Chicago Studies 45, no. 3 (Fall/Winter 2006): 310-26.
In this peer-reviewed article, I discuss how catechesis, preparation, and celebration of the wedding liturgy can be incorporated into an RCIA-like format. However, in addition to the three stages of preparation that match the three pre-initiation stages of the RCIA, I add a fourth post-wedding experience. It is analogous to the RCIA’s mystagogy. I call it “continuing ministry.” These four stages can constitute an integral, parish-based approach, not only to preparation for the marriage itself, but preparation for the wedding liturgy as well.