Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission
Fairmont, WV

Bulletin 309 - March 5 / 18, 2017


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 IRINEJ
Aministrator - Fr. Rodney Torbic

Bulletin No. 309

March 5 / 18, 2017

St. Nikolai of Zhicha



I Thessalonians 4:8

He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.

March 4 - Six people attended Divine Liturgy with blessing of Koljivo. One communicant.

March 8 - Seven people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.

March 15 - Four people came for Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts.

The Presanctified Liturgy is scheduled for 6:30 PM on March 22 and March 29.

Divine Liturgy is scheduled for April 1 at 10:00 AM.

Believers are to abstain from meat, dairy products and fish with backbones and blood during Great Lent. Honor the fast in a spirit of joy. All parishioners should come to confession during Great Lent.

Individuals planning to commune at the Presanctified Liturgy should honor the fast all week, arrange for confession in advance and abstain from eating and drinking from noon until the time of the service.

Individuals planning to commune at the Divine Liturgy should honor the fast all week, arrange for confession in advance and abstain from eating and drinking from midnight until the time of the service.

Support Marion County CASA where Vesna Prodanovich Meinert is Director.

Pray for workers losing their job and benefits at a high rate.

Thank you for contributing food goods for the needy in Fairmont.

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 questions about the teachings and practices of the Church, ask the priest.

Important Dates

March 19 - Deanery Vespers at 5:00 PM, St. George Church, Midland, Pa.
March 23-25 - Clergy Seminar and Confession at St. Sava Cathedral, Cleveland, Ohio.
March 26 - Deanery Vespers at 5:00 PM, Holy Resurrection Church, Steubenville and St. Nicholas Church, Monroeville.

If You Are Too Busy To Pray, You Are Too Busy


Mark 8:35 - For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.

The Lord Jesus Christ’s words are preserved in the Holy Gospel of St. Mark. Believers benefit from hearing these words and taking them to heart. Jesus’ words transform the lives of believers taking them seriously.

Believers are expected to structure and live their lives according to the words of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Gospel is read at each Divine Liturgy with the clear intent of impacting the lives of the individuals in attendance.

The Gospel is proclaimed for individuals to hear and to change their lives to be in accord. Believers are expected to go through a constant process of giving up what is not in accord with Christ and beginning anew in Christ.

Giving up ways of life not in accord with Christ can be difficult. Eating, drinking, or accumulating too much, being lazy or talkative can be difficult to curtail. Believers may be threatened by the thought of change. Believers may find security and comfort in a certain way of life and not have sufficient trust in Christ to put forth the effort to change.

Jesus promises that individuals who lose their old ways of life that are contrary to His way, will be saved. New life in Christ will be experienced. The Holy Apostle Paul said: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” (2 Cor. 5:17)

Believers experience the goodness of God with each decision to draw near to God. The grace, mercy and love of God are continuously revealed to believers. Believers will see God at work in their daily lives.

Believers will see God at work in their lives not only when making good decisions, but also when making bad decisions. Believers serious about the Christian life will feel remorse when doing what is not pleasing to God.

The Cross of Christ was an instrument of pain and death to Christ. Believers may feel the crosses of daily life are too heavy and too painful to contend with. Greater pain and discomfort awaits those who choose not to follow Christ.

The immediate pain and discomfort of daily crosses of the Christian life are put into perspective when the believer keeps focus on the Kingdom of God. The Resurrection followed Christ’s death on the Cross.

Contemporary believers taking up their daily crosses find peace in Christ. The life in Christ is the only secure life. Divine protection awaits those immersing themselves in ways pleasing to God.

The Psalmist said: “The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul.” (Ps. 121:7) Sensing wholeness that comes from God, all else has minimal value. The life in Christ provides perspective for all else in daily life. Daily crosses are part of life. Christ upon the Cross makes our crosses bearable each day.

Father Rodney Torbic


Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission, Fairmont, West Virginia.
March 5 / 18, 2017

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