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Annual Mass Pays Tribute to Milestone Wedding Anniversaries

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More than 90 couples from throughout the Diocese of Raleigh, celebrating milestone anniversaries in 2011, joined the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge Sunday, May 15, 2011, for the fifth annual Wedding Anniversary Mass. The Mass, celebrated at St. Peter Church in Greenville, honors couples who have been married 25, 50 and 50-plus years. The total number of married years of those in attendance exceeded 3,800. Ten of the couples are married more than 60 years, including Frederick and Marguerite Kull, parishioners of Immaculate Conception Church in Durham, who will mark their 69th wedding anniversary on May 22.

Telling the couples that they serve as an inspiration to all, Bishop Burbidge said on behalf of the faithful in the Diocese of Raleigh, “We congratulate you and thank God for the gift your precious vocation is to us and the entire Church.” Noting the challenges married couples face in today’s world, Bishop Burbidge added, “We must continue to proclaim that vows and promises are meant to be kept and cannot be abandoned at the first sign of disappointment or setback. The most powerful way to proclaim the sacredness of married love and family life is through the living example that you offer,” the Bishop said. “May the love you share grow stronger with each passing day.”

Above: Bishop Michael F. Burbidge inviting couples who are celebrating milestone anniversaries to stand and be acknowledged at Anniversary Wedding Mass.

Above: Couples celebrating 60 or more years of marriage being recognized during celebration at St. Peter Catholic Church in Greenville.

Above: Frederick and Marguerite Kull, who will celebrate their 69th anniversary on May 22, receiving Communion during Anniversary Mass.