This year’s St. Stephen’s Day Picnic at St. Emeric Church was scaled back from the previously highly successful festivals due to the lingering issues with the coronavirus. Parishioners and invited guests gathered on Sunday, August 22, 2021 for Mass to celebrate the first king of Hungary, St. Stephen, who brought Christianity to the young nation when he was crowned with the crown sent by Pope Sylvester around Christmas in the year 1000.
After the Mass, the picnic began on the grounds in front of the church and in the church hall with delicious Hungarian sausages, cabbage, parslied potatoes and homemade desserts. The keynote speaker at the event was Dr. Erika Virányi-Gyermán, the Deputy Chief of Mission from the Consulate General of Hungary in Chicago. Her speech was followed by St. Emeric Church Administrator Fr. Richard Bona blessing and cutting the „New Bread”. Entertainment was provided by cimbalom (dulcimer) soloist Andras Cseh and folk dancing by the Joyful Hungarian Folk Dancers. The beautiful weather, although quite hot, helped ensure that a good time was had by all in attendance.