The Clergy 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 85 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.
MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR
Brothers and Sisters,
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
Father Milan Dimic
WEEKLY BULLETIN 2019
March 17 – Second Sunday in Lent
Parish Lenten Schedule – 2019
Beginning March 8 through April 12, 2019 with Special Events on Sunday March 24 and April 7. Luncheon to follow Stations of the Cross
March 24, 2:00 PM. Biblical Stations of the Cross. Scripture readings where every station is accompanied with beautiful scriptural music sung by the St. Emery Choir
April 7, 4:30 PM. The Cantiamo Choir. Original music and scripture video contemplations and a short film (The Greatest Gift). Dr. Thomas Hicks, Narrator, Marlene Tubridy, Director/Producer
St. Emery Parish Masses – All in English
April 8, 2018
Beginning April 8, 2018, the Hungarian 11:00 AM mass will be spoken in English as with all other St. Emery masses including the 8:00 AM masses on week days, the 4:30 PM Saturday mass, the 9:00 AM Sunday mass and masses on Holy Day’s. This change offers our parishioners a complete choice of masses in English.
Please note that Hungarian special cultural traditions will continue as they do with other ethnic Parishes in the diocese including Saint Emery’s Feast Day, St. Stephen’s Day, popular Hungarian food fairs and other Hungarian social events.
- Memorial Mass Father Emeric Szlezak, April 6, 11:00 AM (Pastoral Staff)
- 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal posted (Outreach)
- Posting Religious Faith Formation, March 10, 2019 (News/Events)
- St. Emery Choir Robes, March, 2019 (News/Events)
- Church Ceiling Painting Restoration Project, February, 2019 (News/Events)
- St. Emery Lenten Food Drive, March 3 – 24 (Outreach)
- 2019 Posting of Upcoming Events (News/Events)
- 2019 Posting of Outreach projects (Outreach)
Easy and secure way to give to St. Emery’s Church.
Set up your regular weekly offerings, second collections, and/or other contributions on a totally secure website. It is an easy way to manage your Church givings.
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You can also manage your giving or give a one-time gift right from your
smart phone. Go to OLGapp.com and also register there with our Parish. Your support greatly helps to sustain our Parish.
The smart phone app is an easy way to make sure that your weekly contribution will continue for the support of the Parish while you are away on vacation or travel. Online giving does not have to be done for every week but it is easy to send a donation for one week at a time.
Parish Fundraiser ‘Gofundme’
St. Emery’s is sponsoring a Gofundme fundraiser to paint and preserve the magnificent interior of our Historic Place Church. The interior has continued to deteriorate over the years and is in serious need of restoration. Our goal is to raise $25,000 for the restoration work. Our small Parish has very limited resources and will be very grateful for every kind donation.
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
- St. Emery’s Past Events for year 2015 (2017 past events)
- St. Emery’s Past Events for year 2015 (2016 Past Events)
- St. Emery’s Past Events for year 2015 (2015 Past Events)
- St. Emery’s Past Events for year 2014 (2014 Past Events)
- St. Emery’s Past Events for year 2013 (2013 Past Events)
- St. Emery’s 80th Anniversary Celebration (80th Anniversary)
- St. Emery’s Past Events for year 2012 (2012 Past Events)
St. Emery’s 80th Anniversary slide show.
A Trip Through History
(Internet Youtube link)
WHERE TO FIND IT
To stay current with 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, Upcoming Events and 2018 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.