Frequently Asked Questions
About Cincinnati-Covington Engaged Encounter
We want to be a positive part of your engagement. We are an energized community of volunteer couples and priests whose common bond is our belief in the sacrament of marriage and family life. We provide a working weekend retreat format designed to create a focus on private couple communication. Attendees are couples of all faiths – usually planning to marry in the Catholic Church. Last year more than 20,000 couples participated in Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekends throughout the country. They deepened their communication, reinforced their commitment and strengthened their love. Think about investing in what could be a very important part of a lifetime together.
Catholic Engaged Encounter focuses on communication in your relationship. You will learn new tools for listening, writing and enhancing your communication with each other. Catholic Engaged Encounter is a weekend of beginnings, of planting seeds and of opening doors. We encourage couples to reach within themselves to discover or reinforce the belief that your marriage can be forever, that love is forever, and that God wishes to be forever present in your sacramental relationship.
What should we bring to the weekend? Please be sure to bring the following items with you: • Comfortable casual clothing • Toiletries, medicines and other personal items • A snack and drink (e.g., soft drink, juice, water) to place on the shared snack table which will be available in the conference room • Any snack or drink items for your own personal consumption.
What supplies does EE provide for the weekend? The following items will be provided on the weekend. You do NOT need to bring these items: • Linens (towels, sheets, pillows, blankets, etc.) • Notebook and pen
What time should we arrive? Please arrive between 7:15 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. on Saturday for our 2 day weeks and between 6:45 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. on Friday for our 3 day weekends. Because we are on a tight schedule, we cannot wait for couples who arrive late. If there is an emergency and you must be late, please call 513-4UNITY2.
What time does the weekend end? Our weekends typically ends with a closing Mass. In special or unusual circumstances, our schedule may change, but the weekend should still run no later than 3 pm (3-day weekend) and 4 pm (2-day weekend) on Sunday.
Do we have to stay for the entire weekend? It is very important that you stay for the entire weekend. If you arrive late or leave early you will miss important parts of the weekend experience, and we will not be able to give you your weekend certificate and letter verifying your attendance. You will receive your certificate after mass.
Are there any ground rules for the weekend? Yes, we do ask that you observe a few basic rules. • Please refrain from the use of alcohol and illegal drugs • Please stay in your assigned room • Please do not leave the weekend, for any reason, unless an emergency arises. If you need to leave, please speak to one of the team members first. Keep in mind, you may need to repeat all or part of the weekend to receive your completion certificate.
Meals and meal accommodations. For 2-day weekends, two meals (lunch, and dinner) will be served. On Sunday, two meals (breakfast and lunch) will be served. For 3-day weekends, no, dinner will not be served on Friday. The dining room will not be open until Saturday morning. On Saturday, three meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be served. On Sunday, two meals (breakfast and lunch) will be served. These meals are catered by either the retreat centers or outside caterers. If you are vegetarian, have allergies, or other special dietary requirements, please make sure we are aware of this at least 2 weeks before the weekend. If you apply for a weekend less than 2 weeks before the weekend, we will do our best to provide you meals that are appropriate, but we cannot guarentee it. Our food is often prepared in a small general-purpose kitchen where cross-contamination can occur, those with severe or life-threatening allergies may find it preferable to bring their own food; please contact our registration couple to discuss accommodations that can be made for this.
Will I have a roommate? You will NOT have a roommate. Your room will be very much like a college dorm room. It will have a bed, dresser, and writing table. While we realize that couples may already be living together, you will not be permitted to share a room with your fiancé while on the weekend.There are no locks on the doors at Saint Anne's.
What about shower facilities? Common shower facilities are located in the hall. The shower facilities are also much like those found in a college dormitory as well. For this reason, we suggest that you pack toiletries in a carrying case. You may also want to bring shower flip flops.
What should we wear? Dress for the entire weekend is casual. Please dress comfortably. While you are welcome to do so, there is no need to change for dinner or Mass.
Where can I smoke? All of our facilities prohibit smoking. You may, however, smoke in the designated area outside of the building.
Will we have much free time this weekend? No, the weekend is designed to be intense so that you can spend as much concentrated time together as possible preparing for your marriage. You may find that we stay up later and get up earlier than you typically would on a weekend. Time permitting; we will have some time for reflection on Saturday afternoon.
Is there an Emergency number? Please call 513-4UNITY2.