Frequently Asked Questions

Baptisms

If you are inquiring about a baptism in the Diocese of Orange, please contact your local parish office. We are grateful to partner with you at any of our 57 churches throughout Orange County. Click here to find a parish near you.

For inquiries about baptisms at Christ Cathedral, click here

Careers

Serve with purpose, grow in mission, work for the Diocese of Orange. To view our latest job listings, click here.

Catholic Beliefs

We profess in our parishes with one familial voice in our Creed that we are One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. As the Second Vatican Council prayed, “Christ is the light of humanity; and it is, accordingly, the heart-felt desire […] that, by proclaiming his Gospel to every creature, [we] may bring to all men that light of Christ which shines out visibly from the Church,” Catechism of the Catholic Church, 748. Our mission as your local Diocese is to do just that. Learn more about our beliefs as Catholics here.

Come explore our Catholic Social Teachings by visiting our Life, Justice, and Peace webpage here.

If the Lord is calling you out of the boat and inviting you into the Catholic Church, please click here to locate a Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) program at your local parish.

Catholic Schools

A holistic Catholic education of the whole human person is unparalleled. With 35 Catholic schools in the Diocese of Orange, you are certain to find the foundational learning setting for your children and loved ones. Learn more about each of our schools and visit our virtual campuses by touring our schools’ websites here.

Cemeteries

Learn about the Catholic Cemeteries in our Diocese:

Christ Cathedral

Since 2012, Christ Cathedral has been the spiritual epicenter of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. Its expansive campus and parish community welcome all who visit to soak up the richness of history and artistry present in every faith-filled detail. From daily Masses to outdoor Stations of the Cross to lifelike statues of biblical events, the Cathedral campus is sure to leave you breathless and in awe of our Creator.

You can discover more about the Christ Cathedral campus and parish by clicking here.

COVID-19 Updates

For an archive of all current and past diocesan statements and updates regarding COVID-19, please visit our website here.

Exorcisms

St. Paul writes in his letter to the Ephesians that our battle is not against flesh and blood; it is with the powers of darkness and spiritual forces of evil spurred on by the enemy of our souls. If you or someone you love is or could be under any form of spiritual attack, we have clergy especially ready to fight with you.

For more information about healing, deliverance, and exorcism procedures, please consult our Exorcism Ministry page here.

Funerals

If you are inquiring about a funeral in the Diocese of Orange, please contact your local parish office. We are grateful to partner with you at any of our 57 churches throughout Orange County. Click here to find a parish near you.

For inquiries about funerals at Christ Cathedral, click here

Holy Days of Obligation

As a reminder in the Diocese of Orange, the Holydays of Obligation for 2022 & 2023 are:

  • The Solemnity of All Saints (November 1, 2022)
  • The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (December 8, 2022, the Patroness of the USA)
  • Christmas (December 25, 2022)
  • The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (August 15, 2023)

Learn more about our Holy Days of Obligation, and other liturgical notes by clicking here.

Find Mass times near you by visiting our parish locator here.

Leadership

Learn about our Bishops and leadership who guide and serve our Diocese by clicking here.

Our Lady of La Vang Shrine

The Christ Cathedral campus boasts a 12-foot statue of Our Lady of La Vang, the apparition of our Blessed Mother in 1798 to persecuted Catholics in a Vietnamese rainforest. A contemporary outdoor display blessed in July 2021, the shrine at the Diocese of Orange welcomes everyone to celebrate the testimony of faith of Vietnamese-Americans.

Vietnamese Catholics around the world have continued to revere Our Lady of La Vang as God’s faithful promise that hope does not disappoint. The image of the Virgin Mary’s revelation to the Vietnamese invigorates all who venerate her, especially our Vietnamese-American community who journeyed from war-torn persecution to deliverance into a new reality.

You can learn more about the shrine here.

Parish Locations

You have a forever home in the Diocese of Orange. With 57 churches in Orange County, you belong in our church family. To locate a parish and discover Mass times in your area, click here.

Reporting Abuse

It is our deepest desire that every single person feels safe in our parishes and protected within our communities. If you need to report church-related sexual misconduct, please communicate immediately with local law enforcement as well as through the Diocese of Orange’s toll-free reporting line, (800) 364-3064.

To learn more about our Safe Environment department and how the diocese upholds the U.S. Bishop’s Charter for the Protection of Children, Young People, and Dependent Adults, please visit our Protect and Report page here.

Statements and Press Releases

To access the most current statements and Press Releases from the Diocese of Orange, you can click visit our Newsroom here.

Weddings

If you are inquiring about a wedding in the Diocese of Orange, please contact your local parish office. We are grateful to partner with you at any of our 57 churches throughout Orange County. Click here to find a parish near you.

For inquiries about weddings at Christ Cathedral, click here