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WATERBURY – Eleanor (O’Sullivan) Jette, 95, of Waterbury, was called home to God on Jan. 5, 2015.

She was the mother of Father Mark Jette, pastor of St. Lawrence and St. Paul Parishes in West Haven; Dr. N. Timothy Jette of Cincinnati, Ohio; Stephen Jette of Waterbury; Anne Dunn of Waterbury; and Mary LaMalfa of Portland. She also leaves a sister, Barbara Larese of Kensington; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Norman. She was also predeceased by her son John; parents John and Lucy (Sanders) O’Sullivan; and four brothers and six sisters.

She was born in New Britain on Nov. 1, 1919, and was one of 12 children.

She attended St. Mary’s Hospital School of Nursing in Waterbury and worked as a registered nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 9 at SS. Peter and Paul Church in Waterbury. Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Jette’s name may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-9908.

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.