Marriage & Family Life: Celebrate Marriage With Anniversary Masses

by Adam Storey | July 18, 2019

Adam Storey

This month, Kara and I will celebrate nine years of marriage.

We’re still relatively new, and yet as I look back on the past nine years I see so many surprises, challenges and hidden graces that I never could have predicted on our wedding day.

As we share our lives together, our love continues to grow and deepen.

And while we do have to work at our marriage every day, our primary work continues to be an attempt to be open to God’s grace in our marriage.

We are able to give more in our marriage because we have received more. The graces of marriage do not end on the wedding day, they begin, and it is beautiful to see the surprises and power of that grace!

As we approach our anniversary, we are also approaching our diocesan anniversary Masses, which will be celebrated next month. This is the chance each year for us to gather as a diocese to honor and pray with couples celebrating milestone anniversaries.

This year our two anniversary masses are Saturday, Aug. 3 at 5:15 p.m. at St. John Church in Greenfield, and Sunday, Aug. 4 at the 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Ambrose Cathedral in Des Moines.

Strong marriages are vital to our Church and broader society and these Masses can be a powerful way to celebrate the gift of marriage.

Additionally, a certificate of blessing is available with registration for couples celebrating milestone anniversaries (5-year increments and 50+ years). Reserved seating will be available for these couples and their families. 

These Masses are open to all families who would like to honor and celebrate marriage!

To register call Cathy Gearhart at 515-237-5004 or email her at

Whether you are celebrating your own anniversary, or the anniversary of a friend or relative, or even if you just want to celebrate and support marriage, I hope to see you there!


Adam Storey

Adam Storey leads the Marriage Ministry Department for the Diocese of Des Moines, which seeks to work with parishes and couples, walking with all families in all their stages, in their joys and sorrows, their celebrations and challenges.