We’d like to hear from you!
The Diocesan Offices of Marriage Preparation & Enrichment and Hispanic Ministry
have developed an online survey to gather your input to assist them in developing
best practices to support newlyweds and young families. Please take a few minutes
today and let us know your needs. Visit https://tinyurl.com/family-life-survey
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Las Oficinas Diocesanas de Preparación y Enriquecimiento Matrimonial junto con el Apostolado Hispano han desarrollado una encuesta en línea para reunir sus aportaciones para ayudarles a desarrollar mejores prácticas para apoyar a los recién casados y familias jóvenes. Por favor tome unos minutos y déjenos saber sus necesidades.
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
CENTRAL TIME Shepherd of the Valley Church: 6191 Hwy 28, Dunlap, TN 37327
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 20 – September 1, 2018
Space is limited. Reserve a place today!
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.