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 founded earlier 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 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.

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EASTER MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR

Dear Parishioners,

Because we are a community of faith, we look and yearn your participation with us in the Holy Week liturgies and devotions.

Our common experiencing the suffering and death of Jesus helped us to grow together in the understanding of His resurrection.

The Church is His resurrection community and, as such, a symbol of hope to the world. This is the essence of the Easter message and the task of the Easter faith.

Have a Blessed and Joyous Easter!

Father Milan

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WEEKLY BULLETIN 2019

April 14 – Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Recent

April 7 – Fifth Sunday in Lent
March 31 – Fourth Sunday in Lent
March 24 – Third Sunday in Lent
March 17 – Second Sunday in Lent

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HOLY WEEK MASS SCHEDULE


Palm Sunday – April 14

9:00 AM and 11:00 AM Mass
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Holy Thursday –  April 18
7:30 PM Mass
Adoration at the Altar of Repose – 8:30 – 9:00 PM

Good Friday – April 19
3:00 PM
Stations of the Cross – 7:00 PM

Holy Saturday – April 20
Sacrament of Penance – 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Blessing of Food – 2:00 PM
…………..Easter Vigil – 8:00 PM


EASTER SUNDAY – April 21
9:00 AM and 11:00 AM Mass

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • St. Emery’s Annual Easter Bake Sale, April 13 – 14 (News/Events)
  • St. Emery’s Annual Ladies Tea, April 28 (News/Events)
  • Posting Religious Faith Formation classApril 7 (News/Events)
  • Memorial Mass Father Emeric Szlezak, April 6, 11:00 AM (Pastoral Staff)
  • St. Emery St. Joseph and St. Patrick Feast Day PostedMarch 10 (News/Events)
  • 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal posted (Outreach)
  • Church Ceiling Painting Restoration Project, February, 2019 (News/Events)
  • 2019 Posting of Upcoming Events (News/Events)
  • 2019 Posting of Outreach projects (Outreach)

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ONLINE GIVING

Online Giving

Online Link

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.

Please register (click on the logo)

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.

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ST. EMERY’S CHURCH IS DESIGNATED
AN HISTORIC PLACE

Historic PlaceOn 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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WEBSITE PAST ANNUAL EVENTS

history-of-st-emery-publications

Internet Link

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St. Emery’s 80th Anniversary slide show.

A Trip Through History
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Internet Youtube link)

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WHERE TO FIND IT

To stay current with 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/Church Events)
News/Events covers Latest News, Upcoming Events and 2018 Past 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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Historic Architecture and Art

St. Emery Church

St. Emery Church

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. 

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.