St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 950 - March 20 / April 2, 2017


The Orthodox Faith


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


No. 950
March 20 / April 2, 2017
Fifth 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



2 Thessalonians 1:3

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth

Recent Services
March 22
Seven people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Presanctified Liturgy. One communicant.
Four people came to Waynesburg University for the Akathist.
March 23
Matins was read.
March 26
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-four people attended. Ten communicants.
March 27
Matins was read.
Four people came for Great Compline with the Canon of Repentance.
March 29
Matins was read.
Three people came to Waynesburg University for the Akathist.
Seven people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont. W.Va. for Presanctified Liturgy
March 30
Matins was read.
Three people came for Great Compline with Canon of Repentance.

Services This Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Today
Matins
Third and Sixth Hour followed by Divine Liturgy.
Deanery Vespers this evening at 5:00 PM.

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.
3:00 PM Akathist and Class.

Friday
8:00 AM Vesperal Divine Liturgy.

Saturday
8:00 AM Divine Liturgy with Procession.
4:00 PM Great Vespers.

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

April 2 - Deanery Vespers, 5:00 PM at St. George Church, Carmichaels.
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

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 Deanery Vespers at Holy Resurrection Church in Steubenville last Sunday.

Thank you to all helping with Vespers and the dinner this evening.

Sympathy extended to Dr. Richard Romanos and Blenda Pierce. Dr. Romanos’ grandmother departed this life.

Sympathy extended to Glenda Sethman. Glenda’s daughter +Katrina departed this life.

Congratulations to Linda Porter for receiving the Presidential Scholar Award at California University.

Linda Porter is collecting for flowers to decorate the church on Pascha.

Thank you to Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke for bringing students to Divine Liturgy last Sunday.

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

Remember the 29 miners that died at Upper Big Branch on April 5, 2010. Remember their families.

Thank you to John Thompson for OCF work at Waynesburg University.

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

The need for continued repentance.
Recognizing personal sins and confessing them.
Being grateful for the opportunity to begin anew in Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

March 21 - Went to Morgantown, W.Va. for printing.
March 22 - Went to Washington to visit daughter of parishioner. Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist. Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Presanctified Liturgy.
March 23 - Went to St. John Skete, Monastery Marcha and St. Sava Cathedral near Cleveland, Ohio.
March 24-25 - Attended Diocesan Clergy Confession and Seminar and Shadeland Meeting in Parma, Ohio.
March 26 - Went to DeaneryVespers in Steubenville, Ohio.
March 27 - Went to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va. while patient had surgery.
March 29 - Went to Waynesburg University for Akathist and Fairmont, W.Va. for Presanctified Liturgy.
March 30 - Went to Beallsville for funeral of +Katrina Wilk.

Wisdom of Sirach 19:6

He who hates talkativeness will sin less.

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


The Fifth Sunday of Great Lent

Mk. 10:32-45

And they were in the way going up to Jerusalem; and Jesus went before them: and they were amazed; and as they followed, they were afraid. And he took again the twelve, and began to tell them what things should happen unto him,Saying, Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be delivered unto the chief priests, and unto the scribes; and they shall condemn him to death, and shall deliver him to the Gentiles: And they shall mock him, and shall scourge him, and shall spit upon him, and shall kill him: and the third day he shall rise again. And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire. And he said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you? They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory. But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized: But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared. And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John. But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. (KJV)

St. Mary of Egypt

Luke 7:36-50

And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat. And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner. And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace. (KJV)

The sinful woman in the present Gospel of St. Luke washed Jesus’ feet with her tears. She wiped and kissed Jesus’ feet. The woman drew near to Jesus. She was weeping. She anointed Jesus’ feet.

Jesus realized the woman’s depth of faith. Jesus forgave her sins. The woman had loved much. Jesus recognized the change in the woman. On this Fifth Sunday of Great Lent, repentance is a primary focus.

Each of us would do well to learn from the woman in the current Gospel. Each of us would benefit from coming to Jesus in tears in sorrow for our personal sins.

Thorough self-examination will reveal the depth of our sins. We benefit by measuring our personal lives with Christ’s teachings in the Holy Gospel. We improve by learning from the saints and martyrs.

Great Lent is the time for renewal in Christ. Now is the time to repent. Great Lent is drawing to a close. Holy Week will arrive soon. Will we complete Great Lent as better Christians?

Will Jesus recognize repentance in our hearts? Will Jesus see within each of us depth of faith as existed in the woman in the Gospel? Do we draw near to Christ and pour out tears of repentance?

Do we humble ourselves and admit deep personal sin? Do we really seek sincere change during Great Lent? Is unity with Christ our primary goal every minute of every day?

The sinful woman in the present Gospel drew near to Christ. She took the initiative to seek Christ’s mercy and forgiveness. The woman demonstrated great love for Christ.

Do our daily lives reflect demonstrated love for the Lord Jesus Christ? Do we express our love for Christ with great fervor? The woman’s actions have been a lasting example through the centuries.

The sinful woman made a lasting impact on the Lord Jesus Christ. Will our personal lives make a lasting impact on the Lord Jesus Christ? Will Christ simply consider us lukewarm Christians?

Today is the day to change for the better in Christ. We have no guarantee we will have the opportunity to repent tomorrow. We have no guarantee that Christ will not return tomorrow and judge each of us in our sinfulness.

The Church has provided teachings, Divine services and an atmosphere encouraging repentance. Each person determines the degree he or she is serious about Great Lent.

Great Lent is the time for renewal and new beginnings in Christ. Unity with Christ is fully possible. The woman in the current Gospel was freed of the weight of sin. She experienced new found freedom in life.

The forgiven woman had the opportunity to be filled with incomparable joy in Christ. All believers have the opportunity for incomparable joy in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Christ does not coerce. Christ does not command. Christ does not force or entice. Christ welcomes sinners with love. Christ showers sinners with mercy and kindness.

Jesus said:” Let not your heart be troubled.” (Jn. 14:1) Let each of us turn to the Lord Jesus Christ as did the woman in the Gospel of St. Luke. Let us now begin anew in Christ.


St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
March 26 / April 2, 2017
The Fifth Sunday of Great Lent.
St. Mary of Egypt.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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