Knights Help Remember Veterans at Christmas

Knights of Columbus Council 14360 and Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 were honored to be sponsors and to join our Brothers from Gen. Philip Sheridan Assembly 107 to deliver Christmas presents to veterans at the West Haven VA Hospital on Sunday morning, December 18.

On Friday night, December 16, members of Council 14360, Assembly 100 and families also helped pack 267 Christmas bags for the veterans of the VA Hospital as well as those living at Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport.   Great job by Brother Vince Santilli from Assembly 107  for organizing this great event for the 24th year.  It was a honor to thank our veterans and give them a small token of our appreciation.  God Bless our Veterans!

Annual Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest Held at All Saints Catholic School

 

In a celebration of the true meaning of the Christmas season, over 200 students from All Saints Catholic School in Norwalk recently submitted entries in the Knights of Columbus’ annual Keep Christ in Christmas poster contest.

According to the rules of the contest, posters were required to be the original work of the student and to somehow reflect the theme of Keep Christ in Christmas.

The posters, created by All Saints students in Grades 1-4, were judged by members of Council 14360 at a recent meeting. “It was extremely difficult for us to single out individual students for their work,” commented Council 14360’s Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo. “All of the students put so much thought and creativity into their posters, and we thoroughly enjoyed judging them.”

“We would like to thank Mrs. Linda Dunn, All Saints’ principal, and all of the students who submitted entries in this year’s contest,” Criscuolo added. “Once again, they reminded us of what Christmas is truly about.”

Congratulations to this year’s talented winners!

Knights Sponsor Vocations Poster Contest at St. Matthew

Under the Knights of Columbus motto “Keep the Faith Alive,” the St Matthew Faith Formation students came to life in the artwork for the Vocation Poster Contest. The contest was sponsored by the St. Matthew Knights of Columbus Council 14360 through the Knights of Columbus CT State Council. The winners in each group received gift cards.

“We are so proud of the students who participated in the first Vocation Poster Contest hosted by our council,” said Chris O’Connor, coordinator of the contest for K of C St. Matthew Council 14360.  “We were impressed with the time and effort put into all the posters, said O’Connor.  The contest aims to give students an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of ministry and vocation in the context of their daily life experiences.

A big thanks to Michele Scholl of the St Matthew Faith Formation program for helping coordinate the contest. The Vocation Poster contest is hosted through the Knights of Columbus State Council and executed by the local councils around the state. The local winners will be judged by the state council vocation committee and the winners of each group will receive a $50.00 gift certificate and be honored at the State Convention in May 2016. The Knights of Columbus is committed to support, encourage, and pray for vocations.

The St. Matthew Faith Formation Vocation Poster contest winners for K of C Council 14360 are listed below:

Group 2 division (Grades 3 & 4) – Aidan Erive
Group 3 division (Grades 5 & 6) — Danielle Erive

Knights Assist Neighbors With Yard Clean-up

Not many of us look forward to the annual ritual of raking leaves and cleaning up yard debris, but for the elderly and infirmed, the task can be close to impossible. Recently, members of Knights of Council 14360, along with Confirmation candidates from St. Matthew Church, joined forces to help out some neighbors who needed a hand with cleaning their yards. It was a great team effort!

 

Tree and Creche Lighting Tradition Continues

K of C St. Matthew Council 14360 sponsored the Third Annual Christmas Tree and Crèche lighting at St. Matthew Church on Sunday, November 27.  The council provided refreshments and the St. Matthew Adult and Youth Choirs sang Christmas carols. On top of that, special guest Msgr. Tom Powers, the Vicar General from the Diocese of Bridgeport, blessed the crèche and Christmas tree.

The Christmas tree and crèche lighting was started by Council 14360 as part of the Knights of Columbus Keep Christ in Christmas initiative that is designed to remind everyone of the real and true meaning of Christmas.

“This was truly a great way to kick off the Advent season as we prepare for the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day,” said Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo.

Knights of 14360 Help Honor Norwalk Veterans at American Legion Dinner

Members of Norwalk’s K of C Council 14360 (St. Matthew) and Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 recently attended a Veterans Recognition Dinner at Frank C. Godfrey, American Legion Post 12 in Norwalk. A large crowd came out on November 13, 2016 in support of the many local veterans (a number of whom are members of local Knights councils) who were honored that night

Coats for Kids Help Make Black Friday Memorable

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The day after Thanksgiving has of course become known as “Black Friday”, with many shoppers rushing about in search of the best deals on everything from clothing to televisions. This Black Friday, some members Knights of Columbus Council 14360, along with Brother Knights from Norwalk Council 46 and New Canaan Council 2287, spent part of their day helping those with limited funds to stay warm and happy this winter

Brothers handed out coats for children in need at St. Joseph Church in South Norwalk as part of the Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids initiative. The coats were purchased by the three K of C Councils with money generated from the council’s respective fundraising activities.

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The Knights of Columbus launched the coats initiative (designed to keep kids warm in harsh winter climates) in 2009. With many families with young children struggling in tough economic times, there was a clear need to provide warm winter coats to children in their communities. And so, the Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids program was born.

Since the program’s inception, the Knights of Columbus in the United States and Canada has given away more than 200,000 coats to children in need. Approximately 2,000 local Knights of Columbus councils have participated in their communities around the world.  “This is the second year that the 3 local Knights councils hooked up to give away coats.  This year we gave around 100 coats in 90 minutes.  It is an honor to help children keep warm this winter,” said Council 14360 member and District Deputy George Ribellino.

The Norwalk Hour recently published a story on this and other recent Knights’ activities:

http://www.thehour.com/local/article/Norwalk-Knights-of-Columbus-continue-holiday-10642717.php

Giving Thanks to the Brave at Thanksgiving

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Norwalk’s Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360 has many traditions, including helping our veterans and children in need.They continued these traditions in the days surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday.

Knights of Columbus Saint Matthew Council 14360 and students at Norwalk’s Fox Run, Wolfpit and All Saints Catholic Schools sponsored a donation drive for the veterans at the Homes for The Brave in Bridgeport in honor of Veterans Day. Homes for The Brave is a facility in Bridgeport that takes care of veterans who are working to get back to regular life after serving in the armed forces.

Fox Run School teachers Mary Janine Lane and Jane Jawlik as well as the Fox Run Student Council organized their drive.  Council 14360 member Joe Giandurco and his wife, Alice, a retired Fox Run teacher, approached the school about organizing a collection for the fourth straight year.

When Council 14360 approached All Saints about doing a similar drive, Principal Linda Dunn, Student Council advisor John Mezzacappa and the All Saints Student Council were immediately responsive and excited about the opportunity to help the home for the second straight year.  In addition, Wolfpit School in Norwalk, coordinated by teacher Melissa Giandurco, joined the other schools this year for the first time.  The three schools, along with Council 14360, held drives and delivered 4 car loads of food and supplies to Homes for the Brave.

Joe Giandurco, Council 14360 member and a former Marine who served in Vietnam, was pleased to take part in this year’s drive.  “Homes for the Brave is a top-notch organization. It is my pleasure and honor to help my fellow veterans in any way I can,” he commented.

In addition, Council 14360 and Catholic Daughters of the Americas St. Matthew Court 2640 provided and delivered a full Thanksgiving meal for the residents of Homes for the Brave for the fourth consecutive year. “Time after time, we are deeply touched by the dedication the Saint Matthew Knights and Catholic Daughters.  Once again, they gave up the time and financial resources that are so precious this time of year to coordinate three supply drives and deliver a traditional turkey dinner to our men and women on Thanksgiving. It means so much to our residents that they were able to take a break from their hard work and enjoy a traditional family-style meal, said Kaitlin Marinelli, Communications and Outreach Specialist at Homes for the Brave.

Homes for the Brave CEO/Executive Director Vince Santilli went on to say, “Our men and women both loved the food and we could NOT be more appreciative. What a blessing St. Matthew Council #14360 and Catholic Daughters Court 2640 have been to us. Your Thanksgiving visit and the meal you delivered was a wonderful blessing.”