Our Lady of the Seas Catholic Church
Celebrating the presence of God among us...

Our Residence/Rectory...

 

Anticipating our growth and eventual change from a mission to a parish we began to construct a priest's residence. Groundbreaking was held in 2001.  Due to the spirit and leadership of Father Andre' Izac, and the generosity of many individuals including our summer visitors, the residence/rectory was completed in July 2002.  This beautiful residence is secluded in the northwestern rear of our property with views of the wetlands and Pamlico Sound.  A house warming was held on July 21, 2002 and visiting priest were using it and in returned helped out with the summer Mass schedule.   


The New Church Construction Progress...  


We anticipated the start of construction for a 300-seat church in the fall of 2003. The architect and engineer had put the final touches on the new plans for the church. Some revisions of the interior seating, choir area, size of the sanctuary, etc. had been completed; additionally, the main sanctuary window was redesigned to accommodate our beautiful crucifix. The ramp on the right accommodates our handicapped visitors and parishioners. It leads into a special seating area for them, near the sanctuary. On January 9, 2003, Father Andre' and David Kelmer went before the Dare County Planning Board and received approval of our building and property development plans. The next step in the process was to receive final approval from the Dare County Commissioners, on February 17, 2003.

On February 24, 2003 we received the Conditional Use Permit from the County.  This enables us to erect more than one primary structure on a single parcel of property.

Once that was completed and the pre-bids were obtained, we were ready to send the entire package to the Diocese of Raleigh for their final approval. This approval from the Diocese was received in large part due to the tireless efforts of Joanne Mason, and we were then able to continue towards construction.  Our hope was that construction would begin early in the spring or late winter. The construction of the new church should take approximately 12 to 14 months and it will seat 300 in individual chairs with kneelers.

 

A note here: size of the church is predetermined by codes, permits, usable land, parking space requirements, etc 

 

As the construction continued throughout the year, we continually took pictures to share with you. The link below is the site were you can view how the church was built.  

http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/view?p=999&gid=4852479&uid=672926

 

Our completed church can be view at this site. 

http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/view?p=999&gid=12694830&uid=672926

 

Dedication of the new church was held on September 12, 2005.

 

 Articles and Announcements 7/12/2010...

  
Financially, we are hoping that your response will continue to be as generous as it has been so far. We realize many of you have already gifted us with major pledges and we are sincerely thankful for your generosity. There were many major memorials and all have been pledged.

Our last order of engrave pavers will be placed in January 2016. Currently we are adding more pavers (where we have blank pavers inserted) to complete the walkway that leads up to our church. The pavers can be dedicated to a love one or a special anniversary or day. Please click on the "Forms" tab to your left to download a paver order form.  Just follow the instructions.  This will be the last order for pavers as our walkway will be complete. Should you have any questions please contact the church office and leave a message.