A Marriage Encounter Weekend has something in it
for every married couple. What you get out of a Marriage Encounter
Weekend will depend largely on where you are at in your relationship on the
weekend you go. You will get whatever it is you need at that point in
In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus talks about the
rich soil. The rich soil has many different nutrients in it. The
plant draws out the nutrients it needs at any given point in time.
Marriage Encounter can provide some of the rich
soil your marriage needs to bear fruit "a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold."
Some of the "nutrients" that couples draw from
Marriage Encounter Weekends are:
Remember when you were dating? Going for long walks. Talking long into
the night. Looking into each others eyes. Holding hands. Sharing warm joyous
laughter, . . .
When couples think back on their dating days, they often end up wondering
"what happened? . . ." They might long for the closeness they once
felt yet judge that it isn't possible in the hustle and bustle of their
current lives. Not true! Absolutely not true!
The intimacy you shared doesn’t need to be just a distant memory. It’s
closer than you realize and it’s more wonderful then you remember. A
Marriage Encounter Weekend can help you rekindle that closeness, that warm
intimacy. A Marriage Encounter Weekend gives you tools and techniques
you can use that will deepen your intimacy more and more as life unfolds.
Getting Back On an Up-Beat
In the ups and downs of marriage, sometimes couples need a little
something to snap themselves out of the downs. The communication
technique and the other tools learned on a Marriage Encounter Weekend
are often just the remedies a couple needs. Using these techniques on an
on-going basis, many couples find that with the ups and downs, the downs are
fewer, shorter, and farther between while the ups are more frequent, longer,
and more wonderful than ever.
Matrimony is a sacred union between you, your spouse, and
God is on your team! How can you beat that?
We can embrace God as the third member of our Sacrament, or we can forget
that He's there with us. As a three legged stool stands infinitely
better than a two legged one, marriages are at their strongest and at their
best when husbands and wives welcome and embrace God as the third member of
Marriage Encounter Weekends helps many married couples get started or
continue on their spiritual journeys as couples.
The relationship between husband and wife is the foundation of the
family. When a couple shares greater love, joy, intimacy,
understanding, spirituality and communications, the children are the first
to notice and feel the affect.
Our children are the seeds and our Sacraments of Matrimony are the soil
they fall on. By nurturing and cultivating our Sacraments we provide
rich soil for our children to grow, flourish, and blossom in.
"In good times and in bad."
As with good times, hard times are part of life itself. Serious
illnesses, deaths of loved ones, family difficulties, struggles with work or
finances, . . .
Hard times can bring a couple together or can leave the husband and/or
wife feeling isolated and alone. On Marriage Encounter Weekends,
married couples learn an effective communication technique that helps them
face troubled times together.
Understanding and Being Understood
"I wish we could just sit down and talk!" Have you ever said that
to your spouse? Do you wish you could take your "talk" to a deeper
level of listening and understanding?
In this busy day and age, there is a tendency for couples to lose touch
with each other . Husbands and/or wives can get to the point where
they don't think that they understand their spouse very well, or that their
spouse understands them. This shortage of understanding leaves spouses
feeling isolated and alone, vulnerable and anxious.
Understanding each other is a wonderful lifelong adventure. On
Marriage Encounter Weekends, couples do exercises and reflections that help
them to understand both themselves and their spouses better. Then they
learn a communications technique which helps them stay tuned into each other
as they head down life's highway together. Amazingly, as our spouses
use the technique to understand us better, we often come to know and
understand ourselves better in the process.
More Joy, Zest and Passion
In the ups and downs of marriage, the ups should be really really up!
And they should be fairly common. Marriages should contain healthy
portions of of joy, fun, zest, passion, sizzle and spice! Marriage is
one of the greatest of God's gifts, if it doesn't feel pretty darn good
pretty darn often, God is offering you more. You just need to accept
The world has a way of lulling us into a sort of rut. We end up
developing a habit of hitting the snooze alarm on our marriages and rolling
over for another few minutes. Years can go by and we can forget how
great it feels to be fully awake and alive, fully intimate with our spouses.
Snap out of it! Come on a Marriage Encounter Weekend and re-ignite the
sizzle of your dating days!
Is it time for your 5 year tune-up?
Cars need tuned up periodically. Plants need fertilizer.
Doctors, lawyers and professionals of all types need continuing education.
All these things are important, but your marriage is more important.
In order for the soil your marriage is rooted in to stay rich year in and
year out, you need to en-rich it periodically. A Marriage Encounter
Weekend is the perfect way!
What could be a better gift for your spouse than the gift of yourself?
Be it a gift you give each other for a Wedding Anniversary, Christmas, a
birthday, Valentine's Day, or other special occasion, the gift of a Marriage
Encounter Weekend will keep giving your whole lives through. A
Marriage Encounter Weekend is a gift that you and your spouse will remember,
treasure and benefit from forever!
Sometimes the thing we really need is to just get away from the rest of
the world for a couple of days and just really focus in on each other.
As simple as that sounds, it can be a bit of a trick to arrange sometimes.
Marriage Encounter can provide the structure and the unobtrusive "tour
guides" you need for a romantic, intimate getaway adventure.