Marriage Sunday in the Archdiocese of Toronto Celebration of Marriage Mass – February 11, 2018

The Office of Formation for Discipleship at the Archdiocese of Toronto is happy to announce the Celebration of Marriage Mass at Blessed Trinity Church on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 3 p.m. Couples celebrating their milestone 25th, 40th, 50th and 60+ wedding anniversary will be honoured at this special Mass. Registration for reserved seating is now closed.

UPDATE (2/22/2018): Photos from the event are now available on Facebook: A Celebration of Marriage 2018 photo album. Thank you for joining us at the Celebration of Marriage Mass! 

UPDATE (2/1/2018): In case you saw the Catholic Register article (Feb. 4, 2018 issue) referencing Marriage Sunday, please note that the Mass will be at Blessed Trinity Parish and not St. Michael’s Cathedral as mentioned.

UPDATE (1/15/2018): Cardinal Collins has been called to a meeting in Rome. Most Rev. Robert Kasun, CSB, Bishop for the Central Region of the Archdiocese of Toronto, will be celebrating the Mass in his place.


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 2018?

  5. Who can attend the Celebration of Marriage Mass?

  6. Do we need to register?

  7. How can we register for the event?

  8. What information do I need to register?

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

  10. Will I receive confirmation of my registration?

  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 Blessed Trinity Parish accessible to people with a physical disability?

  20. Are there restrooms at Blessed Trinity Parish?

  21. Where do we park?

  22. Is Blessed Trinity Parish accessible by TTC?

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


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 2018, Marriage Sunday weekend is on February 10/11, 2018.

 

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

2. What is the Celebration of Marriage Mass?

Many parishes observe Marriage Sunday celebrations each year at the local level. Every other 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 many 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 anytime in 2018 and who have registered for the celebration are provided with reserved seats. During the Mass, these anniversary couples will be invited to stand in their pews, face one another and hold hands as they are given a special blessing. 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 2018?

The Mass is being held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at Blessed Trinity Parish at 3220 Bayview Ave, North York, ON M2M 3R7.

 

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. Registration is now closed.

 

7. How can we register for the event?

Registration for the event is now closed.

 

8. 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.

 

9. 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.

 

10. Will I receive confirmation of my registration?

Upon completing your registration, you will see a thank-you page confirming your registration. You will not receive an email confirmation. You’re registered.

 

11. What is the deadline for registration?

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 is the final day that registrations will be accepted.

 

Couples celebrating milestone wedding anniversaries receive a special blessing from Cardinal Collins in 2016
Couples celebrating milestone wedding anniversaries received a special blessing from Cardinal Collins in 2016

12. Is there reserved seating?

Milestone anniversary couples that 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 2:15 p.m. Mass will start at 3 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.

 

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 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 us via email at brendav@archtoronto.org.

 

17. May family and friends come with us?

Family and friends are welcome to attend and celebrate with you; however, only milestone anniversary couples will be offered reserved seating. Any remaining non-reserved seating will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

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

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

 

19. Is Blessed Trinity Parish accessible to people with a physical disability?

Yes, there is a ramp at the front entrance of the church. The church, washrooms and parish hall are accessible.

 

20. Are there restrooms at Blessed Trinity Parish?

Yes, there are restrooms on the main floor of the church, near the parish hall.

 

21. Where do we park?

Parking is available in the church's parking lot. There will be parking attendants in the lot guiding cars and directing them to available spaces and to additional parking, if needed, at Blessed Trinity Catholic School across Bayview Avenue.

 

22. Is Blessed Trinity Parish accessible by TTC?

Blessed Trinity is only a 5-minute walk (300 metres) north of the intersection of Bayview Avenue and Finch Avenue East. TTC Bus #11A travels north-south along Bayview Avenue. TTC Bus #39 travels east-west along Finch Avenue East.

 

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.

 

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 photos (group photos of milestone couples) will be available later for download.

 

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

25. Can we have a photo with the Cardinal/Mass celebrant?

The official photographer will take group photos (by year of anniversary) with Bishop Robert Kasun, CSB, 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. I still have more questions. Is there a number I could call?

Please contact Brenda Voisin at the Archdiocese of Toronto’s Office of Formation for Discipleship at 416-934-3400, ext. 523 or by email at brendav@archtoronto.org if you have any additional questions.


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