Marriage Preparation and Enrichment

Mass and Reaffirmation of Marriage Vows with Bishop Stika

Bishop Stika to celebrate bilingual Masses throughout our diocese in honor of the Sacrament of Matrimony!

 The Diocesan Office of Marriage Preparation & Enrichment has planned something special for all couples married in the Catholic Church and their families.

Couples will have an opportunity to reaffirm their vows and receive a blessing. Commemorative certificates will be distributed at the luncheon and a photo of each couple with Bishop Stika will be taken and mailed to your home.  Three churches will host a Mass and luncheon honoring married couples.Masses for 2017-18

Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Register by Thursday, August 3
St. Henry Church: 112-114, Highway 70 North, Rogersville, TN 37857

Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.  Register by Thursday, November 2            
Holy Spirit Church: 10768 Dayton Pike, Soddy Daisy, TN 37379

Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Register by Thursday, February 1 
Immaculate Conception Church: 414 West Vine Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902-1327

Space is limited in all these locations, so register right away.
To register contact: Marian Christiana or 423-892-2310

  • your names as you want them to appear on the certificate
  • how many years you have been married
  • total number in your party for the luncheon
We have planned a pilgrimage to Ireland for you with Fr. Mike Nolan!
August 21 – September 1, 2018

Deadline for the deposit to March 20, 2018
Space is limited. Reserve a place today!

Contact: Marian Christiana or 423-892-2310
Lisa Morris  or 865- 567-1245

WMOF Ireland _brochure registration updated 1-8-18


The Office of Marriage Preparation and Enrichment seeks to assist all diocesan couples as they respond to God’s call to holiness through the vocation of marriage.

This ministry provides our parishes with resources to support married and engaged couples as they endeavor to strengthen their covenant bond while proclaiming the presence of Jesus Christ within their families and through their daily lives.

To set out on the path of the married vocation means to learn married love day by day, year by year: love according to soul and body, love that ‘is patient, is kind, that does not insist on its own way . . . and does not rejoice at wrong’; love that ‘rejoices in the right,’ love that ‘endures all things.
—Pope John Paul II’s apostolic letter Dilecti Amici, 1985, No. 10

Marriage Preparation

The Diocese of Knoxville’s marriage-preparation process aims to help engaged couples more fully understand the church’s beautiful vision of marriage and equip them with the information and tools necessary to deal with the day-to-day joys and struggles of married life. If you’re planning to get married, begin your marriage preparation process by contacting your local parish. The links on this site provide an overview of the journey you will undertake to look beyond the wedding day and on to the lifetime of joy that awaits you both:

Marriage Enrichment

Marriage Enrichment opportunities will re-energize your marriage and deepen your commitment to your covenant bond. Couples are encouraged to take quality time to enhance their communication and build a stronger marital and family foundation. Programs are designed to benefit couples of all ages and at all stages.

Click here to find out >>52 Ways to Support Marriage in Your Parish

FOR YOUR MARRIAGE: An initiative of the United States Council of Catholic Bishops

Comments 3

  1. We were married September 11, 1971, as teenagers and are still happily married.
    Now, there is another detail: we completed RCIA and joined Sacred Heart last Easter, 2014. Whoa!! 41 years!
    But we are trying to explore receiving the sarement of Marriage this coming September 11, the next anniversary of our Protestant Mariage Service. Is this possible?? Does it make sense? We really would like some feedback and help with the process. We think a very simple service just before or after noon Mass?? We have two adult daughters who may attend, or not. One is unhappy to our conversion, the other is downright hostile.
    Please help!
    Thanks, Sharon & Steven Cliff

    1. Sharon and Steve,
      Welcome to the Catholic Church and on 41 years of marriage! I am sorry to hear that your conversion has caused your daughters grief. The RCIA director that you worked with might have some suggestions for you to help them with the transition.

      I would love to you more about planning your sacramental marriage. Please contact me directly at I hope to hear from you soon.
      Marian Christiana

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