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What is Catholic Engaged Encounter?

wedding ringsCatholic Engaged Encounter (CEE) is an international nonprofit ministry dedicated to marriage preparation. It was started in 1975 as an outgrowth of the Marriage Encounter ministry. Marriage Encounter is a weekend experience designed to renew the couple's relationship after several years of marriage; Engaged Encounter, in contrast, is designed specifically for engaged couples.

Our motto is "A wedding is a day, a marriage is a lifetime". Think of all the preparation taken for the wedding day. Most people spend months planning, and hundreds, if not thousands of dollars preparing for the wedding. But how much time and effort is actually spent preparing for a Lifetime of Togetherness?

A Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekend is a weekend experience which provides the engaged couple the opportunity to discuss with each other their future together in the Sacrament of Matrimony. The goal is to deepen a couple's relationship through reflection and dialogue. A team of two married couples and a priest will present various topics to the engaged couples. After each presentation, the engaged couples will have the opportunity to concentrate exclusively on each other and discuss their thoughts generated from each presentation.

The presenting team will share personal experiences with the group. Engaged couples will share personal information only with each other. Group interaction is not required.

The presentations for the weekend are:
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Understanding Myself
Is Romance Enough?
Are We Really Communicating?
Managing Conflict
Creating a Life-Giving Marriage
Decisions in Marriage
Financial Fidelity
Two Become One: Unity in Marriage
Natural Family Planning
Intimacy in Marriage
Becoming a Family
Forgiveness in Marriage
The Sacrament of Matrimony