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Couple with Longest Black Catholic Marriage To be Honored

Chicago, IL (March 19, 2008) – The celebration of Black Marriage Day in the Archdiocese of Chicago will begin with a 4 p.m. Vesper Service, led by Most Rev. Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, on Sunday, March 30, at St. Clotilde Church, 8430 S. Calumet Ave., Chicago. Couples will renew their marriage vows during the service, and the Black Catholic couple with the longest marriage will be recognized during a banquet that follows in the church hall.

All couples married fifty years or more will be honored guests at this event sponsored by the Archdiocesan Family Ministries Office. Similar events will be held by churches and community organizations across the country.

“Our goal is to recognize and awaken in others the importance and significance of marriage in the African American community,” said Andrew Lyke, Marriage Ministry Coordinator in the Family Ministries Office. Lyke added that, while this event honors Black Catholic marriages, married couples from all racial, ethnic and age groups are invited to attend.

To register and for more information, couples can visit or call 708-363-8610. There is a $20 per couple registration fee that will be waived for couples married 50 years or more.

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