St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 948 - March 3 / 19, 2017


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 948
March 3 / 19, 2017
Third 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



Philippians 1:27

Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

Recent Services
March 8
Six people came to Waynesburg University for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
Pomen for +Gruja Grover Milosevich in Uniontown.
Seven people came for the Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.
March 9
Matins was read.
Funeral service for +Gruja Grover Milosevich with burial in St. George Cemetery.
Father Milan Sturgis came to serve.
March 12
Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy.
Very Reverend Protosingelos Sava (Medakovich) served. Twenty-seven people attended. Seven communicants.
March 13
Two people came for Great Compline with Canon of Repentance.
March 14
Matins was read.
Vespers was read.
March 15
Matins was read.
Four people came to Waynesburg University for the Akathist to Jesus Christ.
Four people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia for Presanctified Liturgy.
March 16
Matins was read.
One person came for the Akathist. Two came for class.
March 17
Seven people came for the Presanctified Liturgy. Three communicants

Services This Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Monday
5:30 AM Matins
6:00 PM Great Compline.

Tuesday
5:30 AM Matins.

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

Akathists and prayers for special needs offered when requested from the priest.

Remember Monastery Marcha and St. Mark’s Monastery with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

March 19 - Deanery Vespers, 5:00 PM at St. George Church, Midland, Pa.
March 23-25 - Clergy Seminar and Confession at St. Sava Cathedra, Cleveland, Ohio.
March 26 - Deanery Vespers, 5:00 PM at Holy Resurrection Church, Steubenville, and St. Nicholas Church, Monroeville.

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

Thank you to the Choir and parishioners helping with the funeral for +Gruja Milosevich.

Thank you to Andrea Janson for directing the Choir while Sonia Janson was away.

Stan Brozik, Milosh Serb Krewasky and Josephine Gresko attended Deanery Vespers at St. Elijah Church in Aliquippa last Sunday. Paulette Radock attended Deanery Vespers at Holy Ascension Church in Youngwood.

Sympathy extended to the family and friends of +Gertrude Porter, newly departed.

Paulette Radock and Subdeacon Anthony Miralles came to class on Thursday.

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. Invest in Great Lent.

Arrange to come to confession during the week or on a Saturday,

Thank you to all continuing to bring food donations for Greene County Food Bank.

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.

If you have questions about the services or teachings of the Church, ask the priest.

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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.
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Consider

Drawing strength from the Cross of Christ.
Remembering Christ on the Cross each day.
The Resurrection followed Christ on the Cross.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 8 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist. Went to Uniontown for Pomen. Went to Morgantown for printing. Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Presanctified Liturgy.
March 9 - Funeral service for +Gruja Milosevich.
March 9 - Went to Pittsburgh International Airport in preparation for trip to Nativity of the Lord Jesus Christ Orthodox Monastery in Kemp, Texas on March 11. Departed for Texas on March 10 and returned March 12. Served at St. Seraphim Orthodox Cathedral in Dallas on March 12.
March 13 - Delivered donations for Greene County Food Bank to Waynesburg site.
March 15 - Went to Waynesburg Universtiy for Akathist. Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Presanctified Liturgy.
March 17 - Went to Brentwood, Pennsylvania to pay respects to family of +Dolores “Bootsie” Kovalcik.

Wisdom of Sirach 17: 20

Turn to the Lord and forsake your sins, and pray in His presence and reduce your offense.

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


The Third Sunday of Great Lent

Veneration of the Holy Cross

Mark 8:34-38, 9:1

And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels. And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power. (KJV)

The Third Sunday of Great Lent brings the Cross of Christ to the forefront. We draw strength from Christ’s example on the Cross. We find strength in His love for each person.

The present Gospel is reason to think seriously about personal crosses in our lives. Personal crosses are to be addressed in responsible ways according to the teachings and standards of Christ.

Christ makes clear the importance of following Him and the Gospel. Christ is specific about the value of the soul. Fidelity to the care of the soul is of paramount importance.

All that we do will be examined. Year ago these words in Ecclesiastes were written: “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” (Eccl. 12:14)

The remaining days of Great Lent will only occur once, We will get no second opportunities. The seriousness we apply to these days will determine whether we reach the end of Great Lent as better Christians.

We can lament the crosses in our lives. We can question personal hardships. Ideally we will do as Christ when He said: +O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.+ (Mt. 26:42)

Our lives are rooted and founded in Christ from Holy Baptism. We are committed to Christ fully and completely from that time. We too often stray from the path to the Kingdom of God.

Great Lent is the time to return to Christ in all seriousness. Christ’s teachings are the soundest compass for our lives. The Divine services of Great Lent serve to instruct, encourage and nourish believers following Christ.

The Cross of Christ was an instrument of death that revealed divinity of Christ. The way we handle crosses in our lives will reveal the depth of our faith and the strength of our commitment to Christ.

We can turn to Christ for help when our crosses seem too great to bear. We can turn to Christ for greater understanding of personal trials. Being attentive to Christ will reveal the way to handle our crosses.

Reflecting on Christ’s example and teachings will increase our understanding of life’s mysteries. Christian history is filled with accounts of suffering faithful believers.

Suffering believers for Christ project the light of Christ through their sufferings. Succeeding generations have benefitted from the martyrs and Christians suffering in past centuries.

A lady recently was attracted to the Orthodox Church because she wanted to learn more about the Church where believers were willing to die for their faith. She did not feel a similar depth of commitment where she was worshipping.

Being a Christian does not remove hardship from life. Christ is ever-present to help with arising hardships. Christ is the supreme example of willingness to handle suffering. Christ does not ask more than what He was willing to undertake.

The remaining time of Great Lent offers immeasurable possibilities of growth in Christ. Christ is ever-present to embrace sufferers. Christ is present to provide healing and love.

Christ does inot abandon believers. Christ is steadfast in love and forgiveness. Jesus said: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls” (Mt. 11:29)

Through judicious use of the mind, believers find their place in God’s world. Keeping the focus on Christ enables believers to avoid the perils and pitfalls for the soul. Christ lights the path to follow through the dark days of life.

God’s Holy Church provides the structured days of Great Lent for good reason and purpose. Believers voluntarily choose to join and be joined together in the Church for the Lenten journey.

Personal change is possible in Christ. The New Testament describes dramatic changes in individual lives. Great Lent is the intense period of the Church year for personal change for the better.

Great Lent changes the world. The effects of Great Lent are far reaching. The effects are beyond measure. No one person can assess the full and lasting impact of each Great Lent.

No one person can fathom the understanding of Christ on the Cross and Christ Resurrected. The Church teaches each person willing to listen and learn. The Church offers learning beneficial for the soul and body.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 3 / 19, 2017
Third Sunday of Great Lent.
Holy 42 Martyrs of Ammoria in Phrygia.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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