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Over 200 Couples To Be Honored at Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass Print E-mail

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, NEW YORK, October 24, 2005 - Bishop Paul H. Walsh, an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, will be the principal celebrant of a Mass honoring 208 couples who will celebrate their golden wedding anniversaries at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 30 at Maria Regina Church, Seaford. Couples from more than 80 parishes in Nassau and Suffolk Counties will be honored.

The Mass will honor couples who are celebrating 50 years of married life, as well as those who have been married for over 50 years but have not participated in this event. Each couple will renew their wedding vows during the Mass and will receive a certificate marking the occasion.

“The vows these couples spoke before the Lord on that special day, faithfully lived for so many years, gives all of us hope in the reality of unconditional and everlasting love,” said Bishop William Murphy. “This occasion is also looked upon by other married couples, young and old, as a shining example of what God intends the sacrament of marriage to be.”

Throughout the year, couples married 50 years or more - who have not already been honored - are invited to receive a special blessing and certificate from one of the bishops of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, following a Mass at various churches in Nassau and Suffolk County.

“The golden wedding anniversary celebration is a wonderful way to honor couples who have been through the trials and tribulations of life,” said Sister Lauren Hanley, CSJ, director, Office of Laity and Family.

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About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre was formed in 1957 and covers 1,222 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.3 million). There are 134 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 20,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 20,000 first communions and 5,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are 2,137 students in Catholic kindergarten, 23,825 in primary or elementary school, 12,628 in secondary school and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 76 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, two home-care agencies, two senior housing complexes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 80,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. For more information, visit


Sean P. Dolan,
Diocese of Rockville Centre
516-678-5800, ext. 625