Post # 1
Mr GK and I went on an engaged encounter this weekend. We thought we were ready to get married and talked about things before this weekend. This weekend was fabulous. We found out we love each other so much more now. Its amazing what this weekend did for us… You really need to check it out.
The first link is UMC the second is catholic. You don’t need to be a part of that denomination to attend.
Post # 3
Thanks for the links! We are really enjoying our premarital counseling, and I think it would be really great to do something like this, but wasn’t quite sure where to look.
Post # 4
Is Encounter Weekend the same as Catholic Pre Cana? We went to the 2 saturdays of pre cana back in February and quite honestly got nothing out of it. There were 70+ couples in the seminar and about 75% of the time was spent discussing "NFP". Really not worth my $150. Perhaps Encounter is different?
Post # 5
Tater, I’m sorry your experience was not as great. Pre Cana sounds different than Engaged Encounter. For our engaged encounter, we had couples come for talks about different subjects and then wrote letters to each other about the subjects. For instance, one topic was about money. The couples gave a talk about money and how it affects a relationship and then each person in the couple wrote a letter to their partner about their goals and expectations about money. Then, the couples got together and discussed their letters. I would recommend it to everybody, just because it really forces you to discuss the various topics and really get to know your partner. I know of one lady who realized that her fiance was not the one for her after the weekend, but mostly I have heard of couples feeling like their love is really reinforced.
Also, for those of you who may have reservations about it, we had three people in our group who were not Catholic and said that it was an amazing weekend. I recommend it to all my friends!
Post # 6
Our Engaged Encounter was awesome! I am Catholic, however, the folks in charge didn’t overdo it with trying to "sell" the Church. Definitely worth it!
Post # 7
Tater, the per-cana weekend you mentioned is definitely different from engaged encounter (EE). My fiancÃ© and I were offered the option of either, and while EE was more expensive($300) than the program you mentioned (I can’t remember what it is called…), EE came much more highly recommended to us. We also found it a very good program. It was much smaller, I think restricted to around 20 couples, and provided a huge amount of time for truly private discussion on each issue. Also, my fiancÃ© is catholic but I am not, and I was still very comfortable in that sense. It is a catholic program (although it looks like there are Protestant versions as well), but the focus is on deciding what is right for you as a couple, not on “the catholic way”. I strongly recommend it.
For those who are interested in a weekend session with no religious element, I have also heard very good things about the PAIRS program – in fact it probably saved my brother from a divorce. We are thinking about taking it as well later this summer.