Wedding Jubilee turns gold

October 2, 2012

HOUSTON — More than 500 married couples celebrating their 25th and 50th anniversaries renewed their vows and received a certificate from Daniel Cardinal DiNardo at the 50th anniversary of the Archdiocesan Wedding Anniversary Jubilee Mass Sunday, Sept. 16. An additional 400 couples unable to attend the Mass were sent a certificate by mail in recognition of their milestone anniversary.

The Mass is a special event held by the Archdiocese every year to honor couples celebrating their silver and gold anniversaries. The event, normally split into two separate Masses for each group, joined both groups together at the George R. Brown Convention Center for one big celebration of milestones.
Celebrant Daniel Cardinal DiNardo said married couples are an important personal witness for everyone, especially the young, to see love and respect practiced daily for God and each other.

"Married love is self-sacrificing love," he said. "And it is increased by exercising it. It is that love that is a strong foundation for families, children."
The couples renewed their vows together, in both English and Spanish, after Cardinal DiNardo's homily.

Carleen and Elvin Hidalgo, who are celebrating their golden anniversary this year, said the best advice they could give to couples getting married is to trust in God and never give up.

"Always learn to respect each other's feelings," Elvin said. "And whenever you fall, get up, try again and never give up."

Carleen agreed with her husband's sentiments, adding, "In life, there are good and bad times and it's the same thing in marriage. And when things aren't going so well… get on your knees and pray to God."

Virginia and Paul Castillo recalled the moments before their wedding 50 years ago.

"We were excited to begin our new life together," Virginia Castillo said. "It wasn't as easy as we thought it would be [then]. It's a lot of hard work."