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.
EASTER MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR
On the first Easter Sunday morning the disciples of Jesus journeyed from grief, despair and confusion, to faith, hope and an inexpressible joy. It is a journey we often make in our own lives.
We invite you to make this journey with us this Holy Week and Easter. May our participation in Holy Week and Easter services enrich our understanding of the great truth of God’s inexhaustible love for us and bring us profound peace and joy.
We hope that you can join us in our Holy Week services and receive the Sacrament of God’s mercy. Please try to be with us – and bring a friend. All are welcome. We are blessed when you are with us.
To all our parishioners, friends and families, may you experience the joy and blessing of the Easter Season.
Have a Blessed and Joyous Easter!
THE SEASON OF EASTER – 2018
Pentecost Sunday celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and their followers
DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Join us in praying the
Divine Mercy Chaplet
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Immediately following the 9:00 AM Mass
How to ‘Pray the Devine Mercy Chaplet’ rosary is found in the April 8 Weekly Bulletin
WEEKLY BULLETIN 2018
April 8 – Second Sunday of Easter – Devine Mercy Sunday
A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
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 celebrated during the week and on Saturday, Sunday (9:00 AM) and Holy Days. This change will provide our parishioners with a complete choice of masses in English.
St. Emery’s Parish was founded 85-years ago by the American Hungarian Catholic Community and the Order of the Franciscans. Hungarian special cultural traditions will continue as they do with other ethnic Parishes in the diocese including Saint Emery’s Feast Day, popular Hungarian food fairs and other Hungarian social events.
- The St. Emery Annual Ladies Tea April 22 (News/Events)
- The First Communion Workshop photographs posted (News/Events)
- The 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal is underway (Outreach)
- The annual Lenten Season Food Drive, completed (Outreach)
- The annual Loaves and Fishes Lenten Drive Posted (Outreach)
- The Outreach Projects for 2018 are Posted (Outreach)
- The Upcoming Events for 2018 are Posted (News/Events)
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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.