Holy Family Parish was established by the Most Rev. Patrick Cooney, Bishop of Gaylord, on July 1st, 1997. Two parish families in the Tawas Area came together to set forth on a new journey of faith. St. Joseph Parish of East Tawas and Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish of Tawas City were formerly united. Although as separate parishes in sister cities their respective stories tell of the strong Catholic roots and heritage in the Tawas Bay region.