We welcome you to the Engaged Encounter Weekend. We feel confident you will find the weekend a beautiful marriage preparation experience.
Parking at the Ursuline Center is on the East side of the building. Check-in is from Check-in is from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. on Friday night and we will to start in the conference room at 7:30. Someone will be there to show you to your rooms, get you settled and take your photos.
We will celebrate Mass on Saturday evening. We understand that not all attendees are Catholic and we want all to feel welcome. You do not need to dress up for Mass. We will close on Sunday with a brief prayer service and presentation of certificates, ending by 2:00 p.m.
Meals, pop, water and coffee will be provided. However, as we all like to snack, we ask you to bring a snack to share on our snack table: cookies, chips, cheese and fruit or one of your favorites. Also bring towels for showering and your own personal items such as shampoo, toothpaste, etc. Bring comfortable clothes the weekend is relaxed and very casual! You may bring your own pillow, but no sleeping bags, please. Also, please keep in mind there is no meal served on Friday night. The Ursuline Centre is a beautiful setting for a retreat. Men and women are housed on different floors and as we have no control over which rooms are made available to us, we wanted to let you know that you might have a roommate.
The success of the weekend for you and for the other couples depends upon continuity. You will be required to stay the entire weekend at the Ursuline Centre, and if for some reason you are not able to be present at all times, we request that you call us as soon as possible. If our certificate is required by your marriage priest, we will also need his written permission a week in advance if you are going to miss any of the weekend.
The weekend is presented by a priest and 2 couples. In a real sense, the weekend is made by you as a couple and the team is there to share some of their married experiences to help you focus on your relationship. We encourage you to dialogue privately with each other on all aspects of each talk given. It is a busy weekend, but it should be exciting and helpful for you. We know that you will come prepared to be open to each other. Please pray for our team too. We most warmly welcome you to the weekend. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.