Cathedral to honor marriages, open photo exhibit June 6

| June 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
The first couple to get married at the Cathedral of St. Paul?were Adolph Schmit and Daisey Rettinger. The wedding took place April 14, 1915.  Photo courtesy the Cathedral of St. Paul

The first couple to get married at the Cathedral of St. Paul?were Adolph Schmit and Daisey Rettinger. The wedding took place April 14, 1915. Photo courtesy the Cathedral of St. Paul

Saturday, June 6, will be a special day for the sacrament of marriage in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Couples celebrating 25 and 50 years of wedded life in 2015 will be honored at 10 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul. Archbishop John Nienstedt is to preside.

The annual Archdiocesan Marriage Day Celebration will continue with a reception immediately following for families and friends. The event is free of charge.

June 6 is also opening day of a special centennial exhibit, “100 Years of Marriage at the Cathedral of St. Paul.”

The exhibit is billed as a walk through history as seen through 138 wedding photographs, from the first wedding in the “new” cathedral on April 14, 1915, to a wedding April 25, 2015.

Couples who were married at the cathedral and their descendants were invited to share the wedding photos, which will be displayed timeline style along with a few wedding dresses from different time periods.

Celeste Raspanti, the cathedral’s archivist who is co-chair of its centennial committee, has been collecting items for months for the exhibit, which will be on display in the cathedral’s lower level.

“The word ‘honor’ is used so often by the people who sent in photos of their parents, grandparents or great-grandparents,” Raspanti said. “People are so happy to honor their loved ones by having their wedding photos as part of this exhibit.”

Some photos are identified in the exhibit simply with names and dates, but others have a story accompanying the pictures highlighting interesting wedding- day experiences.

The photos and the stories not only portray the history of the past century, Raspanti said, but also the value people placed on both the sacrament and the church in which they received it.

The exhibit, she said, is “making a statement about what we believe about the sacrament of marriage as the coming together of a man and a woman and the founding of families.”

After June 6, visitors will be able to view the exhibit from 12 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and after the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Masses on Sundays.

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