7th Annual Knights Bake Sale a Big Success

Thanks go out to the families of Council 14360 for helping make the 7th Annual Knights Bake Sale a major success. A little over $2,000.00 was raised over the weekend of November 21-22, 2015, money that will directly benefit a number of local organizations supported by the Council.
The parishioners of St. Matthew in Norwalk are second to none with their support of this annual event, both baking as well as buying baked goods. It was so nice to hear from parishioners showing their appreciation of the work that Council 14360 does at our church and in our community.
Thanks to DGK Scott Criscuolo and FS Anthony Armentano for helping run the sale all weekend long, and to Brother Al DiGuido, who helped promote the sale with email blasts to parishioners.
A special thanks also goes out to Terri Sargent, who volunteered to help put together all the baked goods. In addition, thanks to Zenaida Moncayo JoAnn Miller, Marie Horne and Cinthya Shaughnessy for helping decorate the baked goods.
A special thanks to Msgr Walter, Father Sunil and Sister Sally for their support.

Knights, area students team up to assist local veterans in need

NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk’s Knights of Columbus Saint Matthew Council 14360 and students at Fox Run School and All Saint Catholic School sponsored a donation drive for veterans at the Homes for The Brave in Bridgeport in honor of Veterans Day.

Homes for The Brave is a facility in Bridgeport that takes care of veterans who are working to get back to regular life after serving in the armed forces.

The massive donation drive for goods for the soldiers was much appreciated by the residents.

“When I walked into work Monday morning, my jaw nearly hit the floor,” said Homes for the Brave Communications Director Katie Marinelli. “Two offices had been filled with the items we always need most: laundry detergent, paper goods, coffee, food, and more. In disbelief, I looked at my colleague who is also a Veteran and former Homes for the Brave resident. He said, ‘This is the greatest country in the world. The outpouring of love and support that Americans have for their Veterans–you won’t find that anywhere else.’ After a weekend that was marked with tragic events for the people of Paris and Beirut, the generosity displayed by All Saints Catholic School, Fox Run School, and the Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council was a much-needed reminder of how much good and kindness exists in the world and in our community.”

Fox Run School teachers Mary Jo Pecora-Runkle and Jane Jawlik and the Fox Run Student Council organized the drive. Knights of Columbus Council 14360 member Joe Ginadurco and his wife, Alice, a retired Fox Run teacher, approached the school about organizing a collection for the third straight year. When Council 14360 approached All Saints about doing a drive, Principal Linda Dunn, Student Council advisor John Mezzacappa and the All Saints Student Council were immediately responsive and were excited about the opportunity to help Homes for the Brave. Both schools along with Council 14360 held drives and delivered 1 van and 2 car loads of food and supplies to Homes for the Brave.

Joe Gianadurco is a former 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,” he says.

Grand Knight George Ribellino added, “The compassion and drive that our members have for the military is one of love and appreciation. I am also thankful to the students, teachers and administration at Fox Run School and All Saints Catholic School for their generosity and support

Knights Honor Winners of 1st Vocation Poster Contest

Under the Knights of Columbus motto “Keep the Faith Alive,” the St Matthew Faith Formation students grades 1-6 came to life in the artwork for the vocation poster contest sponsored by the St. Matthew Knights of Columbus Council 14360 through the CT State K of C Council. The winners in each group received gift cards.

“We are so proud of the students who participated in the first Vocation Poster Contest hosted by our council. I give credit to Sister Sally Norcross and Father Sunil Pereira at St. Matthew for encouraging and explaining to the students what it means to respond to God’s call, said George Ribellino, Jr, Grand Knight of K of C St. Matthew Council 14360. The contest aims to give students an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of ministry and vocation in the context of their daily life experiences.

 
A big thanks to Michele Scholl and Lori Palladino of the St Matthew Faith Formation program for helping coordinate the contest. The Vocation Poster contest is hosted through the Knights of Columbus State Council and executed by the local councils around the state. The local winners will be judged by the state council vocation committee and the winners of each group receive a $50 gift certificate and be honored at the State Convention in May 2016. The Knights of Columbus is committed to support, encourage, and pray for vocations.

 
The St. Matthew Religious Ed Poster contest winners for K of C Council 14360 are listed below:
Grade 1 and 2-Sadye Bustillo
Grade 3 and 4-Danielle Alexis Erive
Grade 5 and 6-Victoria Bumberova

St. Matthew Knights win Order’s Top Award for Second Straight Year

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NORWALK, Conn. — Saint Matthew Knights of Columbus Council 14360 in Norwalk has received the distinction of Star Council, the international organization’s top award. 

The Star Council award recognizes overall excellence in the areas of membership, promotion of the fraternal insurance program, and sponsorship of service-oriented charitable activities. 

The award was presented to the membership at a special ceremony held at the Knights of Columbus Museum in November 14th.  

To earn the distinction, a Council must actively participate in several service programs centered on church, community, council, family, youth, and Culture of Life while also growing its membership by at least 7 percent including growth in those who participate in the various insurance programs the Order has to offer. 

Council 14360 achieved these goals, and was also one of the most active councils in Connecticut. In a year marked by 80 service events , Council 14360 consistently answered the call of “Catholic Gentlemen who are men of faith and men of action.” 

Grand Knight George Ribellino said, “We have a great group here in our Council who are ready to lend a helping hand wherever and whenever they are needed. Service to those and need and our church is most important to us. To be Grand Knight of such an active and inspiring council is an honor I am thankful for each day. It is pretty amazing,” Ribellino said. 

The Saint Matthew Knights assists St Matthew parish and organizations such as All Saints Catholic School, Notre Dame Convalescent Home, FCA, Al’s Angels, Fisher House and Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport. 

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Knights Macaroni Dinner Fundraiser a Huge Success

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The Saint Matthew Knights of Columbus Fundraiser Macaroni Dinner, held on the evening of October 24, 2015, was a huge success, with over $3000.00 raised.  A wonderful evening was had by all.  Thanks to our title sponsor, Faithful Navigator Ed McGettigan of The Foursome Group, and to Al DiGuido of Saugatuck Sweets for donating the delicious ice cream.
The funds raised at the dinner will enable Council 14360 to continue its support of many worthy organizations in the area, including:
St. Matthew Church, 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, Diocese of Bridgeport – Respect Life Ministry & Family and Children’s Agency- Norwalk.

Congratulations to our Knights Yearly Award Winners, who were honored at the dinner:

Knights Service Award-George Uzwiak
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Knights Family of the Year 2014-2015-The Brown Family
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Knights Appreciation Award-Ron Miller
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Knight of the Year 2014-2015-Tim Horne
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Friend of the Knights Appreciation Award-Nona Rudd
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Many thanks to our parishioners, friends and fellow Brother Knights from Councils 46, 11077 and 12698 for attending. We look forward to seeing everyone at our St.Patrick’s Day Corned Beef Dinner Fundraiser in March!
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Knights of Council 14360 and Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 Honored to be part of Synod Mass

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BRIDGEPORT—The Catholic Church affirmed its presence in Fairfield County in a resounding way on the morning of September 19, 2015 as 8,000 Catholics gathered at Webster Bank Arena for the Synod Celebration Mass.

“The best years of the Catholic Church in Fairfield County are not behind us, they are ahead of us,” Bishop Frank Caggiano said. “We come here in hope to bring love and renewal to the Church.”
The changes signed into decrees by Bishop Caggiano at the end of the Mass are expected to transform the life of the local church at every level, from the way it teaches the faith to the young to the quality of its liturgy and music, the future of Catholic schools, the vitality of its parishes, and continuing education for its priests.

With a 300-member adult choir and the music of many ethnic choirs throughout the diocese, the morning took on a festive and joyous note as people clapped their hands, sang along and applauded enthusiastically.

The Mass was the largest gathering of Catholics in the diocese in decades as people came together to celebrate the work of the Synod and its plan for the future of the diocese. More than 600 priests, deacons and religious in the diocese were also in attendance.
Approximately 10 Fourth Degree members of Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 in Norwalk dressed in Regalia for the Mass, led by Council 14360 Grand Knight George Ribellino, Jr. Many other Brothers from Council 14360 attended the Mass with their families and several busloads of parishioners from St. Matthew Church in Norwalk.
“It was truly an honor for us to be part of a day like today,” Ribellino commented. “I am very proud of the great showing of Brothers we had from Council 14360 and Assembly 100. It was a day none of us will soon forget.”

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Fourth Annual Knights Fundraiser Macaroni Dinner Planned for Saturday, October 24

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On Saturday evening, October 24, 2015, Knights of Columbus Council 14360 will host its Fourth Annual Columbus Day Macaroni Dinner at 5:30 p.m. in the Great Room of St. Matthew Church in Norwalk. The fourth 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.

“Our Columbus Day Dinners have historically been complete sellouts,” reflected Grand Knight George Ribellino, Jr. “We have had well over 200 people attend the last two dinners, and we are looking forward to once again hosting a big crowd this time around.”

The Columbus Day dinners have enabled the council to raise much- needed funds over the last several years to help others in the area community. In addition, a tradition begun two years ago with attendees bringing canned goods on the night of the dinner has really helped keep the St. Matthew’s Food Pantry well stocked. Continuing this tradition, 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 $18.00 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).

All are most welcome to attend this year’s dinner, but don’t wait; this is a very popular event! To reserve your space, click here for an order form. After completing it, return it with payment at your earliest convenience to the St. Matthew Parish office (no later than October 19).

See you at St. Matthew on October 24!