St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 850 - April 20 / May 3, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 850
April 20 / May 3, 2015
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.

Recent Services
April 25
Midnight Office was read.
Funeral and burial in St. George Cemetery for +Andy Mickey Jr, brother of Sonia Janson, uncle of Andrea and Renea.
April 26
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-seven people attended. One communicant.
April 27
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
April 28
Two people came for the Akathist of the Resurrection at Waynesburg University.
April 29
Seven people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for the Akathist to the Resurrection and class.
April 30
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
May 1
Vespers was read.
Pomen was held for +Maria Masha Djonovich. Very Reverend Stavrophor Dragan Filipovic came for the pomen.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy with Procession, Blessing of Slava Kolach and Koljivo.

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

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

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

3:30 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

Today, May 3 - Sunday of the Paralytic. Parish Slava Celebration. Venerable Joseph of Serbia. St. Nikolaj of Serbia.
May 6 - St. George Day. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
May 8 - St. Mark the Apostle
May 10 - Burning of Relics of St. Sava
May 12 - St. Vasilje of Ostrog
May 21 - Feast of Ascension

If You Are Too Busy To Pray, You Are Too Busy

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia AND All Suffering People throughout the world.

Parish Life

You can hear His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHANís Paschal message in Serbian and English on the parish website or Diocese site.

Thank you to all parishioners and friends attending and helping with the parish Slava celebration.

Sympathy extended to the family, kumovi and friends of +Maria Masha Djonovich recently departed this life.

Thank you to all parishioners and friends of the parish helping with +Andy Mickeyís and +Maria Djonovichís viewings and funerals.

Do you tell your friends and relatives to listen to the parish radio or internet broadcast?

Trust in the Resurrected Lord in all that you do.

Thank God for the good people stepping forward to help others in need.

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

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

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

The healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Turning to Christ for healing of soul and body.
Giving thanks to God for health and healing.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 24 - Went to UPMC Presby in Pittsburgh to visit patient.
April 25 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
April 26 - Funeral of +Andy Mickey Jr.
April 26 - Gave opening and closing prayers at the Carmichaels Chamber of Commerce Dinner.
April 27 - Visited patient in Uniontown Hospital.
April 29 - Went to Hospice in Elkins, W.Va. to visit patient.
April 29 - Served Akathist at Waynesburg University.
April 30 - Served Akathist and had class in Fairmont, W.Va.
May 1 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars, Pa.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 14:13

Before you die, do good to a friend and reach out and give to him based on your ability.

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

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.

Godís Holy Church is in the time of the Paschal celebration. This Sunday of the Paralytic regularly appears at this time following Pascha on the Church calendar. The healing of power of Christ is a strong Paschal message.

The paralytic became a new man as a result of Christís healing action in his life. The paralytic was made whole. The paralytic received mobility from Christ and had new freedom of movement.

Jesus made it clear to the paralytic not to sin any further. When believers repent of their sins, they are expected to sin no further. When believersí prayers are answered and healing occurs, believers are expected to refrain from sin.

Jesus found the paralytic in the temple after he was healed. How many believers come to Godís Holy Church in thanksgiving and prayer after their prayers are answered?

How many believers rejoice in the healing power of God? How many believers live in the joy of Christís Resurrection being celebrated in the Church at this time?

Christís Resurrection is the basis for structuring our lives. Christís Resurrection is the basis for continuous hope. Christís Resurrection is the basis for the Church calling Pascha the Feast of Feasts.

Christís Resurrection holds a special place in the Church Liturgical Year. If great thought is given to the meaning of Christís Resurrection, personal life is restructured in hope and continuous thanksgiving to God.

Christís Resurrection enables believers to look beyond earthly life. Christís Resurrection gives believers reason to look at the limits of earthly death. Eternal life becomes a reality for believers falling asleep in hope in the Risen Lord.

The paralytic suffered for thirty eight years. His life remained stagnant for thirty eight years. Jesus made a transforming difference in the paralyticís life. Current individuals long stagnant in life can find hope in the current Gospel.

Individuals faced with despair after years of suffering can find renewal in the Resurrected Christ. Christ has the power to make all things new. (2 Cor. 5:17) The current Gospel is a basis for fervently turning to Christ in hope.

Individuals have control over their personal lives. Individuals choose freely their goals and use of personal time. The time of life is a glorious gift from God given only once.

The time of life does not return once lived. Moments of life are to be used wisely for the glory of God and salvation of the soul. Wasteful use of the time of life is perilous to the soul.

The Paschal period is joyous in Godís Holy Church. The current Gospel communicates joy. The paralyticís healing resonates with the message of great joy. Christ is the greatest joy.

Cherish the message of joy in Christís Resurrection. Cherish the hope emanating from Christ. Cherish the residual basis for enduring hope in the Risen Christ.

Joy in Christ replaces despair. Joy in Christ changes a personís countenance. Joy in Christ is reflected in daily activities and goals. Joy in Christ shines from the heart, the mind and the soul.

We learn best about the healing power of Christ in Godís Holy Church. We nourish our hearts, minds and souls when we are attentive to the Holy Gospel. We will endure suffering and pain if we cling to the Resurrected Christ.

The Resurrected Christ gives a person reason to be patient when lifeís moments become difficult. The Resurrected Christ strengthens individuals faced with long standing physical or emotional ailments.

The message that ďChrist is Risen!Ē is the most powerful and greatest of messages. The Resurrected Christ overcame the limits of death. Individuals suffering in sin will become whole and healthy in the Resurrected Christ.

Now is the time to experience joy in the Risen Christ. Now is the time to live in the Resurrected Christ. Now is the time to say with the Holy Apostle Paul that it is not I that lives, but Christ liveth in me. (Gal. 2:20)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 20 / May 3, 2015
Sunday of the Paralytic.
Translation of the Relics of St. Nikolaj of Serbia.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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