A “Chili” day in August? Yes, please!

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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

Favorite Chili:
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)

Of course the biggest winners of the day were the recipients of all of the great work that the Knights of Columbus provide to those in need. The Chili Cook-off was a great success in generating funds so that the Knights of Council 14360 can continue to provide the aid and support to many more in need.Congratulations to all of the winners! 
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Knights Deliver Breakfast…and a Message of Family

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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.

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

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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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