Do I Have to be Catholic?
No. Catholic Engaged Encounter does present God as a focus for a successful marriage. While the weekend will be presented in a Catholic expression of faith, each weekend is open to couples of all faiths. The opportunities of the weekend go well beyond the boundaries of any one faith expression. We are not going to try to convert you or pressure you in any way. Couples where neither person is Catholic are welcome also.
Does Engaged Encounter Satisfy the Catholic Church's Requirement for Marriage Preparation?
Within the Diocese of El Paso and Diocese of Las Cruces, Engaged Encounter is endorsed as fulfilling part of your requirement. We work with the Family life Office. Our program is also frequently accepted in other Dioceses and states. Whether in El Paso, Las Cruces or elsewhere, your priest always has the final say on what he will accept for your marriage preparation. Please check with the priest who will officiate your wedding before registering. At the conclusion of the weekend, you will receive a certificate to show to your priest for verifying your participation.
What if We Are Civilly Married?
After you meet with your priest and he schedules your wedding, you are welcome on the weekend as you prepare for your sacramental marriage within the Church. If you intend to just stay civilly married, then we suggest a Marriage Encounter Weekend. This is a similar weekend oriented to improving communication for couples already married.
Do We Have to Speak In Front of the Group?
No. Engaged Encounter is non-threatening. You will be asked to introduce yourself and your fiancé. This is the only time you are required to speak in front of the group. However, if the presenting couple decides to do a group activity instead of a presentation, we would like full participation from all couples. There will be only one group discussion period. Participation is voluntary. No one is forced to speak out. The weekend is not group therapy. Your privacy will be respected. The weekend is not counseling nor is it based on group discussions. The weekend is designed for the two of you to have quality time for private discussions.
What does a weekend cost?
The current cost is $225.00 per couple for our retreat house. This fee covers your rooms for one night and four meals for each of you. Breakfast will not be served Saturday morning, so please eat before you arrive. This fee can be paid online by credit or debit card, or through the mail by regular check. We are unable to hold a spot for you on a given weekend date until payment is received. Online payments are confirmed immediately. If you make a payment by mail you will receive an email confirming your registration which will take several days.
Financial Aid is available if you have an emergency (Hospitalization, serious health problem, lost of job, ect.) If you need assistance, please call our Registration Couple (Gilbert & Nicole) @ 915-633-9968 to begin the Financial Aid Process. You will need to contact us at least 1 month prior to the weekend retreat you would like to attend in order to start this process.