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.
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!”
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.”
On Tuesday June 10, 2014, the Class of 2014 from Norwalk’s All Saints Catholic School graduated in a beautiful ceremony held in the school’s auditorium. Six members of Bishop Fenwick Assembly #100 (all members of K of C Saint Matthew Council #14360) were in full regalia for the ceremony. Color Corps Commander Bill Berger led Sir Knights George Ribellino, Scott Criscuolo, Anthony Armentano, Scott Mazzo and Mike Colaluca in honoring the graduating class by taking part in the ceremony. On behalf of Council 14360, Grand Knight Ribellino also presented two $500 scholarships to a pair of deserving All Saints students who will be attending Catholic high schools.
“It is an honor to be able to help two Catholic students continue their academic as well as spiritual journey,” said Ribellino. “Seeing the class in their cap and gowns reminded me of when I graduated, and I am excited for them on the path they all continue to take.”
Starting in 2014-15, K of C Saint Matthew Council #14360 will name their annual scholarships in memory of Mario Mastracchio, the first Deputy Grand Knight of the council who passed away from cancer in 2009.
Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council #14360 is located in Norwalk and their fundraisers help many local organizations around the city, such as Malta House and Foster Care Agency of Connecticut.
A 4th Degree Exemplification was recently held at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Waterbury on May 18, 2014. Members of Council 14360 Augusto Milla and Shane Geary became Sir Knights and were supported by a number of their Brothers at the ceremony. A reception was held afterward at the Aqua Turf restaurant in Plantsville.
Congratulations, Augusto and Shane!