The Bishop's Mitre- July 2017

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St. Edward's Yard Sale-
Saturday, July 15, 2017
​Don't miss some great finds! Donations of yard sale items will be accepted in the church parish hall starting Saturday, July 8th.
Mexican Dinner Evening-
August 5, 2017
Join us for a great evening of food, music, and fun!
St. Edward's Parish Hall, Saturday, Aug. 5th
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Adults- $10, Children- $5

​July Reflection

Happy Birthday to the USA!
Tuesday, July 4th is the day when the United States as a nation commemorates its birth and its beginning, celebrating the freedoms and liberties upon which it was founded. So, we give thanks for this nation and give it our blessing as we pray for continued adherence to the goal of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all people. "I want to be free!" That is a common cry in our modern world today. "I want to be free to say what I like. I want to be free to do what I wish."

When we look at America as a country, the face of America is unusually beautiful. When you travel around the country, you recognize this fact. There are mountains and deserts in the West, beautiful national parks and landscapes and plenty of wide rivers. Amidst this beauty, the Fourth of July reminds us that we are dependent upon God for the rain and for the sunshine. We have all this beauty because God is a good God.

So... as you celebrate this Fourth of July with family and friends, just stop for a moment and think about this: The Fourth of July is really more a dependence day than a day of independence, for we are all dependent upon God for our health, our food, our homes, and our families. Now that fact should lead us to thanksgiving for God's abundant blessings to us.

Q & A
What is meant by Western Rite?
The word ‘Rite‘ means forms of worship or liturgy. There was always a Western Rite and an Eastern Rite in the One Church prior to the 11th century split. As Western Catholics, we believe and accept the same holy Faith as that professed and believed by our Eastern Orthodox Catholic brethren. But we express that one holy Faith in the traditional Western manner, and especially by our restoration of the traditional Rite of the Western Church in the celebration of Holy Mass, a rite which is our true liturgical inheritance.

What does that mean?
We are the Western Catholic Church but we do not follow the Church of Rome. This means that the healing of the eleventh century split between the Eastern and Western Churches has begun.

What else does it mean?
It also means that we are a true restoration of the Catholic Orthodox believing Church, the Church of our forebears. Although our unity of Faith with our Eastern Orthodox Catholic brethren is a reality, it will take time for this to be publicly acknowledged. We, Western Rite Orthodox Catholics, are comparatively small in numbers. We now extend to many parts of the world, with a membership of many thousands in our overseas dioceses, but our numbers here in this country are comparatively small.