Diocese of Rockville Centre

93 Suffolk County Couples Honored At Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – April 19, 2010 – The Most Reverend John C. Dunne, Auxiliary Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, will be the principal celebrant of a Mass honoring 93 couples from Suffolk County who will celebrate their golden wedding anniversaries.
Held April 18, 2010 at St. Lawrence the Martyr church in Sayville and sponsored by the Diocese of Rockville Centre, the 3:00 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.

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. Joseph, Babylon
Thomas & Lourdes Garchitorena
Leland & Gaile McLaughlin
Leo & Noreen Murphy
John & Helen O'Shea
Malachy & Rosemarie Ward


St. Patrick, Bay Shore
Frank & Marie Arcuri
Charles & Margaret Gunkel
Richard & Barbara Marlborough


Our Lady of the Snow, Blue Point
Robert & Patricia Gronenthal
Al & Patricia Zivitz


St. John Nepomucene, Bohemia
Alex & Rita Quinn


St. John the Evangelist, Center Moriches
Thomas & Diane Helmke
Jack & Patricia Valenti


Assumption, Centereach
George & Elizabeth Leverock


Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, Centerport
John & Clare Helldorfer


St. John of God, Central Islip
Ronald & Mary Gillette
Alfonso & Sonia Paredes


Christ the King, Commack
August & Janet Alfieri
William & Theresa Arnaiz


SS. Cyril & Methodius, Deer Park
Roger & Antoinette Arrigali
Richard & Doris Friend
Ted & Frances Hanson
Arthur & Loretta Panebianco
St. Matthew, Dix Hills
Edward & Katherine McEvoy
Salvatore & Jacqueline Monteleone


Most Holy Trinity, East Hampton
Donald & Pauline Carney


St. Mary, East Islip
Robert & Elizabeth Ahearn
Harold & Ellen Anderson
Thomas & Kathleen Conway
John & Minnie Grillo
Joseph & Lee Romeo
Richard & Margareta Thornton
James & Emily Vesely
James & Alicia Walsh


St. Anthony of Padua, East Northport
William & Elaine O'Donnell
John & Dorothy Valinchus


St. Kilian, Farmingdale
Richard & Rosemarie Cardone
Hugh & Marie Gilmore
Richard & Janet Imboden
James & Patricia Noone


Resurrection, Farmingville
Juan & Ana Diaz


St. Rosalie, Hampton Bays
Ralph & Lorraine Esposito


St. Thomas More, Hauppauge
Edward & Mary Ann O'Gara
Eusebio & Ceferina Perez


Good Shepherd, Holbrook
Gene & Catherine Banfi
Jack & Joan Nelson

St. Patrick, Huntington
Joseph & Florence Costello


St. Joseph, Kings Park
Donald & Patricia Kuhn
Edward & Ruth Reddy
Vincent & Joan Squillacioti
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Lake Ronkonkoma
Kenneth & Florence Marino


Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Lindenhurst
Carmyn & Mary Ann Molaro
Teobaldo & Phyllis Santo


Sts. Peter & Paul, Manorville
Robert & Mary Anne Dejewski


St. Jude, Mastic Beach
Michael & Anne Leonardi


St. Sylvester, Medford
Andrew & Dorothy Clyde
Gerard & Mary Donaghy
Frank & Rose Patellaro


Holy Cross, Nesconset
Joseph & Elizabeth Hedgecock
Joseph & Mary Walter


St. Gerard Majella, Pt. Jefferson Station
John & Barbara Lee
St. John the Evangelist, Riverhead
John & Vera Di Leo
Edward & Elizabeth Powers
Theodore & Vita Settanni


St. Anthony, Rockey Point
John & Joyce Glaser
Thomas & Virginia Hill


St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Ronkonhoma
Joseph & Sylvia Messina
Alfred & Frances Yoli


St. Lawrence the Martyr, Sayville
James & Marie Connolly
Richard & Kathleen Costa
Charles & Evelyn Fritz
Robert & Carmela Hoek
James & Lorraine Mattimore
Edward & Joan McMahon
Al & Peggy Vigliotta
Joseph & Gloria Suppa


St. Margaret of Scotland, Selden
Roger & Patricia Ferrere
St. James, Setauket
Edward & Mary Harmer
Ezio & Rosanna Stefani

St. Patrick, Smithtown
Cataaldo & Antoinette Baldi
Paul & Elizabeth Napoli


St. Louis de Montfort, Sound Beach
Joseph & Mildred Bartolotto
Richard & Louise Carrara


St. Patrick, Southold
Richard & Eileen Fox


Sts. Philip & James, St. James
Robert & Angelina Carr
Edward & Joan Condolff
Jerry & Nicolina Santucci
Kurt & Piera Walddoerfer


Our Lady of Grace, West Babylon
Joseph & Mildred Hoffman
Donald & Jeanne Peters
Our Lady of Lourdes, West Islip
James & Joanne Anderson
Donald & Patricia Horne
William & Catherine Sullivan


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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