8th Annual Knights Bake Sale Set for Weekend of November 19-20 at St. Matthew; Donations Welcome!

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Mark your calendars!

After each Mass during the weekend of November 19 and 20, the Knights of Council 14360 will be hosting its eighth annual bake sale and transforming the Great Room of St. Matthew into the “Knights Cafe” ! This will be a great place to pick up pies and cakes for your Thanksgiving celebration! Free coffee and chocolate milk will also be served!

You will be able to purchase a wide variety of baked goods and treats and socialize with fellow parishioners while supporting the great work of the Knights.

All proceeds from this event will benefit many charities and groups in desperate need in our community, including Malta House, Notre Dame Convalescent Home, Homes for the Brave, and St. Matthew Church. 

How can YOU help?

Knights and their spouses are already busy baking to supply the treats that will make this Bake Sale a great success ! If You are interested in donating baked goods to aid in our efforts & support our wonderful parish family…please contact George Ribellino at 203-856-7101 or via email at gribellino@sbcglobal.net  You can also contact Scott Criscuolo at 203-858-6042 or via email at scottcriscuolo@att.net.

We ask that you drop off your delicious treats at St. Matthew Church any time after 11am on Saturday, November 19th. We will be located in the conference room opposite the parish office! 

Thanks so much for your support & help!

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St. Matthew Knights Help Notre Dame Convalescent Home Prepare for Winter

On Saturday, October 29, members of Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council #14360 continued their relationship with Notre Dame Convalescent Home by making some winter adjustments to the facility. After a quick basement cleanup of old equipment, the Knights and Notre Dame Catholic High School (Fairfield) student Sean Mitchell winterized all the windows in the residents’ rooms to get them ready for the cold months ahead.

“These residents need comfort during these cold Connecticut winters, so we lent a helping hand to keep them warm and keep the heating bills down”, said Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo.

Notre Dame Convalescent Home is a 60-bed residence, including 6 private rooms, and is located on five landscaped acres on 76 West Rocks Road in Norwalk. The home is operated under the loving sponsorship of The Sisters of Saint Thomas of Villanova. Their goal is to optimize the quality of life for the chronically ill and convalescent elderly.

Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360 has been assisting Sister Marie Lucie Monast and Notre Dame whenever there is a need, from remolding and painting the Convent Chapel, to multiple basement cleanings, yard work and painting at the facility.

“Notre Dame, which is non-profit, operates on a strict budget, so if we can take a little stress away from Sister Lucie and her staff, it is well worth it” said Past Grand Knight and Project chairman George Ribellino, Jr.

The Council is also looking forward to having the youth of St. Matthew Parish assist with future projects.  “We are so proud of Notre Dame student and St. Matthew parishioner Sean Mitchell, who volunteered to help us out.  He did an awesome job.” said Ribellino.

The Council is planning future projects at Notre Dame since there is always something that needs to be done in the upkeep of the facility.

The goal of the Knights of Columbus Council at Saint Matthew Church in Norwalk is to perform acts of charity. Providing those in need with a range of support from financial to tactical help in dealing with a wide variety of challenges, the council members work together to foster the founding principles of their order: charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism.

Annual K of C Macaroni Dinner a Night of Honors, Laughs, and a Few Tears

On Saturday, October 22, 2016, the Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360 held its 5th Annual Columbus Day Macaroni Dinner in St. Matthew Parish’s Masterpool Great Room. Over 180 friends and family enjoyed a fine Italian meal to honor those recognized for their accomplishments during the past 2015-2016 fraternal year.

Among those honored were Deputy Grand Knight Anthony Armentano with the Council Knight of the Year Award, the Cossuto Family for Council Family of the Year, and the Mitchell Family for Parish Family of the Year.  “Brother Anthony was a big part of helping me run the council and I appreciate all he has done.  The Cossuto and Mitchell families are great families of faith and charity and do it with a quiet dignity,” said Immediate Past Grand Knight George Ribellino, Jr.

Among the awards were also a few tributes that brought smiles and tears. The Council Appreciation Award was given to Past Faithful Navigator Ed McGettigan, who passed away suddenly on July 6. To honor his memory, Past Grand Knight George Ribellino presented the award to Ed’s wife Cathy, and from here on out the award will be named in Ed’s name going forward.

“It was truly an honor to recognize those who make a difference in our parish and community.  The 2015-2016 fraternal year was my last year as Grand Knight and I always said one of my biggest joys as Grand Knight was awarding those who help make an impact on our parish and community,” said Ribellino.  Ed McGettigan was a member of the council since 2009 and helped start the council’s scholarship fund and sponsored many fundraising events.  Ribellino went on to say, “Brother Ed helped give us the tools to plant seeds that will continue to grow for years to come.”

In addition, Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo honored council supporter and St. Matthew parishioner Joan Scribner, who passed away on October 9. Criscuolo wore the official maroon winter jacket that St. Matthew ushers wore at the dinner, of which both Criscuolo and Scribner were ushers. “She saved me when I was asked to be lead usher for Christmas Eve 4pm mass in 2010”, Criscuolo recalled. “I was a ball of nerves and Joan came and relaxed me. That’s how she was, full of confidence and faith.”

The council started to award members of the council with yearly awards back in 2012.  It has become a council tradition.  “It was a wonderful night to honor those who rolled up their sleeves and did good work for St. Matthew and for our community”, said Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo, who won Knight of the Year in 2014.

Lastly, the council raised around $2,000 for the council charitable fund, which will help St. Matthew parish, Al’s Angels, Homes for the Brave, Malta House, All Saints Catholic School and Notre Dame Convalescent Home.  Also, around 500 pounds of food was collected for the St. Matthew food pantry from the guests attending the dinner.  Any guest who brought a bag of food was entered into a door prize raffle to win an Italian-themed basket made and donated by Brother Joe Giandurco’s wife Alice.

The goal of the Knights of Columbus Council at Saint Matthew Church in Norwalk is to perform acts of charity. Providing those in need with a range of support from financial to tactical help in dealing with a wide variety of challenges, the council members work together to foster the founding principles of their order: charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism.

Knights of 14360 Kick off Annual Tootsie Roll Drive at Saugatuck Sweets

Last Saturday evening, October 8, Brothers of Council 14360 were at Saugatuck Sweets in Fairfield for the start of their Annual Tootsie Roll Drive in support of children with intellectual disabilities.

Council Deputy Grand Knight Anthony Armentano chaired the event, and was pleased with the results. “Despite the weather being less than ideal, we were able to raise several hundred dollars thanks to the generosity of Saugatuck Sweets patrons.This money will go directly to support children in the area with intellectual disabilities.”

Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo added, “Even with the rainy weather, this was a great start to our campaign, and I look forward to our next Tootsie Roll Drive. I would also like to thank Brother Al DiGuido for his hospitality in letting us hold this event at the best ice cream and candy shoppe in Connecticut!”

Council 14360’s Tootsie Roll Drive will continue in coming weeks and months at additional locations.

Saugatuck Sweets has two locations: 28 Reef Road in Fairfield, and 575 Riverside Drive in Westport. Owner Al DiGuido, a member of Council 14360, is also the founder of Al’s Angels, a charitable organization 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. 

 

Painting for a Purpose

Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360 in Norwalk continued their strong relationship with Malta House of Norwalk on October 8, 2016, when some Brother Knights did some more painting at the facility. Plans are in the works to continue with some additional painting and work at Malta House this coming January.

“Working with Malta House is a strong Catholic bond that continues to strengthen every day. Residents there are working to get their lives back on track, and when they see their temporary home continue to be refreshed, they are refreshed,”said Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo.

“It is always rewarding to help out Malta House when we can,” said Past Grand Knight and project chairman George Ribellino. “The work they do on a limited budget is second to none, and it is an honor to help out in a small way,” said Ribellino.

In the past, the council has donated funds for new mattresses, remodeled the nursery, laid tile, and painted bedrooms, the common room and the kitchen.

The vision for Malta House a 501 C3 Non-profit began in 1995, when Michael O’Rourke learned there was no room for many homeless pregnant women and their newborns. The young families often found themselves on the street or living in sub-standard conditions. Malta House was conceived not only to offer food and shelter, but also to give hope for the future. They provide a nurturing home environment, support service.  See Maltahouse.org for more information.

Proceeds From Sword and Shield Golf Classic Make a Difference at Malta House

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Just prior to the beginning of the summer of 2016, two Fairfield County Knights of Columbus Councils partnered to hold what will now be an annual golf tournament for charity named the Sword & Shield Golf Classic.  Under the leadership of Co-Chairs George Ribellino of Norwalk Council 14360 from St. Matthew and Greg Matera of Fairfield Council 11077 from Our Lady of Assumption, the golf tournament was a rousing success, raising funds for several organizations, including Malta House -a home for unwed mothers and their children in Norwalk.

On September 7, 2016, members of both councils arrived at Malta House joining the residents and Board for  Mass and Dinner before presenting checks totaling $2200 from a portion of the proceeds from the late spring outing.

“To be able to do good for those in your community gives such a level of satisfaction, it really can’t be described,” said Golf Finance Chair and current Deputy Grand Knight from Council 14360, Anthony Armentano while attending this Donation Ceremony. Armentano went on to say that “Malta House does so much good and we are honored to help where we can.

Co-Chair Matera echoed Armentano’s sentiment, “We are proud that the Knights of Columbus is able to support the needs of Malta House and their residents, and we hope for many more golf tournaments and other events to come.  Matera went on to say, “Malta House will put the money to good use for the residents as they plan to purchase new mattresses and other items for the residents.”

Both Knights councils have worked with Malta House over the years by providing diapers, wipes, formula and supplying man hours to paint and make repairs at the house.  “I have worked with Malta House since joining my Knight council in 2009.  I admire the work that the staff and Board do to help the mother and children at Malta House.  We were so honored to present a check from the proceeds of the golf tournament for Malta House to provide new mattresses and bedding for the bedroom,” said Tournament Co-Chair George Ribellino, Jr.

The vision for Malta House came almost 20 years ago when a young father learned that there was “no room at the inn” for many pregnant women in Fairfield County, who chose life for their unborn. These vulnerable young families often found themselves living on the street or in sub-standard conditions.

After many years of hard work and prayers by many people faithful to its mission, and through many miracles, Malta House opened its doors to offer food and shelter, and also to give hope for the future. Hundreds of mothers and their children have walked through these doors seeking a new vision and direction for their life. Malta House continues to change hearts, lives and our community.  For more info, got to Maltahouse.org.

St. Matthew Knights and Catholic Daughters Join Notre Dame Convalescent Home Residents and Staff in Special Mass in Remembrance of 9/11

In a solemn outdoor ceremony held on Saturday morning, September 11 on the beautiful grounds of Notre Dame Convalescent Home in Norwalk, members of Council 14360 were joined by their families as well as residents and staff of Notre Dame at a special Mass in remembrance of those who lost their lives fifteen years ago on September 11, 2001.

“It is a true honor to pay respects to those lost on 9-11-01,” said George Ribellino, Past Grand Knight of Council 14360 and newly-elected Faithful Navigator of Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100.

On a bright, sunny morning, Notre Dame residents, along with staff, volunteers, a Knights Color Guard and a bagpiper, formed a procession across the Notre Dame grounds to a special area where the Mass was held.

Father Reggie Norman, Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima parish (Wilton) and Faithful Friar of Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100, was the celebrant of the Mass.  Special American flags bearing the names of 9/11 victims were part of the ceremony as well.

Father Reggie in his homily about the 9-11 Anniversary said, “What this day of remembrance allows us to do is to reflect, to recall tragic events and to give thanks for the men and women and children whose stories give us proof of the best of human virtue. This anniversary is a call to live in faith, in forgiveness, and in the truth that the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is our life, our destiny, our hope as human beings and specifically as Christians.”

The Mass was coordinated by Notre Dame’s Sister Lucie Monast, SSTV, with assistance from Knights of Columbus St Matthew Council 14360 and members of Catholic Daughters, Court St. Matthew, #2640. Following the Mass, a special picnic was held for all attendees which the Knights helped serve. It was truly a special and memorable morning for all.

“It was a wonderful day to honor those whose lives were lost on that sad day, and I thank everyone who took part in this ceremony,” said Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo.