News and events News Love is in the Air – Celebrating Marriage Week 2019 Milestone marriages are to be celebrated by the Archdiocese of Birmingham and the hunt is now on to find the longest married couple! As part of next year’s Marriage Week, which runs from February 7 to 14, a Thanksgiving Mass is to be held at St Chad’s Cathedral at 11am on Sunday 3 February. And if couples aren’t able to get to the cathedral, it is hoped celebratory masses will be said across the diocese to ensure all milestone marriages are marked. Lianne Pap, Family Ministry Worker for the diocese, has been tasked with pulling together the plans for Marriage Week. “Archbishop Bernard Longley will be celebrating the Thanksgiving Mass for couples that have reached a milestone in their marriage – five, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 40, 45, 50, 60 and even 70 years of marriage,” said Lianne. “This has never been done in the diocese before and I’m really hoping to find the longest married couple.” Marriage Week UK is co-ordinated by Marriage Foundation and runs each year. It’s hailed a great annual focus for couples with the belief marriages can get better and better with each passing year. If you are celebrating a milestone marriage and would like to be a part of the Thanksgiving Mass please email [email protected] - marking your email ‘Marriage Week’.