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 for more information.

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


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

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.


St. Matthew Knights help FCA paint smiles on faces of teens and seniors

Since 2009, Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council #14360 has supported the Family & Children’s Agency of Norwalk for various programs and events to put smiles on the faces of local foster children.  This year, the council donated funds from various fundraisers to allow for some teens from foster care and home care seniors to have a summer day filled with fun, laughs and artistic creativity by going to The Muse Paint Bar in South Norwalk.

 Megan Hague from FCA said it was a huge success. “We mixed up the seating so the teens and seniors could interact, and they had such and fun and engaging time connecting over the art,”said Hague.

“The FCA does great work in the local community, and our council is honored to help a great organization and most importantly help the youth of tomorrow and our seniors. Seeing the smiles on the kids’ and seniors faces makes it all worth it,” said Past Grand Knight George Ribellino.

In addition, the council donated funds for backpacks and school supplies for the foster care children in preparation for the start of the school year.

FCA President Robert Cashel was also pleased. “We are grateful to our friends at The St. Matthew Knights of Columbus for sponsoring a summer painting event for our clients. The youth from our foster care programs and our Home Care seniors were able to laugh and connect through a universal expression of emotion, art. The canvas painting event was a new experience for each of the clients who attended and there was a special joy each participant had when they completed their masterpieces.”

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.




New Mulch for a New Year

St. Matthew Knights of Columbus assist All Saints Catholic School with sprucing up of Science Park/Playground

On Saturday, August 20, members of Knight of Columbus St. Matthew Council #14360 hitched up their work boots, grabbed their rakes and wheel barrows, and went to work. The Brothers helped All Saints Catholic School in Norwalk spread 80 yards of mulch over their science park/playground just in time for the start of the school year.

It was a large job made much easier by a big turnout from the Knights, who assisted some parents and students at ASCS. In addition, resident Council carpenters Tim Horne and Jack Consiglio installed an air conditioner in one of the classrooms, which was no small task since they had to take apart a window and make a plexiglass make shift window to fit the AC properly.

Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo praised his brothers for their efforts. “It was a fantastic effort by the Brothers of Council 14360. We enjoy working with the parents and students of this great school. It is projects like this they make me proud of being Grand Knight of our council,” said Criscuolo.

Council 14360 has established a great relationshipwith All Saints over the years by assisting with various maintenance and upkeep projects as well as giving out scholarships yearly to graduating 8th grade students who will be attending a Catholic high school.

All Saints Catholic School offers a strong academic program in a caring, Catholic environment for children in Pre-K 3 through 8th Grade. Go to for more information.