News/Events

LATEST NEWS

UPCOMING EVENTS
(upcoming events)

PAST EVENTS 2018
(past events)

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LATEST NEWS

Religious Faith Formation
St. Emery Wins Saint John Paul II Grant!
August 2018

St. Emery wins a diocese Saint John Paul II grant for $2,400 for an innovative digital approach to promote religious faith formation. The theme of the diocese Saint John Paul II grant project was Reimagining Faith Formation.  St. Emery received the grant award in August.

The St. Emery grant proposal emphasized faith formation for both children and adults of all ages to promote and to truly understand our faith. A large smart television interactive digital system will be installed in the newly renovated Church Hall in a few weeks where the Faith Formation classes will be offered.

We would like to congratulate and thank Jeanne Bisson and Father Milan who spent much time formulating and submitting the grant formal proposal material to the diocese committee for their consideration.

Religious Formation Program Classes
September 9, 2018

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

This year we will have two sessions of classes.  Grades Kindergarten through seven on
Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM and once a month we will have Confirmation
class from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM.  We will have three students receiving the
Sacrament of Confirmation on March 30, 2019.  There are 19 catechists this year.

Father Milan Blessing Children Backpacks

Father blessed the children’s school backpacks during Sunday’s 9:00 AM mass for the beginning of the school year.

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My Backpack was Blessed at St. Emery’s

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St. Emery’s Ziti and Meatball Dinner
September 29, 2018

The Parish will be holding their Ziti and Meatball dinner in St. Emery’s Church Hall on September 29 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Doors open at 5:30 PM).  The Italian style dinner will be sponsored by St. Emery’s Social Committee.  This will be the first large Parish wide event to be held in the fully renovated Church hall.

As shown in the flyer, the dinner will include three full courses with an assortment of soft drinks, beer and wine.

Ziti and Meatball Dinner Flyer

Tickets for adults are $15.00 and children $8.00 under 12.  Tickets will be sold before and after every weekend mass.

Social Committee contacts are Barbara Chuga 203 336-4535, Mary Ann Corcoran 203 336-0618 and Marie Kassay 203 333-7534.

Please join us.

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St. Emery Fourth Annual Concert
June 10, 2018

Saint Emery’s Fourth Annual Fundraising Concert was held on Sunday, June 10 at at 2:00 PM in the Church.  All fundraising proceeds went to the Rose Window Restoration Project.
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St. Emery Annual Concert Flyer

The concert featured the St. Emery Festival Choir and introduced the newly formed children’s choir — ‘St. Emery Young Singers’.

The concert was led by our new Director of Music, MaryRose Garych.  MaryRose also performed as a soloist.  Lori Pearson was the concert piano accompanist.

The Parish Social Committee sponsored a reception following the Concert in the recent and beautifully renovated Church Hall.

Admission was a freewill fundraising offerings to help restore our Historic Place Church rose window (Rose Window Restoration Project).

It was a well attended, enjoyable and a successful event.

Concert video recordings are presented below for your enjoyment.

The Program

“Mystical Rose: Songs of Flowers, Light and the Blessed Virgin Mary”

The Program

Music Selections

The Choir

St. Emery’s History

 

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Pastor Milan Dimic
Opening Remarks (Video – Clip Intro)

Father Milan, Pastor of St. Emery’s Parish, opened the concert expressing his appreciation to all the participants for their time and effort that went into sponsoring this successful music ministry event.

Saint Emery Festival Choir

Saint Emery Festival Choir

Saint Emery Festival Choir

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Concert Video
(Click on Clips)

Saint Emery Festival Choir Introduction and Opening Selection (Clip Intro)
–  Father Milan Opening Remarks (o:00 minute mark)
– ‘What a Wonderful World’ (3:40 minute mark)
– MaryRose Conductor Greetings (6:50 minute mark)

Saint Emery Festival Choir Program and Selections (Clip 1)
–  Concert Program
– ‘Steal Away to Jesus’
– ‘Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming’
– ‘Arise, Shine Out!’

Saint Emery Young Singers (Clip 2)
– ‘Let there be Peace on Earth’
– ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’

Saint Emery Festival Choir Selections
– ‘The Rose’ (Clip 3)
– ‘Beautiful Savior’ (Clip 4)
– ‘Litany of Mary ‘ (Clip 5)

Mary Rose Garych, Soprano
– ‘Ave Maria’ (from the opera “Otello”) (Clip 6)

Saint Emery Festival Choir Selections
– ‘Edelweiss’ (Clip 7)
– ‘Mary, Did You Know’ (Clip 8)
– ‘Ave Maria’ (Clip 9)

Saint Emery Festival Choir Concluding Selection and Choir (Clip 10)
– ‘A Celtic Blessing’
– Fourth Annual Concert, St. Emery Festival Choir

The Concert Reception

The Parish Social Committee sponsored a reception following the Concert in the Church Hall.  Many parishioners volunteered to supply an ample assortment of reception food items.

Concert Reception

Concert Reception

Concert Reception

Concert Reception

 

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The Rose Window Restoration Project

All fundraising proceeds went to the Rose Window Restoration Project.  The Rose Window is a beautiful and historic part of the Church.  Installed in 1932.   Over the years the window has continued to deteriorate, which has become a very major concern.

Church Rose Window

Rose Window.

Photo showing deterioration.

Rose Window Structural Deterioration

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Fundraising for this expensive restoration project continues.  Donations are greatly appreciated and can be made to St. Emery’s Church through the Parish office 203 334-0312 or our website Online feature.
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Rose Window inside Choir Loft Photo

The sections of the window show the symbols for each of the 12 Apostles. From top-center is Saint Peter with two keys. Going clock-wise from St. Peter: John, Andrew, Philip, James, Simon, Matthew, Bartholomew, James the Less, Judas, Jude, and Thomas.

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Parish Newsletters – 2018
(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  2018 Newsletters covering various topics of interest (click to download).


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UPCOMING EVENTS

Scheduled Social Events for 2018

Upcoming Events 2018

Upcoming Social Events for 2018.

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, Choir and Parish Staff sponsors the events. The Parish is looking forward to everyone’s continued participation and enjoyment.

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PAST EVENTS 2017

Please note all 2017 Past Events have been archived.
(2017 past events)

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PAST EVENTS 2018
(Click on dates to go to each event)

Sacrament of Confirmation Ceremony
May 20, 2018
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May Crowning of Our Blessed Mother
May 13, 2018
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St. Emery’s First Communion Celebration
April 22, 2018
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St. Emery’s Annual Ladies Tea
April 22, 2018

Faith Formation, Sacrament of Communion Preparation
March 18, 2018

First Mens Retreat
March 3, 2018

Epiphany Sunday – The Three Kings
January 7, 2018


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Sacrament of Confirmation Ceremony
St. Emery Church
May 20, 2018

Thomas kerekes

Thomas Kerekes and Crystal Howley received the adult Sacrament of Confirmation accepting the Catholic faith at St. Emery’s Church on Pentecost Sunday.

Crystal Hawley

Thomas Kerekes was sponsored by Deacon Rudy Trankovich and Crystal Howley was sponsored by Cathy Pavlowski.

Father Milan

The sacramental ritual was performed by our Pastor Milan Dimic as granted by Bishop Caggiano, Diocese of Bridgeport.

It was a blessed religious ceremony that was attended by relatives and friends.

We wish both of them God’s blessings.

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May Crowning of Our Blessed Mother
May 13, 2018

The Mass Celebration

Blessed Virgin Mary

The May Crowning of our Blessed Virgin Mary was held on Sunday, May 13 during a special 10:00 AM Mass   It was a continuation of this beautiful ceremony that was revived at St. Emery’s two years ago in 2016 after many years having not been celebrated.

The month of May is dedicated to honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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Children with Flowers

Children with 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.

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The Crowning

The Crown was carried by Madaelein Hawley.

Mary was crowned “Queen of May” by Emily Quino.

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Our Pastor, Father Milan

Following the Crowning, Father Milan offered a musical tribute (Ave Maria) to the Blessed Virgin Mary accompanied by the St. Emery Choir.

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The Brunch 

An extravagant brunch followed the mass, which was sponsored by St. Emery’s Social Committee.  The brunch included pancakes, bacon, sausage, juice, coffee and wide variety and abundance of delicious pastries.

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St. Emery’s First Communion Celebration
April 22, 2018 

First Communion

Three children made their First Holy Communion on Sunday, April 22, 2018.  Congratulations to Emily Quino, Christopher Plaza and Colin Howley.

The last communion at St. Emery was in 2009.

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St. Emery’s Annual Ladies Tea
Restored Church Hall
April 22, 2018

Ladies Tea

This year’s Ladies Tea event was held on Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM in St. Emery’s new and beautifully renovated Church Hall.  It was the first event held in the fully restored Church Hall

The Ladies Tea featured musical entertainment provided by Ms. Maggie Lieberman and Mr. Matthew Harrison. Both are very accomplished performers of reputation as highlighted in the Ladies Tea announcement flyer.

Ladies Tea Announcement

Doors opened at 12:30 PM, tea was served at 1:00 PM and
entertainment introduced at 2:30 PM.

This was again a successful and enjoyable Ladies affair as it has been over the years.

A door prize drawing was held following the entertainment.  The door prizes consisted of gift baskets.

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The 1:00 PM Afternoon Tea

The Tea

The Tea featured delicious delicate sandwiches, desserts and tea.

All food items were carefully prepared by our Lady parishioners.

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Tea Assortments

Tea Pastries

Tea Sandwiches

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Tea Cups

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Tea Pastries

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The 2:30 PM Entertainment

Jeanne Bisson Pastoral Assistant

Jeanne Bisson made introductions.

 

Performers Ms. Maggie Lieberman and Mr. Matthew Harrison

The Ladies Tea featured musical entertainment provided by Ms. Maggie Lieberman and Mr. Matthew Harrison.

Performer Ms. Maggie Lieberman

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The Door Prizes

Door Prize

Drawing of door prizes was held following the entertainment.

Door Prize

 

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Thank You

Dodi – Our Photographer

We thank Doreen Hesse for her excellent photography.

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

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St. Emery’s Faith Formation
Sacrament of Communion Preparation
March 18, 2018

On Sunday, March 18, the three First Communion candidates had a Workshop to prepare themselves to receive the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist for the first time on April 22.

First Communion Preparation

The candidates are Colin Hawley, Christopher Plaza and Emily Quino.

Memory Box

Memory Box

Memory Box

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Many thanks to Amelia Plaza for helping our students make their very own Memory Boxes.  These keepsake Memory Boxes store all the precious religious mementos from their First Communion.

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St. Emery’s First Men’s Retreat
St. Emery’s Church
March 3, 2018

St. Emery Catholic Men’s Association

The Spiritual and Social Welfare of Men

St. Emery’s men’s retreat was held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 in the Church.

The retreat began at 11:30 AM by speaker Father Charles Allen, S. J. and concluded with the 4:30 Mass.  Lunch was served in the Rectory at 12:30 PM followed by a further retreat session and reconciliation at 1:30 PM.

The retreat adjourned at 3:30 PM and the 4:30 PM mass was celebrated by Father Allen.

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Epiphany Sunday – The Three Kings
January 7, 2018

Epiphany

St. Emery’s children, in costume apparel representing the three Kings or Magi, performed on Epiphany Sunday during the 10:00 AM mass.

The Magi or the three Kings came in from the East under the guidance of a star to adore the Infant of Bethlehem as the divine King. The Kings brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
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The Creche

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Epiphany Sunday marks the end of the twelve days of Christmas and is the beginning of Ordinary Time leading up to the lenten season in the liturgical year.

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Epiphany Sunday – The Three Kings

Epiphany Sunday – The Three Kings

Epiphany Sunday – The Three Kings

 

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Saint Emery
Parish Advisory Council

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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..