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The couple is in reality preparing to receive a Sacrament.  Though a marriage is obviously a social occasion, it is deeply rooted in God and this gives the marriage its sacramental and holy dimension.

Catholics receiving the Sacrament of marriage are expected to know and be practicing their religion, receiving the Sacraments weekly.  Without true spiritual preparation, the marriage loses its real value.  If you have been distanced from your Faith, this can be a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with the Church and her sacraments.  Catholics:  bride, groom, bridal party, parents, etc., all are expected and invited to receive the Holy Eucharist at the Wedding Mass.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is available at the regular hours or by appointment with any priest.  It is expected that all Catholics will avail themselves of this opportunity prior to the rehearsal evening.

It is the priest’s responsibility to be assured that the couple to be married is sufficiently instructed on the nature of marriage in general and the Sacrament of Matrimony in particular.  Therefore, the couple must meet with the priest at least (6) months or more prior to the wedding date.

A communication workshop is required for every couple.  The couple needs to contact the parish office at (714) 776-0270 to schedule a date for the pre-marriage classes.  Couples should contact the parish office at least six ( 6 ) months before the wedding date to register.  This is a mandatory requisite. The couple will receive a certificate when the marriage program is completed.

A Civil License must be obtained and be presented to the priest.  This document is valid only for 90 days.  The license can be obtained at the Marriage License Clerk’s Office at:  211 W. Santa Ana Blvd., S.A., 92701 (714) 834-2500.  Office hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 4:30pm.  Do not get married at the courthouseYou only need to buy the license. The priest will perform the marriage for both Church and State.