97 Nassau County Couples Honored At Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass  

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – April 22, 2010 – The Most Reverend Paul Walsh, Auxiliary Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, will be the principal celebrant of a Mass honoring 97 couples from Nassau County who will celebrate their golden wedding anniversaries.
The 2:00 p.m. Mass, to be held on Sunday, April 25 in Maria Regina Church, Seaford and sponsored by the Diocese of Rockville Centre, 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. 

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

St. Barnabas, Bellmore
Richard & Corine Casagrande
Dominick & Dorothy Schiavone
Jame & Josephine Stasio
Patrick & Pauline Moakley

Our Lady of the Assumption, Copiague
Walter & Marie Paluch

St. Martin of Tours, Bethpage
Aniello & Barbara Cafiero
Martin & Geraldine Laraia
Thomas & Marylou Lillis
James & Anna Marie McMahon
John & Susan Ricciuti

St. Raphael, East Meadow
Thomas & Millie Fortunato
Francis & Alice Clarke
Thomas & Carmen Maggiore

St. Raymond, East Rockaway
James & Amalia Dragovich
Robert & Patricia Drugan
Thomas & Muriel Fasullo

Our Lady of Victory, Floral Park
Raymond & Florence Brady
Daniel & Anna Jones
Carmine & Maria Liberta
John & Claire Wirenius

St. Catherine of Sienna, Franklin Square
John & Dolores Colombo
Ennio & Marie Rizzi
Michael & Nora Costelloe
Thomas & Maureen Hickey

Our Holy Redeemer, Freeport
Harold & Eleanor Mahony

Saint Anne, Garden City
John & Joan Walsh

St. Joseph, Garden City
Raymond & Sally Coyne
James & Sheila Dollard
Frank & Claire DuPont

St. Patrick, Glen Cove
Anthony & Grace Oddo

St. Joseph, Hewlett
Ronald & Rita Andersen
Frank & Laura Oliveri
Felix & Janice Rivera
Gennaro & Adriana Vardaro

Holy Family, Hicksville
David & Isabel Malle

Our Lady of Mercy, Hicksville
Thomas & Dorothy Mistretta
James & Yvonne O'Brien

St. Bernard, Levittown
Bill &  Irene Boyce
James & Elizabeth Devine
Edward & Eileen Klein
Jack & Margaret Mateer
Ben & Nina Tartamella
James & Sheila McHale

Our Lady of Lourdes, Malverne
Theodore & Louise Campbell
Vito & Geraldine Catalano
John & Dorothy Guiheen

St. Rose of Lima, Massapequa
Vincent & Theresa Cirrito
Salvatore & Josephine Della Ratta
Peter & Anne Lantelme
Jerald & Sarah Mooney
John & Maureen O'Rourke

Our Lady of Lourdes, Massapequa Park
John & Betty Dettori
Joseph & Sandra Mattina
Gerard & Mary Anne Saggese

Curé of Ars, Merrick
Joseph & Miriam Alvina
William & Alice Palmer

Holy Spirit, New Hyde Park
Michael & Roseanne Lynch
John & Margaret Risso

Notre Dame, New Hyde Park
Edward & Marilyn McCabe
Michael & Josephine Saulle
Joseph & Yvonne Syracuse

Sacred Heart, North Merrick
Richard & Ann Geraci
James & Georgiana Koester
George & Barbara Mickulas

St. Philip Neri, Northport
Joseph & Ann Rom

St. Anthony, Oceanside
Edmond & Alice Egan
Richard & Mary Ware

St. Dominic, Oyster Bay
Karl & Vivian Koch

St. Pius X, Plainview
Kalman & Ann Marie Toth

St. Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Centre
John & Eileen Graziani

Maria Regina, Seaford
Vincent & Theresa Antonelli
John & Patricia Brennan
John & Rose Coster
Patrick & Virginia Looney
Charles & Sarah Montague
Frank & Elizabeth Saviano
Larry & Cecelia Silvestro

St. James, Seaford
Fortunato & Mary Ann Arabia
Louis & Carol Bowles
Philip & Victoria Fasullo

St. William the Abbot, Seaford
John & Jean Friel
Anthony & Josephine LoCastro
Walter & Lois Magistro
John & Barbara McDonald
James & Barbara O'Neill
Anthony & Virginia Sortino
Edward & Frances Speidell

St. Martha, Uniondale
Wilhelm & Elenore Hofmann

Blessed Sacrament, Valley Stream
Alfonso & Dorothy Emmolo
George & Frances Ruggeri
Gerard & Norma Bartolo

Holy Name of Mary, Valley Stream
William & Marie Arena
Carmine & Isabelle Desio

St. Frances de Chantal, Wantagh
Thomas & Judy Auci
Robert & Christine Cabrera

St. Thomas Apostle, West Hempstead
Anthony & Frances Ferrara

St. Aidan, Williston Park
James & Grace Hughes

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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