By Liz Sullivan
Combined they accounted for more than 4,600 years of marriage.
On February 6, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph, the Diocese of San Jose hosted its annual Wedding Anniversary Mass before 149 couples celebrating at least 5 years of marriage.
Bishop Patrick J. McGrath presided over the Mass and focused on this being the Year of Mercy. He spoke about the Door of Mercy in the Church and the symbol it represents in people’s lives.
“The door to the church is a symbol,” he said. “It is where we celebrate many of life’s important moments. A church is where a bride and groom begin married life as husband and wife. Doors are special; doors are sacred. They lead us to the love of God. God is love. He is the bond that joins us together and God is the bond that has kept you (the married couples) together. In a way marriage is God’s way of living mercy. Marriage is mercy.”
There were three couples celebrating at least 70 years of marriage, with one ushering in 75 years.
“This is a great day for all of you,” said the Bishop. “I commend all of you to the mercy and love of God. True love never fails.”
Each couple also received a certificate signed by the Bishop.