Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 141 - October 28 / November 10, 2007

The Orthodox Mission

Chronicle of the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
Aministrator - Fr. Rodney Torbic
408 Morgantown Avenue
Fairmont, West Virginia 26544

October 28 / November 10, 2007
St. Arsenius
No. 141
Phone 724-966-7428
Phone 304-534-5321
Phone 304-622-3681

Acts 19:6

And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.

Five people came for Divine Liturgy on November 3, 2007.

The Nativity Fast begins on November 28 and continues until the Feast of the Nativity on January 7. Honor the fast.

A warm welcome to visitors coming to the Mission.

Let us remember the men and women in the military and their families.

Let us remember the sick, the suffering, the imprisoned, those in care homes, hospitals, rehab centers and the staffs and caretakers.

Let us remember the suffering Serbian People in Kosovo and Metohija.

Remember the miners, those in law enforcement, parole and corrections and others in dangerous occupations.

Remember the students at St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville.

Read your Bible for the benefit of your soul.

Thank God for the friends of the Mission.

Interest in the Mission extends beyond the number of individuals attending.

The prayers of the Mission go out to individuals far beyond Fairmont.

Giving thanks and glory to God is important on a daily basis.

Constant prayer will help the Mission.

Remember always the friends of the Mission.

When possible, bring a friend to the Mission services.

From the Desert Fathers

Abba Zeno said, 'If a man wants God to hear his prayer quickly, then before he prays for anything else, even his own soul, when he stands and stretches out his hands toward God, he must pray with all his heart for his enemies. Through this action God will hear everything that he asks.

Matthew 9:32 - As they went out, behold, they brought to Him a man, mute and demon-possessed.

Individuals with mental illness and family members of a person with mental illness need to know of the healing power of the Lord Jesus Christ. They need to experience support and love within the parish church.

Consideration must given to the feelings of individuals returning to church after a period of absence and care in a residential mental health facility. Consideration must be given to the feelings of family members of a person undergoing mental and emotional difficulties.

Certain privacy and confidentiality requirements exist which apply to visiting clergy and professional staff members of the treatment facility. These requirements must be respected and honored.

Interested parishioners seeking to be of help to families with individuals experiencing mental illness must take care in questions asked and in offers of help.

Sometimes emotional outbursts and fluctuations can occur as well as mental aberrations when a person takes medication for another medical condition. Also, individuals may be subject to extreme stress due to serious illness of a family member and exhibit behavior which is not common to the person.

Abrupt job loss, abrupt change in family financial circumstances or a sudden death of a beloved family member or friend can cause behavioral changes.

Suicides affect family and friends deeply. When depression sets in and a person threatens suicide, the threat should always be taken seriously. Persons aware of such deep depression and threats of harm to the self should report the threats to a responsible family member, mental health official or the parish priest.

Families experiencing the loss of a member due to suicide need the support of the parish community. Not only the priest can provide support. The priest is expected to provide support. Parishioners also have a place in showing care for the healing process.

Suicides reflect an extreme response to conditions in life. Sensitivity to the family is a must. Prayers for the family is a must. Continued support through the extended grief process will help the family. Suicide leaves a vacuum and many questions.

Family members need to know the Church welcomes the family. Family members need to know that healing comes only through the Lord Jesus Christ. Suicide is an act against self which is final in results. Repentance is no longer possible.

Some parishioners will need to deal with the thoughts of suicide in a particular family member. The parish priest can be enlisted to help. Some parishes have mental health professionals attending the parish church. These mental health professionals are resources to the affected family and the priest.
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
October 28 / November 10, 2007

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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