St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 947 - February 27 / March 12, 2017

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 947
February 27 / March 12, 2017
Second Sunday of Great Lent

Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop IRINEJ

Parish Priest - Father Rodney Torbic

Phone 724-966-7428
Phone/Fax 724-966-7780
Cellular Phone 412-860-0944

Luke 25:20

And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.

Recent Services
March 3
Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts with blessing of Koljivo. Six people attended. Four communicants.
March 4
Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy with blessing of Koljivo at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Six people attended. One communicant.
March 5
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours followed by Divine Liturgy with Procession of Icons. Thirty-four people attended. Nine communicants.
March 6
Matins was read.
Four people came for Great Compline with the Canon for Repentance.
March 5
Five people came for Great Compline with the Canon for Repentance.
March 8
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hour.
Divine Liturgy.
Warmly welcome Very Reverend Protosindjelos Sava Madakovich.

5:30 AM and 6:00 PM Great Compline.

5:30 AM.

5:30 AM, 2:00 PM at Waynesburg University.
6:30 PM at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Presanctified Liturgy.

5:30 PM.
3:00 PM Akathist and class.

5:30 AM.
6:00 PM Presanctified Liturgy.

10:00 AM Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont. W.Va

Remember Monastery Marcha and St. Markís Monastery with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

March 12 - Deanery Vespers, 5:00 PM at St. Elijah Church, Aliquippa and Holy Ascension Serbian Orthodox Church, Youngwood.
March 19 - Deanery Vespers, 5:00 PM at St. George Church, Midland, Pa.
March 26 - Deanery Vespers, 5:00 PM at Holy Resurrection Church, Steubenville, and St. Nicholas Church, Monroeville.
April 2 - Deanery Vesper, 5:00 PM at St. George Church, Carmichaels and St. Nicholas Church, Johnstown.

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

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

Parish Life

Stan Brozik, Aaron Carson, Milosh Serb Krewasky and Josephine Gresko attended Orthodox Sunday Vespers at All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, Canonsburg.

John Thompson, Anthony Corkos and Matthew Emerson from Waynesburg University Orthodox Christian Fellowship attended Sunday of Orthodox Vespers in Canonsburg.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Gruja Grover Milosevich newly departed this life.

Believers are to abstain from meat, dairy products and fish with backbones and blood during Great Lent. Honor the fast in a spirit of joy.

Individuals planning to commune at the Presanctified Liturgy should honor the fast all week, should have had confession in advance and abstain from eating and drinking from noon until the time of the service.

Individuals planning to commune at the Divine Liturgy should honor the fast all week, should have had confession in advance and abstain from eating and drinking from midnight until the time of the service.

If you want your house blessed or if you want being visited in the hospital, ask the priest.

Pray for miners, steel workers and all other workers threatened with loss of jobs, pensions and benefits.

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.

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.


The healing effects of forgiveness.
The joy of being forgiven.
The opportunity to begin anew in Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 2 - Went to Oliver to visit parishioner.
March 4 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy. Stopped in Morgantown for printing.
March 4 - Went to St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Monessen for Mon Valley Orthodoxy Sunday Vespers.
March 5 - Went to All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Canonsburg for Orthodoxy Sunday Vespers for the Pittsburgh area.
March 6 - Went to Oliver for prayers at home of parishioners.

Wisdom of Sirach 16:22

Listen to me, my son, and gain knowledge, and pay close attention to my words in your heart.

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

Sunday of Orthodoxy

John 1:43-51

And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there was certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy, I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion. (KJV)

St. Gregory Palamas

John 10:9-16

I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. (KJV)

The Second Sunday of Great Lent has arrived. Serious thought is necessary about personal repentance. Personal change is expected during Great Lent. The journey to Pascha is intended to have great meaning for each believer.

Unless Great Lent is taken to heart, benefits will be minimal. Each person has the responsibility of making judicious use of Great Lent. The Church sets forth the fast and life-changing Divine services.

Orthodox Christians are expected to be serious believers by choice. The baptismal commitment to honor Christ as King and as God is for the duration of life. Great Lent provides for repentance and renewal of the commitment to Christ.

St. Markís Gospel for today speaks about Christís power to forgive sins and to heal physical ailments. Christís forgiveness during Holy Confession cleanses the soul and has a healing effect on the body.

Believers making serious use of Holy Confession feel the weight of sin lifted from their lives. Believers forgiven of their sins feel newness in Christ. Forgiveness of sins offers a release from the burden of sin.

Believers forgiven of sin experience joy as did the man forgiven and healed by Christ in the Gospel of St. Mark. During Great Lent, the Church reminds believers of Christís power to forgive and heal.

Personal life can be overwhelming at times. Christ is the solid foundation in times when life feels unsettled. Following Christ is the direction to take when feeling lost or bewildered.

Christ is the good shepherd. He knows His sheep. Went believers go astray, Christ welcomes them back with love. Great Lent is the opportunity to return to Christ from the far country of sin.

Each person commits sins. Serious Christians take responsibility for their sins and seek to do better. Serious Christians welcome the arrival of Great Lent and the benefits made possible in the Lenten journey.

Thorough self-examination will uncover changes needed in personal life to achieve peace in Christ. The present Gospels are instructive for the attentive believer.

Believersí confessions are not to be routine or shallow. The far reaching benefits of Great Lent are realized when individuals seek to truly change and grow in Christ.

The mind must be filled with Christ to wisely think through earthly problems. Being immersed in Christ is possible during Great Lent. Each person individually has to take the initiative to draw near.

Just as receiving the Precious Body and Blood of Christ at the Divine Liturgy requires the believer to move closer to Christ, being cleansed of sins requires believers to draw near to Christ with repentant hears.

During the remaining time of Great Lent, serious soul searching will bring benefits. Time is not to be wasted. The time life is only available once. No person knows the personal amount of life remaining.

Life can come to an end unexpectedly. Being prepared for Christís return and judgment has a place in each day of life. Let us welcome with joy each moment of life and center our lives in Christ at all times.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
February 27 / March 12, 2017
The Second Sunday of Great Lent.
St. Gregory Palamas.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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