Local church community raises $3.1 million to build new church in Hampstead

The facility expansion will allow the growing parish to accommodate the influx of new residents in the area.
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HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — All Saints Catholic Church announces that they have secured $3.1 million dollars in gifts and pledges from their vibrant faith filled community which will be used to help fund their $7.5 million expansion project.

The parish plans to erect a 750 seat church and program support areas for the largely expanding faith community in Eastern Pender County.

Bishop Zarama will perform a Blessing the Grounds ceremony on May 5th at 2:15pm, and then construction will begin in early 2023.

The facility expansion will allow the growing parish to accommodate the influx of new residents in the area.

Catholic presence and service to the Eastern Pender community began in 1953 when St. Mary Gate of Heaven, a tiny mission church, was established in Surf City. The Surf City location continues to serve as a summer ministry.

However, in the 1990s, 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 Blessing of the Grounds, 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.

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