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Diocese celebrates 8,330 years of married life


Bishop Michael F. Burbidge celebrated the Wedding Anniversary Mass honoring couples marking their 25th, 50th and beyond 50th wedding anniversaries. The annual Mass was held at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Cary. Bishop Burbidge was the principal celebrant and homilist for the Mass. Concelebrating were Monsignor Doug Reed, pastor, and Monsignor David Brockman.

In his homily, Bishop Burbidge recalled lyrics to a song called “Love Remains,” which was written by Hillary Scott. The lyrics included: “Through tears and sweat they build a home and raise a family of their own, and share joy and pain but through it all love remains.”

“Today we reflect on that truth,” Bishop Burbidge said. “How does love, as Jesus teaches, remain?”

Bishop Burbidge discussed two phrases that Pope Francis says are essential for any fruitful marriage: Thank you and I am sorry. “But it has to be more than that; how is it possible to remain?” Bishop Burbidge asked. “No doubt God has remained at the center of your marriage. It is why you have tried daily to remain faithful to the command He gave in today’s gospel, ‘Love one another as I have love you.’”

The Mass honored 186 couples who together totaled 8,330 years of married life. Thirty-five parishes were represented at the Mass. Thirty-six of the couples celebrated 25 years; 64 couples celebrated 50 years; 59 couples celebrated 50+ years; and 26 couples celebrated 60-year milestones. Bishop Burbidge thanked them all for the example, and the gift that they are to the Church.

Each couple celebrating a milestone were given red roses as a gift. One couple, Joseph and Madeline Moyer, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary June 1.

After Mass, he shared what was special about his spouse. “She’s faithful,” Mr. Moyer said. And we have a deal around the house -  she takes the inside, and I take the outside. We’ve always worked together to bring up our children – all seven of them.”

For her part, Mrs. Moyer talked about how her husband is there when she needs him, calling it “the most important thing” in a marriage.

“He’s been a great father. I think I will keep him,” she laughed. “I do want to say one thing: Marriage is full of ups and downs. Just take it one day at a time. That’s what brings you through.”

Watch Bishop Burbidge's homily