Couples celebrate sacrament of marriage

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Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, above, greeted Susan and Doug Emery, who are celebrating 10 years of marriage this year, and their son Ryan, on Feb. 4. The archbishop celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving that afternoon at St. Raphael Church for couples celebrating 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of marriage in 2017.

Each couple who registered, 53 in all, received a certificate commemorating the occasion and renewed the promises they made at their wedding ceremonies. Archbishop Kurtz thanked the couples for their “willingness to sacrifice in love for each other and for your children.” He said, “The church and our society need the faithful witness of married life, I think, today more than ever before.”

A Mass for those celebrating milestone anniversaries of 30 years and beyond will be celebrated this fall.

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John and Lauren Porod of Holy Spirit Church, who are celebrating 15 years of marriage this year, were among about 50 couples who honored at a wedding anniversary Mass Feb. 4.

St. Gabriel Church members, Ricky and Jenny Murphy, are celebrating 15 years in 2017.

St. Gabriel Church members, Ricky and Jenny Murphy, are celebrating 15 years in 2017.

St. Raphael members Kenyon and Karen Myer, below left, renewed their promises made 20 years ago while Karen held 4-year-old Keenan.

St. Raphael members Kenyon and Karen Myer, below left, renewed their promises made 20 years ago while Karen held 4-year-old Keen

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