Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 189 - January 16 / January 29, 2011


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

January 16 / January 29, 2011
Chains of St. Peter
No. 189
Phone 724-966-7428
Phone 304-534-5321
Phone 304-622-3681



Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Eleven people came for Divine Liturgy on January 15, 2011.

Congratulations to Dennis Elliot in completing his career in the military.

May Wayne and Joyce Kirby enjoy their new home for many, many years.

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 and all suffering people. .

Remember the men and women working in dangerous occupations including those in the mines and criminal justice agencies, the police, correctional officers and parole agents.

Let us remember the men and women serving in the military.

Let us be mindful of Matthew Paroda on active duty in the Air Force.

Bring a friend to church the next time you come.

Important Dates

February 12 - Holy Three Hierarchs, Tentative date of next service.
February 13 - Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee
February 15 - Presentation of the Lord
February 18-19 - Diocesan Assembly, Clearwater, Florida
February 20 - Sunday of the Prodigal Son
February 22 - Apodosis of the Presentation
February 27 - Meatfare Sunday
March 6 - Cheesefare Sunday
March 7 - Great Lent begins
March 13 - Sunday of Orthodoxy
March 20 - Second Sunday of Great Lent, St. Gregory Palamas
March 27 - Third Sunday of Great Lent, Veneration of the Holy Cross
April 3 - Fourth Sunday of Great Len, St. John Climacus
April 10 - Fifth Sunday of Great Lent, St. Mary of Egypt

If you are Too Busy to Pray...You are Too Busy!


I Timothy 6:11 - But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.

How many contemporary individuals pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience and gentleness? How many individuals actively seek righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience and gentleness?

In contemporary society where greed seems to have no limits and where the lack of civility is decried, what percentage of individuals truly seek the qualities the Holy Apostle Paul mentions in his Epistle?

What happens to the person choosing to follow the words of the Holy Apostle? What is required for the person seeking the qualities mentioned by Holy Apostle Paul to actually achieve them?

What must a person give up in order to experience righteous, godliness, faith, love, patience and gentleness? What time period is required? What is required to maintain the qualities mentioned?

What must a person flee? To where can he or she go? What should the person avoid? Temptations, attractive alternatives, distractions, weariness can serve to bring a person down.

Consider the centuries since the creation of the world and then attempt to estimate the percentage of people actually living in ways completely pleasing to God.

Examine contemporary society and reflect on the ways of life contrary to the teachings of God. Examine contemporary society and reflect on what is necessary to bring change to a family, a parish church, a community, a workplace to bring them into line with the teachings of Christ.

In a given parish church, consider the degree of faithfulness to practices of the Church existing among the parishioners. How many parishioners fast throughout the year as prescribed by the Church? How many parishioners make an effort to attend the Divine services beyond Sundays? How many parishioners go to Holy Confession and Communion on a regular basis and see these Mysteries as ways to unite with and experience Christ?

How many individuals in a given parish pray on a daily basis and in a significant way? What percentage of baptized Orthodox Christians remain Orthodox until departure from this life? What is it that causes a person to heed the words of the Holy Apostle Paul? When individuals grow up in similar environments, why does one person choose to follow Christ in the way of the Holy Apostle Paul and a brother or sister, friend or neighbor or relative take a radically different course?

What part does intercessory prayer play in altering the course an individual is taking? What part do dramatic changes in life experiences play in altering the course an individual is taking?
Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia
January 16 / January 29, 2011

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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