About Mary Our Queen
The parish of Mary Our Queen was established by the late Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien on September 21, 1961. Father James J. Sullivan was the founding pastor. Our "sister parish", St Aloysius, was established at the same time. Both parishes were separated from St. Thomas parish on Bristol Street which, until that time, cared for all the Roman Catholic population of Southington with the exception of the people of Polish descent who went to the church of the Immaculate Conception on Summer Street.
Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new church took place on December 8, 1963, and the church was dedicated on April 25, 1965. Until the church was ready for use, Mass was celebrated in South End School. In November of 1964, Mass was moved to the hall which had been completed by then. It is interesting to note that Mary Our Queen was the first church in the Archdiocese that was built to fulfill the requirements of the liturgy mandated by the Second Vatican Council.
In June of 1983, failing health forced Father Sullivan to retire, and Father Arthur J. DuPont was appointed pastor by Archbishop John F. Whealon. A new rectory was built next to the church, and Father DuPont took up residency there in April of 1984,
In October of 1989, ground was broken for a new educational wing attached to the parish hall. This wing contains seven classrooms, as well as office space. The religious education center was dedicated by Archbishop Whealon on September 23, 1990 and classes began the following day.
In June 2004, after 50 years of dedicated and faithful service to God and his call to serve, Father DuPont retired as pastor of Mary our Queen Church. At that time Archbishop Henry J. Mansell appointed Father James F. Pilon as the Third Pastor of Mary Our Queen Parish Family. Father Pilon served faithfully in Christ from 2004-2006 until he had to resign due to health issues.
In November 2006, Father William J. Brenza became Pastor of Mary Our Queen Parish. Father Brenza was formerly Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Naugatuck. Father Brenza passed away on December 22, 2010 after 40 years of committing himself zealously to the service of Christ. May he rest in peace.
Mary Our Queen parish is a Roman Catholic community founded under the patronage of Mary the mother of Jesus and our queen. We strive to celebrate the liturgy with full conscious and active participation. We are especially devoted to handing on the Faith to our youth and strengthening the faith-lives of our families. We endeavor to offer a warm welcome to all and to reach out to the spiritual and material needs of the people of our community, our nation and the entire world.