Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 272 - April 26 / May 9, 2015


The Orthodox Mission


Chronicle of the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
408 Morgantown Avenue
Fairmont, West Virginia 26544
Phone 304-622-3681
Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
Aministrator - Fr. Rodney Torbic

Bulletin No. 272

April 26 / May 9, 2015

St. Basil of Amesea, Hieromartyr



Recent Services
March 18
Ten people came. for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.
March 23
Six people came for the Akathist to the Resurrection and class.
March 29
Seven people came. for the Akathist to the Resurrection and class.
May 7
Three people came for the Akathist to the Resurrection and class.

Coming Services To Be Confirmed.

Wednesday, May 13 - 6:30 PM Service and class afterwards.
Wednesday, May 20 - 6:30 PM Service and class afterwards.
Saturday, May 23 - 10:00 AM Divine Liturgy.

Parish Life

Beloved Maria Masha Djonovich fell asleep in the Lord. Funeral and burial were at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania, Saturday, May 2, 2015.

Parishioners and friends of the Mission came for +Masha’s viewing and funeral service.

The Diocesan Episcopal Office is being relocated to the New York City area.

The Mission Slava is scheduled for Friday evening, June 5.

If you want your marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church, talk to the priest.

If you want your house blessed, contact the priest to schedule the visit.

Remember and appreciate the workers in mines, law-enforcement, corrections, probation and parole and firefighters, all working in dangerous occupations.

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 mentally ill. Appreciate their caretakers and the institution staffs.

If you have a question about the services or teachings of the Church ask the priest.

Remember the 56 miners from nearby Osage, West Virginia that lost their lives on May 12, 1942. Remember their families and coworkers.

Important Dates

May 10 - Sunday of the Samaritan Woman. Burning of Relics of St. Sava.
May 12 - St. Vasilje of Ostrog
May 19 - Translation of the Relics of St. Sava

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


AN ESSAY ON NORMAL GRIEF

Normal grief entails the range of common responses to death. The type of relationship has a bearing on the response. The loss of a spouse, parent, child or sibling or other close relative, friend or co-worker will have a greater impact than a person with whom a more “distant” relationship existed.

The age of the person dying and the nature of the death can influence the resultant grief. The death of a young child is viewed differently than the death of an elderly family member or friend. A tragic accident is unexpected and varies from death due to an extended terminal illness.

The reactions to death have certain common elements in the surviving family member, friend or co-worker. The degree to which each element is experienced can vary. Disbelief that the person is dead is one response. Sorrow over the loss may occur. Crying, anger and confusion are within the range of normal reactions.

A change in bodily functions and sensations are often noticeable. Lack of energy or desire to engage in physical activity, a sense of emptiness inside, sleeplessness or loss of appetite and inattention to personal appearance may be manifestations.

Different thoughts may go through the mind of the surviving person. Recollections about the departed person and distress over not doing something more or different can be part of normal grief. Normal grief spans a period of time. When the death of a close loved one occurs, it is expected the death will influence behavior of the survivors for a year or longer. Joviality and optimism may diminish. Reformulation of goals and tasks shared with the deceased will be required.

Moments of gloom, distress and depression will appear due to the absence of the departed person. Places, experiences, clothing and personal items associated with the deceased are laden with certain emotional weight. Feelings of being alone or abandoned can also well up in the survivor. At times, a survivor may feel relieved the death has occurred, particularly after a devastating extended illness.

Normal grief can cross the line and become abnormal when the reaction to death lasts “too long” or extremes are reached in thought, behavior or emotion. Not leaving the house for an extended period of time, perhaps months, continuing to feel the personal world has ended even two years after the death., and prolonged periods without eating well are examples when abnormality may be setting in. Over attaching significance to clothing or personal items, or “preserving areas the way things were” can also border on the extreme.

The death of a loved one, family member, friend or co-worker is beyond the control of the survivor unless the survivor contributed to the death. The survivor has control in the areas of responding to the death. Worden made the point the grieving person can take an active role in the grief process. *

Religious persons believing in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ have reason to hope. The normal grief process need not consist of continued gloom and depressing thoughts. It can be new period of life and personal transformation with reverence and love continuing for the departed. “He will wipe away all tears from their eyes. There will be no more grief or crying or pain. The old things have disappeared. Then the one who sits on the throne said; “And now I make all things new.” (Rev 21:4-5)

* J. William Worden Grief Counselling & Grief Therapy New York: Springer Publishing Company, l99l, p. 35.



April 26 / May 9, 2015

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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