Marriage Preparation and Enrichment


Bishop Stika to celebrate bilingual Mass in thanks for the sacrament of matrimony! 
Couples will have the opportunity to renew their vows during Mass and continue to celebrate with family and friends at a reception following the Mass.

  • Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Register by Thursday, October 4

Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
711 S. Northshore Drive
Knoxville, TN 37919

Register by due date and receive free gifts from the Office of Marriage Preparation and Enrichment; a commemorative certificate and one professional photo with Bishop Stika

To register contact: Marian Christiana or 423-892-2310
Karen Byrne or 865-584-3307

At time of registration provide:

  • your names as you want them to appear on the certificate
  • how many years you have been married
  • how many people in your party for the reception


¡El Obispo Stika celebrará una misa bilingüe en agradecimiento por el sacramento del matrimonio!
Las parejas tendrán la oportunidad de renovar sus votos durante la Misa y continuarán celebrando con familiares y amigos en una recepción posterior a la Misa.

• Sábado, 13 de octubre de 2018 a la 1:00 p.m. Inscríbase antes del jueves 4 de octubre
Catedral del Sacratísimo Corazón de Jesús
711 S. Northshore Drive
Knoxville, TN 37919

Inscríbase antes de la fecha de vencimiento y reciba obsequios de la Oficina de Preparación y Enriquecimiento Matrimonial; un certificado conmemorativo y una foto profesional con el Obispo Stika
Para inscribirse contacte a: Para inscribirse contacte aRocío González o (865) 862-5742

En el momento de su inscripción se le pedirá que proporcione lo siguiente:
• Sus nombres tal como quiera que aparezcan en el certificado
• El número de años que han estado casados
• El número de personas que los acompañaran a la recepción


Sacred Heart Cathedral School Gym
Saturday, September 29, 2018
6:00-8:00 PM
Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul, Chattanooga
Sunday, October 14, 2018
6:30-8:30 PM   (childcare available)
St. Thomas the Apostle, Lenoir City
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
7:00-9:00 PM
St. Dominic, Kingsport
Sunday, February 17, 2019
3:30-5:30 PM


Sexual Revolution: 50 Years Since Humanae Vitae is an exciting and beautifully-made documentary that examines the parallel developments of the Pill and modern Natural Family Planning (NFP) by telling the little known story of the founding doctors, respectively, Dr. Gregory Pincus and Drs. John & Evelyn Billings. The centerpiece of the film is the dramatic life story of Alana Newman, a talented recording artist who goes from being an activist for feminism and sexual freedom to giving up her promising musical career for life, family, and love. Born through donor conception (via an anonymous sperm donor), Alana’s youth is filled with natural curiosity about her biological father. As she gets older, however, this curiosity develops into a sense of abandonment and self-doubt. Still, a spark of that curiosity inspires her on to an arduous search for Truth, Beauty, and Goodness—and ​her​father. Eventually, Alana discovers the treasures of Theology of the Body, Humanae Vitae, and ​all ​the riches of ​the Catholic Church, and comes to realize that she, in fact, ​​may never have​ been fatherless.

Sexual Revolution: 50 Years Since Humanae Vitae has been endorsed by The Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization.

Sexual Revolution film promo flyer

To reserve a seat contact: Marian Christiana at or  423-892-2310
Coordinator, Office of Marriage Preparation & Enrichment


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
Parish Couples Years married
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

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 4

  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

    2. Dear Sharon and Steven,
      I think recognizing your commitment to each other on the anniversary of that day so many years ago is very fitting! Please check with your parish priest abou a vow renewal ceremony on that date. Surely your children could support that! God Bless you both!

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