Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 290 - April 3 / 16, 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. 290

April 3 / 16, 2016

Fifth Saturday of Great Lent

Galatians 4:6

And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father

April 2 - Eight people came for Divine Liturgy. One communicant.

April 6 - Seven people came for Small Compline and class.

April 13 - Seven people came for the Great Canon. 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.

Pray for miners and steel workers and all others having their jobs, benefits and pensions threatened by company closings and bankruptcy.

Carlos Godbey recently attended an Antiochian Orthodox Church in Baltimore, MD.

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

Deanery Vespers at St. George Church, Carmichaels, April 17 at 5:00 PM.
Deanery Vespers at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh at 5:00 PM, April 24
Holy Unction at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Pittsburgh, April 27 at 7:00 PM.
Royal Hours 9:00 AM at Holy Trinity Mission, Fairmont, April 29.
Paschal Divine Liturgy at St. George Church, Carmichaels at 9:00 AM.

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

Matthew 9:13 - But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice. For I did not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.’

Jesus calls sinners to repentance. Individuals must be sufficiently uncomfortable with sinful ways to heed the call from Christ. Individuals are required to make the conscious decision for change.

Taking responsibility for sin and being willing to acknowledge and confess sinfulness is necessary for forgiveness and reconciliation with Christ. Pride can keep a person from repenting. Shame can keep a person from repenting.

Fear can keep a person from repenting. Lack of trust and lack of faith can keep a person from repenting. Arrogance can keep a person from repenting. Sin is not worth the price of separation from God.

Sin is not worth the price of jeopardizing the soul. Sin is not worth the price of jeopardizing a personal reputation, family or job. Sin is not worth the price of immediate gratification in exchange for long term punishment.

The road to sin can begin simply and increase in momentum with time. Morals can be eroded little by little. Safeguards can become loosened little by little. Decisions can be compromised little by little until the web of sin is tight.

Public officials and others in offices of honor may assume the positions with thoughts of integrity. The trappings of the office may cause temptations to increase and the fall into sin takes place.

The call for repentance is an enduring call. The call for repentance exists every moment of every day. The believer need only say about sin, “enough is enough, I am going back to Jesus!”

The account of the Prodigal Son testifies to the readiness of God to accept the returning sinner. (Lk. 15:11-32). Returning sinners find that God welcomes the return with love. Returning sinners find joy in returning to God.

Tears may come from the heart when repentance occurs. A person may choose to be humble in mind and heart and demeanor. The example of the Publican and the Pharisee is a testimony to repentance. (Lk. 18:10-14)

Repentance is a new beginning. Repentance affords the person to begin anew in the ways pleasing to God. Repentance may involve great struggle against the forces that led to sin in the first place. The sinner is not alone in the struggle.

Christ is there to help the sinner in the new 'beginning and in the journey to the Kingdom. The Holy Apostle Paul said: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” The Holy Martyrs faced death with the greatest of faith and resolve.

Father Rodney Torbic

Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
April 3 / 16, 2016

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