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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.

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.