Gala Celebrating K of C Council 14360’s 10th Anniversary Set for October 21

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Come help us celebrate our Council’s 10 years of service to St. Matthew Parish and the Greater Norwalk Community!

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All are welcome at a special gala 10th Anniversary dinner to be held at the beautiful Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s in Darien. The dinner will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m, and it promises to be a memorable evening filled with music and delicious dining!

To reserve your spot right now with a credit card, just click on the link below:

https://squareup.com/store/kofc14360

Or, you may click on the link below to access a form that can be printed out and mailed in along with your check:

10TH ANNIVERSARY RESERVATION FORM

If you or your company is interested in helping support this event via an advertisement in the gala program that will be distributed that evening, please click on the link below for further details:

Gala Advertisement Form

For more information, please do not hesitate to call Past Grand Knight Mike Colaluca at 203-846-3571 or PGK George Ribellino at 203-856-7101!

This will be a great night with an awesome meal! We hope to see you there on October 21!

 

 

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2nd Annual Sword and Shield Golf Classic Raises Money for Local Knights’ Charities

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Knights of Columbus councils are known for serving the greater good of their parishes and local communities, and many times they work as individual councils.  Two years ago, Councils 14360 at St. Matthew Norwalk and 11077 at Our Lady of the Assumption Fairfield discovered if they joined together to work on a major project, they could do even more for both of their parishes and communities.  This realization led to the two councils hooking up to host a charity golf tournament which started in 2016.

The two councils once again came together to host the 2nd Annual Sword & Shield Charity Golf Classic on June 12. Although the weather was hot and steamy with temps reaching 95 degrees it did not stop the golfers from having a great day on the links at Brownson Country Club in the Huntington section of Shelton.   The golfers enjoyed breakfast before heading out to play 18 holes of golf and finished the day with raffles and a great dinner. Both councils worked hard for nearly a year to raise funds for the organizations their councils support.

“It was a labor of love some days, but in the end these wonderful men from both councils come together and put on a wonderful event,” said K of C St. Matthew Council 14360 Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo.

Representatives from four of the organizations were present and spoke about their respective organizations at the event. Kathy Beardsworth spoke about ABRI/Homes for the Brave, which provides safe housing, vocational training and job placement, mental health and addiction services, and life skills coaching to help individuals, especially Veterans, leave homelessness behind.  Members of Malta House’s board attended and golfed in the event. Kim Petrone spoke about the mission of Malta House which promotes the dignity of God-given life by providing a nurturing home environment, support services and independent living skills to pregnant and parenting mothers of all faiths and their children.

Nancy Biggar, Event and Fundraising Coordinator for Friends of Fisher House CT, explained that Connecticut has broken ground on its first Fisher House on the VA hospital grounds on West Haven.  The Fisher House Foundation builds and maintains long term residential facilities near military hospitals nationwide due to the need of families of seriously injured soldiers needing a place to stay during the long rehabilitation process.  Around $750,000 is still needed to make the goal of 3 million dollars for completion of the construction process.  Lastly, Fran Lichtenberg explained that Off the Streets, serves the homeless & at-risk-of-becoming-homeless in Connecticut.  OTS provides much-needed security deposits & simple household basics (furnishings & necessities) for eligible candidates that gets them off the streets and into a permanent home.

“It is so nice to see representatives from the organizations that both councils assist every year attend our event.  It puts everything we do into perspective, said Sword & Shield Charity Golf Classic Co-chairman and St. Matthew Council member George Ribellino, Jr.

The Tournament is supported by many local businesses who bought sponsorships.  “The Sword and Shield Gold Tournament sponsored by the Knights of Columbus is an ideal for business to participate in worthwhile causes in Fairfield County. The Homes for Heroes is especially important to me as many veterans, including a close relative of mine, often have had difficulty fitting in after leaving the military. Groups like this provide the support to vets that many families cannot or are unable to give their loved ones. Keep up the good works, “said Ernie DesRochers, Senior Vice-President/Managing Director, Northmarq Capital.  In addition to Northmarq Capital other major sponsors included ECS Transportation, AJ’s Landscaping, Brean Capital, Financial Advisory Services, Creed Law Firm and Our Lady of the Assumption Parish.

Co-Chairman Greg Matera from Council 11077 was also thrilled with how things went. “I am proud to work with a great group of Knights who are also fabulous individuals.  Together, we will continue to grow our event for many years to come”.

Since the event was such a success for the second straight year, the Knights Councils have booked the 3rd Annual Sword & Shield Classic on June 11, 2018 at Brownson Country Club.

“It’s great to see how so much hard work comes to fruition on a beautiful day.  Standing with my Brother Knights being able to help so many great organizations is such an honor.  Is it June 2018 yet? Can’t wait to do this again!” said Council 14360 member and Sword & Shield Financial Director Anthony Armentano.

Other organizations the councils help support include Al’s Angels, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Disabled American Veterans, and Notre Dame Convalescent Home.

With more than 1.8 million members, the Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic lay organization. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, the community, families, and young people. In 2015 the Knights of Columbus at all levels of the organization raised and distributed over $175 million to charity and rendered 73.4 million hours of volunteer service.

The 2017 Sword and Shield Classic was made possible thanks to the generosity of the many sponsors and individuals who supported it. Click on the link below to view the tournament program, with a complete list of all who contributed to the success of this year’s tournament!

Knights of Columbus Golf Program 2017-Final

Knights of Council 14360 Host FCA Child and Family Development Program Summer Outing at Fodor Farm

For nine of the ten years that Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council #14360 has been in existence, they have assisted or sponsored various events for the Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) in Norwalk. This has included the Agency’s annual Foster Care picnic and outings to Bridgeport Bluefish games as well as a day of painting with teens and seniors. This year, the council donated funds from various fundraisers to sponsor and take part in the FCA Child & Family Development Summer outing on August 10, 2017 at Fodor Farm in Norwalk

Mayx Holmes, FCA Manager of Community Engagement, spoke about how the St. Matthew Knights have partnered with FCA to make a difference in the Norwalk community for many years.

“Their dedication to helping the community through service and charity has been evident over the past nine years.  Each year, the Knights want to address the project with the most need, and this year they provided a wonderful summer event for FCA families. This event was a great way to bring families together to find support, reduce isolation and celebrate their accomplishments in FCA’s programs,” said Holmes.

The weather was perfect for the day’s events, which included arts and crafts, a petting zoo, mud and face painting, a tasty lunch, and of course ice cream, which was donated by Saugatuck Sweets of Westport and Fairfield.  The children and the parents really enjoyed the outing as it was a chance for all the families to bond with each other and the staff at the FCA.  Some of the St. Matthew Knights and a few of their family members ran the grill and helped FCA staff with preparing the salad and cutting up watermelon for the families.   In addition, the Knights and their families assisted with directing traffic in the parking lot, and helped run the raffle and arts and crafts tables.

“The FCA does a great job in supporting those of all ages from young children to seniors.  It has been a joy to work with the great staff at FCA over the last 9 years and we look forward to many years to come,” said Past Grand Knight and council liaison to the FCA, George Ribellino, Jr.

FCA’s Child & Family Development programs provides positive parent support and programs to families and their young children. These program focuses on the critical early years of a child’s life, birth to age 5, to support strong foundations for future success. FCA’s staff educate and equip new and growing families with resources that help them build a strong family foundations.

These programs are designed to work with at-risk families to prevent abuse and neglect in the home.  Ribellino went on to say, “This is our first year working with the folks from the Child & Family Development program and we are looking forward to sponsoring and assisting with next year’s event”

FCA is a nonprofit organization that offers services to all ages, from children to seniors, to build strength and help provide their needs. FCA serves Fairfield County and the surrounding areas. For more information, go to FamilyandChildrensAgency.org.

St. Matthew Knights of Columbus Celebrate 10 Years as a Council

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Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360 celebrates 10 years of service to Parish and Greater Norwalk community

Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council No. 14360 became Norwalk’s third Knights of Columbus council back on July 25, 2007.  It was the first time in a century that a new council in Norwalk had been founded.  Persistence paid off when parishioner and first Grand Knight Gerry Grippe lobbied for many years to start a council at St. Matthew Church.  Grippe wanted to start the council to assist Pastor Msgr. Walter Orlowski with various parish projects as well as outreach in the local community.  Msgr. Walter gave the green light to start the process of forming a new council with the CT State Knights of Columbus in March 2007.

The council recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a Mass and a special presentation from Senator Bob Duff of a State of Connecticut General Assembly citation.  The Mass took place in a packed St. Matthew Church Chapel, where the council was formed back in 2007.

Father Tomi Thomas thanked the council for their service and mentioned that the Knights of Columbus’ four core principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism are rooted in the Gospel.   He left everyone with one final thought: “We are here to serve, not to be served.”

Senator Duff praised the council for their service to St. Matthew Parish and the local community.  Senator Duff said, “I see the Knights at various civic events such as the American Legion Veteran of the Month, Flag placing ceremony, Memorial Day Parade and assisting local organizations.  Their presence adds to each of these events.”

The council started with around 30 members, made up of new members, transfers and those who were re-activating a membership.  Currently, the council membership totals 100 members.  In the 10 years since it was founded, the council has done many projects in the parish, including church/chapel cleanings, youth events and fundraiser dinners.  In addition, the council has donated funds and manpower to help Malta House (Norwalk), Family & Children’s Agency of Norwalk, All Saints Catholic School and Notre Health & Rehabilitation Center.

Council 14360 has won the Order’s highest honor of Star Council 4 times in its 10 year history.  Other accomplishments include donating more than $110,000 to various parish and community organizations, collecting over 20,000 pounds of food for the St. Matthew Food pantry, and remodeling the chapel from pews to painting at the Notre Dame Health and Rehabilitation Convent Chapel.

The council has had 4 Grand Knights: Gerry Grippe (2007-2010), Michael Colaluca (2010-2013), George Ribellino, Jr. (2013-2016) and current Grand Knight Scott J. Criscuolo.

“I am very proud to be part of a wonderful group of Catholic men, men who follow their faith in charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. It is the backbone of our order and of being a strong Catholic. I look forward to the next 10 years of serving,” said Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo.

The council will also celebrate the 10th Anniversary with a Gala on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Waters Edge at Giovanni’s in Darien.  There will be a great sit down dinner with a beer/wine open bar.  For more info go to at https://squareup.com/store/kofc14360

With more than 1.8 million members, the Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic lay organization. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, the community, families, and young people. In 2016 the Knights of Columbus at all levels of the organization raised and distributed over $177 million to charity and rendered 75 million hours of volunteer service.

The anniversary Mass was covered by several local media outlets. Click on the links below to read more.

http://norwalk.dailyvoice.com/neighbors/st-matthew-knights-of-columbus-celebrate-10-years-in-norwalk/717910/

https://www.bridgeportdiocese.org/knights-celebrates-10-years-service-parish-greater-norwalk-community/

Photo credit: Anna Mastrolillo

Annual Family Communion Breakfast a Memorable Event For All

 

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On Sunday, June 4, 2017, Pentecost Sunday, the Knights of Council 14360 (St. Matthew Church, Norwalk) held their annual Family Communion Breakfast following the 9:00 a.m. Mass.  This year’s featured speaker was Sister Sally Norcross, who in recent years has provided so much invaluable guidance and assistance to the people of St. Matthew as its Pastoral Minister.

Sister Sally, a longtime educator and administrator in local Catholic schools, spoke about the spiritual journey that has led her to St. Matthew and her current position. She shared inspiring stories and passed along many wise words to attendees, encouraging them to “breathe in peace… and exhale anxiety,” in their hectic daily lives.

In addition, Chancellor Chris O’Connor presented young artist Molly O’Sullivan with her award for recently winning the Knights of Columbus’ Keep Christ in Christmas poster contest in her age group.

A very special thanks to Brother Ron Miller for once again doing an outstanding job of chairing this year’s Communion Breakfast. Thanks also to Deputy Grand Knight Anthony Armentano for all of his efforts in helping put the breakfast together, as well as to the generous sponsors who donated raffle prizes.

Photo credit:  Nona Rudd

First Patriot Dinner a Big Success

Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100, which includes many members of Knights of Columbus Council 14360, hosted its Inaugural Patriot Dinner on Armed Forces Day, May 20, 2017. The fundraiser dinner, which benefited Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport, took place at the Knights Hall (next to St. Ann Club), at 16 Hendricks Ave in Norwalk.

Since opening its doors in 2002, ABRI/Homes for the Brave has provided 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 900 individuals.

It was the goal of Assembly 100 Faithful Navigator George Ribellino to conduct a fundraiser once a year for a specific Veterans Organization.  “One of my goals when I took over as the Faithful Navigator of the Assembly in September of 2016 was to assist an organization that works for and helps our veterans, said Ribellino.  Assembly Member Al Latte was in charge of the catering part of the dinner. Ribellino went on the say “I am so appreciative of Brother Al for leading the Sir Knights in the kitchen in preparing a fabulous meal.  I am thankful for him and the Brother Knights who helped set up, prepare, serve and clean up.”

The Patriot Dinner was something that Ribellino and Past Faithful Navigator Ed McGettigan, Jr spoke about doing last year.  McGettigan passed away suddenly last July and Ribellino wanted to make this idea become a reality in his honor.  “I really have to thank Brothers Dave McCarthy and Al Latte for helping make this dream become a reality.   Once the plans came together the other Brother Knights were excited to help and everything wound up coming to together” Ribellino said.

Every year the Patriot Dinner will benefit a local veteran’s organization.  For the Inaugural Patriot Dinner, Homes for the Brave was chosen.  The special guest speaker was veteran and former Homes for the Brave resident Eugene Chesney.  Chesney spoke about how Homes for the Brave helped make a difference in his life and get him back on track.  Chesney went on to say, “The most amazing part of last night for me was my conversation with the older K of C veteran gentleman that sat alongside with his wife to the left of me. When we both shared how difficult it was when our units returned from a deployment that due to no choice of our own, we could not take part in. “An instant bond was formed” and at that moment I knew I could get it up there and speak from the heart. It showed me that the pride of the American Vet is not separated by generations but bridges the gap of age and previous experience. I knew i had just met more of my extended family. Thank you for the opportunity to heal even more so. “

The dinner was a sell out with 105 guests, including American Legion members from Norwalk and Wilton, and raised $1200 for Homes for the Brave.  A check was presented to Homes for the Brave CEO Vince Santilli and Eugene Chesney.  “We were tremendously honored to receive the proceeds of Bishop Fenwick Assembly’s inaugural Patriot Day Dinner and are so blessed to be regularly supported by this terrific group of Brother Knights of Columbus. We also could not have been prouder of the amazing presentation made by Homes for the Brave House Monitor Eugene Chesney,” said Santilli.

Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, is based in Norwalk, CT since 1914.  The Fourth Degree is the outgrowth and culmination of the desire of the Members to manifest their love for country and pride in their Catholic American heritage. In 1882, the Reverend Michael J. McGivney had founded the Knights of Columbus to provide mutual aid and assistance to its members and their families. At that time the Order had only three Degrees exemplifying the principles of Charity, Unity and Fraternity. In compliance with the wishes of the body as a whole, the national board of directors met in August 1899 and approved the addition of a Fourth Degree to the work of the Knights of Columbus. The new ritual was adopted on the 9th of December and went into effect in 1900 with its primary purpose to foster the spirit of patriotism through the demonstration of one’s love for its country and by responsible citizenship. It is the highest Degree in the Knights of Columbus, giving a greater knowledge and appreciation for our Catholic heritage.  For more information, go to Assembly100.org.

K of C Council 14360 Lends a Hand at Notre Dame Convalescent Home

On June 10, 2017, Brother Knights from Council 14360, St. Matthew Norwalk once again visited the Notre Dame Convalescent Home in Norwalk to lend a hand with some needed landscaping and work around the campus. Over a dozen Brother Knights arrived early on a Saturday morning and together were able to accomplish a great deal.

The day’s work included weeding as well  as spreading mulch all around the property and power-washing various statues.

“It is always a pleasure to assist Sister Lucie and her staff with anything they need,” commented Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo.” They do so much for their patients that anything we can do for them, we are happy to do.”

A very special thanks to Brother AJ Cossuto of AJ’s Landscaping for contributing all of the mulch for this project as well as assistance from members of his staff!