More than 200 poor couples tied the knot today at a free mass wedding organized by the Catholic Church in East Nusa Tenggara province.
The newly-weds exchanged vows in what is to be a twice-yearly event at a chapel in St Joseph the Worker Parish inKupang archdiocese aimed at helping poor Catholic couples start married life without having the burden of paying for an expensive wedding.
The sheer number of couples who turned up today shows how much this service is being appreciated, said Father Kristoforus Bob Muda, the parish’s assistant priest.
“We had to accommodate them all,” he said of the 201 couples who were married.
“All expenses were and will be met by the parish. Couples need only join the program and all will get a marriage certificate,” he added.
Simon Seran, one of the bridegrooms, said the mass wedding took away a key financial worry and was exciting at the same time.
“If we managed the wedding ourselves the expenses would have been huge. Praise must go to the Church for taking care of everything,” he said.
The fact there were so many other couple there also made it a very special day, he added.