The diocese marked World Marriage Day Feb. 8 with a special Mass at the Cathedral celebrating couples married 25, 50, or more years.

   Sponsored by the Office of Family Life Education and celebrated by Bishop Robert J. Cunningham, the Mass drew couples from across the diocese. (Read his homily from the Mass on page 3 of this issue.) In addition to honoring their years

of commitment, the Mass offered an opportunity for couples to renew their vows.

   Before Mass began, the Sun asked couples to share the secret to a long, happy marriage. Here’s what some of them had to say:

   “Honesty and communication.” — Ken and Joyce O’Brien, married 33 years, parishioners of St. Joseph the Worker Church in Liverpool

   “When you argue, make up before you go to bed.” — Ron Betts, married to wife Sandy for 52 years; parishioners of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Syracuse

   “Understanding, faith, and love.” — Audrey Dolata, married to husband Ronald for 62 years; parishioners of St. Ann’s Church in Manlius

   “She’s always right.” “Patience.” — Robert and Joan Paccone, married 60 years, parishioners of St. Ambrose Church in Endicott

Pictured in the gallery below are:

Photo 1: Anthony and Kathleen Marzullo, married 51 years, are parishioners of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Baldwinsville

Photo 2: Three generations of one family gathered to celebrate their marriages: Richard and Ellen Robb, married 32 years; Robert and Joan Paccone, married 60 years; Dan and Jess Robb, married 2 years.

Photo 3: Peter and Karen Parrillo, married 50 years, are parishioners of the Cathedral in Syracuse.

Photo 4: Benita and Joseph Putrelo, married 61 years, are parishioners of St. Rose of Lima Church in North Syracuse.

Photo 5: Simon and Helen Kim, married 25 years, are parishioners of St. Rose of Lima Chuch in North Syracuse.

Photo 6: Sam and Anne Donnelly, married 25 years, are parishioners of St. Daniel Church in Syracuse.



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