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Most Frequently Asked Questions About Marriage Encounter.
What is Marriage Encounter?
Marriage Encounter is designed to give married couples the opportunity to examine their lives together...a time to share their feelings, their hopes, disappointments, joys and frustrations...and to do so openly and honestly in a face-toface, heart-to-heart encounter with the one person they have chosen to live with for the rest of their life.
Who is it for?
Any married couple who desires a richer fuller life together.  A marriage can never be too good.  Marriage Encounter is designed to deepen and enrich the joys a couple share together, whether they have been married for only a short time, or many years.  Marriage Encounter also provides support and encouragement to priests and religious who are dedicated to their vocation in life.
How much does the Weekend cost?
A $50.00 NON-REFUNDABLE RESERVATION FEE confirms your place on the weekend.  At the end of the weekend each couple is given a blank envelope to make a free will donation to help defray the cost of food, lodging, and supplies.  No one is ever refused the opportunity to make a weekend because of the lack of funds.
Do you have to be Catholic?
The weekend is Catholic in orientation and is expressed in the tradition and understanding of the Catholic Church.  It is open to all, and so a certain number of spaces are reserved each weekend for couples of other faiths.
What happens on a Marriage Encounter Weekend?
A series of presentations are given by a team of Catholic couples and a Catholic Priest.  Each presentation allows you to look at yourselves as individuals, then to look at your marrriage and your relationship to one another, and finally to look at your relationship to God, the Church and the world.  The weekend starts at 8:00 PM on Friday night and runs untill about 4:00 PM om Sunday afternoon.
When and where are Weekends held?
Marriage Encounter Weekends are held regularly at local motels.  In some areas there is a waiting list for the weekend.  So, registration several months in advance may be advisable.  Are you ready to register for the weekend?
Does the Weekend respect the couple's privacy?
YES.  The weekend is oriented strictly to each individual couple.  You concentrate on your spouse to such an extent that you are hardly aware of the other couples present.  The presentations are given to the group as a whole.  After each presentation, the husband and wife have time in the privacy of their room for their own personal discussion.
How does a Marriage Encounter Weekend enhance a marriage?
The encounter weekend teaches a communication technique which permits each couple to explore important areas of their relationship in a spirit of love and understanding.  By contimuing the newly acquired technique begun on the weekend, husband and wives coninually grow closer together to live more joyful and purposeful lives.
How do I register for a Marriage Encounter Weekend?
To register for a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend in the Springfield Diocese:  call  1-(618)-374-2231 or use our On-Line Registration Form.
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