LEWISTON — Maine couples celebrating milestone anniversaries are to be honored as part of a “Silver & Gold Mass” Saturday, June 19.
The Mass is to begin at 4 p.m. at the Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul at 122 Ash St., and Catholics celebrating milestone wedding anniversaries — particularly one year, 25 years, or 50 or more years — are encouraged to attend. Couples can register to participate in the Mass at portlanddiocese.org/olff/silver-gold-mass.
Bishop Robert Deeley will offer a special blessing to all married couples in attendance and those participating via livestream as part of the celebration.
“We want to mark those milestone anniversaries which speak to us of the enduring power and strength of married love,” said Deeley, according to a news release from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. “Pope Francis reminds us that marriage is the sacrament that attracts attention. People can see something happening in the life of the couple who are married. Though it is a source of grace for the couple, therefore, it is also a gift to the Church. And this is particularly the case when we see marriage lived faithfully for decades. It says that love is possible. It is a reflection of the very image and likeness of God.”
The Mass also will be livestreamed at princeofpeace.me.