80th Anniversary

CELEBRATION OF ST. EMERY’S 80TH ANNIVERSARY 1932 – 2012
November 11, 2012

St. Emery’s Parish reached their 80-year Anniversary this year of 2012 celebrating the milestone with an elegant Hungarian luncheon tribute to St. Emery’s rich and remarkable history.

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St. Emery’s Parish has enriched the lives of multiple generations of men, women, children, grandchildren, dedicated Franciscan Friars and Priests over the years and to this we are truly grateful.
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The annual St. Emery’s Feast Day was also celebrated on this day.

The luncheon featured fine traditional Hungarian food, live music and an 80-year ‘Trip Through History’ slide show.
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Knights of Columbus.
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The Knights of Columbus Honor Guard attended both Sunday Masses adding an elegant recognition of St. Emery’s 80-year history, which has crossed-the-path of many lives over 8-decades.

Enjoy the following photo gallery covering both Sunday Masses and the Luncheon.  Intermingled among the gallery are photographs ‘from yesterday’ taken from St. Emery archive files.

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The Mass
9:00 AM Sunday Mass

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Deacon Rudy (left) and Father Long.
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The St. Emery 9:00 AM 80th Anniversary Sunday Mass was celebrated by Father Paul Long and Deacon Rudy.

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Knights of Columbus Honor Guard.
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The Knights of Columbus Honor Guards were present during the 9:00 AM Mass.

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The Mass
11:00 AM Sunday Mass (Hungarian)

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Father Stephen Balint.
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The St. Emery 11:00 AM Hungarian 80th Anniversary Sunday Mass was celebrated by Father Stephen Balint, Hungarian Ministry.

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Knights of Columbus Honor Guard. Emery Ilasz Lecturer (left – Podium).
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The Knights of Columbus Honor Guards were also present during the 11:00 AM Hungarian Mass.

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Gary Dicso with the Damiano Cross concluding Mass.
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50th Anniversary Mass

From left Father Nemeth, Bishop Curtis and Father Szocs

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From left, Father Nemeth, Bishop Curtis and Father Szocs, Assistant Pastor

Looking back 30 years!
St. Emery’s 50th Anniversary celebration (left) in 1982 during Father Robert Nemeth’s era as Pastor of St. Emery’s.

Bishop Walter Curtis, Diocese of Bridgeport, presided over the Anniversary Mass.

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From Left, Knights of Columbus and St. Emery Parishioners, Jim Hasak and Herb Ramirez.
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The Knights of Columbus.
The Knights were founded in New Haven, Connecticut in 1882 130 years ago and became a World Wide Catholic Organization.

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Knights of Columbus St. Emery Procession.
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Looking back 60 years!
Knights (left) leading entrance procession on occasion of Father Idanyi’s first Mass.

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The 80-Year Anniversary Luncheon
St. Emery Church Hall

The 1:oo PM luncheon in the Church hall was sold out and a very successful affair. It featured fine traditional Hungarian food and live music. A 80-year ‘Trip Through History’ slide show was created from St. Emery’s photo achieves for this special occasion.

A door prize and numerous raffle prizes were donated by generous Parishioners for the Luncheon.

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The Hungarian stuffed cabbage luncheon included bread and butter, kielbassa, mashed potatoes, ending with honey cookies, tea, coffee and other beverages.
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From Left, Father Balint, Father Long and Deacon Rudy.
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Father Long opened the luncheon offering Grace in English. Father Balint followed offering Grace in native Hungarian.

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Early Arrivals and Luncheon Preparations.
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Enjoying the Lunch.
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Father Biro with First Communion Class

Looking back 80 years!
Father Biro (left photo, upper center) first Pastor and Founder of St. Emery’s Parish. First Communion class and Crowning of Blessed Virgin (below) Mary 1932 – .

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Crowning of Blessed Virgin Mary 1932 –

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Veterans Day. Slide Show seen in Background.
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The 80th Anniversary Luncheon coincided with the official Veterans Day Celebration November 11.

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Enjoying the Luncheon.
Deacon Rudy (right-standing).
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St. Emery Lay Board 1982.
Member Maureen Laska was a truly dedicated Parishioner

Looking back 30 years!
The St. Emery Lay Board 198o’s.

Maureen Laska (seated – third from left), who was a devoted parishioner, was also President of the Ladies Guild for over 30 years.

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Enjoying the Luncheon.
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Grand Entrance.
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Luncheon Preparations. Slide Show Monitor (rear).
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The Sunshine Club Founded in 1984

Looking back 28 years!
The Sunshine Club (left). Founded by Joan Meszaros (lower-center) in 1984. Taking care of our Homebound Parishioners.

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The Entrance.
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Enjoying the Luncheon.
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Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary 1952

Looking back 30 years!
Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary (below) in 1952. Father Deesy era.

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Enjoying the Luncheon.
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First Communion Class 1946

Looking back 66 Years!
First Communion Class (photo left). Father Biro era.
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Enjoying the Luncheon.
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Father Emeric celebrating his 25th Anniversary as a Friar

Looking back 23 years!
Father Emeric Szlezak’s 25th Anniversary (left photo) as a Franciscan 1989

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Enjoying the Luncheon. Volunteers.
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A Door Prize and Numerous Prizes were Raffled.
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Live Music by Stan Danielczuk.
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Andrew Kish being Honored for his Dedication to St. Emery’s

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C.Y.O. Class in 1980’s. Father Robert Nemeth era.

Looking back 30 years!
Andrew Kish (far left photo). St. Emery’s C.Y.O. group in 1980’s.

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Acknowledging the St. Emery Volunteers

A sizable effort went into making this 80th Anniversary celebration special. Our sincere thank you to all our volunteering parishioners for their dedication and very hard work.

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Henry Kutash. Committee Chairmen of the Event.
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Managing the Tickets and Door Prizes.
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The Staff. Calm before the Storm.
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Open the Doors. We are Ready.
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From left, Volunteer Greg Chuga and Chefs Art Corcoran and Henry Kutash
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Thank you to Scott Adams for his Technical Expertise to help run the Slide Show.
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Sooner of later it must Work.
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Beverages
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Much help with the Beverages.
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Happy Volunteers.
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Looking Back!

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65 Years back! St. Emery Ladies Guild. 25th Jubulee

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23 years back! Cardinal Laszlo Paskai visit from Hungary in 1989

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65 years back! Father Biro with Altar Boys

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55 years back! Father Biro with St. Emery Ushers

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38 years back! Cardinal Mendszenty visit from Hungary to St. Emery’s in 1974

Cardinal Mendszenty’s (lower left seated) visit to St. Emery in 1974.
In the photo is Fairfield 
Selectman John Sullivan (far left), Mary Katona (speaking-center) long time Parishioner of St. Emery and Father Nemeth (far right).

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10 years back! Ladies Guild. From left, Ruth Hutvagner, Ann Piretti and Pearl Pavel in 2001

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30 years back. Father Nemeth and St. Emery Parishioners

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The Volunteers – Thank You!
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Main Coordinators
Henry Kutush – Social Committee Chair
Barbara Chuga – Social Committee Co-Chairperson
Mary Ann Corcoran – Social Committee Co-Chairperson
Carroll Fencil – Slide Show

Food Preparation, Serving Food and Room Set-up
Barbara & Greg Chuga
Art Corcoran
Caroline & Herb Ramirez
Betty and Jim Hasak
Irene Olah
Helen Norton
Maggie Gagyi
Gary, Pat and Veronica Dicso
Chris, Wendy and Nikki Bleggi
Laureen Pekar
Kimberly Scinto
Marie and May Kassay
Barbara and Jeff Fencil
Carol Gladstone
Joe Ull
Mark Montgomery
Karen and Scott Adams
Kathy Sherwood – Church Advisory Council President

Photography
Chris Bleggi

A special thank you to the Knights of Columbus and to all those who donated the door prize and several raffle prizes.

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SUPPLEMENT FEATURE

CELEBRATION OF EASTER SUNDAY MASS 2012
PHOTO GALLERY
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The Risen Lord

Start of the Fifty Day Easter Season ending on the Feast of Pentecost Sunday.

Father Paul Long

Father Paul Long led the beautiful 9:00 AM Easter Sunday mass service complimented by Deacon Rudy’s thoughtful Easter Homily.

Sanctuary and Holy Family Shrine during Easter

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ST. EMERY PARISHIONERS

The Church Choir

Early Arrivals

Members of the Church Choir at the 9:00 AM Mass. From left, Nikki Bleggi, Bob Rouse, Louise Miller, Sandra McCarthy, Barbara Fencil, Veronica Dicso and Gary Dicso.

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Early Arrivals

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Lector Podium

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A Happy Young Parishioner

Closing Procession

Altar Servers (from left) Erica Andrassy, Chris Bleggi and Tommy Bleggi (left photo)

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Lector Wendy Bleggi, Father Paul Long, Deacon Rudy, and Altar Server Joey Andrassy (right photo)

Altar at Easter

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Easter Greetings to the Polke Family

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Easter Greetings with Father Long in Background

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Baptismal Fount during Easter

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Easter Greeting from Deacon Rudy

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Franciscan Family Shrine during Easter

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Easter Greetings from Deacon Rudy

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Easter Greetings.

Easter Greeting to Nikki Bleggi

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Our Holy Family Shrine at Easter

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Where are the Easter Eggs

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Altar Table at Easter

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Easter Greetings to the Dicso’s

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SPRING 2012 AT ST. EMERY’S

Easter 2012 – Spring Time

Easter 2012 – Spring Time (Biro Street)

Easter 2012 – Spring Time

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