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Holy Family Catholic Church

Oxlow Lane Dagenham Essex. RM9 5XJ

Holy Family Catholic Church

Holy Family Catholic Church Oxlow Lane Dagenham Essex. RM9 5XJ
Parish priest:- Fr. Stephen Myers MA, BSc(Hons). BA(Hons), PGCE, Cert. Theo.
Assistant Priest: Fr. David Pearce MA (Cantab), ACA, BTh(Hons)

Holy Family Parish came into existence in 1931 when Bishop Doubleday sent Fr. John Petit (later to become Bishop of Menevia) to start a new Mission. Fr. Petit found accommodation in a council house in Porters Avenue and began to say Mass for the Catholics of the area every Sunday in any hall that could be obtained.

Fr. Petit was succeeded in 1932 by Fr. Vincent Dutton. In that year permission was granted for the use of St. Georges Clinic as a Mass Centre, where the people worshipped regularly every Sunday until the completion of the Church in 1934. Catechism classes were also held in the Clinic immediately after Mass, and in May 1932, a group of children made their First Holy Communion in the hall with a breakfast to follow in the home of their Catechists, Miss Smith-Piggot and Mrs Frankish in Westfield Road.The erection of the Church and Presbytery at this time was made possible by a gift (from an anonymous donor) of a large sum of money. Under the capable supervision of Fr. Dutton the work went forward, and in 1934 the church was opened by Bishop Doubleday. Fr. Dutton continued his labours at Holy Family until ill-health forced him in 1950 to take over the charge of a less onerous parish.

Fr Michael McKenna (who became Mgr. Mckenna) took over the parish in 1950 and was replaced by Fr. Bernard Wakeling in 1954. Fr. Mckenna erected the marble High Altar and Baldachino and also the marble altar and what is now the Lady Chapel. Fr. Wakeling was responsible for the marble Altar in honour of Our Lady which was placed on the right hand side of the Sanctuary; also for the beautiful Lourdes Plaque which is now in the Porch.
While Fr Wakeling was parish priest and Fr. Christopher Creede (who became vicar General) was his assistant, the Church was consecrated by Bishop Patrick Wall on the 13th November 1958.

There are still around and still working, members of families who were here at the very beginning of the parish who did so much to get it going. Names like…Delaney; Baker; Pooley; Gosling and Layton will long be remembered in Holy Family, as they already must have often been  remembered in the Masses offered by the Priests who served the parish.


Response to the diocesan proposal for renewal & restructuring

Holy Family is a vibrant parish in East London and has about 30 different nationalities that attend mass regularly. In fact, our parish is a mini United Nation. It is a fast growing parish, which bucked the trend of declining worshipers currently being experienced in some parishes. The parish is blessed with a Priest who works tirelessly to look after the growing population of the parish, in addition to his other very demanding responsibilities in the diocese. The parish is also blessed with some parishioners, who put in valuable time to assist the parish in several capacities. The parish has two schools: St. Joseph Primary school and All Saint College. The parish also has two hospitals within its catchment area: Queens Hospital, Romford and King Georges Hospital, Goodmayes.

Mass Times

Weekdays: 9:00am

Saturday Vigil Mass: 6:00pm

Sunday: 9:00am, 11:00am and 6:00pm

Holy Days of Obligation: 9:30am and 7:30pm


Confession: Saturday 4:45pm-5:45pm

Baptism: Please contact the Parish Office between 9:30am and 1:30pm