Marriage: Preparation and Enrichment
Marriage preparation and enrichment programs are provided at various times during the year, both at local parishes and by supporting groups in the community. See the list below:
Marriage: Preparation in Parishes
- Check with your local parish. (New offerings will be posted as we receive them from parishes. )
Marriage Preparation Course offered through Holy Spirit parish. This program is intended not only for engaged couples but also for couples considering engagement and marriage. Please contact Nicole and Todd Gursky at 306-477-1088 or ngursky [at] sasktel.net, or the parish office at 306-374-1425 for information and to register. The next six-week session begins on Sunday, February 19, 2017.
Marriage Preparation course at St. Philip Neri parish, 1902 Munroe Ave. (at Taylor Street E.) in Saskatoon is designed for those who are engaged, or planning to be married. Register by contacting Shirley Hyshka at s.hyshka [at] stphilipneriparish.ca or 306-343-0325. The next Marriage Preparation course at St. Philip will take place March 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on four Sunday afternoons.
Marriage Preparation at the Cathedral of the Holy Family in Saskatoon will be held March 3-4, 2017. Contact David Polzen at (306) 659-5805 or dpolzen [at] holyfamilycathedral.ca,
Catholic Engaged Encounter
Catholic Engaged Encounter (CEE) is an intensive weekend of preparation, in which each couple is offered the time and opportunity to question, examine, and deepen their relationship, share in community and be open to God's plan. Topics covered during the weekend include; self-awareness, values and ideals, community, sexuality, communication, decision making, Natural Family Planning, vocations, sacraments, prayer and unity. Couples are given opportunities to learn more about one another as they engage in deep and meaningful discussions between themselves, dealing with all aspects of married life. A weekend stay is necessary to keep the atmosphere generated by the Encounter - away from the distractions of everyday lives. The weekend is designed to deepen and enrich relationships with one another, God, the Church and the World.
MUENSTER CEE DATES
In the diocese of Saskatoon, the Catholic Engaged Encounter weekends are held at St. Peter's Abbey in Muenster, SK. Find more information or register online at www.ceewest.com or contact Heather and Craig Stomp at (306) 682-3326. Weekend organizers are Lynn and Wanda Freistadt: (306) 373-8607. The next Engaged Encounter weekend at Muenster will be held April 21-23, 2017. "Our Engaged Encounter Weekend gives couples planning marriage the opportunity to dialogue honestly and intensively about their future lives together. The weekend is designed to deepen and enrich relationships with one another, God, the Church and the World. Couples are given opportunities to learn more about one another as they engage in deep and meaningful discussions about all aspects of married life."
REGINA CEE DATES
Engaged Encounter weekends are also offered by Regina CEE at various locations throughout the province. For more information please call Stella and Ron Anderson at 306-596-2951, or go to www.ceewest.com and click on "Regina" on the bottom right hand of the page. The next retreat weekend will be held Jan. 20-22 in Moose Jaw, SK.
"A Wedding is a Day, a Marriage is a Lifetime". Catholic Engaged Encounter uses a tried and true method of marriage preparation that has been successful for over 30 years and gained approval from the Vatican and hundreds of dioceses throughout the world.
Second Marriage Preparation Sessions
The Diocese of Saskatoon has a team of highly evaluated couples in second marriages who will present two extra marriage preparaton sessions specifically for couples for whom this is not their first marriage. These sessions are also very appropriate for couples when one or both have been in long-term non-married relationships previously or relationships where there are step-children. These extra sessions (offered in addition to a basic Marriage Preparation program) are part of the Diocese of Saskatoon's Marriage Preparation Core Curriculum. For more information about this group and to request the two-evening workshop, please contact Elan Ehresman, 306-679-7717 and cic.elan [at] saskatoonrcdiocese.com
Catholic Family Services - Marriage Preparation Weekend Sessions
Catholic Family Services in Saskatoon offers weekend workshops in marriage preparation designed to help couples learn to better communicate feelings and ideas on relationship issues. The workshops run three times per year. Cost is $225/couple. Weekends run 6:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Fridays/ 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Upcoming dates for CFS Marriage Preparation weekends:
- Feb. 24-25, 2017
- April 21-22, 2017
For more information or registration, contact Doreen Babin at Catholic Family Services at 244-7773 or staff [at] cfssaskatoon.sk.ca
Worldwide Marriage Encounter - How to make a good marriage great!
A Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend is an opportunity for a married couple to take time to rediscover one another and focus on their relationship in a loving encounter. WWME is NOT available in the diocese of Saskatoon at this time. For more information about WWME elsewhere see www.wwme.org