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Contemporary Catholics

Fair Lawn , NJ
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5-25 3rd Street
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410 US (map)

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708-710-3460

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ABOUT US

If you are seeking a non-judgmental Catholic experience we at Contemporary Catholics are here for you. Whether you want to marry outside, have a previous marriage or one of mixed... Read more
If you are seeking a non-judgmental Catholic experience we at Contemporary Catholics are here for you. Whether you want to marry outside, have a previous marriage or one of mixed religious traditions we are here for you. With over 30 years as a Catholic priest I have committed myself to making God's unconditional love present in the lives of everyone I meet. For more information and a link to wedding information and a free e-Newsletter visit my web site, ContemporaryCatholics.org. Read less
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What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Interfaith Ceremony, Single Religion
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Anglican, Catholic, Episcopalian, Lutheran, No Denomination

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Laura
Wedding:
9/26/2015
5.0/5.0
My fiance and I wanted to be married by a catholic priest but not in the church. We heard of Contemporary Catholics from a family friend and I am so glad we reached out to them. We submitted a request and within a day or so, Father Jim emailed us back and we eventually made a skype call together to get to know each other. I am so glad we were able to secure Father Jim as our celebrant - he is such a pleasure to speak with and as an added bonus, he's so funny - he makes talking about marriage a wonderful conversation. I would highly recommend Father Jim to others.
My fiance and I wanted to be married by a catholic priest but not in the church. We heard of Contemporary Catholics from a Read more...
My fiance and I wanted to be married by a catholic priest but not in the church. We heard of Contemporary Catholics from a family friend and I am so glad we reached out to them. We submitted a request and within a day or so, Father Jim emailed us back and we eventually made a skype call together to get to know each other. I am so glad we were able to secure Father Jim as our celebrant - he is such a pleasure to speak with and as an added bonus, he's so funny - he makes talking about marriage a wonderful conversation. I would highly recommend Father Jim to others. Read less
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Julianne
Wedding:
5/15/2015
5.0/5.0
“Awesome!” “Amazing!” “Fantastic!” just some of the words our guests used to describe Father Jim. When my husband and I were looking for a priest, it was important to us to find someone who would perform a Catholic ceremony outside. I found Father Jim online and his reviews were great, so we reached out to him to schedule a meeting. When we met with him, we found him incredibly engaging. He touched on everything that was important to us, made us laugh and we felt comfortable right away. By the end of our meeting, we couldn’t imagine anyone else presiding over our ceremony. During the year of planning, we communicated via email and Father Jim was always responsive and helpful. He guided us through the process with no problem. On the day of our ceremony, Father Jim set the upbeat pace for the rest of the night. His words were genuine, touching, full of love, and he had everyone laughing. He let us incorporate family and friends into the ceremony which made it extra special to us.
Father Jim brought something special to our wedding day. His words have stayed with us and many of our guests. Three weeks later, we are still receiving compliments on the ceremony. We couldn’t be happier that Father Jim presided over our ceremony. He was wonderful! We would recommend without hesitation. Thank you, Father Jim!!
“Awesome!” “Amazing!” “Fantastic!” just some of the words our guests used to describe Father Jim. When my husband and I Read more...
“Awesome!” “Amazing!” “Fantastic!” just some of the words our guests used to describe Father Jim. When my husband and I were looking for a priest, it was important to us to find someone who would perform a Catholic ceremony outside. I found Father Jim online and his reviews were great, so we reached out to him to schedule a meeting. When we met with him, we found him incredibly engaging. He touched on everything that was important to us, made us laugh and we felt comfortable right away. By the end of our meeting, we couldn’t imagine anyone else presiding over our ceremony. During the year of planning, we communicated via email and Father Jim was always responsive and helpful. He guided us through the process with no problem. On the day of our ceremony, Father Jim set the upbeat pace for the rest of the night. His words were genuine, touching, full of love, and he had everyone laughing. He let us incorporate family and friends into the ceremony which made it extra special to us.
Father Jim brought something special to our wedding day. His words have stayed with us and many of our guests. Three weeks later, we are still receiving compliments on the ceremony. We couldn’t be happier that Father Jim presided over our ceremony. He was wonderful! We would recommend without hesitation. Thank you, Father Jim!! Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
4/25/2015
5.0/5.0
Father Jim married my husband and I in April and we couldn't have been happier with our ceremony. Our guests were beyond impressed with how much Father Jim's advice applies not just to newlyweds, but to any couple. His homily provided truly practical and realistic advice about the hard work that goes into any successful marriage. Everyone in the room laughed, shed tears of happiness and left the ceremony feeling that they had never been to one quite like ours. Guests still tell us that Father Jim was amazing, so he was clearly a memorable part of our day. If you are looking to maintain the religious aspects of a church wedding, but want to enjoy your ceremony at your venue, Father Jim is definitely the way to go!! We have already recommended him to two engaged couples who have booked him for their special day!!
Father Jim married my husband and I in April and we couldn't have been happier with our ceremony. Our guests were beyond Read more...
Father Jim married my husband and I in April and we couldn't have been happier with our ceremony. Our guests were beyond impressed with how much Father Jim's advice applies not just to newlyweds, but to any couple. His homily provided truly practical and realistic advice about the hard work that goes into any successful marriage. Everyone in the room laughed, shed tears of happiness and left the ceremony feeling that they had never been to one quite like ours. Guests still tell us that Father Jim was amazing, so he was clearly a memorable part of our day. If you are looking to maintain the religious aspects of a church wedding, but want to enjoy your ceremony at your venue, Father Jim is definitely the way to go!! We have already recommended him to two engaged couples who have booked him for their special day!! Read less
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Contemporary Catholics responded with the following comments:

Peace! Thank you for the kind words, they are much appreciated. One of my goals is to not only help the couple on their wedding day but to also encourage all coupes to look into their marriages to enhance them. May you enjoy all God's blessings in abundance!
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Kylah
Wedding:
3/15/2015
5.0/5.0
Amazing in every way, couldn't have asked for more! His unique combination of traditional and modern, humor and seriousness, and ultimate relatedness are unmatched! All our guests asked us where we found him because he was so awesome!
Amazing in every way, couldn't have asked for more! His unique combination of traditional and modern, humor and Read more...
Amazing in every way, couldn't have asked for more! His unique combination of traditional and modern, humor and seriousness, and ultimate relatedness are unmatched! All our guests asked us where we found him because he was so awesome! Read less
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Ally
Wedding:
1/23/2015
5.0/5.0
I know I might be biased because it was my own wedding, but Father Jim was absolutely the best officiant I have ever met! His homily was wonderful and was perfect for newlyweds as well as those that have been married for 40 years! I can't believe how many people are still telling me (3 months later) how much they enjoyed our ceremony!
I know I might be biased because it was my own wedding, but Father Jim was absolutely the best officiant I have ever met! Read more...
I know I might be biased because it was my own wedding, but Father Jim was absolutely the best officiant I have ever met! His homily was wonderful and was perfect for newlyweds as well as those that have been married for 40 years! I can't believe how many people are still telling me (3 months later) how much they enjoyed our ceremony! Read less
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Jana
Wedding:
12/13/2014
5.0/5.0
I couldn't have been more happy with Father Jim. When we first met him we instantly felt at ease and so comfortable with him. He was there during our planning to offer advice and suggestions and was always available to is. The ceremony was everything we wanted and we got so many compliments from our guests. Call Father Jim you will not be disappointed!
I couldn't have been more happy with Father Jim. When we first met him we instantly felt at ease and so comfortable with Read more...
I couldn't have been more happy with Father Jim. When we first met him we instantly felt at ease and so comfortable with him. He was there during our planning to offer advice and suggestions and was always available to is. The ceremony was everything we wanted and we got so many compliments from our guests. Call Father Jim you will not be disappointed! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Jeanine
Wedding:
10/17/2014
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough wonderful words about Father Jim! My husband and I have different beliefs, so when it came time to plan our wedding it was tricky—I wanted a catholic service, but he didn't want to do a church wedding. After finding Father Jim's website, I felt like he might be just who we needed—and after we met with him, we knew right away he would deliver a ceremony meaningful for us both! His insights on marriage are so in line in what we feel in our hearts, and he has just the right touch of humor added into his delivery. Nearly every single guest—no matter what their background, asked me where I found him because they thought he was wonderful & his words hit home for many. And as a professional, Father Jim was one of the most reliable—and calming!—vendors that I dealt with every step of the way. We couldn't be happier we found him!
I can't say enough wonderful words about Father Jim! My husband and I have different beliefs, so when it came time to plan Read more...
I can't say enough wonderful words about Father Jim! My husband and I have different beliefs, so when it came time to plan our wedding it was tricky—I wanted a catholic service, but he didn't want to do a church wedding. After finding Father Jim's website, I felt like he might be just who we needed—and after we met with him, we knew right away he would deliver a ceremony meaningful for us both! His insights on marriage are so in line in what we feel in our hearts, and he has just the right touch of humor added into his delivery. Nearly every single guest—no matter what their background, asked me where I found him because they thought he was wonderful & his words hit home for many. And as a professional, Father Jim was one of the most reliable—and calming!—vendors that I dealt with every step of the way. We couldn't be happier we found him! Read less
Services Used: Officiant
Contemporary Catholics responded with the following comments:

Peace! Thanks for your kind words, it was a pleasure celebrating your wedding with you. May you enjoy all God's blessings in abundance through your married life! Fr Jim
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Barbara
Wedding:
8/17/2014
5.0/5.0
Father Jim is such a wonderful man. Our ceremony would not have been the same without him. He brought the catholic faith and prayer to our ceremony. All our guest commented on how beautiful the ceremony was and how perfect father Jim was. He made everyone smile and laugh especially my husband and I which helped calm our nerves. We already have people asking for his information for their wedding.
Father Jim is such a wonderful man. Our ceremony would not have been the same without him. He brought the catholic faith Read more...
Father Jim is such a wonderful man. Our ceremony would not have been the same without him. He brought the catholic faith and prayer to our ceremony. All our guest commented on how beautiful the ceremony was and how perfect father Jim was. He made everyone smile and laugh especially my husband and I which helped calm our nerves. We already have people asking for his information for their wedding. Read less
Services Used: Officiant
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
All of our guests were raving about the ceremony and how funny and relatable the homily was. I highly recommend Father Jim, very professional and provided a great mix of sentiment and humor into the ceremony. He was the highlight of our ceremony.
All of our guests were raving about the ceremony and how funny and relatable the homily was. I highly recommend Father Read more...
All of our guests were raving about the ceremony and how funny and relatable the homily was. I highly recommend Father Jim, very professional and provided a great mix of sentiment and humor into the ceremony. He was the highlight of our ceremony. Read less
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Laura
Wedding:
7/3/2014
5.0/5.0
Once we met with Father Jim, my husband and I felt very comfortable knew that we made the right choice for our officiant. We both wanted a spiritual ceremony but non-traditional. Father Jim was so open and really wanted to get to know the both of us. We got to choose from many readings and did choose write our own vows. The ceremony was amazing and Father Jim was perfect – during the reception all of our guests were asking how we knew Father Jim, he was a perfect fit for the two of you and had such great words/thoughts on marriage and love. Thank you Father Jim for making our day so special, helping us relax and laugh.
Once we met with Father Jim, my husband and I felt very comfortable knew that we made the right choice for our officiant. Read more...
Once we met with Father Jim, my husband and I felt very comfortable knew that we made the right choice for our officiant. We both wanted a spiritual ceremony but non-traditional. Father Jim was so open and really wanted to get to know the both of us. We got to choose from many readings and did choose write our own vows. The ceremony was amazing and Father Jim was perfect – during the reception all of our guests were asking how we knew Father Jim, he was a perfect fit for the two of you and had such great words/thoughts on marriage and love. Thank you Father Jim for making our day so special, helping us relax and laugh. Read less
Services Used: Officiant

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