For those of you who attended, what was your impression of your engaged encounter retreat experience?
Moreover, what other marriage preparation is required in your diocese?
Some background info: For my fiance and I, we were a bit disappointed with our retreat. The book and material are good and all the couples were very nice. However, many were not Catholic and the faith part of the retreat seemed extremely watered down and almost hidden away in a tiny box. Perhaps the faith aspect is not supposed to be the important part? I guess we were disturbed because for us, this was the only requirement as far as marriage prep courses in our diocese. Also, many couples seemed okay with cohabitation and ABC.
Eventhough we go to an awesome parish, our priest is extremely overworked and does not have time to meet with us individually. We have been reading books together such as Christopher West “Good News about Sex and Marriage” and Bill & Pam Farrel’s “Men are like waffles, Women are like spaghetti”. We have also read and discussed the catechism section on the sacrament of marriage. Anyone else here had to “go it alone” per say, and do their own marriage prep? What did you do?
Happy Divine Mercy Sunday! ~have mercy on us and on the whole world~