St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 793 - March 17 / March 30, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 793
March 17 / March 30, 2014
Fourth 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.

James 5:15
And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. (KJV)

Recent Services
March 21
Two people came for the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. One communicant.
March 23
The Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Very Rev. Father Rumen Stoychev served. Forty people attended the Divine Liturgy. Eight communicants.
March 25
Vespers was read.
March 26
One person came for Confession.
Three people came for Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. Three communicants.
March 27
Matins was read.
Six people came for the Canon of Repentance.
Five people came for Confession.
March 28
Akathist to the Mother of God was read.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Wednesday and Friday
8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts

Prayers for special needs and Akathists scheduled on request.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today - March 30 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent. St. John Climacus. Deanery Vespers at 5:00 PM at Holy Resurrection Church in Steubenville, Ohio and St. Nicholas Church in Monroeville, Pa.
April 6 - Fifth Sunday of Great Lent. St. Mary of Egypt. Deanery Vespers at 5:00 PM at St. George Church, Carmichaels and St. Nicholas Church, Johnstown.
April 7 - Feast of Annunciation. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM
April 9 - Clergy Confession at St. Sava Cathedral, Cleveland, Ohio.
April 13 - Feast of Christís Entry into Jerusalem. Deanery Vespers at 5:00 PM at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh.
April 14 - Great and Holy Monday
April 15 - Great and Holy Tuesday
April 16 - Great and Holy Wednesday. Holy Unction at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh
April 17 - Great and Holy Thursday

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 +Drago Silianoff.

Plan to attend the Deanery Lenten Vespers here next Sunday.

Lenten bake goods are needed for the Lenten supper next Sunday.

Thank you to all the ladies coming to bake this past Thursday.

Sonia Janson, Paulette Radock, Mildred Bezjak, Subdeacon Anthony Miralles, Dorothy Smargie and Alfred Ellsworth attended class on Thursday. Plan to attend this week.

Prosecuting attorney Linda Chambers applies her skills in the District Attorneyís office to protect the residents of Greene County.

Stefanie Tumbas wrote to thank donors to the successful Lifeline Chicago fundraiser in Pittsburgh. Funds will help needy children in Serbia. Donations are still welcome.

Remember the 29 miners that died on April 5, 2010 at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia.

Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion during Great Lent.

Honor the fast and strive to be a better Christian by the end of Great Lent.

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.

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

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

To Consider

The days remaining in Great Lent.
The daily personal investment in Great Lent.
Personal progress in Great Lent.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 21-24 - Went to Serbian Orthodox Churches: Elizabeth, New Jersey (2); Paterson, New Jersey and New York City. Attended Washington Deanery Christian Education Meeting and Lifeline, New York dinner.
March 27 - Blessed a local restaurant.
March 28 - Went to Diocesan Center, Mars, Pa.

A Thought from Father Sebastian Dabovich

This Sacrament was instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ as a spiritual means for healing the ills of the body as well as a means for healing spiritual diseases of the soul. While the Sacrament of Repentance heals the spiritual and moral failings (or disease), it can also in an intermediate way promote the healing of bodily sickness. It is expressly for such who are in need of both spiritual and physical succor that this beneficient gift in the Sacrament of Holy Unction with Oil was granted to the Church by her Lord.

( The Holy Orthodox Church. Reprinted 1993 by St. Nectarios Church, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, p. 62 )

The Fourth Sunday of Great Lent

Mark 9:17-31

And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto Thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to Thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? Bring him unto Me. And they brought him unto Him: and when He saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. And He asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, Saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. And when He was come into the house, his disciples asked Him privately, Why could not we cast him out? And He said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. And they departed thence, and passed through Galilee; and He would not that any man should know it. For He taught his disciples, and is after that He is killed, He shall rise the third day. (KJV)

Matthew 4:25-5:12

And there followed Him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan. And seeing the multitudes, He went up into a mountain: and when He was set, his disciples came unto Him: And He opened His mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. (KJV)

Four weeks of Great Lent are completed. Two weeks remain until Great and Holy Week. Believers benefit by personally assessing the investment and progress in Great Lent.

The remaining days of Great Lent offer the final opportunity to greatly benefit. Believers do well to complete Great Lent as better Orthodox Christians. Believers do well to improve their relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

The relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is the most important relationship we have. All relationships are affected and influenced by the personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

The way individuals view and experience the Lord Jesus Christ affects daily relationships. A personís home life, workplace experiences and life in the community reveal the depth of the personís faith in and love of Christ.

Individuals approach the Divine services of the Church based upon their understanding of and love for Christ. Individuals benefit from the Divine services of the Church to the extent personal interest exists in growing in Christ.

At times individuals will change and grow in Christ unexpectedly due to experiences in Godís Holy Church or due to interaction with other believers. Non-believers can be inspired by serious believers and draw closer to Christ.

Godís Holy Church has grown and expanded through the centuries. Lives in far reaching corners of the earth now have immediate access to the teachings and Divine services of Godís Holy Church.

The love and teachings of Christ are communicated in many ways, in different places and in various languages and formats. The Lord told His disciples to go and teach all nations. The disciples and their successors listened. (Mt. 28:19)

The current Gospel of St. Matthew contains teachings of Christ. The current Gospel of St. Mark reveals the healing power of Christ. Individuals desiring to improve and enrich their lives seek healing and nourishment from Christ.

Great Lent offers a definitive structure. Certain services and teachings are particular to Great Lent. Individuals benefit from applying their hearts and minds to the purposes of Great Lent.

Individuals do well to invest significantly in Great Lent. Increased prayer, fasting and church attendance make decided differences in personal lives. Holy Confession and Communion taken seriously change a personís life significantly.

Being in Godís Holy Church brings joy to the heart, the mind and the soul. Joy in the heart, mind and soul increase proportionately to the personal investment in Great Lent.

Individuals seriously using Great Lent to work out their salvation appreciate the results. The Divine services and expectations fundamental to Great Lent help individuals to grow in Christ.

Investing in Great Lent is completely voluntary. Investing in Great Lent can be difficult and joyful simultaneously. Personal crosses can be painful. Knowing Christ and His experience on the Cross makes a difference in each attentive person.

Great Lent occurs each year in the Holy Orthodox Church. Changes noticeably and not so noticeably take place in lives of serious believers around the world.

Each person determines the extent he or she will invest in Great Lent. Each person makes decisions whether to honor Great Lent. Believers can express complete love for Christ in their personal investment in Great Lent.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 17 / March 30, 2014
The Fourth Sunday of Great Lent.
St. John of the Ladder.
St. Alexis, Man of God,
St. Patrick of Ireland.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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