|St Aloysius Roman Catholic Church|
|254 Burritt St Plantsville, CT 06479 (860) 276-9208|
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Parish History Timeline
1960– Father William Kennedy, Pastor of St. Thomas parish, Southington purchased 11.5 acres on Burritt Street in the Plantsville section of Southington.
1961– Father Robert J. Chagnon was named first pastor of newly established St. Aloysius parish. Mass was initially held in the old Milldale School. A rectory was established at 125 Diana Road.
1962 – A building fund was established in October with a door-to-door canvass taking place to raise the $425,000 required to build the church and hall.
1963– The new auditorium of the St. Aloysius Church complex hosted Sunday Mass for the first time on November 10, 1963.
1964 – In April, Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien dedicated St. Aloysius Church.
1972 – In January, Archbishop John F. Whealon granted permission for construction of a new rectory to begin on the Church complex property on Burritt Street. The rectory was completed the following year and the rectory on Diana Drive was sold.
1975 – On May 20th, a mortgage burning ceremony was held in celebration of paying off all building debts.
1979 – On April 22nd, Father Chagnon retired after 18 years of dedicated service to St. Aloysius parish.
1979 – On May 15th, Father Joseph F. Gorman was appointed pastor of St. Aloysius.
1979 – In October, the first annual parish picnic was held, opening with an outdoor Mass and finishing with a dance in the Church Hall.
1986 – The 25th Anniversary celebration began with a mission in mid-June and culminated with a dinner/dance in mid-October.
1991 – After twelve years of service to St. Aloysius, Father Gorman was transferred to St. Leo the Great parish in Waterbury.
1991– Father John P. Blanchfield was named Pastor by Archbishop John F. Whealon. Father Blanchfield was well-known from his days as principal of Sacred Heart High School in Waterbury.
2006 – Father Blanchfield receives the approval of Archbishop Henry J. Mansell to construct a Religious Education and Parish Center on parish grounds. Initial plan calls for classrooms with offices.
2006 – On April 21, 2006, Father Blanchfield dies and plans for the Religious Education and Parish Center are placed on hold.
2006 – In late April, Father Kevin M. Dillon is named Administrator of St. Aloysius by Archbishop Henry J. Mansell.
2007 – In February, Father Dillon sets in motion plans to conduct a building fund drive and ground-breaking ceremony for the new “Father John P. Blanchfield Religious Education and Parish Center.” A parish building fund drive will kick-off in May with the ground-breaking taking place in June.