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Marriage Jubilee hosted by local parishes

Perham area Catholic churches will present their 7th annual Marriage Jubilee on Friday, April 4.

Fr. Gregory Mastey will speak on: "The Vocation of Marriage." Fr. Joseph Herzing will MC the event.

The evening begins at St. Henry's Church, with Mass at 6:00 p.m. where couples will have an opportunity, as a group, to renew their wedding vows. The social begins at 7:00 p.m. in the church basement, followed by a pork loin dinner catered by Helene Pettit. The evening will be completed with Fr. Mastey's presentation.

All are invited to partake in the event. The cost is $37 per couple. Tickets must be purchased in advance by Sunday, March 30. Tickets are available at The Wild Goose and Nadine's in Perham, or by calling Lynn at 218-346-2868 or Jody at 218-346-7664.

There are couples that have attended the Marriage Jubilee each year. Some are so thankful to have an event like this at this end of the Diocese. Holy Cross of Butler, St. Lawrence of Rush Lake, Sacred Heart of Dent, and St. Stanislaus and St. Henry's of Perham, have all been involved with this event. Each year a different parish provides people to help with the liturgy, to usher, and to be the host and hostess.

Youth have also played a large part in the event, by offering to wait on tables and clean up. A collection has been taken the last few years, with a portion given to the youth attending Steubenville and a portion given to a local charity.

The idea for the event was conceived about eight years ago, when a group decided to meet and discuss the Bishop's study for couples on the Sacrament of Marriage. Someone had seen a similar event organized for married couples in another parish and thought it would be a good idea to do this in Perham with the area Catholic parishes.

The group that met for the study created a longstanding committee that wishes to enhance and support those called to the vocation of marriage in a special way. When asked if people really need to renew their marriage vows every year at a Mass, there is a resounding 'yes' by those attending. It becomes a very special confirming time for many in attendance.

Fr. Mastey attended St. Mary's University/ Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Winona, and graduated in 1991. He also attended St. John's University School of Theology in Collegeville, and graduated in 1995. He was ordained in 1995. He has served parishes in the towns of St. Cloud, Alexandria, Upsala, Elmdale, Bowlus, North Prairie, Rockville, Harding, Lastrup, and as Vocations Director for the Diocese.