Marriage Sunday in the Archdiocese of Toronto Celebration of Marriage Mass – February 9, 2020

The Office of Formation for Discipleship at the Archdiocese of Toronto is happy to announce the Celebration of Marriage Mass at St. Isaac Jogues Parish, 1148 Finch Ave, Pickering on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. Couples celebrating their milestone 25th, 40th, 50th and 60+ wedding anniversary will receive a special recoginition at this Mass.

Please note that registration is now closed as we have reached maximum capacity at the parish. We look forward to meeting and serving all the married couples who have registered for this event. 

For those attending, reserved seating will be available only for couples celebrating their milestone 25th, 40th, 50th and 60+ wedding anniversaries. Non-reserved seating will be provided on a first-come first-served basis to all other married couples, family members, friends and others attending the Mass. (doors open at 2 p.m.).

If you are no longer able to attend, please contact Annalisa Parente at aparente@archtoronto.org or 416-934-3400, ext. 569 to advise.


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is Marriage Sunday?
  2. What is Celebration of Marriage Mass?
  3. How is the Celebration of Marriage Mass different from other Masses?
  4. When and where is the Celebration of Marriage Mass being held in 2020?
  5. Who can attend the Celebration of Marriage Mass?
  6. We were married outside the Church. Is the blessing given by Cardinal Collins at the Marriage Sunday Mass the same as having our wedding 'blessed' by the Church?
  7. Do we need to register?
  8. How can we register for the event?
  9. Will I receive confirmation of my registration?
  10. What information do I need to register?
  11. What if we want to register but we do not have an email address?
  12. What is the deadline for registration?
  13. Is there reserved seating?
  14. What time should we be there? What time does the celebration end?
  15. We are not celebrating a milestone wedding anniversary; can we still attend the Mass?
  16. Is there a cost to attend the event?
  17. Are priests invited?
  18. May family and friends come with us?
  19. What do we wear? Should we wear white?
  20. Is St. Isaac Jogues Parish accessible to people with a physical disability?
  21. Are there washrooms at St. Isaac Jogues Parish?
  22. How do we travel to St. Isaac Jogues Parish?
  23. Where do we park?
  24. Will there be a reception following Mass?
  25. Can we take pictures during the Mass?
  26. Can we have a photo with the Cardinal?
  27. Will we have access to the pictures taken by the official photographer?
  28. Will the Archdiocese be providing me with a commemorative certificate to mark our milestone anniversary?
  29. I still have more questions. Is there a number I could call?

Taken at the Celebration of Mass in 2016
Taken at the Celebration of Mass in 2019

1. What is Marriage Sunday?

In a letter dated January 11, 2011, His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins asked that the weekend prior to the Family Day long weekend in Ontario be designated as "Marriage Sunday" in the Archdiocese of Toronto. The purpose of observing Marriage Sunday is to highlight the importance of the Sacrament of Marriage and to affirm couples who strengthen our faith community through their witness. Marriage Sunday also honours those who nurture marriage ministries - marriage preparation, enrichment, etc. In 2020, Marriage Sunday weekend is on February 8/9, 2020.


2. What is the Celebration of Marriage Mass?

Many parishes observe Marriage Sunday celebrations each year at the local level. Every year, an archdiocesan-wide Mass in celebration of marriage is held, usually presided by Cardinal Collins. The Celebration of Marriage Mass honours husband and wife as the foundation of the family, the basic unit of society, and salutes the beauty of their faithfulness, sacrifice and joy in daily married life. The Celebration of Marriage Mass usually coincides with World Marriage Day which is observed in US and other parts of the world. Special recognition and blessing are extended to milestone celebrants at this special gathering.


3. How is the Celebration of Marriage Mass different from other Masses?

During the Celebration of Marriage Mass, all married couples will be invited to stand in their pews after the homily, face one another and hold hands as they renew their vows. Near the end of the Mass, before the final blessing and dismissal, married couples celebrating a milestone anniversary (25th, 40th, 50th and 60+) in 2020 will be given a special blessing. They also will be seated in reserved seating and after Mass, group photos (by year of anniversary) will be taken with the Mass presider.


4. When and where is the Celebration of Marriage Mass being held in 2020?

The Mass is being held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at St. Isaac Jogues Church, 1148 Finch Ave, Pickering, ON L1V 1J6.


5. Who can attend the Celebration of Marriage Mass?

Everyone is welcome to attend, but only milestone celebrant couples will have reserved seating. Non-reserved seating will be provided on a first-come first-served basis to all other married couples, family members, friends and others attending the Mass.


6. We were married outside the Church. Is the blessing given by Cardinal Collins at the Marriage Sunday Mass the same as having our wedding 'blessed' by the Church?

No. If you entered into a civil marriage or were otherwise married outside the Catholic Church, please see your Pastor. He will be happy to help you with the process of validation, sometimes referred to inaccurately as having your marriage 'blessed'.


7. Do we need to register?

Everyone attending the Celebration of Marriage Mass is required to register in advance as an individual or in group as seating in the church is limited. Registration is limited to a maximum of 6 people per family or group.


8. How can we register for the event?

Registration runs from December 4, 2019 through February 4, 2020 and can be accessed HERE. If you are no longer able to attend, please contact Annalisa Parente at aparente@archtoronto.org or 416-934-3400, ext. 569 to advise.


9. Will I receive confirmation of my registration?

After filling in the required information on the registration form, please be sure to click the SUBMIT. It will take you to another page with the event details. You will not receive a confirmation e-mail; however you can print the second page for your records. Please note that it is recommended that you print the page before you click the second SUBMIT button.


10. What information do I need to register?

When registering, you will be asked to provide your first and last name, email address, and phone number, current parish, wedding date, number of guests joining you (maximum 4), special needs and/or accommodation, and how you heard about the event.


11. What if we want to register but we do not have an email address?

If you don’t have an email address, you may be able to give the email address of your children or a friend.


12. What is the deadline for registration?

Tuesday, February 4, 2020 is the final day that registrations will be accepted.


Couples celebrating milestone wedding anniversaries receive a special blessing from Cardinal Collins

Couples celebrating milestone wedding anniversaries received a special blessing
from Cardinal Collins in 2019

13. Is there reserved seating?

Milestone anniversary couples who have registered will have reserved seating; any remaining non-reserved seating will be provided on a first-come first-served basis to all other married couples, family members, friends and others attending the Mass.


14. What time should we be there? What time does the celebration end?

We ask couples to arrive no earlier than 2:00 p.m. and aim to be seated in church by 2:50 p.m. Mass will start at 3:00 p.m. and is expected to finish at 4:30 p.m., including group photos. Following the Mass, there will be a short reception in the parish hall and all are welcome to attend.


15. We are not celebrating a milestone wedding anniversary; can we still attend the Mass?

The Mass is open to everyone who registered.


16. Is there a cost to attend the event?

There is no cost to register and attend the event.


17. Are priests invited?

Priests are welcome to concelebrate and are requested to bring their own alb and green stole. Priests who wish to concelebrate are also asked to notify the Office of Formation for Discipleship by email at formation@archtoronto.org.


18. May family and friends come with us?

Each married couple who registers will have the option to register a maximum of 4 family and/or friends. Married couples who are not celebrating their milestone wedding anniversary (25th, 40th, 50th, or 60th+), family, and friends will be seated in the non-reserved seating area on a first come, first serve basis.


19. What do we wear? Should we wear white?

Please wear your Sunday best. White or formal attire is not required.


20. Is St. Isaac Jogues Parish accessible to people with a physical disability?

Yes, all entrances into the church are accessible to those with physical disabilities. All parts of the church are accessible as they are all on one level.


21. Are there washrooms at St. Isaac Jogues Parish?

Yes, the church is equipped with washrooms that are also accessible to those with physical disabilities.

 

22. How do we travel to St. Isaac Jogues Parish?

If you are travelling by public transportation, please consult GO Trip Planner together with Durham Region Transit Trip Planner or the Triplinx Trip Planner for available routes.

If you are driving, please refer to Google Maps: http://bit.ly/StIsaacJoguesParish.


23. Where do we park?

Parking is available in the church's parking lot, but due to a limited number of spots, we highly recommend carpooling with your family and friends. There will be parking attendants in the lot guiding cars and directing them to available spaces.


24. Will there be a reception following Mass?

There will be light refreshments and coffee. Everyone is invited to stay and mingle with others to celebrate following Mass.


A group photo with Cardinal Collins at the 2016 Celebration of Marriage Mass
A group photo with Cardinal Collins at the 2019 Celebration of Marriage Mass

25. Can we take pictures during the Mass?

Taking photos by the public is discouraged during the Mass to maintain a sacred atmosphere. There will be a designated official photographer and official group photos of milestone couples available the week following the event for download.


26. Can we have a photo with the Cardinal?

The official photographer will take group photos (by year of anniversary) with Cardinal Collins at the end of the Mass. Milestone anniversary couples will be asked to remain in their pew until they are called forward for the group photos. Family and friends may take photos using their own camera at this time, but are asked to remain behind the professional photographer.


27. Will we have access to the pictures taken by the official photographer?

Official photographs will be made available for a limited time on the Archdiocese of Toronto Facebook page for download, usually a few days following the ceremony. There is no charge to download these photos and access is available to everyone.


28. Will the Archdiocese be providing me with a commemorative certificate to mark our milestone anniversary?

The Archdiocese will not be providing commemorative certificates for this event. However, you could receive a blessing from the Holy Father when celebrating a special occasion, including milestone wedding anniversaries, by making a request to the Office of Papal Charities in Vatican City. For more information on this, please refer to the following websites:


29. I still have more questions. Is there a number I could call?

If you have additional questions, please contact the Archdiocese of Toronto’s Office of Formation for Discipleship at 416-934-3400, ext. 523 or by email at formation@archtoronto.org.


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