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Marriage Retreat 2.0

This retreat is designed for couples who are marrying for a second time, couples who have been subsequently married or have previously cohabitated and wish to be married in the Catholic church, in addition to couples who have been married civilly and wish to have their marriage blessed in the Church through a convalidation.  As such, the retreat focuses on the Catholic concept of marriage as a sacrament and will involve extensive reflections and exercises meant to enhance communication for the couples who attend.

Unlike Engaged Encounter which is designed for newly engaged couples, this retreat will not put a strong emphasis on financial planning, nor give a detailed presentation on natural family planning (the Church’s endorsed method of birth control).  Our retreat meets the preparation requirements for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. While this ministry is offered in the Santa Barbara Pastoral Region of the Archdiocese, we welcome couples from outside the region and strive to help every couple who attends fulfill this very important Archdiocesan requirement. The retreat is conducted in English only. If you wish to find a retreat conducted in Spanish, please contact the Office of Family Life at www.la-archdiocese.org. Due to the fact that we conduct the retreat in different parishes each month, we do not have facilities for child care. The retreat is conducted on Saturdays only, beginning at 8:30 am and ending at 4:30 pm.  

About Us

This retreat will be conducted by two deacon couples: Deacon Jerome and Kara Bettencourt as well as Deacon Andrew and Shawn Cottam. Both couples have been married for over 30 years and have served as deacon couples in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles since 2011.

While materials and activities used in this retreat are constantly being evaluated, revised, and improved, the basic outline is based on a retreat that was developed conducted for over 30 years by Deacon Jim Henry.

Jerome & Kara: Deacon Jerome and Kara Bettencourt have been serving the Archdiocese of Los Angeles since 2011 They are currently assigned to Saint Jude the Apostle Church in Westlake Village, California.

Andrew and Shawn: Deacon Andrew and Shawn Cottam have also served in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles since 2011 They are currently assigned to St. Mary Magdalene Church in Camarillo, California.

Our Founders: Deacon Jim and Kathy Henry developed this retreat ministry in 1980 and prepared couples for marriage in the Catholic Church for over thirty years. This is our favorite photo of them at their wedding.

Payment  Info

The cost is $75 per couple if you prepay online, $100 per couple at the door.

To register online you must prepay. We will NOT accept walk-in registrations. If you wish to pay at the door, you will need to make arrangements via email:   Marriageretreattwoptzero@gmail.com

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