Marriage Preparation and Enrichment






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
6:00-8:00 PM

St. John Neumann Church
Friday, January 11, 2019
7:00—9:00 PM
To reserve a seat contact:
Rich Cataldi or (865) 315-5958

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


St. John Neumann Church will offer “Surviving the Holidays” workshop for anyone grieving the loss of a loved one through death on Sunday, November 11 from 3:30-5:30 pm, facilitated by Sr. Restituta Nyinoweitu and Marilyn Derbyshire. The cost is $10 for material and supplies. Light refreshments will be served. Please inform in advance if you need childcare. To register, contact Marilyn Derbyshire at or 865-966-4540.

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