Two couples celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, Samuel and Molly Foo (standing, front) and Jim and Carmen Klass, acknowledge cheers of the congregation during the milestone Mass.

SINGAPORE – Thirty-nine milestone anniversary couples renewed their marriage vows before Archbishop Nicholas Chia, four “Celebrate Marriage 2009” speakers – Monsignor Eugene Vaz, Sister Theresa Seow, Brothers Adrian Danker and Collin Wee – Father Joachim Chang, recently appointed Spiritual Director of Family Life Society; and six Marriage Encounter (ME) presenting priests.

Among the 400-strong audience were Jim and Carmen Klass, part of the founding team of ME in Singapore 30 years ago, and ME community family members and friends.

In his homily, Archbishop Chia used the zipper to illustrate the sacrament of marriage. The husband and wife are two sides of a zipper, with God as the all-vital slider that interlocks the parts to fasten up the two sides, he told the people present. This is exactly what the ME programme promotes – having God as the “third person” in a marriage relationship to keep the ambers of love and commitment aglow through the years, Archbishop Chia added.

All married couples should attend this programme, at least once, to review and make their relationship grow from good to great, he advised.

Jim and Carmen Klass were asked how they felt about ME turning 30 years as well as on celebrating their 50th anniversary with the movement they helped to start. Jim Klass said, “It’s great to see ME flourish. The community’s enthusiasm brings back wonderful memories.” Carmen Klass added, “I’m thankful to our Lord for allowing me to spend 50 years of married life with Jim.” n

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