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 sculpture art located throughout the Church.
The Weekly Bulletin web links, Announcements and ‘Where to Find it’ on this website, are below.
FROM OUR NEW PASTOR
Reverend Milan Dimic
I am very happy to be your new Pastor and honored to become part of St. Emery’s Parish. You have a unique Catholic parish with a long historic cultural and ethnic tradition that has prided itself for its religious service to its people for many decades. Although I have only been here a short time, your warm greetings have made me feel at home and very welcome.
I was born in Slovenia, on June 28, 1958, the youngest of four children to Anton and Louisa Dimic. I went to elementary school in my hometown of Brezice and went on to enter the minor seminary of the Salesian order in Zelimlje, near Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia. After two years of high school I entered the novitiate, and following a yearlong novitiate, I joined the Salesian order. In 1978, upon graduating from high school, I began studies in philosophy at the faculty of Theology in Ljubljana. I went on to serve fifteen months in the Yugoslav army in Skopje – Macedonia and Pristina – Kosovo. I then did theology studies in Turin, Italy at the Pontifical Salesian University.
I was ordained a priest thirty years ago, June, in Ljubljana. I spent the first seven years of my priesthood in various parishes of Slovenia, and also did studies in biology and chemistry at the University of Ljubljana. In 1992 I came to Holy Cross Parish, in Fairfield, when the longtime pastor there, Fr. Aloysius Hribsek retired. I remained at Holy Cross for eleven years, and was administrator of the parish for three and a half of those years. In 1998 I was incardinated as a priest into the Diocese of Bridgeport and two years ago I became a US citizen. My last two assignments: Parochial vicar of St. Rose of Lima, Newtown and Parochial Vicar of Notre Dame of Easton.
In the coming months and years, I am truly looking forward to meeting and working with all of you, seeking your help as volunteers, seeking your caring generosity and importantly, seeking your guidance in ways to grow our Catholic community.
I welcome all new parishioners, families and their children.
I will be residing in the parish rectory and as your pastor I will be at your service.
Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Reverend Milan Dimic
St. Emery’s 2015 Annual Collection
WEEKLY BULLETIN 2015
November 22 – Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
- St. Emery’s 2015 Annual Collection underway (Outreach)
- Thanksgiving Food Drive underway October 31 (Outreach)
- St. Emery’s 2015 Cookie Walk (Outreach)
- St. Emery’s Historic Pipe Organ Undergoing Restoration (News/Events)
- Rev. Milan Dimic’s Installation as Pastor of St. Emery’s (News/Events)
- St. Emery’s Parish has a new Pastor, Father Milan Dimic (News/Events)
- Father Guido Montanaro Retirement Luncheon Posted (News/Events)
- St. Emery Parish schedule of Upcoming Social Events and Outreach Drives for 2015 (News/Events)
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 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.
WEBSITE PAST ANNUAL EVENTS
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 2014 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.