St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 796 - April 7 / April 20, 2014


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 796
April 7 / April 20, 2014
Pascha


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
April 12
One person came for Great Vespers.
April 13
Third and Sixth Hours were read.
Thirty-nine people came for Divine Liturgy. Five communicants.
April 14
The First, Third, Sixth and Ninth Hours were read included prescribed Gospel readings.
Three people came for the Ninth Hour.
April 15
The First, Third, Sixth and Ninth Hours were read included prescribed Gospel readings.
Two people came for the Ninth Hour.
April 16
The First and Third Hours were read with the prescribed Gospel reading..
April 17
Two people came for the Divine Liturgy.
Eleven people came for Matins of Holy Friday with the Gospel readings.
April 18
Nine people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for the Royal Hours.
Sixteen people came to St. George Church for Vespers and Matins.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

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

Evenings
4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Bright Monday
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy

Prayers for special needs and Akathists scheduled on request.

Important Dates

Today - Pascha, Feast of Feasts
April 21 - Bright Monday
April 22 - Bright Tuesday
April 23 - Bright Wednesday
April 24 - Bright Thursday
April 25 - Bright Friday
April 26 - Bright Saturday
April 27 - Thomas Sunday
May 3 - St. Nikolaj of Serbia
May 4 - Celebration of Parish Slava
May 6 - St. George Day
May 12 - St. Vasilje of Ostrog

If you are too busy to pray...you are too busy!


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

Parish Life

Listen to His Grace Bishop Dr.MITROPHANís Paschal message on the parish website.

Thank you to all parishioners attending Deanery services in other parishes during Great Lent and Holy Week.

Thank you to all parishioners attending weekday services during Great Lent and Holy Week at St. George Church.

Thank you to St. George Choir for singing throughout Great Lent and Holy Week.

Thank you to all parishioners observing the Fast during Great Lent and Holy Week.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +George Gapen newly departed this life.

Continue to celebrate Christís Resurrection.

Share the joy of the Resurrection by the way life is lived each day.

Plan to attend the St. George Church Slava celebration on Sunday May 4.

The parish Outdoor Religious Program and Picnic is scheduled for June 1.

The parish financial report, budget and election of officers have received Diocesan approval.

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 ask the priest.

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

The changed world due to Christís Resurrection.
The changed individual lives due to Christí Resurrection.
The changes continuing in the world due to the Resurrection.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 12 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
April 13 - Went to Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh for Deanery Vespers.
April 16 - Went to Diocesan Center
April 16 - Went to Holy Trinity Cathedral for Holy Unction.
April 18 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont,W.Va. for Royal Hours.

A Thought from Father Thomas Hopko.

A person formally enters the Church by baptism through which he or she dies to this world, with and in Christ, and arises with him into ďnewness of lifeĒóthe eternal life of the Kingdom of God. Baptism is a human beingís personal Easter, a ďpassoverĒ from death to life in the Messiah.

( The Spirit of God Morehouse-Barlow Co. Inc, Willton, Connecticut, 1976, pp. 33-34. )


Pascha 2014

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto his own, and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of Him, and cried, saying, This was He of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for He was before me. And of His fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. (KJV)

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen! Declaring Christ is Risen is the most powerful of declarations. The world changed forever when Christ rose from the dead. The world continues to change as a result.

Christ exposed the limits of death. Christís divinity convincingly shines forth. Christ raises hopes for all persons. Christ establishes light penetrating darkness of human thought.

The Risen Christ changes hearts and minds. The Risen Christ brightens lives. The Risen Christ lifts the human spirit. The Risen Christ brings newness of life.

Joy resounds in Godís holy churches throughout the world. Believers everywhere greet each other with the news of the Resurrection. Christís Resurrection is forever new.

The Resurrected Christ gives strength to believers in time of weakness. The Resurrected Christ gives hope in time of doubt. The Resurrected Christ gives light when darkness enters human life.

The Resurrection is the joy of all joys. The Resurrection is the Feast of Feasts. The Resurrection elevates human thoughts. The Resurrection inspires believers to look beyond human limits to Christ.

Hope for departed loved ones is found in Christís Resurrection. Christís Resurrections turns thoughts to departed family members and friends. Belief in the resurrection of the dead expressed in The Creed comes to the forefront of thought.

Godís holy churches and monasteries are filled with believers on Pascha. The joy of the Resurrection fills the air in the places established for the worship and glory of God.

Gloom and despair are pushed aside. The good news of the Resurrection is dominating. The triumphant Christ changes everything and everyone. The triumphant Christ shows that hope is greater than despair.

Light is greater than darkness. Love is greater than evil. Love of God and love of neighbor make a difference. Sharing the news of the Resurrection makes a difference. Experiencing the power of the Resurrection makes a difference.

Christians share the life changing power of the Resurrection in the way they live. Christians share the life changing power of the Resurrection in the way they love and treat others.

Individuals invest wisely in thinking carefully about the Resurrection of Christ. Individuals invest wisely when preparing seriously for the celebration of the Resurrection each year.

The Resurrected Christ welcomes and loves each person. Each person attentive to Christ experiences His love. Each person reaching out to Christ in prayer and hope experiences His presence.

Christís Holy Church is renewed on Pascha. Believers find in Godís Holy Church the love and joy that make life worth living. Christís Body and Blood bring the joy of the Resurrection to each believer.

The celebration of the Resurrection continues and affects each ensuing day of life. Believers change and change others in their celebration of the Resurrection.

The celebration of the Resurrection has a cumulative effect upon the world. The world is better due to the celebration of the Resurrection. The celebration of the Resurrection is an experience beyond time.

Believers gathering in Godís Holy Church experience God in ways known only on Pascha. The celebration of the Resurrection stands alone among all feasts. The celebration on Pascha is the Feast of Feasts.

Great preparation is expected for Pascha. All people coming in faith share in the joy of the celebration. The joy of the Resurrection multiplies in the celebration. The joy of the Resurrection is intended to be shared.

The Resurrected Christ embraces the whole world. The celebration of the Resurrection occurs wherever believers gather in faith. Hearts and minds open to Christ are joined with Him.

HristosVoskrese! Vaistinu Voskrese! Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 7 / April 20, 2014
Pascha 2014.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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