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Frank Hannigan is the Director of the Family Ministries Office.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Reflecting on the Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass 2014

Cardinal George, perfect weather, hundreds of smiling faces, top notch staff and volunteers, Holy Name Cathedral—put that all together and you get the 2014 Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass! Over 450 couples celebrating 50 years of marriage attended this year. They came from all parts of the Archdiocese; some arriving by limousine, some by bus, but most came in the family car. While some individuals were in wheelchairs or used walkers most appeared remarkably healthy and were very gracious in the receiving line waiting to greet the Cardinal after Mass, as they allowed those needing assistance to move to the front.

The Marriage and Family Ministries staff and I have the honor and privilege of celebrating with the Golden Jubilarians every year. While there is a tremendous amount of planning and coordination necessary to make sure everything runs smoothly, it is truly a labor of love. For me, the highlight, once again, was when the couples renewed their vows during the Mass. Cardinal George led the husbands first and then the wives in the sacred words they first spoke to one another 50 years ago. As I watched the couples, I saw smiles and hugs and tears. I can only imagine the numerous joys and heartaches that have been part of the lives of these couples.

But through it all, their love persisted. When they spoke their vows, they meant it, “I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, I will love you and honor you all the days of my life.”

Congratulations to all of this year’s Golden Jubilarian Couples. 

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