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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CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR

Dear Parishioners,

Christmas is a special season.  “For unto us a Child is born,” tells us that Jesus was born as God’s gift to each one of us.  Like the Wise Men, who sought truth and found Jesus, we are pilgrims on a journey toward Christ.  We seek the wisdom, the peace, and the joy that  only the spirit of Christ can provide.

We invite you to gather around the Lord’s table with us to celebrate the richness of Christ’s presence with all the people of God in our parish family.

May this Christmas season find you abounding in love, rejoicing in hope, and secure in God’s peace.  May God’s richest blessings continue with you through the coming year.

 Sincerely yours in Christ,

Fr. Milan

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Happy 100th Birthday!

Friar Emeric Szlazak O.F.M. December 17, 1917

Congratulations to Father Emeric Szlazak on his 100th birthday. Father Emeric is a Franciscan Friar and faithfully served our Parish during Father Nemeth’s and Father Pintye’s tenure as Pastor’s in the 1970’s to 1990’s.

This is a photograph of Father Emeric speaking during Deacon Rudy’s 10-year anniversary party 5-years ago (2012). Father had traveled to Connecticut from his retirement residence in Florida to attend the event.

We continue to wish him well and God’s Blessing.

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CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE

Confessions
Saturday, December 23
3:30 – 4:15 PM

Christmas Masses

The Creche


Christmas Eve

Sunday, December 24
4:30 PM

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Holy Family


Christmas Day

Monday, December 25
10:00 AM

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NEW YEAR’S SCHEDULE 

Confessions
Saturday, December 30
3:30 – 4:15 PM

New Year’s Masses

The Sanctuary

New Years Eve
Sunday, December 31
4:30 PM

New Years Day
Monday, January 1
8:00 AM
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THE SEASON OF ADVENT
December 3 – 25, 2017

Advent

Advent Calendar for 2017  leading up to Christmas Day.

A daily mass scripture and reflections in preparation for Christmas.

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WEEKLY BULLETIN 2017

December 17 – The Third Sunday of Advent

Recent

December 10 – The Second Sunday of Advent
December 3 – The First Sunday of Advent
November 26 – Solemnity of Our Lord, Jesus, King of the Universe
November 19 – Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • A Faith Formation Christmas Pageant December 24 (News/Events)
  • New! Faith Formation St. Nicholas Breakfast December 17 Posted (News/Events)
  • Our Parish Christmas Giving Tree  December 2017. (Outreach)
  • St. Emery’s Christmas Cookie Walk December 9 and 10 Posted (News/Events)
  • St. Emery’s successful Feast Day November 5 Posted (News/Events)
  • Introducing our new Director of Music Mary Rose Garych (News/Events)
  • The 2017 Parish Annual Collection is on-going (Outreach)
  • The Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2017 (Newsletters) is published (News/Events)

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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.

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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 2017 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.