Marriage arrangements need to be made at least six months prior to the wedding with Fr. Quang Vinh Chu (714-536-6913, x-109). Please read our “WEDDING POLICY” for Church guidelines and procedures before contacting  Fr. Quang. After you have scheduled an appointment with him, please print the “ACKNOWLEDGMENT FORM” and, sign it and bring it with you to your first meeting. Thank you for your cooperation.










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:

A Marriage in the Lord

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


Catholic Engaged Encounter

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.

A Godly Plan for Love & Holy Matrimony

A Godly Plan for Love & Holy Matrimony (ONLINE) 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


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. 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 likely 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


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 will be offering the program online, beginning in 2021 and until we can host the program in person once more.

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



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


Options from other Dioceses (online)


  • Living Our Faith in Love from The Marriage Groupis a self-paced online program. Fee: $195. Languages: English and captioning in English or Spanish.


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