Priests celebrating at the LOVE MATTERS 2 event on May 20. From left: Fr Gino Henriques, Fr Johnson Fernandez, Msgr Ambrose Vaz, Fr Bruno Saint Girons, Fr Charlie Oasan and Fr Joseph Jeannequin.

Love was in the air as married couples celebrated their milestone wedding anniversaries at the Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Fifty-two couples and their families attended the special event on May 20, titled LOVE MATTERS 2 – “Love Changes Everything”.

The celebration was the second in a series organised by Worldwide Marriage Encounter Singapore (ME) together with the Archdiocesan Commission for the family (ACF) and its Family Partners.

The first such event was held in May last year.

Six priests also celebrated their priestly anniversaries during the event, which was organised in conjunction with ME’s 38th anniversary Mass.

Willi and Lisa Song celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary this year.

In his homily, Msgr Ambrose Vaz stressed that love is a decision, and that it transcends feelings. Married couples are visible signs of Christ’s love in the world, he said, and couples should enter into marriage ready to give to one another and not expect just to receive in their relationship.

A highlight of the event was the blessing and renewal of marriage vows of couples celebrating their fifth to 50th wedding anniversaries this year, in multiples of five years, as well as those who have been married for longer.

Before the Mass, ACF Family Partners held five concurrent talks for participants. These were:
- Serving God through Christian Marriage,
- The Joy of Marital Sex,
- NFP (Natural Family Planning), Contraception and the Catholic Church,
- Turning Pain to Purpose – a Task for every Christian, and
- Couple Prayer Spirituality.

Gregory and Theresa Yeo, who have been married for 53 years.

Gregory and Theresa Yeo, who have been married for 53 years, shared with CatholicNews that marriage is about “understanding and loving each other with a give-and-take attitude. Also, it’s always important to pray together, especially as a family.”

Willi and Lisa Song, who are celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary this year, shared that “apart from the usual traits of trust, forgiveness, and unconditional love, nowadays we think more of what will happen, how we will cope without the presence of the other through death.

“The words of the song, ‘If tomorrow never comes’, helps us to not sweat the small stuff and keep focused on each other in the present.” 

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