A total of 64 couples said their ‘I do’s’ in a mass wedding organized by the All Saints Catholic Church, Dutse on Wednesday as part of the parish’s commemoration of their feast day.
The wedding which was officiated by the Auxilliary Bishop of Abuja Archdiocese, Anselm Umoren, had couples who had been married for long and had not been able to have their church wedding, finally have their dreams come true.
Speaking during the celebration, the parish priest of the church, Fr Dan Agber, represented by Associate Priest, Fr Cyril Osuji, said that the event was organized in order to give opportunity to those who have not wedded in the church to do so and become fully active in the church.
“When we came here, we noticed that so many people were active in the church but were not receiving communion. We inquired and found out that most of them were not wedded in the church. We decided to do it as one of the events we have planned to celebrate on our feast day. We are privileged to have the Auxilliary Bishop of Abuja to be the chief celebrant of the occasion.”
He stated that the wedding will be organized in the church when the need arises so as to give opportunity to those who need to solemnize their marriages.
Also speaking, the secretary general of the Laity Council of the church, Monday Ahmed, expressed joy at the success of the event, adding that the occasion was part of their celebration which started with a retreat, a football match between the men and women of the church and a dinner with the Auxiliary bishop of the church.
One of those who wedded, Oriba Francis, stated that he had been with his wife since 2010, saying that his church wedding was delayed due to some problems he encountered, adding that he felt complete as a Christian in the catholic church after the wedding.