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
The Engaged Encounter Weekend utilizes a dynamic process based on listening, writing and dialoguing. The process encourages the engaged couple to concentrate on building a relationship. The weekend extends from 7:30 PM Friday to 4:30 PM Sunday afternoon. Free from the pressures and distractions of daily living, the engaged couple has the opportunity to concentrate exclusively on each other, while examining the essential issues they will encounter with the marriage relationship.
The design of the weekend encourages the couple to explore mutual strengths and weaknesses, goals, aspirations and attitudes concerning family life, children, sexuality, finances, the Church and society. The couples are encouraged to communicate in terms of planning their marriage, not only a wedding day celebration. “ A wedding is a day … a marriage is a lifetime.”