The Priests and Parishioners of Saint Emery’s Church extend a warm and open welcome for everyone seeking a place to worship and serve a loving God.
Saint Emery’s Parish has faithfully served its people, young and old, celebrating the risen lord for over 80 years bringing to them the true spirit and love of Christ.
Browse our website to learn about St. Emery’s Parish, our mission, our ministries, and our outreach and social activities. Read our rich history and enjoy a pictorial tour of the beautiful paintings, stained glass windows (the St. Francis of Assisi story), tapestries and imported statues located throughout the church.
The Weekly Bulletin web links, Announcements and ‘Where to Find it’ on this website, are below.
FROM OUR PASTOR
From our Pastor
As Pastor of St. Emery’s Parish of the Diocese of Bridgeport, I would like to extend a sincere welcome to all of you. St. Emery’s is open to all. Our people are and have been dedicated to serving the Lord and its parish community for many decades. Although St. Emery’s roots are founded in the proud Hungarian culture and the Franciscan Order, today St. Emery has parishioners from many backgrounds. The Church now, and as it always has been before, openly welcomes people from every community and nationality who wish to embrace the Catholic Christian faith to worship and serve our Lord.
I invite you to browse our website to learn about St. Emery’s Parish, its people, its history and our outreach projects and social events.
May God be with you,
Father Guido Montanaro
THE 40 DAYS OF LENT – 2014
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.” (Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians)
Pope Francis 2014 Lenten Message
Ash Wednesday – March 5
Palm Sunday – April 13
Holy Thursday – April 17
Good Friday – April 18
Holy Saturday – April 19
Easter Sunday – April 20
WEEKLY BULLETINS 2014
- March 9 – First Sunday of Lent
- March 2 – Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
- February 23 – Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
- February 16 – Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
- February 9 – Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time
ST. EMERY’S CHURCH IS DESIGNATED
AN HISTORIC PLACE
On August 7, 2013, the Church of St. Emery attained the distinctive honor of being officially registered as a Historic Place in the State of Connecticut
The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) officially notified the Diocese of Bridgeport, the Town of Fairfield and the parish of this honorary designation on August 23, 2013.
- St. Emery’s Announces Lenten Food Drive 2014 (Outreach)
- Diocese Annual Bishop’s Beacon of Hope Fund Drive Underway (Outreach)
- Priests Retirement and Anniversary Celebration Now Posted, February 23, 2014 (News/Events)
- Historic Pipe Organ Repair Completed (News/Events)
- Bingo resumed Thursday, January 9, 2014 (News/Events)
- Hungarian Cookbooks — The St. Emery Family Cookbooks are available for a donation of $10.00. Please contact Betty Hasak at (203) 334-6638 or Marie Kassay at (203) 333-7534
- A Church Lower Hall Handicapped Chair Lift has been installed and fully serviced in February 2014 and is located to the rear-side of the church entrance on Biro Street
FATHER STEPHEN J. BALINT RETIRES AFTER 48 YEARS IN THE PRIESTHOOD
After spending over 48 years as a dedicated and beloved priest, Father Balint retired on January 15, 2014.
Father Balint was born in Bridgeport, CT on December 21, 1938. He was a member of St. Stephen’s of Hungary Parish. He graduated from St. Stephen’s School in June of 1952 and graduated from Fairfield Prep in June of 1956. Father attended the St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, CT from where he received his AA degree and the Seminary of Our Lady of Angles in Niagara Falls, NY and in Albany, NY. He was awarded his BA degree from Niagara University. He was ordained by Bishop Walter W. Curtis on May 22, 1965. Father was parochial Vicar at St. Joseph Parish in Danbury, CT from June of 1965 until September of 1967. He was parochial Vicar at St. Ambrose Parish in Bridgeport from September 1967 until June of 1970. He was a member of the Team Ministry at St. Ambrose Parish from June of 1970 until June of 1971. Father was Resident Priest at St. Ladislaus Parish in South Norwalk from June of 1971 until November of 2010 or 40 years. During his time at St. Ladislaus Father celebrated the 11:15 AM Hungarian Mass each Sunday. He was Diocesan Scouting Co-Ordinator from June of 1971 until his retirement on January 15, 2014. He has 40 graduate credits in Pysco-theology from Fairfield University. He was appointed Priest in Residence at St. Ann Parish in Bridgeport in November 2010. He was celebrating Hungarian Mass at St. Emery’s Church once a month including Christmas and Easter. When the Franciscans left St. Emery’s Parish in June of 2011, Bishop Lori announced that Father Balint become priest in charge of the Hungary Ministry at St. Emery while continuing to reside at St. Ann Parish. He retired on January 15, 2014 and moved to Queen of the Clergy in Stamford, CT. He will continue to celebrate the 11:00 AM Hungarian Mass at St. Emery’s Church.
Rev. Stephen J. Balint
WEBSITE PAGE ADDITIONS
- St. Emery’s Past Social Events for year 2012 (Past Events).
- St. Emery 80th Anniversary Celebration, November 11, 2012. (80th Anniversary).
WHERE TO FIND IT
To stay abreast of all current St. Emery Parish activities go to the following designations on the website navigation bar.
Outreach covers both Charity Functions and Fund Drives either underway or being planned
News/Events (Latest News and Social Events)
News/Events covers Latest News, the Upcoming Social Events and 2013 Past Social Events
St. Emery registration and contact information including street address, telephone numbers, email address, directions/map-link and parking information can be found in the Contact/Registration section.
As points of interest, a photograph showing St. Emery’s Church during construction in 1932 was recently discovered as well as a discovery of a one-of-a-kind lost sculpture of St. Stephen. Both are shown in the History section.
Ever wonder what the Latin inscriptions mean on the 130 year old rare stained glass windows in the Church? Father Charles Allen S. J., Assistant to the President at Fairfield University, who is versed in Latin, translated these inscriptions to English and they are quite elegant. We thank him for his effort. The translations can be found in the Sacramental Life section.
Historic Architecture and Art
A view inside of St. Emery’s Church showing location of the elegant Saint Stephen/Saint Emery mural fresco over the altar in the sanctuary.
The center marble altar, the two side altars with statues and a portion of the original ceiling art can also be seen.
(Click 0n photographs to enlarge)
The Sanctuary mural painting (banner on top of this web page) is one of the most recognizable art pieces in the Church from 1932. The painting ‘Admonitions’ shows St. Stephen of Hungary (center), his young son St. Emery (left) kneeling beside him and St. Gerard (behind St. Emery) who was the Tudor of St. Emery.
The altar mural is a copy of a painting by the renown artist Karoly Lotz, the Prince of Hungarian Artists. The Sanctuary mural figures were carefully restored to their original condition and the background structure was added in 2000 in accordance with the original painting.
A larger view of the altar and mural painting (right) reveals the three stained glass windows located above the altar dating from 1932 (see below). The original mural figures were painted by Italian artist Joseph Natale.
Every window in the Church portrays a biblical story, event or religious symbolism.
The Sanctuary window to the left of the Altar portrays the Last Supper with Jesus and Saint Peter and a present apostle. Note the shepherd’s staff below Jesus’ feet symbolizing Jesus the Good Shepherd.
The window in the upper center of the Sanctuary shows Jesus on the Crucifix with the Virgin Mary and Joseph of Arimathea, who recovered Jesus’ body, by his side.
The Sanctuary window to the right of the Altar symbolizes a parable with Jesus asking for and receiving water (the living water) from the Good Samaritan Women.