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Catholic Engaged Encounter

(Marriage Preparation Course)

A Wedding is a Day… A Marriage is a Lifetime

First Contact:
Be sure you have met with the parish priest where you intend to marry before booking a course. Some parishes offer their own preparation for marriage. 

Course Hours:
Friday 7pm-9:30pm | ZOOM
Saturdays 9:30 am–4:30 pm | IN PERSON, INCLUDES LUNCH
Sunday 12:00 pm–4:30 pm | ZOOM

Cost: $250 per couple (includes course materials, which will be mailed) 

REFUNDS due to cancellation, are subject to a $25.00 administration fee.

Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekends (CEE), The weekend is open to any engaged couple wanting to prepare for a deeper, more meaningful life together and who are considered “free to marry” according to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

The Engaged Encounter Weekend:

  • Utilizes listening, writing, and dialogue.
  • Encourages the engaged couple to concentrate on building a relationship.
  • Consists of a  team of experienced married couples and a priest to facilitate and guide the weekend.

Key Concepts of the Weekend:

  • Self-acceptance is essential to building a relationship with another. “I can’t love you unless I love myself.”
  • Love does not depend on feelings alone, but it is a decision that a couple must make every day.
  • Openness is the key to communication with one another. 
  • Marriage calls the couple to love one another totally.
  • Being life-giving is essential to a relationship; without this quality there is no growth, no sensitivity, no refinement.
  • Sex and sexuality are part of God’s plan for man and woman to become human and more expressive of God’s goodness.

The CEE Weekend is an opportunity to:

  • Reflect in Private; Be yourself; Enjoy being alone together.
  • Talk, listen & discuss just with each other in old & new ways.
  • Be sure; be gentle; laugh together; cry together; experience God.
  • Examine, pledge, re-evaluate (if needed) & enjoy.

Happiness is incomplete unless it is based on a goal of unity, of loving each other as Christ loved us, totally and unconditionally.

  • April 26, 27, 28 2024 Registration Open

    By ZOOM & Saturday at St. Louis Parish, 53 Allen Street East, Waterloo ON N2J 1J3

  • October 4, 5, 6 2024 Registration Open

    By ZOOM & Saturday at St. Louis Parish, 53 Allen Street East, Waterloo ON N2J 1J3

For more information contact the Family Ministry Office at 905-528-7988 ext. 2249.


Teresa Hartnett


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