Marriage Preparation and Enrichment

God’s Plan for You and Your Marriage

Supporting you in the cross of infertility, with prayer and resources.
The Diocesan Office of Marriage Preparation and the St. John Neumann Parish Family Life Office invite those bearing the cross of infertility to join us for Mass, brunch, presentations, marriage enrichment and panel discussion.
Saturday, March 9, 2019
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
No charge to attend.
Please make reservations by Friday, March 1
Marian Christiana (423) 892– 2310 or

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Unburdened by social expectations, marriage appears to have lost its significance.
But has it?

Married, engaged and dating couples are invited to ponder this question from the Catholic perspective. Learn about the dignity, beauty and power of marriage and family life in the mission of the Church and how to make your marriage work.

Call to Love Marriage Conference

Saturday, March 23, 2019
Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
$25.00/$30.00 per couple (lunch included)
Begins at noon in English. Meet in school gym / 8:30 a.m. in Spanish. Meet in Parish Hall.
Concludes with bilingual Mass at 5:00 p.m.

Presentation in English by Dr. Tom Neal, Academic Dean and Professor of Spiritual Theology at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana. First talk: Hearth of Love: Marriage and Family in the mission of the Church. Second talk: I Pray, You Pray, We All Pray: Fostering Couple Prayer Click here for Dr. Neal’s blog Neal Obstat Theological Opining-Theological thoughts on current happenings

In addition, Garden of Love: Christian Family and Vocation will be presented by                Fr. Michael Cummins, currently serving as the pastor of St. Dominic Church in Kingsport, TN.  Ordained in 1995, he holds a Licentiate in Sacred Theology with a focus on Christian Anthropology. Click here for Fr. Michael’s blog “The Alternate Path” 

Presentation in English begins at noon and is $25.00 per couple. Lunch included. Call to Love promo flyer

Registration/payment due by Friday, March 15, 2019
Registration/payment online option




Presentation in Spanish by Jorge Paredes & Viviana Martinez, founders of the apostolate “God with Us” and accredited leaders for The Gottman Institute: Seven Principles for making Marriage Work begins at 8:30 a.m. and is $30.00 per couple. Lunch included.



Created for Connection: Hold Me Tight                          2-day workshop for couples

This 2-day workshop is a positive, research-based program for all married couples that want to strengthen and deepen their relationship and for premarital couples that want to prepare and learn how to make love last for a lifetime. You will take home tools that you can keep using in your relationship. The workshop will be facilitated by Lee University’s Marriage and Family Therapy graduate interns.

Where: St. Stephen Church in Chattanooga, TN
When: Saturday, March 30 from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. &
Sunday, March 31 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $40 per couple (for 2 days) (includes lunch on Saturday and snacks both days)

Social skills SS Grin workshop will be simultaneously offered for elementary aged children of the couples participating in the Hold Me Tight workshop at an additional cost of $25 per child. Children will be divided into groups by age! (Grades K-2 and Grades 3-5)

Pre-registration required by Thursday, March 21, 2019
Contact Marian Christiana at or (423) 892-2310 to register or for more information.

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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
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.

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