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Feb 08
Memories, a Milestone and Marriage

Marriage Sunday will be celebrated on Sunday, Feb. 11 across the Archdiocese of Toronto. Learn more.

Frank and Mary Rajtek are clearly happy and grateful for six decades of marriage.

This year, Mr. and Mrs. Rajtek, parishioners of All Saints Parish in Etobicoke, celebrate their 60th wedding Anniversary. They will be honoured in a special Mass, to be celebrated by Bishop Robert Kasun on Feb. 11 at Blessed Trinity Parish.

The Office of Formation for Discipleship at the Archdiocese of Toronto had the chance to interview with the Rajteks recently. The conversation was free-wheeling. Everything from Frank’s career as an engineer at the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and working late nights, to travels with the kids, providing for the family and seeking opportunities to grow as a couple all came alive in the discussion -- as well as providing insights into their their faith journey.

Frank spoke about the sacrifices he made, working late hours, to make sure the family’s needs were met. Mary, on the other hand, spoke about the difficulties she sometimes faced in not seeing her husband due to work.

Mary recounted how she came to rely on God and grow in her faith throughout her years of marriage to Frank.

Click to watch Frank and Mary speak of the joys and challenges of married life
VIDEO: More snippets from Frank and Mary’s interview

“I think I really got to know God in nursing – through patients and seeing them suffering as well as getting better,” said Mary. “Their witness strengthened me in the vocation of marriage that I was living out.”

One thing that both Frank and Mary were quick to point out is the sense of gratitude they have for their grandchildrens' commitment to the faith. They recounted how their three grandchildren are all altar servers at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Toronto.

“We’re so proud of them,” Frank said. “We make sure to tell them that when we see them. They’re continuing on the legacy of making faith a central part of their lives, which we did ourselves all those years ago.”

When they look back on 60 years of marriage, Mary says she wouldn't change a thing about her decision to enter the Sacrament of Marriage with Frank.

“I can honestly say that not once over these years that I would have done differently in terms of marrying Frank,” Mary said. “I knew this was right and I know that this is where I wanted to be at this stage in my life. And now here I am.”

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