Marriage Preparation

OVERVIEW

To begin the process of preparation for Sacrament of Marriage in the Catholic Church, please contact your local parish six months to one year prior to your planned date. Part of your preparation will be to meet with your parish priest and attend one of the 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 communication. Natural Family planning is strongly recommended as part of a good Marriage Preparation.

Engaged couples may select any of the programs listed in the link below based on the preference of content, location, cost or schedule. Prior approval of the priest of deacon responsible for their marriage is required. The programs are listed under the deanery they are held (location).


PROGRAM OPTIONS FOR COUPLES

For a list of Marriage Preparation classes click here


A GODLY PLAN FOR LOVE & HOLY MATRIMONY

An 8-hour course in preparation for receiving the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.  Click here for schedule & registration. We are also able to assist couples in validating an existing marriage or if re-marrying after a subsequent marriage.   


A MARRIAGE IN THE LORD

A ten-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 forty-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

Click Here to view and download a current brochure with program dates.


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 SS Simon and Jude Catholic Church, Huntington Beach. Click here to view and download a current flyer with dates or call the Parish Office for more details at 714-962-3333


TO TRUST AGAIN

A ten-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.

Click Here to view and download the brochure and schedule.


TREASURING YOUR MARRIAGE

This program is offered twice a year at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church in Newport Beach.  There are four sessions that both husband and wife or both fiancés must attend together.  This program is open to all married and engaged couples preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage.

For more information please visit Our Lady Queen of the Angels website.

Click here to download the brochure and schedule.


CONVALIDATIONS

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