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Heinrich HaroldSOUTHINGTON – Father Harold David Heinrich, age 88, of Southington, passed away peacefully on April 15, 2014.

He was born on Oct. 2, 1925, in Southington, the son of the late Richard and Clara (Yauck) Heinrich. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He graduated from St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield and Niagara University. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 10, 1956, by Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford.

His first assignment was to St. Boniface in New Haven, followed by assignments to St. Michael in Waterbury, Our Lady of Fatima in Yalesville and, from 1962-69, St. Francis Xavier in Waterbury. Father Heinrich then served as administrator of St. Maria Goretti in Wolcott. On April 19, 1990, he was named pastor of St. John the Evangelist in New Britain, where he served until his retirement on Oct. 1, 2001.

He retired to St. Lucian’s Residence in New Britain in 2013.

During his career, Father Heinrich served as chaplain of the Waterbury Fire Department, Boy Scout Troop No. 35 and Knights of Columbus in Wolcott and New Britain and, for 20 years, state chaplain of the Catholic Daughters of America. He also was a member of the Wolcott Commission on Aging.

Father Heinrich is survived by two nieces, a nephew, three cousins, three grandnieces and a grandnephew.

Auxiliary Bishop Christie A. Macaluso was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial on April 22 at St. John the Evangelist Church. Burial followed in St. Thomas Cemetery in Southington.

Donations may be made to: Retired Priests c/o The Archdiocese of Hartford, The Chancery, 134 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT 06105-3784; or to St. Lucian’s Residence, 532 Burritt St., New Britain, CT 06053.

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.