St. Aloysius Church
254 Burritt Street, Plantsville CT 06479-1426
Telephone: 860-276-9208 Fax: 860-628-7650
Vicariate: New Haven
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.