St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 801 - May 12 / May 25, 2014

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 801
May 12 / May 25, 2014
Sunday of the Blind Man

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.

Recent Services
May 16
One person came for Ninth Hour and Vespers.
May 17
Matins was read.
Vespers was read
May 18
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-seven people attended. One communicant.
May 19
Complete Gospel of St. Mark was read.
Vespers was read.
May 20
Matins was read.
Four people came Akathist to St. John the Apostle, Theologian and Evangelist and Great Vespers with Litya.
May 21
The complete Gospel of St. Mark was read.
May 22
Four people came for the Akathist to St. Nicholas.
May 23
The complete Gospel of St. Mark was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy

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

4:00 PM on Tuesday, Friday, Saturday

Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM. Feast of Ascension.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs scheduled on request.

Important Dates

May 28 - Leave-taking of Pascha
May 29 - Feast of Ascension. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
June 1 - Parish Picnic and Outdoor Religious Program. Religious Progam at 1:00 PM. Akathist at the Cross in the Cemetery at 2:30 PM.
June 2 - Ven. Stefan of Piper
June 3 - Sts. Constantine and Helen St. Jelena of Decani
June 4 - St. Jovan Vladimir
June 6 - Apodasis of Ascension
June 7 - Memorial Saturday

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. MITROPHAN’s Paschal message on the parish website.

Donate generously to help Serbian flood victims. Make checks payable to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church and indicate in memo section it is for “Flood Victims”

Very Reverend Stavrofor Stevan Stepanov, Dean of the Pittsburgh Deanery visited the parish on May 19, 2014.

Sympathy extended to family and friends of +Ann Anka Kresovich recently departed this life.

Sympathy extended to family and friends of +Anna Bazala recently departed this life.

Congratulations to Dr. Scott Michael Newton, new graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing with degree of Doctor of Nursing Practice.

Thank you to Rock Russian, Gary Block and Bob Teagarden of Rices Landing American Legion Post #816 for placing flags on the graves of veterans in St. George Cemetery.

Remember the veterans departed this life.

Thank you to all parishioners and friends helping to prepare for the picnic.

Sonia Janson, Mildred Bezjak, Paulette Radock and Felicia Williamson came for class this week.

Remember the 194 miners having died in nearby Mather on May 19, 1928.

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 Feast of Ascension.
Preparing of Christ’s return and final judgment.
Being grateful to God for each day of life until Christ’s return.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 16 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes. Visted patient at Ruby Memorial Hospital.
May 17 - Attended memorial service for +Robert Gunther, husband of Helen Milkovich Gunther.
May 21 - Attended graduation ceremonies at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland.
May 22 - Attended Slava dinner at St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, Monroeville, Pa.

A Thought from Protopresbyter Mijoljub Matic

In the Orthodox Church we often use the expression that the home should be like “a little church.” Families need to pray together. The “little church” needs to be centered in the “big church.” Attendance at the Divine Liturgy, and other services should not be optional for children.

( Cleveland Deanery Meeting on Christian Education June 5, 2010 )

The Sunday of the Blind Man

John 9:1-38

And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man which was blind from his birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When He had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he. Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened? He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight. Then said they unto him, Where is He? He said, I know not. They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind. And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see. Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This Man is not of God, because He keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them. They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of Him, that He hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet. But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see? His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself. These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that He was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him. Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this Man is a sinner. He answered and said, Whether He be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see. Then said they to him again, What did He to thee? how opened He thine eyes? He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be His disciples? Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art His disciple; but we are Moses' disciples. We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence He is. The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence He is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this Man were not of God, He could do nothing. They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out. Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen Him, and it is He that talketh with thee. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped Him. (KJV)

Growing in Christ requires constant learning and drawing near in faith. Personal willingness to admit the need for further learning is necessary. God is bigger than the degree of personal knowledge we have.

Fully understanding the miracles performed by Christ is beyond human comprehension. The miracles performed by Christ are always a basis for hope and strong faith.

The miracles of Christ are always a basis for further thought and attention. Each reading of the miracles of Christ brings new insight. A new perspective for life comes from repeated studying of the miracles.

The blind man’s condition existed from the time of his birth. Healing the long standing blindness was not beyond the ability of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The words that “With God all things are possible” take on greater meaning with the reading of the present Gospel. (Mt. 19:26) Individuals feeling trapped in unappealing circumstances can turn to Christ in hope.

Christ provides the road to the Kingdom. Christ provides the light shining through the darkness. Christ provides the necessary sight when personal vision for growth is limited and impaired.

The present Gospel states the man born blind and his parents did not sin. His condition existed so the works of God could be manifested in him. Individuals now suffering should keep the blind man’s condition in mind.

Personal suffering and affliction are opportunities to turn more fervently to Christ. Focusing on Christ makes a difference when pain and afflictions abound.

The blind man never gave in to despair. The blind man did not withdraw from active living. He endured his blindness from birth. Jesus changed the blind man’s life forever.

Focusing on Christ always makes a difference in life. The blind man was attentive to Christ. The blind man was greatly appreciative of Christ. The blind man was convinced of the power of Christ.

The account of the healing of the blind man has been repeated for twenty centuries. Christ’s healing power remains as firm as ever. Individuals living today benefit from Christ’s healing power.

Individuals sick and afflicted today have reason to hope in Christ. Christ’s healing of the man born blind is evidence that long standing conditions can be corrected.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 12 / May 25, 2014
Sunday of the Blind Man
St. Epiphanius. St. German of Const.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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