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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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

Lent 2014

CHURCH OF ST. EMERY
LENTEN SEASON
2014

HOLY WEEK

Holy Thursday – April 17
7:00 PM Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday – April 18
3:00 PM Solemn Liturgy of the Passion of the Death of Our Lord

Holy SaturdayApril 19
8:00 PM Easter Vigil

Easter-2014

EASTER SUNDAY

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Solemnity of Easter
 - April 20
9:00 AM and 11:00 AM Masses

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WEEKLY BULLETIN 2014

  • April 20 – Easter Sunday – Resurrection of the Lord

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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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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

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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.