A celebration of love and marriage

More than 200 couples renew their vows in annual Wedding Anniversary Mass at cathedral


PROVIDENCE — In any marriage, a couple will experience joys, sufferings, milestones, setbacks, happiness and sorrow.


“That’s part of everyone’s life, isn’t it?” Bishop Thomas J. Tobin said to more than 200 married couples who are celebrating milestone anniversaries this year.

In his homily during the annual special Wedding Anniversary Mass, held Sept. 25 at the Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul, Bishop Tobin stressed the foundation of faith and hope that have enabled the couples — whether they were celebrating 25, 50 or 70 years of marriage — to live out their marriage vows faithfully.

Said the bishop, “It strikes me the passage of years, whether it’s 15 or 70, has given you a certain wisdom about life, a certain perspective about life, so that you can see how everything has come together for you.”

The institution of marriage has been shaken over the last 40 to 50 years by societal trends that include no-fault divorce, an increase in cohabitation, fewer couples getting married, and the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in 2015 that redefined marriage in civil law to include same-sex unions.

Statistics provided by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops reflect those trends. The American divorce rate is nearly twice what it was in 1960, and current estimates suggest that 40 to 50 percent of recent marriages will end in separation prior to the death of either spouse.

Fewer people are also getting married. There has been a decline of more than 50 percent since 1970 in the annual number of marriages in every 1,000 unmarried adult women. And people who are getting married are doing so later in life. The median age of those married for the first time is 28.3 for men and 25.8 in women. In 1960, the median age was 23 for men and 20 for women.

The example of the 212 couples and their relatives who packed the cathedral for the anniversary Mass spoke to the beauty of the Church’s teachings on marriage and family, including the several dozen couples who have been married 50 years and longer.

Two couples — William and Josephine Elliano of St. Mary Church in Cranston, and Nicola and Santa Mainelli of St. Pius V Church in Providence — celebrated 72 years of marriage.

“We’re so grateful for your witness to fidelity and love,” said Bishop Tobin, who commended the couples for serving as “wonderful examples of strong, successful and loving marriages.”

The special liturgy also included a renewal of wedding vows. Each husband and wife pledged to renew their love and commitment to their spouse, for better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, until death.

Prior to the anniversary Mass, some of the couples expressed appreciation for the opportunity to renew their vows and for the diocese for honoring their marriages.

“The yearly anniversary Mass celebrated at the cathedral by Most Rev. Bishop Tobin is a tribute not only to the many long-term married couples that attend, but to marriage itself as a sacrament recognized and supported by the diocesan family,” said Richard and Suzanne Lachappelle, parishioners of St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Church in Harrisville. They celebrated 50 years of marriage.

“My husband and I feel very fortunate to be celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary at this special Mass in the beautiful Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul along with so many other couples from throughout the diocese,” said Mark and Michele Foster, parishioners of St. Mark Church in Cranston.

“We are very happy to be participating in the wedding anniversary celebration today and look forward to renewing in the presence of our children the sacred vows we took 50 years ago at Our Lady of Grace Church,” said Joseph and Lillian McIntyre, parishioners of Saint Philip Church in Greenville.

In his homily, Bishop Tobin quoted Pope Francis, who wrote in Amoris Laetitia that the Lord’s presence “dwells in real and concrete families, with all their day-to-day troubles and struggles, joys and hopes.”

“God has made his dwelling place with you,” Bishop Tobin said.

After the Mass, Mario and Veronica Casinelli — parishioners of Immaculate Conception Church in Cranston celebrating 68 years of marriage — divulged their secrets to a long marriage: “Never go to bed angry at night, talk about things, and count your blessings.”

Joseph and Lois Petruccillo, parishioners of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in North Providence, celebrated 50 years of marriage. Asked for her insights to a healthy marriage, Lois said: “I just love him, and he loves me, through all the struggles. And our faith is very important.”

Joseph Petruccillo added: “You have to understand that you have weaknesses and your partner has weaknesses. You have to put all that aside and renew your love and trust. That ties everything together.”



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