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Keepsake Edition: The Monitor celebrates Anniversary Blessings couples

Nearly 350 couples came together for the Bishop’s Anniversary Blessings Oct. 7 and 21 in Freehold’s Co-Cathedral and the Cathedral in Trenton. Among them were Ben and Frances Paolillo of St. Luke Parish, Toms River – the only ones celebrating 75 years of marriage. 

The Diocese’s annual gatherings brought anniversary couples and their loved ones together with Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., and area priests for a tribute to married love and fidelity.

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Hundreds of couples come together for Bishop's annual Anniversary Blessings Masses

“There’s a lot of love in this room,” Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., said as he looked over a sea of smiling couples, each celebrating a milestone anniversary this year.

“Today is a wonderful occasion for us to celebrate marriage, your marriage, your anniversaries in the midst of a community of faith,” he said. “This is your Sacrament, and this Sacrament that brought you together, this Sacrament that kept you together is a bond that has become stronger and deeper and holier with the passage of time.”

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Monday, October 29, 2018
Anniversary couples reflect on married love
After receiving blessings from Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., and being enveloped in the warmth of the greater Church community and supported by families and friends, couples mingled with one another at receptions after both Anniversary Blessings Masses, recalling stories of love and faith.

The sentiments that follow are among those shared by those celebrating their first, silver, golden and more anniversaries as they discussed their stories, the Sacrament of Marriage and how their Catholic faith plays a significant role in their lives as a couple.
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Sunday, October 28, 2018
Slideshows: Anniversary Couples' 'Our Wedding Memories'
Bishop David M. O'Connell celebrated two Anniversary Blessings Masses throughout the Diocese for couples marking their 1st, 25th, 50th or more wedding anniversaries.

In these two slideshows, created by The Monitor production staff, are photos of the anniversary couples.
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Sunday, October 28, 2018
Toms River parishioners share love advice after 75 years of marriage

Ask Ben and Frances Paolillo what the secret is to their 75-years-and-still-going-strong marriage, and one word keeps coming up: respect.

“The secret is respect,” Ben explained. “Take care of her, and she’ll take care of you.”

“And don’t argue,” Frances added. “Arguments don’t help – they only make you feel like a bad person.”

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Sunday, October 28, 2018



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