Bishop Deeley to preside at World Marriage Day Mass in Augusta
PORTLAND—Several Maine parishes are planning events in commemoration of World Marriage Day (Sunday, Feb. 10).
World Marriage Day began in 1981 and is always held on the second Sunday of February. In 1993, Pope Saint John Paul II imparted his apostolic blessing on the day, which is a celebration of Christian marriage that honors husband and wife as the foundation of the family. It also salutes the faithfulness, sacrifice and joy that are part of daily living for husbands and wives and their generous love that gives rise to new life.
Catholic Bishop Robert P. Deeley will celebrate a World Marriage Day Mass at St. Augustine Church, 75 Northern Avenue, at 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 10.
“Marriage is a vocation. The family, husband and father, mother and wife, and their children, the fruit of their love, is the domestic Church,” said Bishop Deeley. “It is the first place in which children learn of love and come to know that God is love. Christian marriage is a gift to be cherished and nurtured and is the heart of our communities. Living out that vocation is, all by itself, a way of showing forth the Gospel of Jesus.”
In addition to the bishop’s Mass in Augusta, there are several other events planned to celebrate World Marriage Day (listed chronologically):
Parish of the Precious Blood in Caribou invites couples to attend a World Marriage Day Dinner on Friday, Feb. 8, at the Presque Isle Inn and Convention Center, 116 Main Street. The evening will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner at 6 p.m. To reserve tickets, call (207) 498-2536 or (207) 768-3671.
St. John Vianney Parish in Fort Kent invites married couples to the 4th annual “Married Couples’ Night Out” on Friday, Feb. 8. The evening will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. and entertainment featuring Maine humorist Gary Crocker. The event will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 372 Frenchville Road. Tickets are $55 per couple (you may also reserve a table of 8 for $200). To reserve tickets, call (207) 834-5656.
The Knights of Columbus Council 1873 will be holding its annual Celebration of Marriage Dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at St. Anthony’s Hall, 112 Military Street. Menu choices are steak, lobster, or steak and lobster. The cost is $20 per person. Reservations are required for planning purposes. Registration sheets are at the back of St. Mary of the Visitation Church. Babysitting will be provided in the parish center with pizza, drinks and a movie. If you have any questions, please call Paul Klein at (207) 521-1874.
St. Benedict Church will host its annual Valentine Dinner on World Marriage Day, Sunday, Feb. 10 at the church, 1063 Benedicta Road. You’ll enjoy a wonderful dinner, wholesome fun activities, and meeting welcoming parishioners. Couples and singles are welcome. Appetizers will be served at 4 p.m., with dinner to follow at 5 p.m., including tender beef tips with gravy, mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables, and chocolate cake with red berries and chocolate sauce for dessert. In advance, tickets are $15 per couple and $8 per person. At the door, admission is $20 per couple and $10 per person. To get tickets in advance, call (207) 365-4294 or (207) 365-4254.
The Christian Life Center, 444 U.S. Route One, will host a “Couples Night Out” for married couples from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. The evening will include a dinner, a special blessing and prayer, and a movie and popcorn. The cost is $50 per couple. To attend, call (207) 728-7531 to register.
The Diocese of Portland’s website features a special section dedicated to World Marriage Day. To view the section, which includes a variety of resources, visit www.portlanddiocese.org/world-marriage-day.