Marriage establishes a holy covenant among three: one man, one woman, and God himself. The annual Silver & Gold Anniversary Mass is a testimony to the goodness of Christian 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.
Click to download promotional flyer.
Catholics celebrating milestone wedding anniversaries are invited to participate in the annual diocesan Silver & Gold Anniversary Mass led by Bishop Robert P. Deeley. If community pandemic conditions still allow, the 2021 Silver and Gold Anniversary Mass will be an in-person event along with live stream for those not in the church for the Mass. Following the homily, Bishop Robert P. Deeley will offer a special blessing in which all married couples - in the church and joining virtually - will share.
WHERE & WHEN:
Saturday, June 19, 2021, at 4 p.m. at the Basilica of Sts Peter and Paul, Lewiston and via live stream at www.PortlandCatholic.org/online-mass
Couples who are celebrating the milestone anniversaries of 1 year (married in the Catholic Church during the pandemic), 25 years, and 50 or more years of sacramental marriage may register to attend the Mass in person and/or to be included in the downloadable commemorative program. Couples marking these milestone anniversaries may also submit a picture of themselves from their wedding day or present day for inclusion in a special slideshow that will be available through diocesan social media (website, Facebook, etc).
Click to complete the online registration form or call 207.321.7885. Only registrations received by 5 p.m. on Monday, June 1, can be included in the program or slideshow. Space in the church is limited so register early if you hope to attend in person.
What if our anniversary this year marks something other than 1, 25, or 50+ years?
While all are invited to participate in the Mass which celebrates the gift of Christian marriage, only those celebrating milestone anniversaries of 1 year (March 2020 to present) 25 years, and 50 or more years will receive special recognition in the commemorative program and slideshow.
Can I invite family and friends to join us?
Since we have capactiy limitations dues to the pandemic, we are only accepting reservations for in-person attendees for couples celebrating 1, 25, or 50+ years of sacramental marriage. You may include family and friends in your reservation, though be aware:
+ those who do not live in the same household should plan to sit at least six feet from one another,
+ only reserve the number of spaces for people who are highly likely to actually attend,
+ the liturgy will be available via livestream.
+ there will no reception following the liturgy, and
+ pictures with Bishop Deeley are unlikely.
Do we have to register to get access to the special Mass or to receive the blessing?
No, any couple that particpates in the Mass - in preson or via livestream - may receive the graces of the special blessing.
How do we submit a photo for slideshow?
Photos for the slideshow must be received in the Chancery by 5 p.m on June 1 to be included in the slideshow of honored couples. Click to send a digital photo by email. You may also send them via mail to: Silver & Gold Mass c/o OLFF, 510 Ocean Avenue, Portland ME 04103. Note: print photos will not be returned.
May I submit a registration for my parents or close friends?
Yes, if they are Catholic, live in Maine, and you have their permission to publish their names and anniversary to the public.
Where can I access the livestream of the Mass on June 19?
www.facebook.com/PrinceOfPeaceME, https://princeofpeace.me, and on the parish's YouTube channel
Note: You do not need a Facebook account to watch Masses live-streamed on Facebook.
How do I get the commemorative program?
The final program and slideshow will be posted on this webpage by 10 a.m. on June 18.
Will I get a reminder of what to do when we arrive at the Basilica or how to access the livestream Mass?
Yes, if you provided an email address in your registration, you will receive a reminder email from [email protected] on June 15 with directions for in-person attendees and links to where people can join in the celebration virtually.
Click to download 2020 Commorative Program