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 PASTOR
My dear friends in Christ,
During the season of Lent, we are called upon to Pray, Give, and Sacrifice.
Prayer is especially important during Lent. It is a time to reflect upon our lives, evaluate what we have done and what we have failed to do, and ask for forgiveness from Our Lord and from those we may have hurt.
Giving in charity is also known as “almsgiving.” We are asked to share with those who are not as fortunate as we are. One way we can do this is through the Diocesan “Loaves and Fishes” program which helps supply our area outreach programs.
Sacrifice, such as fasting and abstinence on specific days during Lent, are not meant for our discomfort. Rather these days should help us remember who we are, followers of Jesus. We are asked by our Catholic Church to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday (one full meal and two smaller meals) and to abstain from eating meat on Fridays. The fasting obligation pertains to ages 18 to 59. The abstinence obligation pertains to ages 15-59. Both obligations are waived for those with medical conditions that prevent them from participating.
I am enclosing in this week’s bulletin, an article about Pope Francis’ Lenten Message: “Mercy of God Helps Us to Be Merciful.” Please take a few minutes to read and reflect on His Holiness’ full message which can be found on the Vatican’s website.
Yours in Christ,
Vatican: Pope Francis’ Lenten Message: Mercy of God Helps Us to Be Merciful
The Holy Father called the faithful to do spiritual and corporal works of mercy this Lent (Pope Francis Lenten Message).
WEEKLY BULLETIN 2016
February 7 – Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
- The diocesan Loaves and Fishes Lenten campaign underway (Outreach)
- A Thank You from Father Milan (News/Events)
- Father Milan’s Installation as Pastor of St. Emery’s now posted (News/Events)
- St. Emery’s Past Events for year 2015 have been archived (2015 Past Events)
- St. Emery’s Historic Pipe Organ undergoing restoration (News/Events)
- St. Emery Parish schedule of Upcoming Events and Outreach Drives for 2016 (News/Events)
ST. EMERY’S CHURCH IS DESIGNATED
AN HISTORIC PLACE
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/Church Events)
News/Events covers Latest News, the Upcoming Events and 2016 Past 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.