St. Matthew Knights and Fox Run School team up to help Veterans

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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

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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.”

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

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

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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

Council 14360 Looking Forward to Helping Others via 3rd Annual Macaroni Dinner

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On Saturday evening, October 18, 2014, Knights of Columbus Council 14360 will host its Third Annual Columbus Day Macaroni Dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the Great Room of St. Matthew Church in Norwalk. The third 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.

“Last year’s Columbus Day Dinner was a complete sellout,” recalled Grand Knight George Ribellino, Jr. “We had a record number of people, nearly 230, attend, and everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy the evening.”

“The great thing was that not only did the dinner enable us to raise much- needed funds to help others in our community, but nearly every attendee that night also brought with them a can of food for St. Matthew’s Food Pantry, which led to the pantry being fully re-stocked as a result,” said Ribellino.

Continuing the tradition begun last year, 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 $17.00 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).

Due to the popularity of recent dinners, everyone is encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible. To reserve your spot, click on the link below for an order form with further information:

Macaroni Dinner Order form 2014

Upcoming Peachwave “Knight Out” to benefit Knights’ Charitable Fund

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On Wednesday evening, September 10, 2014, Peachwave of Norwalk will be serving up its usual array of delicious products to hungry patrons. On this night, however, local stomachs won’t be the only beneficiary of everyone’s appetite for frozen yogurt.

From 6:00-9:00 p.m on that evening, Peachwave will be donating 15% of sales to the Council 14360 Knights’ Charitable Fund. Customers need only display a flier (see below) or simply mention the Knights went paying in order to participate.

In addition, anyone who brings a package of baby diapers  (sizes 3-6) to Peachwave on the evening of September 10 will be entered into a door prize raffle donated by Peachwave of Norwalk. The diapers are being donated to Malta House in East Norwalk.

“The last “Knight Out” fundraiser in May at Peachwave was a huge success,” recalled Grand Knight George Ribellino. “We had a great crowd that night and we are looking forward to collaborating with Peachwave again to raise money for our charitable fund.”

The Knights’ Charitable Fund helps out such organizations as All Saints Catholic School, Notre Dame Convalescent Home, FCA, Al’s Angels and Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport.

Click on the link below to print out a flier. See you on September 10!

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Council 14360 holds meeting in the city where it all began

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On July 26, Council #14360 had their annual get-together at the Knights of Columbus museum in the Order’s birthplace of New Haven. Grand Knight George Ribellino gave his inaugural “State of the Council” address, and he had nothing but good things to say about the past fraternal year. “The fraternal year flew by and we conducted or were a part of 75 plus events for the fraternal year….a council record.  It is a testament to great Catholic Men Making a Difference in our parish and Community,” said Ribellino.  He continued by saying “ I also want to thank Msgr Walter and the parish staff for their continued support.” Monsignor Walter Orlowski is celebrating his 30th year as a Knight and is the council’s chaplain.

Ribellino also noted that almost $10,000 was raised for charitable efforts through the council’s annual fundraisers. The council achieved Star Council status for the second time in its history, winning the “triple crown” of Columbia Award, McGivney Award and Founder’s Award.
A fine lunch was provided by Zuppardi’s Pizzeria of West Haven, and the museum had so much to offer, including its “Saint John Bible” display, which is out until November 2.