“I probably won’t get to celebrate too many of these types of Masses,” noted Padre Roberto at the beginning of the Mass. Papá Chepe and Mamá Toni had just walked down half of the aisle in the small Huntington Park church. The church was filled with their family, a mix of generations. Even the priest was family. Padre Roberto is their nephew and ahijado (godson).
He’s right. How many couples get to celebrate 65 years of marriage?
My grandparents (and all their family by extension) are blessed. And we know it.
The ceremony was lovely. Padre Roberto spoke about the metaphorical wine in one’s marriage and the need to keep it replenished. Then Papá Chepe and Mamá Toni renewed their vows with the blessings of their children.
Following the Mass, we headed to La Verne for the reception for tacos and dancing and lots of pictures.