Preparing Couples for Marriage
Catholic Engaged Encounter (CEE), an international programme aimed at equipping couples for marriage, has started its 2018 weekend programmes.
Marriage preparation is compulsory for couples in the Church, and the Engaged Encounter weekend, a live-in experience, allows couples to spend time together to concentrate on each other and their future marriage relationship free from the tensions, pressures and interruptions of daily life and wedding preparations.
It is presented by two Catholic couples and a priest. Couples of other faiths are welcome.
Broad Range of Topics
Presenters cover topics such as money, children, sex, family, religion and friends, and also present the Church’s teachings.
Through a series of presentations based on the lived experiences of the team, engaged couples are exposed to relevant issues and encouraged to reflect on and then discuss these privately from the perspective of their own unique relationship.
This couple-sharing is considered the central part of the weekend.
The Southern African region of the CEE is coordinated by Bridgette and Kabelo Senne with Fr Patrick Rakeketsi CSS, associate general-secretary at the South African Catholic Bishops’ Conference.
The bishops have endorsed CEE as the best way of implementing Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on marriage and family life, Amoris Laetitia.
The dates for February are: Durban February 23-25, Cape Town February 24-25, Johannesburg February 24-25. The CEE programme is run throughout the year.
For more information, visit www.engagedencounters.co.za