Mr Lucas Dass and Madam Teresa Gaspar pictured in the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd in 2018 and 1968. The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in the same church and on the same day that they had tied the knot.

As they walked down the black-and-white-tiled aisle of the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd together, memories came flooding back. Fifty years ago at this very place, their wedding was solemnised, and on the same day and at the same time.

It was also the place where they first met.

It was therefore only appropriate that Mr Lucas Dass, 76, and Madam Teresa Gaspar, 72, celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary back at the cathedral where it all began.

And the couple’s close relatives, godchildren and friends were there on Jan 27 to share their joy during the Mass celebrated by Franciscan Friar Justin Lim.

Also present was Madam Gaspar’s former bridesmaid and some of the couple’s closest friends who were present at their wedding in 1968.

The couple told Catholic News that when they heard the cathedral was being renovated, they hoped they would eventually be able to celebrate their wedding anniversary in it.

Mr Dass studied at the old St Joseph’s Institution along Bras Basah Road before serving in the Naval Police Force Sembawang.

Madam Gaspar, who studied at the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus at Victoria St, worked as a clerk in an insurance firm after finishing her studies.

After being married a few years, the couple moved to Sabah. Mr Dass worked with the Sabah Port Police and later with the Johor Port Police at Pasir Gudang as Asst Superintendent of Police before retiring in 1997.

He then served at the Church of St Theresa in Masai, Johor, in various ministries, including as a sacristan and care-taker, until 2016.

In his speech at the lunch following the anniversary Mass, he said, “Life together has at times been hard, but we thank God that it is in these tough times that we have really grown stronger!”

Submitted by LUCAS DASS AND SERENA ORTEGA

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