Family » Wedding Anniversary Mass
Couples who celebrated their 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, 50th or beyond Wedding Anniversary (anytime during the year 2012) were invited to a special Anniversary Mass held on October 14, 2012 at Saint Anselm Abbey Church in Manchester.
Three of the special couples who attended the Anniversary Mass are featured in the stories below.
William and Janet Klemme from St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Alton Bay celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary this year. “If you can build a house together, you can make your marriage work,” states Janet. Married in Madison, WI, Janet and William lived in Hampstead, NH, for a time and have now settled in the house they built together in Alton in 2004.
Hosting the Lakes Region Deanery Engaged Couple Seminars in their home has been a way for the Klemmes to be in contact with engaged couples. They feel they get a “spark” from those young couples, and they share their commitment to making their own marriage work. In addition the Klemmes served on the Marriage Encounter Team for many years.
Janet Leroux, coordinator of the Lakes Region Engaged Couple Seminars, finds inviting the Klemmes to be on her team the best thing she has ever done. “They are so genuine, and call on engaged couples to be good communicators with one another” related Janet. The Klemmes have two children and four grandchildren with whom they love to spend time.
Rupert and Alice Tate have lived in Hudson their whole married life, 71 years. According to Rupert their marriage has lasted because, “We just enjoy each other, and we have fun together.” The Tate’s are lucky to have their 4 daughters, 10 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren nearby. They all love coming to visit.
When Rupert and Alice were invited to sit in the front of the church for the Wedding Anniversary Mass, Rupert responded that they typically sit in front at St. Kathryn Church in Hudson. They even get special treatment when they go to their favorite deli in Londonderry. Apparently the wait staff has everything ready for them. “They say we are so cute,” says Rupert. “I don’t know what’s so cute about us,” he says, “We are just old!” How great that the Tates shared in the Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Celebration.
Phyllis and Prisco DiPrizio of Rochester are celebrating 50 years of marriage in 2012. Their faith has been a constant in their commitment to one another. “We viewed our commitment as a sacrament and have stayed together through the stresses, and health issues that couples face,” reported Phyllis. Great happiness has come to them through their two children and five grandchildren. Three granddaughters live abroad.
Prisco retired from the lumber business, but after six months of projects he found that former customers kept calling. Today he is back in the wholesale business selling pine. Because Prisco has flexibility in his work, he and Phyllis have been able to travel to the First Communions and other special events of their grandchildren abroad. At least once a year they travel or their family visits here in the United States.
For more information, please contact:
Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire
153 Ash Street, Box 310
Manchester, NH 03105-0310
Fax: (603) 669-0377
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