Marriage Preparation


Para información en español, visite la página web en aqui.

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. You will need 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 also strongly recommended as part of a good Marriage Preparation. During COVID-19, the Diocese of Orange is offering virtual Introductory NFP Courses monthly at no cost. Sign up here.

Engaged couples are welcome to attend any of the marriage preparation programs listed below. Prior approval of the priest or deacon responsible for their marriage is required.



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


During COVID-19 related parish closures, all options are available online or virtually.



Various parishes and deaneries host this program in our diocese. 

  • Deanery 7 Marriage Preparation Workshops 2021 hosted at St. Edward the Confessor Parish in Dana Point or online if necessary. Cost is $100 per couple. Registration form can be downloaded from here and submitted to the address provided. Workshop series dates for 2021 are as follows (all sessions are Friday evenings 7:00-10:00 PM):
    1. February 19, 26, March 5, 12
    2. June 4, 11, 18, 25
    3. October 1, 8, 15, 22

Para más información en español, comuníquese con su parroquia o visite la página web en aqui.

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



Catholic Engaged Encounter in the Diocese of Orange is offering their weekend retreats online during COVID-19. Fee for online weekend is $100/couple. CEE’s 2021 schedule is posted on their website.

Normally, this is 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



OC Marriage Formation for Engaged Couples has been created by the Diocese of Orange specifically for use during this time when many of our in-person programs have been cancelled. As such, this program is being phased out, and the last Introductory Session for which we are accepting new registrants is on May 16, 2021 at 2 pm. Any new couple joining the program must sign up prior by May 8. Spaces are limited.

Couples can go through the pre-recorded theology and life skills video lessons online and complete the assigned exercises at their own pace. Dynamic married couples from our diocese will also accompany the engaged couples in virtual, live meetings throughout the process.

The program will take approximately 3-4 months for engaged couples to complete, and they will have up to one year from registration to finish. Cost is $100 per couple and includes the FOCCUS premarital inventory and an introductory NFP course.

Although online, this program is only for couples preparing to be married in the Diocese of Orange. Engaged couples who select our online option should do so in consultation with the priest/deacon who is preparing them for marriage and will be required to provide his direct contact information. Register at For more information, please contact Linda Ji by email at



A Godly Plan for Love & Holy Matrimony offers a self-paced online course with mentor sponsors. Natural Family Planning and FOCCUS included. Open to all engaged from any church or diocese in the U.S. and other countries. Register at for more info contact 714-639-6236 office or



To Trust Again is a special ten-hour program for couples entering marriage after one or both partners has experienced loss by death or after declaration of nullity. The program is typically offered quarterly over two successive Saturdays or Sundays, usually in January, April, July, and October.

Due to COVID-19 related parish closures, we are not hosting our usual January or April sessions. We are offering the program online until we can host sessions in person once more. The online program is a series of lessons that couples can go through at their own pace, with an opportunity to meet with one of our team couples. See flyer for more information.

For the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact Linda Ji by email at to register for To Trust Again.



The Diocese of Orange highly recommends the use of the program: Witness to Love.  Witness to Love is a virtues-based, Catechumenate model of marriage renewal and preparation that integrates modern principles of psychology and the virtues to help couples facilitate an authentic dialogue about their relationship.

Witness to Love is currently offered at San Antonio de Padua, St. Anthony Claret, St. Joachim, St. Juliana Falconieri, and Holy Cross Melkite Church.

For more information on how to bring Witness to Love to your parish, click here.


Options from other Dioceses (online)

  • from Agape Catholic Ministries partners engaged couples with mentor instructors online. Fee: $194 – $245. Languages: English, Spanish, French.
  • Living Our Faith in Love by The Marriage Group is a self-paced online and on-demand program. You can start and stop at any time and take as long as you need to complete.Fee: $195. Languages: English and captioning in English or Spanish. (Includes introductory NFP segment, NFP Life)



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, call 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