Marriage Preparation and Enrichment

Pope Francis Grants Indulgences for WMOF2018 Pilgrims
Pope Francis has granted the gift of plenary indulgences on the occasion of the World Meeting of Families 2018. The indulgences will be extended to attending pilgrims who participate at events during WMOF2018, including the Closing Mass in the presence of Pope Francis.

Those who are unable to be physically present and are following events from afar may also obtain the plenary indulgence if, ‘united in spirit and in thought with the faithful present in Dublin’ they prayerfully participate, particularly in the Holy Father’s broadcast words and messages. Partial indulgences will be granted to those who participate in and extend their own prayers for families.

“Dublin, Ireland, has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families from 21-26 August 2018, guided by the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”.

Held every three years, this major international event brings together families from across the world to celebrate, pray and reflect upon the central importance of marriage and the family as the cornerstone of our lives, of society and of the Church. The event has at its heart the following key moments:

  • 22 to the 24 August 2018, a three-day Congress.  Each day will reflect on the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World” chosen by the Holy Father and will include an enriching programme for adults of keynote speakers, workshops, talks, testimonies and discussions; an engaging and exciting programme for young people as well as fun activities for children. The Congress will also include daily celebration of the Eucharist, prayerful activities, exhibitions, cultural events and musical performances.
  • Saturday 25 August 2018, a Festival of Families, comprising a reflective concert style event within a prayerful and joyful atmosphere, in which personal stories of faith will be shared by families from all continents.
  • Sunday 26 August 2018, WMOF2018 will close with a solemn Eucharistic Celebration, that will gather thousands of people from Ireland and all over the world.”

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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