Saint Jude Counseling Ministries is a multi-service ministry assisting those persons who are unaffiliated, away from home, or looking for a new home. Spiritual guidance and counsel is the foundation of our work with an emphasis on providing an array of chaplaincy services such as: wedding ceremonies, baptismal ceremonies, life celebration ceremonies, hospital visits, premarital counseling, as well as individual and family counseling. We also provide specialized services to government employees, members of the military and their families, and all public service employees and their families. We provide pastoral services and employee assistance programs to corporations internationally. Counseling and training specializations include: Mental Health, Grief counseling, Addictions, Co-dependency, Victim Services, and Crisis Intervention.
Whether you are planning a Christening, a Renewal of Vows, or a Wedding Ceremony, there are important decisions and considerations as you prepare for your special day.
• What type of Officiant are you looking for?
• Do you want to remember someone who is no longer with us or unable to attend? Do you want to include family or friends in the actual ceremony?
There are many types of personalized ceremonies available:
- Bilingual (Spanish or other languages)
- Interfaith, Interracial
- Non-religious (Civil)
There are variations on all of the above as well. For example, if you choose to have a Non-denominational or a Spiritual ceremony, you may want a Bible reading, prayers, or a spiritual reading of your choice. If you choose an Interfaith ceremony, you may want two or more officiates; we are happy to co-officiate with other clergy. Cultural and religious traditions may be incorporated into the ceremony to reflect your individual backgrounds, as well as to symbolize your union. Additional variations which can easily be incorporated into your ceremony may include: a special Family Tradition; the Rose Ceremony; the Unity Candle; the Unity Sand Ceremony; the traditional "Breaking of the Glass"; a musical interlude or other special moment shared with you and your loved ones to memorialize your special day together.
There are four (4) primary considerations in planning your special ceremony:
- Ceremony Site;
- What Officiant(s) you may choose;
- The location of the Wedding Reception; and,
- Coordination of the Ceremony Site, with the Reception location.
Our Services: We want to make your special day a memorable and personal experience. Due to our commitment to you and to making this the most special day of your lives, we are happy to customize and personalize your ceremony. We have found that coordination with the other vendors providing specialized services at your respective ceremony is the key to success!
With the many challenges that face couples today, we encourage premarital counseling to assist and provide couples with the tools necessary to continue in a loving and fulfilling marital relationship. This is especially true if the couple come from different religious, cultural, or social backgrounds. In support of making your marriage a long and successful one, we offer this service at no additional charge (if done by email or telephone). However, if you feel that you would prefer such counseling in-person, we are happy to provide such counseling at a nominal fee. *For those couples seeking a Certificate of Premarital Counseling Course completion to waive the three-day waiting period and receive a discounted fee for the Florida Marriage License, a minimum of four (4) hours must be completed by personal instruction, video, or other electronic means.
We specialize in customizing ceremonies to make them a loving and personal experience, one to be remembered by you and your loved ones throughout your lives together. Our ceremonies may also be customized to incorporate any special cultural or religious requirements you may desire. This is your special day, the first day of the rest of your lives together. In support of making your wedding day and marriage a happy and successful one, we like to meet with our couples, in advance, to discuss the different types of ceremonies which are available to you and how to make your special day one to remember for a lifetime. If an advance meeting is not possible, we can provide this service by email or by phone by using simple questionnaires. We recommend meeting with you in order for us to get to know one another and to learn more about you as a couple. We can then use this information to make your ceremony the most loving and special one it can be. You have complete control over what is or is not included in your ceremony.
Professional Basketball Player Carlos Boozer and his wife Cindy!!
Rehearsals: We normally do not attend the rehearsal but we do provide a Ceremony Outline that can be used during the rehearsal. However, if you are more comfortable with us attending the rehearsal, we can do so at an additional fee, and if our schedule permits.
Please feel free to contact us. We look forward to sharing this most special day with you! Call us today at 954-990-0918 or submit a contact form.