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!
It’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.
2. Build up communities of faith.
3. Foster evangelical outreach
4. Find new ways to promote the works of charity and justice.
On Sunday morning, June 22, 2014, St. Matthew Council #14360 hosted a Communion breakfast, and it was truly an event to remember. Over 140 people came out to the St. Matthew Church Great Room not only for a great breakfast, but to hear a wonderful talk from Father Tom Elliott, a very special priest. Father Tom talked about his upbringing and how faith creates community and helping others in need.
“Father Tom is a funny, engaging and spiritual person who lit up the room with his humor and insight. It was an honor to have him here”, said Grand Knight George Ribellino. A special thanks to brother Knight Ron Miller for chairing the committee that planned this event. It was the council’s first Communion breakfast since 2010.
”What a great way to celebrate Corpus Christi, hosting a family Communion Breakfast on this very special feast day!” said event chairman Ron Miller. “With great attendance, a wonderful speaker and the overall brotherhood of our brother Knights, we had a very successful event.”