News/Events

LATEST NEWS

UPCOMING EVENTS
(upcoming events)

PAST EVENTS 2017
(past events)

PARISH ADVISORY COUNCIL REPORTS
(reports)

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LATEST NEWS

St. Emery’s Feast Day
November 5, 2017

St. Emery Feast Day Dinner

St. Emery’s Feast Day will be held on Sunday, November 5 after the 10:00 AM mass.  This will be the only mass celebrated on Sunday. Father Thomas Thorne, Dean of our Westport deanery will be the mass celebrant and homilist for the liturgy. He is the Pastor of Assumption Parish in Westport.

Following the mass, the Parish Social Committee is planning a dinner (see flyer for details).  This event marks the 85th anniversary of Saint Emery’s Parish.

Tickets will be sold after every mass and are limited to 150. Adults are $15.00 and children under 12 are $5.00.  If you have questions please call Barbara Chuga at (203) 268-4535 or Marie Kassay at (203) 333-7534.

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Religious Formation Program
Family Liturgy – First Sunday of the Month
October 1, 2017

Religious Formation Program

During the Liturgy, Father Milan spoke to the children about the message in today’s gospel and the man with two sons and ‘the choices they made’.

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Family Liturgy

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Father also spoke to them of St. Francis of Assisi and showed a video of “Brother Sun and Sister Moon”.

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Family Workshop
October 1, 2017

During the Workshop, the families all saw the movie “Francis, the Knight of Assisi”.

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Family Workshop

Jeanne told the families about the stained glass windows in our Church that depict the story of St. Francis.

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Family Workshop

Then we went to the Parish Hall and painted bird houses in honor of the saint who loved all of God’s creations!

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Stained Glass Windows
Story of St. Francis

The story of St. Francis described in the Church windows can be found on this website, top menu item Sacramental Life, History of the Priceless Stained Glass Windows located on the lower section of the web page

Thanks to the efforts of Father Charles Allen S. J. of Fairfield University in 2012, an English translation of these very old Latin inscriptions was provided for 6 Seminary window’s and for 2 original St. Emery windows. Translations are next to each window photograph.

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Religious Formation Program
September 10, 2017

Religious Formation Program

St. Emery’s Religious Formation class started on Sunday, September 10 after the 9:00 AM mass.  Jeanne Bisson, our Pastoral Assistant, heads the Religious Formation Program.

Classes for the catechists are scheduled from 10:00 – 11:00 AM every Sunday.  The program this year will include Family Gatherings as well as an on-line home component.

Father Milan Blessing the Children

Father blessed the children for the beginning of the school year.

Following are photographs taken during the first Family Workshop held after mass where everyone is working on prayer journals.

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Family Workshop


Catechetical Sunday
September 17, 2017

Catechetical Sunday

 

Catechists Stefanie Seanor, Kathy Sherwood, Katie Norton and Catherine Correa were blessed by Father Milan as we begin our school year.

Missing from the picture are Cathy Pavlowski and Mary Ann Petrone, who are part of the catechetical team.

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New Director of Music Announced
Mary Rose Garych
August 27, 2017

Mary Rose Garych Director of Music

Mary Rose Garych, the new Director of Music, is very honored and excited to have joined St. Emery’s. She has been performing sacred music for twelve years, and has worked in the Diocese of Bridgeport as an organist, cantor, and soloist at various churches for the past three years. Mary Rose has sung in area parishes since 2005, and sang in a professional liturgical choir for seven years. In her undergraduate music studies, Mary Rose concentrated on choral conducting and pipe organ, and has earned Master’s Degree credits in choral conducting at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J. In her role as Director of Music, Mary Rose’s goal is to bring each soul who sings or hears excellent church music to a deeper love of God, and to, ultimately, render Him greater glory.

We warmly welcome Mary Rose to St. Emery’s Parish.

Thank you Anthony Procaccini

We would like to thank Anthony Procaccini for his many years of service as Director of Music at St. Emery’s. Tony brought an excellent quality and variety of music to St. Emery’s music ministry and was also instrumental in expanding the repertoire of musical events that enhanced the role of the ministry. We wish Tony well in all his future endeavors.

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St. Stephen’s Feast Day Celebration
Sunday, August 20, 2017

Saint Stephen Feast Day

The Parish revived the St. Stephen Feast Day celebration this year on Sunday, August 20th.  St. Stephen was the first king of Hungary in 1000-1001.  St. Emery was St. Stephen’s son.  This feast day is celebrated in Hungary on August 20th.

The event sponsored a special reception on Sunday at noon in the Church Hall featuring the traditional Hungarian dish szalonna.  The reception was graciously hosted by Laureen and Nick Pekar.

Szalonna

For those unfamiliar, in the traditional Hungarian style szalonna is prepared by using pork fat skewered on a rod and roasted over an open wood fire (a grill can also be used) . Once it starts to sizzle and drip, the szalonna is removed from the fire and allowed to drip onto a slice of freshly baked bread. The szalonna is returned to the fire and the process is repeated.  Fresh tomatoes, sliced cumber, red onion, green peppers or other vegetables are then added to the slice of bread.

This dish was considered to be a peasants’ food since the most important aspect was the fat, discarded by wealthier Hungarians.

Following are several photographs taken during the reception.

The Hosts. Laureen and Nike Pekar

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St. Emery Raffle Successful
August 6, 2017, 4:00 PM Drawing

Picnic Raffle

The parish raffle to help cover the costs of restoring the Parish Center grounds was successful.  Eight cash prizes totaling $2,400 were raffled to happy winners.  First prize was $1,000.

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Over 200 tickets were sold yielding $2625 in profits, which will greatly help to defray the costs of landscaping the Parish Center grounds.

We thank all the participants and congratulate the winners.

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Parish Newsletters – 2017
(The Weekly Bulletin Newsletter Inserts)

Church NewsTo keep our parishioners informed of important issues that arise though the year, the Parish Advisory Council publishes Newsletters. Following are a series of  2017 Newsletters covering various topics of interest (click on the date to download).

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2016 Parish Event Archives 

All the numerous events of 2016 have been archived (2016 Past Events).

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Scheduled Social Events for 2017

Upcoming Social Events – 2017

Upcoming Social Events scheduled for 2017.

As the plans for each event continue to become firm, details will be posted in the vestibule of the Church, weekly bulletin and on this website.

The Parish Social Committee sponsors the events. The parish is looking forward to everyone’s continued participation and enjoyment.

A church picnic has been added to the events this year.  It will be held on St. Emery’s Convent large and renovated grounds on August 6.

2017 Calendar

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PAST EVENTS 2017
(Click on dates to go to each event)

Saint Emery’s Third Annual Fundraising Concert
June 11, 2017

St. Emery’s Parish Fifth Annual Guest Artist Day
May 21, 2017

May Crowning of Our Blessed Mother
May 7, 2017

St. Emery’s Annual Ladies Tea Event
April 23, 2017

Religious Formation Program

St. Emery’s Mass Vigil RCIA Confirmation Rite
April 15, 2017

St. Patrick and St. Joseph Feast Day Celebration
March 21, 2017
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Religious Formation Program

Random Act of Kindness Week Celebration
February 12, 2017

Religious Formation Program

Religious Formation Program
January 22, 2017

Father MilanInstallation Anniversary of Our Pastor Father Milan Dimic
January 15, 2017
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St. Emery’s Third Annual Fundraising Concert
June 11, 2017

Saint Emery’s Third Annual Fundraising Concert was held on Sunday, June 11 at at 3:00 PM in the Church.
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Fundraising Concert

The program featured soprano Krista Adams-Santilli, the St. Emery Festival Choir and Wurlitzer Organ theater music by Music Director Anthony Procaccini. The choir performed music arranged by local Jazz great Chris Coogan.

The Parish Social Committee sponsored a reception in the Church Hall following the Concert.

Ron M’Sadoques (Tenor) performed duets with Krista Adams (see Program).  Chris Coogan attended the concert and accompanied (piano) the choir featuring one of his unique jazz arrangements.  David Harris (piano) was the main choir accompanist.  Musicians Dr. Ferdinand Pasqua (flute) and Stephan Lang (string bass/bass guitar) accompanied the choir during their performance of famous broadway show music.

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The Performers

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In addition to attendance by Fairfield’s First Selectman Michael Tetreau, Most Reverend Frank Caggiano of the Diocese of Bridgeport also sent his greetings.

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Bishop Gaggiano letter expressing his desire to attend the concert but was unable to attend due to a previous commitment. Reverend Caggiano sent his best wishes to everyone attending the concert.

 

 

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The Concert

Following are photographs from this very well attended and special concert event.

Fairfield’s First Selectman Michael Tetreau and Music Director Anthony Procaccini

Fairfield’s First Selectman Michael Tetreau’s introductory remarks noted he has attended the St. Emery concert since its inception, enjoyed each concert and praised the very unique and elegant historic Church setting.

Wurlitzer Organ Performance

Anthony Procaccini Organist performing works from J. H. Rogers, R. S. Stoughton and F. S. Smith (live video feed display from Church choir loft).

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Krista Adams-Santilli Soloist with Dr. Ferdinand Pasqua (Flute)

Krista Adams-Santilli and Ron M’Sadoques (Duets)

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Krista Adams-Santilli (Soprano) and Ron M’Sadoquues (Tenor) performing “The Prayer” from C. B. Sager and D. Foster.

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Krista and Son (Duet)

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Krista and son Luca Santilli (11 years old) as Colin performing the beautiful ‘Come to my Garden”.

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Festival Choir

Chris Coogan

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Anthony Procaccini Music and Choir Director.

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St. Emery Festival Choir

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Chris Coogan local Jazz legend.

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Pastor Milan Dimic
Closing Remarks

Father Milan, Pastor of St. Emery’s Parish, closed the concert expressing his enjoyment and with words of appreciation to all the participants for their time and effort that goes into sponsoring such a successful music ministry event.  Father offered his blessings.

The Concert Reception

The concert reception was sponsored by the Parish Social Committee.

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Abundance of Hors d’oeuves and numerous other food items.

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Reception following the concert.

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Thank you

Thank you to all who participated in this event and especially to vocalists, Krista Adams Santilli and Ron M’Sadoques, musicians David Harris, Dr. Ferdinand Pasqua and Stephan Lang, the St. Emery Festival Choir and Director, Anthony Procaccini.  A special thanks to St. Emery Parish Social Committee for coordinating the reception and to Marie Kassay, Joseph Ull and Mary Ann Corcoran for facilitating the ticket sales.
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Second Annual Concert – 2016
Concert Video Clips

Clips from video filmed during the 2016 fundraising concert are available on the following website links.

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St. Emery’s Parish Fifth Annual Guest Artist Day
May 21, 2017

Saint Emery’s Annual Guest Artist Day was held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the 9:00 AM Mass.

The Saint Emery Festival Choir, led by Music Director Anthony Procaccini, welcomed guest artist tenor Matthew Surapine

Guest Artist Day 2017

Mr. Surapine is Director of Music at Saint Aedan’s Parish in Pearl River, New York. Mr. Surapine is a very accomplished tenor and has won acclaim across North America (see Flyer).

Following the mass, all were invited to a ‘coffee and’ reception in the Church Hall sponsored by the Parish Social Committee.

St. Emery’s Choir

Following are photographs from this special mass music ministry.

It was indeed a beautiful performance.  Mr. Surapine was superb.

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Tenor Mr. Matthew Surapine and Music Director Anthony Procaccini.

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Mr. Mattrew Surapine

Anthony Procaccini, Music Director

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Our Music Director thanking the choir members and Mr. Surapine for their performance and dedication.

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The Reception

Coffee and —

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Abundant pastries served by our volunteers.

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Thank you

Thank you to Matthew Surapine and other guests who joined our parish choir for the 9:00 AM Mass on May 21.  Thank you, also, to the musicians who accompanied them as they all, sharing their talents, enhanced our Eucharistic celebration with beautiful music. We are also grateful to our parish Social Committee who prepared and supplied the pastry served at the reception following Mass, and those who helped with the set-up and service at the reception.

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May Crowning of Our Blessed Mother
May 7, 2017

The Mass

Blessed Virgin Mary

The ageless and beautiful tradition of Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary was held on Sunday during a special 10:00 AM Mass.

All children in attendance carried flowers and presented them to Our Lady prior to the crowning.

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Carrying Flowers

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The Crowning of our Lady.  The Coronation of our Blessed Mother, as Queen of Heaven, was sanctioned by Pope Pius XII in 1954.

The Volunteers lead by Jeanne Bisson

Following the Crowning, Father Milan offered a musical tribute to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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The Brunch 

Blessed Virgin Mary

A brunch followed the mass, which was sponsored by St. Emery’s Social Committee.

The Brunch

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Annual Ladies Tea
April 23, 2017

Ladies Tea

The Ladies Tea annual affair was held on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM in St. Emery’s Church Hall.

This year the Ladies Tea featured New York’s Broadway ‘Phantom of the Opera’ star Mr. Frank Mastrone.  Mr. Mastrone is a wonderful soloist and entertainer noted for his New York Broadway appearances.

The 1:00 Tea

Ladies Tea – 2017

A good friend is forever

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Ladies Tea

Ticket Prizes

Ticket Prizes

Delicate Sandwiches

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Parish Social Committee Members who planned the entire event

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The 2:30 Performance

Mr. Frank Mastrone Broadway Performer

Frank Mastrone, who is noted for starring in New York’s Broadway ‘Phantom of the Opera’, performed to the delight of the ladies.

Mr. Mastrone is a wonderful soloist and entertainer.

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Anthony Procaccini Director of Music at St. Emery’s Parish

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Anthony Procaccini providing Piano accompaniment

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Thank You

Dodi – Our Photographer

We thank Doreen Hesse for her excellent photography.

We thank all the Social Committee, Parish Advisory Council members for planning this wonderful Ladies Tea event.

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St. Emery’s Saturday Mass Vigil RCIA Confirmation Rite
April 15, 2017

Mr. John Flockhart Confirmation

Confirmation Vows

Congratulations!

During Saturday’s Holy Week Vigil Mass celebration, Mr. John Flockhart received the Sacraments of Initiation and the Eucharist.

Mr. Flockhart went through St. Emery’s RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) program over the last several months, which is required in order to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.

The RCIA program was taught by Jeanne Bisson our Parish Pastoral Assistant.

We congratulate John and wish him all the blessings of the Catholic Church.

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St. Patrick and St. Joseph Feast Day Celebration

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Feast Day Celebration

On Sunday, March 19, the Parish sponsored a St. Patrick and St. Joseph’s Feast Day celebration.

One mass was held at 10:00 AM on Sunday followed by a Parish breakfast in the Church Hall to celebrate the lives of St. Patrick and St. Joseph.

Knights of Columbus Membership

Knights of Columbus Membership

During the mass, Father Milan’s Knights of Columbus membership was transferred to St. Emery’s Church by Knights Herb Ramirez, Jim Hasek and Chris Hasek.  ‘Sir Knight‘ Father Milan is a Fourth Degree Knight.

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Madeline Petrone Girl Scouts

Madeline Petrone received a blessing from Father Milan in honor of her receiving her Religious Metal from the Girl Scouts during the mass.  Madeline completed her Girl Scout Religious badge by working on her booklet on the topic of “honesty” and where this topic is addressed in Scripture and how it is an essential part of the Girl Scout Promise.

The blessing was for all who are Girl Scouts that they live a life of faith and service.

Religious Education Lenten Project

The Religious Education Lenten Service project is “We pray with our hearts and hands.”  As described during the mass, each week the students are assigned a small task to complete as a Lenten sacrifice.  Week one they had to pray for someone special and their ‘heart” went on the board.  Week two they had to create a greeting card and give it to someone and their ‘hand” went on the board.

Religious Education Lenten Project

This project will continue through the season of Lent and the board will fill up with their special sacrifices.

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Children Easter Gifts

Although not part of the Sunday mass but part of Religious Education, parishioner Sue Barnum made all the Religious Education children little Easter ducks as shown in this photograph.

They are saying “Thank you Mrs. Barnum.”

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The Luncheon 

St. Patrick and St. Joseph’s Day Luncheon

St. Patrick and St. Joseph’s Day Luncheon

Following the St. Patrick and St. Joseph’s Day Sunday mass celebration, everyone was invited to an elaborate luncheon held in the Church Hall.

St. Patrick and St. Joseph’s Day Luncheon

St. Patrick and St. Joseph’s Day Luncheon

It was sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Summers and the Parish Social Committee.

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All desserts were provided by our parishioner lady volunteers.

It was a very well attended luncheon event.

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Hobie Summers (left), Bob Adrian and Tom Olsen

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Random Act of Kindness Week Celebration
February 12, 2017

Religious Formation Program

Madeline and Sophie Petrone shared metals and holy cards with the parishioners on Sunday at the 9:00 AM mass to celebrate ‘Random Act of Kindness’ this week.

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Father Milan and Madeline and Sophie Petrone

Random Act of Kindness Day of February 17th was first created in

Random Act of Kindness Day of February 17th was first created in the U.S.

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Religious Formation Program
January 22, 2017

Religious Formation Program

St. Emery’s Religious Education class. Sunday’s 9:00 AM mass.

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Religious Education Class

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Celebrating the World Prayer for Christian Unity and Peace.

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Installation Anniversary of Our Pastor
Father Milan Dimic
January 15, 2017

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First Year Installation Anniversary

St. Emery’s Parish was blessed with the installation of a new Pastor, Father Milan Dimic, one-year ago.  In recognition, the Parish Social Committee sponsored a coffee and pastries on January 15 directly after the 9:00 AM mass and for the enjoyment of those parishioners attending the following 11:00 AM mass as well.  It was held in the Church Hall.

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Installation Anniversary

During the past year, Father has been faced with many challenges including major building issues, expanding and developing ministries, striving to grow the parish membership and to bring the parish community together through prayer.

It has been a year of successful accomplishments and we sincerely extend our appreciation for his dedicated service to our parish.

We look forward to many more years of his kind and dedicated service.

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Hungarian Mass. Father Milan, Deacon Rudy and Gary Dicso

Following are photographs from the Pastor Installation Anniversary affair  from the Hungarian 11:00 AM mass.

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Emery Ihasz Hungarian Mass Lector

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Coffee and Pastries

The ample supply of pastries was donated by St. Emery parishioners and we thank them very much.

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Installation Mass Ceremony
Slide Show
‘Looking Back at Fathers First Year’

Slide Show Presentation

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St. Emery’s Parish Installs a New Pastor
January 10, 2016

Father Milan Dimic

Father Milan Dimic

St. Emery’s Parish has a new pastor, Reverend Milan Dimic. Father Dimic assumed his duties as Pastor of St. Emery’s Church on October 1, 2015, which was followed by his official installation as Pastor of St. Emery’s on January 10, 2016 (see Past Events 2016 below).

He was recently Parochial Vicar at Notre Dame Parish in Easton, CT.

We warmly welcome Father Dimic to our Parish.

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PARISH ADVISORY COUNCIL REPORTS

St. Emery Parish Advisory Council 2012, 2013 and 2014 progress reports.  (Please note these reports are large files with many photographs and may take a few minutes to download)

2014 Council Report
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2013 Council Report
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2012 Council Report
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2014 Bell Tower Project , Preserving our Historic Church
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Saint Emery
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On behalf of the St. Emery’s Parish Advisory Council, we thank you and look forward to your continued participation in all our future events.  

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A rare restored Handwoven Tapestry from St. Stephen’s Church. The Monstrance.

Following St. Emery’s extensive restoration in 2000, artistic handwoven tapestries from St. Stephen of Hungary Church in Bridgeport were discovered in storage a few years later by Father Pintye.

The tapestries were meticulously handcrafted to commemorate St. Elizabeth’s Altar Society (1917-1937) and to present the Monstrance, which displays the consecrated Eucharistic host. The letters IHS are the monogram of Jesus Christ.

A rare restored Handwoven Tapestry from St. Stephen’s Church. St. Elizabeth Altar Society.

(Click on tapestries and Crucifix to enlarge)

By Your Holy Cross. The Crucifix.

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This Crucifix located on the wall between the two tapestries was refurbished and remounted during the 2000 restoration..