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 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.

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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 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

In Christ,

Father Milan Dimic
Pastor

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WEEKLY BULLETIN 2016

December 4 – Second Sunday in Advent

Recent

November 27 – First Sunday of Advent
November 20 – Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
November 13 – Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
November 6 – Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary time

 

Advent 2016

Season of Advent           St. Emery Church

The Season of Advent

Liturgical Season of Advent leading to the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas

Advent Daily Mass Scripture in Preparation for Christmas (Advent 2016)

 

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Christmas Cookie Walk December 10th and 11th (News/Events)
  • Annual Christmas Giving Tree fund drive underway (Outreach)
  • NEW! Christmas Jesse Tree tradition introduced (News/Events)
  • St. Emery’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive completed (Outreach
  • St. Emery’s Feast Day event has been posted (News/Events)
  • New! Parish Newsletter, October, Update Parish Activities (News/Events)
  • New! St. Emery 80th Anniversary History Slide Show link (Home Page)
  • New! History of St. Emery – Publications (History Page)
  • First day photographs from Religious Education Program posted (News/Events)
  • Catholic Bible study Walking with Purpose starting October 4 (News/Events)
  • The Parish 2016 Annual Appeal is still underway (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.

Please register.
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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, the Upcoming Events and 2016 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.