Catholic Engaged Encounter is an in-depth, private, personal, marriage preparation experience within the context of Catholic faith and values. Catholic Engaged Encounter is a weekend retreat away with other engaged couples with plenty of time alone together to dialogue 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 face to face way. The weekend is open to any engaged couple wanting to prepare for a deeper, more meaningful life together in a marriage recognized by the Catholic Church according to its Church law
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No. Many of the couples that come to Engaged Encounter weekends are not both catholic. The weekend format is not presented to try to convert anyone to Catholicism however, the catholic doctrine is presented.
Yes. Catholic Engaged Encounter is an international organization and weekend retreats are happening all over the country. Always let the priest who is marrying you know what you intend to do for your marriage preparation requirement.
Couples can do three things in the Baltimore Diocese to complete pre-cana requirements. Couples can attend a series of classes given through the Office of Family Life (410-547-5417 for more information). Couples can participate in pre-cana through their parish, this can be classes but is usually a Sponsor Couple program where you meet one on one with another married couple (check with your parish for this option). Lastly, couples can attend an Engaged Encounter Weekend Retreat.
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