A NOTE FROM OUR PASTOR:
Here is the latest update regarding Father Bill’s recovery. He has been moved from rehab to assisted living for continued progress. This is a temporary situation and what doctors think is the best for him. He looks forward to returning to the Outer Banks and his parish and friends as soon as possible. He is grateful for all of the prayers, good wishes, cards, and gifts he has received from you and assures you he remembers you in his prayers and asked you to pray for him.
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OFF SEASON SCHEDULE
UNTIL MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
All pews are now available with no attendance limit, and facemasks are optional.
Please join us INSIDE the church or chapel for Mass.
5PM Holy Redeemer
7:30 PM Holy Trinity (BiLingual)
9AM Holy Redeemer
11 AM Holy Trinity
All Weekday Masses (or Communion Services when a priest is not available) will take place at Holy Redeemer by the Sea in Kitty Hawk at 9 AM Monday- Friday.
Holy Days of Obligation
Vigil Mass (Evening Before) 7:30PM Bilingual Mass at Holy Trinity
Day of: 9 AM and 6PM at Holy Redeemer
Faith Formation Program
2022/2023 Faith Formation Registration (Classes from September 2022 to May 2023)
Holy Redeemer Parish 2022/2023 Faith Formation Registration has closed. Registration for this years’ program is only open to those who have recently moved to the area. If you are new to the area, completion of a New Parishioner Registration Form, Faith Formation Form, and a letter from your previous parish directly sent to hrbtsfaithformation@gmail.
If you have any questions, please call our Faith Formation Office at 252.261.4700 ext. 207 or email
Faith Formation Sacramental Programs (Two-Year Requirement)
Holy Redeemer by the Sea follows the Diocese of Raleigh for Sacramental Preparation. All candidates are required to attend Two-Year Preparation classes for all Sacraments. The classes are as follows: “Two-Year Preparation for the Sacraments of Penance and First Communion” and “Two-Year Preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation.” Participation in both years for each prep program is required to be a candidate for the Sacrament.
For families transferring from another parish, a proof of participation of instruction with a seal from the previous parish is required. The document must be sent directly to Holy Redeemer by the Sea. Please see our website for more information.
Holy Redeemer by the Sea
Location: 301 West Kitty Hawk Road
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
Holy Trinity by the Sea Chapel
Location: 7335 Virginia Dare Trail
Nags Head, NC 27959
Anniversary of our Salesian Saints
Double Salesian Anniversary Statuary
In observance of the Double Salesian Anniversary of the Death of Francis DeSales and the birth
of Jane DeChantal, and to mark over 19 years of ministry by the Oblates of St. Francis DeSales
on the Outer Banks, carved statues of these our patron saints have arrived. We are waiting to
have them installed inside Holy Redeemer by The Sea Church. (Funding opportunities are
available for this major parish milestone by contacting the office.) To help everyone better
understand these carvings, here is some information we hope will be helpful:
St. Francis DeSales (1557 – 1622):
This statue is based on the only portrait painted of DeSales from life. He is depicted in a
turquoise cassock, the color of a “working” cassock of the times instead of the usual red. He
holds a copy of his most famous book, the “Introduction to the Devout Life”which offers
practical, real-life ways for people from all walks of life to live a spiritual or “devout” life. The
pectoral cross has no corpus of Jesus attached to it. Instead, DeSales hoped that all people
should “Live Jesus” so as to affix their own body to the cross. The Oblates also wear the same
Jane DeChantal (1572 – 1641):
This statue depicts DeChantal in the habit of the Sisters of the Visitation which she co-founded
with DeSales. Before becoming a nun, Dechantal was a widow and mother of six. She became a
close spiritual friend of DeSales and wears the same pectoral cross as DeSales. He was also her
spiritual director. DeSales hoped that she would have the name of Jesus“engraved on her heart.”
The statue shows DeChantal holding her heart on which is written “Jesus.” Her life demonstrated
that she had accomplished this hope.
Sunburst with “VJ”:
It means “Vive Jesu” or “Live Jesus.” It was a phrase used extensively by De-Sales and
DeChantal in their writings and is an excellent brief summary of their shared and lived
spirituality. Both of the statues’ hands point to the VJ; urging the viewer to let the life and love
of Christ be the reason for and summation of their lives
May our celebration of these two Saints help us to live in the present moment where God’s grace is always found.
The Church will be closed and all activities canceled if a LOCAL State of Emergency is declared by Dare County or the Town of Kitty Hawk that includes mandatory evacuations or restrictions or prohibitions on travel in Kitty Hawk. Never put yourself at risk of accident or physical harm to come to Church in dangerous conditions, even if a delay or emergency has not been announced. We have been assured by the Diocese of Raleigh that the Catholic faithful are not obligated to attend Mass when prevented by unsafe travel conditions.
Since our new inclement weather policy governing closures and cancellations will now be tied to County and Municipality States of Emergency, we urge all parishioners to sign up for County Alerts.