In January 1924, the Most Reverend Bishop Thomas E. Molloy, STD assigned Father Michael D. Lopez to institute in the Arleigh Section of Queens (now Astoria) a new parish to relieve the strain on the few existing parishes in the fast growing community. The site of the first Mass was the home of Dr. John J. Dempsey, Principal of P.S. 85, located at 28-19 Ditmars Avenue (Blvd.) The cornerstone of the new Church/School was laid in July 1924, with Bishop Molloy presiding. At this time, enthusiasm and dedication of parishioners brought into existence the Holy Name, Rosary and Altar Societies. In October 1924 Fr. Lopez said the first Mass in the basement of Immaculate Conception Church. The upper Church and four classrooms were completed. The Sisters of St. Francis of the Mt. Hope Community arrived to staff the school.