WE WANT YOU....to share our vision of Sacramental Marriage in the Church!
Catholic Engaged Encounter is a vibrant, spiritual and effective marriage preparation ministry that has served the Lafayette Diocese since 1978. CEE offers an excellent opportunity for committed Catholic married couples to volunteer together, as husband and wife and serve as a team.
As a team, you can have a positive impact on engaged couples who are beginning a life-long commitment to living their Sacrament in the Church.
Each year, the Lafayette CEE community serves about 250 couples by presenting weekend retreats focused on building positive relationship skills and keeping God at the center of their marriages. This effort involves many tasks and requires an on-going commitment by our active members. Attendance at monthly meetings, for community planning and team enrichments, as well as active participation in supporting the retreat preparations are two ways that you can become part of our family.
TYPES OF INVOLVEMENT
Your involvement in CEE can be tailored to fit your interests, talents and time available, by serving in the following ways:
Support teams play many important "behind the scenes" roles to ensure that the weekend operations run smoothly. They help set up before the retreat, contact couples to welcome the engaged couples at the beginning of the CEE weekend and register the couples on the weekend.
It is the experiences of presenting teams and how they share them with the engaged couples that are at the heart of the CEE weekend. Working from an outline, teams incorporate their experiences into talks they present throughout the weekend. Presenting teams need to correctly represent and publicly support the Catholic Church's theology, traditions and teachings, including Pro-Life and family planning issues. New couples are paired with experienced teams who help them prepare their presentations.
HOW TO GET STARTED
Couples preparing for marriage need to have realistic expectations of the challenges they will face and the tools to deal with those challenges. That's why couple volunteers with real life experience are so important to this ministry. If you are concerned about building strong families and you would like to work to help make marriages better and longer lasting, THIS IS FOR YOU!