(Closed) Diocese marriage encounter retreat sold out?!! Now what?

posted 10 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
2820 posts
Sugar bee

Does it have to be a retreat? 

We ended up taking an online pre-cana, we asked before we signed up for it but they didn’t have a problem with it.

Post # 4
350 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1991

@evalague: There are options other than the retreat at most diocese.  If they’re still full, ask your priest if he’ll accept a retreat offered at another diocese.  Depending on where you live in the diocese, one of Victoria, Tyler, or Lake Charles should be within an hour of where you live. 

Post # 5
968 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

If it’s filled up then you have to start looking into the neighboring dioceses for one that is available, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be the encounter weekend. Different dioceses sometimes have different options for pre-cana. You might be asked to have your priest give written permission for you to go outside the diocese, but as long as you find a program that gives you a certificate of completion then you’re good to go. Easier said than done, though. That’s what we will have to do I suppose…we are in Houston, too. 🙁

Post # 6
2867 posts
Sugar bee

It sounds like that diocese needs to offer more encounter retreats if it’s a requirement (which it is in my diocese and most).  I’d probably submit a complaint to the Bishop’s office about it (not faulting your priest though) to have them offer more retreats or to take that into consideration in the future.

However, you should speak to your preist about other diocesan retreats/encounters/pre-cana.

Post # 7
82 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Definitely talk with your priest for what he suggests/requires. Your priest is your guide on this one. Don’t worry too much, he will help you out!

Post # 8
2104 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Maybe they can put you on a waiting list if a couple cancels…?

Post # 10
6995 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Enjoy it! we had our pre cana class today…such an amazing experience!

Post # 11
968 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Fiance and I filled out our FOCCUS tests and paperwork the other day, and the woman helping us looked up the dates for the Engaged Encounter weekends in the neighboring dioceses, but none of the dates work for us.

She did find an online marriage prep course that we can take. She looked into it while we were filling out our tests, and she said that the online course actually looked really good. It will work out best for us because of our work schedules. I haven’t registered for it yet, but if anyone is interested you can PM me and I’ll give you the website for it. It says the online marriage prep course is best for couples that are long-distance, military or have difficult work schedules and is completely legit (but check with the parish you’ll be married in first to make sure they will accept it). 

Post # 12
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We did our pre-cana through the Houston-Galveston archdiocese, and had a great experience, so I’m really glad you were able to get a spot in April. 

They told us that they actually have been having trouble getting enough volunteer couples to lead the weekends, which is why they can only offer one a month.  (Our weekend, one of the lead couples was actually from another diocese, and drove all the way to Houston so the weekend wouldn’t be cancelled).  If you find that the weekend helps you, you might consider signing up to become a support couple (which is like training to someday become a lead couple).  I ended up getting a job out of state, so we aren’t able to, but we definitely considered it. 

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