Renewing Wedding Vows a Family Affair for Some

June 02, 2008

In 1958, cousins Edie Brockway and Marcia Zakrzewski were bridesmaids at each other’s weddings. They and their husbands have remained close friends, and on June 8 each will renew the vows they made in front of the other 50 years ago.

They will be joined by 477 other couples married 25 years or more at a Mass celebrated by Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl, who will give the couples a special blessing.

Sunday, June 8, 2008
2:00 p.m. Mass
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC

This year’s celebration of marriages is a family affair for some. Sandra and John Irish, married 25 years, will renew their vows alongside Sandra’s parents, Guy and Susan Amatucci, celebrating 50 years, and her aunt and uncle, Samuel and Margherita Amatucci, celebrating 40 years. The three couples are members of St. Peter Parish in Olney, MD. “They’ve always provided a great example to me,” Sandra said, “so it’s an honor to be celebrating this with them.”

The 479 couples expected to attend the Mass have been married from 25 to 70 years, with 199 couples married for 50 or more years.

Joseph Sheleheda, 92 and Stella Sheleheda, 90 will be celebrating the longest marriage – 70 years on June 18. They met at a party when Stella was 16 and raised four children together. They have six grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. The couple, who live in Solomons, Maryland, said respect for one another is the key to a happy marriage. “It always takes two to work things out,” Stella said.

The couples celebrating their anniversaries are from Washington, DC and suburban and southern Maryland Catholic parishes.

A reception will follow the Mass on the lower level of the Shrine; the couples will receive personalized certificates commemorating their special anniversary at this time.

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