The Engaged Encounter Weekend offers couples a unique opportunity to to prepare for marriage in the Roman Catholic Church. The weekend is open to any engaged couple wanting to prepare for a deeper, more meaningful life together in a marriage recognized by the Catholic Church according to its Church law.

Couples experience in-depth, personal, private marriage preparation in peaceful surroundings during a weekend dedicated just to them. A weekend away offers the unique opportunity to deepen their relationship free from pressure and distractions of the outside world. The weekend is interactive for the couple, providing each couple private time to work on their relationship -- their strengths and weaknesses, desires, ambitions, goals, their attitudes about money, sex, children, family, their role in the church and society.

Sacramental Marriage is the emphasis of the weekend. Preparing for this union, couples learn about marriage in the Catholic Church -  a holy, permanent bond. Couples learn that matrimony is a sacrament, how that effects their lives, and what the commitment means.

Communication is critical in every relationship, and especially in marriage. Couples are presented with opportunities to discuss their attitudes, hopes, and dreams for their marriage. We introduce dialogue,  a communication technique that facilitates discussion between a couple.

Values and Traditions each person brings to the marriage from the family they grew up in are explored. Blending traditions and making new family traditions are discussed as the couple plans to become their own, new family on the day of their wedding.

Intimacy in marriage is discussed, with an emphasis on sharing all parts of their lives together, to form an intimate bond as husband and wife.

Couples explore their preparedness for marriage in the Church, learn more about each other, prepare for a deeper and more meaningful life together, and discover if they are ready for a Sacramental Marriage in the Catholic Church.

The weekend is presented from a Catholic point of view, but is open to couples who are are or could be eligible for marriage in the Catholic Church.  About a third of all couples attending Engaged Encounter in the New York City Archdiocese are interfaith couples. Interfaith couples can explore how their individual faiths are similar, how they are different, and how they will prepare to raise children in the Catholic faith.

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Wondering why to attend for an Entire Weekend? The weekend experience offers each couple the insights, the tools and the confidence to enrich their relationship and strengthen their love for one another. They learn that good marriages don't just happen.