A message from Canon David:

I have written to His Grace, Archbishop John Wilson, to offer my resignation as Parish Priest of the Holy Family, Birchington and Westgate.  I have done 52 years’ service as a priest and I look forward to a long retirement. I will be handing over the parish to a new priest. 

I wish you all well. May God bless you all.


A message from the new Parish Priest:

My name is Fr Joseph Owusu-Ansah.  I am a priest of the Archdiocese of Southwark. I was ordained a priest in July 2014 at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark after seminary formation at St John’s Seminary, Wonersh.  My previous appointments have been as an assistant priest at Holy Ghost Parish, Balham for three years, then assistant priest at St Thomas More Parish, Dulwich for two years and lastly as an assistant priest at St Teresa of Avila Parish, Ashford for one year.  I am happy to be appointed as Parish Priest of The Holy Family-Thanet and I look forward to joining the parish at the beginning of September 2020.



Welcome to the Parish of the Holy Family. We hope that our website highlights the wide variety of worship, fellowship and service opportunities available.

We will welcome the stranger and be committed to the 'option for the poor'.  We recognise that God blessed every one of us with great and different gifts and we commit to share our gifts and our time.  To take responsibility for our part of building up the Kingdom of God: Through active participation in our Parish liturgy, ministries, sacramental programmes and social activities. In the wider community through service and witness.

Our Vision


We, the Parish of the Holy Family, embracing the Catholic communities of Birchington and Westgate-on-Sea, in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark, take as our model The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.  We strive to be a family in which we will pray for one another, know each other by name, value and care for each other.   

We ask you Lord Jesus to strengthen and deepen our love for each other, and to help us to espouse in the way we live our lives, the trust and faith of the Holy family of Nazareth, and to bring to fruition our aspirations and effort for the glory of God and the good of all. Amen.

Baptisms, Weddings   & Funerals 


Our church offers a traditional setting for your most sacred celebration by arrangement with the Parish Priest.  Please contact the office for further information.

Mass Services


After consultation with the diocese,  the following mass times have been agreed with effect  from Sunday 9th August 2020:











NB:  These Times may change so please check with Parish Website and Newsletter when made available.


Parish Priest

Parish of the Holy Family - Thanet serves two local seaside towns in the Thanet area.  Birchington & Westgate-on-sea.  

A Roman Catholic Parish within the Archdiocese of Southwark and part of the Thanet Deanery.

Canon David Caine is the Parish Priest and arrived at our Parish on 4th September 2014.  Before this he served in both Canterbury and Broadstairs.  He has always been a lover of History which led him to take a BA and MA in History.


The Parish of the Holy Family is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults and expects all volunteers and parishioners to share this commitment. 


Parish Safeguarding Representative: Janice Campion 

Parish Organisations 


Union Catholic Mothers

01843 541 549                                               Meetings held in Parish Hall 1st Tuesday of the Month

St Vincent de Paul (SVP)

01843 841 549

Daughter of Jesus 

Tel: 01843 831 415

Ursulines of Roman Union (Lourdes)

Tel: 01843 832 344

Ursulines of Roman ​​Union (Brescia)​​

​Tel: Same as above 

Birchgate Ladies 

Meetings held in Parish Hall 2nd Wednesday of the Month at 2pm

Local Catholic Schools 


St Gregory's RC Primary School 

Nash Road, Margate, CT9 4BU

Tel: 01843 221 896

Email: headteacher@st-gregorys.kent.sch.uk

Ursuline College 

225 Canterbury Road

Westgate-on-Sea, CT8 LX

Tel: 01843 834431

Email: info@ursuline.kent.sch.uk