Congratulations to our Knights Yearly Award Winners, who were honored at the dinner:
BRIDGEPORT—The Catholic Church affirmed its presence in Fairfield County in a resounding way on the morning of September 19, 2015 as 8,000 Catholics gathered at Webster Bank Arena for the Synod Celebration Mass.
“The best years of the Catholic Church in Fairfield County are not behind us, they are ahead of us,” Bishop Frank Caggiano said. “We come here in hope to bring love and renewal to the Church.”
The changes signed into decrees by Bishop Caggiano at the end of the Mass are expected to transform the life of the local church at every level, from the way it teaches the faith to the young to the quality of its liturgy and music, the future of Catholic schools, the vitality of its parishes, and continuing education for its priests.
With a 300-member adult choir and the music of many ethnic choirs throughout the diocese, the morning took on a festive and joyous note as people clapped their hands, sang along and applauded enthusiastically.
The Mass was the largest gathering of Catholics in the diocese in decades as people came together to celebrate the work of the Synod and its plan for the future of the diocese. More than 600 priests, deacons and religious in the diocese were also in attendance.
Approximately 10 Fourth Degree members of Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 in Norwalk dressed in Regalia for the Mass, led by Council 14360 Grand Knight George Ribellino, Jr. Many other Brothers from Council 14360 attended the Mass with their families and several busloads of parishioners from St. Matthew Church in Norwalk.
“It was truly an honor for us to be part of a day like today,” Ribellino commented. “I am very proud of the great showing of Brothers we had from Council 14360 and Assembly 100. It was a day none of us will soon forget.”
On Saturday evening, October 24, 2015, Knights of Columbus Council 14360 will host its Fourth Annual Columbus Day Macaroni Dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the Great Room of St. Matthew Church in Norwalk. The fourth 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.
“Our Columbus Day Dinners have historically been complete sellouts,” reflected Grand Knight George Ribellino, Jr. “We have had well over 200 people attend the last two dinners, and we are looking forward to once again hosting a big crowd this time around.”
The Columbus Day dinners have enabled the council to raise much- needed funds over the last several years to help others in the area community. In addition, a tradition begun two years ago with attendees bringing canned goods on the night of the dinner has really helped keep the St. Matthew’s Food Pantry well stocked. Continuing this tradition, 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 $18.00 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).
All are most welcome to attend this year’s dinner, but don’t wait; this is a very popular event! To reserve your space, click here for an order form. After completing it, return it with payment at your earliest convenience to the St. Matthew Parish office (no later than October 19).
See you at St. Matthew on October 24!
In a solemn outdoor ceremony held on Saturday morning, September 12 on the beautiful grounds of Notre Dame Convalescent Home in Norwalk, members of Council 14360 were joined by their families as well as residents and staff of Notre Dame at a special Mass in remembrance of those who lost their lives fourteen years ago on September 11, 2001.
On a bright, sunny morning, Notre Dame residents, along with staff, volunteers, and a Knights Color Guard, formed a procession across the Notre Dame grounds to a special area where the Mass was held.
Father Reggie Norman, Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima parish in nearby Wilton, was the celebrant of the Mass, with special assistance from Notre Dame resident and former St. Matthew Pastor Monsignor Joseph Kohut. Special American flags bearing the names of 9/11 victims were part of the ceremony as well.
The Mass was coordinated by Notre Dame’s Sister Lucie Monast, SSTV, with assistance from Knights of Council 14360 and members of Catholic Daughters, Court St. Matthew, #2640. Following the Mass, a special picnic was held for all attendees. It was truly a special and memorable morning for all.
On Sunday, September 13 at a Mass designed to honor those who put their lives on the line every day with little fanfare, celebrant Bishop Frank Caggiano commented that sadly, many Americans have lost their way in terms of unity and sacrifice. “As time recedes, many of us have forgotten to do what Jesus asks us to do, but not the Police, Fire and EMS,” the bishop said. “We gather to honor them today because they have never forgotten the meaning of 9/11. “
Over 1,000 supporters, including the host council St Matthew Knights of Columbus Council #14360, joined together at St. Matthew Parish Sunday for the Annual Diocesan Blue Mass. With a Norwalk Ladder Company fire truck hanging a massive American flag outside the church, police, firefighters and EMS workers from towns such as Norwalk, Bridgeport, Stratford, New Canaan and Ridgefield took a moment to remember those who perished on September 11, 2001. At the end of Mass, the Bishop and Msgr. Walter Orlowski, Pastor of St. Matthew Parish, presented certificates to this year’s honorees, while Fr. Charles Allen, Special Assistant to the President of Fairfield University and Blue Mass coordinator, read the citations from area police, fire and emergency chiefs who had each nominated individuals from their respective departments.
The final procession out of St. Matthew began with the flags of police, fire and emergency companies from throughout Fairfield County as well as an Honor Guard provided by the Fairfield County Knights of Columbus.
The Annual Blue Mass is sponsored by the Fairfield County Knights of Columbus and Assemblies of the Knights of Columbus. This is the second time in three years the Blue Mass was held in Norwalk, as St. Phillip Parish hosted the ceremony in 2013.
St Matthew Council 14360 had a high number of Fourth Degree members in the large Honor Guard on Sunday: George Ribellino, Scott Criscuolo, Anthony Armentano, Bill Berger, Scott Mazzo, Anthony Cossuto, AJ Cossuto, Bill Scholl, Mike Colaluca and Ed McGettigan who is also Assembly 100’s Faithful Navigator. Fellow fourth degree knights Dave McCarthy, Al Mathieu, Chris O’Connor, Hugo Moncayo, Peter Richter, George Uzwiak and Nick DeRosa helped usher and greet visitors and dignitaries into the church, including State Deputy Tom Vita and State Secretary John Macari.
“It was a wonderful and somber day at the same time,” said Grand Knight George Ribellino. “My father-in-law was a Norwalk police officer and volunteer firefighter, so it’s extra special for me to be participate every year. But this year in particular, to be able to host the Blue Mass, is an honor we at Council 14360 will never forget.”
The annual Blue Mass is sponsored by the Fairfield County Knights of Columbus and the Diocese of Bridgeport. It was started in 2002 by Bridgeport Knights Mike Basso, Angelo Fernandez and Herb Ramirez to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11. The Diocese began helping out a few years later and it’s now a yearly tradition in Fairfield County. “I want that thank Brother Knights Mike Basso, Angelo Fernandez and Herb Ramirez for their hard work in helping put together a beautiful tribute,” said Ribellino
Knights of Columbus Saint Matthew Norwalk Council #14360 was founded in 2007. The council currently does many fundraising activities and community outreach throughout the year, including its annual Macaroni and St Patrick Day Dinners, as well as its assistance to Notre Dame Convalescent Home (Norwalk, CT), Family & Children’s Agency of Norwalk, All Saints Catholic School, Malta House and Fisher House.
Sunday, August 9 was an awesome day at Saugatuck Sweets in Westport, CT, as Council 14360 hosted its First Annual Council Chili Cook-Off! A number of Council 14360 members along with their friends submitted a total of 11 delicious entries, and a great time was had by all.
Special thanks go to Brother Erric Moretti, who did a terrific job of organizing an awesome fraternal event and raising some money for our charitable fund. A very special thanks also to Brother Al DiGuido for hosting us at Saugatuck Sweets. He is so kind and supportive and we cannot thank him enough for his support.
Below are the contest winners as voted upon by the customers at Saugatuck Sweets:
Best Name: Piggly Wiggly Chili-Deputy Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo
Hottest Chili: Chillin’ Chili-Nona Rudd
3rd Place (tie): Majohn’s Killer Chili-Tim Horne; Ruthie’s Righteous Chili- Brian McDonald
2nd Place: Smokin’ Surprise-Nona Rudd
1st Place: Scrumptiously Simple Chili -Grand Knight George Ribellino
Raffle Prize Winner- PGK MIke Colaluca-(Prize: The Saugatuck Sweets “Wrecker”- a 10 ice cream scoop/candy sundae)
On June 14, 2015, Knights of Columbus Council #14360 (St. Matthew Church, Norwalk) hosted its annual Communion Breakfast in the Masterpool Great Room at St. Matthew.
Besides the wonderful food provided by Zody’s 19th Hole in Stamford, the guest speaker delivered some treats of her own. Sister Lucie Monast, SSTV, of Notre Dame Convalescent Home in Norwalk, delivered a wonderful talk on respect and family.
Sister Lucie’s presentation was memorable indeed. Attendees heard her speak about her upbringing in Quebec and how her parents instilled her with the values that made her who she is today. She also spoke about faith and respect within the family and how it needs to be revitalized in families today. Sister Lucie enjoyed the day. “I enjoyed and had fun doing the presentation, and I praise the Lord for all the smiles that I witnessed that morning!”
Committee chairman Ron Miller was also excited by how well the breakfast went. “Our Communion Breakfast brought together faith, family, youth and community – a perfect day for our St Matthews’s parish Family,” said Miller.
Notre Dame Convalescent Homes, Inc. was opened in Norwalk, CT on March 24, 1952, as an extended care facility. The Convent House and Mother Kevin Pavilion were used by the Sisters of St. Thomas of Villanova to care for local needy elderly. Council 14360 and Sister Lucie recently combined to work on a huge project to renovate the chapel in the home’s convent.