St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 797 - April 14 / April 27, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 797
April 14 / April 27, 2014
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 Saturday
Eleven people came for the Divine Liturgy. Five communicants.
Ten people came for the Reading of the Acts of the Apostles on Saturday evening.
Resurrection Matins. Fourteen people came.
The Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection was read.
The Akathistt to the Resurrection was reada.
Seventy-five people attended the Divine Liturgy. Fifteen communicants
Bright Monday
Four people came for the Divine Liturgy.
Vespers was read
Bright Tuesday
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
Bright Wednesday
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
Bright Thursday
Matins was read.
Two people came for the Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection and Hours of Pascha.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos.

5:30 AM on Monday, Saturday

4:00 PM on Friday, Saturday

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs scheduled on request.

Important Dates

April 27 - Thomas Sunday
May 3 - St. Nikolaj of Serbia
May 4 - Celebration of Parish Slava. Sunday of the Myrrhbearers.
May 6 - St. George Day
May 8 - St. Mark the Apostle and Evangelis
May 10 - Burning of Relics of St. Sava
May 11 - Sunday of the Paralytic
May 12 - St. Vasilje of Ostrog
May 14 - Mid-Pentecost. 9:00 AM Divine Liturgy.
May 18 - Sunday of the Samaritan Woman
May 19 - Translation of the Relics of St. Sava
May 21 - St. John the Apostle and Evangelist
May 22 - Translation of the Relics of St. Nicholas
May 24 - Sts. Cyril and Methodius
May 25 - Sunday of the Blind Man

If you are too busy to 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 God for the wonderful attendance on Pascha.

Thank all of you for being here in person and/or in spirit.

Thank God for the St. George Choir on Pascha at Matins and Divine Liturgy.

Thank you to Mitzie Hunchuck for organizing the Egg Hunt on Pascha.

Congratulations to Dr. Nathan Klingensmith for progressing as a skilled surgeon.

Congratulations to Frank Snyder for the confidence placed in him by the Pa.AFL-CIO.

Congratulations to Nellie Stoychev graduating from the University of Pittsburgh.

Congratulations to Jovana Zaremba singing at Carnegie Hall in Pittsburgh this week.

Congratulations to Stan and Karen Brozik celebrating twenty years at Dolfiís

Congratulations to Andrea Janson in getting her tamburitzan group established.

Dr. Dennis and Pam Hunchuck travelled from Florida to be their family for Pascha.

Dr. Rade Dimitric travelled from New York to be here with brother Dr. Ivko for Pascha.

Confirm you 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.

Remember the 22 miners killed in Harrison County, W.Va. on April 25, 1963.

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 want you want your home blessed, contact the priest.

If you have a question about the services or teachings of the Church ask the priest.

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

To Consider

The daily verification of Christís Resurrection.
The lives continuing to change due to Christís Resurrection.
The hope and joy experienced due to Christís Resurrection.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 23 - Visited two residents at Golden Living Rehab Center in Waynesburg, Pa.

A Thought from Father Deacon Gavrilo Milkovich

Youíve all heard the phrase that our children are our future. But more accurately they are our Present. They are here and now and it is the now when we need to worry about, otherwise we will have more than enough to worry about in the future with them!

( Speaking at St. Basil of Ostrog Serbian Orthodox Church, Greensboro, North Carolina, April 5, 2014 on the occasion of St.Petersburgh Deanery Clergy Confession and Christian Education Meeting. )

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 soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever 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. (KJV)

The Holy Apostle Thomas personally verified the Lord Jesus Christ rose from the dead. The Holy Apostle Thomas confessed the Risen Christ as his Lord and God.

Each believer needs to be confident in placing faith and trust in the Risen Christ. Belief in the Risen Christ is professed at Holy Baptism. This belief is authenticated and understood to a greater degree as a person matures in Christ.

Believersí personal lives reflect the depth of belief in Christ and unity with the Risen Christ. Depth of belief in the Risen Christ affects the way believers live daily life.

Personal joy in the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ increases according to the depth of personal belief in the Risen Christ. The personal view of daily life is shaped by the believerís understanding of the Resurrected Christ.

The Feast of Pascha is not limited in effect and impact to the twenty-four period of the day of the Feast of Feasts. Godís Holy Church officially celebrates Pascha until the Feast of Ascension.

Daily life in the Church from Pascha to the Feast of the Ascension heralds and rejoices in Christís Resurrection. Believers committed to life in the Church conduct their lives according to the teachings and expectations of Christ.

The Feast of Pascha is to be taken most seriously by believers. The abundant joy associated with Pascha is not a passing joy. The Paschal joy is lasting to the degree believersí center their lives in the Risen Christ.

Conquering death is the ultimate barrier shattered by Christ. Christís death is put in perspective because Christís grave is known to have been empty. Christ rising from the tomb provides a new way of looking at death and life.

A believer invests time wisely in thinking extensively about Christ on the Cross and Christ rising from the tomb. A believer benefits greatly from thinking about Christís Resurrection and the resurrection of the dead.

Believers flock to Godís Holy Churches on Pascha. The Resurrection of Christ is intended to have a lasting and decided influence. Individuals coming to church and attentive to the message of Resurrection exit the church as different.

Pascha is a celebration in and of the Church. Pascha impacts the local community and the world at large. Pascha has a personal impact upon each attentive believer.

Each believer does well to ponder the suffering to death undertaken voluntarily by Christ. Each believer does well to continually be grateful to Christ for His love for each of us.

Each believer does well to think carefully of the divinity of Christ enabling Him to conquer death and rise from the grave. Readers of Scripture know that Jesus called Lazarus forth from the grave after being dead four day. (Jn. 11:39-45)

The message of Christís Resurrection is fresh in the minds of believers. The message of Christís Resurrection is proclaimed with confidence and certainty in Godís Holy Church.

Believers are expected to change and be better as a result of celebrating Pascha. The joy of Christís Resurrection will influence the way committed believers think and live during the remaining moments of their lives.

Pascha holds the place of honor in Godís Holy Church as the Feast of Feasts. The impact on serious believers at Pascha is definitive. The Church provides for prayerful preparation and time for deliberate commitment in advance of Pascha.

Pascha has a place the forefront of the mind of serious believers. Pascha will shape and affect the contents of the heart. Pascha will be reflected in the body throughout the day.

A person grows in the Resurrected Christ to the extent he or she draws near to Christ in faith and in love. A person grows in the Resurrected Christ to the extent he or she seeks nourishment from the Resurrected Christ.

The Resurrected Christ is the inexhaustible source of nourishment. The Resurrection Christ is the inexhaustible source of joy. The Resurrected Christ is the inexhaustible source of peace.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 14 / April 27, 2014
Thomas Sunday.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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