K of C Council 14360 Continues Memorial Day Marching Tradition

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The tradition continues.

Once again this year, members of Council 14360 were proud to take part in the annual Norwalk, CT Memorial Day Parade, marching alongside a number of other local civic, community and school groups. The parade route took the Knights from Veterans Park, through parts of East Norwalk, to its ultimate conclusion at the Town Green on East Avenue.

See you next Memorial Day!

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Council 14360 Honored for Malta House Work

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Council 14360 continues to put our faith into action by performing a number of activities in support of those in need. Recently, we were proud to be recognized for some of the work we have done over the years at Malta House in Norwalk. The Connecticut Knights of Columbus State Council awarded Council 14360 its Culture of Life and Community Program awards for the 2014-2015 fraternal year.

“It’s a great honor for our council to be singled out for our efforts at Malta House,” commented Grand Knight George Ribellino, Jr. “We sincerely believe in their mission and are always happy to assist them in any way that we can.”

A recent example of the type of assistance Council 14360 provides Malta House was when a core group of brother Knights rolled up their sleeves to paint rooms there. Two bedrooms and a bathroom were repainted along with “touch- up” in other areas of the facility. A great thanks to Tim Horne, the council’s “jack of all trades”, who helped spearhead the effort.

Malta House was founded in 1995 by Michael O’Rourke. Michael learned that there was “no room at the inn” for many homeless & pregnant women and their newborns. Many of these women and children were often found living on the street or living in substandard conditions. Malta House was founded to provide much more than food and shelter to these women. Within the embrace of the Malta House staff & facility, for the first time many of these women have new hope for the future.

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Annual Communion Breakfast Set for June 14 at St. Matthew

Knights of Columbus
St. Matthew Council #14360
 Family Communion Breakfast
Sunday June 14th – After 9am Mass
               Masterpool Great Room, St. Matthew Church, 216 Scribner Avenue, Norwalk
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Special Guest Speaker
Sr. Marie Lucie Monast , SSTV
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Born in Quebec, Sister is one of 13 children and came to the US in 1992. She received her religious instruction in Rome & Paris.Sister Lucie fills her life with all that she has ; a devotion to community, prayer, working for Jesus & staying open to His Grace.
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Communion Breakfast Menu 
 
Scrambled Eggs
Bacon
Sausage
French Toast
Hash Browns
Breakfast Rolls
Mini Pastries
Coffee
Orange Juice
  50/50 Raffle
For more information contact George Ribellino at gribellino@sbcglobal.net or 203- 856-7101, OR contact Ron Miller at  203-561-0523.
Please print out and return your reservation form (below) to the parish office along with your payment by June 6th in order to secure your tickets to this great event.
See you there!
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Adults -$15.00
Children under 10 – $10.00

*If you aren’t able to attend this event but would like to make a donation to support the great work of the Knights, please make a check payable to: Knights of Columbus Council 14360 and drop it in the office at St. Matthew at your convenience. Thank you so much for your support!

Chapel at Notre Dame Convalescent Home Re-dedicated in Special Mass

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On Wednesday evening, April 22, a special Mass was held at Notre Dame Convalescent Home on West Rocks Road in Norwalk.

The chapel of the Convent of the Sisters of St. Thomas of Villanova was re-dedicated after being recently restored by members of Knights of Columbus Council 14360. The Brother Knights, led by Tim Horne, helped restore the chapel after it had sustained significant water damage in January.

To read more about this special Mass and see photos, please click on the link below to read the article by Fr. Colin McKenna, who covered the event for the Fairfield County Catholic:

http://www.bridgeportdiocese.com/index.php/fcc/article/working_with_god

Photo credit: Fr. Colin McKenna

Knights’ Sixth Annual St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser Dinner a Huge Success

It was a special night in Norwalk on Saturday, March 21, 2015, as Knights of Columbus Council 14360 held its sixth annual St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser dinner in the Masterpool Great Room at St. Matthew Church. The dinner proved to be a huge success, with over 200 guests enjoying a delicious dinner, Irish dancing, and of course the company of friends and family.
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The annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner is the council’s oldest tradition. Starting from just 81 people in 2010, the dinner has become an annual tradition at St. Matthew Parish.

Thanks to the generosity of the attendees, the Knights raised over $4,100.00 at this year’s dinner, money that will go directly to the many local organizations it supports, such as:

Malta House, Notre Dame Convalescent Home, Homes for the Brave, Fisher House, Our Lady of Solace in Coney Island NY, All Saints Catholic School, Star Inc., Al’s Angels, St. Matthew Church, the Diocese of Bridgeport – Respect Life Ministry & Family and Children’s Agency- Norwalk.
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Preparations underway for 6th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser Dinner

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Knights of Columbus Council 14360 is proud to announce that its 6th annual St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser Dinner will be held this year on Saturday evening, March 21 at 5:30 p.m. in the Great Room of St. Matthew Church (216 Scribner Avenue, Norwalk). The St. Patrick’s Day dinner, the council’s oldest tradition, began with a modest 81 attendees in 2010, but has since grown to become an annual tradition at St. Matthew Parish that many parishioners and friends look forward to each year. Last year, an all-time record of 227 guests came for the delicious food and fun.

This year’s dinner, like the previous five, will enable Council 14360 to continue its support of a number of local charitable organizations. The success of the 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Dinner generated over $4,000 towards Council 14360’s charitable fund, which covers many groups around Norwalk. Everyone’s generosity enabled the council to subsequently donate funds to worthy organizations such as Al’s Angels, the Notre Dame Convalescent Home, and St. Matthew Church itself.

For this year’s dinner, the adult menu will once again include traditional St. Patrick’s Day favorites such as succulent corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, in addition to sourdough bread, soda and water. A cash bar (beer and wine) will also be offered. Kids will enjoy “Irish” chicken tenders as well as macaroni and cheese, and all attendees will enjoy a delicious dessert.
Many exciting raffle prizes will be once again be offered at this year’s dinner. In years past, items such as New York Yankees tickets, Brooklyn Nets basketball tickets, and other sought-after selections have made the raffle very popular, and this year is sure to be no exception.

Last year’s Corned Beef Dinner was a lot of fun and also a complete sellout, and space is limited, so be sure to make your reservations soon. Cost is $18 for adults and $7 for children aged 10 and under (there is no charge who children ages three and under).
To print out a reservation form, simply click on the link below:

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Reservation Form

 

St. Matthew Knights and Fox Run School team up to help Veterans

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In honor of Veterans Day, Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360 and Fox Run School recently did a collection of goods for veterans at the Homes for The Brave in Bridgeport. Homes for The Brave is a facility in Bridgeport that takes care of veterans who are trying to get back to regular life after serving our armed forces. The massive donation drive of goods for the soldiers for the Veterans was very much appreciated by the residents. “Between the Knights and Fox Run we filled our closets, pantries and then some,” said Olivia Ellwanger, Development Associate for the HFTB.

Also at Fox Run School, teachers Mary Jo Pecora-Runkle, Jane Jawlik and the Fox Run Student Council organized a collection after Knights of Columbus Council 14360 member Joe Giandurco and his wife Alice (a retired Fox Run teacher) approached the school about organizing a collection for the second straight year. Joe was a Marine who served in Vietnam. “Homes for the Brave is a top notch organization. It is my pleasure and honor to help my fellow Veterans in any way I can”, said Giandurco.

Grand Knight George Ribellino said  “The compassion and drive that our members have for the military is without boundaries. I am also thankful to the students, teachers and administration at Fox Run School for their generosity and support.

The Knights council and the Catholic Daughters Court St. Matthew also sponsored Thanksgiving dinner for the residents for the second straight year on November 27th.

Since opening its doors in 2002, ABRI/Homes for the Brave has provided safe housing, vocational training and job placement, mental health and addiction services, and life skills coaching to help individuals, especially Veterans, leave homelessness behind. To date, the organization has worked with more than 800 individuals.

Knights of Columbus Saint Matthew Norwalk Council #14360 was founded in 2007 and currently does many fundraising and community outreach events throughout the year, including its annual Macaroni and St. Patrick Day Dinners. The council also lends its assistance to Notre Dame Convalescent Home (Norwalk, CT), Family & Children’s Agency of Norwalk, All Saints Catholic School, Malta House and Fisher House

For more information, go to saintmatthewknights.com and http://www.homesforthebrave.org.