St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 953 - April 10 / 23, 2017

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 953
April 10 / 23, 2017
Thomas Sunday

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

Recent Services
April 14
Twelve people came to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Royal Hours.
Fouteen people came for Vespers and Matins with Procession.
April 15
Thirteen people came for Divine Liturgy of Holy Saturday. Eight communicants
Six people came for reading of the Acts of the Holy Apostles.
April 16
Resurrection Matins with Procession. Fifteen people came.
Eighty-one people came for Divine Liturgy on Pascha. Twenty-four communicants.
Bright Monday
Matins was read.
Two people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
Bright Tuesday
Matins was read. One person came.
Bright Wednesday
Matins was read.
Bright Thursday
Five people came to Waynesburg University for the Akathist to the Resurrection.
Bright Friday
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Always Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Divine Liturgy.

5:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Friday.

5:30 AM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.

2:30 PM Waynesburg University.
6:30 PM Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va.

3:00 PM Akathist followed by Adult Class.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs Scheduled on Request.

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

Important Dates

Today - Thomas Sunday - Professional Counselor Rebecca Mitchell will speak at Coffee Hour today. Please stay and learn.
April 30 - Sunday of the Myrrbearers
May 3 - Venerable Joseph of Serbia, St. Nicholai of Zicha.
May 6 - St. George Day. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
May 7 - Parish Slava Celebration Dinner and Program. Plan to attend.
May 8 - St. Mark Monastery Slava.
May 10 - Burning of Relics of St. Sava. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM

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 God for increased service attendance during Holy Week and on Pascha.

Congratulations to St. Sava School of Theology celebrating the Thirtieth Anniversary.

The St. George Church supports the efforts of Chicago Lifeline helping children in need.

Shadeland Camp applications are available for children and youth ages 7-17.

Notify the parish office if you plan to attend the Slava dinner on May 7.

Continue to celebrate Christís Resurrection with great joy.

Be attentive to the calendar and Divine services of the Church

Linda Porter is accepting donations for flowers decorating the church for Pascha.

Remember the 22 miners that died at Dola Mine in Harrison County, W.Va. in 1963. Remember their families.

If you or a relative are hospitalized and want visited, notify 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.

Pray for crime victims and their families.

Pray for peace in the world where violence and terror are a daily fact of life.

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 a question about the teaching or services 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.


The verification of Christís Resurrection in the Gospel for Thomas Sunday.
The Apostle Thomasí awaking experience with the Risen Christ.
Succeeding generations benefitting from Apostle Thomasí experience.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

May 12 - Went to Fairmont, W.Va. for Royal Hours. Stopped in Morgantown for printing.
May 19 - Went to Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh for Shadeland Camp meeting.

Wisdom of Sirach 22:27

Who will set a guard over my mouth, and a prudent seal over my lips, that I may not fall because of them, and that my tongue will not destroy me?

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

Thomas Sunday

John 20:19-31

Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the LORD. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained. But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

The present Gospel is filled with beneficial content. Jesus gave the disciples authority to remit sins. This has had a lasting impact. Believers to the present seek forgiveness of sins through Holy Confession.

The present Gospel verifies Christís Resurrection. Jesusí appearances to the disciples are recorded in the present Gospel. The Apostle Thomasí revealing words are recorded for all generations.

The Holy Apostle and Evangelist John said the words in the present Gospel were written to foster belief ďJesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.Ē (Jn. 20:31)

Christís Resurrection changed the world forever. Learning from the Resurrection of Christ is a life-long experience. Serious believers will never exhaust the learning possible from studying Christís Resurrection.

Learning from the Resurrection is joyful. Proclaiming the Resurrection shares the joy. Celebrating the Resurrection touches the depths of the soul. The Paschal celebration involves the whole Church.

Each celebration of Pascha is in unity with earlier celebrations. The Church is in continuous joy when experiencing the Resurrection. All hearts and minds are touched by the Resurrection.

From the smallest child to the oldest adult among believers, the Risen Christ has a life-changing impact. Believes affected by the Resurrection impact other people met in daily life.

Darkness in the world does not overshadow the Light of the Resurrection. Dark thoughts can be taken away by the Resurrected Christ. Wards deep within mental hospitals and prison cell blocks are illumined by the Risen Christ.

The message of the Resurrection is fervently proclaimed to the far reaches of the earth. Present technology give believers access to information from around the world.

The Church continues to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ. Divine services until the arrival of the Feast of the Ascension will reference Christís Resurrection. Sundays throughout the year proclaim Christís Resurrection.

Serious believers continue to think about the immeasurable depth of the meaning of the Resurrection. Christís Resurrection changes believersí lives forever.

Serious believers draw life-changing meaning from the Resurrection. Daily life changes as the meaning of the Resurrection is incorporated into the mind, the heart and the soul.

Each day is viewed differently when Christís Resurrection is taken into account. Christís Resurrection established a hope to surmount all obstacles in life. Death was defeated by Christ.

The deaths of family members and friends are viewed differently when Christís Resurrection is considered. The Paschal Greeting, ďChrist is Risen!Ē and Paschal troparion lifts mournersí spirits.

Godís Holy Church is full of joy during the Paschal period. Much preparation goes into preparing for Great Lent and observing Great Lent. Each day of Holy Week is intense.

Believers investing seriously in Great Lent and Holy Week experience the benefits of the investment. The joy of the Paschal period increases when the investment in Great Lent and Holy Week is great.

Gratefulness to God is appropriate and due every day. Christ ascending the Cross, suffering and dying summon within serious believers feelings of thanksgiving.

Every believer reaps the benefits of the Resurrection. Every believer is indebted to the Crucified and Resurrected Christ. Let us be abundantly grateful to the Crucified and Resurrected Christ during this period of Paschal joy.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 10 / 23, 2017
Thomas Sunday.
Holy Hieromartyr Terence.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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