St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 905 - May 9 / 22, 2016

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 905
May 9 / 22, 2016
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

Recent Services
May 14
Midnight Office was read.
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy and Parastos at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairmont, W.Va. Thirteen people attended. One communicant.
Vespers was read at St. George Church.
May 15
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-eight people attended. Four communicants.
Willie and Thekla Spens were married in the St. George Church.
May 16
Matins was read.

Services this Coming Week. 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 Service and class at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.

3:00 PM Akathist and Class

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, W.Va.
4:00 PM Great Vespers

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

May 22 - Sunday of the Paralytic, Translation of Relics of St. Nicholas
May 24 - Sts. Cyril and Methodius
May 25 - St. Nikodim of Serbia
May 29 - Sunday of the Samaritan Woman, Venerable Theodore, St. Teodor of Vrsac, St. Vukasin Martyr.
June 3 - St. Constantine and Helena, St. Jelena of Decani.
June 4 - St. Martyr Jovan Vladimir, Prince of Serbia
June 7 - Third Finding of the Head of St. John the Baptist
June 8 - Apodasis of Pascha

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

Remember the Suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohijia, the Christians suffering in Syria and All People Suffering

Parish Life

Look to the Crucified and Resurrected Christ for knowledge and understanding.

Congratulations to Willie and Thekla Spens newly married in St. George Church.

Congratulations to Dr. Scott M. Newton, Keynote speaker at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Doctor of Nursing graduation ceremony.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Klingensmith graduating from Uniontown High School.

Congratulations to Linda Porter on her academic achievements at California University.

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

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. See the appeal letter on the bulletin board and distributed in church.

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

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

Thank you for contributing food goods for the Greene County Food Bank.

If you want your house blessed, ask the priest.

If you want your marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church, ask 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 questions 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

Christ healing the hurt and broken hearted.
Christ healing the depressed and offering hope.
Christ lifting the spirits of the imprisoned and hospitalized.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 13 - Went to Monastery Marcha for pomen for +Hieromonk Seraphim (Steve).
May 14 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy. Stopped in Morgantown for printing.
May 15 - Attended wedding dinner in Masontown. Attended high school graduation party in Uniontown.

Proverbs 23:12

Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge (KJV)

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. (KJV)

Jesus healed the paralytic by the pool side. He made the paralyzed man whole and gave the man the ability to walk. The paralytic was told to sin no more. Penitents going to confession are made whole and are to sin no more.

Christ continues to heal individuals paralyzed in sin. Christ gives mobility to individuals unable to move forward in life. Christ enables individuals frustrated with the lack of progress in life to find new avenues of hope and movement.

Christ enabled the paralytic to arise. The man was freed from the paralyzing position that limited his movement for thirty-eight years. The paralyticís life changed dramatically when Jesus entered his life.

Individuals currently paralyzed by conditions in their lives can find new opportunities in Christ. Christ is immediately accessible by prayer. Christ is within immediate reach for persons reaching out to Him in faith.

Jesus entered the paralyticís life. Jesus is present in every life. The Holy Apostle Paul said ďHe is not farÖĒ. The Holy Apostle Paul said: ďFor in him we live, and move, and have our beingĒ (Acts 17:26-28)

The paralytic once healed was faced with choices in how to use his new found freedom of movement. The paralytic had to decide if he would use the new ability to move in ways that would glorify Christ.

When men, women and children come to Holy Confession and have their sins forgiveness, new found freedom is experienced. Believers forgiven of sins face choices whether to glorify Christ in the remaining time of their lives.

Individuals praying to Christ to open new avenues for their lives and lift them from depressing circumstances, have a responsibility to be appreciative when their prayers are answered.

How many people turn to Christ and Christís Church in fervent prayer seeking healings and their prayers are answered, they fail to show appreciation to Christ in the remaining days of life?

How many individuals are devout church attenders and extensive in prayer when feeling acute needs but they fail to come back to church in thanksgiving when their circumstances improve?

Parish churches need reliable and dependable parishioners every Sunday to pray and give glory to God fervently. In these difficult days of life, daily vigilance and honoring of God are necessary every day.

To be strong and lasting, parishes need faithful adherers to Christís teachings that reach to the depths of their beings. For parishes to be strong and lasting, parishioners need to seek Christ increasing in their lives each day.

Churches exist because of the faithful to Christ through the centuries. Christís teachings and life are manifested in the lives of saints and martyrs. Divine services are inseparable from the sacrifices through the centuries.

Individuals coming to church for healing find Christ answers their prayers and makes a difference in their lives. Each person coming to Christ in prayer has a responsibility to Christ of being appreciative.

The good that each person experiences each day comes from Christ. Christ is due appreciation throughout each day. Christís willingness to be present and listen to prayers and sorrows deserves appreciation.

Christís willingness to comfort and strengthen the bereaved deserves appreciation. Christís willingness to heal the repentant and offer new beginnings in life, deserves appreciation.

Christ listening to the prayers of students, the sick, the suffering and the imprisoned, deserves appreciation. Every person has innumerable reasons to be appreciative to Christ.

Individuals need to look beyond themselves to Christ and show continual appreciation for all that Christ does and has done for them. Individuals improve when their lives show greater appreciation to Christ.

Individuals improve when their lives are in greater conformity to the teachings of Christ. Christians improve when they responsibly honor their baptismal commitment to Christ as King and as God.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 9 / 22, 2016
Sunday of the Paralytic.
Translation of the Relics of St. Nicholas.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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