The 32nd Annual Cana Dinner was held for the All Saints parish community on Saturday, Feb. 11. Archbishop Bernard Hebda was welcomed to Brackett’s Crossing by 310 people – 100 more attendees than last year’s event. The dinner is part of the events and programs that will take place as we celebrate our 140th parish anniversary.
The evening offered time to enjoy fellowship with friends while taking time for prayer, breaking bread together and hearing from a wonderful speaker.
The Cana Dinner is about celebrating the vocational call to the married life and the journey on which that vocation has taken each of the married couples – whether the newly engaged (we had two couples in attendance) to those celebrating their 62nd anniversary. Marriage is an exciting adventure that offers good times and bad, challenges and ease, joy and sadness and, most of all, the greatest gift of all – the intimacy of true, authentic love.
The sacred marriage vows can be challenged by so many factors, both internal and external to each relationship. The Cana Dinner is an event that affirms marriage by celebrating those who value the Sacrament of Marriage.
Archbishop Hebda shared insight from Pope Francis’ Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia – The Joy of Love. He specifically referenced chapter four, where Pope Francis examines each phrase of St. Paul’s passage on love (Corinthians 13:4-8) and how it mirrors the love of Christ for His church.
The evening ended with a renewal of wedding vows and a blessing by the Archbishop.
Planning for the 33rd annual Cana Dinner will reflect the parishes renewed commitment to engaging parishioners in intentional discipleship. With this in mind, Fr. Wilson has asked that a committee of parishioners be formed to plan the details, including recommendations for our guest speakers. He asked me and my husband, Joe, to lead a small committee in this endeavor. If you would like to join us, please contact the parish
office and they will connect us. We will begin planning this spring for the 2018 event.