On Saturday, October 29, members of Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council #14360 continued their relationship with Notre Dame Convalescent Home by making some winter adjustments to the facility. After a quick basement cleanup of old equipment, the Knights and Notre Dame Catholic High School (Fairfield) student Sean Mitchell winterized all the windows in the residents’ rooms to get them ready for the cold months ahead.
“These residents need comfort during these cold Connecticut winters, so we lent a helping hand to keep them warm and keep the heating bills down”, said Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo.
Notre Dame Convalescent Home is a 60-bed residence, including 6 private rooms, and is located on five landscaped acres on 76 West Rocks Road in Norwalk. The home is operated under the loving sponsorship of The Sisters of Saint Thomas of Villanova. Their goal is to optimize the quality of life for the chronically ill and convalescent elderly.
Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360 has been assisting Sister Marie Lucie Monast and Notre Dame whenever there is a need, from remolding and painting the Convent Chapel, to multiple basement cleanings, yard work and painting at the facility.
“Notre Dame, which is non-profit, operates on a strict budget, so if we can take a little stress away from Sister Lucie and her staff, it is well worth it” said Past Grand Knight and Project chairman George Ribellino, Jr.
The Council is also looking forward to having the youth of St. Matthew Parish assist with future projects. “We are so proud of Notre Dame student and St. Matthew parishioner Sean Mitchell, who volunteered to help us out. He did an awesome job.” said Ribellino.
The Council is planning future projects at Notre Dame since there is always something that needs to be done in the upkeep of the facility.
The goal 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.