(Closed) engaged encounters retreat

posted 6 years ago in Catholic
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Not yet we go in January! from everything I have heard the oppertunity for EE is better in the sense of timing and activity than Pre Cana. It depends on what enviroment you like best. Pre Cana gives you time with a married couple to address issues within marriage while the EE hasnumerous couples all at once and you have more time to talk amongst the two of you on each issue. My mom and dad did these for years and chose EE prior to their wedding. though that was 20 years ago, mom seems to think that EE is better than Pre Cana. I suppose it depends on the diocese.

Be sure to come back and tell us how it went if you go!

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

We did ours back in June. It was ok. Honestly, my Fiance and I are great with communication so we didn’t learn a whole lot more about one another. It was a relaxing environment, though, and I think we enjoyed getting away and having time for one another.

As for the speakers, they were also ok. Some obviously better than others. I did like the more practical speakers, the ones who offered life stories and shared how they got through them.

We came out of the weekend with a lot of confidence in our relationship, and that’s a positive.

Side note: Fiance is not Catholic and he was not looking forward to this because he thought it was going to be very preach-y. He was pleasantly surprised.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Also, we have gone through both EE and a FOCUS couple. I enjoyed our experience with the FOCUS couple a lot more. It felt more laid back, and I liked the one-on-one. We still came out of it feeling like we didn’t need it, that we are all squared away, but the experience was more enjoyable for both of us with the FOCUS couple.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

We didn’t do a full weekend – but had our classes seperately.  We loved them both!  Our speakers were great and we actually found out some stuff about each other.  Overall I think they were very beneficial adn fun!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

we couldn’t afford to attend the engaged encounter, but i wish we could have gone. i’ve  heard great things about it 🙂

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I imagine some speakers are better than others, but we went a month or so ago and really loved it. Our lives are normally so busy, as I’m sure many of us on here can relate to, that it was wonderful to spend a whole weekend totally dedicated just to our relationship. And although most of the topics were things we had touched on before, I still felt like I understood my FI’s view on life better after the weekend and that this has already helped strengthen our bond. I’m sure it depends a lot on the presenters you get though- I felt ours wer really on point all weekend, which helped. Good luck!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@LaTortuga:  Is this the same as the marriage preparation seminar or different? 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I went in May. I thought it was great. I think what I got most out of it was solidifying my desire to go through the sacrament of marriage. It helped get me back into the mindset of preparing for marriage rather than just planning a wedding. 

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@jennifer89:  We just did our Engaged Encounter this past weekend. It was a great experience. I am Catholic and my FI isn’t so it was really great to be able to talk about religion and faith and discuss in more concrete terms how that will be part of our marriage and raising a family. My Fiance also really thought it was a good experience. We have been together for 7 years this coming Saturday and it’s amazing how much you learn about each other during the experience. I feel like it strengthened our relationship even more. I would highly recommend it! As another poster said it really makes you think about your marriage, not just the wedding and what it means as a sacrament.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

lol…The title makes it sound a bit like a swingers club for engaged couples. I raised an eyebrow when I read it.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@zerlina:  sorry I didn’t reply I was boycotting the Media due to being in Ohio and it was election gauntlets… this is similar to the counseling. There is the meetings with the priest. Then on top of that most diocese require you to do either Pre Cana or EE. Pre Cana can sometimes be done with the Deacon of the church or another married couple. EE is usually a 24-48 hr retreat but this can vary depending agian on the diocese. Talk to your priest he will be able to assist you.

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