The story of the Catholic Church in New Milford began over one hundred and forty years ago. It is a story about people, a people of faith, a people of faith on a journey. The following are some milestones in that journey.
- Saw the arrival of the first Catholic families to New Milford. Some of these new families were from Poland.
- The Rev. James Smyth of New Haven, and the Rev. Fathers Brady and Ryan were early missionary priests who attended the faithful of the village of New Milford.
- The Rev. John Smith of Falls Village began celebrating Mass in homes and continued to do so for four years
- New Milford was made part of the Newtown parish under the Rev. Father Lenihan
- Fr. Lenihan bought property on Elm Street that included a sawmill and lumberyard.
- A transformation was made in the building and property which was dedicated to St. Francis Xavier, and it continued under the supervision of the parish priest of Newtown for ten years.
- On May 21, St. Francis Xavier of New Milford became a new parish of the Diocese of Hartford. Rev. Patrick G. McKenna became its first Pastor.
- St Francis Xavier Church was built and dedicated, replacing the old remodeled sawmill.
- The church was enlarged. A spire was built, and the interior of the church was renovated.
- A mission church was erected in Washington.
- A mission church was built in Brookfield and dedicated to St. Joseph.
- The house at 49 East St was purchased as a rectory.
- A new bell was installed on the church. St. Francis Cemetery was established.
- The church saw further expansion; the sanctuary and sacristy were altered.
- Fr. Joseph King purchased the old Treadwell home on Elm Street for the purpose of establishing a Catholic School
- On Sept. 2, St Francis Elementary School opened its doors and was staffed by the Sisters of St. Francis from Allegheny, New York.
- St Joseph Mission in Brookfield became a separate parish
- Additions were made to St. Francis School
- The sanctuary of the church was renovated and decorated.
- The site of the present St. Francis Church was purchased by Fr. Robert Sanders
- Ground Breaking for the New Church took place.
- On Sept. 11, the new St. Francis Xavier Church was dedicated by Archbishop Whealon.
- Archbishop Whealon announces that St. Francis will establish a mission in New Milford. Rev. Thomas Ptaszynski was assigned to establish the new Mission in the southern portion of New Milford.
- Fr. Ronald Genua Becomes New Pastor.
- The boundaries of the new Mission were established and the new mission was named Our Lady of the Lakes.
- December 8, Our Lady of the Lakes was established as a new Parish in New Milford. Fr. Tom Ptaszynski is installed by Fr. Genua as the first Pastor of Our Lady of the Lakes
- On may 19, Pentecost Sunday, St. Francis Xavier Parish celebrated one hundred and twenty years of a faith journey through the year, on it’s way to a second century of Faith in New Milford.
- St Francis of Xavier Church becomes a Franciscan parish with the arrival of Fr. Mario and Fr. Jack from the Immaculate Conception Province. Fr. Mario becomes new Pastor.
- Fr. Michael MacInnis and Fr. Tom Washburn, from the Immaculate Conception Province arrive at St. Francis Xavier Parish. Fr. Michael MacInnis becomes new pastor.
- Fr. Lawrence Parent becomes new Pastor.