Post # 1
Hey! My fiance and I having a small Catholic ceremony, mostly to appease my parents, so we have to sign up for engaged encounter. My fiance has a muslim background (but does not practice religion) and I was raised Catholic, but stopped going to church regularly since I do not agree with all of the teachings.
Anyway, I was hoping for feedback from other local couples who have attended Engaged Encounter for either the DC or Arlington, VA session. We can’t decide which one to sign up for and hope one of them will be “less about Catholicism” and more about just talking about marriage and gereral issues/principles.
Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks!!!
Post # 3
Hey I haven’t gone on EE yet but our officiating priest told us that the Arlington ones tend to be more “strict” (in the Catholic sense) than the DC ones. Which sucks because we are going to end up going to the Arlington one and I’m not Catholic! Oh well…
Post # 4
FI and I did Arlington, the one day Saturday a) because he is Jewish, b) it was cheaper than DC, and c) it was one day not 5 weekends
FI was not offended by the level of catholic stuff presented
Post # 5
EE is not about Catholic theology… it’s about communication, preparation, and giving you time to focus on the two of you! I’d say about half or close to half the attendees are not catholic as there are so many interfaith couples these days. There’s a lot of threads around the boards on peoples experiences if you do a search and want to hear more.
Post # 6
We went to the one in Arlington and my hardly religious husband wasn’t bothered by it at all.
Post # 7
I have my EE next weekend (Baltimore), but my BFF went to hers this past weekend (Arlington) and said it was not a great weekend. I don’t know if that’s because all EE are like this, but she said that the presenters read to them off of a script all weekend, and then they had to discuss various things with each other. She didn’t get much out of it, and seemed to think that about 50% of the people there were in the same boat–really ready to go home! Good luck =)
Post # 8
Thanks for the feedback ladies! I think we are going to sign up for the DC one later in the summer when our social schedule clears up a bit 🙂
Post # 9
OMG!!!! The Catholic Engaged Encounter is the MOST AWFUL THING you will ever have to do!!!!!!!! It was soooo boring and the couples who did the talks were just so stupid and fake about everything. One couple: Katie and Tim H. were THE WORST!!!! I think the only reason they were chosen was because they had so many kids. My FI and I hated it, but we were born and raised Catholic so we didn’t learn anything useful. The person teaching us how to raise our kids 1. did not have any kids, and 2. read everything straight out of a psychology textbook.
Post # 10
I really liked our EE in Arlington in May 2009. I didn’t think it was too heay on the Catholism. There was a Mass at the end which I think was required but they said if you weren’t Catholic to just sit respectfully. One very short session on NFP,but basically just what it was and where to go for more information. I wrote a longer post back in May of 2009. Most was on relationship and marriage issues in General.