St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 955 - April 24 / May 7, 2017

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 955
April 24 / May 7, 2017
Sunday of the Paralytic

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 29
Matins was read.
Pomen served.
Vespers was read.
April 30
Matins was read.
Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-four people attended. Three communicants.
May 2
Matins was read.
May 3
Eight people came for the Akathist to the Tomb and Resurrection at Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont.
Five people came for class.
May 4
Matins was read.
Four people came for the Akathist to the Resurrection.
Five people came for class.
May 5
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Divine Liturgy.

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

6:00 PM on Tuesday.
4:00 PM on Friday and Saturday.

6:30 PM Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. Akathist and class.

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, 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. Mid-Pentecost.
May 12 - St. Basil of Ostrog.
May 13 - Holy Apostle James, brother of St. John the Theologian
May 17 - Apodasis of Mid-Pentecost.
May 19 - Transfer of Relics of St. Sava.
May 21 - Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian.
May 22 - Transfer of Relics of St. Nichlas.

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

Congratulations to John Williamson, Slava Kum this year.

Members of the Rogish Familycame last week in memory of +Bertha Rogish.

Lifeline Chicago is grateful for support and contributions received.

Congratulations to Rich and Linda Porter, new grandparents of twins.

Congratulations to Stevan Kosic. Stevan, son of Very Rev. Stavrophor Rajko and Protincia Vera Kosic is graduating from Penn State University.

Congratulations to Jennifer Knezovich. Jennifer, granddaughter of Anna Mae Knezovich and daughter of Mr.and Mrs. Marty Knezovich is graduating from Penn State University.

Sonia Janson, Subdeacon Anthony Miralles, Mildred Bezjak, Felecia Williamson and Alfred Ellsworth came to class on Thursday.

Remember the 56 miners that died in nearby Osage, West Virginia in the disaster on May 12, 1942. Remember their families.

If you want your house blessed, notify the parish priest.

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.


Our daily indebtedness to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Giving continuous thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Striving to live in loving obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 28 - Went to Morgantown, West Virginia. for printing.
April 30 - Went to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Canton, Ohio for Slava celebration.
May 2 - Went to St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church in Monessen, Pa. for Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood meeting.
May 3 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia for Akathist and class.

Wisdom of Sirach 24:1

Wisdom will praise herself, and in the midst of her people she will boast.

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

The Sunday of the Paralytic

John 5:1-15

After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, He saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered Him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk. Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk? And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place. Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole. (KJV)

Jesus entered the life of the paralytic and healed him. The paralytic had suffered for thirty eight years in his condition. Jesus changed the manís life dramatically.

The healed man now had freedom of movement. He had new life experiences. He had a life-changing experience with Christ. The man would see himself and others differently.

The man would be seen by others as being different. No longer was the man confined to the pool side. No longer was his movement very limited. No longer were his life experiences limited.

The Lord Jesus Christ makes a difference in human lives. The Lord Jesus Christ cautioned the man not to sin anymore. Christís healing of the paralytic is instructive and provides hope for individuals with longstanding conditions.

Individuals with longstanding conditions benefit from turning to Christ in faith and in hope. Christ will make a difference for every person turning to Him in faith. Fervent belief in Christ will change a personís outlook on life.

When Christ heals a person, the person has a responsibility to be appreciative to Christ. The person has a responsibility to live in ways pleasing to Christ.

Christ heals individuals every day. Christ heals by granting forgiveness of sins. Christís forgiveness enables a person to begin anew. Christís forgiveness lifts the weight of sin from a personís mind.

Stress is reduced and eliminated when Christ grants forgiveness of sins. Christ heals individuals through prayer and the Holy Mysteries of the Church. Christ heals individuals through work done in medical facilities.

Persons healed by Christ determine the way they will live in their new condition. Persons healed by Christ decide whether they will show love and appreciation to Christ.

Healed persons become a living witness for Christ. Healed persons are examples of the healing power emanating from Christ. Christís divinity is revealed in the miracles performed.

This is the time of Paschal celebration in Godís Holy Church. The defeat of death and Christís Resurrection are being joyfully celebrated. Paralysis is a form of death. Jesus gave new life to the paralytic.

Resurrection joy abounds in Godís Holy Church. Around the world, Christís resurrection continues to be proclaimed and celebrated. World events do not overshadow Christís resurrection.

Attacks on Christians do not eradicate the message of Christís resurrection. The paralytic in the current Gospel was healed more than twenty centuries ago. The paralyticís healing is an enduring message of hope.

Christís resurrection is the most enduring message of hope. Every person in the depths of despair can find hope in the Risen Christ. Every person suffering from extended illness can draw hope from the Resurrected Christ.

Every person serving a long sentence in prison, every personal paralyzed can find hope in the Risen Christ. Depressed men, women and children have reason to hope in the Risen Christ.

Individuals grieving for departed beloved family members and friends will find comfort in the Risen Christ. Broken hearts can be made whole by the Risen Christ.

Christís joy is triumphant joy. The Empty Tomb radiates the light of Christ. The Risen Christ is ever-present to nourish, to lead, to guide and comfort. The Risen Christ shines through the darkest moments of life.

The Risen Christ lights the path to the Kingdom of God. Christís Rising from the Tomb is the boldest message. With the greatest gratitude, let us rejoice in Christís resurrection and give unceasing thanks for His love.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 24 / May 7, 2017
The Sunday of the Paralytic.
Holy Martyr Sabbas Stratelates.
St. Sava of Erdelj.
Venerable Branko, Hieromartyr.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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