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350 Couples Celebrate Golden Anniversary


Hundreds of Houston couples celebrated a very special milestone Sunday afternoon before God, family and friends.

350 Catholic couples were celebrating 50 years of marriage by renewing their vows at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in downtown Houston.

For 49 years, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston has celebrated with a mass for the couples who have been able to reach the golden anniversary in their marriage.

"It's a blessing like the Cardinal said, it's a gift from God, not too many people can see a 50-year anniversary," said Roland Fontenette.

"This is like yesterday. It has really been a blessing. We have two children, two daughters and we've just been blessed," said Dot Fontenette.

"It's almost impossible that we've been married that long because it’s gone by so fast," said Bina Mlcak.

"We trust each other and we love each other," said Clem Mlcak.

The Mlcaks and the Fontenettes are among hundreds of other couples celebrating 50 years of marriage.

Standing before the Archbishop Daniel Cardinal DiNardo and other members of the clergy Sunday afternoon, couples faced each other, held hands and renewed their vows. They promised to be true in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, and they promised to love and honor one another for all the days of their lives.

"It reminds us of our commitment to one another and I think that makes it stronger that we've renewed our vows and I just think we'll keep on hanging in there," said Bina Mlcak.

Event organizer Maritza Roman told FOX 26 News vows do not need to be renewed at special milestones though; they should be renewed every day.

"It should happen as soon as you wake up in front of your couple and you decide to sacrifice one more day, to forgive one more day, to get over that bad mood or temper or financial situation. It's something that should be done every day, this is just a celebration in front of God with the presence of our Cardinal. People are just testifying that there is still marriage after 50 years," said Maritza Roman.

For anyone who has not reached that 50-year mark with his or her partner, here is come advice from the 'professionals':

"Have faith in God and pray for His health and guidance and just trust one another and be somewhat independent on your own, do things on your own and of course do things together," said Bina Mlcak.

"Communication, commitments, believe in each other. It's a variety of things that accumulate over many years," said Roland Fontenette.

"For the ladies, keep the stove burning too. That's part of success," said Dot Fontenette.

Another 350 Catholic couples will celebrate their 25th anniversary by renewing their vows as well Sunday, Sept. 25 at 3 p.m.


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