Married couples celebrating a significant milestone are being invited to renew their vows and celebrate their vocation at the 2019 Annual Marriage Day Mass.
On Saturday 10 August this year, the Archdiocese of Perth will yet again be celebrating the Marriage Day Mass, as a way of acknowledging all Catholic married couples.
During this Mass, couples celebrating a milestone anniversaries will receive a commemorative certificates and a blessing at the conclusion of Mass.
Speaking at the 2017 Annual Marriage Day Mass, Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB reminded those present of their vocation.
“Every one of us shares the same vocation, whether we are clergy, or religious or married people or single people,” Archbishop Costelloe said.
“Every one of us is called, in the words of the first reading, to ‘let the message of Christ completely fill our lives’.
“We are all called to ‘sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs to God’. And the challenge for all of us is, as the Gospel today puts it, to ‘put God’s work first and do what he wants’”, Archbishop Costelloe added.
Archbishop Costelloe answered the question “what ‘the Sacrament of Marriage, and the living Sacrament of married people, is keeping alive for the good of the whole Church?”
“Saint Paul answers this question when he tells us that Christian marriage is a Sacrament of Christ’s love for his Church.
Archbishop Costelloe continued saying St Paul, who quotes from the Book of Genesis, says that ‘a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is a profound one’, St Paul goes on to say, ‘and I am saying that it refers to Christ and his Church’.
“For married couples this must be both a daunting and an inspiring thought,” Archbishop Costelloe exclaimed.
“In your lives together, with all the joys and the challenges, the achievements and the disappointments, the moments of failure and of reconciliation, the misunderstandings and the gifts of forgiveness given and received, the hopes fulfilled and the dreams not yet realised, you are, for the whole Church, a living sign of the fidelity to which we are all called and an expression of the unbreakable bond which exists between the Lord and us, between Christ and his Church.
“The love which you have for each other, and which has held you together sometimes for many, many decades, shares in and reveals at least to some extent, the nature of the love that Christ has for us, and the nature of the love we are being invited to offer to him,” Archbishop Costelloe noted.
For more information, contact the Centre for Life, Marriage and Family on 08 9241 5000 or Click Here to register to attend.