Council 14360 Looking Forward to Helping Others via 3rd Annual Macaroni Dinner

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On Saturday evening, October 18, 2014, Knights of Columbus Council 14360 will host its Third Annual Columbus Day Macaroni Dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the Great Room of St. Matthew Church in Norwalk. The third edition of the dinner, which is open to all, promises to be another fun and successful night, with delicious Italian food, great company, and a 50/50 raffle.

“Last year’s Columbus Day Dinner was a complete sellout,” recalled Grand Knight George Ribellino, Jr. “We had a record number of people, nearly 230, attend, and everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy the evening.”

“The great thing was that not only did the dinner enable us to raise much- needed funds to help others in our community, but nearly every attendee that night also brought with them a can of food for St. Matthew’s Food Pantry, which led to the pantry being fully re-stocked as a result,” said Ribellino.

Continuing the tradition begun last year, the Knights are asking all those attending this year’s dinner to consider bringing a non-perishable food item for the food pantry.  Anyone who brings an item will also be eligible for a door prize.

The cost of the dinner is $17.00 for adults and $7.00 for children 10 and under.Those who cannot attend but would still like to help Council 14360 raise money to help others may also make a donation of any amount (checks should be made payable to Knights of Columbus Council 14360 and can be left in the St. Matthew Parish Office).

Due to the popularity of recent dinners, everyone is encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible. To reserve your spot, click on the link below for an order form with further information:

Macaroni Dinner Order form 2014

Upcoming Peachwave “Knight Out” to benefit Knights’ Charitable Fund

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On Wednesday evening, September 10, 2014, Peachwave of Norwalk will be serving up its usual array of delicious products to hungry patrons. On this night, however, local stomachs won’t be the only beneficiary of everyone’s appetite for frozen yogurt.

From 6:00-9:00 p.m on that evening, Peachwave will be donating 15% of sales to the Council 14360 Knights’ Charitable Fund. Customers need only display a flier (see below) or simply mention the Knights went paying in order to participate.

In addition, anyone who brings a package of baby diapers  (sizes 3-6) to Peachwave on the evening of September 10 will be entered into a door prize raffle donated by Peachwave of Norwalk. The diapers are being donated to Malta House in East Norwalk.

“The last “Knight Out” fundraiser in May at Peachwave was a huge success,” recalled Grand Knight George Ribellino. “We had a great crowd that night and we are looking forward to collaborating with Peachwave again to raise money for our charitable fund.”

The Knights’ Charitable Fund helps out such organizations as All Saints Catholic School, Notre Dame Convalescent Home, FCA, Al’s Angels and Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport.

Click on the link below to print out a flier. See you on September 10!

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Council 14360 holds meeting in the city where it all began

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On July 26, Council #14360 had their annual get-together at the Knights of Columbus museum in the Order’s birthplace of New Haven. Grand Knight George Ribellino gave his inaugural “State of the Council” address, and he had nothing but good things to say about the past fraternal year. “The fraternal year flew by and we conducted or were a part of 75 plus events for the fraternal year….a council record.  It is a testament to great Catholic Men Making a Difference in our parish and Community,” said Ribellino.  He continued by saying “ I also want to thank Msgr Walter and the parish staff for their continued support.” Monsignor Walter Orlowski is celebrating his 30th year as a Knight and is the council’s chaplain.

Ribellino also noted that almost $10,000 was raised for charitable efforts through the council’s annual fundraisers. The council achieved Star Council status for the second time in its history, winning the “triple crown” of Columbia Award, McGivney Award and Founder’s Award.
A fine lunch was provided by Zuppardi’s Pizzeria of West Haven, and the museum had so much to offer, including its “Saint John Bible” display, which is out until November 2.

Knights work so All Saints kids can play

AllSaintsMulchOn Saturday, August 9, members of Council #14360 hitched up their workboots and went to work. The brothers helped nearby All Saints Catholic School re-mulch their science park/playground for the students who will be returning soon. It was a large job made much easier by a big turnout of volunteer Knights. Great thanks goes to Brother Knight A.J. Cossuto, who brought workers and his pay loader to help move tons of mulch for spreading.
 
Grand Knight George Ribellino praised his brothers for their efforts. “Saturdays are days off for many, but when it comes to helping in the community, this council never takes a day off. I thank my fellow brothers who came out on an early warm Saturday morning to help Norwalk’s lone Catholic school with this endeavor”, said Ribellino.
 
This is not the first time this summer that Council #14360 was at All Saints. Back in June, the Fourth Degree Knights came out to help celebrate the graduation of the school’s 8th grade class.

St. Matthew Knights off and running as fraternal year begins

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Just a few weeks into the Fraternal year and Council 14360 hasn’t missed a beat. On Saturday, July 19th, St. Matthew Council 14360 was out in full force with what has become second nature to them: a 3-event day. The Brothers began their day at 8:00 a.m. doing yard work for a homebound St. Matthew Parishioner in need f some yard work (clearing shrubbery, clearing away brush and “cleaning” up some overgrown trees). A great effort that morning, but it was just the beginning, because as soon as the afternoon arrived, a group of Knights headed over to O’Neill’s Pub in Norwalk to support Council 41 Brother and St. Matthew Parishioner Jimmy Booth for his annual run in the pub.

This year’s run had some extra significance for the council as a portion of the proceeds of the event were to be donated to “Joe Mazzo’s Time to Fight” as Joe is currently undergoing treatments for an aggressive form of Brain Cancer. Joe is the son of Brother Scott Mazzo, a longtime contributor to Council 14360. In addition, Jimmy’s Run also benefitted the Norwalk Open Door Shelter. As of press time, $2000.00 had been raised from Jimmy’s efforts that day.

The Council’s day ended with some entertainment at the Parish itself featuring a concert by local band Old School. The Knights once again lent a hand in the clean-up efforts after the concert ended that evening. Another great day for the Council—having the honor of serving those in need. And it is only the beginning!

Council 14360 Becomes a Star

starcouncilawardl_221It’s an honor that only about 10% of Knights of Columbus Councils achieve during a given fraternal year, but Norwalk, Connecticut is now home to one such Council. St. Matthew Knights of Columbus Council 14360 was awarded the distinction of Star Council in a recent announcement from the Knights of Columbus World Headquarters through their monthly “Knightline” publication. Council 14360, who call St. Matthew Parish in Norwalk their home, recently completed one of their most active fraternal service years since its inception in 2007.

In order to earn such a distinction, a Council must actively participate in several service programs centered on Church, Community, Council, Family, Youth, and Circle of Like, while also growing its membership by at least 7% including growth in those who participate in the various insurance programs the Order has to offer. Not only did Council 14360 achieve these goals, they were also one of the most active councils in the State of Connecticut. In a year marked by 75 service events and the highest growth the council has seen since its inception in 2007, Council 14360 consistently answered the call of “Catholic Gentlemen who are men of faith and men of action”. “

“We are honored just to serve, but to be named Star Council is quite an honor as well,” said Financial Secretary Anthony Armentano, “It recognizes the amount of time and energy my Brother Knights contribute each year. Being a Knight is not just about camaraderie, but about serving our Church and Community. This council has a lot of heart. I am proud to serve with them

Grand Knight George Ribellino echoed Armentano’s comments, “We have a great group here in our Council who are ready to lend a helping hand wherever and whenever they are needed. To be Grand Knight of such an active and inspiring council is an honor I am thankful for each day. It is pretty amazing.”

What is also amazing is that the council has just kicked off their new Fraternal year and they already have 6 service events complete. Truly, it is their calling to serve.

No Calories When It’s For a Cause

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On Monday, August 4,  Council #14360 raised money to go towards their charitable fund by holding a special event at Saugatuck Sweets in Westport. Brother Al DiGuido opened his business’ doors to the Knights and the store was hopping all night. The council earned $575 from donations and from a percentage of sales. Grand Knight George Ribellino commented that “Everybody loves dessert, and the council’s sweet tooth was out in full force. These funds will go towards the continuing work we do around our community in Norwalk and Fairfield County.”
 
Deputy Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo added that “It was a great chance to promote our order and what we do to a new audience who may not know us. Brother Al is a pillar of our community and his business is an extension of him. Oh, and a special tip: “Captain Crunch” is great on ice cream!”