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Then a marriage enrichment weekend for married couples or couples in long-term relationships could be for you. Or, if you are engaged, take a look at our marriage preparation weekends

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What is Worldwide Marriage Encounter?

Marriage Encounter is excited to offer a new Online Experience, aimed at reaching out to couples who want to enrich their relationship and gain a deeper understanding of the Sacrament of Marriage, it offers a unique experience to explore your relationship at a deeper, more intimate level, regardless of how long you have been together. During the Coronavirus pandemic our residential retreats have had to be cancelled so we are reaching out to couples who want to deepen their relationship by offering a newly energised video conferenced retreat.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter is a Movement which aims to give couples who are married, or in long-standing relationships and commitment the opportunity to enrich and refresh their relationships. It also seeks to give priests and religious the chance to reflect on their vocation and enhance their relationship with their parish and community.

Our sister organisation, Engaged Encounter, is a Movement within the Catholic Church which provides couples, who are engaged to be married, with a formal course in marriage preparation.

Weekends are Catholic in origin and ethos. Couples of any or no faith are also most welcome. Since its launch, over 5 million couples in almost 100 countries have experienced a Weekend.

Marriage Encounter is not aimed at marriages or relationships that are in difficulty, because the Movement does not offer advice or counselling for marriages in crisis.

However, we are part of the Catholic Alliance of Marriage Organisations which aim to support Marriages at all stages of relationship.

We hope you enjoy our new Marriage Encounter Online Experience, and we wish you all the very best!

With love,

Sue, Mark & Fr Tom

Marriage Encounter England & Wales National Leadership Team.

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What is the cost?

Marriage Encounter receives very little external financial support. Its work is mostly financed by the donations of couples who have attended weekends. The team couples and priest present the weekend on a completely voluntary basis.

Others have gladly given so you can experience the weekend without having to worry about whether you can afford it.

Apart from the registration fee of £50 per couple for a Marriage Enrichment weekend, the weekend is free! It is offered to you as a gift – the whole cost including accommodation and food is covered; there are no hidden extras.

At the end of the weekend you will be given the opportunity to help towards the cost of future weekends if you wish.

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Thank you for our weekend.

It was the best thing that ever happened to us!

Jane and Rana, York.

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