What should we bring to the weekend?

  • Comfortable casual clothing. While you are welcome to do so, there is no need to change for dinner or Mass. The Monastery requests modest clothing for Mass (e.g., no shorts).

  • Toiletries, medicines and other personal items

  • Any snack or refillable water bottle for your own personal consumption and snacks or beverages to share with the group.

What time should we arrive and when does the weekend conclude?

  • This is different for each weekend.

    • For all weekends at local parishes, please arrive between 7:00 - 7:30 AM on Saturday and Sunday. The weekend will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. Both days conclude at approximately 6:00 - 6:30 PM.

    • The Monastery of the Holy Spirit weekends are 3 day weekends beginning Friday evening. Please arrive by 7:30 PM. Friday. The Monastery gates are locked at 8 PM. The weekend concludes on Sunday at about 4 PM.

    • The Virtual Zoom retreats begin with technology sign in at 7:45 am on Saturday and Sunday. The weekend will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. Both days conclude at approximately 6:00 - 6:30 PM.
    • Because we are on a tight schedule, we cannot wait for couples who arrive late. If there is an emergency, please see the information listed below

Do we have to stay for the entire weekend?

  • Yes. If you arrive late or leave early, you will miss important parts of the weekend experience, and we will not be able to give you your weekend certificate and letter verifying your attendance.

  • If participating in a Virtual Zoom weekend, the weekend is still a retreat. Please keep in mind that you will be focused on creating a life-giving marriage for the entire weekend without distractions, just as if you were attending an in person retreat. You will be required to remain on camera the entire weekend except when discussing private journaling with your fiancĂ©.

What about meals?

  • On parish-based weekends, only lunch will be served on both Saturday and Sunday.

  • On Monastery weekends, dinner will NOT be served on Friday. On Saturday, three meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be served. On Sunday, two meals (breakfast and lunch) will be served.

  • We will do our best to accommodate special dietary needs, but our choices are limited. If you are a vegetarian, please indicate this on your registration form in the special needs/comments box.

  • Meals are not included in the Virtual retreat weekends.

Will I have a roommate at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit?

  • Yes, you will have a roommate of the same sex as yourself if you have registered for a double room at the Monastery. A limited number of single rooms are available at an additional cost. All bathrooms are shared for both double and single rooms. While we recognize that couples may already be living together, you will not be permitted to share a room with your fiance while on the weekend.

Will we have much free time this weekend?

  • No. The weekend is designed to be intense so that you can spend as much concentrated time together as possible preparing for your marriage. You may find that we stay up later or get up earlier than you typically would on a weekend. We recommend you get plenty of rest the night before the weekend.

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