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

notre_dame_convalesent_6

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.
Photos courtesy of Nona Rudd
GKStPats Miadancing MsgrStPatrick StPats2015dancers2015

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.
2015dinner 2015dinner2 2015dinner3 2015dinner4 2015dinner5 2015dinner6 2015dinner7

Preparations underway for 6th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser Dinner

corned-beef-cabbage

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

knightshftb1fox run 3foodpantry1fox run 2(1)-001

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.

All Saints Students help “Keep Christ in Christmas” with annual Knights’ poster contest

christ_christmas2011

In a celebration of the true meaning of the Christmas season, nearly 500 students from All Saints Catholic School in Norwalk recently submitted entries in the Knights of Columbus’ annual Keep Christ in Christmas poster contest.

According to the rules of the contest, posters were required to be the original work of the student and to somehow reflect the theme of Keep Christ in Christmas.

“It was extremely difficult for us to single out individual students for their work,” commented Council 14360’s Grand Knight George Ribellino, Jr. “All of the students put so much thought and creativity into their posters, and we thoroughly enjoyed judging them.” After much debate, the following students (one per grade level) were honored for their posters by the judging committee:

K- Caitlin Neville
1- Amir Sarith
2- Gadrielle Garrido
3- Veronica Bosco
4- Kristina Petzold
5- Millie Uquillas
6- Erin Bateman
7- Calixta Uquillas
8- Matthew Guzman 

Each winner received a special certificate, a hand-painted K of C Nativity ornament, and a coupon for a free frozen yogurt, courtesy of Peachwave of Norwalk.  The winning entries (see below) will also be forwarded for judging at the District level of the contest.

“We would like to thank Mrs. Linda Dunn, All Saints’ principal, and all of the students who submitted entries in this year’s contest,” Ribellino added. “Once again, they reminded us of what Christmas is truly about.”

Dad's iPhone pics December 2014 2190Dad's iPhone pics December 2014 2189Dad's iPhone pics December 2014 2188Dad's iPhone pics December 2014 2186Dad's iPhone pics December 2014 2194Dad's iPhone pics December 2014 2193Dad's iPhone pics December 2014 2192Dad's iPhone pics December 2014 2191Dad's iPhone pics December 2014 2187

3rd Annual Macaroni Fundraiser Dinner a big success for Council 14360

macdinnercrowd2
The Knights of Columbus #14360 had their 3rd Annual Columbus Day Macaroni Fundraiser Dinner on Saturday, October 18th. A capacity crowd gave back to the St. Matthew Parish by bringing in food for the food pantry and in turn enjoyed a great meal and saw some fine parishioners receive well deserved awards. The winners of this year’s awards were as follows:
 
Knight of the Year: Scott Criscuolo
Service Appreciation Award: Anthony Armentano
Family of the Year: The Ribellinos
K of C Parishioner of the Year: Terri Sargent
Special Recognition Award: Msgr. Walter Orlowski
 
A special thanks to Paula and John Corrado, Joe and Megan Lombardo and Megan Riobo, for providing the great entertainment, and to Costco for donating the delicious dessert.  We are grateful for all the support from our parishioners!
macdinnercrowdmacdinnercrowd3macdinner4ParishioneroftheYearMsgrawardKnightoftheYEarfamily of the yearappreciationaward

St. Matthew Knights Install Officers for 2014-2015 Fraternal Year

Installation
In a special ceremony held at St. Matthew Church in Norwalk on October 8, 2014, Knights of Columbus Council 14360 formally installed its officers for the 2014-2015 fraternal year. The installation was performed by K of C District Deputy Jim Wardwell and District Wardens Frank Verdone and Bill Berger.  A special blessing was performed by Council Chaplain Msgr. Walter Orlowski.
“It’s a huge plus for our council to have such a worthy and dedicated group of Knights as our officers,” stated Grand Knight George Ribellino, Jr. “Our fraternal year is already off to a terrific start, and I know that everyone’s combined efforts will enable our council to continue growing and helping others in this area.”
Current Appointed Officers, 2014-2015
Grand Knight: George Ribellino
Deputy Grand Knight:  Scott Criscuolo
Chaplain: Msgr. Walter C. Orlowski
Chancellor:  Chris O’Connor
Financial Secretary:  Anthony Armentano
Treasurer: Nick DeRosa
Warden:  George Uzwiak
Lecturer:  Bud Taylor
Recorder:  Tom Remiszewski
Advocate:  Hugo Moncayo
Inside Guard:  Joe Rider
Outside Guard: Gerry Grippe
One Year Trustee:  Ed McGettigan
Two Year Trustee:  Michael Colaluca
Three Year Trustee:  Bill Berger