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Marriage Encounter Weekend Planned for August

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August 13-15, 2010 is the next World Wide Marriage Encounter (WWME) weekend in the Diocese of Raleigh. The event will be in Raleigh at the Holiday Inn Brownstone Hotel and Conference Center. 

WWME’s  mission is to renew  the Church and change the world by assisting married couples to live fully intimate and responsible relationships and by providing them with a Catholic experience and ongoing community support.  A Marriage Encounter weekend is designed to deepen and enrich the joys a couple share together, regardless of years married or religion.

Presentations are given by teams of married couples and the presiding priest with the intention of allowing spouses an opportunity  to look at themselves, their marriage,  their relationship to one another and finally to look at their relationship with God and the world. After each presentation given to the group as a whole, couples are then given time in the privacy of their rooms for personal discussion. The weekends focus strictly on the individual couple; personal group sharing is not a part of the weekend.

Marty and Charlie Coe have been involved with Marriage Encounter for thirty of the forty-three years they’ve been married. “It really changed our lives,” said Charlie. “Ironically, what separated us was the Church. We were both very active in several ministries of our Church, but not serving them together.” Marty says, “We came home from our first Encounter and our daughter said, ‘Mom, you’re bonded.’ We are really thankful that God intervened in our marriage.” Charlie adds, “The fundamental thing we did was change our priorities. We started to do less volunteering away from each other and looked for opportunities where we could contribute together.”

The Coes are currently involved in Retrouvaille, which was developed out of Marriage Encounter for couples who need a stronger experience to re-establish communication and gain new insights. Retrouvaille, a French word meaning “rediscovery,” is a weekend experience with six followup meetings over the course of three months.  Charlie said, “We have seen couples enduring stress or dysfunction in marriage for thirty years come out of a weekend deeper and stronger.” 

Retrouvaille and Marriage Encounter Weekends start at 8:00pm on a Friday and end at 4:15 on Sunday.  There is a $50 registration fee and the opportunity to make a confidential donation. Meals are provided. For more information contact: emilieandtom@yahoo.com or 336-274-4424.

Above: Charlie and Marty Coe