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The Southern Cross : March 2012
The Southern Cross Page 6 March 2012 www.thesoutherncross.org.au | news Fr Dean Marin Ph: (08) 8232 8688 www.adelaide.catholic.org.au Priesthood looking for... may be what you ve been What will stick with? you You are welcome tothe' Inquirers Mass' *St Mary' s Church, 179 Stanley St, North Adelaide Next Masses 7.30pm Fridays 4th May 2012 and 1st June 2012 When you engage in Funeral ritual, you acknowledge life passed, give meaning to life lived, encounter your sense of loss, When someone we love dies, we touch the mystery of life changing, not ending. Life changing. Signature Service ... since 1867 Dedicated to Faith-centred Funerals (08) 8223 5879 Phone Any time Every day 49 Wakefield Street, Adelaide 5000. www.frankjsiebert.com.au 100% South Australian family owned Proprietor & Manager B Siebert Funeral Directors Frank J Siebert and your journey of grieving. In March 1952, The Southern Cross published an article of newlyweds Ron and Kath Konopka. Sixty years from the original publication, the couple has again made the pages of our Catholic newspaper, this time to commemorate their recent diamond jubilee. They have, unintentionally, become the pin-up couple for the South Australian Catholic Church's message of long-term commitment and the sacred bond of marriage for Saint Valentine's Day, celebrated last month. She thought he was a great dancer. And he liked the look of her. More than 60 years on and Ron and Kath Konopka's first dance has yielded a good return. The Pennington pair was married on Australia Day in 1952 at St Mary's Church in Port Adelaide, as reported by The Southern Cross in March 1952 (pictured right). About 120 guests crammed into the adjacent church hall where the couple first met at a dance evening. Ron and Kath admit that while their faces might have changed, the reasons for saying "I do" 60 years ago seems to have remained the same. "You have to give and take," says Kath, 82. For 85-year-old Ron, it's the couple's commitment to family and church which has kept them strong. Ron and Kath have five children, 11 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Ron, a fitter and turner for the SA Railways, recalls working a second job as a bar attendant to help educate his children through Catholic schools (his eldest son John -- is deputy principal at St Aloysius College). His spare time was spent at the Pennington Parish on the parish council, the finance committee, as a Mass reader, and helping maintain Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church and St Mary's Church, as well as ferrying priests and religious men and women from across Adelaide to the western suburbs. Kath spent many years writing the parish newsletter and was a volunteer for the St Vincent de Paul Migrant Refugee Committee for 15 years. It's this type of loving, long-term marital union, says Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson in a letter last month marking St Valentine's Day, that is "immeasurable" to family and the community at large. "Not only does the couple themselves flourish within a Christ centred marriage, but the children and families surrounding the couple reap the benefits also," he says. Archbishop Wilson called on parishes to use Saint Valentine's Day to refocus on the sacred bond of marriage and capture the joyfulness of the Feast of St Valentine. To read the Archbishop's letter regarding St Valentine's Day in its entirety visit www.adelaide.catholic. org.au By Rebecca DiGirolamo DIAMOND DARLINGS: Kath and Ron Konopka have spent the last 60 years married in the western suburbs of Adelaide. It started with a dance