St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 750 - May 20 / June 2, 2013

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 750
May 20 / June 2, 2013
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
May 24
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.
May 25
Midnight Office was read at St. George Church.
Nine people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W. Va for Divine Liturgy.
Akathist to Mother of God and Vespers were read in St. George Church.
May 26
Matins and First Hour were read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-two people came for Divine Liturgy.
May 28
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
May 29
Matins and First Hour were read.
Father Fred Phiel from St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church in Monessen came for the Divine Liturgy. Sonia Janson and Helen Yonko Manning sang the responses.
One person came for the Akathist to the Resurrection.
May 30
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to the Mother of God was read at St. George Church.
Six people came for the Akathist to the Resurrection at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
May 31
Matins and First Hour were read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read.
Vespers was read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Matins, First, Third and Sixth Hours.
Divine Liturgy.
Akathist to the Resurrection this afternoon at 2:30 PM at the Cross in the cemetery.

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

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

6:30 PM Akathist followed Adult Class at 7:00 PM.

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

Important Dates

Today - Sunday of the Samaritan Woman. Parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic.
June 3 - Sts. Constantine and Helen. Venerable Helen of Decani.
June 4 - Holy Martyr John Vladimir, King of Serbia.
June 5 - Apodasis of Mid-Pentecost.
June 7 - Third Finding of Head of St. John the Baptist
June 9 - Sunday of the Blind Man
June 12 - Apodasis of Pascha
June 13 - Feast of Ascension.
June 14 - Ven. Justin of Chelije
June 15 - Hieromartyr Erazmo of Ochrid
June 16 - Holy Fathers of First Council
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 everyone helping with the Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic. The picnic entails a large cooperative effort.

Subdeacon Anthony Miralles and Mildred Bezjak came for Adult Class on Wednesday. Class this week is on Tuesday evening.

Sympathy extended to Aaron Carson and Aaron’s family. Aaron’s grandmother Mary L. Carson departed this life this past week.

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.

Listen to His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN’s Paschal message of the parish website.

Listen to His Holiness Patriarch IRINEJ’s Paschal message on MitzieNP Youtube.

If you want your house blessed, please contact Father Rodney.

Ask the priest if you have a question about the teaching, practices or services of the Church.

From the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Corinthians (I Cor. 2:1-2)

And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

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

To Consider

Jesus Christ meeting the Samaritan woman at the well.
The importance of water in the lives of Christians.
Christ satisfying the thirst of believers.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 25 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
May 26 - Went to Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church in Youngwood to congratulate Father Milan Medakovich for graduating from St. Tikhon’s Seminary on May 25, 2013.
May 27 - Went to St.Tikhon’s Monastery in South Canaan, Pennsylvania for the annual pilgrimage.
May 30 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for the Akathist to the Resurrection and Adult Class. Six people participated.
May 31 - Went to McMurray, Pennsylvania for the memorial service for +Mary L. Carson.

A Thought from His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN

All the gifts which are given to the Church have one and the same goal: to build a new Adam in each person just as he was when he came out of the hand of the Creator. Each man receives them and consciously builds them into that Theandric organism. His effort will not be for nought, for the Lord will reward him and reveal to him many more mysteries which are in His Church.

(The Teachings of Saint Apostle Paul on the Church. Translation Protopresbyter Stefan Zaremba. Sremski Karlovac, 2001, p.67 )

The Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

John 4:5-42

Then cometh He to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with His journey, sat thus on the well; and it was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water; Jesus saith unto her, Give Me to drink. For His disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat. Then saith the woman of Samaria unto Him, How is that Thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? For the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knowest the gift of God, and Who it is that saith to thee, give Me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of Him, and He would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto Him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep; from whence then hast Thou that living water? Art Thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again. But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman saith unto Him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. Jesus saith unto her, Go call thy husband, and come hither. The woman answered and said, I have no husband, Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband. For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband; in that saidist that truly. The woman saith unto Him, Sir, I perceive Thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and Ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe Me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet in Jerusalem worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what; We know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit; and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. The woman saith unto Him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ; when He is come, He will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee, am He. And upon this came His disciples, and marveled that He talked with the woman; yet no man said, What seekest Thou? Or Why talkest Thou with her? The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, saith unto the men, Come see a man, which told me all things that I ever did; is this not the Christ? Then they went out of the city, and came unto Him. In the mean while, His disciples prayed Him, saying Master, eat. But He said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought Him ought to eat? Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white ready to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit until life eternal; that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. I send you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labor; other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.

The current Gospel verifies the Lord Jesus Christ as the Source of nourishment. He provides the nourishment leading to eternal life. The Lord Jesus Christ is sufficient for each individual. Christ’s nourishment is inexhaustible.

Every person in need can turn to Christ and drink from Him. Every person can turn to Christ and learn from Him. Every person can find in Christ the authentic satisfaction for the soul.

The remaining time of personal life is well invested in learning from Christ and being nourished in Christ. Christ transforms individuals turning to Him in faith. Christ makes individuals whole and well. Christ forgives sins.

The present Gospel comes during the period of Mid-Pentecost when Pascha is still fresh in the minds of believers. Ascension and Pentecost are approaching and are on the minds of believers. This time is fully laden with divine presence.

Christ and believers are to remain inseparable. Drinking from Christ enables that which is from Christ to become a part of the believer. Drinking from Christ strengthens believers. Wisdom, knowledge and nourishment come from Christ.

The time of life is precious and originates with God. The time of life deserves the greatest of care. God deserves the greatest appreciation for granting personal life to each individual.

Lives used wisely reflect unity with Christ. Lives centered in Christ deter the presence of evil and sin. Lives centered in Christ shine forth Christ. The Lord said: “Ye shall know them by their fruits.” (Mt. 7:16)

Serious believers are amazed by the inexhaustible resources of the Lord. Serious believers are awe struck by the immeasurableness of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The joy of the Lord Jesus Christ is worth unending contemplation. Prayer is the avenue to travel towards the Lord. Prayer is the vehicle for unity with the Lord. Prayer enables unity with the Lord.

The Lord Jesus Christ makes clear the value of turning to Him for nourishment in the present Gospel. Everlasting life awaits believers turning to Christ and remaining faithful to Christ.

Believers do well to immerse their lives in the Holy Gospel and drink from the nourishment of Christ. Believers do well to draw forth to the Holy Chalice and partake of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ.

Nourishment from Christ is available for the soul now and always while life remains. Now is the time to turn to Christ and to drink from Him. Now is the time to care for and nourish the soul.

Many different temptations and possible directions appear before believers during the days of life. Wise believers take great care to remain faithful to Christ. Avoiding erroneous paths leads to the salvation of the souls

The Lord gave these wise words: “Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.” (Jeremiah 6:16)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 20 / June 2, 2013
The Sunday of the Samaritan Woman.
Holy Martyr Thaleleus. Ven.Stephen Piperi.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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