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.


In Christ,


Fr. Joe Owusu-Ansah

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About Us

We the parish of Holy Family in Thanet, ministers to everyone in the communities of Birchington and Westgate.

We strive to be a welcoming, active congregation with a variety of ministries ready to welcome new members. 


We hope that you feel at home when you come to worship with us. 

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.

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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 

Parish Organisations 


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 

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