I Pray, You Pray, We All Pray: Fostering Couple Prayer
Dr. Tom Neal, Academic Dean and Professor of Spiritual Theology at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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2018 Longest Married Couple in the Diocese of Knoxville and Tennessee state winners
Parishioners of St. Stephen Church, John & Grace Gridley.
They celebrated their 70th anniversary on January 31, 2018.</h6
|All Saints Church||Robert & Mary Agnes Schaefer||65|
|Cathedral of the Sacred Heart||Richard & Jean Van Sickle||67|
|Christ the King Church||Judy & Leo Banasiak||58|
|Immaculate Conception Church||William and Constance Healey||57|
|Notre Dame Church||George & Lois Toth||66|
|Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Chattanooga||Wade & Ann Wheeler||68|
|Shepherd of the Valley Church||Larry & Dianne Taylor||55|
|St. Alphonsus Church||William & Marie McCalla||68|
|St. Henry Church||Maurice & Rita DeWitte||61|
|St. John Neumann Church||Faud & Layla Mishu||67|
|St. Joseph Church||Larry & Charlene MacDonald||58|
|St. Stephen Church||John & Grace Gridley||70|
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
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:
- Diocesan marriage-preparation guidelines
- Church teachings on the sacrament of matrimony
- Planning your Catholic wedding
- Weekends designed for engaged couples
- Natural Family Planning (NFP)
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.