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The Bishop's Mitre- June 2017

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​Bring & Buy Shop

We need your extra household items, kitchen ware, etc. One man's trash is another man's treasure! See Patricia Barrymore, and remember to visit the shop during coffee and fellowship to spot the bargains!

​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.
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​June Reflections

Every One of us has a Reason to Give God Thanks.
So many people take a negative approach to life. They see what's wrong and then wonder why their life is so miserable. Such people have an ungrateful attitude.

Then there are lots of people who always complain about what they don't have, instead of looking at their life and thanking God for what they do have. So many people would love to have what you have. There is always someone worse off than you are.

So yes, every one of us has a reason to give thanks to God. Each day when you wake up and get out of bed, you can thank Almighty God that you are alive. Why? Because you could be here today and gone tomorrow.


​Religion is Meant to be Bread for Daily Use, Not Cake for Special Occasions
We come to church to be nourished so we can live out our religion, our Christian faith, in our day-to-day living. When we come together as the people of God on Sundays, we feed on the scriptures, the Word of God. We feed on the homily by the priest, to point us in the right direction to Heaven. We also feed on the holy bread and wine, our food for the journey.

Christianity is a way of life that makes demands on our time, our God-given talents, and our treasure. Sadly, many people don't see Christianity that way. Such people call upon God's help only when they need him. I see this false faith all the time in my work as a parish priest- people who request baptisms, weddings, confirmations, and quinceaneras. But what happens afterwards? Many of them disappear, that is until they once again need the services of the church.

The sacraments of the church are not magic. You cannot treat God like that. Too many people have a false idea of God. They excuse themselves saying, "God's a nice person; he doesn't really mind." But remember, the kind, forgiving Jesus of the Gospels is also the same Jesus who got angry, took a whip and chased people of ouf th etemple who were disrespecting God's house.

So yes, God must sometimes get angry with those who take Him out only when needed and then put Him back until the next need arises.
 
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.