Knights of Council 14360 Host FCA Child and Family Development Program Summer Outing at Fodor Farm

For nine of the ten years that Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council #14360 has been in existence, they have assisted or sponsored various events for the Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) in Norwalk. This has included the Agency’s annual Foster Care picnic and outings to Bridgeport Bluefish games as well as a day of painting with teens and seniors. This year, the council donated funds from various fundraisers to sponsor and take part in the FCA Child & Family Development Summer outing on August 10, 2017 at Fodor Farm in Norwalk

Mayx Holmes, FCA Manager of Community Engagement, spoke about how the St. Matthew Knights have partnered with FCA to make a difference in the Norwalk community for many years.

“Their dedication to helping the community through service and charity has been evident over the past nine years.  Each year, the Knights want to address the project with the most need, and this year they provided a wonderful summer event for FCA families. This event was a great way to bring families together to find support, reduce isolation and celebrate their accomplishments in FCA’s programs,” said Holmes.

The weather was perfect for the day’s events, which included arts and crafts, a petting zoo, mud and face painting, a tasty lunch, and of course ice cream, which was donated by Saugatuck Sweets of Westport and Fairfield.  The children and the parents really enjoyed the outing as it was a chance for all the families to bond with each other and the staff at the FCA.  Some of the St. Matthew Knights and a few of their family members ran the grill and helped FCA staff with preparing the salad and cutting up watermelon for the families.   In addition, the Knights and their families assisted with directing traffic in the parking lot, and helped run the raffle and arts and crafts tables.

“The FCA does a great job in supporting those of all ages from young children to seniors.  It has been a joy to work with the great staff at FCA over the last 9 years and we look forward to many years to come,” said Past Grand Knight and council liaison to the FCA, George Ribellino, Jr.

FCA’s Child & Family Development programs provides positive parent support and programs to families and their young children. These program focuses on the critical early years of a child’s life, birth to age 5, to support strong foundations for future success. FCA’s staff educate and equip new and growing families with resources that help them build a strong family foundations.

These programs are designed to work with at-risk families to prevent abuse and neglect in the home.  Ribellino went on to say, “This is our first year working with the folks from the Child & Family Development program and we are looking forward to sponsoring and assisting with next year’s event”

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. For more information, go to FamilyandChildrensAgency.org.

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Gala Celebrating K of C Council 14360’s 10th Anniversary Set for October 21

Come help us celebrate our Council’s 10 years of service to St. Matthew Parish and the Greater Norwalk Community!

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All are welcome at a special gala 10th Anniversary dinner to be held at the beautiful Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s in Darien. The dinner will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m, and it promises to be a memorable evening filled with music and delicious dining!

To reserve your spot right now with a credit card, just click on the link below:

https://squareup.com/store/kofc14360

Or, you may click on the link below to access a form that can be printed out and mailed in along with your check:

10TH ANNIVERSARY RESERVATION FORM

If you or your company is interested in helping support this event via an advertisement in the gala program that will be distributed that evening, please click on the link below for further details:

Gala Advertisement Form

For more information, please do not hesitate to call Past Grand Knight Mike Colaluca at 203-846-3571 or PGK George Ribellino at 203-856-7101!

This will be a great night with an awesome meal! We hope to see you there on October 21!

 

 

St. Matthew Knights of Columbus Celebrate 10 Years as a Council

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Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360 celebrates 10 years of service to Parish and Greater Norwalk community

Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council No. 14360 became Norwalk’s third Knights of Columbus council back on July 25, 2007.  It was the first time in a century that a new council in Norwalk had been founded.  Persistence paid off when parishioner and first Grand Knight Gerry Grippe lobbied for many years to start a council at St. Matthew Church.  Grippe wanted to start the council to assist Pastor Msgr. Walter Orlowski with various parish projects as well as outreach in the local community.  Msgr. Walter gave the green light to start the process of forming a new council with the CT State Knights of Columbus in March 2007.

The council recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a Mass and a special presentation from Senator Bob Duff of a State of Connecticut General Assembly citation.  The Mass took place in a packed St. Matthew Church Chapel, where the council was formed back in 2007.

Father Tomi Thomas thanked the council for their service and mentioned that the Knights of Columbus’ four core principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism are rooted in the Gospel.   He left everyone with one final thought: “We are here to serve, not to be served.”

Senator Duff praised the council for their service to St. Matthew Parish and the local community.  Senator Duff said, “I see the Knights at various civic events such as the American Legion Veteran of the Month, Flag placing ceremony, Memorial Day Parade and assisting local organizations.  Their presence adds to each of these events.”

The council started with around 30 members, made up of new members, transfers and those who were re-activating a membership.  Currently, the council membership totals 100 members.  In the 10 years since it was founded, the council has done many projects in the parish, including church/chapel cleanings, youth events and fundraiser dinners.  In addition, the council has donated funds and manpower to help Malta House (Norwalk), Family & Children’s Agency of Norwalk, All Saints Catholic School and Notre Health & Rehabilitation Center.

Council 14360 has won the Order’s highest honor of Star Council 4 times in its 10 year history.  Other accomplishments include donating more than $110,000 to various parish and community organizations, collecting over 20,000 pounds of food for the St. Matthew Food pantry, and remodeling the chapel from pews to painting at the Notre Dame Health and Rehabilitation Convent Chapel.

The council has had 4 Grand Knights: Gerry Grippe (2007-2010), Michael Colaluca (2010-2013), George Ribellino, Jr. (2013-2016) and current Grand Knight Scott J. Criscuolo.

“I am very proud to be part of a wonderful group of Catholic men, men who follow their faith in charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. It is the backbone of our order and of being a strong Catholic. I look forward to the next 10 years of serving,” said Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo.

The council will also celebrate the 10th Anniversary with a Gala on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Waters Edge at Giovanni’s in Darien.  There will be a great sit down dinner with a beer/wine open bar.  For more info go to at https://squareup.com/store/kofc14360

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 2016 the Knights of Columbus at all levels of the organization raised and distributed over $177 million to charity and rendered 75 million hours of volunteer service.

The anniversary Mass was covered by several local media outlets. Click on the links below to read more.

http://norwalk.dailyvoice.com/neighbors/st-matthew-knights-of-columbus-celebrate-10-years-in-norwalk/717910/

https://www.bridgeportdiocese.org/knights-celebrates-10-years-service-parish-greater-norwalk-community/

Photo credit: Anna Mastrolillo

Annual Family Communion Breakfast a Memorable Event For All

 

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On Sunday, June 4, 2017, Pentecost Sunday, the Knights of Council 14360 (St. Matthew Church, Norwalk) held their annual Family Communion Breakfast following the 9:00 a.m. Mass.  This year’s featured speaker was Sister Sally Norcross, who in recent years has provided so much invaluable guidance and assistance to the people of St. Matthew as its Pastoral Minister.

Sister Sally, a longtime educator and administrator in local Catholic schools, spoke about the spiritual journey that has led her to St. Matthew and her current position. She shared inspiring stories and passed along many wise words to attendees, encouraging them to “breathe in peace… and exhale anxiety,” in their hectic daily lives.

In addition, Chancellor Chris O’Connor presented young artist Molly O’Sullivan with her award for recently winning the Knights of Columbus’ Keep Christ in Christmas poster contest in her age group.

A very special thanks to Brother Ron Miller for once again doing an outstanding job of chairing this year’s Communion Breakfast. Thanks also to Deputy Grand Knight Anthony Armentano for all of his efforts in helping put the breakfast together, as well as to the generous sponsors who donated raffle prizes.

Photo credit:  Nona Rudd