St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 842 - February 23 / March 8, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 842
February 23 / March 8, 2015
Second 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.

Ephesians 2:8

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Recent Services
February 28
Eleven people came for Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Four communicants.
March 1
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Three communicants.
March 2
Matins was read.
March 3
Three people came for Great Compline with Canon of Repentance.
March 4
Two people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. One communicant.
March 5
Matins was read.
March 6
Three people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.

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, Saturday

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

Wednesday and Friday
8:00 AM Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts

3:00 PM Akathist with Adult Class after

Akathists, Prayers for Special Needs, and Home Blessings scheduled on request

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

March 8 - Second Sunday of Great Lent. St. Gregory Palamas Deanery Vespers at 5:00 PM St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa, Pa. Holy Ascension, Youngwood.
March 15 - Third Sunday of Great Lent. Holy Cross Deanery Vespers at 5:00 PM, St. George Church, Midland.
March 22 - Fourth Sunday of Great Lent. St. John of the Ladder. Deanery Vespers at 5:00 PM, Holy Resurrection Church, Steubenville, Ohio. St. Nicholas Church, Monroeville, Pa.
March 29 - Fifth Sunday of Great Lent. St. Mary of Egypt. Deanery Vespers at 5:00 PM. St. George Church, Carmichaels, Pa. St. Nicholas Church, Johnstown, Pa

If you are too busy to pray, you are too busy

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All Suffering People Everywhere. Pray fervently for suffering Christians.

Parish Life

Plan to attend as many Deanery Vespers services as possible.

May God guide the newly married Renea Janson and Brady Higgens.

Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke was recently promoted at Waynesburg University.

Take note Ė A talk about two centuries of Serbian presence in America by Krinka Petrov, Ph.D. and Milina Jovanovic, M.A. J.D. March 9 at Pitt University. See bulletin board. .

Sympathy extended to the family of +Zachary Jon Zatezalo newly departed this life.

Honor the Great Fast each day. Prepare for Holy Confession and Communion.

Unless you live very far away, please come for Confession on a weekday or Saturday.

Attend the Liturgy of the Preseanctified Gifts. Attend Adult Classes on Thursdays

Our good neighbors, the state highway workers, have worked long and hard this winter to keep the roads clear and safe.

If you want your house blessed, contact the priest to schedule the visit.

If you want your marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church, talk to the priest.

Remember and appreciate the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

Remember and appreciate the men and women serving in the military and their families.

Remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in rehab centers, the homebound, and the mentally ill. Appreciate their caretakers and the institution staffs.

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

Remember the St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville with prayers and contributions.
St. Sava School of Theology has helped greatly to fill the continuing need for priests in established and new parishes.

To Consider

Give serious thought to the meaning of repentance.
Give serious thought to the meaning of being an Orthodox Christian.
Give serious thought to the love of Jesus Christ for each person

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

February 28 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.Stopped in Morgantown on return for printing. Went to St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church in Monessen, Pa. for Sunday of Orthodoxy celebration in the Mon Valley.
March 1 - Attended the Orthodoxy Sunday celebration for the Pittsburgh area at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, Mt. Lebanon, Pa.
March 4 - Went to Mon Valley Hospital in Monongahela to visit a patient.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 7:15

Do not hate hard work, especially farming which was created by the Most High.

( The Orthodox Study Bible St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology, 2008. )

The Second Sunday of Great Lent

Mark 2:1-12

And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there was certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion. (KJV)

John 10:9-16

I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. (KJV)

In the current reading from the Gospel of St. Mark, the Lord Jesus Christ forgave the manís sins and healed him. The man experienced healing of his body and healing of his soul.

Christ freed the man from paralysis of sin. Christ freed the man from his inability to walk. Christ enabled the man to have freedom of movement. The manís life opened to new opportunities and experiences.

Healing of the soul continues to be possible through the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and Holy Confession lead to the forgiveness of sins. Believers always have the opportunity to turn to Christ seeking mercy and forgiveness.

Believers need not remain paralyzed by sin. Believers need not suffer from a tormented conscience. Repenting and confessing sins in Godís Holy Church results in a new beginning in the life in Christ.

Christians pray regularly for physical healings of the ill and injured. Christians always have reason to hope in Jesus Christ. The Epistle to the Hebrews states: ďJesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.Ē (Heb. 13:8)

The current Gospel of St. John speaks about the firm and faithful shepherd known to his sheep and caring for his sheep. The faithful shepherd does not frighten nor does he abandon the sheep.

The Lord Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd. The Lord Jesus Christ does not abandon His sheep. The Lord Jesus Christ is faithful to the point of giving His life. The Lord Jesus Christ established an example to be followed.

Christians are indebted to the Lord Jesus Christ for His immeasurable love and mercy. Christ does not abandon sinners. Christ welcomes sinners willing to repent.

Each day the goodness Christians experience exceeds the love and gratefulness expressed to God. Blessings received from God each day are greater than the depth of thankfulness and faithfulness shown to God.

The man healed as described in the Gospel of St. Mark owed Jesus a great debt of gratitude. The healed man had a responsibility to live in ways faithful to Christ. Christians healed through forgiveness owe Jesus a great debt of gratitude.

Living faithful to Christ is a way to express appreciation for blessings received. Supporting Godís Holy Church is a way to show appreciation to God. Helping the poor, the needy and the sick are ways to give thanks to God.

Helping others in need is a way to share Christian love. Praying for the sick and suffering is an expression of Christian love. Being attentive to the needy reflects love and thankful to Christ.

The current Gospel of St. Mark focuses thought on the healing powers of Christ. Christís healing powers affect body and soul. Turning to Christ for healing and forgiveness has a place in the Christian life.

Christ offers abundant life. Christís words in the current Gospel of St. John are:Ē I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.Ē (Jn. 10:10)

The present Gospel readings refer to the healing, freedom and abundant life in Christ. Great Lent is the time to bring our lives into conformity with Christ. We are to proceed in Christ, the door leading to abundant life.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 23 / March 8, 2015
The Second Sunday of Great Lent.
St. Gregory Palamas.
St. Polycarp of Smyrna.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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