Witnessing the sacrament of marriage

The hunt is on to find the longest married couple in Birmingham Archdiocese.

They would love to hear from anyone celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary over the last couple of years.

And all couples marking a milestone anniversary this year – or preparing to tie the knot – are invited to the annual Thanksgiving Mass for Marriage at St Chad’s cathedral.

Lianne Pap – diocesan Marriage and Family Life Co-ordinator – hopes this year’s celebration will be even more joy-filled than last year’s virtual event.

She said: “For many couples celebrating their milestone anniversary earlier in 2021 restrictions limited their plans to mark the special occasion.

“The annual Mass will provide the opportunity for families to come together and give thanks to those who bear witness to the Sacrament of Marriage.

“The Mass is open not just to married couples but to all those who are preparing for marriage.

“It provides the opportunity for engaged couples to see the richness of the vocation they are preparing for and seek the wisdom from those who have been married for many decades.”

During the Mass married couples will be invited to make the Renewal of Commitment.

The Thanksgiving Mass for Marriage is celebrated by Bishop David Evans at 12 noon on 09 October at St Chad’s Cathedral. To register your place at the Mass contact Lianne Pap at marriage.mass@rcaob.org.uk

• Clifton Diocese will be also celebrating Marriage at an event at the cathedral on 02 October. Couples celebrating a significant milestone – or preparing to marry – this year should contact adult.education@cliftondiocese.com for a personal invitation from Bishop Declan. Click here for further details.

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