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WETHERSFIELD – Mary Elizabeth (Collevechio) Gatzak, 91, passed away peacefully on Feb. 23, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, surrounded by her loving family.

She was married for 46 years to the late John P. Gatzak Sr. The daughter of the late Amelio and Susan (Peruch) Collevechio, she was born in Pennsylvania. She reared her family in Newington before moving to Wethersfield to live with her daughter Marlene.

Mrs. Gatzak was a devoted member of St. Mary’s Church in Newington and its Ladies Guild, as well as the Polish American Club Women’s Auxiliary and the Traveler’s Retiree Group.

She leaves two sons, Father John P. Gatzak of Waterbury, director of radio and television for the Archdiocese of Hartford, and Robert P. Gatzak of Newington; daughter Marlene of Wethersfield; four grandchildren; a sister, Josephine Peroncik of Edison, N.J.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her brothers Carlo, James, Francis and Alfred Collevechio.

Father Gatzak presided at a Mass of Christian Burial on Feb. 27 at St. Mary’s Church. Burial followed in West Meadow Cemetery in Newington.

Memorial donations may be made to the Office of Radio and Television, Archdiocese of Hartford, 15 Peach Orchard Road, Prospect, CT 06712-1052, for the televised Celebration of the Eucharist.

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.