What happens on the weekend?
Through a series of concepts and life experiences presented by a team of a priest and two trained married couples, the engaged couple is stimulated to discuss privately all aspects of their forthcoming married life. Their discussion is always from the viewpoint of their own relationship. Personal reflection and discussion between the couple becomes the main thrust of the weekend.
Is Catholicism pushed?
No! The emphasis on the weekend is your couple relationship. While CEE is presented from a Catholic perspective, it does not aim to convert anyone. The weekend deals with values common to all Christian faiths.
What do we wear?
Please wear comfortable, casual clothing.
Do we need to bring anything with us?
You do not need to bring a notebook or pen; these are supplied for you. We do ask that you bring a favourite snack (nut-free/peanut-free) to share with the group.
When should we arrive?
The start time for your weekend will be given to you when you register (start times will vary according to the location of the weekend). Please arrive a half-hour prior if possible. Because we are on a tight schedule we cannot wait for couples who arrive late. Please make sure you have a clear understanding of the facility's location in order to arrive on time.
When does the weekend end?
Weekends typically finish with mass between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.
Do we have to stay for 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. Please do not leave the weekend, for any reason, unless an emergency arises. If you need to leave, please speak to one of the team members.
Will we have much free time on the weekend?
No. The weekend is designed to be intense so that you can spend as much concentrated time together as possible preparing for your marriage. Time permitting, we will have a break on Saturday afternoon. Saturday will be a long day, usually running until 9:00 p.m. or later.
Where can I smoke?
All our facilities are smoke-free, but smoking may be allowed in designated areas outside the building or off-site in a public area.
© 2014 Catholic Engaged Encounter