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placeholder March 26, 2012   •   VOL. 50, NO. 6   •   Oakland, CA

Couples renewed their wedding vows at St. James Church in Fremont last month.

Wedding vow renewal time of joy

About 100 couples gathered in St. James Church in Fremont to renew their wedding vows on Feb. 26. The best part was all they had to do was look their best and enjoy the ceremony prepared for them by Rev. Antony Vazhappilly and the Pastoral Council. No wedding blues or anxiety. It was just a day of pure excitement and joy.

There was a long line at the vestibule of the church, where the couples eagerly waited for their turn to march down the aisle one more time. The women looked absolutely stunning in their Sunday dress. The men looked equally dashing that evening. The lady who was awarded best dressed was Alicia Neiman, who wore the wedding gown she wore when she was married 15 years ago. Flor and Hilario Cruz, who have been married for 55 years, were honored for being married the longest.

Love was definitely in the air when the couples walked down the aisle on a red carpet while being showered with rose petals. The ceremony was an enriching experience for the couples who renewed their vows by reciting the poem composed by Father Vazhappilly. The couples held each other's hands as a sign of renewing their promise to stay together and in love till the very end. And to top it all, the pastor asked the most important question of the evening — "Husbands, would you like to kiss your wives?" And all the men roared, "Yes!"

The wedding renewal at St. James was a huge success. Thanks to the Pastoral Council to Father Vazhappilly for supporting this endeavor and always reminding us of the value of family and the Sacrament of Marriage.

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