St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 799 - April 28 / May 11, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 799
April 28 / May 11, 2014
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 2
One person came to St. George Church for the Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection, Akathist for the Resurrection and Akathist to the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow.
Nine people came to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Great Vespers with Litya on the Eve of the Translation of the Relics of St. Nikolaj of Serbia.
May 3
Matins were read.
Three people came for Great Vespers with Litya.
May 4
Matins were read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy with Procession and blessing of Slava Kolach and Koljivo.
May 5
The complete Gospel of St. Mark was read.
Vespers was read.
May 7
Matins was read.
Two people came for the Akathist of the Resurrection, Akathist to the Mother of God of the Inexhaustible Cup and Mother of God, Nurturer of Children.
Vespers was read.
May 8
The complete Gospel of St. Mark was read.
Two people came for the Akathist of the Resurrection.
May 9
Matins was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Friday

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs scheduled on request.

Important Dates

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, Evangelist and Theologian

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.

Participants in the Parish Slava program included: Very Rev. Stavrofor Lt. Col. Adam Yonitch, Stan Brozik, Sonia Janson, John and Felicia Williamson, Millicent Mitzie Hunchuck, Andrea Janson, Maria Djonovich, Djelosh Jerry Milosevich, Aaron Carson and Carlos Godbey. Attorney Linda Chambers spoke on the theme: ďElements of Safe Communities.Ē

Talks by Attorney Chambers are posted on the parish website.

Nurse Practitioner Mitzie Hunchuck is a good resource for parishioners in times of medical concerns.

Mildred Mickey Bezjak and Felicia Williamson came to class on Thursday. Class again this Thursday.

Congratulations to Emily Medakovich, daughter of Father Milan Medakovich, graduating from Ohio State University on May 4, 2014.

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

Remember the 56 miners killed in nearby Osage, West Virginia on May 12, 1942

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

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 continued joy of Christís Resurrection.
The hope arising in believers due to Christís Resurrection.
The changed understanding of death due to Christís Resurrection

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 2 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing and Fairmont, W.Va. for Great Vespers.
May 5 - Went to a Slava celebration.
May 6 - Went to Diocesan Center and three Slava celebrations.
May 8 - Went to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown when patient was having surgery.

A Thought from Father Milan Pajic at the Cleveland Deanery Education Meeting

Orthodox Christians, especially teenagers, must be aware of the fact that they are, and they should be, different from their non-Orthodox friends, in their actions, expressions, appearance, and beliefs. The Orthodox teens ought not to accept whatever is offered to them without prior investigation, for not all things "which feel good" are good. Some things might appear to be pleasing to the eyes, satisfying us for a moment, but they can certainly be damaging to our minds in the long term, fading away a desire for modesty and Christian dignity.

The Sunday of the Paralytic

John 5:1-15

After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, He saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered Him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk. Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk? And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place. Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole. (KJV)

The Lord Jesus Christ entered the paralyticís life and made him whole. The Lord Christ healed the paralytic of his infirmity. The Lord Jesus Christ gave the paralytic freedom of movement.

The Lord Jesus Christ is near to each person. (Acts 17:27) Individuals need only open their hearts and minds to experience Christ. The paralytic desired healing. The paralytic listened to Christ and heeded Christís message to him.

Individuals exposed to the Holy Gospel hear the words of the Lord Jesus Christ. Individuals attending the Divine Liturgy and having access to a Bible have the Lord Jesus Christ immediately accessible

Individuals having faculty of mind have direct access to the Lord Jesus Christ through prayer. Guardian angels, saints and the Mother of God are available to individuals to serve as intercessors before the Lord God.

Paralysis involves more than the body. Paralysis of the mind can keep individuals from growing in Christ. Paralysis of the mind can deter individuals from making the best use of talents from God.

The present Gospel reveals the power of Christ to heal and grant new life. The current Gospel is read each year during the Paschal celebration period giving further evidence of always having hope in Christ.

Individuals seeking improvement in their lives can turn to Christ with confidence. The Lord Jesus Christ invites individuals who are weary and heavy laden to draw near to Him to find rest for their souls. (Mt. 11:28-29)

Pascha brings great joy to all believing in the Resurrected Christ. The darkness of Holy Friday is replaced with the light of the Resurrection. The limits of being paralyzed were removed by Christ who would later show the limits of death.

Christ enables individuals to move past barriers in their lives. Christ opens new possibilities for individuals feeling trapped and having now where to turn. Christ lifts the spirits of individuals feeling depressed due their circumstances.

Christ nourishes the hungry seeking to satisfy the needs of the soul. (Jn. 6:35) Christ quenches the thirst with living water (Jn. 4:14) The opportunities for a better life are unlimited in Christ.

Godís Holy Church brings the current Gospel to believers each year. The current Gospel is a source for renewal of life. Pascha is the foundation for renewal of life and for a new view of death and life.

Pascha is the Feast of Feast of Feasts. The celebration of Pascha continues until the Feast of the Ascension. Every Sunday is a celebration of Christís Resurrection.

Joy in Christ is experienced at Pascha. Joy in Christ has a place throughout the lives of believers. Christ triumphed over death. Every person turning to Christ can experience the joy of His triumph.

The paralytic was immobile for thirty eight years. The Lord Jesus Christ made a difference in his life. The healing of the paralytic shows that Christ makes a difference in long-standing conditions.

Individuals make choices as to the way they will live the remaining time of their lives. Placing great trust and faith in the life in Christ is the soundest way to live the remaining time of life.

The joy experienced by the healed paralytic is a joy that can be experienced by each person.. The new found freedom for the paralytic is available for each person turning to Christ in faith.

Hunger of the soul needs addressed by each person. The paralysis of sin needs dealt with by each person. Christ is the nourishment for the hunger of the soul. Christ is the solution for resolving the personal paralysis of sin.

Too often individuals yield to despair in times of great difficulty. Too often individuals turn to other than Christ and Christís Church when seeking solutions to personal difficulties.

Individuals do well to seek in Christ the wholeness experienced by the paralytic. Individuals do well to heed Christís words to the paralytic to sin no more. Hristos Voskrese! Christ is Risen!

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 28 / May 11, 2014
Sunday of the Paralytic
Sts. Jason and Sosipater, Apostles.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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