Outreach

OUTREACH PROJECTS
Advisory Council Chairperson: Kim Fisco

An important part of St. Emery’s mission in the community is to reach out to those in need.  The Church undertakes several projects of charitable works throughout the year.  The Church also reaches out to the community to support fund drives to meet the needs of St. Emery’s Parish as well as those of the Diocese of Bridgeport.

We encourage your participation and generous donations for these worthy causes.

CURRENT PROJECTS

St. Emery’s 2017 Parish Annual Collection
Corrdinator:
  Father Milan and Staff

Message from Pastor Father Milan

St. Emery’s important 2017 annual funding drive was launched September 1.  All parishioner’s received mailings with pledge cards included. Donations can also be made using the Online Giving link on this website. As Father Milan pointed out in his message (left), the Annual Collection is an integral and imperative part of the financial structure of Saint Emery. Among the financial demands this year are two outstanding loans dealing with the church heating system and parish school roof repairs.

Our goal this year has been established at $30,000 to help pay off the loans and also provide funds for smaller capital expenditures.

We would deeply appreciate it if you could give prayerful consideration.

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St. Emery’s Winter Clothing Drive
September 30 through October 22, 2017
Coordinator: 
 Kim Fisco

Winter Clothing Drive 2017

During the month of October we will be collecting clean and slightly used or new winter coats, gloves, mittens and caps for both adults and children.

These clothing articles will be donated to the Thomas Merton Center in Bridgeport.

The Thomas Merton Center has been in operation for 43 years servings the economically disadvantaged people in the city of Bridgeport. They address issues such as housing, nutritional needs, healthcare needs, clothing needs, parenting issues and youth at risk.  Their House of Hospitality provides breakfast, lunch and day shelter to approximately 260 people each day Monday through Saturday. They serve about 85,000 meals a year.

Please contact Kim Fisco at 203 – 8953-6614 if you have questions.

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School Supply Drive
July 29 through August 20, 2017
Coordinator: 
 Kim Fisco

Annual School Drive Flyer

St. Emery’s Parish completed their annual school supply drive from July 29 through August 29.  The drive benefited St. Ann’s Academy.

The suggested list of school supplies was shown in the flyer.  The school can always use supplies.  Contact Kim Fisco at 203 – 895-6614.

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Blessed Mother Malta House Baby Supply Drive
Month of May – Completed
Coordinator: 
Pastoral Staff

Blessed Mother  Malta House Baby Supply Drive

St. Emery’s Parish sponsored a successful Blessed Mother’s baby supply drive during the month of May.  There were many kind donors.  All baby items were collected in honor of our Blessed Mother.

It is a wonderful cause sponsored by the Malta house (see Flyer)

Thank you  for your kind generosity.

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Thank You From Malta House

“On behalf of our moms, their babies, Malta House staff, and Board members, I would like to express my profound thanks and gratitude to you for answering this call for assistance.” Carey Dougherty, Director of Development. This letter in response to our May donations of baby items in honor of Our Blessed Mother, Mary.

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Annual Catholic Appeal “Gods’ Gifts, Transforming Lives” – 2017
Corrdinator:
  Pastoral Staff

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God’s Gifts, Transforming Lives

St. Emery’s Parish achieved its 2017 Bishop’s Annual Appeal goal once again reaching and exceeding $21,000 in May.

The Diocese of Bridgeport 2017 annual appeal, God’s Gifts, Transforming Lives, assisst the working poor, elderly and homeless through Catholic Charities.  The Catholic Charities enable the existence of nationally-recognized Catholic schools, support ongoing religious education, nurture vocations, and care for retired priests.

This year’s theme called us to come together as a people of God to live and share the faith we profess as we carry forth the mission of Jesus Christ.

Thank you.

St. Emery Schedule of  Upcoming Outreach Events – 2017

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Upcoming Outreach Events – 2017

A number of annual St. Emery Outreach events for charity are scheduled for 2017.

We again look forward to your kind generosity.

2017 Calendar

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ANNUAL CHARITY PROJECTS AND FUND DRIVES

A number of charitable activities occur throughout the year at St. Emery’s during Lent and Easter, Summer, Thanksgiving, Christmas and special drives to collect school supplies for local Catholic schools.

Annual fund drives include the Diocese of Bridgeport’s ‘Beacon of Hope’ fund drive and St. Emery’s Parish Stewardship fund raiser, which supports the needs of the parish.

LENTEN AND EASTER SEASON

Lenten Food Drive
Coordinator:
 Kim Fisco

St. Emery’s sponsors a food drive during the season of Lent.  All food items are donated to our sister churches or other worthy charitable organizations prior to Easter.

Loaves and Fishes
Coordinator:  Jeanne Bisson

The annual Lenten campaign to feed the needy. The Diocesan Loaves and Fishes drive begins on Ash Wednesday and is concluded at the end of Lent. Contributions are made using Loaves and Fishes envelopes. Donations are payable to: Catholic Charities. All donations go to local Bridgeport Diocese charities.

Easter Visitations for the Homebound
Coordinator:  Jeanne Bisson

Parishioners of St. Emery’s sponsor Easter visitations for the homebound. Volunteers are provided with Easter plants and spend time visiting St. Emery parishioners who live either in private homes or nursing homes. Visits take place prior to Easter. It is a wonderful offering of personal time by volunteers.

SUMMER SEASON

Summer Food/Toiletry Drive
Coordinators: 
 Theresa Bell and Marie Kassay

St. Emery’s annualSummer Food/Toiletry Drive serves the St. Stephen’s Food Pantry, the recent Thomas Merton Marion House and the Operation Hope Food Pantry.

‘Dress-for-Success’ Clothing Drive
Coordinators:  Theresa Bell

Dress-for-Success is a wonderful drive that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.  Dress-for-Success Mid-Fairfield County and The Community Closet collects donations of gently used clothing and household essentials for needy people striving for self-sufficiency.

THANKSGIVING SEASON

Thanksgiving Food Drive
Coordinators: 
 Kim Fisco

St. Emery sponsors a food drive during the season of Lent.  All food items are donated to Operation Hope in Bridgeport, a worthy charitable organization.

CHRISTMAS SEASON

Christmas Giving Tree
Coordinators: 
Kim Fisco

An annual sponsored St. Emery Christmas event where the proceeds go to the Daughters of Divine Charity, St. Vincent DePaul and to St. Vincent’s Hospital Special needs for Children.

Christmas Visitations for the Homebound
Coordinators: 
Jeanne Bisson

Parishioners of St. Emery’s sponsors Christmas visitations for the homebound. Volunteers are provided with Christmas poinsettia and spend time visiting St. Emery parishioners who either live in private homes or nursing homes. Visits take place prior to Christmas. It is a wonderful offering of personal time by volunteers.

Clothing Drive
Coordinator:
Kim Fisco

An annual clothing drive sponsored by St. Emery’s.  Coats, gloves, and shawls are collected to help support families throughout the low income areas of Fairfield and Bridgeport.

Christmas Cookie Walk and Fair
Co-ChairsKathy Sherwood and Mary Ann Corcoran

St. Emery sponsors a Christmas Cookie Walk and Fair prior to Christmas where volunteer bakers participate by donating a wide variety of Christmas cookies. Cookies are then purchased through donations and the proceeds go to supporting St. Emery’s parish needs.

CATHOLIC SCHOOL SUPPORT

Catholic School Supplies
Coordinators:
Kim Fisco

One of St. Emery’s important Outreach activities focuses on helping the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport.

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ST. EMERY’S ANNUAL STEWARDSHIP FUNDRAISER

St. Emery’s Parish Stewardship Annual Fundraiser
Corrdinator:
  Pastoral Staff

St. Emery’s important stewardship annual fundraiser reaches out to all our parishioners to support the parish. The funds are used to supplement St. Emery’s financial needs to keep our parish solvent.

Parish Annual Collection – 2016 Summary
Coordinator:  Father Milan and Staff

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Message from Father Milan

St. Emery’s important 2016 annual funding drive was launched September 1 and completed.  All parishioner’s received mailings with pledge cards included. Donations can be given using the Online Giving link on this website.

As Father Milan pointed out in his message (left), the Annual Collection is an integral and imperative part of the financial structure of Saint Emery.  It is necessary to provide a needed addition to the weekly offertory to cover expenses for property and building maintenance, insurance premiums and financial loans.

The parish net income from the fund this year was $23,079.

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ST. EMERY SUPPORT TO THE DIOCESE OF BRIDGEPORT

Annual Catholic Appeal “Building Communities of Faith” – 2016 Summary
Corrdinator:
  Pastoral Staff

The Diocese of Bridgeport launched its 2016 annual appeal, Building Communities of Faith, to assist the working poor, elderly and homeless through Catholic Charities. The Catholic Charities enable the existence of nationally-recognized Catholic schools, support ongoing religious education, nurture vocations, and care for retired priests.

  • The Bishop’s Annual Appeal was completed and thanks to all its generous donors, St. Emery’s Parish exceeded its diocesan financial goals for 2016 as it also did in 2014 and 2015.
  • The parish contributed $25,076 in 2016 exceeding its goal by 119%.

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This statue of Christ is located in the rear of the Church.  This is one of the sculpture pieces created for the Church in 1932 and refurbished in 2000.

Jesus

It shows Jesus offering a sign of peace.

Below is the statue of Saint Anne, mother of the Virgin Mary, holding the child Virgin Mary.  This statue is also located in the rear of the Church.  The Saint Anne statue is also one of the art pieces from 1932 which was refurbished in 2000.

Saint Anne Mother of Virgin Mary

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(Click on statues and window below to enlarge)

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Stained Glass Rose Window.  Outside front of Church.

This striking stained glass window is also located in the rear of the Church above the Choir loft. It was installed in 1932 when the Church was built. It can be seen from the outside front of the Church above the main entrance doors.

The sections of the window show the symbols for each of the 12 Apostles. From top-center is Saint Peter carrying 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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Remembering Our Love Ones who have gone before us