PORTLAND---Several Maine parishes are planning events in commemoration of World Marriage Day (Sunday, February 10).
World Marriage Day began in 1981 and is always held on the second Sunday of February. In 1993, Pope Saint John Paul II imparted his apostolic blessing on the day, which is a celebration of Christian marriage that honors husband and wife as the foundation of the family. It also salutes the faithfulness, sacrifice, and joy that are part of daily living for husbands and wives and their generous love that gives rise to new life.
Bishop Robert P. Deeley will celebrate a World Marriage Day Mass at St. Augustine Church, located on 75 Northern Avenue in Augusta, on Sunday, February 10, at 10 a.m.
“Marriage is a vocation. The family, husband and father, mother and wife, and their children, the fruit of their love, is the domestic Church,” said Bishop Deeley. “It is the first place in which children learn of love and come to know that God is love. Christian marriage is a gift to be cherished and nurtured and is the heart of our communities. Living out that vocation is, all by itself, a way of showing forth the Gospel of Jesus.”
In addition to the bishop’s Mass in Augusta, there are several other events planned to celebrate World Marriage Day (listed chronologically):
Parish of the Precious Blood in Caribou invites couples to attend a World Marriage Day Dinner on Friday, February 8, at the Presque Isle Inn and Convention Center, located on 116 Main Street. The evening will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner at 6 p.m. To reserve tickets, call (207) 498-2536 or (207) 768-3671.
St. John Vianney Parish in Fort Kent invites married couples to the 4th annual “Married Couples’ Night Out” on Friday, February 8. The evening will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner at 6:30 p.m. and entertainment featuring Maine humorist Gary Crocker. The event will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall on 372 Frenchville Road in Fort Kent. Tickets are $55 per couple (you may also reserve a table of 8 for $200). To reserve tickets, call (207) 834-5656.
The Knights of Columbus Council 1873 will be holding their annual Celebration of Marriage Dinner on Saturday, February 9, at 6 p.m. in St. Anthony’s Hall on 112 Military Street in Houlton. Menu choices are steak, lobster, or steak and lobster. The cost is $20 per person. Reservations are required for planning purposes. Registration sheets are at the back of St. Mary of the Visitation Church. Babysitting will be provided in the parish center with pizza, drinks, and a movie. If you have any questions, please call Paul Klein at (207) 521-1874.
St. Benedict Church will host its annual Valentine Dinner on World Marriage Day (Sunday, February 10) at the church, which is located on 1063 Benedicta Road in Benedicta. You'll enjoy a wonderful dinner, wholesome fun activities, and meeting welcoming parishioners. Couples and singles are welcome! Appetizers will be served at 4 p.m., with dinner to follow at 5 p.m., including tender beef tips with gravy, mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables, and chocolate cake with red berries and chocolate sauce for dessert. In advance, tickets are $15 per couple and $8 per person. At the door, admission is $20 per couple and $10 per person. To get tickets in advance, call (207) 365-4294 or (207) 365-4254.
The Christian Life Center, located at 444 U.S. Route One in Frenchville, will host a “Couples Night Out” for married couples on Friday, February 15, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The evening will include a dinner, a special blessing and prayer, and a movie and popcorn. The cost is $50 per couple. To attend, call (207) 728-7531 to register.
For further information and resources, visit the Diocese of Portland’s special website section dedicated to World Marriage Day.