A Letter From Fr. Joe to the Parishioners of The Holy Family- Thanet
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
First, I would like to thank you all for the warm welcome you have shown me since I arrived as your Parish Priest three weeks ago. I really feel your delight in welcoming me.
I am settling in well and my time here so far has been good.
I very much look forward to being here. I am excited to work with you. I trust with the help of God we will have a happy and fruitful time.
In a poster you kindly made for the parish noticeboard to welcome me, you wrote: “We are delighted to be your first parish (as Parish Priest). We hope together we will rebuild the Parish with much energy going forward.”
Thank you for these words. This is exactly what I intend for the parish; that together with the help of God we can rebuild it with energy, enthusiasm and joy. I invite all of you to be part of this exciting journey. Already many of you have shown a lot of generosity with your time in offering to do things for the parish.
Our Archbishop John Wilson has also given me his blessings to pursue a Master of Arts in Theological Studies with concentration in Sacred Scripture at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, USA. I am doing this online and combining it with my parish ministry. It is my hope this will not only nourish me intellectually and spiritually but will also enhance my ministry to you.
Although, I am staying at the presbytery of St. Ethelbert in Ramsgate as presbytery is not ready, I am keen to fully serve you. So please contact me in person or via the parish email.
I wish you every blessing in the week ahead.
Fr. Joe Owusu-Ansah
We are appealing to parishioners to volunteer as stewards at the Masses. Duties include registering people at the door for the Test and Trace records or ushering people to seats, ushering people up for Holy Communion and helping to clean pews after Mass. Please consider offering your assistance.
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
Union Catholic Mothers
01843 834 227 Meetings held in Parish Hall 1st Tuesday of the Month
St Vincent de Paul (SVP)
07508 675 385
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
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
225 Canterbury Road
Westgate-on-Sea, CT8 LX
Tel: 01843 834431