St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 851 - April 27 / May 10, 2015

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 851
April 27 / May 10, 2015
Burning of the Relics of St. Sava

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 2
Midnight Office was read.
Funeral service for +Maria Masha Djonovich.
Two people came for Great Vespers with Litya.
May 3
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy with Festal Procession and Blessing of Slava Kolac and Koljivo. Twenty-five people attended.
May 4
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
May 5
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
May 6
Three people attended Divine Liturgy.
May 7
Matins was read.
Two people came for the Akathist to St. George.
Three people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for the Akathist to the Resurrection and class.
May 8
The complete Gospel of St. Mark was read.

Services This Coming Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Friday.

4:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

May 10 - Burning of Relics of St. Sava
May 12 - St. Vasilje of Ostrog
May 19 - Translation of the Relics of St. Sava
May 20 - Leave-taking of Pascha
May 21 - Feast of Ascension. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
May 22 - Translation of the Relics of St. Nicholas.
May 21 - Apodasis 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

Trust in the Resurrected Lord in all that you do. Continue to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection.

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

The Diocesan Center in Mars, Pennsylvania was sold this past week. The Diocesan Episcopal Office is being relocated to the New York City area.

Thank God for good mothers living and departed.

Mildred Bezjak, Paulette Radock and Felecia Williamson attended class on Wednesday.

Congratulations to Jovana Zaremba for receiving a Master’s Degree from Duquesne.

Congratulations to Angelina Colombo graduating from Penn State University this week.

Congratulations to Natalino Ruggeri graduating from Washington and Jefferson College.

Sympathy extended to Carl and Bonnie Zelli, Carl’s father departed this life this week.

Thank you to Lee Klingensmith for installing the church’s heating and air-conditioning.

Thank you to Stan and Karen Brozik and staff for the Slava dinner.

Thank you to Maggie Waters for orange ribbons remembering persecuted Christians.

Remember the 56 miners from nearby Osage, West Virginia that lost their lives in 1942. Remember their families and coworkers.

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 nourishment from Christ available in God’s Holy Church.
The joy of receiving nourishment from Christ.
The joy of living daily in Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 2 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing purposes.
May 6 - Went to two family Slavas in distant communities.
May 7 - Blessed one business establishment.
May 7 - Went to Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont for Akathist and class.
May 8 - Attended the funeral of +Carl Zelli Sr. at St. Ellien Antiochian Orthodox Church in Brownsville, Pa.

From the Wisdom of Sirach 15:16

For great is the wisdom of the Lord: He is mighty in power and sees all things.

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

The Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

John 4:5-42

Then cometh He to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with His journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.(For His disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.)Then saith the woman of Samaria unto Him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of Him, and He would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto Him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast Thou that living water? Art Thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman saith unto Him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. The woman saith unto Him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. The woman saith unto Him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when He is come, He will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am He. And upon this came His disciples, and marvelled that He talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? Then they went out of the city, and came unto Him. In the mean while His disciples prayed Him, saying, Master,eat. But He said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought Him ought to eat? Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work. Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal: that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together. And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours. And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did. So when the Samaritans were come unto Him, they besought Him that He would tarry with them: and He abode there two days. And many more believed because of his own word; And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard Him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world. (KJV)

Christ speaks about living water in the current Gospel. He describes the ability of this living water to completely satisfy the thirst. Persons drinking from Christ have reason to continuously rejoice.

Discernment is necessary to continuously draw nourishment from Christ. Individuals face many competing alternatives in daily life. Consistently choosing Christ for nourishment requires conscious decision-making.

Evil can masquerade as good and attempt to deceive serious believers. The mind and senses must be careful to focus exclusively on Christ. Many different alternative paths appear in the road of life.

The Holy Gospel says: “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction…” (Mt. 7:13) ]Christ tells believers how to recognize Him. Christ describes His characteristics in the Gospel. (Jn. 10:1-42)

Christ is in the Precious Body and Blood. It is necessary to draw near to Christ to experience Him. (Jn. 6:48-58) All that is not Christ must be removed from daily life.

Christ’s words are found in the Holy Gospel. Christ’s words are proclaimed in the reading of the Gospel during the Church’s Divine services. Coming to Church regularly sharpens the personal focus on Christ.

Believers become familiar with the words and ways of Christ by consistently attending the Divine Liturgy. The ears and eyes require training to look and listen carefully for Christ. The heart needs to be open to Christ.

The mind cannot be cluttered if Christ is to be fully experienced. The living water of Christ is not to be soured with daily patterns of sin.

Christians choose the degree they are faithful to Christ. Christians decide whether to be disciplined. Christians follow the desires of the heart and mind. Personal desires must be pure to experience the Kingdom of God.

The Samaritan woman in the current Gospel recognized Christ. The Samaritans that drew near to Christ in the current Gospel came to believe in Christ. Contemporary believers have the opportunity to be similarly enriched by Christ.

Jesus said: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Mt. 6:21) Let us examine where our hearts are each day. Let us examine where our minds dwell each day. Let us consider our use of time each day.

Do we seek each day to be nourished by the living water of Christ? (Jn. 4:14) Do we lay up treasures in heaven where neither moth and rust do not consume? (Mt. 6:19-20) Do we seek first the Kingdom of God? (Mt. 6:33)

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 27 / May 10, 2015
Sunday of the Samaritan Woman.
Burning of the Relics of St. Sava.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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