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oy, tenderness and gratitude were reflected in the faces of nearly 300 couples honored by the Diocese of Trenton during the annual Bishop’s Anniversary Blessings Oct. 8 and 22. Couples marking one, 25 and 50 or more years of marriage were blessed by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., who affirmed them in their vocation to married life and thanked them for the powerful witness they offer to their families, friends and community. Story begins on page 2. Also …. A list of this year’s anniversary couples begins on page 4. Hall of Memories begins on page 8. Photo package from the Masses begins on page 13.

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The Bishop’s Anniversary Blessings • Oct. 8 & 22, 2017


Journey of Love Anniversary blessings bestowed by Bishop highlight gifts of enduring love Story by Lois Rogers, Correspondent Photos by Joe Moore

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une may be the month for weddings, but October was the month to reaffirm those vows as some 300 couples pledged their fidelity, faith and love anew during anniversary celebrations hosted by the Diocese of Trenton. The couples, from parishes around the Diocese marking one, 25, 50 or more years of marriage, took part in the Bishop’s Anniversary Blessings Masses Oct. 8 in St. Aloysius Church, Jackson, and Oct. 22 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. Supported by “What God their family, friends, offers you in clergy and members of the Church the Sacrament community at-large, continues to the men and women reconfirmed the find fulfillment sacramental ties that each and every unite them as blessday of your ings were bestowed upon their unions married lives.” by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. In the Cathedral, the Bishop reflected on marriage as an example of human life where heaven and earth intersect. While civil society may protect the “human good of marriage with laws that require a civil license,” the Church, the realm of God, he said, “accepts that protection and affirms it with a sacramental blessing that once received, guarantees God’s grace, grace that is faithful, fruitful and forever.” “What God offers you in the Sacrament continues to find its fulfillment each and every day of your married lives. … Your anniversaries witness the grace of God

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that has enabled your marriages to grow and deepen your love, to be faithful and fruitful and forever … together,” Bishop O’Connell said. Such marriages, he said, have been and continue to be journeys of love. Those journeys were retraced in especially moving moments as couples renewed their vows. With tears in their eyes and loving smiles on their lips, the anniversary couples stood as the Bishop asked them to face each other and join hands. Leading them in the renewal of their marriage vows, the couples were instructed to touch each other’s wedding bands, at which time the Bishop offered a blessing upon the rings, symbols, he said, of their true love and abiding commitment. Musical accompaniment from the Diocesan Festival Choir, under the direction of Shawn Mack, added notes of grace to the celebrations, underscoring the romantic and spiritual nature of the day, from the stirring, traditional notes of “O Perfect Love” during the procession, to the moving lyrics of “Pan de Vida Eterna” (“Bread of Life Eternal”) during Communion.

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Deacon Andrew Sabados and his wife, Grace Ann, of St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, receive a blessing from Msgr. Michael Walsh, episcopal vicar of Mercer County, during the Bishop’s Anniversary Blessings Mass Oct. 22 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. The annual Masses, in which Bishop David M. Connell, C.M., bestows blessings on couples celebrating milestone anniversaries, were held Oct. 22, as well as Oct. 8 in St. Aloysius Church, Jackson. The multicultural nature of the gathering was embraced, with the use of translation devices for those who speak only Spanish, as well as Readings in both English and Spanish.

Heaven and Earth Over the years, the Anniversary Blessings Masses have become a celebratory mainstay. In the homily before 200 couples and their families in St. Aloysius Church and 100 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Bishop O’Connell drew from each day’s Scripture Readings to share God’s role in the gift of marriage. For each Mass, he was joined at the altar by his


Holding hands, a couple smiles as the Bishop offers his blessing on their 50th year of marriage Oct. 8 in St. Aloysius Church, Jackson. Two hundred couples attended the blessing in the church, while 100 couples came for the blessing in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. episcopal vicars and priests who lent their prayerful support to the couples. “Each and every one of us is a vineyard, planted and pruned for the possibility of bearing fruit,” the Bishop said to the couples from Monmouth and Ocean Counties gathered in St. Aloysius Church. “Today, in the Diocese of Trenton, we lift up the Sacrament of Marriage and see it as a vineyard, given to God, blessed by the Church 1, 25, 50 years or more, which gift and blessing made you his tenants.” “You have been good and faithful tenants of this gift, this vineyard,” he said, encouraging them to look back and “see the good fruit that you have born – the fruit that is two lives become one in a love that has endured.” Acknowledging the struggles along the way, some encouraging and some difficult, he commended the couples for overcoming the obstacles as they “made the vineyard of your marriage strong, beautiful and so fruitful in so many ways.” He concluded each homily by wishing the couples before him a hearty “Happy Anniversary.” As the Masses came to an end, couples lined up to receive personal blessings from priests of the Diocese who joined Bishop O’Connell. During the receptions that followed in the respective parish halls, couples took joy in watching a slideshow of original wedding photos that had been

Following are brief excerpts from the two homilies that Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., preached at the Anniversary Blessings Masses on Oct. 8 and Oct. 22. “Each and every one of us is a vineyard, planted and pruned for the possibility of bearing fruit. Today, in the Diocese of Trenton, we lift up the Sacrament of Marriage and see it as a vineyard created by God, given to two tenants to produce good fruit.” collected by diocesan staff weeks prior, reacting with smiles and tears when their own portrait appeared. Embraces and hugs from children, family and friends during the festivities lent an added glow to the day. Peg Hensler, diocesan associate director for marriage ministries, said the annual Anniversary Blessings are a testimony to families and the community at-large of marital devotion. “For young couples just starting out to see people celebrating the fruits of 50 years of marriage or more sends a powerful message,” she said. She drew from Pope Francis, praising married couples as a “living sign of Christ, offering thousands of small and real gestures” of faith.

Real and Forever Among the couples moved by that “powerful message” of decades-long devotion were relative newlyweds Samantha and Matthew Whelan. Members of St. Anselm Parish, Wayside, the Whelans were among couples celebrating first anniversaries with Bishop O’Connell in St. Aloysius Church. They were overjoyed to “have the blessings and support of so many couples” wed 25 and 50 years as they received their blessing. “It was amazing. Especially the number

“As you celebrate the Sacrament and vineyard of your marriage, remember the Letter to the Philippians that we heard today: ‘Do not worry about anything … make your needs known to God.’” “Marriage is an example in human life where the ‘realm of the emperor’ and the ‘realm of God’ intersect.” “What God offers you in this Sacrament continues to find its fulfillment each and every day of your married lives.” “God has blessed your married lives in ways you might never have imagined, 1, 25, 50 or more years ago.”

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John and Patricia DeLuca of St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, married 25 years, join hands as they recite The Lord’s Prayer during the Anniversary Blessings Mass Oct. 22 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton.

Bishop O’Connell encourages and commends the couples gathered Oct. 22 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, calling them “good and faithful tenants of this gift, this vineyard.”

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The couples who took part in one of the Bishop’s Anniversary Blessings Masses are listed here, by county:

As the Recessional hymn soars, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., bestows a final blessing on the congregation attending the Anniversary Blessings Mass Oct. 22 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton.

Burlington County Corpus Christi, Willingboro • Anthony & Judith Rizzo, 50 Holy Eucharist, Tabernacle • James & Rose Marie Kukura, 50; Tom & Kathy Purul, 50

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Our Lady Queen of Peace, Hainesport • Thomas & Caroline Halpin, 25 Resurrection, Delran • Roger & Christine Kirk, 50; Joseph Sr. & Janice Leusner, 50 Sacred Heart, Mount Holly • Dennis & Norma Zannoni, 1; Chris & Jane Walter, 25; Edward & Lucille Suffel, 50 Sacred Heart, Riverton • James & Patricia Higgins, 50; Paul & Catherine Daly, 65; Robert D. & Teresita B. Smith, 50 St. Andrew, Jobstown • Brent A. and Eliane G. Shannon, 1 St. Ann, Browns Mills • Richard & Juana Sacconne, 1 St. Charles Borromeo, Cinnaminson • Michael & Maureen Barone, 25; Joseph & Mary Ipri, 25; John & Kathy Bottger, 50; Michael & Mary Ann Figura, 50; Francis X. & Judith A. Leusner, 50; James & Florence Bacho, 65

& Linda Nelson, 50; Donald & Mary Rowan, 50; John & Geraldine Wonderlin, 50 St. Mary, Bordentown • Mark & Dawn Mabin, 25; Darly & Beth Bell, 50

Mercer County Incarnation-St. James, Ewing • Gregory & Christine Parr, 25 Our Lady of Sorrows-St. Anthony, Hamilton • Michael & Lucy Stewart, 25; Frederick & Margaret Allen, 50; George & Frances Barnock, 50; Gary & Linda Lane, 50; George & Barbara Rusnak, 50; Richard & Joanne Lisiewski, 51 St. Ann, Lawrenceville • John & Bonnie Rakowski, 25; Joe & Joyce Arone, 50; David & Nancy Woody, 50; Francis & Carmen Palise, 51

& Patricia DeLuca, 25; Edward & Jeannette Kohler, 25; David Jr. & Jill Liedtka, 25; Peter & Jill Marsch, 25; William & Anne Marie Testa, 25; Robert & Erma Candelori, 50; Gerald & Peggy Ann LeBedz, 50; Charles & Catherine Moscarello, 50; Deacon Andrew A. & Grace Ann Sabados, 55; Jim & Joan Buckley, 58; Leo & Annie Livecchi, 59; John & Betty Gallant, 60 St. Hedwig, Trenton • Joseph Jr. & Carol Suosso, 50; Dr. Chester & Eileen Kulak, 52 St. James, Pennington • Anthony & Minnie Arnone, 50; Edward & Angeline Martin, 50; John & Margaret McCormack, 50 St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church, Trenton • David & Chrystyna Van Sise, 25

St. John Neumann, Mount Laurel • Manfred & Maria Koop, 60

St. David the King, Princeton Junction • Richard & Maria Freccia, 25; Robert & Elizabeth Garver, 50; John E. Jr. & Patricia Strahle, 50; Stephen & Carol Oberheim, 52; Vito & Elaine Mastro, 55

St. Joseph, Trenton • Jorge Rene & Diana Azucena Campos, 1; Juan & Cristina Chaj, 1; Gustavo Adolfo & Lilian Chavez, 1; Elvis & Ana Crespo, 1; Elmer Romilio & Yosselin Olinda Melgar, 1; Dennis Eduardo & Maria Elizabeth Molina, 1; Manuel & Berta Quizhpi, 1; Melquisedec & Yelisabeth Rodriguez, 1; Andrey de Jesus & Yendry Urẽna, 1; Carlos & Doris Calle, 25; Sandalio & Socorro Ruiz, 50

St. Katharine Drexel, Burlington• Benjamin & Jinkee Gonzales, 25; Ronald & Mary Ann Gilbert, 50; James

St. Gregory the Great, Hamilton Square • Stephen J. III and Irma Nataly Rinz, 1; Robert & Janeane Curran, 25; John

St. Paul, Princeton • Michael & Elena Basso, 25; Michael & Kathleen Castellano, 50; Anthony & Milena Troiano, 60

St. Joan of Arc, Marlton • Adam & Lena Mihara, 1; Eugene & Paula Kotowski, 25; Joseph & Marie Camoratto, 61

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St. Anthony of Padua, Hightstown • Raymond Edward D. & Kathryn D. Eclar Reyes, 1

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Our Lady of Good Counsel, Moorestown • Matthew & Stephanie Valerio, 1; William C. & Maryann M. Murphy, 50; Gene & Gerry O’Hearn, 50; Joseph & Maryanne Roman, 50


Celebrating Couples Married... 1 YEAR • 25 YEARS • 50+ YEARS St. Raphael-Holy Angels, Hamilton • Robert & Patricia Yeager, 1; Joseph & Lucille Csillan, 50; Anthony & Barbara Osmond, 50; Robert & Doris Petruska, 50; Tony & Julie Schujko, 55; James P. & Joan L. MacFarland, 60

Our Lady of Perpetual Help-St. Agnes, Atlantic Highlands • Anthony & Carol Alleva, 50

St. Vincent de Paul, Yardville • Raymond & Anna Miller, 1; Paul & Monica Cincotta, 25

St. Anselm, Wayside • Matthew & Samantha Whelan, 1; Donald & Kathryn Geiger, 50; Andrew J. & Catherine A. Joyce, 50; Roger & Barbara Pisani, 50

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Precious Blood, Monmouth Beach • Michael & Ellen Sheehan, 50

St. John the Baptist, Allentown • John E. & Elizabeth A. Cifelli, 25; Dennis & Margaret Carleton, 50; Dave & Patti Deinhardt, 50; Joseph & Catherine Gendron, 50; Robert & Patricia Gervasoni, 52; Richard & Dorothy Kober, 52; Frank & Eileen Lugossy, 53; Robert & Patricia Haugstatter, 54; John & Gabrielle Toman, 56; Joseph & Charlotte Racioppi, 61 St. Joseph, Millstone •Thaddeus & Gloria Tylutki, 50; Jim & Pat McDonnell, 55

Ascension, Bradley Beach • Patrick & Diane Gottschalk, 25; Harold & Philomena Ford, 50; John & Karen Kopcak, 50; Richard & Julie Mensel, 50

St. Benedict, Holmdel • James & Margaret Roddy, 25; John & Maureen Fox, 50; David & Aileen Tennant, 50; Gordon & Hilare Reinold, 55; Dominick & Marie Tropea, 60

Christ the King, Long Branch • Frank & Rae Marsico, 50; Harry & Theresa Schaubert, 50

St. Catharine, Holmdel • Martin & Ruthann Pfleger, 25; Kenneth A. & Genevieve F. Craig, 52

Holy Cross, Rumson • Daniel & Julie Wolf, 1; Ralph & Sandra Caine, 50

St. Catherine, Middletown • Steven & Rose Mendez, 25; Anthony & Elizabeth Scalercio, 25

St. Mary, Middletown • Vito & Erin Chiaravalloti, 1; Gerard H. & Karin E. Duffy, 50; William & Judith Michalski, 50

St. Catherine of Siena, Farmingdale • Michael & Patricia Ann Baldasari, 25

St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold • Robert & Katherine Cerniglia, 1; Michael & Marisa Boffardi, 25; Albert G. & Dorothy G. Endler, 25; Michael & Alaine Iacovino, 25; Victor & Melissa Mistretta, 25; John & Jane C. Mnich, 25; Donald & Sharon West, 25; Pasquale & Elizabeth Sabino, 50; Philip A. & Jean T. Della Torre, 58; Peter & Patricia Bongiorno, 60; James & Marianne Gaeta, 64

Holy Family, Keyport • James & Gilda Kenney, 1 Holy Innocents, Neptune • James & Lisa Emmons, 25; Robert & Kathleen Lynch, 25 Mother of Mercy, Asbury Park • Wilbur & Kim Mallory, 25; Daniel B. & Laurlee A. Schumann, 60

St. Clement, Matawan • Daniel & Rose Ann Carew, 25; Robert & Janet Moscinski, 25; Kenneth & Lisa Smolinski, 25; Tom & Mary Lou Wadolowski, 25 St. Denis, Manasquan • Bob & Dee Nesbitt, 65 St. Dorothea, Eatontown • Lewis & Josephine Eastmead, 50; Dominick & Janet Zoccoli, 50; Thomas & Joyce Fritz, 53 St. Gabriel, Marlboro • John & Mary Adams, 25; Jose & Ann Marie Diaz, 25; John & Maria Dodaro, 25; Gerald & Regina Tripoli, 50; Francis “Skip” & Marian Gracon, 53 St. James, Red Bank • Daniel & Debra Stolbof, 25; John & Marlene Kuhn, 50; Anthony & Jeanne Rausch, 50; Dominic & Marie Trocchia, 68 A couple picks up their certificate commemorating their anniversary after the Oct. 8 Mass in St. Aloysius Church, Jackson.

St. Leo, Lincroft • Edward & Dolores Obuch, 57 St. Mark, Sea Girt • Daniel & Rosemary Crimmins, 50 St. Mary, Colts Neck • Edward & Caitlin Eastman, 1; Lee & Patricia Gesner, 25

St. Rose, Belmar • Joseph & Carleen Defino, 25 St. Rose of Lima, Freehold • Jose & Florencia Juarez, 1; James & Cathy Lee, 25; Neil & Henny Hopkins, 50; Ralph & Grace McMillan, 50 St. Thomas More, Manalapan • Carl & Jane Conway, 25; Richard John & Charlotte Lynnette Glynn, 50 St. Veronica, Howell • John & Vinnie Ann Bartow, 25; Thomas & Nancy Broderick, 25; Emanuel & Maria Chirico, 25; Chris & Patricia DiPasquale, 25; Antonio & Tinalouise Palazzo, 25; Frank & Maureen Albano, 50; John & Sheila McBride, 50; Raymond A. & Constance A. Sewing, 50; John S. & Alice M. Clark, 53; James Continued on page 6

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St. William the Abbot, Howell • Dennis & Brenda Heffernan, 54

Ocean County Assumption, New Egypt • Robert & Helena Hardy, 50; Michael & Arlene Meyers, 50 Sacred Heart, Bay Head • Jeffrey & Patricia Thompson, 50 St. Aloysius, Jackson • Austin & Lauren Cordero, 1; James & Debra McMahon, 1; Michael & Deborah Bivona, 25; Donald & Lourdes Janus, 25; Kyle & Theresa Johnson, 25; William & Christine

Simonelli, 25; Milan & Anna Berec, 50; Anthony & Mary Cardello, 50; Edward & Margaret Connelly, 50; Giuseppe & Matilda Curatolo, 50; Anthony & Elaine Fioto, 50; Walter & Theresa Heublein, 50; Peter & Joanne Hurley, 50; Raymond & Shelia Mamazza, 50; Joseph & Barbara Scalzo, 50; Martin & Diane Scheuing, 50; Richard & Josephine Stabile, 50; Ralph & Lauren DeMaio, 51; Mark & Patricia Scimeca, 51; Joseph & Maria Siciliano, 51; Harry & Barbara Kaminsky, 53; Vito & Cabrina Lubrano, 54; Stephen & Diana Redish, 54; Richard & Eileen Fontana, 55; Carmen & Nan Leonardis, 58; Gennaro & Angelina Pane, 58; Andrew & Angelina Hunt, 59; Vincent & Gail Moresco, 63

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St. Anthony Claret, Lakewood •Evaristo & Lisbeth Menes Cocaloti, 1; Jose Alberto & Esperanza Fuentes, 25; Martin & Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez, 25; Carlos & Rosaura Moreno, 25; William Orlando & Ilva Cecilia Rodriguez, 25 St. Barnabas, Bayville • Joseph & Diane Kosanke, 25; William & Dolores Docarmo, 50; Carmine & Margaret Esposito, 50; Ralph & Nilda Frulio, 50; John & Marcia Kirincich, 50; Forman & Eleanor Kozal, 50; Walter & Carolyn Krzastek, 50; Kenneth & Denise Marcell, 50; John & Barbara Schwartz, 50; Gordon & Patricia Rhinesmith, 62 St. Dominic, Brick • Ronald & Linda Verheyen, 25; Michael & Kathleen Foley, 50; Edward & Jacqueline Gorski, 50; Christofer & Constance McCann, 50 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Whiting • Michael & Catherine Burns, 50; Joseph & Theresa Oese, 50; Mario & Carol Paglione, 50; William & Regina Scarola, 50; John & Theresa Tuck, 60; William & Barbara Leahy, 60 St. John, Lakehurst • Benjamin & Sandra Arre, 25; Juanito & Corazon Canete, 50; Drew & Barbara Clark, 50; Charles & Karen Gartlan, 50; Russell & Carol Gentile, 50; Ronald & JoAnn Orosz, 50; Joseph & Patricia Modica, 52; Deacon Ed & Rita Holowienka, 57; Charles & Eva Grosso, 66; Thaddeus & Joan Rebain, 66 St. Joseph, Toms River • Charlie & Anita Caswell, 45; Stephen & Dolores Okaly, 50; Bernie & Karen Czech, 53; Robert & Catherine Lauten, 55; Thomas & Carol Cannella, 59; Francis & Florence Braun, 60; Elio &

Maryann Sierchio, 64 St. Justin the Martyr, Toms River • Michael & Geraldine Gullace, 50; Angelo & Loretta Battista, 56 St. Luke, Toms River • Robert & Marylou Cortez, 1; Paul & Barbara Glatz, 25; Rodolfo & Alda Abrilla, 50; Gregorie & Carmela Lardiere, 50; Robert & Susan Mauro, 50; John & Patricia Ostapovich, 50; John & Barbara Clements, 55; John & Evelyn Artale, 61 St. Martha, Point Pleasant • Steven & Elyse Bencivenga, 50; Tony & Kathy De Cresci, 50; John & Annette Richards, 52; Frank A. & Pauline Ruggiero, 56; Bennett & Patricia McLaughlin, 60 St. Mary, Barnegat • Jeff & Alicia Bruno, 25; Mark & Nina Ditmar, 25; Anthony Jr. & Marie Krystaponis, 65 St. Mary of the Lake, Lakewood • Frank & Laura Di Lorenzo, 50; Thomas & Margaret Hamill, 57 St. Maximilian Kolbe, Toms River • Joe & Maria Fanizzi, 50; Thomas & Dorothy Fitzsimmons, 50; Ronald & Joan Griego, 50; Radolfo & Sagrario Umali, 50; Martin & Dorothy Burger, 51; Carl & Mary Lee Benson, 53; Floyd & Antoinette Murray, 59 St. Monica, Jackson • John & Maryann Mahoney, 50 St. Peter, Point Pleasant Beach • Alexander & Dayra Marin, 1; William & Rosemarie House, 50 St. Pius X, Forked River • John & Irene B. Santarsiero, 68 St. Theresa, Little Egg Harbor • Dennis & Catherine Sweeney, 50 Visitation, Brick • Louis & Maria Falcone, 50; Frank & Elizabeth Pietrantonio, 60

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ouples who took part in Bishop’s Anniversary Blessings this year were asked to share a photograph and the date and location of their

wedding day for this keepsake book. The Monitor presents this “Hall of Memories” in tribute to these couples and their lived example of love and fidelity.

Evelyn and John Artale of St. Luke Parish, Toms River, were married Sept. 8, 1956 in Santa Maria Church, Bronx, N.Y.

Alda and Rodolfo Abrilla of St. Luke Parish, Toms River, were married Dec. 27, 1967 in St. Lourdes Church, Quezon City, Philippines

Florence and James Bacho of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Cinnaminson, were married Aug. 23, 1952 in Resurrection Church, W. Mifflin, Pa.

Mary and John Adams of St. Gabriel Parish, Marlboro, were married June 20, 1992 in Church of the Assumption, Roselle Park

Maureen and Frank Albano of St. Veronica Parish, Howell, were married Sept. 17, 1967 in St. Joseph Church, Union City

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Carol and Anthony Alleva of Our Lady of Perpetual Help-St. Agnes Parish, Atlantic Highlands, were married Oct. 7, 1967 in St. Barnabas Church, Bronx, N.Y.

Joyce and Joe Arone of St. Ann Parish, Lawrenceville, were married Nov. 11, 1967 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton

Sandra and Benjamin Arre of St. John Parish, Lakehurst, were married Sept. 11, 1992 in St. Mary Church, Nutley NOVEMBER 2, 2017 • The MONITOR

Maureen and Michael Barone of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Cinnaminson, were married March 13, 1992 in Sacred Heart Church, Dublin, Ireland

Vinnie Anne and John Bartow of St. Veronica Parish, Howell, were married April 25, 1992 in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Malverne, N.Y.

Patricia and Michael Baldasari of St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Farmingdale, were married Aug. 15, 1992 in St. Vincent de Paul Church, Federal Way, Washington

Loretta and Angelo Battista of St. Justin the Martyr Parish, Toms River, were married Oct. 28, 1961 in St. Anthony Church, Passaic

Frances and George Barnock of Our Lady of SorrowsSt. Anthony Parish, Hamilton, were married June 24, 1967 in St. Paul Church, Princeton

Deborah and Michael Bivona of St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson, were married March 29, 1992 in Our Lady of Pity Church, Staten Island, N.Y.


Marisa and Michael Boffardi of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, were married Oct. 31, 1992 in St. Rita Church, Staten Island, N.Y.

Mary and John Burnetsky of St. Veronica Parish, Howell, were married Sept. 17, 1960 in Our Lady of Grace Church, Hoboken

Patricia and Peter Bongiorno of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, were married Nov. 9, 1957 in St. Finbar Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Catherine and Michael Burns of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Whiting, were married June 24, 1967 in Church of the Good Shepherd, N.Y., N.Y.

Nancy and Thomas Broderick of St. Veronica Parish, Howell, were married Feb. 14, 1992 in St. Veronica Church, Howell

Sandra and Ralph Caine of Holy Cross Parish, Rumson, were married June 17, 1967 in St. Joseph Church, Shelburne Falls, Mass.

Dorothy and Martin Burger of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Toms River, were married May 21, 1966 in Holy Redeemer Church, Freeport, N.Y.

Erma Linda and Robert Candelori of St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, were married Sept. 9, 1967 in Immaculate Conception Church, Trenton

Corazon and Juanito Canete of St. John Parish, Lakehurst, were married July 22, 1967 in Christ the King Church, Hillside

Carol and Thomas Cannella of St. Joseph Parish, Toms River, were married April 27, 1958 in Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, Bayonne

Mary and Anthony Cardello of St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson, were married Sept. 9, 1967 in St. Patrick Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Rose Ann and Daniel Carew of St. Clement Parish, Matawan, were married Nov. 7, 1992 in St. Clement Church, Matawan

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Kathleen and Michael Castellano of St. Paul Parish, Princeton, were married Aug. 5, 1967 in St. Benedict Joseph Labre Church, Richmond Hill, N.Y.

Anita and Charlie Caswell of St. Joseph Parish, Toms River, were married Sept. 30, 1972 in St. Joseph Church, North Plainfield

Katherine and Robert Cerniglia of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, were married June 11, 2016 in St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold

Erin and Vito Chiaravalloti of St. Mary Parish, Middletown, were married Aug. 6, 2016 in Holy Cross Church, Rumson

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Maria and Emanuel Chirico of St. Veronica Parish, Howell, were married Sept. 19, 1992 in St. Rose of Lima Church, Freehold

Elizabeth and John Cifelli of St. John the Baptist Parish, Allentown, were married May 5, 1992 in St. Anthony Church, Hamilton

Monica and Paul Cincotta of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Yardville, were married July 19, 1992 in Visitation Church, Brick

Alice M. and John S. Clark of St. Veronica Parish, Howell, were married May 9, 1964 in Sacred Heart Church, New Brunswick

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Barbara and Andrew Clark of St. John Parish, Lakehurst, were married July 8, 1967 in St. Timothy Church, Philadelphia

Barbara and John Clements of St. Luke Parish, Toms River, were married Oct. 6, 1962 in St. Anselm Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Margaret and Edward Connelly of St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson, were married Nov. 4, 1967 in St. Ann Church, Flushing, N.Y.

Jane and Carl Conway of St. Thomas More Parish, Manalapan, were married Nov. 28, 1992 in St. Thomas More Church, Manalapan

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Lauren and Austin Cordero of St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson, were married Nov. 5, 2016 in St. Aloysius Church, Jackson

Marylou and Robert Cortez of St. Luke Parish, Toms River, were married June 10, 2016 in St. Luke Church, Toms River

Ana and Elvis Crespo of St. Joseph Parish, Trenton, were married Aug. 8, 2016 in St. Joseph Church, Trenton

Lucille and Joseph Csillan of St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish, Hamilton, were married Sept. 16, 1967 in Incarnation Church, Ewing

Matilde and Joseph Curatolo of St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson, were married Oct. 8, 1968 in St. Athanasius Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Karen and Bernard Czech of St. Joseph Parish, Toms River, were married Sept. 19, 1964 in St. Adalbert Church, Elizabeth

Catherine and Paul Daly of Sacred Heart Parish, Riverton, were married Sept. 27, 1952 in St. Paul Church, Burlington

Kathleen and Tony De Cresci of St. Martha Parish, Point Pleasant, were married May 4, 1967 in Holy Rosary Church, Jersey City


Carleen and Joseph Defino of St. Rose Parish, Belmar, were married Aug. 22, 1992 in St. Dorothea Church, Eatontown

Patti and Dave Deinhardt of St. John the Baptist Parish, Allentown, were married July 29, 1967 in St. Hedwig Church, Trenton

Jean and Philip Della Torre of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, were married June 20, 1959 in Sacred Heart Church, Camden

Patricia and John DeLuca of St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, were married April 25, 1992 in St. Edmund Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Lauren and Ralph DeMaio of St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson, were married Aug. 28, 1966 in St. John Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Ann Marie and Jose Carlos Diaz of St. Gabriel Parish, Marlboro, were married March 27, 1992 in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Patricia and Christopher DiPasquale of St. Veronica Parish, Howell, were married Oct. 11, 1992 in St. Veronica Church, Howell

Nina and Mark Ditmar of St. Mary Parish, Barnegat, were married Jan. 19, 1992 in Georgian Court College Chapel, Lakewood

Dolores and William Docarmo of St. Barnabas Parish, Bayville, were married May 20, 1967 in St. Nicholas Church, Struthers, Ohio

Karin and Gerard Duffy of St. Mary Parish, Middletown, were married May 6, 1967 in St. Sylvester Church, Staten Island, N.Y.

Caitlin and Edward Eastman of St. Mary Parish, Colts Neck, were married Oct. 8, 2016 in St. Mary Church, Colts Neck

Josephine and Lewis Eastmead of St. Dorothea Parish, Eatontown, were married April 29, 1967 in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Union City

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Lisa and James Emmons of Holy Innocents Parish, Neptune, were married Oct. 17, 1992 in St. Michael Church, Long Branch

Dorothy and Albert Endler of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, were married July 11, 1992 in St. Anselm Church, Wayside

Margaret and Carmine Esposito of St. Barnabas Parish, Bayville, were married June 24, 1967 in St. Peter Church, Belleville

Maria and Louis Falcone of Visitation Parish, Brick, were married April 23, 1967 in Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, Newark

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Anniversary Blessings Father Phillip C. Pfleger, episcopal vicar for Burlington County, blesses a family who attended the Anniversary Blessings Mass together Oct. 8 in St. Aloysius Church, Jackson.

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After renewing their vows, 200 couples in St. Aloysius Church, Jackson, share an anniversary kiss during the Anniversary Blessings Mass celebrated Oct. 8 by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M.

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Prayers of the Faithful are read Oct. 8 by an anniversary couple during the Anniversary Blessings Mass in St. Aloysius Church, Jackson.

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., receives the gifts from an anniversary couple Oct. 22 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. The pair was one of about 300 couples who celebrated their marriages at the annual Anniversary Blessings Masses held Oct. 8 and Oct. 22.

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Couples celebrating first anniversaries stand to receive a special blessing from Bishop O'Connell Oct. 8 in St. Aloysius Church.

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Concluding the annual Anniversary Blessings Mass Oct. 22 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton, Bishop O’Connell blesses the congregation.

Anniversary Blessings The Diocesan Festival Choir, led by Shawn Mack, director, provides liturgical music for the Anniversary Blessings Mass in Trenton's Cathedral.

In St. Aloysius Church, Jackson, a first-year anniversary couple stands to receive Bishop O’Connell’s blessing Oct. 8.

Bearing witness to the beauty of family, an anniversary couple and their children attended the annual Anniversary Blessings Mass in St. Aloysius Church.

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In St. Aloysius Church, Jackson, an anniversary couple presents the gifts to Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., during the Oct. 8 Anniversary Blessings Mass. Joe Moore photos

Couples attest to sacred bond, unconditional love Continued from page 3 of couples married 50 years and over,” said Matthew Whelan, adding that it gave the couple inspiration for the journey to come. Their story began in Lincroft’s Brookdale College, where they met, though they went their separate ways before reconnecting several years later. Their courtship lasted nearly seven years. “We feel marriage is a sacred bond, and we wanted to make sure this was real and forever,” Whelan said. For both, this philosophy evolved over time. At a young age, Whelan’s parents’ divorce caused him to make what he calls “a mature decision,” by forgoing Confirmation until he was fully able to profess the Sacrament as something he “truly believed.” Meanwhile, the early death of Samantha’s father had a profound effect on her family, which remained deeply Christian but ventured into a Protestant church. By

the time the couple reconnected, they had come to recognize how important faith would be in a marriage. They knew it would be at the heart of their relationship, Whelan said. Samantha returned to the Catholic Church, and the families united for a Catholic wedding. Keeping a “Christ centered” home is what’s important, Whelan said. Seeing so many couples at the Anniversary Blessings Mass who have stood the test of time is a testament to that belief, he added. It was almost emotional,” he said. “I hope I live 50 more years and we get to that point. It was wonderful and inspiring to see these couples who have endured in a time when divorce runs rampant.”

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A husband and wife read the Prayers of the Faithful during Mass Oct. 22 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton. St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, where Andrew serves as a deacon, celebrated 55 years of married life with a blessing from Bishop O’Connell and renewal of their vows in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral. The couple grew up in the neighboring communities of Pottsville and Minersville, Pa., where they met as teens – though not, he recalled, high school sweethearts. Rather than “single dating,” their group of friends traveled together, enjoying group outings to play miniature golf and treats at local dairy bars. By 1960, a summer romance with Grace Ann lit the spark that would last 55 years, he recalled. She was a senior in high school; he was in the Air Force. He remembers that she “wrote to me every day. Every day, I got a letter.” When his two-year tour of duty was nearly up, she was working for Bell

There is much more on the Anniversary Blessings Masses on TrentonMonitor.com: • Video with interviews • Photo galleries • Slideshow of original wedding photos Bishop O’Connell, center, offers the Eucharistic Prayer for the Anniversary Blessings Mass Oct. 22 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral. The Bishop is joined at the altar by, from left, Deacon Frank Golazeski, Cathedral Rector Msgr. Joseph Roldan and Msgr. Thomas N. Gervasio, diocesan vicar general and moderator of the curia. .

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MaryAnn and Michael Figura of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Cinnaminson, were married June 24, 1967 in St. Ladislaus Church, Philadelphia

Elaine and Anthony Fioto of St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson, were married Oct. 22, 1967 in St. Francis of Assisi Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Dorothy and Thomas Fitzsimmons of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Toms River, were married Nov. 25, 1967 in St. Joseph Church, Bogota

Eileen and Richard Fontana of St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson, were married Nov. 24, 1962 in St. Anne Church, Jersey City

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Maureen and John Fox of St. Benedict Parish, Holmdel, were married July 15, 1967 in St. Bartholomew Church, Elmhurst, N.Y.

Maria and Richard Freccia of St. David the King Parish, West Windsor, were married in Immaculate Conception Church, Tuckahoe, N.Y.

Nilda and Ralph Frulio of St. Barnabas Parish, Bayville, were married May 27, 1967 in St. Joseph Church, N.Y., N.Y.

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Betty and John Gallant of St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, were married Oct. 12, 1957 in St. Joseph Church, Trenton

Karen and Charles Gartlan of St. John Parish, Lakehurst, were married Nov. 11, 1967 in St. Joseph Church, Toms River

Elizabeth and Robert Garver of St. David the King Parish, Princeton Junction, were married Nov. 4, 1967 in St. Michael Church, Elizabeth

Catherine and Joseph Gendron of St. John the Baptist Parish, Allentown, were married Aug. 5, 1967 in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Elmsford, N.Y.

Carol and Russell Gentile of St. John Parish, Lakehurst, were married Aug. 5, 1967 in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Belleville

Patricia and Lee Gesner of St. Mary Parish, Colts Neck, were married May 23, 1992 in St. Mary Church, Colts Neck

Mary Ann and Ronald Gilbert of St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Burlington, were married June 10, 1967 in St. Paul Church, Burlington

Lynette and Richard Glynn of St. Thomas More Parish, Manalapan, were married Aug. 5, 1967 in St. Peter Church, Belleville

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Benjamin Jayson C. and Jinkee S. Gonzales V., of St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Burlington, were married Jan. 18, 1992 in St. Augustine Church, South San Francisco, Calif.

Jacqueline and Edward Gorski of St. Dominic Parish, Brick, were married Nov. 4, 1967 in St. Cecelia Church, Iselin

Diane and Patrick Gottschalk of Ascension Parish, Bradley Beach, were married Dec. 5, 1992 in St. Joseph Church, Bound Brook

Marian and Francis Gracon of St. Gabriel Parish, Marlboro, were married June 6, 1964 in Sacred Heart Church, Jeannette, Pa.

Geraldine and Michael Gullace of St. Justin the Martyr Parish, Toms River, were married April 1, 1967 in Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Jersey City

Margaret and Thomas Hamill of St. Mary of the Lake Parish, Lakewood, were married April 30, 1960 in St. Michael Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Helen and Robert Hardy of Assumption Parish, New Egypt, were married Aug. 5, 1967 in Our Lady of Victories Church, Sayreville

Brenda and Dennis Heffernan of St. William the Abbot Parish, Howell, were married Dec. 28, 1963 in St. John Church, Bronx, N.Y.

Theresa and Walter Heublein of St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson, were married Oct. 12, 1957 in St. Boniface Church, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Patricia and James Higgins of Sacred Heart Parish, Riverton, were married May 27, 1967 in St. Patrick Church, Canonsburg, Pa.

Henrietta and Cornelius Hopkins of St. Rose of Lima Parish, Freehold, were married June 2, 1957 in St. Finbar Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Rosemarie and William House of St. Peter Parish, Point Pleasant Beach, were married June 3, 1967 in St. Peter Church, Point Pleasant Beach

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Joanne and Peter Hurley of St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson, were married Sept. 30, 1967 in St. Ann Church, Bronx, N.Y.

Alaine and Michael Iacovino of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, were married Feb. 21, 1992 in St. Hugh of Lincoln Church, Huntington Station, N.Y.

Mary and Michael Ipri of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Cinnaminson, were married Jan. 25, 1992 in St. Dominic Church, Philadelphia

Catherine and Andrew Joyce of St. Anselm Parish, Wayside, were married July 15, 1967 in Good Shepherd Church, N.Y., N.Y.

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Barbara and Harry Kaminsky of St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson, were married March 8, 1964 in Cure of Ars Church, Merrick, Long Island, N.Y.

Christine and Roger J. Kirk of Resurrection Parish, Delran, were married Oct. 7, 1967 in St. Peter Church, Riverside

Dorothy and Richard Kober of St. John the Baptist Parish, Allentown, were married Jan. 9, 1965 in Resurrection Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Jeannette and Edward Kohler of St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, were married Aug. 15, 1992 in St. Anselm Church, Wayside

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Karen and John Kopcak of Ascension Parish, Bradley Beach, were married Oct. 7, 1967 in St. Andrew Church, Bayonne

Diane and Joseph Kosanke of St. Barnabas Parish, Bayville, were married May 16, 1992 in St. Barnabas Church, Bayville

Paula and Gene Kotowski of St. Joan of Arc Parish, Marlton, were married Oct. 11, 1992 in The Chapel of the Immaculate Conception Seton Hall University, South Orange

Eleanor and Forman Kozal of St. Barnabas Parish, Bayville, were married Oct. 12, 1957 in St. Nicholas Greek Catholic Church, Fords

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Carolyn and Walter Krzastek of St. Barnabas Parish, Bayville, were married Sept. 23, 1967 in St. Joseph Church, Toms River

Rosemarie and James Kukura of Holy Eucharist Parish, Tabernacle, were married June 24, 1967 in St. Benedict Church, Holmdel

Eileen and Chester Kulak of St. Hedwig Parish, Trenton, were married June 26, 1965 in St. Hedwig Church, Trenton

Linda C. and Gary J. Lane of Our Lady of SorrowsSt. Anthony Parish, Hamilton, were married Nov. 11, 1967 in Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Staten Island, N.Y.

Carmela and Gregorie Lardiere of St. Luke Parish, Toms River, were married April 6, 1967 in St. Paul the Apostle Church, Irvington

Catherine and Robert Lauten of St. Joseph Parish, Toms River, were married Aug. 18, 1962 in St. Paul Church, Jersey City

Peggy and Gerald Lebedz of St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, were married Nov. 18, 1967 in St. Joseph Church, Keyport

Cathy and Jim Lee of St. Rose of Lima Parish, Freehold, were married June 6, 1992 in St. Michael Church, Lyndhurst


Judith A. and Francis X. Leusner of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Cinnaminson, were married Sept. 9, 1967 in St. Peter Church, Riverside

Janice and Joseph Leusner, Sr. of Resurrection Parish, Delran, were married Nov. 18, 1967 in Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Moorestown

Eileen and Frank Lugossy of St. John the Baptist Parish, Allentown, were married June 20, 1964 in Holy Angels Church, Trenton

Kathleen and Robert Lynch of Holy Innocents Parish, Neptune, were married Nov. 7, 1992 in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Wilmington, Del.

Dawn and Mark Mabin of St. Mary Parish, Bordentown, were married Dec. 12, 1992 in St. Mary Church, Bordentown

Joan and James MacFarland of St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish, Hamilton, were married June 29, 1957 in St. Mary Church, WilkesBarre, Pa.

Maryann and John Mahoney of St. Monica Parish, Jackson, were married Aug. 26, 1967 in St. Francis De Chantel Church, Wantaugh, N.Y.

Kim and Wilbur Mallory of Mother of Mercy Parish, Asbury Park, were married Sept. 5, 1992 in St. Peter Claver Church, Asbury Park

Sheila and Raymond Mamazza of St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson, were married Nov. 5, 1967 in Holy Family Church, Staten Island, N.Y.

Denise and Kenneth Marcell of St. Barnabas Parish, Bayville, were married June 21, 1967 in St. Dominic Church, Brick

Dayra and Alexander Marin of St. Peter Parish, Point Pleasant Beach, were married Oct. 8, 2016 in St. Felipe Cathedral, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Jill and Peter Marsch of St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, were married July 11, 1992 in St. Teresa of Avila Church, Pittsburgh, Pa.

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Rae and Frank Marsico of Christ the King Parish, Long Branch, were married July 23, 1967 in Star of the Sea Church, Long Branch

Angeline and Edward Martin of St. James Parish, Pennington, were married Aug. 5, 1967 in Incarnation Church, Ewing

Susan and Robert Mauro of St. Luke Parish, Toms River, were married June 25, 1967 in St. Athanasius Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Sheila and John McBride of St. Veronica Parish, Howell, were married July 15, 1967 in St. Nicholas of Tolentine Church, Bronx, N.Y.

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Constance and Christofer McCann of St. Dominic Parish, Brick, were married June 24, 1967 in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Margaret Mary and John Joseph McCormack of Incarnation-St. James Parish, St. James, Pennington, were married Aug. 26, 1967 in Sacred Heart Church, Bronx, N.Y.

Pat and Jim McDonnell of St. Joseph Parish, Millstone Twp., were married Sept. 8, 1962 in St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Greenpoint, N.Y.

Debra and James McMahon of St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson, were married Oct. 1, 2016 in St. Aloysius Church, Jackson

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Grace and Ralph McMillan of St. Rose of Lima Parish, Freehold, were married July 1, 1967 in Sacred Heart Church, Elizabeth

Rose Marie and Steven Mendez of St. Catherine Parish, Middletown, were married July 18, 1992 in Our Lady of  the Miraculous Medal Church, Ridgewood, N.Y.

Julia and Richard Mensel of Ascension Parish, Bradley Beach, were married Jan. 21, 1961 in Ukranian Church of the Assumption, Perth Amboy

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Lena and Adam Mihara of St. Joan of Arc Parish, Marlton, were married Oct. 8, 2016 in St. Anthony Church, Trenton

Melissa and Victor Mistretta of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, were married May 9, 1992 in Our Lady of Pity Church, Staten Island, N.Y.

Jane and John Mnich of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, were married Nov. 7, 1992 in St. Matthias Church, Somerset

Patricia and Joseph Modica of St. John Parish, Lakehurst, were married Feb. 6, 1965 in St. Paul the Apostle Church, Irvington

Rosaura and Carlos Moreno of St. Anthony Claret Parish, Lakewood, were married Nov. 28, 1992 in San Agustin Church, Guadalajara Jal., Mexico

Janet and Robert Moscinski of St. Clement Parish, Matawan, were married March 7, 1992 in Madonna Church, Fort Lee

Mary Ann and William C. Murphy of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Moorestown, were married May 5, 1967 in St. Joseph Church, Camden

Linda and James Nelson of St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Burlington, were married Oct. 21, 1967 in Corpus Christi Church, Willingboro


Edith and Robert Nesbitt of St. Denis Parish, Manasquan, were married Dec. 26, 1952 in St. Catharine Church, Spring Lake

Carole and Stephen Oberheim of St. David the King Parish, Princeton Junction, were married Oct. 9, 1965 in St. Sebastian Church, Woodside, N.Y.

Dolores and Edward Obuch of St. Leo the Great Parish, Lincroft, were married Sept. 3, 1960 in St. Adalberts Church, Elizabeth

Theresa and Joseph Oese of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Whiting, were married Sept. 9, 1967 in St. Cecilia Church, Kearny

Jo Ann and Ronald Orosz of St. John Parish, Lakehurst, were married May 6, 1964 in Our Lady of Peace Church, Fords

Barbara and Anthony Osmond of St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish, Hamilton, were married Feb. 4, 1967 in St. Stanislaus Church, Trenton

Ethel and Matthew Oxford of St. Veronica Parish, Howell, were married Nov. 9, 1957 in Madonna Church, Fort Lee

Carol and Mario Paglione of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Whiting, were married Oct. 21, 1967 in St. Joseph Church, Toms River

Tina and Tony Palazzo of St. Veronica Parish, Howell, were married Sept. 19, 1992 in St. Leo Church, Corona, N.Y.

Carmen and Francis Palise of St. Ann Parish, Lawrenceville, were married Sept. 3, 1966 in St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral, Trenton

Angelina (Angie) and Gennaro (Charlie) Pane of St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson, were married Aug. 8, 1959 in St. Anthony Church, Bronx, N.Y.

Christine and Gregory Parr of Incarnation-St. James Parish, Ewing, were married Aug. 29, 1992 in St. James the Less Church, Jamesburg

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Kathy and Tom Purul of Holy Eucharist Parish, Tabernacle, were married Sept. 9, 1967 in St. Edmond Church, Philadelphia

Charlotte and Joseph Racioppi of St. John the Baptist Parish, Allentown, were married May 12, 1956 in Holy Family Church, Nutley

Jeanne L. and Anthony J. Rausch of St. James Parish, Red Bank, were married June 17, 1967 in St. Mary Church, Cecil, Pa.

Joan and Thaddeus Rebain of St. John Parish, Lakehurst, were married April 7, 1951 in Our Lady of Lourdes, River Rouge, Mich.

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Diana and Steve Redish of St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson, were married Nov. 30, 1963 in St. Clement Church, Johnstown, Pa.

Hilare and Gordon Reinold of St. Benedict Parish, Holmdel, were married Nov. 17, 1962 in St. Patrick Church, Bayshore, N.Y.

Annett and John Richards of St. Martha Parish, Point Pleasant, were married Oct. 2, 1965 in Holy Rosary Church, Jersey City

Judith and Anthony Rizzo of Corpus Christi Parish, Willingboro, were married July 1, 1967 in St. Paul Church, Clifton

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Margaret and Jim Roddy of St. Benedict Parish, Holmdel, were married Aug. 14, 1992 in St. Macartan Church, Roslea, Co. Fermanagh, N. Ireland

Maryanne and Joseph Roman of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Moorestown, were married Aug. 26, 1967 in St. Peter Church, Merchantville

Edna and James Rooney of St. Veronica Parish, Howell, were married Nov. 7, 1964 in St. John Church, Bronx, N.Y.

Mary and Don Rowan of St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Burlington, were married Nov. 9, 1967 in St. Mark Church, Bristol, Pa.

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Pauline and Frank Ruggiero of St. Martha Parish, Point Pleasant, were married Oct. 21, 1961 in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Maplewood

Grace Ann and Andrew A. Sabados Sr. of St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, were married Aug. 25, 1962 in St. Patrick Church, Pottsville, Pa.

Elizabeth and Pasquale Sabino of St. Robert Bellarmine Co-Cathedral, Freehold, were married April 29, 1967 in St. Francis Xavier Church, Manhattan, N.Y.

Juana and Richard Saccone of St. Ann Parish, Browns Mills, were married Dec. 10, 2016 in St. Ann Church, Browns Mills

Elizabeth and Anthony Scalercio of St. Catherine Parish, Middletown, were married Oct. 10, 1992 in Mary Queen of Heaven Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Irene B. and John J. Santarsiero of St. Pius X Parish, Forked River, were married on Feb. 26, 1949 in St. Joachim Church, Trenton

Barbara and Joseph Scalzo of St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson, were married June 24, 1967 in Immaculate Conception Church, Secaucus

Regina and William Scarola of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Whiting, were married March 4, 1967 in St. Bernard Church, Plainfield


Theresa and Harry Schaubert of Christ the King Parish, Long Branch, were married Dec. 30, 1967 in Holy Trinity Church, Long Branch

Diane and Martin Scheuing of St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson, were married Sept. 16, 1967 in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Julie and Tony Schujko of St. Raphael-Holy Angels Parish, Hamilton, were married Oct. 20, 1962 in Assumption of the Virgin Mary Byzantine Church, Trenton

Patricia and Mike Scimeca` of St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson, were married April 23, 1966 in St. Gabriel Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Constance and Raymonda Sewing of St. Veronica Parish, Howell, were married Nov. 25, 1967 in St. Michael Church, Cranford, N.Y.

Eliane and Brent Shannon of St. Andrew Parish, Jobstown, were married in Seabee Chapel, Port Hueneme, Calif.

Ellen and Mike Sheehan of Precious Blood Parish, Monmouth Beach, were married Aug. 19, 1967 in St. Antoninus Church, Newark

Maryann and Elio Sierchio of St. Joseph Parish, Toms River, were married Oct. 24, 1953 in St. Lucy Church, Newark

Teresita B. and Robert D. Smith of Sacred Heart Parish, Riverton, were married July 29, 1967 in St. Tobias Church, Brockway, Pa.

Lisa and Kenneth Smolinski of St. Clement Parish, Matawan, were married April 4, 1992 in St. Clare Church, Staten Island, N.Y.

Josephine and Richard Stabile of St. Aloysius Parish, Jackson, were married Nov. 11, 1967 in St. Anthony of Padua Church, N.Y., N.Y.

Lucy and Michael Stewart of Our Lady of SorrowsSt. Anthony Parish, Hamilton, were married Sept. 19, 1992 in Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Hamilton

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Patricia and John Strahle of St. David the King Parish, Princeton Junction, were married Aug. 19, 1967 in Holy Cross Church, Rumson

Lucille and Edward Suffel of Sacred Heart Parish, Mount Holly, were married Sept. 2 1967 in St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Catherine and Dennis Sweeney of St. Theresa Parish, Little Egg Harbor, were married Oct. 14, 1967 in Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Philadelphia

Aileen and David Tennant of St. Benedict Parish, Holmdel, were married Aug. 26, 1967 in Our Lady of the Wayside Church, Bluebell, Dublin, Ireland

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Ann Marie and Bill Testa of St. Gregory the Great Parish, Hamilton Square, were married May 30, 1992 in Holy Angels Church, Trenton

Marie and Dominick Tropea of St. Benedict Parish, Holmdel, were married Oct. 5, 1957 in Our Lady of Grace Church, Hoboken

Gabrielle and John Toman of St. John the Baptist Parish, Allentown, were married May 27, 1961 in Sts. Joachim and Anne Church, Queens Village, N.Y.

Gloria and Thaddeus Tylutki of St. Joseph Parish, Millstone, were married July 1, 1967 in St. James Church, Rocky Hill

Marie and Dominic Trocchia of St. James Parish, Red Bank, were married June 5, 1949 in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Red Bank

Sagrario and Rodolfo Umali of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Toms River, were married May 27, 1967 in Most Holy Redeemer Church, Quezon City, Philippines

Milena and Anthony Troiano of St. Paul Parish, Princeton, were married Aug. 22, 1957 in Santa Annunziata Church, Ceparana, La Spezia, Italy

Stephanie and Matthew Valerio of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Moorestown, were married Oct. 29, 2016 in Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Moorestown

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Chrystyna and David Van Sise of St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Church were married Dec. 12, 1992 in St. Vladimir Orthodox Church, Trenton

Mary Lou and Thomas Wadolowski of St. Clement Parish, Matawan, were married Oct. 24, 1992 in St. Patrick Cathedral, N.Y., N.Y.

Jane and Chris Walter of Sacred Heart Parish, Mount Holly, were married Oct. 10, 1992 in St. Mary of the Lakes Church, Medford

Samantha and Matthew Whelan of St. Anselm Parish, Wayside, were married Dec. 9, 2016 in St. Anselm Church, Wayside

Julie and Daniel Wolf of Holy Cross Parish, Rumson, were married Oct. 16, 2016 in St. Aloysius Church, Jackson

Geraldine and John Wonderlin of St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Burlington, were married Oct. 7, 1967 in All Saints Church, Burlington

Nancy and David Woody of St. Ann Parish, Lawrenceville, were married Dec. 20, 1967 in St. Joseph Church, Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

Norma and Dennis Zannoni of Sacred Heart Parish, Mount Holly, were married June 25, 2016 in Sacred Heart Church, Mount Holly


Milestones: Anniversary couples reflect on marriages of faith Compiled by Lois Rogers

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fter each Anniversary Mass, couples who gathered for food and camaraderie in the respective parish halls shared stories and reflections of how they met, their experiences as a married couple and how faith has been the root of their love. The sentiments captured below are just a sampling of what the Masses meant to the couples as they marked their first, silver, golden and beyond anniversaries with the blessing of Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., and the support of faithful from around the Diocese.

seminarian grandson with the Legionaries of Christ. “Our faith played a very important role in our lives,” Kathyrn Geiger said. “We find that without prayer, you don’t get anywhere.” A real joy, she said, is that “we know a lot of people who are praying for us every day, and we are praying for them.”

Shining Examples For Benjamin and Jinkee Gonzales, attending the Mass in Trenton’s Cathedral with their four children was a wonderful way to celebrate 25 years of marriage. The couple, members of St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Burlington, expressed their hopes that their marriage will serve as an inspi-

Keepsakes of the Day At 53 and 65 respectively, Juana and Richard Saccone of St. Ann Parish, Browns Mills, said they were delighted to be celebrating the first anniversary of their marriage in the Cathedral. “It’s a blessing to look at the size of the group and know that you are among them,” Richard Saccone said. “I am keeping every reminder of the day, especially the program, which carries the Bishop’s blessing.” They called receiving the Bishop’s blessing a “special part of the significance” of the vows they had taken. “Being among so many beautiful families,” Richard Saccone said, added even more joy to the occasion.

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Keeping Jesus at the Center For Don and Kathyrn Geiger of Wayside’s St. Anselm Parish, Mass in St. Aloysius Church kindled warm memories of their courtship, which began when he was a young soldier, teaching at the all-male Pennsylvania Military College. She was among the first group of women to take classes at the school. The chance meeting culminated in the wedding nine months later between the Catholic groom and Baptist bride, who, bolstered by the encouragement of priests along the way, would convert to Catholicism. They raised two children in the faith and now rejoice in the fact that they have six devoted grandchildren – including a

ration to their children, Priscilla, Alyssa, Kristina and Carlos. Looking on with her siblings, Priscilla, the first-born, said it was good to be present at the celebration of faith. “Seeing it brought happiness,” she said. “They are good representatives of marriage for 25 years. That’s a long time!”

A couple shares the Kiss of Peace following Bishop O’Connell’s blessing of first-year marriages during the annual Anniversary Blessings Mass Oct. 8 in St. Aloysius Church, Jackson.

Rose and Jim Kukura of Holy Eucharist Parish, Tabernacle, walked in their own footsteps as they entered St. Mary of the Assumption Cathedral to have their marriage blessed. “We were here 25 years ago,” Jim Kukura said with a smile, explaining that the couple was blessed at that milestone. This year, they are celebrating 50 years of wedded life. The couple, who met in a Catholic club for young adults in the 1960s, participates in marriage ministry in their parish. “Every three weeks, we get together and share,” he said, and like the annual Anniversary Blessings, “it helps you understand that you are not alone.”

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