St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 747 - April 29 / May 12, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 747
April 29 / May 12, 2013
Thomas Sunday

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
Holy Friday
Eleven people came for Vespers and Matins of Holy Saturday.
Holy Saturday
Seven people came for Holy Saturday’ morning’s Vespers, Liturgy of St. Basil. Six communicants.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
One person came for the reading of the Acts of the Apostles.
Seventeen people came for Resurrection Matins.
Akathist for Holy Communion was read.
Seventy-nine people came for the Paschal Divine Liturgy. Nineteen communicants.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Bright Monday
Resurrection Matins was read.
Three people came for the Divine Liturgy. Two communicants.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Bright Tuesday
Resurrection Matins was read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.
Bright Wednesday
Resurrection Matins was read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Matins, First,Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy
Blessing of Slava Kolach and Koljivo.

5:30 AM Matins on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

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

3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - Thomas Sunday. Parish Slava celebration dinner and program. St. Basil of Ostrog
May 19 - Translation of Relics of St. Sava
May 22 - Translation of Relics of St. Nicholas
May 24 - Sts. Cyril and Methodius
May 25 - St. Nikodim of Serbia
May 29 - Midpentecost
June 2 - Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic
June 3 - Sts. Constantine and Helena
June 7 - Third Finding of the Head of St. John the Baptist
June 17 - St. Metrophanes

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 participating in today’s Slava celebration.

Thank you St. George Choir for singing and all singing/reading during Holy Week and Pascha.

The kids really enjoyed the egg hunt on Pascha. Thank you to all coming for Pascha.

Congratulations to Kathleen Waters’ daughter Gabriella for graduating from Penn State.

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Merick, son of Very Rev. Stavrofor Rade and Protinica Donna Merick for receiving his degree in Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State University.

Congratulations to Scott Newton for passing his oral boards, advancing toward his doctorate at John Hopkins University.

Congratulations to Dr. David Jerrett for continuing excellence as a professor at Tulane University’s School of Medicine.

Tim and Stefanie Lewis drove three hours to be here on Pascha.

Frank Snyder lives almost four hours away and was here for Pascha.

The Sweda’s drove a long distance from the Cleveland area to be here for Pascha.

Nine people were here for Pascha from Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.

Milosh Serb Krewasky made of photo record of the Deanery services during Great Lent.

Remember mothers living and departed today.

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.

Adult class resumes this week.

From the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Romans (15:4-7)

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

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

To Consider

The women went to the tomb and learned Christ had risen.
The Holy Apostle Thomas experienced the Resurrected Christ.
The appearances of the Risen Christ recorded in the Holy Gospel.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 4 - Went to Morgantown for printing purposes.
May 6 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pa.
May 7 - Went to St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church in Monessen, Pa.
May 7 - Went to a family Slava celebration.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

Every member of the Church works on the growth of the Body of Christ, and this can be done only if one first builds the Church of God and a place of love for his neighbor in himself.

(The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. 2001, p. 59 )

Thomas Sunday

John 20:19-31

Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when He had so said, He shewed unto them His hands and His side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the LORD. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as My Father hath sent Me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, He breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose so ever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose so ever sins ye retain, they are retained. But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into His side, I will not believe. And after eight days again His disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith He to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold My hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into My side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto Him, My LORD and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through His name.

St. Vasilje of Ostrog

Luke 6:17-23

And He came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of His disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear Him, and to be healed of their diseases; And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed. And the whole multitude sought to touch Him: for there went virtue out of Him, and healed them all. And He lifted up His eyes on His disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.

The reading from the Gospel of St. John states signs Jesus did in the presence of His disciples were written in order for belief to take place that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. Believing results in life through His name. (Jn. 20:31)

Individuals faithfully seeking unity with Christ during Great Lent and Holy Week will continue to experience the joy of Pascha radiating through the Church. Faithful believers will see evidence of the Risen Christ throughout each day.

The Holy Apostle Thomas needed verification of the Resurrection. He experienced the Resurrected Christ and proclaimed: “My Lord and my God.” (Jn 20:28) The Resurrected Christ is pure joy beyond measure.

The joy of the Resurrected Christ is experienced by seeking to fully live the life in Christ in God’s Holy Church. The services and teachings experienced in the Church lead to joy in Christ.

The Holy Apostle Thomas was blessed to be in the presence of the Resurrected Christ. The Gospel of St. John brings the message of the Resurrected Christ to believers of each century.

We know from the Epistle to the Hebrews: “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”(Heb.13:8) The joy of the Resurrection cannot be contained. The passing of more than twenty centuries has not stifled joy of the Resurrection.

Prior to His crucifixion, Jesus was told to silence His disciples from rejoicing and speaking about the mighty works they had seen. Jesus said if the disciples were silenced, the stones would cry out. (Lk. 19:37-40)

Believers seeing the Resurrected Christ in daily life, see Christ in daily human interaction, but also in signs of nature. The crucifixion of Christ did not bring an end to Christ. The crucifixion revealed Christ’s divinity.

The burning of St. Sava’s relics on Vracar did not put an end to pilgrims seeking strength from going to the grave of St. Sava. The magnificent St. Sava Cathedral has risen on the site where efforts were made to extinguish his memory.

In a community nearby, an opponent is trying to remove a memorial showing the Ten Commandments. Instead of being victorious, the action of the opponent has resulted in signs everywhere proclaiming the Ten Commandments.

Efforts to stifle and kill the message of Christ are without success. Apostles and martyrs have been killed for proclaiming Christ. Their zeal for Christ has been inspiration for succeeding generations.

Children learn from their parents. Seekers learn from coming to God’s Holy Church. Hungry souls search until they find satisfaction. When seekers find the Risen Christ, they need only to remain united with Him.

The Holy Apostle Peter made the lasting observation: ”Then Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life.” (Jn. 6:68) Christ is the treasure beyond measure, the goal of all goals.

Pascha is called the Feast of Feasts. A person could spend every moment of everyday learning about the Resurrected Christ and the meaning for personal life.

Every moment seriously invested in learning about Christ and drawing near to Christ is well invested time of life. Christ changes lives for the better. Christ becomes known best through personal experience in God’s Holy Church.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 29 / May 12, 2013
Thomas Sunday.
St. Vasilje of Ostrog.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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