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Catholic Charities
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Program brings
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Day of service
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How to save
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St. Mary Magdalen
honors marriage
supports schools

Thanksgiving dinner
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4 churches named
as local sites for indulgences in
Year of Faith
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placeholder March 4, 2013   •   VOL. 51, NO. 5   •   Oakland, CA
St. Mary Magdalen honors marriage supports schools

Parishioners at St. Mary Magdalen in Berkeley celebrated 107 couples — representing 2,831 years of marriage — at a Feb. 2 blessing during the Saturday evening Mass.

The day's second reading from St. Paul's letter to the Corinthians — familiar from many wedding ceremonies — set the tone for the celebration.

Father Michael Augustine Amabisco, OP, pastor, walked through the aisles of the especially well-attended Mass, the weekend before the start of Lent, to bless the more than 70 of those couples in attendance.

"We are recognizing this incredible, active gift of love," the Dominican pastor said in his homily. "Marriage," he said he tells couples he is preparing for the sacrament, "is a meant to be an encounter with God." He reminded the congregation of a spouse's most important responsibility: "Your job is to make sure your spouse goes to heaven."

Inspired by the diocesan-wide anniversary Mass at the Cathedral of Christ the Light last October, Father Amabisco said he had originally considered limiting the celebration to couples who had been married 25 years or more.

But in talking about the celebration, he had a change of heart. "We should do it for all married couples," he decided. The result was that couples married from six months to 69 years were among those celebrating.

Noting that in our culture, people tend to be private, he said, "I was very moved that people were willing to open themselves up" and join in the community celebration.

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