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Celebrating marriage

Wayne and Rosalie Kudrna of Dickinson, who just celebrated their 50th anniversary, will participate in a diocese-wide Celebration of Marriage Liturgy on Saturday.

The Kudrnas were selected to carry the gifts at Mass starting at noon in St. Wenceslaus Church. A luncheon will follow.

"I think it is quite an honor for any married couples who are together, and especially for us at 50 years," said Wayne.

The celebration is sponsored by the Diocese of Bismarck. The Most Rev. Paul A. Zipfel will preside at Mass.

Rosalie registered for the celebration when she learned it was in Dickinson.

"It's a nice opportunity -- you don't have all that traveling," she said.

Wayne and Rosalie Messmer were married Oct. 24, 1960, at St. Mary's Church in Richardton.

Their family hosted an anniversary open house for them on Sunday at Queen of Peace Church.

Wayne is retired as a truck driver for Midwest Motors Express, while Rosalie works as a certified nursing assistant at St. Joseph's Hospital and Health Center.

They are the parents of five children -- Doug, Dickinson; Perry, Rapid City, S.D.; Cheryl, Glen Ullin; Carol, Minot and Allan, Dickinson.

Their family also includes 19 grandchildren.

Wayne credits their faith for helping them succeed in marriage.

"You have to lean on each other for daily tasks," he said.

Rosalie gave added credit to their prayer life.

"I think prayer has a lot to do with it -- anything in life," she said.

Wayne, who served two years in the military, is the vice commander of the Veteran's Drill Team. The couple also likes to spend time at the Sunset Center.

The Celebration of Marriage is designed for couples of all ages, said Joyce McDowall, director of the Office of Family Ministries for the diocese.

"Our youngest couple is married one year and the majority are married over 30 years," she said. "The oldest couple is married 70 years."

Of special note is the Vetter family -- nine brothers and one sister and their spouses who are coming to the celebration from the Linton and Napoleon areas, she said.

The diocese rotates the celebration from city to city each year.

"It gives people the opportunity to participate, especially for older ones," she said.

It's one of the bishop's priorities to strengthen marriage, said McDowall.

"Family and marriage are the basic cells of society," she added.

To help engaged couples prepare for marriage, McDowall said the diocese requires a weekend of classes related to spirituality, sacraments and marriage life skills. The classes are taught by volunteer couples.

The program also includes a marriage assessment survey to focus on concerns that a couple may or may not have considered prior to marriage, she said.

The church also offers Marriage Enrichment Weekends throughout the year for people who are married.

"It's to strengthen their commitment and their relationship," she said.

For more information about the Celebration of Marriage, contact McDowall at 701-222-3035 ext. 124.