Couples from throughout the Diocese of Wichita will gather to remember and renew their wedding vows Sunday, Oct. 8, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita.
Jake Samour said the event is always a great moment for the diocese. “The Mass is a way to celebrate and witness to the truth of the Sacrament of Marriage – without saying or speaking any words,” he said.
“Their presence is a witness reflecting the beauty of marriage. I’m always taken aback by every single couple as they walk in – the joy they exude.”
Samour, the director of the diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life, said the anniversary Mass is a celebration of the couples’ commitment to one another and tied the annual event to a New Testament story.
“The Wedding at Cana is significant,” he said. “It’s not a coincidence that Christ chose to perform his first miracle – a sign of his public ministry – at a wedding.
“Couples come to the anniversary Mass to renew their commitment to each other and to renew the reality that Christ is at the center of their marriage. Just as Christ gave the new wine, which is a sign of God’s love, to the couple at Cana; He offers that same new wine to all who enter into the Sacrament of Marriage. The anniversary Mass is a memorial of the presence of God’s love in married love.”
Samour added that the miracle is a great reminder that with the Lord everything is possible.

Want to take part in the anniversary Mass?
Couples whose anniversaries in 2017 end in 0 or 5 and those celebrating 50 or more years of marriage are invited to the 46th Annual Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8.
Bishop Carl A. Kemme will celebrate the Mass. A reception will follow in Good Shepherd Hall. Registration is required by Oct. 2. To do so visit or call 316-685-5240.