Catholic Engaged Encounter is a weekend retreat away with other engaged couples with plenty of time alone together to plan for a sacramental marriage. It is designed to give couples planning marriage the opportunity to dialogue honestly and intensively about their prospective lives together -- their strengths and weaknesses, desires, ambitions, goals, their attitudes about money, sex, children, family, their role in the church and society -- in a face to face way.
The word Retrouvaille (pronounced re-tro-vi with a long i) is a French word meaning rediscovery. The program offers tools needed to rediscover a loving marriage relationship. Thousands of couples headed for cold, unloving relationships or divorce have successfully overcome their marriage problems by attending the program. The Retrouvaille Program consists of a weekend experience combined with a series of 6-12 post-weekend sessions over 3 months. It provides the tools to help put your marriage in order again. The main emphasis of the program is on communication in marriage between husband and wife. It will give you the opportunity to rediscover each other and examine your lives together in a new and positive way. For more information about weekends, posts and CORE (Continue Our Retrouvaille Experience held monthly) visit marriagehelpnw.org or call (206)706-2608.
Read the excellent article "Annulment: A Chance to Heal and Start Again" by Susan K. Rowland from Every Day Catholic, reprinted by permission of the author. For another discussion of the topic, see the article "Ten Questions About Annulment" by Fr. Joseph M. Champlin (from the AmericanCatholic.org website).
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