LET CHURCH ALWAYS BE A PLACE OF
MERCY AND HOPE
WHERE EVERYONE IS
Catholic Church has entered it glorious Golden Jubilee year and it is the outcome of the almighty blessings and hard work of the parishners. In the 1959 Raipur Diocese started its mission work from Charoda. Slowly the mission work got extended to other places like Nandini, Kumhari, Powerhouse, Durg etc. The foundation stone of the biggest plant of Asia was laid down in Bhilai. People from different parts of the country came over here for employment. Out of which many were Catholics and to fulfill their religious needs of Priest and Nuns use to come from Nagpur.Fr Makaria,Fr Miginali, Fr S D Sebastian, Most respected John Weidner and Most Respected Hunold are the few needs special mention. Further the Catholics of Bhilai region were taken care by the Charoda Mission and the for some time period the Holy Mass were held at Nehru Cultural Building, Sector 1, and in Community Church, Sector VI, Bhilai. Thereafter on 1st October 1965 worship started in Sector VI Parish and the Church was named after the patron of the workers community St Joseph and The church was dedicated as St.Joseph the worker Catholic Church, Sector VI , Bhilai.
Fr Peter Paul was appointed as the First parish priest of the Church and thereafter to keep up the growth and development of the Sector VI Parish Fr Thomas Vadkekiri,Fr Augustine V.C ,Fr John Thodukayil, Fr Joseph Vaippeddom, Fr Abraham Katoor, Fr Varghese Thjekkut, Fr Miachel Vedamutthu and Fr Joseph Chirapuram were nominated as the Parish priest of the Sector VI parish and all contributed for the overall development of the Church and its parishners. In addition to assist the Parish Priest many Assistant Parish Priest were appointed and with an collective effort of all the small plant planted on 1st October 1965 as Catholic Church Sector VI has now taken place as a bigh fruitfull tree.We all extend our sincere gratitude to all the Priest, Nuns, Missionaries and the dedicated parishners to be a part of this journey.
For the construction of new church the previous parish complex was demolished at the beginning of 2001 to give way for the construction of new Beautiful Church, Mini Hall, /Offices/Parsonage and residence for priests. The new church was blessed and dedicated By Archbishop of Raipur Archdiocese Most Revered HG Dr Joseph Augustine on 23 rd September 2007.
The Church ahas entered the golden jubilee year and the Golden Jubilee Celebration of Catholic Church; Sector VI has started with a great bang. On 1st October 2014 the year long programme was started with the Holy Mass by Vicar General of Raipur Archdiocese Fr Sebastian Poomattam .To celebrate the Jublee year many programmes have been chalked out which will be conducted throughout the year, the details of which will be made available on the Golden Jubilee Celebration page.