O U R H I S T O R Y 60 Years in Service to God and his people
THE STORY OF ST. THOMAS MORE PARISH
St. Thomas More Parish had its official beginnings on December 3, 1962, when Rev. Patrick F. Joyce, pastor of St. Aloysius Parish in Caldwell, N. J., was assigned the task of initiating a parish for the Catholic families of Fairfield. There were two major reasons for forming a new parish at this time – the increasing number of Catholic families in the Fairfield area, and the great distances between the homes of Fairfield and the nearest Catholic churches. The parish itself developed slowly, with an initial schedule including only two Sunday Masses - at 8:30 and 10:30. The Masses, held at the Fairfield Elementary School, were generally celebrated by the parish assistants at St. Aloysius. The three priests who celebrated Mass for St. Thomas More's parishioners were Fathers Joseph A. Beggans, John H. Wightman, and John C. Bouton.
FATHER HRESKO ASSIGNED This temporary arrangement was continued until Wednesday, June 29, 1963, when Rev. George P. Hresko, was appointed as the first permanent pastor of St. Thomas More. At this time the Catholic families in Fairfield numbered about 575, and although the Catholic growth in the area had been gradual, archdiocesan authorities felt that the potential growth was enough to warrant a full-time pastor.