Marriage Preparation

WeddingGreetings to you on behalf of the Most Reverend Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, as well as the Franciscan Friars and our parish staff.

Our parish community wishes to support you as much as possible as you prepare for one of the most sacred moments in your life together.  We join you in asking for God’s blessings and we thank you for your willingness to be a sign of God’s love in the Church and the world.

The rite of marriage is a combination of rituals, both sacred and cultural.  We recognize that significant amounts of time, energy and resources go into wedding celebrations and it is our sincere prayer that you would trust us to guide you through the marriage preparation process. Ultimately, we pray that God’s presence, already visible in your love for one another, will be transmitted to family, friends and the Church.

The information below and the programs we offer here at Sts. Simon & Jude are intended to help you in planning your liturgy.  Between two baptized Christians, the rite is considered a sacrament and it is the only one not conferred through the hands of the clergy.  Rather, the sacrament of marriage is realized in the love shared and expressed between a Christian man and woman.  

Again, we rejoice with you as you make the choice to prepare, not only for your wedding liturgy but also for your Catholic marriage.  We pray that the Lord will richly bless you with gifts of peace, love and unity.

Please do not hesitate to contact the parish for information and assistance as you proceed.

May the Lord give you peace!

Fr. Daniel F. Barica, ofm

Congratulations on your engagement and upcoming marriage! What’s next?

To begin the process of preparation for the Sacrament of Marriage at Sts. Simon & Jude Church, please contact the Parish office at 714-962-3333 at least six months prior to your planned date and request information on the Marriage Preparation process.  This call will lead to an opportunity to gather information on the following key milestones that are important as you plan your marriage:

    • Attending a Wedding Information Session
    • Scheduling a meeting/interview with a priest or deacon
    • Scheduling attendance at a Marriage Preparation Workshop

More information on these topics, as well as many other important matters, is contained in the links below.

Marriage Preparation Workshop

The “Picture of Love” Marriage Preparation Workshop at Sts. Simon & Jude Church is a full day program presented in the parish four times each year on Saturdays.  Contact the parish office for a registration form for the next workshop.

The Catholic Rite of Marriage at Sts. Simon & Jude

  *  Marriage Preparation Information

  *  Marriage Preparation Forms

  *  Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

  *  Scriptural Passages for the Sacrament of Matrimony