In 1922, a candy maker in Cleveland instituted the first Sweetest Day by giving candy to orphans, newsboys, old folks and the poor (Wikipedia). The day has evolved over the years and St. Thomas More Parish is no different. Couples married 50 years or more are honored at the 4:30pm vigil Mass on the third Saturday of October.
This year 58 couples registered for the special recognition. According to the special bulletin insert, three couples have been married for 71 years. The most common year for this year’s celebration was 1962 with eight couples having tied the knot 55 years ago.
Following the homily, all married couples were asked to stand to renew their vows. After exchanging the sign of peace, altar server made their way around the church delivering a single red rose to all couples married 50 years or more. Father Bill joked that those who may have forgotten Sweetest Day could purchase the extra roses for $10 each!
As the golden anniversary couples exited the church they were treated to cupcakes to go to enjoy later the evening.