St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 957 - May 8 / 21, 2017

The Orthodox Faith

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

No. 957
May 8 / 21, 2017
Sunday of the Blind Man

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
May 13
Third and Sixth Hour were read followed by Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont,W.Va. Seven people attended. One communicant.
May 14
Matins was read. Third and Sixth Hours were read followed by Divine Liturgy. Thirty-two people attended. Five communicants. Parastos was held.
May 16
One person came for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity.
May 17
Matins canon was read.
Seven people came to Holy Trinity Mission for the Akathist to the Holy Trinity.
May 18
Matins was read.

Services This Week. Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule.

Third and Sixth Hours
Divine Liturgy

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

6:00 PM on Monday.
4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Saturday.

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

8:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Akathists and Prayers for Special Needs Scheduled on Request.

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

Important Dates

May 21 - Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian.
May 22 - Transfer of Relics of St. Nichlas. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
May 24 - Apodasis of Pascha. Sts. Cyril and Methodius, Enlighteners of the Slava.
May 25 - Feast of the Holy Ascension St.Nikodim of Pech. Divine Liturgy at 8:00 AM.
May 26 - Mother of God, Icon of Pech
May 27 - 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity, Fairmont, W.Va.
May 29 - Holy Hieromartyr Theodore of Vrshac; New-martyr Vukashin
June 3 - 8:00 AM Divine Liturgy. Holy Equal to the Apostles, Emperor Constantine and Helen, Venerable Helen of Decani Memorial Saturday. Parastos. Blessing of Graves.
June 4 - Descent of the Holy Spirit Pentecost. Holy Martyr John Vladimir, King of Serbia.

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 Dr. Sinisha and Doina Jikich on becoming grandparents. Their daughter Jadranka gave birth to the newborn Mila on Tuesday May 16. 2017.

Sympathy extended to Thomas and Rosemary Wesdock. Thomasí brother +John departed this life.

Continue to celebrate Christís Resurrection.

Reflect deeply on the meaning of Christís Resurrection.

Honor Wednesday and Friday as fast days.

Come to weekday services and classes.

Read the Bible regularly in your home.

Live in faithfulness to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Learn about the teachings of the Church, the Mother of God, saints and martyrs.

Make daily prayer a priority in life.

Practice repentance and forgiveness.

Value Godís Holy Church throughout life and never stray.

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.

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.

Appreciate and honor the St. Sava School of Theology, 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.



Recent Activities of Parish Administrator

May 12 - Went to Morgantown for printing.
May 15 - Went to Morgantown for printing.
May 13 - Went to Holy Trinity Mission in Fairmont, W.Va. for Divine Liturgy.
May 17 - Participated in United Mine Workers of America rally and march in support of protecting minersí healthcare benefits and pensions with Consol Energy.

Wisdom of Sirach 26:2

A courageous wife makes her husband glad, and his years will be full of peace.

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

The Sunday of the Blind Man

John 9:1-38

And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man which was blind from his birth. And His disciples asked Him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When He had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. The neighbours therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he. Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened? He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight. Then said they unto him, Where is He? He said, I know not. They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind. And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see. Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This Man is not of God, because He keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them. They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of Him, that He hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet. But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see? His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself. These words spake his parents, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that He was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. Therefore said his parents, He is of age; ask him. Then again called they the man that was blind, and said unto him, Give God the praise: we know that this Man is a sinner. He answered and said, Whether He be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see. Then said they to him again, What did He to thee? how opened He thine eyes? He answered them, I have told you already, and ye did not hear: wherefore would ye hear it again? will ye also be His disciples? Then they reviled him, and said, Thou art His disciple; but we are Moses' disciples. We know that God spake unto Moses: as for this fellow, we know not from whence He is. The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvellous thing, that ye know not from whence He is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this Man were not of God, He could do nothing. They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out. Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when He had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen Him, and it is He that talketh with thee. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped Him. (KJV)

The Sunday of the Blind Man

Staying true worshippers of the Lord Jesus Christ is a challenge every day. Temptations and inattentiveness cause a person to depart from the way of Christ. Sloth and lack of fervor reduce the full benefit of growing in Christ.

To grow in Christ requires firmness of desire. Growing in Christ necessitates strength of faith and commitment. Discipline is necessary to pray when resistance exists.

Joy in Christ is experienced when the believer seeks God. Barriers are overcome by praying to Christ. Jesus healed the blind man. Jesus demonstrated the seemingly impossible can become possible.

Never before had a person born blind been given the ability to see. Jesus demonstrated His ability to change the blind manís life dramatically. Jesus proved healings can occur in the most extreme circumstances.

Giving sight to the man born blind is a message of hope. Many individuals feel they are faced with adverse circumstances and conditions in life. Numerous people are extremely depressed about the conditions of their lives.

The present Gospel is vivid proof Jesus can make a difference in the most extreme situations. The Church proclaims this Gospel message every year. The Church wants it known that Jesus is the constant source of hope.

The Church wants it known that Jesus is the embodiment of hope. Christís Holy Church proclaims the message of hope everywhere in the world. Attentive listeners change their lives for the better.

Reading and listening to the Gospel intends change. Each reading of the Gospel fosters growth and renewal in Christ. Serious Christians seek personal change when listening to the Gospel.

Value exists in paying very close attention to the Holy Gospel. The Church places the Gospel message prominently in the Divine Liturgy. The Gospel message intends careful listening and serves as a basis for teaching.

Christís resurrection continues to be celebrated in Godís Holy Church. Believers do well to reflect deeply in Christ and on the personal relationship with Christ.

Christ gave sight to the man born blind. Christ defeated death and rose from the tomb. Christians immersed in Christ experience immeasurable joy. Christ is the ultimate source, nourishment and goal for life.

Every day is an opportunity to be thankful to God. Every moment of life a person can strive to think completely about Christ. With every fiber of being a person does well to draw near to Christ.

St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
May 8 / 21, 2017
The Sunday of the Blind Man.
Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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