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A Lesson on Love: Teacher Gets Married At Grade School Mass, Before Entire Student Body

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 04/19/16

This is just wonderful.

From The Georgia Bulletin: 

Beth Anne Ross and William Dempsey III were united in the sacrament of marriage Friday, April 1, at the morning Mass of St. Jude the Apostle School. Dempsey and Ross, longtime friends and running and hiking partners, became husband and wife at the first wedding in the school community’s history. A second-grade teacher at St. Jude, the bride provided white carnations for her students to pin to their school uniforms. Her class, who had prime seats at the front of St. Jude Church, bobbed up and down for a glimpse of their teacher as she walked down the aisle in a tea-length wedding gown. The bride, carrying a bouquet of assorted white flowers, entered on the arm of her father, Lawrence Ross, to the processional song, “Morning Has Broken.” Msgr. Joe Corbett, pastor, celebrated the Mass, which was attended by the entire student body, as well as the couple’s friends and family members. Msgr. Joe Corbett, pastor, celebrated the Mass, which was attended by the entire student body, as well as the couple’s friends and family members.

“Class, today we’re going to talk about marriage,” said Msgr. Corbett.

“We are delighted to be able to share in their happiness today,” he said.   …The celebrant asked the guests to do something for the couple. “During their ceremony they would like for you to say a little prayer, asking God to bless them this day and all the days of their married life.” During the presentation of the gifts, the St. Jude Middle School Choir sang “Ave Maria.” In a light moment, he asked the second-graders who is boss of the classroom. They shouted “Ms. Ross” in unison. After the wedding, who will be the boss at her house, he queried. “Mrs. Dempsey,” they said.

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Photo: Katy Cowan / Georgia Bulletin

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