Families on Holy Ground

  Gather MONTHLY, every 1st Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at St. John Neumann Catholic Church with fellow Catholic families as we grow together in our rich and beautiful faith.  Every gathering will be followed with a potluck or snack. Activities will rotate on a three-month schedule: * Family Holy Hour: enjoy a child-friendly time of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with singing, reflection, prayers! …

Couples Prayer

“The family that prays together, stays together.” Fr. Patrick Peyton   Prayers for Catholic Couples with Reflections from Pope Francis’ The Joy of Love item#BPCCE7 Shared Prayer, A Help for Married Love by Father William Rabior: Liguori Publications Happy Together, the Catholic Blueprint for a Loving Marriage by John Bosio                                                                        Also available in Spanish in PDF format from Twenty-Third Publications …

Bishop celebrates marriage Mass in Chattanooga

Jim Wogan Marriage, Marriage and Culture, Marriage Enrichment, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated a Mass to honor married couples at Sts. Peter & Paul Basilica in Chattanooga on Sept. 24. The Mass to reaffirm marriage vows was initiated by the Diocese of Knoxville’s Office of Marriage Preparation and Enrichment.  It is one of three marriage celebrations schedule in 2016 and early 2017.  The first Mass was celebrated at …

Priests, deacons, women religious, laity gather for annulment workshop

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, Marriage, Marriage and Culture, News

Priests, deacons, women religious and laity from across the Diocese of Knoxville gathered April 29 to learn specifics surrounding the Declaration of Nullity process. Father David Carter, pastor of the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga and one of the diocese’s canon lawyers, delivered the keynote remarks for the workshop held at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in …

Diocese parishioners gather for Ministries Day

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Christian Formation, Diocese of Knoxville, Marriage, Marriage and Culture, Marriage Enrichment, New Evangelization, News, Offices, Young Adult Ministry, Youth Ministry

More than 200 parishioners from around the Diocese of Knoxville took part Oct. 18 in Ministries Day, a daylong event where diocesan ministry leaders gather with fellow Catholics from the various churches to share ideas on how to more effectively spread the faith. Thirty presentations in English and Spanish were held for parishioners, with each presentation concentrating on some aspect …

Family Honor

Providing and promoting a family-centered, Catholic approach to chastity education Parents and their adolescents,(8th graders and mature 7th graders) are invited to participate in Real Love, Real Life chastity program. Family Honor Inc. gives you the opportunity to participate with your adolescent in a spiritually-based chastity education program delivered by a team of experienced presenters. Based on Saint Pope John …

At 6 months old, Aaron Morales is teaching a community about the value of life and the power of prayer

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Christian Formation, Health, Hispanic, Marriage and Culture, News

By Bill Brewer Aaron Roman Morales should not be here. By all accounts, birth defects would rob Aaron of the life his parents desperately wanted for him. At least that’s what the doctors concluded. But here he is, at 6 months old, growing and thriving and behaving like most children his age. That’s a far cry from Nov. 28, 2013, …

Pope presides over wedding of 20 couples at St. Peter’s Basilica

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Marriage, Marriage Enrichment, News

By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY – Presiding over the wedding of 20 couples in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis celebrated marriage as the union of a man and woman playing complementary roles during their common journey through life.“This is what marriage is all about: man and woman walking together, wherein the husband helps his wife to become ever more …

In Defense of Marriage

Reclaim Sexual Health Consequences of Redefining Marriage   Prayer In Defense Of Marriage God our Father, we give you thanks for the gift of marriage: the bond of life and love, and the font of the family. The love of husband and wife enriches your Church with children, fills the world with a multitude of spiritual fruitfulness and service, and …

Divorced Catholics Healing Support

The Diocesan Office of Marriage Preparation & Enrichment in partnership with four different parishes’ Family Life Office will offer a one-day divorce healing seminar. This one-day seminar presented by Deacon Walt Otey is an overview of the Journey of Hope program based on the book Divorced. Catholic. Now What? Attendees will view DVD presentation The Voices of Hope, and participate in discussion to lead them …

Surviving the Holidays

    St. John Neumann Church will offer “Surviving the Holidays” workshop for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one through death on Sunday, November 11 from 3:30-5:30 pm, facilitated by Sr. Restituta Nyinoweitu and Marilyn Derbyshire. The cost is $10 for material and supplies. Light refreshments will be served. Please inform in advance if you need childcare. To …

Overview of the Annulment Process Seminars

DECLARATION OF NULLITY VIDEO SERIES PART 1    WHAT A DECLARATION OF NULLITY IS AND WHAT IT IS NOT PART 2    WHAT IS MARRIAGE? PART 3    TERMS USED IN THE NULLITY PROCESS PART 4    DOCUMENTARY CASE TYPES PART 5     DEFECTIVE CONSENT CASE  

Marriage Enrichment Programs and Materials available for parish use

A Marriage Made for Heaven: Secrets of Heavenly Couplehood By Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak Leader’s guide and DVD are available for parish use. Couple’s workbook would need to be ordered. DVD has 12, 15min teachings hosted by Dr. Greg and Lisa Popcak will give you everything you need to help couples apply profound insights from our Catholic faith and contemporary …