Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

anniv mass 0182 29739478773 web Maria and Enrico Cervoni, members of St. Ambrose Parish in Northford, and other couples renew their wedding vows at the annual Wedding Anniversary Mass on Oct. 16 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford. (Photo by Tom Dzimian)

HARTFORD – Love was in the air at the Cathedral of St. Joseph as 243 married couples from all corners of the Archdiocese of Hartford gathered to celebrate the annual Wedding Anniversary Mass on Oct. 16.

Organized by the archdiocesan Office of Family Life, the Mass recognizes those couples who have committed their lives to the sacred contract that is the sacrament of marriage.

Anniversary celebrations extended up to 78 years. Among these were Joseph and Germaine Caminiti from St. Anthony’s Parish in Bristol, who celebrated 70 years of marriage.

To Germaine, the most memorable aspect of married life has been “being married to a wonderful man.” The Caminitis spoke proudly of their three children, two grandchildren and five great- grandchildren.

Enrico and Maria Cervoni, members of St. Ambrose Parish in Northford, said the joy of their 50-year marriage is the three children they raised. Maria also mentioned that prayer, the rosary and weekly Mass helped them to get through the tough times.

Kevin and Grace Peschel, parishioners of St. Mary’s in New Haven, said humor is an important element in their marriage.

Kevin gave an example: When they exchanged their vows 40 years ago, Grace said, “I do,” and he answered, “Yes, dear!”

Also marking their golden anniversary this year are John and Phyllis Brade of St. Maria Goretti Parish in Wolcott. John said, “Fifty years ago I said, ‘I do.’ Today I would say, ‘I’ll do it for the next 50 years.’” He added, “We are about family. The greatest joy has been the three miracles in our married life, our daughters.”

Cliff and Patti Faulkner, members of St. Clare in East Haven, said their 60-year marriage has evolved into a true friendship. “I always do as I’m told. If I don’t, then my wife Patti is unhappy, which makes me unhappy,” Cliff explained. He added, “We’ve had a great life.”

The principal celebrant of the Mass was Archbishop Leonard P. Blair. In his homily, the archbishop stressed that in a sinful and fallen world, it is important that married couples persevere, pray and be steadfast in their faith.

Archbishop Blair described the couples celebrating anniversaries as “shining lights to the call of Christian life.” He also said that priests and bishops face the daunting task of preaching the true meaning of marriage and family in a society riddled by disbelief, dissent and ridicule.

During the liturgy, the couples renewed their marriage vows. Afterward, they also had their pictures taken with Archbishop Blair.

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By Thomas Dzimian

Transcript Correspondent

HARTFORD – Love was in the air at the Cathedral of St. Joseph as 243 married couples from all corners of the Archdiocese of Hartford gathered to celebrate the annual Wedding Anniversary Mass on Oct. 16.

Organized by the archdiocesan Office of Family Life, the Mass recognizes those couples who have committed their lives to the sacred contract that is the sacrament of marriage.

Anniversary celebrations extended up to 78 years. Among these were Joseph and Germaine Caminiti from St. Anthony’s Parish in Bristol, who celebrated 70 years of marriage.

To Germaine, the most memorable aspect of married life has been “being married to a wonderful man.” The Caminitis spoke proudly of their three children, two grandchildren and five great- grandchildren.

Enrico and Maria Cervoni, members of St. Ambrose Parish in Northford, said the joy of their 50-year marriage is the three children they raised. Maria also mentioned that prayer, the rosary and weekly Mass helped them to get through the tough times.

Kevin and Grace Peschel, parishioners of St. Mary’s in New Haven, said humor is an important element in their marriage.

Kevin gave an example: When they exchanged their vows 40 years ago, Grace said, “I do,” and he answered, “Yes, dear!”

Also marking their golden anniversary this year are John and Phyllis Brade of St. Maria Goretti Parish in Wolcott. John said, “Fifty years ago I said, ‘I do.’ Today I would say, ‘I’ll do it for the next 50 years.’” He added, “We are about family. The greatest joy has been the three miracles in our married life, our daughters.”

Cliff and Patti Faulkner, members of St. Clare in East Haven, said their 60-year marriage has evolved into a true friendship. “I always do as I’m told. If I don’t, then my wife Patti is unhappy, which makes me unhappy,” Cliff explained. He added, “We’ve had a great life.”

The principal celebrant of the Mass was Archbishop Leonard P. Blair. In his homily, the archbishop stressed that in a sinful and fallen world, it is important that married couples persevere, pray and be steadfast in their faith.

Archbishop Blair described the couples celebrating anniversaries as “shining lights to the call of Christian life.” He also said that priests and bishops face the daunting task of preaching the true meaning of marriage and family in a society riddled by disbelief, dissent and ridicule.

During the liturgy, the couples renewed their marriage vows. Afterward, they also had their pictures taken with Archbishop Blair.