Bishop Tom Williams, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Liverpool, will be the Celebrant at a Mass to celebrate Marriage and Family Life in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King at 11.00 am this coming Sunday, 16 February.
The Mass will give thanks to God for the gift of family and all are welcome to attend whether married, single, divorced, separated or bereaved. Bishop Tom says of the occasion: ‘We all need to belong, and to be needed. We don't choose our family, they choose us: for better and for worse. Our family is who we are and where we all belong. It's all about how we love and who we love.’
The Mass will include the passing on of family Bibles which were entrusted to three families at last year’s celebration.
The first bible was presented to Agnes and Jimmy Gee, who celebrated their Golden wedding in 2013, they will pass it on to Kenny and Carolyn Lawler who will celebrate their first Anniversary this year. The second Bible has been held by James and Gina Vandenberg, who celebrated the birth of their first child in 2013, they will be pass it on to Deacon Paul and Mary Collins who will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary this year. The third family bible held by Gareth and Kathryn Gillard, will be passed on to Irene Kennedy and family.
At the Offertory three family members will bring forward gifts; and three generations of family: Grandmother, Mother, Son and Grandson will bring items relating to family life.
When they leave the Cathedral each family will receive a prayer card celebrating marriage and family life.
The Mass in celebration of Marriage and Family Life begins at 11.00 am this coming Sunday, 16 February in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King and is open to all.