Over 90 Suffolk County Couples To Be Honored At Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass 

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – October 16, 2000 – The Most Reverend Paul H. Walsh, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, will be the principal celebrant of a Mass honoring 97 couples from Suffolk County who will celebrate their golden wedding anniversaries.
Held October 18, 2009 at Christ the King church in Commack and sponsored by the Diocese of Rockville Centre, the 2:30 p.m.  Mass will honor couples who are celebrating 50 years of married life, as well as those who have been married for over 50 years but have not participated in this event.  Each couple will renew their wedding vows during the Mass and will receive a certificate marking the occasion.

“The vows these couples spoke before the Lord on that special day, faithfully lived for so many years, gives all of us hope in the reality of unconditional and everlasting love,” said the Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre.  “This occasion is also looked upon by other married couples, young and old, as a shining example of what God intends the sacrament of marriage to be.”

Marriage is a wonderful, sacred act of love, responsibility and sacrifice.

“We believed we were meant for each other, but marriage is a give and take,” said Golden Wedding Mass attendee, Catherine Keenan, wife of Charles.  “You have to take the good times with the bad times. We worked at it.”  The Keenan’s are parishioners of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs parish, Centerport.

Mary Matthews said her marriage of 51 years to her husband, Walter, has survived through mutual love and respect.  “We live for each other,” she explained.  “We work together to stay together.”  Mary and Walter are parishioners of St. Joseph’s parish, Kings Point.

About the Golden Wedding Celebration

On four Sundays throughout the year, couples married 50 years or more - who have not already been honored by the Bishop - are invited to receive a special blessing and certificate from one of the Bishops of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, following a Mass at various churches in Nassau and Suffolk County. To register, contact your parish.

Golden Mass Attendees

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Centereach
Thomas & Barbara Weigand

Christ the King, Commack
Robert & Joy Alcide
Dominick & Barbara Bodami
Eugene & Rose Coll
Patrick & Anne Delaney
George & Catherine Kellerman
Norman & Margaret Porrello
Nunzio & Madelene Puleio
Lawrence & Elizabeth Taffner
James & Mary Wood

Holy Cross, Nesconset
Joseph & Viola Malek

Immaculate Conception, Westhampton Beach
Anthony & Carole Arcuri

Most Holy Trinity, East Hampton
Donald & Pauline Carney

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Lindenhurst
Joseph & Maria Aliano

Our Lady of Grace, W. Babylon
Eugene A. & Martha K. Bryant
Cosmo & Adelaide Pavone
Michael V. & Josephine Sansalone
James & Patricia Smeriglio

Our Lady of Lourdes, West Islip
Stan & Diane Belliveau
Rudolph & Cecelia Chiarelli
Jerome & Barbara Marino
John & Elizabeth Teufel

St. Isidore, Riverhead
Leo & Rosemary Pyzynski

St. John Nepomucene, Bohemia
William & Rose Marie Von Hegel

St. John the Baptist, Wading River
John & Carol Cook

St. John the Evangelist, Center Moriches
Robert & Eleanor Graham
William & Barbara LaVallee
Thomas & Mary McDonough
Joseph & Rita Gandiello
Frederick & Nancy Seifert

St. Joseph, Babylon
Jerome & Rosemary Curran
Charles & Muriel Folz
Joseph & Marilyn Hallam
Biagio & Grace Alba

St. Joseph, Kings Park
John & Maria D'Alessandro
Stephen & Ann King
Edward & Winifred Letsch
Walter & Mary Matthews
Wallace & Eileen Nessler
Jacob & Lucy Young

St. Joseph, Ronkonkoma
Vincent & Ann Festa

St. Joseph the Worker, E. Patchogue
Michael & Charlotte Kelly

St. Lawrence the Martyr, Sayville
John & Carole Ferrari

St. Mark, Shoreham
Carmine & Mary LaBarca

St. Matthew, Dix Hills
Stephen & Frances Barone
Joseph & Lenore Barraco

Our Lady of Ostrabrama, Cutchogue
Marian & Anna Plucinski
John & Janett Wilcenski

Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Centerport
James & Geraldine Godfrey
Charles & Catherine Keenan

Sacred Heart, Cutchogue
Ronald & Nancy Condron

Ss. Philip & James, St. James
Victor & Jean Valente

St. Anthony of Padua, E. Northport
Vincent & Angela Albanese
Dr. Thomas & Lorrie Bonomo
Hugh & Norma Gorman
Raymond & Florence Gramarossa
Rocco & Theresa Morro
William & Joan O'Loughlin
Charles & Maria Roderka
Thomas & Carole Simco
Joseph & Adelina Alessi

St. Elizabeth, Melville
Thomas & Joan Caso
Martin & Helene Monahan
James & Rosemary Petrizzi

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Lake Ronkonkoma
Joseph & Marion Scarglato

St. Francis of Assisi, Greenlawn
Joseph & Margaret Dissler
George & Cecilia McGann

St. Gerard Majella, Pt. Jefferson Station
John & Barbara Lee
Robert & Theresa McDonald
Richard & Mary Ann Nilsen
Joseph & Eileen Corcoran
Joseph & Anita Figlioli
James & Marie McQuade
Philip & Mae Pandolfi
Charles & Cecelia Sanzone
Joseph & Helena Gloria Sappelsa

St. Patrick, Bay Shore
Charles & Barbara Ferraro
Michael & Margaret Faughnan

St. Patrick, Huntington
Alfred & Jane Thorne
John & Eleanor Viviani

St. Patrick, Smithtown
Peter & Dorothy Capozzoli
Edward & Rosemarie Hever
Joseph & Anne Quinn
Domenick & Josephine Scaglione

St. Philip Neri, Northport
James & Mary Ann Ford
Louis & Camille Guido
Theodore P. & Carol A. McCarthy
Robert & Nancy Young

St. Sylvester, Medford
Eugene & Maria Silvestrone
Jerry & Marguerite Bricker
Edward J. & Wanda Heavey
Eugene & Mary Lastorino

Sts. Philip & James, St. James
Donald & Patricia Bostwick
Thomas & Sheila Ginty
Francis & Marilyn Mooney
George & Mary Pinnata


About The Catholic Church of Long Island
The Diocese of Rockville Centre (www.drvc.org) was formed in 1957 and covers 1,198 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  The diocese serves approximately 1.5 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.4 million).  There are 133 parishes in 115 towns.  Last year over 17,000 baptisms, 19,000 confirmations, 17,000 first communions and 3,000 marriages took place in the diocese.  There are approximately 20,000 students in Catholic elementary schools; 13,000 in secondary schools and 3,500 in higher institutions.  There are 69 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese.  Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice.  In 2008, Catholic Charities assisted more than 55,485 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island.  (12/08).

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