The Diocese of Raleigh Annual Wedding Anniversary Mass with the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, will take place Sunday, October 14, 2012, at 4:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s in Wilmington.
The special Mass is open to couples celebrating their 25th, 50th or 50-plus anniversary in 2012. Family members and friends of the couples are invited to attend also.
“It is always a great event...everybody is just so happy,” said Linda Bedo, director of the Office of Marriage and Family Life, during a recent appearance on Catholic Perspective. “As we talk about marriage, the best thing we can do is lift up those marriages, those people who have been married for a long time. These are absolutely the models we should be following.”
Carefully chosen music and a reception add to the celebration. Couples are invited to have their photograph taken with Bishop Burbidge, which Mrs. Bedo said is an opportunity both the Bishop and the couples enjoy as they have time to converse and observe the occasion together.
Mrs. Bedo noted the celebration is particularly special because it marks couples’ commitments to marriage. “So many times we hear, ‘oh, those people had it easy.’ No, those people didn’t. They all had problems, but they worked through their problems with the grace of God,” said Bedo. “And they’re such a good example for all of us.”
Although the event is organized by the Diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life, registration takes place at parishes. To register, contact your local parish and provide your name, spouse’s name, marriage date, contact information and the number of guests planning to attend. Registration deadline is October 5, 2012.
Above: Couples honored at Milestone Wedding Anniversary Mass held at St. Peter Catholic Church in Greenville in 2011. Click photo to view larger.