Marriage arrangements need to be made at least six months prior to the wedding with Fr. Quang Vinh Chu (714-536-6913, 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.

Engaged couples are welcome to attend any of the marriage preparation programs listed below:


A Marriage in the Lord

  • Marriage preparation classes at St John Neumann Churchare open to all engaged couples throughout the Diocese of Orange. These will be in person classes taught by married couples. They will be held twice a year in February and September and meet on 4 consecutive Friday evenings at St. John Neumann Church, 5101 Alton Pkwy. in Irvine. Register by calling St. John Neumann Church Office at 949-559-4006. Cost is $85.


  • Deanery 7 Marriage Preparation Workshops 2024 are hosted at  Edward the Confessor Parishin Dana Point. Cost is $125 per couple. A registration form can be downloaded here and submitted to the address provided. The workshop consists of four 3-hour evening sessions over four consecutive weeks.


Catholic Engaged Encounter

Catholic Engaged Encounter in the Diocese of Orange is offering their weekend retreats in person. CEE’s 2024 schedule is posted on their website.

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. Cost is $125. Register at for more info contact 714-639-6236 office or

Witness to Love

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.


Options from other Dioceses (online)


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


  • Smart Loving Engagedis an online Catholic marriage preparation course for engaged couples. Consisting of 9 lessons, a couple can progress through the course at their own pace and will receive a certificate of completion at the end. It is strongly recommended to go through the course with your sponsor couple. For more information and to register for the course visit: org/orange


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