SAINT EMERY ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH

CHURCH OF SAINT EMERY
838 KINGS HIGHWAY EAST
FAIRFIELD, CONNECTICUT
Saint Emery’s was founded in 1932. Saint Stephen of Hungary church in Bridgeport, Connecticut was closed after 84 years. The communities of St. Emery and St. Stephen of Hungary merged in 1971 forming a single parish in Fairfield, Connecticut.

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.

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FROM OUR PASTOR

EASTER MESSAGE

HAPPY EASTER!  KELLEMES HUSVET!
“This Is The Day That The Lord Has Made Let Us Rejoice and Be Glad.”

My Dear Parishioners:

Today and throughout this beautiful Fifty Day Season of Easter, the People of God rejoice in the beautiful gift of New Life and Resurrection that Jesus brought to the world.

We come this morning to the Empty Tomb with the same level of faith, curiosity and determination that is the hope and joy of the Church that however we have to come follow and experience Jesus, that the Easter Event continues to change our hearts and our lives. May it give us strength and courage to walk with the Risen One and to recognize Him in the Breaking of the Bread.

We embrace the Good News in our own time and proclaim it by the way we live our lives and never lose sight of the hope that Easter brings into our lives.

On behalf of myself, Father John Paul Long, Father Stephen Balint, Father Norman Guilbert, Deacon Rudy and our Parish Staff, we share with you and your loved ones a very Prayerful and Blessed Easter Season.

Allelulia, The Lord has Truly Risen,

Father Guido Montanaro

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SEASON OF EASTER - 2014

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Easter Season at St. Emery’s Church

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Easter Season. A 50-day Celebration of the Risen Christ which concludes on the Day of Pentecost Sunday

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Easter Season -2014

 

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Christ has Risen

 

 

 

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WEEKLY BULLETIN 2014

Recent

  • April 20 – Easter Sunday – Resurrection of the Lord
  • April 13 – Palm Sunday, Passion of the Lord
  • April 6 – Fifth Sunday of Lent
  • March 30 - Fourth Sunday of Lent

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ST. EMERY’S CHURCH IS DESIGNATED
AN HISTORIC PLACE

Historic Place

On August 7, 2013, the Church of St. Emery attained the distinctive honor of being officially registered as An 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.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • St. Emery’s Lenten Food Drive 2014 completed (Outreach)
  • Loaves an Fishes Campaign completed (Outreach)
  • Easter Kalács Bake Sale a success (see April 13 Bulletin)
  • 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)
  • Winter Bingo is held every Thursday (News/Events)
  • Hungarian Cookbooks — The St. Emery Family Cookbooks are available Easter Sunday 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 was fully serviced in February 2014 and is located to the rear-side of the church entrance on Biro Street

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WEBSITE PAGE ADDITIONS

  • St. Emery’s Past Social Events for year 2012 (Past Events).
  • St. Emery 80th Anniversary Celebration, November 11, 2012. (80th Anniversary).

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WHERE TO FIND IT

To stay abreast of all current St. Emery Parish activities go to the following designations on the website navigation bar.

Charity

Outreach (Charity)
Outreach covers both Charity Functions and Fund Drives either underway or being planned

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Our Parish Community

News/Events  (Latest News and Social Events)
News/Events covers Latest News, the Upcoming Social Events and 2013 Past Social Events

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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.

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Inside St. Emery’s Church

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)

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Altar Mural with St. Stephen and St. Emery

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. 

Sanctuary showing Altar and upper Stained Glass Windows

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.

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Every window in the Church portrays a biblical story, event or religious symbolism.

Last Supper. The Good Shepherd

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 Crucifixion, Virgin Mary and Joseph of Arimathea

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.

Good Samaritan Women

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.