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Married couples will be celebrating Silver and Gold Anniversaries, Feb. 10 Corinna Longoria

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ilver and gold, silver and gold, everyone wishes for silver and gold. How do you measure its worth? Just by the pleasure it gives here on Earth.” This Christmas classic sung by Burl Ives discusses the material joy that these precious metals can bring, but to those who are celebrating their silver and gold anniversary, the meaning is entirely different. On Feb. 10, in conjunction with World Marriage Day, the Office of Laity, Family and Life celebrates all couples with 25 or 50 years of marriage in an Anniversary Mass with Bishop Michael Mulvey at

Corpus Christi Cathedral. “Marriage is the bedrock of our society, the place where our faith is nurtured. It’s vital to support marriages because the family is where the human person is formed and protected,” said Elizabeth Nguyen, Director of the Office of Laity, Family, and Life for the Diocese of Corpus Christi. “When we recognize marriages that have lasted 25 and 50 years, we celebrate the gift of sacramental marriage as the grace and mercy of God working in our lives.” According to the American Psychological Association, about 90 percent of people under the age of 50 in Western

cultures will get married. Statistics from the APA also show that about 40 to 50 percent of these marriages will end in divorce. With numbers like these so commonplace in today’s society, it is crucial to recognize marriages that have stood the test of time, Nguyen said. “In this Mass, we also celebrate the couple’s willingness to avail themselves of God’s graces each and every day of their lives,” she said. “This is a wonderful accomplishment in our modern age when society keeps telling us that married love is based upon feelings alone.” Nguyen acknowledges that longevity in matrimony does not necessarily equate February 2019 |  South Texas Catholic  21

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February 2019 - Vol. 54 No. 2  

In our February issue we focus on the month of the Holy Family. We feature the unveiling of two paintings in the chapel at CHRISTUS Spohn Dr...

February 2019 - Vol. 54 No. 2  

In our February issue we focus on the month of the Holy Family. We feature the unveiling of two paintings in the chapel at CHRISTUS Spohn Dr...

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