Family Communion Breakfast Planned for Sunday, June 5

Featured Guest Speaker Father Reggie Norman of Our Lady of Fatima Church

On Sunday, June 5 following the 9:00 Mass at St. Matthew Church, Council 14360 will once again host its annual Communion Breakfast in the Masterpool Great Room. Each year since it began, the Communion Breakfast has grown in popularity, becoming a popular tradition enjoyed by many.

This year’s special guest speaker will be Reverend Father Reggie Norman, Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Wilton. Father Reggie is a dynamic speaker with an interesting background, and his presence is sure to make the morning a memorable one.

A delicious spread of breakfast foods will be served, including eggs, bacon, sausage, french toast, and hash browns. No one will go home hungry!

The cost of this year’s breakfast is $15.00; children 10 and under are free. This is always a popular event and we expect tables to fill quickly. Please click on the link below for an order form and reserve your spot soon!

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A Year Later, Council Members Celebrate Mass in Renovated Notre Dame Chapel

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 Almost a year ago (April of 2015) at Notre Dame Convalescent Home on West Rocks Road in Norwalk, the chapel of the Convent of the Sisters of St. Thomas of Villanova was re-dedicated after having been restored by members of Knights of Columbus Council 14360. The Brother Knights, led by Tim Horne, had helped restore the chapel after it had sustained significant water damage in January.

A year later, Brother Knights and family members returned to the chapel for a special Mass and reception afterward. Monsignor John Sabia, friend of St. Matthew Parish, was the celebrant.

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 led 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.

Grand Knight George Ribellino, Jr. presented a gift to Sister Lucie and Sister Frances of Notre Dame:  a ciborium for the chapel. It was a special night for all in attendance.

Council 14360 St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Raises Record Amount for Local Charities

On Saturday night, March 5, 2016, Knights of Columbus Council 14360 held its seventh annual St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser dinner in the Masterpool Great Room at St. Matthew Church. The dinner proved to be a huge success, with over 200 guests enjoying a delicious dinner, Irish dancing, and of course the company of friends and family.

The 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.

Thanks to the generosity of the attendees and our sponsor, Faithful Navigator Ed McGettigan and the Foursome Group, this year’s dinner raised a record amount, over $6,200.00, money that will go directly to the many local organizations Council 14360 supports, such as:

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, St. Matthew Church, the Diocese of Bridgeport – Respect Life Ministry & Family and Children’s Agency- Norwalk.
 “This was an all-around team effort,” commented Council 14360 Grand Knight George Ribellino, Jr. “So many Brothers contributed in different ways to make this night such a successful one. Financial Secretary Anthony Armentano did a great job handling the reservations.  Deputy Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo coordinated all of the servers and so much more. Brothers Ron Miller and Doug Reid handled the raffle, which was a big success.  Also, a big thanks to all who helped set up, serve and break down.”
 
A  very special thanks to Faithful Navigator Ed McGettigan and The Foursome Group for sponsoring the dinner, and to Brother Al DiGuido and Saugatuck Sweets for donating the ice cream!
To read more about the dinner, click on the link below!
 

Citrus Sale Leads to Council Donation to Fisher House CT

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Knights of Columbus Council 14360 of St.Matthew Church in Norwalk recently presented a check in the amount of $2,500 to Attorney Kevin Creed, representative of the Fisher House of CT.  Fisher House is a wonderful organization that provides housing for veterans and their families while the veteran is going through treatments at a VA hospital.  There is little or no cost to the veterans using the Fisher houses and a new facility is being planned for the VA hospital in West Haven; this check will be used toward the completion of the project.
The funds for this donation came from a partnership between the St. Matthew Knights and the Kiwanis club of Wilton, CT via the annual Kiwanis citrus sale, a fundraiser that has been held for the past 23 years. This is the first time the St. Matthew Knights have formed this partnership and they are looking to make it an annual event for their charitable funds.
“When Brother Bud Taylor (who is also a member of the Kiwanis Club in Wilton) brought this idea to me and the council, we all said, “When do we start?” and unanimously chose Fisher House CT to be the recipient of the funds we would raise.  I want to thank Brother Bud for doing an awesome job coordinating this great fundraiser”, said K of C Council 14360 Grand Knight George Ribellino, Jr.    On top of the $6200 raised at their annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner earlier in the month,  K of C Council #14360 has raised over $12,000 this fraternal year to help charities such as Fisher House, Homes for the Brave, Malta House and Notre Dame Convalescent Home.
The goals 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. Council members work together to foster the founding principles of our order: Charity, Unity, Fraternity & Patriotism. Our goal as a council is to continue to identify specific needs in our community and muster support and help to alleviate these challenges and hardships to the best of our abilities and resources.
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To read more about this event, please click on the link below!

Knights Bring Paint Brushes, Smiles to Malta House

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By Nicole Briggs, Norwalk Daily Voice

In a continuing relationship that has grown since 2010, Knights of Columbus #14360 assisted Malta House Saturday, Jan. 16 by painting two more bedrooms and a bathroom.

In the past, the council has remodeled the nursery, laid tile and painted bedrooms, the common room and the kitchen.

“It is always rewarding to help out Malta House when we can,” said Grand Knight George Ribellino. “Seeing the little kids’ faces smiling while we are full of paint makes it all worthwhile.”

“I am not an easy guy to wake up in the morning, particularly on weekends. However it is fully rewarding when the work is done and those at Malta House are excited when the rooms look brand new,” said Deputy Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo.

The vision for Malta House 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 services and independent living skills to pregnant and parenting mothers and their children.

“So glad the KOC started our painting projects for the new year. Great to have such a dedicated group of guys determined to keep Malta House beautiful for our families. Thank you so much. The ladies love their freshly painted rooms,” said Malta House Executive Director Lucy Freeman.

The goals 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.