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Married couples honored at ‘Feast of the Holy Spouses’

Rev. Paul McDonnell bestows a blessing upon the married couples attending the Mass of the Feast of the Holy Spouses at Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary Chapel in Laflin on Sunday morning.

Rev. Paul McDonnell chats with John and Marion Heycock of Yatesville, who are married 30 years.

Terence and Mary Dougherty present the gifts to Rev. Paul McDonnell on their first wedding anniversary at the Mass for the Feast of the Holy Spouses.

Anthony and Mary Jo Chiampi present the gifts to Rev. McDonnell after celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

Larry and Ann Marie Ofcharsky present the gifts to Rev. Paul McDonnell at the Mass for the Feast of the Holy Spouses.

Arlene and Francis S. Norton of Pittston Township, married for 16 years, pose for a photo after the Mass of the Feast of the Holy Spouses at the Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary.

Feast of the Holy Spouses was celebrated last Sunday, Jan. 23, at the Oblates of St. Joseph Seminary with a special Mass at 11:00 a.m. in the seminary chapel. The Mass honored the Blessed Virgin Mary & St. Joseph as “Holy Spouses”.

The Feast dates back to the Council of Constance (1416). St. Joseph Marello, founder of the Oblates of St. Joseph, introduced it in the late 1800s among his early Oblates and it remained on their proper calendar until 1961, after being suppressed by the revision of the universal liturgical calendar. It was reintroduced as a feast in the proper calendar of the Oblates of St. Joseph by Decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship (May 18, 1989).

The Mass has now been an annual tradition at the seminary since 2007. All married couples were invited as honored guests and a reception was held following the Mass.

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