As the basis of a strong
and happy marriage, it is vital for young people to have adequate
self knowledge as well as mutual confidence and honest communication
with their partner.
The FIRES Engaged Encounter programme
offers young couples a unique opportunity to review, rethink, deepen
and re-evaluate their relationship.
Its main aim is to help participants avoid marriage problems arising
from ignorance of oneself and one’s partner. The programme also helps
engaged couples realize the conditions required for a life of love,
joy, and growth together according to the Plan of God, the Creator
of marriage and family.
Topics include: encounter with self, knowing and understanding one
another, values, difficulties in marriage, openness, the meaning
and real purpose of marriage, faith, relationship with God.
Engaged Encounter participants are
invited to listen to talks by young married team couples, who honestly
share how they have faced
different situations in their relationship and married life. Presentations
are followed by periods of quiet reflection and couple sharing about
handout questions. The two-day programme also includes Holy Mass
and prayers led by a Catholic priest.
The programme is not only for couples who have already decided to
marry, but also for couples who want to determine with more assurance
whether they would indeed want to marry one another, as well as for
couples who are already married but for a period of less than 3 years.
Started and conducted within the Catholic Church, the programme is
open to non-Catholic or non-Christian couples as well.