(Closed) Catholic Engaged Encounter: SoCal

posted 7 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@MSomar:I am really looking forward to ours. I haven’t registered yet but I am hoping to do Santa Barbara in the spring.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

haha! My parents taught “evenings for the engaged” which was our catholic parish’ version of this! I grew up laying on my belly at the top of the stairs with my sisters, listening. My mom has always said they focused on helping people learn how to communicate effectively with each other: everything from the type of toothpaste they liked to what would happen if they got pregnant accidentally? The answer to the last question was how my siblings found out I was a pleasant surprise. πŸ™‚

Post # 6
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Hello there! Newbie here, my Fiance and I are registered for March 11-13 at Santa Barbara, excited and a lil nervous (dont know what to expect).  I will keep you guys posted when we get done. =)

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

we did an engaged encounter weekend in MN.  It was hands down the best part of our engagement.  We both loved it, even though we were reluctant going into it.  That was a very special weekend.  When we look back on our engagement we both tend to agree the whole engagement was very stressful.  But that weekend was different.  It brought us together and gave us a chance to talk about everything and really plan for the future.  I would love to do a weekend like that again.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m excited and nervous to do the engaged encounter. We have our first meeting with the priest next saurday.Good luck and have fun. Let us know how it goes.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Been married 8 months to a non-Catholic.  We did our Engaged Encounter in SD (the SB one was booked for the weekend I wanted to do it; so jealous of you ladies! :-)).  It was a relationship altering experience for me.  As a Catholic who has only grown closer & more dedicated to her faith in recent years, I was actually rather nervous about marrying my Non-Catholic Hubs (some background: he’s never been baptized & doesn’t subscribe to a faith – his philosophy is closest to the Buddhist way of life; also worth noting, he comes with me to Mass regularly, tho’ not every week & he ALWAYS goes up for the blessing offered to non-Catholics)…I was worried that I might not have a full-fledged partner in raising our future kids Catholic.  I was most worried because his parents did not bring him or his bro up in any faith & mine have basically become C&E Catholics; so I was afraid that if I encountered any resistance to raising our kids Catholic, he might not back me up.  Boy, was I WRONG!  It took the greatly encouraged bonding moments & conversations at EE to convert me to the fact that, while not yet devoted to the Church or my faith, Hubs was definitely devoted to ME practicing my faith & would be a full partner in raising our kids Catholic.  After that weekend, I have NO DOUBT in my mind that THIS is the man God meant for me to spend the rest of my life with. 

EE was also FANTASTIC for helping us know we’re on the same page about so many issues of marriage.  We’ve been together for 12 years before marriage, but it was really reassuring to KNOW, out loud, that we were of the same mind on so many things.  It also helped pave the way for taking all the other Sacraments that we will guide our kids through VERY seriously.  For example, our first kid is due in 8 weeks & we’ve been having deep, long discussions about who to name as godparents because be both adamantly believe that this bond should be something fostered for life & that the people who will share in guiding our child through his faith must be people willing to hear his doubts & questions without reservation, but also someone who will KNOW our kid on a frequent basis.  We’ve only got one down, but I LIKE knowing that Hubs is taking this decision as seriously as I am, & I’m SURE EE had a LOT to do with that.

Sorry for the novel…for all you ‘bees on the verge of your EE, embrace & enjoy it!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@amariem25: Ask your parish about Marriage Encounters…it’s like an Engaged Encounter, but for couples who are married (I think they target couples who are in their first 5 years of marriage, but I’m sure any couple would be welcome to join in). 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

we have a full day of Pre-Cana, but not the weekend. i am really looking forward to it! we already took the FOCCUS, which was really enlightening and helpful.

Post # 13
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Helper bee

@MSomar: We’re doing the SB one this upcoming weekend…I’ll let you ladies know how it is πŸ™‚

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@MSomar: Thanks, I totally agree!

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