Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Parish in the Parkville neighborhood of Hartford began as a mission chapel, built on Grace Street in 1887. Before that time, the area’s German, French, and Irish Catholic immigrants had been attending mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph. Our Lady of Sorrows was made a parish in 1895. Ground was broken for the current church, designed by O’Connell and Shaw of Boston, in 1922. Located at 79 New Park Avenue, the church, which has a seating capacity of 1200, was dedicated on July 26, 1925. The church suffered damage in the 1938 hurricane, which caused the removal of the upper portions of the two towers on either side of the front entrance.
It’s Hartford Church Week on this blog! The Church of the Immaculate Conception, at 560 Park Street in Hartford, was built in 1894 to serve the many Roman Catholic immigrant factory workers who were then moving to the Frog Hollow neighborhood. The Gothic Revival church was designed by Michael O’Donohue. In 1981, a priest discovered a homeless man frozen to death near the church steps. In response, the church’s basement was opened to homeless men. Church members volunteered to cook meals and donate clothing. The parish became a leader in public outreach in Hartford. In 1990, with the number of homeless people in Hartford increasing, the Immaculate Conception Shelter & Housing Corporation (ICSHC) was formed to confront the issue. When Immaculate Conception Parish merged with St. Anne Parish in 2000, ICSHC purchased the former church property
St. John of the Cross Parish in Middlebury began as a mission church of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Watertown and achieved parish status in 1916. The cornerstone of its stone church on Middlebury Green was blessed on October 4, 1907 and the church was dedicated on November 22, 1914.
A Catholic chapel was built in Tariffville in Simsbury in 1856 and was destroyed by fire in 1876. A newly completed church was dedicated to St. Bernard in 1879. St. Bernard’s became a parish in 1881. The church was destroyed by fire in 1892 and the current Saint Bernard’s Roman Catholic Church, a wood-frame Gothic edifice on Maple Street, was dedicated in 1895.
St. Peter Church is a Roman Catholic church at 695 Colorado Avenue in Bridgeport. The church, designed by Anthony J. DePace, was built in 1940. In 1991, St. Anthony Church, also located on Colorado Avenue, merged with St. Peter’s.
In 1896, Father Joseph Zebris of St. Andrew Church, New Britain organized the Sons of Lithuania Society in Hartford, offering Mass for the city’s Lithuanian immigrants in a rented room on Sheldon Street. 1900, when the mission filed a report with the diocese of Hartford, is officially regarded as the inaugural year of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. In 1903, the church purchased property on Capitol Avenue which included a two-story brick building which was converted into a place of worship. This brick dwelling was moved to the back of the lot in 1913 to make room for construction of a new church. The cornerstone was blessed on October 10, 1915 and a basement chapel was ready for use by Christmas of that year. The remainder of the church was completed in 1927 and was dedicated on March 18, 1928. Read the rest of this entry »
By the later 1860s, Academy Hall had become the place of Sunday Catholic worship in Plymouth Hollow, which later became the Town of Thomaston. St. Thomas Parish was established early in 1869 and the first resident pastor was appointed in 1871. A basement chapel opened in 1872, and the completed church was dedicated in 1876, built on land donated by Aaron Thomas, son of the clockmaker Seth Thomas. By the turn of the century, the growth of the parish led to the need for a larger church. The current church was built between 1906 and 1908 at the intersection of East Main and North Main Streets.