Family » Wedding Anniversary Mass
When 80 couples celebrating 50 years of marriage stood up at the annual Wedding Anniversary Mass, it was an awesome sight to see. Bishop Peter A. Libasci was the celebrant at the Wedding Anniversary Mass honoring all couples who in 2013 mark their 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, or 50th Anniversary. Couples celebrating anniversaries beyond 50 years were also invited. This celebration was held on October 6, 2013 at Saint Anselm Abbey Church, Manchester.
We met up with three couples who are celebrating a milestone year to ask them what advice they would offer to young engaged couples.
Ron and Mary Ellen Poulin
Celebrating their 50th anniversary, Mary Ellen and Ron Poulin are parishioners at Corpus Christi Parish, Portsmouth. Ron and Mary Ellen met through friends, and they have found it important to be soul mates, that is, have the same goals in life and to at the same time be open to discuss situations they have encountered throughout their married life. When asked what she would advise an engaged couple, Mary Ellen said, “Take the opportunity to discuss with a professional the many aspects of your coming life together like managing a home, making sure that family comes first, and how you will keep the lines of communication open.”
Edward and Kathleen Whittemore, parishioners of Holy Trinity Parish, Plymouth, feel that being best friends has brought them to the point of celebrating 40 years of marriage. “It’s all coming together now,” remarked Edward, “We have just had our first grandson six weeks ago. He is only a short drive away, and I can’t get enough of him.” Through the many ups and downs of married life, the Whittemores would encourage a young couple to “stick it out and continue to love one another.”
“When you get married, you need to remember that it is a sacrament between you, your spouse and God,” begins Jeanne when asked about advice for a young engaged couple. “You can’t lose focus on that.” Jeanne and Peter Clarner, members of St. Theresa Parish, Henniker, celebrate 45 years of marriage this year. They have always felt that they can discuss anything and everything with one another. Jeanne and Peter have always relied on God. It is harder in some ways for young couples today, they admit, in a materialistic society. However, their grandchildren all attend Catholic school, and in that way their children and grandchildren maintain focus.
All photos by Matthew Lomanno.
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