St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 949 - March 10 / 26, 2017


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 949
March 10 / 26, 2017
Fourth 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



Hebrews 6:1

Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

Recent Services
March 18
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont,W.Va. Ten people came. Two communicants.
Six people came for Great Vespers with Litya at St. Geroge Church.
March 19
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Twenty-nine people attended. Ten communicants.
March 20
Matins was read. Six people came for Great Comp 21-Maline
March 21
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Today
Matins
Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy.

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

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

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.

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

Friday
5:30 AM Matins.

Saturday
4:00 PM Great Vespers (Call to Confirm)

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 26 - Deanery Vespers, 5:00 PM at Holy Resurrection Church, Steubenville, and St. Nicholas Church, Monroeville.
March 31 - Deanery Akathist in Aliquippa or locally.
April 2 - Deanery Vespers, 5:00 PM at St. George Church, Carmichaels and St. Nicholas Church, Johnstown.
April 7 - Annunciation. 8:00 AM Vesperal Liturgy. Feast of Annunciation.
April 8 - Lazarus Saturday. 8:00 Divine Liturgy.
April 9 - Deanery Vespers, 5:00 PM at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh
April 12 - Holy Unction 7:00 PM at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh

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

Members of the St. George Executive Board and Audit Board were sworn in last Sunday.

Congratulations to Popadija Katya Stoychev on receiving her Doctorate in Nursing.

Stan Brozik, Lt. Col. Willie Spens, Milosh Serb Krewasky and Josephine Gresko attended Deanery Vespers at St. George Church in Midland last Sunday.

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

Fasting baked goods and helpers are needed for the Sunday Lenten Vespers on April 2.

Sonia Janson, Dorothy Smargie, Paulette Radock, Dianna Brozich and Lucille Carnahan came to bake on Tuesday.

Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke is presenting at the Christianity and Literature Conference at Grove City College on April 1, 2017. His topic is: “Hearts in Exile: Modes of Religiosity and Social Engagement Among the Serbian Orthodox Community in Carmichaels, Pa.”

Honor Great Lent in a spirit of joy.

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 visited in the hospital, ask the priest.

Pray for miners, steel workers and workers threatened with loss of jobs 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

Continuous growth in Christ is expected from Christians.
Repentance enables believers to begin anew.
Being united with Christ is daily expectation for Christians.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 18 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Stopped in Morgantown for printing on return. Went to Morgantown again for printing.
March 19 - Went to St. George Church in Midland for Deanery Vespers.

Wisdom of Sirach 18:26

A wise man will have the fear of God in everything he does; and in these days of sin, he will guard against wrongdoing.

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


The Fourth Sunday of Great Lent

Mark 9:17-31

And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto Thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to Thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not. He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto Me. And they brought him unto Him: and when He saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming. And He asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child. And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him. And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead. But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose. And when He was come into the house, his disciples asked Him privately, Why could not we cast him out? And He said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. And they departed thence, and passed through Galilee; and He would not that any man should know it. For He taught his disciples, and isafter that He is killed, He shall rise the third day. (KJV)

Matthew 4:25-5:12

And there followed Him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan. And seeing the multitudes, He went up into a mountain: and when He was set, his disciples came unto Him: And He opened His mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. (KJV)

The Lord Jesus Christ spoke about the value of prayer and fasting in bringing peace to the son with the disturbing spirit. Prayer and fasting practiced in accord with the Church makes a difference in personal lives.

The Church in wisdom provides for prayer and fasting throughout the year. Individuals seeking improvement adhere to the practices of the Church. While a person has life and faculty of mind, new beginnings in Christ are always possible.

Jesus taught His disciples about the value of prayer and fasting. The lesson continues to be taught with each proclamation of the Holy Gospel. The passing of centuries reaffirms the value of the teaching.

The current Gospel of St Mark tells about Christ’s death and resurrection. The Gospel is a look ahead for the Church as Holy Week draws closer. Believers do well to value the remaining time of Great Lent and make good use of it.

The Church gives attention to St. John Climacus this week. St. John’s book, The Ladder of Divine Ascent challenges believers to live a disciplined life in Christ.

Societal norms and conventionality often are in conflict with and opposed to the teachings and practices of the Church. Drawing strength and wisdom from the Holy Gospel enables believers to remain strong and faithful to Christ.

Christian growth is in an expectation throughout life. Christ growth does not occur without repentance and discipline. The Gospel provides needed nourishment and instruction.

The lives of saints and martyrs are instructive. We learn from the purity of the Mother of God and the firmness of the belief in Christ among the saints and martyrs.

Christ’s teachings and the teachings of the Church are beneficial when internalized and applied to daily life. Personal Christian life and the Church are to be inseparable.

Christian life embraced in the church is intended to carry over to the community, the home and the neighborhood. Christ‘s power over the foul spirit was demonstrated in the current Gospel.

Christ’s power to change lives for the better is available to each person today. Belief in Christ has a direct bearing on the outcome of each life. Jesus said: “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth..” (Mk. :9:23)

Great Lent is an opportunity to strengthen personal belief. Now is the time to appeal to Christ to move from unbelief to great belief. The present Gospel lessons come directly from Christ.

The Church is where to learn about Christ and where to experience Christ. In church, we learn to see Christ in each person. We learn of how to move away from sin and toward the Kingdom of God.

Personal change for the better is intended in Great Lent. Growth in Christ is possible and desirable during Great Lent and throughout the year. The Lenten journey opens the personal vista for life to the greatness of God’s majesty.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 10 / 26, 2017
The Fourth Sunday of Great Lent.
St. John Climacus.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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