Preparation to receive the sacraments can also include catechesis on marriage.
Both RCIA and sacramental preparation for children offer opportunities to identify couples in irregular situations and invite them to regularize their union.
Some leaders described such sessions as taking the form of a youth night for high school students or theology on tap for young adults.
One college campus ministry hosts "You're Invited: A Night on the Sacrament of Marriage" for college students and other young adults in the community.
In addition, the survey also sought to elicit the input of leaders on common reasons why Catholics choose to marry outside of the Church as well as particular challenges faced by the Church's cultural and ethnic families.
2100 surveys were distributed and 384 were returned, of which 355 had substantial responses to the open-ended questions about the landscape of marriage in the Church today and best practices and strategies.
One diocese hosts an in-service day for leaders to deepen their understanding of marriage and encourage Catholic education as a way of guiding youth toward marriage.
To reach individuals and couples later in life, some pointed to RCIA programs as an opportunity for outreach, education, and evangelization, particularly in regard to the Sacrament of Marriage.
The program includes a speaker on the theology of marriage and small group discussions with married couples in all stages of life to talk about the blessings and challenges of marriage.
This event is then supplemented with smaller programs throughout the year to encourage the discussion and continue formation.