St. Emery's Roman Catholic Parish, one of seven Catholic churches in Fairfield overseen by the Roman Catholic Diocese…More of Bridgeport, was founded in 1932 to care for the spiritual needs and well being of Fairfield Hungarians, which, at the time, were a sizable population.
The parish originated in a temporary chapel on Hibiscus Street, and groundbreaking for the current church building at 838 Kings Highway took place on Easter Sunday 1932.
Shortly after its completion, Friar Benedict Biro and other Franciscan friars established groups and societies in the church that attracted not only Catholic Hungarian families, but people from other ethnic heritages as well.
St. Emery's opened a school in 1954 and built an addition onto the school in 1956. The parish's parochial school operated for the next 31 years, until it closed in June 1987 due to the lack of parish families with youngsters.
In 1971, St. Stephen's Church in Bridgeport closed and its members were directed to St. Emery's Church in Fairfield.
In 2000, St. Emery's Parish undertook a full restoration of the interior of the church, including a new altar, ambo and baptismal font, which were imported from Italy, and new lighting and heating and air conditioning systems.
In 2005, St. Augustine School in Bridgeport occupied St. Emery's school building, and the school became known as St. Augustine School at St. Emery's Parish.
Today, St. Emery's is a neighborhood parish that ministers to anyone who wishes to embrace the Catholic Christian faith and to celebrate the sacramental and liturgical tradition of the church. The church's roots remain in evidence, however, as the last Mass on Sundays is said in the Hungarian language.
St. Emery's daily Mass schedule is 8 a.m Mon to Thu. Weekend Mass schedule is 4:30 p.m. Saturday (Vigil), 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday, with the 11 a.m. service in the Hungarian language.
The Holidays of Obligation are at 8 a.m. and 12:00 noon. The Sacrament of Penance is on the first Saturday of each month from 3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Please call St. Emery’s at 203-334-0312 or Holy Family at 203-336-1835 to make an appointment for individual confession.
Office hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and on Saturday and evenings by appointment only.
Parish Societies in St. Emery's include the Ladies Guild (occasional), St. Emery's Seniors, which meet on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. and the Sunshine Club (holidays). The Holy Spirit Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order meets at 9:30 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month.
St. Emery Councils include the Church Advisory Council, which meets the second Monday of every month and the Finance Advisory Council, which meets the second Tuesday of every month.
Rev. Guido G. Montanaro is St. Emery's Pastor and Administrator; Rev John Paul Long is the Resident Priest; and Rev. Stephen J. Baint is Hungarian Ministry. Rudolph P. Trankovich is St. Emery’s Deacon.
Visit the new website, www.stemerys.comfor continuous informational updates and the historic art and architecture of the Church.