Marriage Enrichment

Bishop James F. Checchio greets and congratulates couples after the Silver and Gold Wedding Anniversary Celebration held on October 30, 2016 at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, Metuchen.
(John Batkowski/The Catholic Spirit, photo)

Silver & Gold Wedding Anniversary Celebration

Each year, the diocesan church celebrates a Sunday evening prayer service, giving public expression and recognition to couples celebrating their 25th or 50th wedding anniversaries.

The service is celebrated by the Bishop in the Cathedral and all celebrating couples are invited to attend. Wedding vows are renewed and each couple receives a personalized certificate from the Bishop.

The celebration takes place at St. Francis of Assisi Cathedral in Metuchen. The date for 2017 will be announced during the summer.

If you are celebrating your 25th or 50th wedding anniversary and would like to take part in the celebration, you need to complete an application at your parish after the date is announced. Your parish will submit it directly to us.

Marriage Encounter Weekends

Marriage Encounter is a weekend enrichment program designed to help build communication skills between husband and wife.

A series of presentations given by married couples and a priest provide meaningful reflection for couples to refocus on their relationship. The weekend affords private time for dialogue away from the distractions of everyday life.

The Marriage Encounter Weekends are usually held in local hotels.

2017 Dates: The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend will be January 13-15, 2017

For further information or to register, contact:
• Dan and Donna Weeks (732) 904-9636 or visit Worldwide Marriage Encounter Central NJ
• Ron and Jackie Cialino (732) 506-0944 or visit

For Hispanic Marriage Encounter Weekends, contact:
• Eugenio and Teresa Porras at (732) 675-5899 or