March 4, 2016

Marriage Day Celebration for all married couples is set for April 24 at cathedral

By Natalie Hoefer

Msgr. William F. Stumpf, archdiocesan vicar general, will celebrate a Marriage Day Celebration Mass for all Catholic married couples in the archdiocese at 2 p.m. on April 24 at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral, 1347 N. Meridian St., in Indianapolis.

This festive Mass and celebration developed out of the need for more space at the cathedral to accommodate all of the couples celebrating 50 years of marriage—and their guests—during the Golden Wedding Jubilee Mass in the fall.

“Over the past couple of years, and especially last year, we had to turn families away because we ran out of space at the cathedral and Assembly Hall [in the Archbishop Edward T. O’Meara Catholic Center],” admits Scott Seibert, archdiocesan coordinator of marriage and family enrichment.

“This will create an opportunity to gather the entire Church of central and southern Indiana together to observe God’s plan for a long and joyful marriage vocation.”

During the Mass, which celebrates the beautiful witness of love and perseverance of married couples throughout the archdiocese, Msgr. Stumpf will lead the couples in renewing their wedding vows. Couples married 60 years or more, as well as the couples married the shortest time and the longest time, will receive special recognition.

The Mass will be followed by a reception across the street in Assembly Hall.

Couples must register for the Mass by April 5. Early registration is highly encouraged, as space is limited and registration will close once maximum capacity is reached. Each couple is invited to bring up to four guests. If any of those guests are married, they are advised to register separately.

Registration is available online at www.archindy.org/weddingcelebrations, or by calling the Office of Pro-Life and Family Life at 317-236-1521 or toll free at 800-382-9836, ext. 1521, or by e-mailing sseibert@archindy.org. †

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