Welcome to St. Emery Church as of January 2, 2020 St. Emery and Holy Family merged to be Holy Family and St. Emery Parish.
Saint Emery’s has faithfully served its people, young and old, celebrating the risen lord for over 90 years bringing to them the true spirit and love of Christ.
Browse our website to learn about St. Emery and 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, ‘Where to Find it’ on this website, are below.
MESSAGE FROM OUR PASTOR
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As Pastor of the newly formed Holy Family and St. Emery Parish, I would like to extend a sincere welcome to all of you. We have two churches to worship our Lord Jesus Christ in St. Emery and Holy Family. Our people are and have been dedicated to serving the Lord and its parish community for many decades. Please feel free to browse through St. Emery and Holy Family websites https://www.holyfamilyrc.com/ We are in the process of going live with a new interactive website for our combined parish, Stay Tuned!
November 27 – First Sunday of Advent
Looking back 42 years! St. Emery, 1980 Weekly Bulletins
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 2018 (2018 past events)
- St. Emery’s Past Events for year 2017 (2017 past events)
- St. Emery’s Past Events for year 2016 (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.