Milestone marriages are to be celebrated once again in the Archdiocese of Birmingham, with two Thanksgiving Masses planned for May.

Following last year’s overwhelming success at the first such event, couples celebrating significant anniversaries this year are now being invited to take part, along with those preparing to marry.

This year’s two Thanksgiving Masses will be held at St Chad’s Cathedral and tie-in with Marriage Week 2020.

The first takes place on Saturday 9 May at midday with celebrant Bishop William Kenney.

The second takes place on Saturday 16 May at midday with celebrant Bishop David McGough.

So if you are celebrating a milestone anniversary this year, whether it is your 1st anniversary or every 5th year up to 60th (and every year after 60), please join one of the Masses.

Last year over 6,500 years of marriage were celebrated at the Thanksgiving Mass, a truly remarkable achievement.

The cathedral was packed as almost 200 couples, and their families, gathered to take part. And all married couples had the opportunity to take the Renewal of Commitment.

The most popular milestone marriage last year was Golden Wedding, marked by 36 couples.

And last year’s longest married couple in the Archdiocese? Mr and Mrs Beveridge, of St Joseph’s parish in Goldenhill, Stoke-on-Trent, had been married for 75 years!

Once again organised by Lianne Pap, Diocesan Marriage and Family Life Co-ordinator, this year’s event is set to be memorable for all.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to collectively acknowledge, and celebrate, all those who have pledged their commitment through marriage,” said Lianne.

“Last year’s event was very special for all who took part - a public recognition and celebration of their Sacrament of Marriage.

“I’m hoping this year’s event will be just as special, and as there are two opportunities to take part it means we can accommodate even more milestone marriage couples and their families.

“And of course it will be great to find out who’s celebrating the longest marriage this year!

“So if you, or someone you know, is celebrating then please contact me.”

Please email Lianne Pap to take part in this year’s event, marking your email ‘Marriage Mass’.