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Catholic Bishop Comes To Break Ground After Local Church Community Raises $3.36 Million To Build New

Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama of the Diocese of Raleigh will be celebrating with parishioners from All Saints Catholic Church in Hampstead on June 30, 2023 at 1:00PM

Hampstead, NC, June 1, 2023 - The groundbreaking comes as All Saints Catholic Church announces that they have secured $3.36 million dollars in gifts and pledges from their vibrant faith filled community which will be used to help fund their $9.5 million expansion project. The parish plans to erect a 750- seat church and additional rooms for the largely expanding faith community in Eastern Pender County. Bishop Zarama will officiate at a Groundbreaking ceremony on June 30, 2023. Site clearing started in May 2023. Construction is expected to be completed by late 2024.

The facility expansion will allow the growing parish to accommodate the influx of new residents in the area. It will also enable All Saints Parish, which is a diverse community of families, young adults, and retirees, to focus on growing in their faith and putting their faith into action through vibrant youth and adult ministries and community outreach.

Monsignor Joseph Ntuwa, pastor of All Saints, stated: “All Saints is excited to be building a place to love God, love others, and to make disciples; Also, it will continue to be a center where people live their faith in service to God and our community.”.

Msgr. Joseph Ntuwa notes that the new church will have:

• pews with kneelers

• nearly double seating capacity

• reconciliation rooms

• larger sacristy

• adoration chapel

• administrative space for faith formation, discipleship programs, and community service.

Catholic presence and service to the Eastern Pender community began in 1953 when St. Mary Gate of Heaven was established in Surf City. However, in the 1990s in response to the growing faith community's needs, St. Jude the Apostle Parish was established on the current site at 18737 US Hwy 17 N, Hampstead, with a multipurpose worship space and a few offices. The name was later changed to All Saints. The original founders, some who will be honored guests at the groundbreaking, had a long-term vision of building a permanent church building to serve a larger community. This phase of the development is a continuation of their original plan, and the Surf City campus continues to serve as a summer ministry.

All Saints Catholic Church is a welcoming Catholic community called by God to live out the message of Christ in love and service to all people.

To learn more about this historic project visit www.allsaintsccnc.org/growth.


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