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For Immediate Release
15 October 2010

89 Suffolk County Couples Honored At Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – October 15, 2010 – The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Auxiliary Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, will be the principal celebrant of a Mass honoring 89 couples from Suffolk County who will celebrate their golden wedding anniversaries.
Held October 17, 2010 at Christ the King parish, Commack  and sponsored by the Diocese of Rockville Centre, the 2:30 p.m. 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 the Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre.  “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.”

Marriage is a wonderful, sacred act of love, responsibility and sacrifice.

About the Golden Wedding Celebration
On four Sundays throughout the year, couples married 50 years or more - who have not already been honored by the Bishop - 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. To register, contact your parish.

Golden Wedding Mass Attendees

St. Martin of Tours, Amityville
Andrew & Anne Binder
Edmond & Mary Fitzgerald
Gene & Virginia Fontana
Christian & Carol Lister
John R. & Celeste Niederauer
Michael & Nancy Scirica

St. Patrick, Bay Shore
Del & Ginny Amann
John & Mary Huggins
James & Rochelle Screeney

Our Lady of the Snow, Blue Point
John & Joanne Hunt, Jr.

St. John Nepomucene, Bohemia
Charles & Marilou Gee

St. Anne, Brentwood
Joseph & Consuelo Reyes
Eugene & Lucyan Simon

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Centereach
Bruno & Judith Sidor

Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Centerport
James & Geraldine Godfrey
Lawrence & Catherine McNally

Christ the King, Commack
Dino & Carolyn Circo
William & Trudy Devaney
Raymond & Rita Hetzler
Lawrence & Loretta Napolitano
Rocco & Geraldine Rizzo
Ralph & Alice Scott
Joseph & Mary Staudt
Hans & Genevieve Strumpf
Frank & Audrey Sturges
Michael & Virginia Vecchia
Jim & Kay Young

St. Frances Cabrini, Coram
Michael & Angela Licciardello
Joseph & Lucina Machiski
St. Matthew, Deer Park
Robert & Ursula Lulley

Ss. Cyril & Methodius, Deer Park
Angel & Ana Lomena
Clement & Jean Oropallo

St. Matthew, Dix Hills
Henry & Diana DeBonis
Benedict & Patricia Pape

St. Mary, East Islip
Richard & Frances Heuer

St. Anthony of Padua, East Northport
John & Barbara Caggiano
Joseph & Darlene Cianciotto
Leonard & MaryAnn Dmuchowski
Lawrence & Eileen Giovanniello
Hugh & Norma Gorman
John & Marion Kirincic
Carmine & Lynn Marino
Clement & Lillian Massaro
Rocco & Theresa Morro
Dr. Nicholas & Josephine Napoli
Richard & Vivian Rocco
Edward & Dolores Schnepf
Ralph & Rosemarie Simeone

St. Francis of Assisi, Greenlawn
John & Clare Intemann

St. Rosalie, Hampton Bays
Ben & Marie DiMonte
Robert & Carole Naso
Alfred & Grace Siciliano

St. Thomas More, Hauppauge
Joseph & Marie D'Anna
Gerard & Joan Smith

Good Shepherd, Holbrook
Joseph & Dorothy Grosso

St. Patrick, Huntington
Charles & Clare DiBenedetto
Quinto & Rose Marie Fata

St. Hugh of Lincoln, Huntington Station
James & Carol Seery

St. Peter the Apostle, Islip Terrace
Anthony & Elvira Mascolo
Edward & Rosemarie McBride

St. Joseph's, Kings Park
John & Eileen Conover
Lucio & Mary Costa
Bart & Josephine Iannetta
Daniel & Mary Maybury
John & Rita Schreiber

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Lindenhurst
Jerome & Beatrice Cunningham

St. Elizabeth, Melville
Peter & Lynn Cucci

Holy Cross, Nesconset
Richard & Sadie DeBenedictis

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Patchogue
Gennaro & Madeline Piciullo

Infant Jesus, Port Jefferson
Lawrence & Barbara Britt

St. John the Evangelist, Riverhead
James & Lorraine West

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Ronkonkoma
Edward & June Schaum

St. Margaret of Scotland, Selden
Dominick & Evelyn Curcio
Bernard & Colomba Duignan
David & Mary Nelson

St. James, Setauket
Donald & Maryann Grossmann

St. Mark, Shoreham
Raymond & Eileen Caffrey

St. Patrick, Smithtown
Bernard & Maureen Bradley
Fred N. & Cornelia R. Polik
Peter & Elizabeth Vander Schuyt

St. Louis de Montfort, Sound Beach
William & Dorothy McBride

Ss. Philip & James, St. James
Neil & Marita McNeill
Jerry & Nicolina Santucci

St. John the Baptist, Wading River
Salvatore & Marie Badalamenti
Bob & Terry Branca
Thomas & Helen Cramer

Our Lady of Lourdes, West Islip
John & Anne Keane
Robert & Katherine Tulipan
Robert & Marie Wilson

Immaculate Conception,
Westhampton Beach
Charles & Lilliana Isola


About The Catholic Church of Long Island
The Diocese of Rockville Centre ( was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million).  There are 133 parishes in 115 towns.  Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions.  There are 69 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, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice.  In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (12/08).

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