2nd Annual Knights Chili Cook-Off Set for Saturday evening, July 30

There will be delicious chili to sample, and for a good cause, at Saugatuck Sweets in Fairfield this Saturday evening, July 30, as Knights of Columbus Council 14360 holds its second annual Chili Cook-off from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

This year’s event will benefit Al’s Angels and a number of other worthy local charities.

Council 14360’s Past Grand Knight George Ribellino, an upset winner in last year’s competition, will be back to defend his crown, but a number of his Brother Knights have their “eyes on the prize” and fully expect to dethrone him.

“My secret recipe was the key at last summer’s competition,” reflected Ribellino. “I think my fellow Knights are underestimating my chances to repeat!”

Past Grand Knight George Ribellino and his competition pictured at last year’s chili cook-off.

You can enjoy some fabulous chili and help decide who gets this year’s bragging rights by stopping by Saugatuck Sweets (28 Reef Road, Fairfield) on Saturday night. By making a small donation, you’ll be able to help some great causes, plus sample some delicious chili and vote for your favorite. Voting will determine the top three chilis, as well as the chili with the best name! There will also be a “fire alarm” award for the hottest chili!

Hope to see you there!

 

Knights of Council 14360 fire up the grill for good causes

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Recently, a number of Brothers from Council 14360 donned their aprons and barbecue mitts in order to help support the youth of St. Matthew Church in Norwalk.

On Sunday, June 12, a group of Knights volunteered to host a year-end barbecue for the CREW, the youth group of St. Matthew Church.

 

Then on Sunday, July 10, the Council hosted a barbecue lunch for all of the young pilgrims (and their families) of the Bridgeport Diocese who will be attending World Youth Day in Poland this month.

In both cases, a good time was had by all (both those who helped serve and those who were served). “It was an honor for our Council to help support the youth of St. Matthew and the Bridgeport Diocese by helping put on these events,” stated Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo. “These young people are the future of the Church, and we are always ready to support them in any way we can.”

Many thanks to all of the Brother Knights and family members who helped make these events successful!

A Bogey-Free Fundraiser: 1st Annual Sword and Shield Golf Tournament a Huge Success

Knights of Columbus councils are known for serving the greater good of their parishes and their communities, and many times they work as individual councils.  Recently, Councils 14360 at St. Matthew Norwalk and 11077 at Our Lady of the Assumption Fairfield realized that 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 working together to turn a beautiful June Monday into a day to remember for almost 150 people.

The two councils joined together to host the 1st Annual Sword & Shield Charity Golf Classic on June 13. On what could arguably be called a perfect Monday at Brownson Country Club in the Huntington section of Shelton, 95 golfers enjoyed breakfast before heading out to play 18 holes of golf and finished the day with and a great dinner. Both councils worked hard for nearly a year to raise funds for the organizations their councils support.

Representatives from two of the organizations were present at the event. ABRI/Homes for the Brave, has provided 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.  Malta House 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.

Vince Santilli, CEO of Homes of the Brave attended the dinner and said “As a Knight of Columbus for over 31 years, I could not have been more proud to see this great tournament put on by two wonderful Councils.  All of us at Homes for the Brave are so grateful and appreciative of the support from my Brother Knights.”  Council 14360’s Grand Knight George Ribellino said “The #1 goal was to raise funds for the charities that need it. Homes for the Brave and Malta House are two wonderful organizations that simply want to help those in need.”  This was a special day for Ribellino, as his three-year term as Grand Knight ends on June 30th, so this event was his last major undertaking. “It is bittersweet for me but at the same time the council will continue to flourish under our next Grand Knight, Scott Criscuolo,” he said.

Criscuolo has been George’s Deputy Grand Knight the past three years and he couldn’t have been more pleased with how the day unfolded. “Everyone enjoyed the sunshine and great golf conditions. However, most importantly, I was consistently told by those that came, that knowing where the funds were going made them feel good,” said Criscuolo.

Co-Chairman Greg Matera from Council 11077 was also thrilled with how things went. “It was an honor to be a part of the First Annual Sword and Shield Golf Classic. As a Knight we strive to bring good to those in need and to do it in a way that exemplifies the spirit, faith and respect of being a part of this great organization. Looking forward to building upon what we have started and continuing to grow this event for many years to come.”

Since the event was such a success, the Knights Councils have booked the 2nd Annual Sword & Shield Classic on June 12, 2017 at Brownson Country Club in Huntington, CT.

Other organizations the councils help support include Al’s Angels, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Friends of CT Fisher House, 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.  Go to saintmatthewknights.com for more info.

For more information on Homes for the Brave go to Homesforthebrave.org and for Malta House go to Maltahouse.org.

A Knight at the Ballpark

 

Some Knights of Council 14360, along with their families and friends, recently took a break from their busy schedules to head to the ballpark. Palisades Credit Union Park in Pomona, NY, home of the Rockland Boulders, was where it all happened. There was good food, postgame fireworks, and of course some fun baseball to watch as the Boulders took on a team of Japanese All-Stars.

 

Council members honored to take part in Memorial Day ceremony at Knights of Columbus Museum

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It was an honor for our Grand Knight George Ribellino and Deputy Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo to be a part of the procession in the Knights Color Guard at the 5th Annual Memorial Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven on Sunday, May 29, 2016. This year, Commodore John Barry Assembly #97 honored Captain Brian Scott Letendre, USMC, a Virginia Native who lived in New Britain, CT and was killed in 2006 by a suicide bomber in Iraq.  He was awarded posthumously the Bronze Star with valor for the actions that led to his death.

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New Officers Elected to Continue Moving Council 14360 Forward

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Grand Knight George Ribellino, Jr. places the Grand Knight jewel on his successor, current Deputy Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo, at a council meeting held June 8, 2016 at St. Matthew Church in Norwalk.

At a council meeting on June 8, 2016, new Officers were elected for the 2016-2017 fraternal year.  Outgoing Grand Knight George Ribellino, Jr.,who has worked tirelessly and passionately as leader of Council 14360 for the past three years, looked back on his tenure:

“I know Grand Knight Elect Scott Criscuolo and his new team of officers will do an awesome job beginning July 1st. I have been honored to serve as Grand Knight of Council 14360 for the last three years. I was humbled at the great support that the council, parish, friends and family gave me. I especially want to thank my loving wife and daughter for supporting my efforts and always being willing to help me and the council. I love them very much. I also love all my Brothers of Council 14360. Your faith and love for God, parish and the Knights inspire me each and every day. Special thanks to our Chaplain and Pastor Msgr. Walter for his support of me and our council. Love and blessings to everyone!”

Knights of Columbus Council #14360 – Officers 2016-2017

Grand Knight – Scott Criscuolo
Deputy Grand Knight – Anthony Armentano
Chancellor – Chris O’Connor
Treasurer – Ron Miller
Advocate – Hugo Moncayo
Warden – George Uzwiak
Recorder – Erric Moretti
Inside Guard – Joe Rider
Outside Guard – Tim Horne
Trustee 1st Year – Bill Berger
Trustee 2nd Year – Lee Pino
Trustee 3rd Year – George Ribellino

Knights Award Scholarships to Graduating All Saints Students

Members of the Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Norwalk Council  14360 recently awarded two students $500.00 scholarships. Kristen Viscardi and Sean Mitchell received the scholarships at the All Saints Catholic School’s Class of 2016 commencement on June 6, 2016.  

Viscardi and Mitchell just completed eighth-grade and will be heading on to area Catholic high schools.

This marked the third year that the Knight of Columbus Council 14360 has awarded the scholarships. Members of the council also formed an honor guard for the Mass and graduation ceremony.  

The scholarships are named in honor the Norwalk council’s first Deputy Grand Knight , the late Mario Mastracchio. 

“It is an honor to be able to help two Catholic students continue their academic as well as spiritual journey,” said George Ribellino, Grand Knight of Council 14360.  “Brother Mario would be proud, as he was a big believer in Catholic education.”

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Father Reggie Norman Helps Knights of Council 14360 Celebrate Family at Communion Breakfast

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On what was a gloomy rainy day outside, inside St. Matthew Parish it was bright, faithful and uplifting. Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council #14360 had their 3rd annual Communion Breakfast on Sunday, June 5th, and it was a great success. After a packed 9 am mass, over 175 people gathered in the Masterpool Great Room to enjoy fellowship and food for the body, mind and Spirit, through a stirring talk from featured guest, Father Reggie Norman. The Pastor at Our Lady of Fatima church in Wilton gave a wonderful talk on the importance of family, opening with his well-known “If it’s good it’s God, if it’s bad it’s me”.  Well if that is the case, God was definitely good and Father Reggie was amazing, reminding us all of the importance of family, both biological and spiritual.

“Families provide individuals with an important support system, not just during childhood but throughout life, and they provide society with a structure for passing along a culture’s values from one generation to the next,” Father Norman said. “Our families should be where we learn, we love, we play and we get support when times are tough. In our families we are all part of something bigger.  In our families we support each other’s dream.”

Council 14360 went all out to make sure this was an enjoyable morning for everyone, with men all over handling food, raffles and reservations. Grand Knight George Ribellino, whose successful 3 year term ends on July 1, was emotional. “It was so great to see our council work together as a team to execute another successful event for our parish family. From being together at 9am mass to enjoying breakfast together and listening to a great public speaker of faith, it’s an event I will never forget. Grand Knight-Elect Scott Criscuolo, who will succeed Ribellino July 1 was equally impressed. “This was a banner day for our council. The Grand Knight and I want to especially thank committee chairman Ron Miller for putting together the great day.”

Father Reggie was given a standing ovation by the crowd for his inspirational talk.  “Fr. Reggie’s powerful message encouraging us to focus on God and our families was incredibly inspirational, motivating, and, perfectly on target.  He reminded us that family is the cornerstone of our faith and our values, and we have a responsibility to strengthen our commitment to our families and our community” said St. Matthew parishioner Terri Sargent.

All the proceeds from the breakfast go to the charitable groups that Council 14360 helps, such as Malta House (who were guests of the council for the event), St. Matthew Parish,  Homes for the Brave, Notre Dame Convalescent Home, Friends of Fisher House CT and All Saints Catholic School.

To read Nicole Briggs’ article about this event in the Norwalk Daily Voice, click here.

Knights of 14360 honored to take part in two special ceremonies

May 21, 2016 was a great and beautiful day for the council.  First we started off at St John Cemetery in Norwalk for the flag placing ceremony for veterans. We were honored to serve as a Color Guard and to help place the flags at veterans’ graves.  Thanks to Father Sunil from St Matthew for doing the blessing and Benediction.

After the flag ceremony, some of us headed over to Notre Dame Convalescent Home for a special Crowning of Mary and Rosary with the residents. What a great day!