Congratulations on your engagement and your decision to marry in the Catholic Church. Your loving relationship is a gift to all you encounter.
You might spend hours planning the engagement parties, wedding ceremony plans, and where to go on your honeymoon. How much planning have you done for when you come home and start to live as husband and wife?
Welcome to the Catholic Engaged Encounter of Cleveland Community! Our community has been serving the Cleveland area for over 30 years. Most of the couples that attend our weekends live in the Ohio and Pennsylvania area, but we warmly welcome any engaged Catholic couple that needs to complete a pre-cana program.
Our community currently hosts two weekends per year, this is a weekend getaway, a working retreat – not a vacation. Come with an open mind and an open heart. Do you want to improve an already good relationship with your fiancé? Do you want to be the best spouse that you can? This may be the last opportunity you have before the wedding to deeply focus on your relationship. Come prepared to work – intellectually, emotionally.
Our retreat leaders, will take time to share their experiences of the gift of marriage through a series of topics or activities that are designed to make you stop, think, and reflect. Immediately following your “me time”, you’ll be invited to share your thoughts one-on-one with your fiancé in a private setting. Sample topics include self-awareness, communication, vocation, decision-making, human sexuality, family planning, sacrament, unity and many more. Our weekends are typically held at St. Leonard’s Youth Retreat Center in Avon, OH.
When there are references to faith or religion, they will be from a Roman Catholic perspective. (Hey, it’s part of our name!) If you or your fiancé is not of the Catholic faith tradition, it’s all good – and we’re not going to try to convert you or your future spouse.