What is "Catholic Engaged Encounter"? CEE is a marriage preparation program for couples who are committed to building a deep and long lasting marital relationship.The weekend is an opportunity to put aside wedding plans, job issues, and day-to-day responsibilities to focus on your relationship. It is a time to share feelings, hopes, fears, joys, and frustrations. It is NOT a retreat, a counseling clinic or a sensitivity course.
What happens at Engaged Encounter? Engaged Encounter creates an atmosphere in which the couple can concentrate, without distraction, exclusively on their relationship. A series of presentations are given by married couples, which include personal sharing on marriage and family life. Each presentation gives the engaged an opportunity to reflect on their own relationship with each other, God, and the community around them.
The main thrust of the weekend is the engaged couple's personal reflections with each other on the subjects in the presentations. The weekend begins the process of building a life together, a process which takes a lifetime to complete. The weekend closes with mass on Sunday.
Are there group discussions? Reflections on the presentations are strictly between the engaged couple. There is, however, one "Open discussion " session on Saturday evening. This session is facilitated by the CEE presenting couples. This is a time when the engaged couples get to network and share open discussion with each other in a large group setting. Anonymous questions are put into a box by the couples, the facilitators read the questions aloud, and the group answers the questions and comments. If requested, the presenting couples will also facilitate answers to these questions.
Who is it for? Engaged Encounter is designed for couples of all ages who are either engaged or considering marriage. It is an alternative to Diocesan and Parish based PreCana which satisfies the Catholic Church's marriage preparation requirement. Although Catholic in origin and orientation, it is open to couples of all faiths who seek to enrich their quality of life together. In fact, fifty percent of participating couples are interfaith.
How do I register? Preregistration is essential to securing a place during the weekend of your choice. You can register online by clicking HERE. If you choose not to utilize our online registration, you may PRINT the registration form, found HERE, and mail it to Engaged Encounter with your payment. Once your registration form is received and confirmed with your payment, you will be notified in the same manner in which you registered.
How much does the engaged encounter weekend cost? The current weekend cost $195.00 per couple. This registration fee covers all material, lodging, three meals on Saturday and two meals on Sunday. Your registration payment includes a $95 non-refundable fee.
Where does the encounter take place? EE Weekends are held at St. Leonard’s Youth Retreat Center, 4076 Case Road, Avon, OH 44011, which is a beautiful modern facility in a park like setting. Click HERE for directions.
What are the retreat start and end times? The weekend begins at 8:00 PM Friday evening through 3:00 PM Sunday. We ask that couples arrive by 7:30 PM in order to be checked-in and ready to start on time.
Are we required to stay the entire weekend? It is very important that you stay for the entire weekend. If you arrive late or leave early you will miss important parts of the weekend experience, and we will not be able to give you your weekend certificate and letter verifying your attendance.
Comfortable, warm, casual clothing (jeans, etc., and a sweater , outside wear for break on Saturday)
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Is there an emergency contact number? If you need to contact the facility because of an emergency, or if someone needs to get hold of you in an emergency, please use (216) 849-3769. If someone calls and there is no answer have them call again in 15 minutes. Any message we receive for you on the weekend will be relayed to you, immediately.
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