Vallombrosa serves as a resource to the parishes, clergy and people of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, and to the Diocese of San Jose in the areas of marriage and family life. For pre-marriage preparation We offer two types of Pre-Cana workshops. We host the Engaged Encounter weekend long retreats provided by both the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the Diocese of San Jose. When couples find it difficult to devote an entire weekend to preparation, we offer our own alternative one-day program entitled “Engaging the Heart“, also approved by the Archdiocese and Diocese. These are excellent and comprehensive programs for marriage preparation for couples contemplating marriage. Our programs are intended to supplement any pre-Cana (or marriage prep) programs that may be offered by your local parish.
There are several different options one can choose to fulfill the Church’s Pre-Cana requirements however please consider all that you get with Engaging the Heart. A highly regarded, one day retreat given by professional Marriage counselors where you can learn about each other in a romantic and beautiful setting, set the course for your lives together and enjoy a wonderful meal made just for you. Engaging the Heart is simply the best first step you can make and we are honored to be part of your journey together.