Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 289 - March 20 / April 2, 2016

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. 289

March 20 / April 2, 2016

Third Saturday of Great Lent

2 Corinthians 3:17

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

March 19 - Five people came for Divine Liturgy with blessing of Koljivo

March 23 - Twelve people came to for Small Compline and class.

March 30 - Five people came for Small Compline and three people for class.

Small Compline and class are scheduled for April 6.

Divine Liturgy is April 16 at10:00 AM.

Honor the fast until Pascha on May 1.

Prepare for Confession and Communion during Great Lent.

Holy Trinity Mission is part of the Pittsburgh Deanery which includes Pennsylvania parishes in Aliquippa, Carmichaels, Johnstown, McKeesport, Midland, Monroeville, Pittsburgh and Youngwood . The parish in Steubenville, Ohio.is also part of the Deanery.

Michael Danko attended the UMWA march and rally in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania on April 1 to preserve and protect miners’ earned pensions and benefits.

Support Marion County CASA where Vesna Prodanovich Meinert is Director providing important help to children in need.

Food goods continue to be collected for the needy in Marion County.

If you want your house blessed, ask the priest.

If you want your marriage blessed in the Orthodox Church, ask the priest

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 serving 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 services or teachings of the Church ask the priest.

Important Dates

April 3 - 5:00 PM Deanery Vespers at St. George Church, Midland, Pennsylvania.
April 7 - Feast of Annunciation Divine Liturgy at St .George Church, Carmichaels 8:00 AM.
April 10 - Deanery Vespers at Holy Resurrection Church in Steubenville, Ohio 5:00 PM.
April 17 - Deanery Vespers at St. George Church in Carmichaels 5:00 PM.

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

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.

Individuals heeding the words of the Lord Jesus Christ are never disappointed. Individuals seeking nourishment from Christ are never disappointed. Jesus said: “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” (Mt. 6:33)

Each person determines the priorities and goals of his or her life. Each person determines the use of each twenty-four hour day. We cannot control certain elements of the day which are beyond ourselves.

We can control ourselves and our reactions to individuals and circumstances that are beyond our control. We choose the thoughts we allow to enter and remain in our minds. We choose the permanent contents of our hearts. We choose who and what we will love the most.

We choose who and what we will permit to enter our homes. We choose the type of behavior we will permit in our homes. We choose the type of appearance we present to others. We choose the type of relationships we have with others.

We choose whether we follow the Cross of Christ. We choose whether we put forth effort to learn more about Christ. We choose whether we abide by the teachings of the Church. We choose whether we seriously prepare for Holy Confession and Communion.

We choose whether we share our homes with the saints or with evil. We choose whether we invest our lives in the kingdom of God. We choose whether we pursue a worldly kingdom of excessive pleasure and the excessive accumulation of worldly goods.

We choose whether we adopt the eternal values of God and abide by them. We choose whether we seek to nourish our soul and our minds with the eternal food of God. We choose whether we starve the passions that take us from God. We choose whether we feed the wolves that will deprive us of the kingdom of God. We choose whether we stay the course of the narrow gate or take the wide path to destruction. (Mt. 7:13-14).

We choose whether we are gluttons, filling our minds and stomachs with unhealthy contents. We choose whether we live by discipline and seek to be disciples of Christ.

We choose whether we really treasure being an Orthodox Christian and will do all necessary to live up to the high calling of Holy Baptism. We choose whether we live for and by the Precious Body and Blood of Christ or pollute our lives with foods that lead to destruction.

We choose whether we show appreciation and gratefulness to God by the way we use our minds and talents. We show by what we do each day whether we glorify God.

Father Rodney Torbic

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
March 20 / April 2, 2016

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