A RENEWED interest in marriage and family was the most pleasing aspect of the recent federal election campaign, Archbishop John Bathersby of Brisbane told a group of married couples at a Mass in St Stephen’s Cathedral on October 16.
Archbishop Bathersby made the comment in his homily at the cathedral’s annual Mass for couples celebrating 50 years of marriage or longer.
He said it was ‘almost as if for the first time Australia and Australian politicians from all sides of politics have realised the importance of marriage and the family for the health and well-being of our society’.
Archbishop Bathersby drew on the readings of the day to reflect on Christ’s presence in marriage.
About 80 couples attended the Mass and renewed their marriage vows and received a special blessing.
Among the longest married couples at the Mass were John and Phyllis Allen of Wavell Heights, who were celebrating 60 years of marriage.
Receiving a papal blessing for their 50th anniversary added to the celebration for Brian and Marie Hennessy of Mt Gravatt.
Also celebrating their golden wedding anniversaries, were sisters, Therese Wharton, 69, and Eve Suckling, 71, (nee Small) and their husbands.
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