News/Events

LATEST NEWS

UPCOMING EVENTS
(upcoming events)

PAST EVENTS 2019
(past events)

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LATEST NEWS

St. Emery Feast Day
November 3, 2019

St. Emery’s Feast Day was celebrated on Sunday, November 3rd during the 11:00 AM mass. It is an annual event.  Father Peter Cipriani from Our Lady of the Assumption was the guest celebrant and homilist for the liturgy.

Father Cipriani expressed his pleasure for the special invitation to attend and participate in our traditional Church Hungarian heritage celebration.

The Feast Day Mass

The Mass Celebration

Several children dressed up in traditional Hungarian costume participating in the celebration of the Feast Day mass.

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Entrance

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The Gifts

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Father Cipriani offering the Homily.  Deacon Trankovich, Father Cipriani and Father Dimic celebrating the mass.

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The Luncheon

The Luncheon

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

A delicious several course meal consisting of Hungarian stuffed cabbage, salad, pork roast with vegetables, deserts and assortment of soda, water and wine beverages.

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Social committee members and volunteers

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Donated door prizes

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Faith Formation.  Advent Service Project

 

 

Handwoven quilt to be raffled during Cookie Walk December 14-15

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Church Bell Tower Repair Project
October 2, 2019

The Church Bell Tower project was launched in May of this year to repair extensive water leaks to the tower.  It has been successfully completed.  It was a major undertaking.  The Tower water leaks had become severe causing dangerous electrical shorts (fire hazard) in the Tower wall wiring.  Water leaks caused deterioration of the interior tower walls and had also started to damage the century old historic choir loft pipe organ.

The Tower scaffolding was removed on October 2 after 4 ½ – months (May – October) of work.

The Tower steeple hexagon bottom support area was repaired using copper shielding around the entire base. This was a large undertaking to solve a major source of water leakage.  All these repairs dealt with stopping leakage. The original configuration of the Bell Tower was not altered.

All the damaged Tower steeple slates were replaced.

The damaged bituminous coatings located between the intersection of the roof slates and the hexagon brick supporting structure was completely removed and replaced with copper shielding (as shown).

All the steeple supporting hexagon structure brick surfaces were spray sealed with a permanent siloxane based material.

The base of the Tower shutters were resealed, which required additional scaffolding work.

The contractor for the scaffolding was CS Bridge Corp. Colgate Scaffolding, Little Neck, NY.  The mason/roofing skilled contractor who performed all the excellent exterior Tower repair work was George Dulin of Easton, CT.  Interior tower base-floor repairs were done by parishioner Chris Bleggi.

Total cost of the repairs to date is $22,738 where the scaffolding rental and installation comprised 58% of the total costs. Painting of the interior tower wall surfaces is still to be completed.

The new repairs have successfully withstood several large rain storms with no evidence of leaking. This was the second major attempt in recent history to repair the Bell Tower water leaks.  The previous one was in 2014 which was only effective for a short time.  Let’s hope the rain gods are good to us this time.

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Special Hungarian Luncheon
Sutni Szalona
October 13, 2019

St. Emery’s Social Committee again sponsored the special and traditional Hungarian dish Sutni Szalona after the 11:00 AM Mass on Sunday, October 13 in the Church Hall. The luncheon was hosted by Laureen and Nick Pekar.  It is a popular luncheon.  Attendance was large.

For those unfamiliar, in the traditional Hungarian style szalona 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 szalona is removed from the fire and allowed to drip onto a slice of freshly baked bread. The szalona 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.
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St. Emery’s Ziti and Meatball Dinner
September 28, 2019

St. Emery held their annual Ziti and Meatball Dinner on Saturday, September 28, 2019 in the Church Hall.

The event was held from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.  Doors opened at 5:30 PM. Prices for admission are noted in the flyer.  Although this is one of the annual and modest fundraising events for the Church, the main objective as always is to bring our Parish community together and to enjoy the camaraderie.

The dinner featured several courses including salad, main entry, dessert and beverages.  It was another happy Church event enjoyed by our parishioners, their friends and their guests.

Enjoy the following photographs compliments of our parishioner photographer, Henry Kutush.

 

 

 

 

As usual at these many St. Emery Parish social events, many volunteers spent their time and effort to make each event successful. Pictured above our parishioner ‘chefs’ who are working in the kitchen are Henry Kutush (left) and Art Corcoran.

 

 

 

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Deacon Rudy and Father Gene Gianelli of Our Lady of the Assumption (above).

Mary Rose, St. Emery’s Director of Music.

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We thank all the parishioner volunteers who supported the Church Social Committee headed by Mary Ann Corcoran for this enjoyable dinner event.

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St. Emery’s 2019 Annual Raffle
June 14, 2019
Winners announced below

St. Emery’s 2019 fundraising Raffle is underway with all cash prizes totaling $2,875.00.  First prize is $1,000.
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Raffle Details

Drawings to be held September 6. 2018 in the Church Hall.  Winner need not be present.

Tickets can be purchased at weekend masses in the vestibule or through the Parish office (203 334-0312). You can now pay with your credit/debit card!!!

Ticket prices were reduced this year to $20.00 per ticket and the cash prize amount was increased (see Raffle details).

If you can help by taking a few tickets to sell to your family and friends, please see the ticket sales person in the Church vestibule.

Great odds!

St. Emery Parish Raffle Winners

First Prize:  Judy Ulbrick
Second Prize: Theresa Kavasansky
Third prize: Ken Corcoran
Fourth Prize: Nicholas Pekar
Fifth Prize: Fr. Milan Dimic
Sixth Prize: Doreen Hesse
Seventh Prize: Irene Toth

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St. Emery’s Family Movie Night
Church Hall
July 12, 2019

St. Emery Parish sponsored a wonderful Family Movie Night on Friday, July 12 at 7:00 PM in the Church Hall.  The recent Disney film Mary Poppins Returns (2018) was presented on the recently acquired large high technology TV monitor in the Hall.

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Mary Poppins Returns is a sequel to the original Mary Poppins filmed decades later (1964).  This film was one of the top 10 films in 2018.  It also won the best original song “The Place Where Lost Things Go”, which the children can certainly relate too.

It was ‘bring your own snacks and drinks and popcorn will be provided.  No tickets needed.  Freewill donations accepted.

Enjoy the photographs

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Father Milan

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Parish Newsletters – 2019
(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  2019 Newsletters covering various topics of interest (click each to download).


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UPCOMING EVENTS

Scheduled Social Events for 2019

Upcoming Events 2019

Upcoming Social Events for 2019.

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 2018

Please note all 2018 Past Events have been archived.
(2018 past events)

Saint Emery’s Fourth Annual Fundraising Concert
June 10, 2018

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PAST EVENTS 2019
(Click on dates to go to each event)

St. Emery’s Fifth Annual Fundraising Concert
June 9, 2019
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St. Emery Parish Crowning of our Blessed Virgin Mary
May 5, 2019

 

St. Emery’s First Holy Communion
April 27, 2019

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St. Emery’s Annual Ladies Tea “Spring Luncheon Tea”
April 28, 2019

St. Emery’s Annual Easter Bake Sale
April 13, 2019

 

Religious Faith Formation Holy Week Wreaths
April 7, 2019

St. Joseph and St. Patrick Feast Day Celebration
March 17, 2019.
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Religious Faith Formation, William had a House Guest
March 16, 2019

St. Emery’s Choir Robes
March 3, 2019

Church Ceiling Painting Restoration Project
February 11, 2019

Celebration of the Epiphany of the Lord
January 6, 2019
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Religious Faith Formation, Madeline had a House Guest
February 10, 2019


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St. Emery’s Fifth Annual Fundraising Concert
June 9, 2019

Saint Emery’s Fifth Annual Fundraising Concert was held on Sunday, June 9 at at 2:00 PM in the Church.

The concert featured the St. Emery Choir and the children’s choir, ‘The St. Emery Young Singers’ and a Guitar Soloist. The concert was led by our Director of Music, Mary Rose Garych.  Lori Pearson was the concert piano accompanist.

Concert – 2019 Flyer

Admission was a freewill fundraising offering for the event to help restore and maintain our beautiful Historic Place Church with a particular aim of repairing the Bell Tower water leaks.

The concert was very well attended and the fundraising income was the largest ever thanks to the generosity of all who attended.

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

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The Program
“Ringing and Singing

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Slideshow Program Introduction
(Ringing Bells)

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Video’s of the entire concert are presented for your enjoyment.

Saint Emery Festival Choir Concert Video
(Click on the Clips)

Saint Emery Festival Choir Introduction and Opening Selection (Introduction)
– Father Milan, Pastor of St. Emery’s, Opening Remarks
– Sing Along
– Choir ‘The Bells of St. Emery‘ (5:45 minute duration)

Saint Emery Festival Choir (Video Clip 2)
– Mary Rose Opening Remarks
– Choir ‘Carol of the Bells‘ (2:23 minute duration)

Saint Emery Festival Choir (Video Clip 3)
– Choir ‘I heard the Bells on Christmas Day‘ (2:14 minute duration)

Saint Emery Festival Choir (Video Clip 4)
– Choir ‘Ding Dong Merrily High‘ (1:24 minute duration)

Saint Emery Young Singers (Video Clip 5)
– Young Singers ‘The Happy Wanderer‘ (5:04 minute duration-total)
– Young Singers ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Saint Emery Festival Choir (Video Clip 6)
– Choir ‘It is Well with My Soul‘ (3:07 minute duration)

Saint Emery Festival Choir (Video Clip 7)
– Choir ‘I Believe in the Sun‘ (5:08 minute duration)

Saint Emery Festival Choir (Video Clip 8)
– Choir ‘Sing a New Song‘ (2:02 minute duration)

Guitar Soloist (Video Clip 10)
– Michael Howley, Guitarist
– Guitar ‘O’Carolan’s Farewell‘ (4:50 minute duration)
– The last tune composed by blind Irish harper Turlough O’Carolan (1670–1738)

Soprano (Video Clip 11)
– Mary Rose Garych
– Solo ‘Panis Angelicus‘ (3:30 minute duration)
– ‘Bread of Angels (latin)’. Written by St. Thomas Aquinas for the feast of Corpus Christi

Saint Emery Festival Choir (Video Clip 12)
– Choir ‘You Raise Me Up‘ (4:37 minute duration)

Saint Emery Festival Choir (Video Clip 13)
– Choir ‘Climb Every Mountain‘ (5:55 minute duration)

Saint Emery Festival Choir (Video Clip 14)
– Choir ‘Oh, Peter, Go Ring Them Bells‘ (3:20minute duration)
– Closing Songs
– Father Milan expressing his appreciation to all the participants for their time and effort that went into this successful music ministry event.

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.

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St. Emery Parish
Crowning of our Blessed Virgin Mary
May 5, 2019

The Crowning of our Blessed Virgin Mary was held on Sunday, May 5 during a special 10:00 AM Mass.

Blessed Virgin Mary

The Crowning of our Blessed Virgin Mary involved the children from our Faith Formation Program, which was recently completed for the year.

The crowning was a continuation of this beautiful ceremony that was revived at St. Emery’s three years ago in 2016 after many years having not been celebrated.

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

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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 by Melissa Silva

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Following the Crowning, Father Milan offered a musical tribute (Gentle Women) to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
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Reception in the Church Hall.

Special cake.

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St. Emery First Holy Communion
April 27 and 28, 2019

St. Emery celebrated the beautiful sacrament of First Holy Communion for Fabrizio on Saturday at the 4:30 PM mass and for A. J. and Madeline on Sunday at the 9:00 AM mass.

14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14

Father Milan’s musical tribute following his children’s homily.

Fabrizio receiving the sacrament of his First Holy Communion

Father Milan and Deacon Rudy with Fabrizio at Saturday’s mass.

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Bearing the Eucharist gifts

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Sunday’s First Holy Communion mass

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Madeline receiving the sacrament of her First Holy Communion

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A. J. receiving the sacrament of his First Holy Communion

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Receiving the First Holy Communion certificates

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St. Emery’s Annual Ladies Tea
“Spring Luncheon Tea”
April 28, 2019

St. Emery held their Ladies Tea “Spring Luncheon Tea” on Sunday, April 28, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the newly renovated Church Hall.

Ladies Tea Flyer

There was entertainment by the popular Jack Lynn “Dino’s Back”, featuring a tribute to Dean Martin and his music career.

Doors opened at 12:30 PM and tea was served at 1:00 PM followed by the entertainment.

A door prize drawing was held.  Prizes consisted of donated gifts.

Again a successful, well done and enjoyable Ladies affair as it has been over the years. The Parish Social Committee sponsored the Ladies Tea.

The Afternoon Tea

The luncheon featured delicious delicate sandwiches, assortment of desserts and tea.

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All food items were carefully prepared by our Lady parishioners.

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The Ladies, early arrivals

Photography by Doreen Hesse.

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Entertainment

Jack Lynn has appeared in theaters and playhouses in Connecticut, our tri-state area including New York city.

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The Volunteers

Raffle prizes

 

 

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Thank You

A sincere thank you to Doreen Hesse for her excellent photography.

Doreen

A sincere thank you also to all the St. Emery’s Social Committee volunteers for all their dedicated effort to make the Ladies Tea of 2019 a success.

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St. Emery’s Annual Easter Bake Sale
April 13 – 14, 2019
Completed

Easter Sale

St. Emery successfully completed their annual Easter bake sale on Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14 in the Church Hall.

We thank the many volunteers who sign up to bake and who brought their baked goods to the Church Hall on

….Friday, April 12, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
….Saturday, April 13 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

 

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This was once again a very successful and enjoyable fundraiser for our Parish thanks to the generous support of our parishioners and friends.

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Religious Faith Formation
Holy Week Wreaths
April 7, 2019

Faith Formation students concluded this years program by making beautiful  “Holy Week Wreaths”.

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The children will complete their journey April 28, 2019 at the 9:00 AM mass.

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Congratulations to Miss Kathy and her first communion class.

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St. Joseph and St. Patrick
Feast Day Celebration
March 17, 2019

St. Emery’s celebrated St. Joseph and St. Patrick Feast Day on Sunday, March 17 at the 10:00 AM special mass.  A wonderful brunch was held in the Church Hall following the mass.  It was a very well attended Feast Day celebration.

A number of photographs were taken by Henry Kutush during the event.  Please enjoy.

The Mass

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Mary Rose, Music Director

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The Brunch

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Deacon Rudy

Jeanne, Pastoral Assistant

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The Chief Chef

 

Hobie Summers

Thank you and all your staff for the superb brunch

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Religious Faith Formation
William had a House Guest
March 17, 2019

William spent the week with Mary.
This is what they did:

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William

“William spent last week with Mary. Here is what they did: they went to church, to the cemetery, Kumon, karate, school, a birthday party (what fun!), and we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day.

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St. Emery’s Choir Robes
March 3, 2019

Our Choir

The Choir was recently outfitted with beautiful robes as shown in the photograph.

The Choir has been temporally moved from the choir loft to the front of the Church while awaiting Bell Tower repairs.

The choir is under the direction of Mary Rose Garych, St. Emery’s Music Director.

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Church Ceiling Painting Restoration Project
February 11 – 22, 2019
Gofundme Fundraiser

Church Ceiling Paintings – 2011 (Front)

Church Ceiling Paintings – 2011 (Rear)

The ceiling of our Historic Place Church has continued to degrade over the years and a decision was made to restore the interior before it deteriorated further.  A contractor was hired to do the painting restoration work for $25,000.

Scaffolding was put in place February 11th and work was completed over a 2-week period.  Note the two photos shown above of the ceiling and its elegant paintings were taken in 2011 before this recent and major restoration.

Ceiling Restoration

Ceiling Restoration

Ceiling Restoration

Ceiling Restoration

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Celebration of the Epiphany of the Lord

Epiphany Sunday

The Epiphany of the Lord was celebrated  Sunday, January 6 at the 9:00 AM mass.  Children participated wearing costumes representing the three wise men (Magi) bearing gifts.  Epiphany is celebrated 12 days after Christmas and celebrates the arrival of the three wise men at the birth place of Jesus in Bethlehem with gifts of frankincense, myrrh and gold.

Jeanne Bisson planned the event with the children and her volunteers.

Thank you, Colin, A.J., and Angel for representing the Three Wise Men, Balthasar, Melchior and Gaspar, in our celebration of the Epiphany on January 6.

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Religious Faith Formation
Madeline had a House Guest
February 10, 2019

Madeline spent the week with Mary.
This is what they did:

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Madeline

“We watched T.V., we played “Trouble”, we slept together.  We drove to and from church, we read my church book, we snuggled and got warm by the fire.  We sang together, we went to Religious School together and we prayed together.”

Thank you for sharing time with Mary, Madeline.  Looks like you had a great time!

Jeanne Bisson

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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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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..