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Old 08-14-2009, 10:06 AM
 
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We are moving to Wilmington shortly and are Catholic. Any other Catholics here with comments on the different churches and what they are like. I am asking in the most respectful possible way, would just like to know what any one can tell us. Here in Raleigh there are a lot of differences between the different churches.

Thanks in advance for any help.
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Old 08-15-2009, 08:52 PM
 
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St. Mary's on Ann Street.
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Old 08-16-2009, 04:59 AM
 
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Thanks mm_mary, what distinguishes St. Mary's? Are there parking issues? My husband is handicapped so we can't go along way.
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:28 PM
 
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I just visited Wilmington and attended mass at St. Mark Catholic Center near Wrightsville Beach. It is an enormous complex with different facilities, but the mass was in a chapel off the main sanctuary and it was quite intimate. There were people of all ages at mass, and the young people in the pub at the beach knew of the Center. I talked to Father Carlson after the mass and he was very pleasant.

I wish I could give you more info -- I am from Chicago and am hoping to relocate to NC in the near future.
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:30 PM
 
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Oh, forgot to tell you that parking seemed abundant, though I don't know how crowded it gets on Sunday (we went to mass on a weeknight). I'm sure that there are facilities for your husband should he need help to get to church -- there were at least three enormous buildings, a beautiful garden. It just seems like the kind of place that has everything.
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:34 PM
 
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Sundaze,

Sorry for being so disorganized and posting a third time, but I just realized that you are coming from Raleigh which is another place I am considering moving.

I am employed by the Archdiocese of Chicago and would like your insight into the Diocese of Raleigh. I hear that Charlotte is quite "Catholic" (second largest denomination there), but do you think I could find employment in Raleigh? Or are there not many Catholic churches there?

Thank you so much for any help you could give me!
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Old 08-18-2009, 10:11 PM
 
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Thanks mm_mary, what distinguishes St. Mary's? Are there parking issues? My husband is handicapped so we can't go along way.
It is a beautiful, inclusive church with handicap parking. I go there when I visit my son.
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Old 08-19-2009, 04:56 AM
 
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Thanks mm_mary and Lucy. I don't know anything about the employment possibilities in Raleigh but there are a lot of Catholic churches here. I just looked it up and North Carolina is 10% Catholic. I googled (if I can't use that word here, I used a search engine) and there is a lot of information on statistics on where there are Catholics in NC. My impression is that the number is increasing because of transplants from the northeast. My impression (which could sure be wrong) is back in Maryland where I came here from, where Roman Catholicism is the biggest denomination, not that many younger people attended Mass, here the Masses are full of young families. There is a lot different feel though, please send me a private message if you want to know more.
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:49 PM
 
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This is like four years late, so I don't know if you still need advice, but I am a Catholic who lived in Wilmington for a year, and thought I'd post this just in case anyone else needs it!
St. Mary's Parish / Shrine: This one is downtown, very small, and very beautiful inside and out! (Very traditional facade) I know there are several masses on Saturday / Sunday and several in Spanish. I've never really attended any event there, so I don't know about the community--whether it's diverse, liberal, conservative, or what!
St. Mark: This church is HUGE, literally thousands of people there every Sunday! It's on Eastwood (main Wilmington road to Wrightsville Beach), so a nice trip to the beach after mass isn't too unreasonable! The current priest is very nice and seems genuinely spiritual. Lots of young families and people of all ages. Racially, there are some Asians during English masses, and of course, lots of Hispanic people during Spanish services. People there are a little crazy, they kind of do there own thing during church. (Ex. During the "Our Father" in any given pew, one person has their arms outstretched like they're doing some kind of "Kumbaya", one has their arms out but not holding anyone's hands, another pair is holding hands, and the last person has their hands clasped and head down & during Communion things start to get CRAY with people running in different directions) As could be expected from such a varied place, the community seems very lenient and dynamic. (objectively speaking)
UNCW Catholic Center: They had mass on Sundays at 5:30 during the school year (and started having an 11:00 near the end of the academic year), except holidays. The church is in this smaller house, which is set up very nice, but I prefer actual an actual church when I go to church. (Hence "I'm going to *church*", not "I'm going to this make-shift house thing for church") Anyway, there are a number of college students who go there (myself included, for a time), and they are real friendly. The people in charge of the community are pretty lenient and seem more toward the liberal / progressive side, just objectively speaking.
St. Therese: This one is on the beach...enough said. xD Seriously though, it's beautiful on the inside, a very small community, and two steps from the Atlantic Ocean...what's not to like!
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