St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 791 - March 3 / March 16, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 791
March 3 / March 16, 2014
Second Sunday of Great Lent

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.

Philippians 1:25
And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith;

Recent Services
March 7
Canon to St. Theodore was read.
March 8
Matins Canon was read at St. George Church.
Baptism for Zackery Runion was held at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
Fifteen people came for Divine Liturgy in Fairmont. Six communicants.
Two people came to St. George Church for the Akathist for Communion.
March 9
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-four people came for Divine Liturgy.
March 10
Matins was read.
Akathist to Mother of God was read. One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
March 11
Matins was read. Very Rev.Stavrofor Vasilje Sokolovic, Rev.Father Milan Medakovich and Rev. Father Dragan Zaric came for a pomen for +Protinica Romana Prodanovich.
March 12
Matins was read.
Five people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Four communicants.
Funeral service was held for +Protinica Romana Prodanovich with serving clergy including: Very Rev.Stavrophor Dragoljub Malich, Very Rev. Stavrophor Stevan Stepanov, Very Rev. Stavrophor Dragan Filipovic, Very Rev. Stavrophor Rade Merick, Very Rev. Stavrophor Stevo Rocknage, Very Rev. Stavrophor Milan Krstic and Very Rev.Rajko Kosic. Burial service was at St. Sava Cemetery, Castle Shannon, Pa.
March 13
Matins was read.
One person came for the Akathist to the Mother of God.
Seven people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont,W.Va for the Akathist to St. Herman of Alaska.
March 14
Matins was read.
Two people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. One communicant.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Wednesday and Friday
8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts

For prayers for special needs, if you have a question about the services or teachings of the church or want your home blessed, ask the priest.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, March 16 - Second Sunday of Great Lent. St. Gregory Palamas 5:00 PM Deanery Vespers at St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa and Holy Ascension Church, Youngwood.

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People

Parish Life

Sympathy extended to the family of +Savko Kodic (father of His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN and Petar Kodic) recently departed this life.

Sympathy extended to the family of +Protinica Roman Prodanovich recently departed this life.

Sympathy extended to Amy and Mike Bozick, Amyís father departed this life recently.

Sympathy extended to Paul and Carol Adams, two family members departing this life recently.

Thank you to St. George Executive Board, Kolo, Choir, Tutors, all parishioners helping with the viewing and funeral of +Protinica Romana.

Ryan Dates, Anya and Ksenije Sivak attended class last Sunday.

Felicia Williamson came for Adult Class this week.

Rich Porter, Sonia Janson, Stan Brozik, Norma Hichman, Dr. Romanus Pearce and Felicia Williamson came for weekday services this week.

Protinica Marina Malich, Protinica Zoreen Sokolovic, Protinica Ana Stepanov, Protinica Mira Filipovic, Protinica Donna Merick and Protinica Joann Rocknage were at the church this week.

Arthur and Linda Chambers have important parts in the bulletin distribution.

Dr. Anatoli Peredera entered St. Anthonyís Monastery in Arizona this 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 the families.

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

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

To Consider

Great Lent is well underway.
Invest in Great Lent as an investment in Godís Kingdom.
Be prudent with the daily use of time given by God.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 7 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
March 8 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Baptism and Divine Liturgy.
March 8 - Went to Bridgeport, W.Va. to visit parishioner.
March 9 - Went to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Pittsburgh.
March 12 - Went to St. Sava Cemetery, Caste Shannon, Pa.
March 13 - Seven people came to the Mission in Fairmont W.Va for the Akathist and class.

A Thought from Protopresbyter Aleksandar Vlajkovic.

For it is clear to everybody that the Church existed before we were born and has always existed as a body of doctrine, order, liturgy,etc. It does not belong to anyone of us to change the Church or make it follow our own taste, for the simple reason that we belong to the Church, but the Church does not belong to us.

( The Path of Orthodoxy October 2005, p .9 )

The Second Sunday of Great Lent

Mark 2:1-12

And again He entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that He was in the house. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and He preached the word unto them. And they come unto Him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto Him for the press, they uncovered the roof where He was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, He said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there was certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this Man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, He said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (He saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.

St. Gregory Palamas

John 10:9-16

I am the door: by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

Jesus is the Good Shepherd. He knows His sheep. He knows the faithful. He knows the depth of faith in each person. He knows the sins and the needs of each person. He knows the care that is needed for each of His sheep.

Jesus knows how to keep His sheep together in beneficial ways. He provides the best nourishment. He protects His sheep. He stays with His sheep even in the moments of greatest threat and difficulty.

Jesus does not abandon His sheep when threats arise. He does run away when His sheep are attacked. He is present to heal the sheep that might be sick or injured.

The sight is joyful when Jesusí sheep are assembled and are at peace The joy increases when a wayward sheep returns. When the sheep feed on the nourishment Jesus provides, they remain healthy and strong.

Sheep need to be attentive to the Shepherd to remain together. Sheep need to listen to the Shepherd to remain safe. Sheep need to be obedient to the Shepherd to travel in the same direction and to grow.

Great Lent is a time for believers to increase their interest in the Lord Jesus Christ. Great Lent is a time dedicated by Godís Holy Church for repentance and growth in Christ.

Believersí unity with Christ is expected to increase during Great Lent. Believers are expected to adhere to the teachings of the Church regarding increased fasting, prayer and almsgiving.

The mind, the body and the soul are to be given to Christ completely during Great Lent. It is possible to be a fervent Christian in the home, in the workplace and in the community.

Being a fervent and faithful Christian means holding to the principles, teachings and practices of Godís Holy Church under all circumstances. Christian ethics and morals apply to all occupations and professions.

Christians in the business and professional world are expected to be honorable in their daily work. Christians are expected to put in a full dayís work regardless of the type of job they have.

Honesty and integrity and respect for every person are fundamental for daily Christian life in the home, the community and the workplace. Children will know if their parents value honesty and integrity.

Children will know if their parents have good work ethics. Children will know if their parents honor Christ in their language, in the reading material and television programming allowed in the home.

Children will know if parents value the parish church. Children will know if prayer is of value to their parents. Wives will know if their husbands believe in Christ and practice Christís teachings.

Husbands will know if their wives honor Christ in their daily lives. Marriages will thrive if husbands and wives stay true to their baptismal commitments and the content and prayers of the Churchís wedding service.

Healings take place in the heart and mind when individuals are faithful to Christ. The heart, the mind and the soul remain healthy when individuals immerse their lives in Christ.

Jesus is the inexhaustible source of joy, health and protection. Jesus is the supreme source and example of love. Jesus is the greatest example of humility and service. Christ to needs to be the goal, foundation and reason for our lives.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 3 / March 16, 2014
Sunday of Orthodoxy
St. Gregory Palamas.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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