Marriage Preparation

OVERVIEW

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

 

CONVALIDATIONS

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


Diocese of Orange MARRIAGE PREPARATION PROGRAM OPTIONS FOR COUPLES

A GODLY PLAN FOR LOVE & HOLY MATRIMONY

A Godly Plan for Love & Holy Matrimony is offering self-paced online courses with mentor sponsors. Natural Family Planning is included. Simply register online. Please email us with any special circumstances that we may assist you with at godsplanmarriageprep@gmail.com. Language: English.

For more information, please call Andrew & Adrianne Witthoeft at 714-639-6236

 

A MARRIAGE IN THE LORD

Various parishes and deaneries host this 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.

Para más información 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

Catholic Engaged Encounter in the Diocese of Orange is offering their weekend retreats online during COVID-19. Fee: $100/couple. Language: English.

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

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

 

TO TRUST AGAIN

A special ten-hour program for couples entering marriage after one or both partners has experienced loss by death or after declaration of nullity.  View and download the current brochure with the registration form for our 2020 sessions:

  • Summer – Sundays, July 19 & 26 at the Pastoral Center in Garden Grove or online
  • Fall – Saturdays, October 17 & 24 at St. Timothy Church in Laguna Niguel

For the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, please contact Linda Ji by email at lji@rcbo.org to register for To Trust Again or for more information about the program.

 

WITNESS TO LOVE

Mission:  To provide local churches with the tools to transform existing programs of marriage preparation into wellsprings of dynamic marriage discipleship that foster both parish connection and nurture authentic accompaniment before and after the wedding day.

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 at San Antonio de Padua Church, St. Anthony Claret, St. Joachim, and St. Juliana Falconieri.

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

 

Options from other Dioceses (online)

 


MARRIAGE PREPARATION- VIETNAMESE

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

CHƯƠNG TRÌNH DỰ BỊ HÔN NHÂN TIẾNG VIỆT

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