Specializing in non-judgmental Catholic ceremonies, Contemporary Catholics offers their wedding officiant services in Vernon Hills IL. . A Catholic priest with 46 years of experience, Father Jim supports those who marry outside the Catholic faith, have a previous marriage, or a mixed-religion tradition. Wanting to only spread God’s unconditional love, he creates a warm, compassionate environment for couples to celebrate their new life.
Father Jim is experienced in officiating interfaith and single-religion ceremonies. Typically, he wants to meet face-to-face with a couple before the wedding, to understand their story and ensure he can provide the best ceremony possible. He also uses FaceTime and Skype when distance makes this impractical. He welcomes personalization in ceremonies, offering suggestions for vows, readings, or more traditional options, if needed. Understanding the couple may have different faiths, he can also co-officiate with other religious leaders. Specifically, Contemporary Catholics can lead ceremonies for couples of the following religions:
By visiting ContemporaryCatholics.org couples will find ansewers to many questions, sample ceremonies and a link to the Marriage Petition form which provides Father Jim with the basic information about your wedding prior to setting up a meeting with you.
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Melissa · Getting married on 09/26/2021
Father Jim made our special day so memorable. The first meeting we had with him he made us feel comfortable and guided us through the whole process. He had the right amount of religion and humor during the ceramony. Guests loved him!!! Thank you Father Jim!!!Sent on 10/24/2013
Brie · Married on 10/12/2019
You CAN get married outside and be Catholic
Without sounding like a cliché, Father Jim was a Godsend to us! My (now) husband and I, are both of Christian faith; however during the planning process it became clear that a ceremony blessed by the Catholic Church would be critical to our family. From the first time we video chatted, we knew that Father Jim would alleviate so many fears, anxieties, and unknowns, of our special day. Like so many couples, there were so many details that we just ‘didn’t know’ and were overwhelmed to make decisions about. What we DID know (and were confident in) was having an outdoor ceremony, where we could feel close to nature, God, our families/friends, and most importantly each other. Father Jim had our back through the entire process. He showed compassion and understanding that our wishes did not line up with traditional Catholic expectations. He also reminded us of why we were getting married in the first place! We had love in our hearts for each other, a deep respect and love for our Lord, and a desire to live our marriage according to his teachings. One of the kindest ways he let us show our individuality in our ceremony, was by incorporating my Celtic heritage in a hand fasting ceremony and Irish blessing. It meant the world to our mothers and grandmother to be involved. Our family and friends are still commenting on how “us” the ceremony was, and how funny our officiant was!! We cannot thank you enough for being so flexible and working with our crazy wedding schedule to not only put our parents at ease, but to make our day as stress free as possible! Thank you for your blessings and for accepting us with open arms. Brianne & MikeSent on 01/28/2020
Contemporary Catholics's reply:Peace Brianne and Mike! Thank you for your kind words, they mean a great deal. I try to make every couple feel like they are special to me and make their wedding day a memorable experience. More importantly I trust that your marriage will be one filled with sustaining love through the challenging and god times. Peace!Fr Jim
Ivana · Married on 08/25/2018
Father Jim is the best! Don't hesitate a second to contact him. We had so many guests tell us how much they enjoyed the ceremony. Father Jim is kind, professional and easy to work with. Like many others mentioned, you get a feeling like you've known him forever. His message was very powerful, yet delivered with a humorous touch to it. Everyone loved it! Father Jim truly made our wedding special. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!Sent on 09/05/2018
"Father Jim" is a must for anyone wanting to have a Catholic ceremony outside of a church. Here at Keswick Vineyards, Father Jim is the perfect choice for our outdoor wedding venue. Our couples just adore Father Jim and so do we! Highly recommend.