TYLER – More than 160 couples celebrating anniversaries in 2016 marked World Marriage Day and National Marriage Week with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Joseph E. Strickland at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Saturday.
This is the third year-in-a-row- that the Diocese of Tyler has held the special Mass which normally takes place around St. Valentine’s Day. Collectively, those present for the Mass and reception represented more than 7,000 years of marriage.
Sixty-nine couples present for the Mass were celebrating more than 50 years of marriage, and received a special certificate from Bishop Strickland.
All the couples who attended received a copy of the book, Not Just Good, But Beautiful in which Pope Francis and four hundred religious leaders and scholars from around the world explore marriage and “the complementarity of man and woman.”
National Marriage Week is a collaborative campaign to strengthen individual marriages, reduce the divorce rate, and build a stronger marriage culture, which in turn helps curtail poverty and benefits children.