The Hansens are pictured today
The Hansens are pictured today

Jimmy and Catherine Hansen will privately celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 21. As they explain it, they became “one” at Sweet Home’s St. Helen Church in 1970. They have five children and their spouses, and 26 grandchildren — a family they call a blessing.

“For the past four decades, God has nourished our marriage at Stayton’s Immaculate Conception Church,” the couple say. “We are thankful for several groups that have touched our marriage in wonderful ways: Marriage Encounter, Natural Family Planning, RCIA, small church communities, charismatic renewal, and Catholic schools. We are still standing in front of each other, proclaiming our love.”