At St. Thomas More, we offer a two-day program for engaged couples called Engagement Experience. This event is required for all couples getting married at St. Thomas More. It is also available for couples who are planning to get married at another Catholic Church. The two-day Experience is held from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday (our Saturday 4:00 pm Mass is included) and from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm on Sunday.
Remaining 2023 Dates: October 28-29, 2023
2024 Dates (check back for future options): January 27-28, 2024 and April 27-28, 2024
*You can register by filling out the form below.
About: For couples, engagement is both an exciting and stressful time. The excitement comes with the anticipation of formally committing themselves and their lives to one another in an intimate partnership. The stresses come on many levels, from the couple’s fears about making such an awesome commitment to dealing with the wedding arrangements, and everything in between. Couples are often tempted to use the time of engagement solely as the time to plan and arrange the wedding.
While the wedding itself is important, as it reflects a couple’s willingness to proclaim and celebrate their love with their families and friends, the time of engagement is much more significant. What happens during this time has an influence on what the couple’s married life will be like. This is an important period for the engaged couple to focus and prepare for the sacrament of marriage. Obviously, marriage is a serious call from God: a vocation. That’s why the Church calls it a “Sacrament of Vocation.”
For couples, it can be a time of opportunity, deepening love, spiritual growth, and new understandings and experiences. For those wishing to enter into Christian marriage, the importance of this time is heightened due to the Sacrament they will be sharing.
Our program breakdown includes marriage preparation topics, such as:
- The Sacrament & Rite of Marriage;
- Conflict Management;
- Natural Family Planning;
- Marriage & Family;
- Faith in Marriage;
- Goal Setting;
- And more!
The program includes Mass on Saturday evening at 4:00 pm with a blessing over the engaged couples.
All sessions are held in the St. Thomas More Community Center. Registration begins at 8:30 am on Saturday and the program concludes at 4:30 pm on Sunday. While we continue to take Covid-19 precautions, we will follow all guidelines and protocols given to us by the state and Bishop’s council.
Cost: For registered parishioners, the fee for this program is built into your wedding fee with St. Thomas More. No separate payment is necessary. For non-parishioners, there is a $150.00 program fee. You can pay online or checks can be dropped off or mailed to St. Thomas More, 130 N. Pecos Road, Henderson, NV 89074.
Register: Please fill out this form below and indicate which weekend you plan to attend (if there are multiple dates to choose from).