St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 845 - March 16 / 29, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 845
March 16 / 29, 2015
Fifth 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.

Col. 2:7

Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

Recent Services
March 18
Four people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Three communicants.
Two people came for the Akathist at Waynesburg University.
Four people came for Small Compline and class at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission Church in Fairmont, W.Va.
March 22
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-seven people came. Six communicants.
March 25
Fourteeen people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts. Five communicants.
Two people came for the Akathist at Waynesburg University.

Services This Coming Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM on Monday Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM on Friday, Saturday.

3:00 PM Akathist and Adult Class

8:00 AM Lazarus Divine Liturgy

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

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, 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
April 4 - Lazarus Saturday. Divine Liturgy 8:00 AM.
April 5 - Palm Sunday. Deanery Vespers at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh, 5:00 PM.
April 7 - Feast of Annunciation. Great and Holy Tuesday.
April 8 - Great and Holy Wednesday. Holy Unction at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh at 7:00 PM
April 9 - 8:00 AM Divine Liturg. Great and Holy Thursday.
April 12 - Paschal Divine Liturgy at St. George Church will start at 9:00 AM. Please note the time.

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

Stan Brozik, Sonia Janson and Milosh Serb Krewasky attended Deanery Vespers in Monroeville last Sunday.

Sonia Janson, Mildred Bezjak and Felecia Williamson participated in the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont on March 25.

Mildred Bezjak was among the Kolo members baking last week.

U. S. Army Col.Richard and Major Dustin Menhart recently attended the Divine Liturgy with their parents Frank and Gail and brother Rudy.

Linda Porter is collecting contributions for flowers for the church for Pascha.

Plan to help with the Deanery Vespers dinner here this evening.

Very Rev.Stavrophor Lt. Col. Adam and Protinica Roberta Yonitch visited the church this week.

Andrea Janson has been kept busy with new calves being born on her farm.

Congratulations to Ryan Torbic on the publication of his first book.

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 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

Great Lent is drawing to a close.
Use the remaining days of Great Lent for the benefit of the soul.
Give glory and thanksgiving to God throughout each day.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 19-21 - Went to Clearwater, Florida for Clergy Confession and St. Petersburg Deanery Meeting.
March 22 - Went to Diocesan Center and Transfiguration Monastery in Ellwood City for Pomen for +Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko.
Went to St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Monroeville for Deanery Vespers.
March 23 - Went to Pittsburgh International Airport for a trip that was cancelled.
March 25 - Went to Fairmont, West Virginia for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.
Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 10:1

A wise leader will educate his people, and the rule of an intelligent man will be well ordered.

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

The Fifth Sunday of Great Lent

St. Mary of Egypt

Mk. 10:32-45

And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him,Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles: And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again. And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire. And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you? They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory. But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized: But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared. And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John. But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. (KJV)

Luke 7:36-50

And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat. And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner. And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace. (KJV)

More than twenty centuries have passed since the Lord Jesus Christ went to the Cross. More than twenty centuries have passed since Jesus suffered, died and rose from the grave. Repentance and remission of sins still have value today.

Christ’s message of repentance and remission of sins has endured for more than twenty centuries. The passage of time has served to increase the value of the message. The passage of time is testimony to the durability of the message.

The best way to test the messages of Christ is to confess Christ as King and as God and to follow Christ. Individuals who live in Christ and are faithful to Christ experience the joy of Christ and are not disappointed.

The Holy Apostle Paul told the Corinthians: “He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” (2 Cor. 9:6) Individuals investing in the life in Christ are at peace and spiritually well.

Peace and wellness come from the forgiveness of sins. Peace and wellness come from the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ. Healing of the soul comes from the Lord Jesus Christ. Healing of the mind and heart come from Christ.

Attacks of anxiety over sin, depression over sin, feelings of uncertainty because of sin can be put to rest by repentance, Holy Confession and Holy Communion.

Fasting and prayer, the reading of the Holy Scriptures, discussions with the parish priest and attendance at the Divine services of the Church help a person to put problems into perspective and provide for the necessary direction.

Peace need not be elusive. Christ brings peace when individuals rest firmly in Christ. The forgiveness of Christ in Holy Confession is complete. Individuals can accept the forgiveness and go forth in Christ.

Believers are encouraged to always be mindful of the treasured message to the Hebrews: “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” (Heb. 12:1-2)

When sin is peeled away from a single human life, the purity of life in Christ has room to thrive. Christians can grow when sinful ways are put aside and efforts are concentrated in ways pleasing to Christ.

Pride is always a concern and possible trap. Vigilance is always a necessity. Laxity carries with it the inherent perils. Woe to those who think they are immune from sinful ways. Danger to the soul lurks everywhere.

Love God and neighbor. Serve God and neighbor. Pray to God and for the neighbor. Avoid giving in to sin and be tenacious in drawing near to God.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 16 / 29, 2015
Fifth Sunday of Great Lent.
St. Mary of Egypt.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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