Marriage Preparation

To begin the process of preparation for Sacrament of Marriage in the Catholic Church, please contact your local parish 6 months to 1 year prior to your planned date. Part of your preparation will be to meet with your parish priest, and attend one of several options for Marriage Preparation programs offered throughout the Diocese.

All programs focus on issues pertinent to a couple preparing for the Sacrament of Matrimony. They emphasize self-awareness as well as techniques to improve communiccation. Natural Family planning is strongly recommended as part of a good Marriage Preparation.

Engaged couples may select any of the programs listed below based on preference of content, location, cost or schedule. Prior approval of the priest or deacon responsible for their marriage is required. The options a couple may choose from include:


A Godly Plan For Love & Holy Matrimony

Godly Plan For Love & Holy Matrimony offers an online self-paced course. mentor sponsors, Natural Family Planning & FOCCUS included. Open to all engaged couples from any church or diocese in the U.S. and other countries. For more information, call 714-639-6236 or visit website at


A Marriage In The Lord

A 10-hour program presented in a large group setting or as a small in-home experience, usually one night a week for two and one half hours over a period of four weeks. Please contact your local Parish or Deanery for Marriage Preparation registration.


Engaged Encounter

A 40-hour weekend experience presented by a team of married couples and a priest. The weekend is Catholic in orientation with personal reflection and dialogue as the main thrusts. Meals are taken in common and the weekend ends with Sunday Mass. Further information is available by calling Catholic Engaged Encounter at 714-455-9175 or visit the program website,


Picture Of Love

The “Picture of Love” Marriage Preparation Workshop at Sts. Simon & Jude Church is a full day program presented in the parish three times each year on Saturdays.

This important preparation process is a requirement for marriage in the Catholic Church. The “Picture of Love” program will provide couples with the information they need as they prepare for the issues that couples face today. Held at Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, Huntington Beach. Call the Parish Office for more details: 714-962-3333


To Trust Again

A 10-hour program for couples entering marriage after one or both partners has experienced loss by death or after a Church annulment. This program is offered at Holy Family Cathedral. For more information and registration please call Mary Lou Bell at 714-639-2900 or visit the Office of Pastoral Care for Families in All Sates website at pastoral-care.



Couples seeking to have their marriages validated by the Church can obtain information by calling their local parish.



La diócesis ofrece varios programas para las parejas comprometidas. La Iglesia espera con mucha ilusión la celebración de su ma- trimonio. Antes de hacer planes sobre la fe- cha, es importante ponerse en contacto con el sacerdote de su parroquia por lo menos 6 meses antes para poder confirmar la dis- ponibilidad de la iglesia, del sacerdote y de cumplir con los requisitos de la Preparación Matrimonial. Las opciones de las cuales una pareja puede elegir incluyen:

El Amor Nuestro De Cada Dia

Un programa exclusivamente para parejas comprometidas que quieren casarse por primera vez, novios que no viven juntos y que no han sido casados anteriormente de ninguna forma. El programa cubre temas como: el sacramento del matrimonio, familia de origen, comunicación y decisiones morales.


Este programa es para parejas que viven juntas, casadas únicamente por el civil o en capillas y que desean prepararse para el sacramento del matrimonio. El programa ayuda a explorar las actitudes, sentimientos y necesidades en: el área sexual, el área financiera, la educación de los hijos, la familia, y la política.

Para más información comuníquese con su parroquia o visite la página web de la Oficina de Cuidado Pastoral para las Familias en Todas las Etapas de la diócesis en


Preparation classes are conducted in Vietnamese at the Vietnamese Catholic Center in Santa Ana. There are nine sessions which include a test and evaluation of a couple’s readiness for marriage. Sessions are held in January, March, May, July, September and November.

For further information……….714-554-4211


Lớp Dự Bị Hôn Nhân tiếng Việt được tổ chức tại Trung Tâm Công Giáo Việt Nam ở Santa Ana. Chương trình này gồm có 9 buổi học với phần trắc nghiệm (thi) và giám định xem các đôi bạn đã sẵn sàng để lập gia đình với nhau chưa. Các buổi học được tổ chức vào tháng 1, tháng 3,

tháng 5, tháng 7, tháng 9, và tháng 11. Xin gọi để biết thêm chi tiết: 714-554-4211