Golden & Silver Wedding Jubilee

by Debbie Monterrey dcmonterrey@cbs.com

Last Sunday, the Archdiocese held a Golden and Silver Wedding Jubilee Mass at the Cathedral Basilica. My husband and I served as lectors (that’s a BIG ROOM!).

If you're a lector at the Cathedral, you have to climb a flight of stairs and read from way up there! (Photo by Debbie Monterrey)

If you’re a lector at the Cathedral, you have to climb a flight of stairs and read from way up there! (Photo by Debbie Monterrey)

There were more than 62 couples celebrating their 25th (including my husband and me), more than 100 celebrating their 50th! Perhaps even more impressive than that was the number of couples present celebrating MORE than 50 years of marriage.

Photo by Debbie Monterrey

Photo by Debbie Monterrey

Most notably, there were two couple celebrating 70 years of marriage, two celebrating 71 years and two couples celebrating 72 years! John & Patricia Fechter and Robert & Leona Forbeck were married in February 1944, and are still together and still celebrating.

Marriage has taken a hit these days, at least among young heterosexual couples who don’t see the value of the institution. It was really touching to see more than 1,000 people at the Cathedral celebrating those of us who’ve made it this far.

Photo by Debbie Monterrey

Photo by Debbie Monterrey

Archbishop Carlson presided with a homily that was, as usual, filled with humor. The pomp and pageantry of a Mass in that incredible building is always inspiring. No disrespect to Protestants, but I find the incense, the organ, the angelic choir, the mosaics, to be incredibly moving and uplifting.

Twenty-five years ago on a 99-degree day in July, Steve and I exchanged vows in a small country church in northern Illinois. We were young, college sweethearts with our whole lives ahead of us. We were getting married on both our parents’ 28th wedding anniversary (yes, my in-laws and my parents were all married July 20, 1963, so of course we had to get married on July 20 as well).

Photo by Debbie Monterrey

Photo by Debbie Monterrey

Marriage isn’t always easy and it isn’t always fun. Sometimes it is very hard work. But having a life partner is definitely worth it. As someone once said, no relationship is all sunshine, but two people can share one umbrella and survive the storm together.

“A happy marriage is about three things: memories of togetherness, forgiveness of mistakes, and a promise to never give up on each other.”–Surabi Surendra

I hope to attend this mass again–in 25 years!

 

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