Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council #14360 in Norwalk was awarded both the Culture of Life award and the Family Program award at the Knights of Columbus CT State Council’s 124th convention, held May 5-7, 2017 in Farmington.
As the fraternal year concluded, K of C Council 14360 in Norwalk finished off one of the most emotional years in the short history of the council. From running service projects to fundraiser planning and attending multiple wakes and funerals, Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council #14360 in Norwalk worked tirelessly the last nine months to help those in need at St. Matthew church and in the surrounding community. At the state council’s 124th convention. It was awarded two program awards for its efforts – the culture of life program award for a painting/remodeling project at Malta House in Norwalk and the family program award for its second annual Family Communion Breakfast, highlighted by a spiritual talk by Father Reggie Norman, Pastor at Our Lady of Fatima church in Wilton.
“It has been a year of highs and lows, but our purpose has always been first and foremost to help our priests at St. Matthew and the non-profit organizations in our community,” says first year Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo. “I always believed that the Grand Knights before me laid down a great foundation for what we will continue to do in the future. Titles or not, we are all just Knights who share a common goal.”
The council won two program awards from the state council for the second year in a row. The council is celebrating its 10th year in existence and has made an impact at St. Matthew Parish and the local community. “We are so grateful to the St. Matthew Knights of Columbus. From adding a fresh coat of paint to our offices, to delivering furniture to a former resident as she established her new home and life in Stamford, we can always count on you to lend a hand. Your kindness and generosity helps bring hope to our mothers, and ensures their babies are born into safe and loving care. We cannot thank you enough.” said Malta House Chairperson Kim Petrone.
Malta House is a unique residential program that promotes the dignity of God-given life by providing a nurturing home environment, supportive services, and independent living skills to pregnant and parenting mothers of all faiths, and their children. Founded in 1995, Malta House is the only group home for pregnant women over 18 years old in Fairfield County, and is one of a limited number of residential programs for young parenting mothers and their babies in Fairfield County.
“I am so proud of our relationship with Malta House. They have helped so many mothers in need over the year and will continue in the future,” said KofC Council 14360 Malta House committee chairman and Past Grand Knight George Ribellino, Jr.
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.es and independent living skills to pregnant and parenting mothers and their children.