Saturday, June 25, Saint Augustine Church, Augusta
Couples celebrating milestone anniversaries are invited to attend the Silver & Gold Anniversary Mass, which will be held on Saturday, June 25, at 4 p.m. at St. Augustine Church, 1 Kendall Street in Augusta.
All are invited to attend the Mass which celebrates the joy of Christian marriage, but the Mass is especially intended for those celebrating milestone anniversaries, such as their 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 35th, 50th, or beyond.
The Silver & Gold Anniversary Mass, which will be celebrated by Bishop Robert Deeley, is a testimony to the goodness of marriage and the blessings it can bring. It is an opportunity to thank God for graces given and to ask for the continuing gift of grace to persevere in the commitments that have been made.
Marriage establishes a holy covenant among three: one man, one woman, and God himself.
Through God the Father, marriage irrevocably joins the man and woman as one flesh, thereby making them stewards of God's unitive and creative power.
Through the Son of the Father, marriage receives the dignity of a sacrament, becoming a reflection of the ever-faithful bridegroom, who loves, forgives, and lays down his life for his bride, the Church.
Through the Holy Spirit, marriage unites man and woman in an indissoluble communion of life and love.
If you are celebrating a special anniversary and would like to attend, please contact Annette Rioux in the Office of Lifelong Faith Formation at (207) 321-7885 or Annette.Rioux@portlanddiocese.org. If possible, please RSVP by June 17.
In 2015, thirty-six couples participated in the Mass. Twenty-two of the couples had been married 50 years or more, with one couple celebrating 70 years together.