individuals become convinced of the healing power of Christ through personal experience. Individuals seeking evidence of healing will find it through prayer and personal action.

The Holy Gospel is an ever-ready source of nourishment for individuals seeking to refashion their view of life. The Holy Gospel introduces individuals to eye-opening experiences with Christ.

Views of life that do not include Christ are very limited. Individuals can be blinded by greed or selfishness. Individuals can be blinded by passions and goals that lead to the destruction of the soul.

Sooner or later, spiritual blindness leads to consequences. Individuals looking at life without faith in Christ limit greatly their view of the world and the nature of their life in the world.

Spiritual blindness limits greatly the opportunities for eternal life. Spiritual blindness limits greatly actual growth in Christ. The present Gospel demonstrates the value of placing hope and faith in Christ.

Earthly life is time limited. Individuals placing hope and trust in Christ come to “see” the possibility of eternal life in Christ. Barriers of blindness can be overcome through Christ.

Christ can give individuals confidence to learn new ways of life that increase mobility and freedom. Christ can free a person of paralyzing and limiting visions of life.

Christ is the ultimate source of nourishment and strength in life. Christ is the ultimate goal and vision for life. Christ is the light can eradicate the darkness of those blinded by sin. Christ opens the eyes of those seeking His Kingdom.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
January 21 / February 3, 2013
Thirty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost.
St. Maximus the Confessor.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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