Parishioners ‘jump the broom’ celebrating wedding anniversaries

CAMDEN – In celebration of Black History Month, National Marriage Week and Valentine’s Day, parishioners at Sacred Heart parish in Camden gathered to celebrate “Jumping the Broom Sunday” on Feb. 12. Father Guy Wilson, invited all married couples to receive a special blessing and take part in a reception after Mass, after “jumping the broom.”

Father Guy said that “jumping the broom signifies sweeping away the past and starting a new life as a married couple. It also signifies the freedom of a couple to choose who they love and commit to.”
“Today, it represents great joy yet at the same time serves as a reminder of the past suffering and the unconquerable will of men and women to celebrate their lives with God’s blessing.”

Pictured: Father Guy Wilson and Martina Griffin line up couples for the broom jump at Sacred Heart parish on Sunday, Feb. 12. The first couple lined up to jump the broom, Leon and Susie Ware, are celebrating 63 years of happy marriage this year. (Photos by Tereza Ma)