Solemn Ceremony at Notre Dame Health & Rehabilitation Center Marks 9/11 Anniversary

In a solemn outdoor ceremony held on Saturday morning, September 9th on the beautiful grounds of Notre Dame Health & Rehabilitation Center in Norwalk, members of Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick 4th Degree Assembly (including members of Council 14360-Norwalk) 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 sixteen years ago on September 11, 2001.

“It is nice to take time to honor those we lost on that day,” said George Ribellino, Faithful Navigator of Assembly 100. “This is the 3rd year of having the Memorial Mass and picnic with the residents of Notre Dame and we are so appreciative of the hospitality of Sister Lucie and the staff of Notre Dame,”  Ribellino went on to say.

On a bright sunny morning, residents and patients Notre Dame, along with staff, volunteers, a Knights Color Guard formed a procession across the Notre Dame grounds to the flag pole for the blessing of a brand new American Flag donated by Assembly 100.

Father Reggie Norman, Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima parish (Wilton) and Chaplain of Knights of Columbus 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, “9/11 is a day to remember: remember who we are and what we are about. It was not a time of selfishness but a time of togetherness. Let us return to the time where we work and pray for each other.

The Mass was coordinated by Notre Dame’s Sister Lucie Monast, SSTV, with assistance from Assembly 100 and members of Catholic Daughters, Court St. Matthew #2640. Following the Mass, a special picnic was held for all attendees in which the Knights helped serve

“It was truly a special and memorable morning for all”, said Sister Lucie Monast

Notre Dame Health and Rehabilitation Center is a 60-bed residence, including 6 private rooms, and located on five landscaped acres in Norwalk, CT, 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.  Notre Dame has been awarded 5 stars, the highest ranking from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It has been named by US News & World Report as one of the Best Nursing Homes in CT.   For more information go to ndhrehab.org.

Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 was chartered in Norwalk, CT since 1914.  The Fourth Degree is the outgrowth and culmination of the desire of the Members to manifest their love for country and pride in their Catholic American heritage. In 1882, the Reverend Michael J. McGivney had founded the Knights of Columbus to provide mutual aid and assistance to its members and their families. At that time the Order had only three Degrees exemplifying the principles of Charity, Unity and Fraternity. In compliance with the wishes of the body as a whole, the national board of directors met in August 1899 and approved the addition of a Fourth Degree to the work of the Knights of Columbus. The new ritual was adopted on the 9th of December and went into effect in 1900 with its primary purpose to foster the spirit of patriotism through the demonstration of one’s love for its country and by responsible citizenship. It is the highest Degree in the Knights of Columbus, giving a greater knowledge and appreciation for our Catholic heritage.  For more information, go to Assembly100.org.

 

 

 

 

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Two Local Knights of Columbus Councils make donation to Good Counsel Malta House of CT

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Two Fairfield County Knights of Columbus Councils partnered for a 2nd year to hold a Golf Tournament for Charity called 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 for a 2nd year raising funds for several organizations including Good Counsel Malta House of CT –which is a home to feed and shelter women from all backgrounds eager to keep their unborn children.

On September 13th, members of both councils arrived at Malta House joining the residents and Board for  Mass and Dinner before presenting checks totaling $2000 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.”

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 mothers and children at Malta House.  We were so honored to present a check from the proceeds of the golf tournament to Good Counsel Malta House of CT,” said Tournament Co-Chair George Ribellino, Jr.

“Malta House is so very blessed to have the support of the Knights of Columbus Council 14360 in Norwalk and Council 11077 in Fairfield.  Not only do the Knights raise funds that allow us to provide a safe home and support services to young women and babies who have nowhere else to turn, they also work behind the scenes with the upkeep of our home.   We look forward to participating in next year’s Sword & Shield Golf Classic,” said Kim Petrone, Chair of Malta House.

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.

It was just announced this week that Malta House formed a collaboration with Good Counsel which runs maternity homes in the tri-state area and beyond.  “Linked with Good Counsel’s network and resources, we’ll be able to provide even greater access to health services, education, job skills and more for expectant and parenting mothers,” Petrone said. “Good Counsel also has the ability to provide care for women with substance abuse and mental health disorders, ensuring that no woman who seeks our help will ever have to be turned away. This capability is a win-win for Connecticut and our home in support of human dignity and family stability.”

The Third Annual Sword & Shield Charity Golf Classic will be held on June 11, 2018 at Brownson Country Club in Shelton, CT.  Details will follow at saintmatthewknights.com.

Founded in 1882 by Father McGivney in New Haven, Conn., the Knights of Columbus has grown to nearly 2 million members with charity as its primary mission. Last year, Knights donated $177.5 million and more than 75 million hours of service to charitable causes.

 

Knights Feeding the Youth

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Three local Knights of Columbus Councils and Bishop Fenwick 4th Degree Assembly provide BBQ lunch for the Diocesan “Fan the Fire” Youth Rally

On Saturday, August 19, 2017, around 400 youth from the parishes in the Diocese of Bridgeport attended the Fan the Fire Youth Rally at St. Joseph’s High School in Trumbull.  Fan the Fire® is a one day event designed to reach out to teens and help them to either deepen their relationship with Christ or discover it for the first time. The day consisted of a dynamic host, high-quality music, and talented local, regional and national Catholic youth speakers, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, confessions, contemporary Mass, concert, lunch and dinner.

Father Reggie Norman, Pastor for Our Lady of Fatima Church and Chaplain of Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick 4th Degree Assembly 100, reached out to Assembly 100 Faithful Navigator George Ribellino to see if the Assembly and Knights councils that make up the Assembly would be interested in sponsoring and hosting lunch for the youth.  Ribellino said, “When Father Reggie mentioned this to me and what the youth rally was about, I said let me see what I can do!”   Ribelllino brought this up to the 4th Degree Assembly and everyone jumped on board.

The lunch was sponsored by Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick 4th Degree Assembly No. 100 along with Norwalk councils St. Matthew #14360, Thomas J. Finn Council #46 and Wilton Our Lady of Fatima #12698.  The menus consisted of hot dogs, hamburger, chips, water and lemonade.  Since there was a tight schedule, the Knights had to get everyone fed within an hour.  Everyone was served within 20-25 minutes.

“I was so proud to see Brother Knights come together to plan and execute a great meal for our youth, but we all got more joy seeing the youth of our diocese really enjoy a day of getting closer to Christ,” said Ribellino.

The leftover food was donated to the St. Joseph’s High School Football team, which was having summer scrimmages.