St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 903 - April 25 / May 8, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 903
April 25 / May 8, 2016
Thomas Sunday

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

Recent Services
April 29
Eight people came for Vespers and Matins of Holy Saturday.
April 30
Fifteen people came for Vesperal Liturgy on Holy Saturday morning.
Dr. Scott Michael Newton was received into the Holy Orthodox Church.
Eight people came for the reading of the Acts of the Holy Apostle on Holy Saturday evening.
May 1
Fifteen people came for Resurrection Matins.
Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection were read prior to the Paschal Divine Liturgy Seventy-five people attended. Twenty communicants.
May 2
Three people came for Bright Monday Divine Liturgy.
May 3
Matins was read.
The complete Gospel of St. Mark was read.
Vespers was read.
May 4
Matins was read.
Seven people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for the Akathis to the Tomb and Resurrection and Akathist to the Resurrection.
May 5
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
May 6
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Always call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

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

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

6:30 PM Vespers at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.

3:00 PM Akathist and Class

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

May 8 - Thomas Sunday. Parish Slava celebration including dinner and program.
May 10 - Burning of the Relics of St. Sava
May 12 - St. Basil of Ostrog
May 13 - Holy Apostle James, brother of St. John the Theologian

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

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia and All People Suffering.

Parish Life

Thank you to all participating in the Slava celebration today.

Continue to rejoice in the Resurrected Christ.

Give serious thought to Christís Resurrection and the meaning in personal life.

You can hear His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHANís Paschal message in Serbian and English on the parish and Diocesan websites.

Give thanks to God for the intercession of the Great Martyr George.

Pray for His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN, Father Djokan Majstorovic and the parishioners of St. Sava Cathedral in New York. The Cathedral was destroyed by fire.

Please sign the list on the bulletin board if you are willing to help with the picnic on June 5. Include if you are willing to help on Thursday, Saturday and/or Sunday.

Willie Spens and Thekla Spens plan to marry in St. George Church on May 15.

Pray for the miners and steel workers losing their jobs at a very high rate. Pray for their families. Pray for all workers having their jobs, pensions and benefits threatened.

Thank you to all continuing to contribute food goods for the Greene County Food Bank.

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.

Ask the priest if you have a question about the services or teachings of the Church

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 importance of celebrating the parish Slava.
The importance of taking an active part in parish life.
The importance of being strongly committed to the parish.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 29 - Went to Morgantown,W.Va. for printing.
May 4 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Akathists.
May 5 - Went to St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Johnstown, Pennsylvania to attend Baptism of Sergije Zaric.

Proverbs 21:20

The way of righteousness and mercy shall find life and glory

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

Thomas Sunday

John 20:19-31

Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the LORD. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

The current Gospel is read each year on the Sunday following Pascha. Christís resurrection is verified. Thomasí personally experienced the Risen Christ.

In this Gospel, Jesus blesses believers having not personally seen Jesus in the same way as Thomas. The Church has proclaimed and celebrated Christís resurrection throughout the centuries.

Jesusí resurrection from the dead is an enduring hope for every person. Jesusí resurrection verified that He was stronger than death. The Risen Jesus proved He is the enduring Life.

Individuals of every century seriously turning to Christ for nourishment and hope are not disappointed. Individuals turning to Christ in repentance and seeking forgiveness, are not disappointed.

Individuals seeking to begin anew in Christ receive the opportunity. The Precious Body and Blood of Christ unite and renew believers with Christ. The Precious Body and Blood of Christ provide immeasurable joy.

The Holy Apostleís personal experience with Christ serves as a lasting record. The Church continues to use the Apostle Thomasís experience as a basis for teaching succeeding generations.

Christís resurrection and His recorded words serve as a basis for viewing contemporary life. The Resurrected Christ is the basis for seeing light and hope when world events seem dark and gloomy.

The Resurrected Christ enables believers to look beyond death in their lives to life in Christ. Eternal life takes on new meaning when Christís Resurrection is fully considered.

The resurrection of the dead takes on new meaning when Christís Resurrection is fully embraced. Death is not feared when the Living Christ is the complete focus of attention.

The Apostle Thomasí personal experience with Christ is irrefutable evidence of Christís rising from the dead. The Gospel is written record of Christís appearances after the Crucifixion.

The Church continues through the centuries to proclaim the Resurrection. Christís resurrection is the indomitable strength penetrating the centuries. Negative world events have not dampened the message of Christís resurrection.

Christ is not tarnished or harmed by contemporary events. Christ continues to be Lord and God as expressed by the Apostle Thomas. Hope and faith are verified in Christ.

The joy of the resurrection continues for individuals united in Christ. Being attentive to and following the Resurrected Christ is the path of certainty. Learning from Christ and applying the learning to personal life is personally enriching.

Christís message is ever-new. Christís resurrection is ever-new. Christ enables individuals to rid themselves of old and sinful ways. Christ gives fresh starts to believers seeking the Kingdom of God.

More than twenty centuries have passed since the Empty Tomb was discovered. More than twenty centuries have passed since the Apostle Thomasí doubt was erased. Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 25 / May 8, 2016
Thomas Sunday.
Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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