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GLASTONBURY – Raymond A. “Deacon Ray” Parenteau, 82, of Glastonbury, husband for more than 53 years of Jerrilyn “Lynn” (Hathaway) Parenteau, entered into eternal life on July 19, 2016.

He was born in Woonsocket, R.I., on July 16, 1934, a son of the late Phillippe and Virginie (Lambert) Parenteau. He had resided in Manchester and Marlborough for more than 30 years before moving to Glastonbury 15 years ago.

Deacon Parenteau served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He earned an associate’s degree in accounting from Manchester Community College and a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell. Prior to his retirement, he was a senior audit reimbursement analyst for the Aetna Insurance Co.

He was ordained to the permanent diaconate on June 27, 1980, and served as a deacon in the Hartford Archdiocese. He served at St. John Fisher Parish in Marlborough for 20 years and at Our Lady of Peace and Blessed Sacrament in East Hartford for the past 16 years. At all three, he was the director of confirmation and started many prayer groups.

Besides his wife, Deacon Parenteau is survived by a brother, Joseph Roger Parenteau of Woonsocket; a nephew; a niece; and two grandnephews.

He was predeceased by two brothers, Phillippe and Rene Gaston Parenteau.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on July 27 at Our Lady of Peace Church. Burial with military honors followed at Mount St. Benedict Cemetery in Bloomfield. Contributions in Deacon Parenteau’s name may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Dr., Wallingford, CT 06492; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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.