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Friendship: ‘The Recipe for a Successful, Grace-Filled Marriage’

|   By Emily Clark
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TRUMBULL—The rainy weather did not dampen the spirits of those gathered at St. Theresa Church in Trumbull on Sunday, May 5 to celebrate the annual Jubilee Mass and Concert. Over 150 couples registered for this joyful anniversary event to renew their commitment of love and friendship to each other.
Bishop Frank J. Caggiano congratulated the couples on more than 6,200 combined years of marriage. Recognizing the longest married couple with 73 years, the bishop said, “Now that’s worth celebrating!”
In reflecting on the day’s Gospel reading from John 21, the bishop commented that those words could reveal the success of such lasting marriages. “When Jesus asked Peter, ‘Do you love me?’” the bishop quoted in his homily, “he was also saying ‘Peter, will you be my friend?’” While married couples are undoubtedly spouses and lovers, he added, they are also the best of friends.
“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friend,” he said, speaking before the altar filled with white roses and peonies. “You have offered your life fully and completely to your spouse. Through illness, health, prosperity and maybe even poverty, you have chosen to stand by your spouse.”
This commitment, he said, is often misunderstood in our world, but those present have the “unbreakable glue” that keeps a marriage strong, a glue comes from the grace of Christ which brought such couples together—and held them together for decades.
“You have found the recipe for a successful, grace-filled marriage: friendship,” the bishop said. “It is a life worth living and enjoying. It mirrors the very love of God.”
After his homily, the bishop led the couples in a renewal of their marriage promises. As they turned to each other and joined hands, just as they had done so many years ago, the bishop congratulated them, saying, “Upon whom are you looking? Your husband, your wife, but also your best friend. You have unlocked love’s deep abiding power.”
When the Jubilee Mass concluded, the bishop introduced C4Y, the Diocesan Youth Choir, which presented their annual Spring Concert, the final one of the year. Under the direction of Mary Bozzuti Higgins, the choir gave its audience a special anniversary gift with such selections as “This Little Light of Mine,” Carry Me Home,” and “I Will Rise.”
“It is always appropriate to celebrate the Sacrament of Marriage, and here at the diocese we truly enjoy showcasing couples at our Annual Jubilee Mass,” said Rose Talbot-Babey, coordinator of Religious Education who, along with the Office of Faith Formation, organized this event. “We should encourage and promote those who desire to unify themselves as one with our Lord.”
Following the Mass and Concert, a light reception followed at St. Theresa School for all celebrants and their families.

Wedding Jubilarians

Lawrence & Ruth Schmidt, 73 years
John & Helen Kowalonek, 65 years
Joseph & Rosemary Newberry, 63 years
Joseph & Deanne Donia, 62 years
Brendan & Shirley Sniffin, 61 years
Arthur & Sheila Blank, 60 years
William & Monica Brown, 60 years
John & Mary Craine, 60 years
Michael & Lorraine Derivan, 60 years
George & Elizabeth Gauruder, 60 years
Richard & Mary Joan Marus, 60 years
Vito & Dolores Montelli, 60 years
John Salvatore & Victoria Passiglia, 60 years
James & Geraldine Szabo, 60 years
Kevin & Lorraine Tobin, 60 years
William & Georgene Caldwell, 59 years
Americo & Maria Paniccia, 59 years
Bernardo & Ada Vittori, 59 years
Carmine & Marie Vaccaro, 58 years
Raymond & Diane Cummings, 55 years
Bill & Patricia Font, 55 years
Aldo & Edelwies Melchionno, 55 years
Vincent & Jean Pagliuca, 55 years
James & Carol Santora, 55 years
Claude & Mary Ann Emond, 54 years
Bob & Carol Pinard, 54 years
Robert & Joanne Litzie, 53 years
Teofilo A. & Maria Lourdes C. Blanco, 51 years
James & Gail Canganelly, 51 years
Antonio J & Lucia Alves, 50 years
Mario & Adriana Barnardi, 50 years
Edward & Catherine Bert, 50 years
Peter & Carol Ann Brady, 50 years
Thomas & Suzanne Calnon, 50 years
Thomas & Lorraine Carrano, 50 years
William & Gerry Corry, 50 years
Joseph & Marie-Elena Crupi, 50 years
Thomas & Janet DiStassio, 50 years
Sebastien & Marie Filippone, 50 years
Donald & Natalie Foust, 50 years
Albert J. & Eileen Gallo, 50 years
Paul & Linda Gargano, 50 years
Robert & Kathleen Kacmarsky, 50 years
Thomas & Sarah Kirrane, 50 years
Henry & Bonnie Klaassens, 50 years
Joseph & Carol Konopka, 50 years
Donald & Helen Krysynski, 50 years
Peter & Joyce Kuhn, 50 years
Ronald & Lenora Labrecque, 50 years
Joseph & Lina Luciano, 50 years
John & Josephine Luicci, 50 years
Gerald & Kathleen Mahoney, 50 years
Mario & Pasqualina Marcoccia, 50 years
Albert & Mary Ann Mascia, 50 years
Donald & Ruth Masso, 50 years
Frank & Sandra Masso, 50 years
Eugene & Renee McEvoy, 50 years
John & Pat McGlynn, 50 years
Thomas & Patricia McManus, 50 years
Joseph & Dorothy Moyer, 50 years
Robert & Louise Noll, 50 years
Dennis & Sally Oligino, 50 years
Kenneth & Mary Ann Perry, 50 years
Gerard & Elaine Reidy, 50 years
Gabriel & Annette Roy, 50 years
David & Kathleen Sochacki, 50 years
Arkadiusz & Teresa Targonski, 50 years
James & Patricia Tharrington, 50 years
Joseph & Linda Welsh, 50 years
Zygmunt & Linda Zajkowski, 50 years
Raymond & Mary Banacowski, 47 years
Feye & Jacqueline Bell, 45 years
Frank & Terry Buckingham, 45 years
Peter & Catherihe Denkus, 45 years
Kevin & Eriqueta Donovan, 45 years
Claude G. & Maureen E. Eustache, 45 years
Martin & Mary Ann Foncello, 45 years
Jacinto & Veronica Gador, 45 years
Guy & Deborah Gallo, 45 years
Martin & Denise Gross, 45 years
Thomas & Virginia Gunther, 45 years
Stanislaw & Anna Marczyk, 45 years
Jaime & Igdalia Olivera, 45 years
James & Kerry Plutte, 45 years
William & Noreen Reda, 45 years
Cosme & Reina Rivera, 44 years
Daniel & Liliana Casal, 40 years
Armando & Eva Cerquozzi, 40 years
Anthony & Rose Marie D’Aquila, 40 years
Jan & Donna Darula, 40 years
Michael & Pamela DePaoli, 40 years
Robert & Kathleen Fiorillo, 40 years
Scott & Margie Goodfellow, 40 years
Dennis & Jo-Anne Horvath, 40 years
John & Elizabeth Marchese, 40 years
Robert & Jean Maresca, 40 years
Alfonse & Joanne Mauro, 40 years
Peter & Vincenza McNulty, 40 years
Gary & Barbara Moyher, 40 years
David & Rebecca Purcell, 40 years
Peter & Margaret Barrella, 35 years
Brian & Mariotte Corson, 35 years
John & Karen Davidson, 35 years
Vince & Dana Fini, 35 years
Mark & Katherine Ianni, 35 years
Bernard & Janie Nneji, 35 years
James & Sharon O’Hara, 35 years
Alexander & Judith Palmieri, 35 years
Andrew & Irena Rak, 35 years
Frank & JoAnna Rogers, 35 years
Joseph & Karin Rooney-Forte, 35 years
James & Diane Ryan, 35 years
Steven & Mary Sinise, 35 years
Paul & Sharon Spicer, 35 years
Jack & Anne Talley, 35 years
Jeffrey & Carol Wise, 35 years
Juan R & Nelsy Londono, 31 years
Colin & Matilde Cafferty, 30 years
Benjamin & Damaris Calderas, 30 years
Frank & Beth Carpanzano, 30 years
John & Lynda Donohoe, 30 years
Anthony & Susan Franco, 30 years
Mark & Joann King, 30 years
Krzysztof & Krystyna Kopec, 30 years
Joseph & Mohini Lisboa, 30 years
Cesar Augusto & Marisol Perez, 30 years
Peter & Mariola Potapowicz, 30 years
Philip & Dianne Quagliariello, 30 years
Michael & Ginny Ryan, 30 years
Marco A & Margarita C Salazar, 30 years
Steven & Monica Taddonio, 30 years
Ernest & Eileen Vitarbo, 30 years
John & Monica Welch, 30 years
Jesus & Josefina Barragan, 25 years
Nicholas & Elizabeth Carriero, 25 years
Daniel & Jennifer Chichester, 25 years
John & Maureen DiTaranto, 25 years
David & Kathleen Gerhart, 25 years
Stephen & Marcia Giorgio, 25 years
Gregory & Sonia Girolamo, 25 years
Patrick & Virginia Gorman, 25 years
Mark & Sharon Halstead, 25 years
Steven & Martha Hyland, 25 years
Dave & Anne Leskow, 25 years
Joseph & Michelle Luciano, 25 years
Vito & Anna Mazza, 25 years
Natalio & Juventina Mones, 25 years
Paul & Marybeth Nisco, 25 years
Rolando & Angelica Perez-Elorza, 25 years
Nicholas & Karen Piciw, 25 years
Kevin & Mary Rivera, 25 years
Claudio & Mary Beth Ronzitti, 25 years
Roger & Daina-Marie Trapasso, 25 years
Charles & Pamela Woodside, 25 years
Manuel & Celia Yupangui, 25 years