Friday, 15 April saw one hundred and sixty people gather at the St Marie’s Cathedral for a Mass in celebration of married life.

Thirty-seven couples, celebrating significant anniversaries amounting to 1,564 years, affirmed the vows they had made on their wedding day. Their names had been put forward by their parish priests.

It was also an occasion to commission and acknowledge the twenty-one married couples who present the diocesan marriage preparation programme (Preparing for a Lifetime Together) to engaged couples.

For Frances and Jane Quinn it was a very special occasion as fifty years previously they had walked back down the aisle at St Marie’s for the first time as husband and wife. Jane said “It has made my day.”

Frances and Jane Quinn (Copy)

Frances and Jane Quinn with Bishop Ralph at the celebration Mass