Norwalk Knights Cross Bridges in the Name of Friendship

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Members of Knights of Columbus St. Matthew (Norwalk) Council 14360/Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100, along with members of the Parish Family of St. Matthew in Norwalk, traveled to Brooklyn, New York on Sunday, April 28, 2014 to visit Our Lady of Solace parish on Coney Island. The occasion was a celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Ordination of Father Justin Russolillo, founder of the Vocationist Order of Priests (Society of the Divine Mercy). It is the order that also oversees Our Lady of Solace, including OLS’ pastor, Fr. Armando Palmieri.  The brother Knights formed an Honor Guard for the Mass, with Principal Celebrant Bishop Nicholas DeMarzio of Brooklyn. 
A very special friendship began when St. Matthew Parish and K of C Council 14360 reached out to help Our Lady of Solace after Superstorm Sandy hit the tri-state area back in October 2012. That connection started a relationship that will endure far beyond the damage incurred from the storm.
 

Five Members of Council 14360 Earn 3rd Degree

A hearty congratulations to the newest Third Degree members of St. Matthew Council #14360! On Sunday, April 27, 2014, Shane Geary, Anthony Montero, Doug Reid, Andre Silva-Sadder and Augusto Milla each received their degrees at St. Aloysius Parish in New Canaan, home of John Stapleton Council #2287.  A big thank you to Council #2287 Grand Knight Peter O’Sullivan and District Deputy Peter Accinno for hosting the event.

K of C Council 14360 set to host Peachwave “Knights Knight Out”

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Do you enjoy delicious soft frozen yogurt as well as helping others? If so, we have some great news for you!

Knights of Columbus Council 14360 is excited to be hosting a “Knights Knight Out” on Thursday, May 15 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Peachwave Frozen Yogurt’s recently-opened Norwalk location (235 Main Avenue, next to Walgreens).

It couldn’t be easier to help yourself to a tasty treat while helping someone else! Just stop down at Peachwave that evening, and feel free to bring your friends and family. All you have to do is  mention the St. Matthew Knights when you are making your purchase, and Peachwave will donate 20% of whatever amount you spend to the Knights of Columbus Council 14360 Charitable Fund. It’s that simple!  If you prefer, you can also print out a flier and bring it with you to Peachwave that night by clicking on the link below:

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Council 14360’s Charitable Fund helps out a number of worthy organizations such as All Saints Catholic School, Notre Dame Convalescent Home, Family and Children’s Agency of Norwalk, Al’s Angels, and Homes for the Brave of Bridgeport.

Saint Matthew Knights Pitch in to fill Easter Baskets for Al’s Angels

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On Saturday, April 12, members of K of C St. Matthew Council 14360 helped assemble almost 2000 Easter & Passover Baskets that are being distributed to children battling cancer, rare blood diseases & severe financial hardship for Al’s Angels.  Al’s Angels was started in 2004 by Al DiGuido.  For years Al served as a board member for numerous charities. Having seen the good work that these organizations accomplished, Al decided to dedicate even more of his time to helping children and families in need. He founded Al’s Angels with the mission of providing moments of joy and comfort to families that are challenged by childhood cancer, rare blood diseases, AIDS, domestic violence and financial hardship.
“St. Matthew Council 14360 is honored to help a great organization such as Al’s Angels.  It was great to see the many Knights and volunteers come together to assemble and distribute over 2000 Easter and Passover baskets.  It makes it all worth it when you see the smiles on the recipients of the baskets,” said Grand Knight George Ribellino.
The Knights have helped Al’s Angels all throughout the year, particularly during Thanksgiving and Christmas when bins were filled with food to help families in need during the holiday season.

Saint Patrick’s Day Fundraiser Dinner a Huge Success

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Knights of Columbus Council 14360 held their fifth annual St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser dinner on Saturday, March 8 at St. Matthew Church in Norwalk. An all-time record of 227 guests came for a delicious dinner and fun. “Every year our council and parish support us and have fun at the same time,” said Grand Knight George Ribellino. He continued, “ my brother Knights helped immensely with set-up on Friday, serving and raffle ticket sales and break down that night. Success does not have “I” in it.”

The council made over $4,000 towards their charitable fund, which covers many groups around Norwalk. “We want our parish to know that the hard earned money they donate goes right out to either our church, or to the community for those in need,” said event co-chair and Deputy Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo. “Our brother Knights pulled together as they always do and provided a fine evening for our parishioners.”

Co-chair and Financial Secretary Anthony Armentano also praised the dinner’s success. “It is an honor to be able to serve so many people as a result of the dinner’s success”, said Armentano.

Thanks to the generosity of our parish, the council donated to both St. Matthew itself, as well as Al’s Angels and to Notre Dame Convalescent Home. The Council also honored Sister Sally Norcross for all the great work that she does for the council and the church.

This fifth 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.


St. Matthew Knights Helps Knock Out Homelessness with Boxing Fundraiser

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Knights of Columbus #14360 St. Matthew Council in Norwalk aimed to fight homelessness by raising $350 on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Title Boxing, 250 Westport Avenue in Norwalk.  All proceeds were raised for “Homes for the Brave” group in Bridgeport.

Title Boxing introduced those who signed up to a whole new way of working out. No treadmills or elliptical machines, but rather a rigorous, calorie-burning session known as a “power hour”. One sixty minute session can burn almost 1,000 calories. The workout was done by participants of all ages.

“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,” said Eric Van de Bovencamp of Title Boxing. “We were happy to help out”.

Homes for the Brave has to date worked with more than 800 individuals.“We continue to be impressed by the creative ways that the Knights of Columbus come up with to help support our mission. We cannot thank them enough for their support, said Olivia Ellwanger of Homes for the Brave.

“We are so happy to help this great organization and I want to thank Title Boxing of Norwalk for helping us with this great event,” said George Ribellino, Grand Knight of St. Matthew Knights of Columbus Council 14360. 

5th Annual Knights Corned Beef Dinner Fundraiser Set for Saturday, March 8

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Knights of Columbus Council 14360 is proud to announce that its 5th annual Corned Beef Dinner will be held on Saturday evening, March 8 at 6:00 p.m. in the Great Room of St. Matthew Church (216 Scribner Avenue, Norwalk).

This year’s dinner, like the previous four, will once again serve as a fundraiser, enabling Council 14360 to continue its support for a number of local charitable organizations.

The adult menu will 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.

As in past years, many exciting raffle prizes will be offered, including items such as New York Yankees tickets, Brooklyn Nets basketball tickets, and much, much more.

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 $17 for adults and $7 for children (ages 10 and under).

To print out a reservation form, simply click on the link below:

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For more information contact Grand Knight George Ribellino at gribellino@sbcglobal.net  or 203-856-7101, or Deputy Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo at scriscuolo@encompass.tv) or 203-838-2262.

If you aren’t able to attend this event but would still like to make a donation to support the great work of the Knights, please make a check payable to:

Knights of Columbus Council 14360. Thank you!