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WATERBURY – Gertrude "Mertz" (Lucian) D’Alonges, of Waterbury, passed away on March 13, 2013, at Waterbury Hospital, three days after her 95th birthday.

She was the wife of 65 years of the late Nicholas A. D’Alonges, a former Waterbury Probate Court clerk, and the mother of the late Father John P. D’Alonges, a former pastor of St. Peter Parish in Torrington.

She was born on March 10, 1918, in Waterbury, a daughter of the late Paul and Vita (LoRusso) Lucian.

She was an employee of Uniroyal for many years, a communicant of St. Patrick Church, where she belonged to the Ladies Guild, and was a member of the Town Plot Neighborhood Association.

Mrs. D’Alonges is survived by her daughter Beverly Gugliotti of Middlebury: five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by her siblings Domenic, George, Rocco, Anthony, William, Mary, Anna, Helen and Rose Lucian.

Donations may be made in her memory to St. Patrick’s Church, 50 Charles St., Waterbury, CT 06708.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 18 at St. Patrick Church. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery.

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.