News and Events

The Regional Executive Committee for Youth had a council meeting at Good Shepherd Church, Bagdogra from 18th to 19th January, 2016.

The Youth Commission organized a Bible Quiz and Talent show Competition at Chetana from 30th to 31st January, 2016.

The Claretines celebrated Pongal Festival in the St. Claret School, Sahanagar on 12th January, 2016.

St. Claret School, Sahanagar, conducted a Burdwan District Inter-Schools Football Tournament on 9th January, 2016.

Loreto Convent School observed their Foundress Day as “Mary Ward Week” from 23rd to 30th January, 2016.

Loreto Convent School celebrates Silver Jubilee of their Teachers Mrs. J. George and Miss A. Dattani on 14th January, 2016.

The Annual Prize Distribution Day is organized by St. Joseph’s Convent Higher Secondary School, Chittaranjan on 29th January 2016.

THE TERESIAN CARMELITES SET UP A SPECIAL SCHOOL: The Congregation of the Teresian Carmelites (CTC) celebrated 150 years of their foundation on 20th February, 2016 with a solemn thanksgiving Eucharistic service and the inauguration of a newly built school known as Eliswan Kids.

HOLY CHILDHOOD DAY: Holy Childhood Day was celebrated on 14th February, 2016 with zeal and cheer at Kristo Jyoti Church, Kurmun.

REGIONAL PASTORAL COUNCIL MEETING IN ASANSOL: The Regional Pastoral Council meeting was hosted by the Asansol Diocese on 18th February, 2016 organized by Fr. Panneer Selvam, the Deputy Secretary to the Regional Bishops of West Bengal, with the help of local religious communities and lay people of Asansol.

SEMINAR ON HEALTH PROMOTION: On 30th January, 2016, a one day seminar was organized at Bishop’ House, Asansol. The seminar was conducted by the founding member of the Health Promotion Trust, Fr. Rocky Banz from the Archdiocese of Bombay.

ASANSOL DIOCESAN PRIESTS ANNUAL MEETING: The Asansol Diocesan Priests had their Annual Meeting at Jeevandhara, Raiganj from 11th to 13th January, 2016. Fr. Stephen S.J. was the resource person for the meeting and his session was on “The Role of Priests during the Jubilee Year of Mercy”.

Rev. Fr. Valerian Fernandes died on February 6, 2016 and buried at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Asansol on February 9, 2016. May his soul rest in peace!

Rev. Fr. Alwyn Fernandes died on January 4, 2016 and buried at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Asansol on January 6, 2016. May his soul rest in peace!

Birth Days

25 April 1982 Fr. Fr. Dipak Digal

05 July 1978 Fr. Nilu Murmu

10 May 1978 r. Bishu Besra

31 July 1986 Fr. Vincent Rony

29. Dec 1985 Fr. Abraham

14-Jan-1970 Fr. Dolphy Mathias

17-Jan-1966 Fr. Edward Louis

19-Jan-1975 Fr. Thomas Marandi

02-Feb-1972 Fr. Anthony Raj A.

04-Feb-1972 Fr. Clarence Bhaju

12-Feb-1980 Fr. Mangal Tudu

24-Feb-1958 Fr. Henry Rodrigues

04-Mar-1975 Fr. Devaraj A.

11-Apr-1945 Bishop Cyprian Monis

22-Apr-1980 Fr. Siluvai Kumar

02-May-1971 Fr. J. Peter

09-May-1948 Fr. Robert DSouza

13-May-1973 Fr. Anand Raj

15-May-1971 Fr. Harshavardhan Majhi

24-May-1976 Fr. Michael Dias

30-May-1975 Fr. Arbind Tirkey

05-Jun-1975 Fr. Avinash Kumar

07-Jul-1974 Fr. D. Antony

23-Jul-1967 Fr. Aruldass Lourdu

23-Jul-1975 Fr. Sebastian Joseph

04-Aug-1980 Fr. Britto De Stephen

06-Aug-1976 Fr. Martin Behara

15-Aug-1962 Fr. Elias Frank

21-Aug-1977 Fr. Roshan Suares

30-Aug-1975 Fr. Ananth Kumar

03-Sep-1950 Fr. Antony Lobo

03-Sep-1957 Fr. Ignatius Philo Sarto

09-Sep-1979 Fr. Rahul Sequiera

12-Sep-1968 Fr. Linus Toppo

14-Sep-1973 Fr. Wilfred Monis

17-Sep-1974 Fr. Jayabalan M. Raj

23-Sep-1952 Fr. Sebastian Rodrigues

25-Sep-1971 Fr. Rajsekhar Varre

01-Oct-1952 Fr. Lawrence R. Sah

03-Oct-1971 Fr. Thomas Tete

09-Oct-1972 Fr. Francis Badugu

14-Oct-1971 Fr. Stephen A. Toppo

26-Oct-1976 Fr. Arvind Kumar Negi

30-Oct-1947 Fr. Gerald Machado

31-Oct-1969 Fr. Wilson Fernandes

09-Dec-1956 Fr. Cyprian Pinto

20-Dec-1969 Fr. Xavier Pandian

25-Dec-1970 Fr. Irudaya Doss

Houses of Formation, Welfare Centres and Important Officials.

Houses of Formation :

Ratanpalli, P.O. Sahantiniketan-731235, Birbhum Dt.

E-mail: ksh


Students 10

Director Fr. Joseph Kallarangatt, S.J.

C/o Bishop’s Office, St. Patrick’s School Campus, Asansol-713301

Candidates 10

Novice Mistress Sr. Rachael Vadakumpadeth SCCG.



Aspirants 11

Superior Fr. Thaddeus OCD

Candidates 05

Rector Fr. Sebastian Rodrigues

Welfare Centres :

Regd. Office: B.B. Ghosh Road, Tetultola,Burdwan


Admn. Office: Sacred Heart Presbytery

G.T. Road, Asansol-713303.

President: Bishop Cyprian Monis

Secretary:Fr. I.P. Sarto.

Director: Fr. Wilson Fernandes.

E-mail: willywilson&


Jhinguti, Burdwan


Director: Fr. Valerian Fernandes VG.

St. John’s Social Centre, Chelidanga.

Director:Fr. Anthony Lobo.


55, B. B. Ghosh Road, Tetultola, Burdwan.

Secretary: Fr. I.P. Sarto

Director: Fr.Jose K.L.


M: 92324 84175


Jisu Niketan, Makrampur


President: Fr. Valerian Fernandes.

Director: Fr. Robert

Oragram Post, Bhatar P.S. Burdwan Dist-713167


Director: Sr. Suma


Admission: September

St. Maria Goretti School, S.B. Gorai Road, Asansol-713304

Loreto, Asansol.

St. Vincent’s Technical Asansol.

Sacred Heart Presbytery, G.T. Road, Asansol-713301

Important Officials :

April 15, 2003

As your shepherd, it is my duty to see to your spiritual well being. Although most of you participate in Sunday Eucharist, the teaching of the Faith to our children has been mostly neglected. The future well being of the our children will much depend on their present spiritual formation. The FAITH we have received is a gift from GOD as Jesus testifies, “No one can come to me unless drawn by the Father who sent me” (Jn. 6:44). Our faith is the most important treasure we have and it is carried, as St. Paul says, “in vessels of clay, so that this all-surpassing power may not be seen as ours but as Gods” (2 Cor. 4:7).

The Faith we grownups have, was nurtured by our parents and those sclose to us. They did so keeping in mind the promise they made before the priests of the community of the believers when we were baptized. The parents if today too have the same responsibility, that is of making the seed of faith which is in our children to grow. The promise you made to the priest before God himself when you your child was baptized of bringing up your child keeping God’s Commandments as Christ taught by loving God and our Neighbour, was not merely a ritual but a serious responsibility. One cannot be called a responsible parents if he/she has not fulfilled this first and formost responsibility.

Having discussed with the priests of Diocese, I have decided to introduce SUNDAY CATECHISM in all the parishes of the Diocese, to all the children aged between 5 and 16 years of from class 1 to x. the function of the catechesis is not merely to teach prayers but to lead the children gradually towards a full understanding of the divine plan, initiating them into the reading of the Scriptures and into knowledge of the Church and the Sacraments.

The catechism classes will be held either before or after the Sunday Eucharist. A syllabus will be given to all the parishes. A month before the school final exams, catechism exam will be conducted for which question papers will be given by the Bishop’s Office. The children with distinction will be awarded. The teaching of faith to our children is not he responsibility of the priests alone. Therefore, I earnestly request, the school catholics teachers, Religious Sisters and other lay leaders in the parish to assist the priests in this great responsibility of all the baptized adults.

While I exhort the parents to send their children for Sunday Catechism, I would like to remind them that First Holy Communion and Confirmation will be given to only those children who regularly attend the Sunday Catechism. If parents regularly keep their children away from the catechism classes without the consent of the parish priest, Holy Communion they may be denied, as they obstruct the spiritual growth of their children.

March 31, 2003

Canon 495 of the code of Canon Law states, “ In each Diocese there is to be established a Council of Priests who represent the Presbyterium……….The Council’s role is to assist the Bishop in the governance of the Diocese, so that the pastoral welfare of the people of God entrusted to the Bishop may be most effectively promoted”. In accordance with the Canon, I decree the constitution of the Diocesan Council of Priests.

March 31, 2003

His Holiness Pope John Paul requested all priests through an apostolic letter, “Motu Proprio” on certain aspects of the celebration of the sacraments of Reconciliation, to be available for confessions for the faithful to receive God’s grace through the sacrament of confession regularly. Hence all priests in the Diocese are requested to make themselves available for the sacrament of Reconciliation especially during the season of Lent.

The Boarding/Hostel is primarily meant for our deserving tribal children. However others can be admitted as per the facilities, availability of place in the Hostel. It is the duty of the parents to look for admission in schools on their own.

The boarding authorities will make special effort to coach for those students who are weak in their studies. Any student who is failing in a class twice will not be allowed to stay in the hostel. Any special cases to be considered as per the discretion of the person in-charge. They will be assisted to find suitable vocational or other trades training.

Any isbehavior in the hostel with the co-students, Boarding Master, Sister/Brother/Priest will not be tolerated. Warning will be given to the student and parents will be informed. Repeated misbehaver will force the authorities to dismiss the student in consultation with the people concerned.

The hostel fees perstudent in a month would be Rs. 300/- (Rupees three Hundred Only). Any failure in paying up the fees in time would lead the parents/guardians for fine as well. There will be annual charges as per the requirements for the maintenance and repair of the boarding. Concession for those deserving students would be given. They need to fill in a prescribed form and are to get a letter from their Parish Priest Priest-in-charge. However all the parents should pay as much as possible.

Guardians/parents are not allowed to meet the students except on the stipulated day and time by each boarding. Preferably it should be Sunday or school Holidays.

Once admitted, the students will not be allowed to go home except during the boarding holidays and for any specific reason with a prior written permission of the Boarding-in-charge.

During Christmas the students should be given holidays to go home to celebrate with their parents. All the Sacraments are normally to be administered at the parish level.

The Cash Books, Ledgers, Vouchers, Receipts, etc. need to be kept for eight years. Thus all diocesan institutins are requested to keep the same well secured at their own parishes/institutions or send the same to the Accounts Office, Burdwan.

All the Vouchers for the amount of Rs. 500/- (Five Hundred) and above need to be signed on Revenue Stamp. Kindly write the name, address of the Donor and donee in every voucher/receipt.

Kindly keep some supporting documents or details of purchase for daily marketing for boar expenses.

For any payment above Rs.20,000.00 (Twenty Thousand) need to be paid by Account payee Cheque or Demand Draft only.

Kindly submit 15H form of the Income tax to the Bank before March 31st every year to avoid T.D.S cut from the interest accrued from the Bank deposits.

Kindly keep a X erox copy of all Fixed Deposits as on March 31st every year.

When paying any amount more than Rs.20,000.00 (Twenty Thousand) to any contractor, deduct 2.24% as T.D.S and deposit at the State Bank.

Kindly ensure professional Tax is cut for every employee who is paid more than Rs.1500.00 per. Month. And deposit the same as professional Tax at the State Bank of India.

Kindly send a list of all the Sponsored children along with the class they study and the name of the village to the Bishop’s Office every year as on Dec. 31st. Kindly send timely reports (Annual report) to the Donors/sponsors with photographs with a copy marked to the Accounts Office.

Kindly ensure that land Tax, Municipal Tax for buildings,etc. are paid timely.

Kinly send to the Accounts Office quarterly abstracts of your income and expenditure.

For the well being of our priests, we have “Priest Welfare Fund.” Every diocesan priest is expected to contribute Rs. 50/-a month for the priest welfare fund and collect the receipt from Fr. Tony, Treasurer. This amount will be used for medical expenses and for other programes which are exclusively for the diocesan clergy.

May 01, 2004

The Congregation of Divine Worship has sent a letter dated December 5, 2003 to the CCBI President stipulating that all the priests and deacons to wear the Sacred Vestments (the alb,the stole,and Chasuble) during the Liturgical celebrations as per Canon 292. “Wearing of the sacred Vestments proper to the sacred Order that each one has received not only contributes to the beauty of Sacred Order action, but also function as the outward expression of the office proper to the one’s Sacred Order” (cf Institution Genralis n.335$114) Thus all the priests are obliged to wear the alb/cassock and stole during the Eucharistic celebration whether it is private or public in the diocese.

August 4, 2001

After due deliberations on the subject, the following terms and conditions of sponsorship have been evolved with regard to the selection of the beneficiaries in future:

  1. The total income of the family of the applicanst should not exceed Rs. 2000/-per month.

  2. Possession of the any two of the following by the family of the applicants shall disqualify them for sponsorship. (i) A pucca house (ii) Television (iii) Refrigerator (iv) A two wheeler (v) Telephone.

  3. At the time of selection, age of selection should be between 4 to 6 years.

  4. Other things remaining the same, preference will be given to the child.

  5. Sponsorship shall automatically terminate once the child attains the age of 19 years or in case the sponsors decide to withdraw from the scheme.

  6. Any acceptable habits of unethical behabiour on the part of any one of the parents of both shall disqualify the child for sponsorship.

  7. Both parents should invariably be available at the time of the interview of sponsorship.

  8. Applicansts, in case of selection, should under take in writing in advance to donate 50 % of the sponsored amount to another needy child once the salary exceed 2000/- per month or as son as they are in possession of any one of the two articles mentioned in item no. b, above.

  9. A saving account of minimum one year standing shall be maintained in any commercial bank or in any approved co-operatvie credit society by the beneficiaries.

  10. Submission of an application for sponsorship or mere taking of a photograph is not in itself a guarantee for sponsorship

  11. A committee comprising of two religious and two or three lay persons headed by the parish priest shall make the selections.

  12. Final approving authority shall be the donors in all cases.

  13. Continuation of sponsorship shall be subject to periodical review of the progress of the child in studies as well as regular attendance.

The above mentioned guideline are or immediate implementation in every parish and institutions in case of all future sponsorships. However, we would strongly advise to apply the above guideline for the existing sponsorships too, as far as possible. Let us work together in a spirit of generosity in helping the neediest for acquiring education, which will lead to human enablement. We also take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the valuable services rendered by our committed priests, religious and enthusiastic teachers for the casuse of good and well being of the students.