Programs designed for engaged couples

Picture of Love Marriage Preparation Program for Engaged Couples

This marriage preparation program is a supplement to the couple’s marriage formation with their parish priest or deacon. The Picture of Love marriage preparation program for engaged couples explores the joys and challenges of living out the Sacrament of Matrimony with special focus on the importance of inviting Jesus to be the center of marriage and family life. The program will help the couple gain insights into their relationship, as well as give them practical ideas and tools to help smooth their journey and become the “Picture of Love” to one another.

Offered 3 times a year • Cost is $135.00 per couple (PoL program certificate will get the couple a $60.00 discount on their marriage license.) You must attend the entire program to receive your certificate.

The program is 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. on Friday and 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m on Saturday.                                                                                                                  Snacks, a light breakfast, lunch and dinner are included on Saturday.

This program is sponsored by the Diocese of Knoxville Office of Marriage Preparation and Enrichment in conjunction with the Chattanooga Deanery.

*Dates available:

October 18-19, 2019 –  at St. Jude Catholic Church in Chattanooga

Complete registration form, save, print and mail with payment a minimum of two weeks prior to PoL date.  Registration PoL_Oct’19_fillable

Option: You may attach completed registration form to email after saving it and send to  then make payment through Eventbrite.

February 7-8, 2020 at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Chattanooga Registration PoL_Feb’20_fillable

Option: You may attach completed registration form to email after saving it and send to  then make payment through Eventbrite.

Complete form, save, print, and mail with payment of $135.00 a minimum of 2 weeks prior to the date of your choice.

* spring and autumn 2020 dates to be determined

In an effort to keep the Picture of Love on schedule, we ask that you complete the following exercises individually in advance and bring results with you. You will share with your fiancé/fiancée during the program. The results are for your information only and meant to enhance your discussions as a couple.

Engaged Encounter

Our motto is “A wedding is a day, a marriage is a lifetime.” Most people spend months planning and many dollars preparing for their wedding. But how much time and effort do we spend preparing for what we hope will last 50 or 60 years—our marriage? Catholic Engaged Encounter is a weekend to plan for a sacramental marriage. It is designed to give couples the opportunity to talk privately, honestly and intensively about their prospective lives together—their strengths and weaknesses, desires, ambitions, goals, their attitudes about money, sex, children, family, their role in the church and society—in a guided format. Cost of the weekend is $239 per couple, which includes a certificate good for a $60 discount on the couple’s marriage license in Tennessee. To receive a $60.00 discount you must attend a marriage preparation weekend within 1 year of purchasing the license.

Co-coordinators: Richard & Leslie Consoli 865-671-1034 Paul & Pam Shaffer or 865-675-5671 Registration Couple: Jason & Carmen Jeansoone or 865-377-3077                                                                                                            For more information visit

2019 Dates: February 15-17       April 5-7       July 19-21       October 18-20

All weekends are held at the Holiday Inn Express-Lenoir City

EE-Knox-2019 – registration form

  • 2020 Weekend dates
    • February 7-9
    • April 17-19
    • July 17-19
    • October 16-18

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Unveiled: A Pre-Cana Program

is the Diocese of Richmond’s program for couples who are preparing for a lifetime of marriage together. This program is offered as a day-long Saturday reflection for couples that are preparing for a marriage recognized by the Catholic Church. Each couple is given opportunities to question, examine, and deepen their relationship with each other and with God. Couples are challenged to explore their relationship prayerfully, in a much deeper, more honest way than they have before. The session is divided into three main components – Communication & Intimacy, Theology of Marriage, and Spirituality of a Marriage. Dates: Unveiled available dates Unveiled registration

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. Fee: $170.00 per couple (all materials and meals are included) Contact: Center for Marriage, Family and Life at , 804-622-5109.