News/Events

LATEST NEWS

UPCOMING EVENTS
(upcoming events)

PAST EVENTS 2018
(past events)

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LATEST NEWS

Norms Governing the Liturgical Ministries
December 2, 2018

Diocese of Bridgeport

“When the liturgical reforms of the second Vatican council were promulgated, the lives of many of the faithful were disrupted because they were neither informed nor prepared for the changes to come. As we look forward to the promulgation of our own revised liturgical norms, Bishop Caggiano is committed to avoiding that same mistake.

The Revised Liturgical Norms for the Diocese of Bridgeport will be promulgated on the first Sunday of Advent, December 2, 2018. Between now and then, we will embark on a comprehensive catechetical and communication strategy so that when the norms are made public, there is a more complete understanding of what we aim to do, namely, raise awareness of and commitment to a celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass that is both faithful and universal.”

Liturgical Norms Catechesis Timelines

  • Bishop Caggiano’s Video
  • Liturgical Norms weekly articles

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St. Emery Feast Day Celebration
November 4, 2018

St. Emery’s Feast Day was celebrated on Sunday, November 4 during the 11:00 AM mass.  Monsignor William Scheyd was the mass celebrant and homilist for the liturgy.

Monsignor Scheyd expressed his pleasure to attend and participate in our Church Hungarian heritage annual celebration.  Monsignor Scheyd has ‘officially retired’ where he last served at  St. Aloysius in New Canaan.  However, he remains very active in the Diocese of Bridgeport.

St. Emery Feast Day Flyer

St. Emery’s Social Committee sponsored a luncheon that followed the 11:00 AM mass.

A cash raffle concluded the luncheon event.

Attendance at the St. Emery Feast Day celebration was very large nearing the seating capacity of the newly renovated Church Hall.

All proceeds from this fundraiser went towards supporting the operational expenses of the Parish.

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Mass Celebration

Mass readings were spoken in Hungarian and English.

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Children in traditional Hungarian costumes.

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Celebrating the Mass

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The Luncheon

The Luncheon featured a roast pork loin entrée with a stuffed cabbage and kolbas appetizer, salad and a large selection of home-baked dessert items.  Coffee, tea, soft drinks, wine and beer were also offered.

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Father Milan (Invocation), Monsignor Scheyd, guest Clergy, Deacon Trankovich.

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The Volunteers

A sincere thank you to the Parish Social Committee members and volunteers for sponsoring this very successful St. Emery Feast Day luncheon.

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Saint Emery

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Religious Faith Formation
William had a House Guest
 October 21 – November 4, 2018

Jesus spent time with William October 29 to November 4.  This is what William and Jesus did: “We went to Karate, Kumon and the cemetery.  We went to church, Religious Ed and the hospital.  We went Trick-or-Treating!”.

William

Thank you, William for taking such good care of Jesus and I am sure Jesus had a great time Trick-or-Treating!

Miss Jeannie

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Religious Faith Formation
Sophie had a House Guest
 October 21 – 28, 2018

Sophie had Jesus at her house. This is what they did:

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Sophie

“Me and my sister played family with baby Jesus. Jesus slept in our room. Me and Madeline made a bed for him

Thank you Sophie for taking such good care of Jesus this week. And, thank you Madeline for helping your sister write in her booklet.

Mrs. Bisson

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Children’s Promise Group

Picture of our Faith Formation children with pumpkins.

The children in Faith Formation decorated their very own pumpkins last week.

This picture is of the “Promise” group showing off their creations!

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Religious Faith Formation
Peter had a House Guest
 October 14 – 20, 2018

Peter had Jesus at his house October 14-20. They had a good time and Jesus was very busy.

 

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Peter said, “This week Jesus and I went to church and to Religious Education class. We went to the cemetery, to a farm and to Karate and Kumon. We went to visit Grandpa Chief’s house and to Wendy and Zoli’s house. We also went to Fairfield University.”e Offertory gifts

Thank you for taking such good care of Jesus this week, Peter!

Mrs.  Bisson

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Religious Faith Formation
Maddy had a House Guest
 October 7 – 14, 2018

Maddy had Jesus at her house October 7 through 14. This is some of the things she and Jesus share

 

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“Jesus watched TV with me and played dolls with me. He watched me clean my rabbit hutch. He watched “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” with me.  I had dinner with Jesus and he is sleeping in my doll house. Jesus had cake for breakfast and he is watching TV now. I read him “Junie B. Jones is a Party Animal.” We had dinner and Jesus is watching “Hotel Transylvania” with me. I took Jesus to Church.”

Thank you for taking such good care of Jesus this week, Maddy!—Mrs.  Bisson

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Religious Faith Formation
Madeline had a House Guest
September 30 – October 7, 2018

Madeline had Jesus at her house for the week of September 30 until October 7.  This is what she shared about their visit:

“We watched T.V., Jesus slept in my room, we played together, we had breakfast together, we colored together, we read together, we went to
church and religion school together.”

Madeline

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Also, I hope you all noticed, Jesus helped bring up the Offertory gifts
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I am so happy you had a great time with Jesus, Madeline, and thank you for taking such good care of him.  Thank you for coloring the picture of Jesus with the children!_

 

 

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Religious Faith Formation
A.J. had a House Guest
September 23-30, 2018

A.J. had Jesus as his house guest the week of September 23 to 30. This is what he said about his visit:

 

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“This week, Jesus came with me to macaroni dinner. We went to Silverman’s Farms. Jesus slept in my room every night and He rode in the car with me. He went to dance with me and to “G-pop’s” house to play for the day. He also came to Church with me.

Thank you for all you do, Jesus.”

Thank you, A.J. for taking such good care of Jesus this week. I appreciate it! —Mrs. Bisson

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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)

Parish Ziti and Meatball Dinner
September 29, 2018
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St. Emery Wins a Diocese Saint John Paul II Grant
August 1, 2018
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Saint Emery’s Fourth Annual Fundraising Concert
June 10, 2018
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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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St. Emery’s Ziti and Meatball Dinner
September 29, 2018

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

It was a very well attended and an enjoyable Parish dinner get together.  The dinner included three full courses of salad, entrée and dessert.  Soft drinks, beer and wine were also served.

Ziti and Meatball Dinner Flyer

The Ziti and Meatball dinner is a fundraising event where all proceeds go to the Parish to help support operational needs and expenses.
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Barbara Fencil and Marie Kassay Volunteers

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A 50-50 cash raffle was held.

Father Milan and Jeanne

50-50 cash raffle was held.

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Ziti and Meatball Dinner

Ziti and Meatball Dinner

Greg Chuga

Henry Kutash

Ziti and Meatball Dinner

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Greg Chuga one of our many volunteers.

A thank you to our photographer, Henry Kutash.

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A special thank you to the St. Emery’s Social Committee and volunteers who spent many hours preparing food for this home cooked dinner.

Virgin Mary                  Church Hall

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Religious Faith Formation
St. Emery Wins Saint John Paul II Grant!
August 1, 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 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

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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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Sacrament of Confirmation Ceremony
St. Emery Church

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 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

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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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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

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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..