Marriage Sunday in the Archdiocese of Toronto Celebration of Marriage Mass – February 10, 2019

The Office of Formation for Discipleship at the Archdiocese of Toronto is happy to announce the Celebration of Marriage Mass at St. Clare of Assisi Parish, 150 St. Francis Ave, Woodbridge on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Couples celebrating their milestone 25th, 40th, 50th and 60+ wedding anniversary will be honoured at this special Mass.

While the February 5, 2019 deadline has passed to register for reserved seating, we invite all married couples to attend.  Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis (doors open at 3 p.m.).


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 2019?
  5. Who can attend the Celebration of Marriage Mass?
  6. Do we need to register?
  7. How can we register for the event?
  8. Will I receive confirmation of my registration?
  9. What information do I need to register?
  10. What if we want to register but we do not have an email address?
  11. What is the deadline for registration?
  12. Is there reserved seating?
  13. What time should we be there? What time does the celebration end?
  14. We are not celebrating a milestone wedding anniversary; can we still attend the Mass?
  15. Is there a cost to attend the event?
  16. Are priests invited?
  17. May family and friends come with us?
  18. What do we wear? Should we wear white?
  19. Is St. Clare of Assisi Parish accessible to people with a physical disability?
  20. Are there washrooms at St. Clare of Assisi Parish?
  21. Where do we park?
  22. Is St. Clare of Assisi Parish accessible by public transport?
  23. Will there be a reception following Mass?
  24. Can we take pictures during the Mass?
  25. Can we have a photo with the Cardinal?
  26. Will we have access to the pictures taken by the official photographer?
  27. Will the Archdiocese be providing me with a commemorative certificate to mark our milestone anniversary?
  28. 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 2016

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 2019, Marriage Sunday weekend is on February 9/10, 2019.


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, couples celebrating their milestone 25th, 40th, 50th and 60+ wedding anniversary in 2019 and who have registered for the celebration will be invited to stand in their pews, face one another and hold hands as they renew their vows and are given a special blessing. They 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 2019?

The Mass is being held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at St. Clare of Assisi Parish, 150 St. Francis Ave, Woodbridge, ON L4H 2A2.


5. Who can attend the Celebration of Marriage Mass?

Everyone is welcome to attend, but only milestone celebrants who have registered will have reserved seating. Any remaining non-reserved seating will be provided on a first-come first-served basis.


6. Do we need to register?

Those couples celebrating a milestone anniversary (25th, 40th, 50th and 60+) are asked to register in advance to ensure reserved seating. Only milestone celebrants who have registered will have reserved seating.


7. How can we register for the event?

Registration runs from November 30, 2018 through February 5, 2019 and can be accessed online at surveymonkey.com/r/marriagesunday2019


8. Will I receive confirmation of my registration?

After filling in the required information on the registration form, please be sure to click the DONE button. You will then receive an e-mail confirming your registration. If you do not find the confirmation e-mail in your INBOX, please check your SPAM box.


9. What information do I need to register?

Milestone couples need to provide their first and last names, email address, phone number, current parish and the date of their wedding.


10. 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.


11. What is the deadline for registration?

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 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 Bishop Kasun in 2018

12. 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.


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

We ask couples to arrive no earlier than 3:00 p.m. Mass will start at 4:00 p.m. and is expected to finish at 5:30 p.m., including group photos. Following the Mass, there will be a short reception in the parish hall.


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

The Mass is open to all, but only milestone anniversary couples who have registered will have reserved seating.


15. Is there a cost to attend the event?

There is no cost to register and attend the event.


16. 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.


17. May family and friends come with us?

Family and friends are welcome to attend and celebrate with you; however, only registered milestone anniversary couples will be offered reserved seating. Family and friends can sit in non-reserved seating on a first come, first serve basis.


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

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


19. Is St. Clare of Assisi Parish accessible to people with a physical disability?

Yes, there are two accessible entrances to the church – one on the eastside and another on the west side.  All parts of the church are accessible as they are all on one level.


20. Are there washrooms at St. Clare of Assisi Parish?

Yes, the church has accessible washrooms.


21. Where do we park?

Parking is available at the church's parking lot, but we highly recommend carpooling. There will be parking attendants in the lot guiding cars and directing them to available spaces.


22. Is St. Clare of Assisi Parish accessible by public transport?

Yes, St. Clare of Assisi Parish is accessible by public transport. Please consult Trip Planners for TTC at ttc.ca/Trip_planner and/or York Region Transit (Viva) at tripplanner.yrt.ca/hiwire for available routes.

You could also find directions by referring to Google Maps: bit.ly/StClareofAssisiParish


23. 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 2016 Celebration of Marriage Mass

24. 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 will be available later for download.


25. 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. Anniversary couples will be asked to remain in their pew until they are called to come 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.


26. 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.


27. 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:


28. 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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