On Sunday morning, June 22, 2014, St. Matthew Council #14360 hosted a Communion breakfast, and it was truly an event to remember. Over 140 people came out to the St. Matthew Church Great Room not only for a great breakfast, but to hear a wonderful talk from Father Tom Elliott, a very special priest. Father Tom talked about his upbringing and how faith creates community and helping others in need.
“Father Tom is a funny, engaging and spiritual person who lit up the room with his humor and insight. It was an honor to have him here”, said Grand Knight George Ribellino. A special thanks to brother Knight Ron Miller for chairing the committee that planned this event. It was the council’s first Communion breakfast since 2010.
”What a great way to celebrate Corpus Christi, hosting a family Communion Breakfast on this very special feast day!” said event chairman Ron Miller. “With great attendance, a wonderful speaker and the overall brotherhood of our brother Knights, we had a very successful event.”
On Tuesday June 10, 2014, the Class of 2014 from Norwalk’s All Saints Catholic School graduated in a beautiful ceremony held in the school’s auditorium. Six members of Bishop Fenwick Assembly #100 (all members of K of C Saint Matthew Council #14360) were in full regalia for the ceremony. Color Corps Commander Bill Berger led Sir Knights George Ribellino, Scott Criscuolo, Anthony Armentano, Scott Mazzo and Mike Colaluca in honoring the graduating class by taking part in the ceremony. On behalf of Council 14360, Grand Knight Ribellino also presented two $500 scholarships to a pair of deserving All Saints students who will be attending Catholic high schools.
“It is an honor to be able to help two Catholic students continue their academic as well as spiritual journey,” said Ribellino. “Seeing the class in their cap and gowns reminded me of when I graduated, and I am excited for them on the path they all continue to take.”
Starting in 2014-15, K of C Saint Matthew Council #14360 will name their annual scholarships in memory of Mario Mastracchio, the first Deputy Grand Knight of the council who passed away from cancer in 2009.
Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council #14360 is located in Norwalk and their fundraisers help many local organizations around the city, such as Malta House and Foster Care Agency of Connecticut.
A 4th Degree Exemplification was recently held at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Waterbury on May 18, 2014. Members of Council 14360 Augusto Milla and Shane Geary became Sir Knights and were supported by a number of their Brothers at the ceremony. A reception was held afterward at the Aqua Turf restaurant in Plantsville.
Congratulations, Augusto and Shane!
A record 19 Brother Knights from Council 14360 recently represented the Council in fine fashion by marching in the annual Norwalk Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 26, 2014. The parade was held under beautiful sunny skies this year and attracted large crowds. As in the past, those marching departed from Veterans Park, with Grand Knight George Ribellino leading members of Council 14360 through the streets of Norwalk. More than a dozen veterans groups, local marching bands and other community organizations also took part in the parade.
On Saturday, May 10, 2014, Knights of Columbus Council #14360 undertook a major project at Notre Dame Convalescent Home on West Rocks Road in Norwalk. The Knights cleaned out the home’s basement, which was filled with old broken wheelchairs and other outdated or broken equipment. Thanks to the effort and diligence of the Knights, what may have been a 4-5 hour process took less than two hours.
Special thanks go out to AJ Cassuto and AJ’s Landscaping for lending a truck to transport the refuse to the dump and the recycling outlet.
Council #14360 has helped with yard work and maintenance projects over the last few years since the home is on a limited budget. They have also made financial contributions from the council’s yearly fundraisers for Capital Improvements.
Notre Dame Convalescent Home is located on five landscaped acres in Norwalk, CT. The one-story residence consisting of sixty nursing care beds is operated under the loving sponsorship of The Sisters of St Thomas of Villanova and lead by Sister Marie Lucie Monast, S.S.T.V. Their main goal is to optimize the quality of life for the chronically ill and convalescent elderly.
“The Saint Matthew Knights of Columbus made a difference in our city of Norwalk by giving up their Saturday morning and helping out a local Nursing Home,” said Sister Lucie.
Grand Knight George Ribellino commented that “The focus of being a Knight is to not only help the church, but help the community. It’s those around us that ultimately need the help and support, and we as Knights are more than willing and excited to do that. Notre Dame does such a great job with caring for our elderly and we consider it is an honor to help them.”
K of C St. Matthew Council #14360 is located in Norwalk and their fundraisers help many local organizations around the city, such as Malta House and Foster Care Agency of Connecticut.