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Knights of Council 14360 Honored to be a part of Eucharistic Procession on Feast of Corpus Christi

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On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, June 3, 2018,  a number of Brother Knights of Council 14360 helped organize and take part in a very special event held right at St. Matthew in Norwalk.

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Diocese of Bridgeport, led several hundred people processing out of St. Matthew Church onto local roads to witness our faith in the Eucharistic Lord on the Feast of Corpus Christi, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

The route took worshipers down Richards Avenue and to a turnaround at Norwalk Community College. Everyone then returned to St. Matthew Church for Benediction.

Those who were unable to walk the route were able to remain in the Church during the Procession, during which time the Rosary was prayed.  Those walking in the procession also said the Rosary and sang hymns throughout the journey.

A number of area churches were represented, including members of St. Matthew, St. Ladislaus, St. Philip, and St. Jerome Church.  Many thanks to Beth Ann Murray and all those who worked so hard to make the Procession a success!

 

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Communion Breakfast with Bishop Caggiano an Event to Remember

Sunday, June 3, 2018 was truly a special day for not only the Brother Knights of Council 14360 and their families, but also their fellow parishioners at St. Matthew Church in Norwalk.

Bishop Frank Caggiano of the Diocese of Bridgeport made not one, but two appearances at St. Matthew on this day, beginning with a very special Communion Breakfast at which he spoke about the importance of family.

Bishop Frank described his own personal experiences as a young man growing up in Brooklyn, NY, the son of Italian immigrants, trying to discern whether or not he had a calling to the priesthood. He elaborated upon how challenging an experience it was for himself and his family, and how much the support of his family ultimately made a difference in shaping his path.

After the Bishop spoke, a delicious breakfast was enjoyed by all, and numerous prizes were raffled off.  A little later that day, Bishop Frank returned to St. Matthew to lead a special Eucharistic Procession in honor of the feast of Corpus Christi.

This year’s Knights’ Communion Breakfast was once again chaired by Brother Ron Miller. Many thanks to Brother Ron for all of his efforts, and to Brother Erric Moretti and his wife, Lisa, for their wonderful vocal contributions!

 

 

 

 

 

Bishop Caggiano to discuss importance of family at annual Council Communion Breakfast

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The Most Reverend Bishop Frank J. Caggiano (right) of the Diocese of Bridgeport poses with St. Matthew Church (Norwalk) Pastor Msgr. Walter Orlowski

NORWALK, Conn. – The Most Reverend Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will be the special guest speaker at the Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360’s 5th Annual Family Communion Breakfast on Sunday,  June 3, 2018 after the 9am Mass (around 10am) in the St. Matthew Masterpool Great Room,  216 Scribner Ave in Norwalk.

The Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano was installed as Fifth Bishop of Bridgeport on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at St. Theresa Church in Trumbull.

On February 22, 2014, he formally convoked the 4th Synod of the Diocese of Bridgeport, the first in 32 years, as an opportunity for renewal and pastoral planning.

More than 8,000 faithful turned out for the Synod Closing Mass Celebration at Webster Bank Arena on September 19, 2015. Under his leadership the diocese has launched the Catholic Service Corps, the Diocesan Leadership Institute, ongoing Strategic and Pastoral Planning, Foundations in Education to support Catholic schools, the Face of Prayer social media campaign, and other initiatives to renew the liturgical and pastoral life of the diocese.

Born and raised in the Gravesend section Brooklyn, he was admitted to Yale University in 1977, and transferred to Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception, where he graduated summa cum laude. After briefly working in the publishing industry, he was ordained to the priesthood on May 16, 1987, in the chapel of the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, Queens.

A noted catechist, Bishop Caggiano was invited by Pope Benedict XVI to deliver World Youth Day talks in Sydney in 2008, Madrid in 2011, and by Pope Francis to serve as a catechist at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, 2013. In 2016, he led a delegation of almost 300 young people to World Youth Day in Krakow, where he served as a catechist. More recently he delivered a major talk at World Youth Day REUNITE held in Washington, D.C.

He presently serves on four committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB): Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis; Subcommittee on the Catechism; Orthodox Union Catholic Dialogue; Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Bishop Caggiano speak at our Communion Breakfast.  We appreciate him taking time to speak since he has such a hectic schedule”, said St. Matthew Knight and Family Communion Breakfast chairman, Ron Miller.

Bishop Caggiano will engage the crowd with his wit and down to earth personality on June 3rd.  He will speak about the importance of family.   The breakfast will cost $15 per person; however, children 10 and under are free.  For reservations, please go to https://squareup.com/store/kofc14360 or contact Ron Miller at 203-561-0523 or George Ribellino at 203-856-7101.

 

Knights of Council 14360 to Partner with K of C Council 11077 for 3rd Annual Sword and Shield Golf Fundraiser Tournament

On Monday, June 11, 2018, the Third Annual Sword and Shield Golf Classic will take place at the beautiful Brownson Country Club in nearby Huntington, Connecticut.

The Sword and Shield Classic, co-sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 11077 (Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Fairfield, CT) and Council 14360 (St. Matthew Church, Norwalk) promises to be an event not to be missed! Not only will it be a day filled with fun, great golf, and delicious food, but all proceeds will benefit a host of worthy Knights of Columbus Charities of Fairfield County, including St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Malta House, Al’s Angels, Homes for the Brave, and others.

This full day event will begin at 9:30 with registration, breakfast, and a Putting Contest. At 11:30 a.m., there will be a “Shot Gun-Best Ball” start for all players, including golf cart. Following golf, there will be appetizers and open bar at 4:00 p.m. Finally, at 5:00 p.m there will be prizes awarded, a raffle, and of course a delicious full dinner buffet.

Refreshments and contests will be offered on the course during the round of golf. Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin and Closest to the Line contests will be held on selected holes along with contest prizes available on all Par 3 holes.

The total cost for the full day package is $175.00 per player. Also available for the non-golfer is our $75.00 Pool and Dinner package where you can enjoy the club pool during the afternoon and join us for the open bar and dinner in the evening.

Hope you can join us for an enjoyable day on the links or by the pool and to support your Knights of Columbus councils and their worthy causes.  All are welcome to participate!  For information on registering, please go to https://squareup.com/store/kofcgolfouting, or check out the full tournament brochure by clicking on the link below:

Knights Golf 2018

Ninth annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner to be held March 10, 2018

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Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360 is excited to announce plans for its 9th annual St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser dinner! The annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner is the council’s oldest tradition. Starting from just 81 people in 2010, the dinner has become an annual tradition at St. Matthew Parish.

This year’s dinner will be held in the Masterpool Great Room of St. Matthew Church on Saturday, March 10, 2018 right after the 4:00 Mass!

A delicious menu, highlighted by some of the tastiest corned beef you’ll ever eat, will be served. In addition, there will be many terrific raffle prizes available.

Each year, the council’s St. Patrick’s Day event proves to be a very popular and successful one, with over 200 guests typically attending. Over the eight years the dinner has been held, Council 14360 has raised thousands of dollars for charity,  money that goes directly to the many local organizations it supports, such as:

Malta House, Notre Dame Convalescent Home, Homes for the Brave, Fisher House, Our Lady of Solace in Coney Island NY, All Saints Catholic School, Star Inc., Al’s Angels, St. Matthew Church, the Diocese of Bridgeport – Respect Life Ministry & Family and Children’s Agency- Norwalk.

 

*Don’t wait to secure your spot for this popular event!  You can make your reservation and pay online!

Click here to reserve your spot today!

Or, you may click on the link below to print out an order form (just drop it off to the St. Matthew parish office along with your payment):

St Patrick’s Day Dinner Order Form 2018

For more information call Anthony Armentano at 203-246-6648 or George Ribellino at 203-856-7101

Hope to see you there!

Knights of Council 14360 Hold Annual Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest

Recently, Council 14360 held its annual Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest. This year, there were approximately 200 entries courtesy of students from All Saints Catholic School in Norwalk.

It was so much fun to see how the students interpreted the idea of “Keep Christ in Christmas” through their art work. Those involved in judging the posters found it very difficult to select winning entries due to the dozens of thoughtful, creative posters submitted.

Four winning posters representing different age groups were ultimately selected by the judges. These posters will next be submitted for judging at the state level of competition.

The council members enjoyed the judging and fraternity during the process. Special thanks to Mrs. Linda Dunn, Principal of All Saints, for once again teaming up with our council to host the contest and to Chancellor Chris O’Connor for helping coordinate it.

St. Matthew Knights of Columbus continue Thanksgiving weekend traditions of helping those in need

Norwalk’s Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360 has many traditions, but helping veterans and children in need are at the top of the list.  Recently, members of the council spent part of their Thanksgiving weekend taking part in several annual events designed to help others.

To start, Council 14360 and students at All Saints Catholic School 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.  This was the 4th consecutive year that the council and school have run a drive for Homes for the Brave.  The items were delivered to Homes for the Brave just in time for Thanksgiving.

The council then celebrated Mass on Thanksgiving Day at St. Matthew Church in Norwalk.  Knights in full regalia as well as members of the council were in the procession, along with other ministries and organization of the parish.  In addition, Council 14360 and Catholic Daughters of the America’s St. Matthew Court 2640 provided and delivered a full Thanksgiving meal for the residents of Homes for the Brave for the fifth consecutive year.  In addition, Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo along with Past Grand Knight George Ribellino helped serve the meal along with George’s wife and Catholic Daughters member Heather and daughter Mia.

“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,” said Homes for the Brave CEO/Executive Director, Vince Santilli.

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, for the third consecutive year, some members Knights of Columbus Council 14360, along with Brother Knights from Norwalk Council 46, New Canaan Council 2287, Westport Assumption Council 3688, and K of C Bishop Fenwick 4th Assembly 100 joined forces to supply coats to those on a limited income.

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.

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 370,000 coats to children in need. Approximately 2,000 local Knights of Columbus councils have participated in their communities around the world. “This is the third year that local Knights councils collaborated to give away coats.  This year we gave over 140 coats. It is an honor to help children keep warm this winter,” said Council 14360 member and CT State Knights of Columbus District Deputy George Ribellino.

Lastly, while some of the Brother Knights were handing out coats, the council split up to help Pastor Msgr. Walter Orlowski and the parish family of St. Matthew for the annual post-Thanksgiving church cleaning and the assembling of the creche for Advent and Christmas.  Led by Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo, the Knights helped clean the altar, vacuum and dust the church, clean windows and bathrooms and assembled the creche.  “It’s a great event to get together with Knights and parishioners to clean our beautiful church and get ready for the season of Advent,” said Council 14360 Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo.

The goals of the Knights of Columbus Council at Saint Matthew Church in Norwalk are 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. Council members work together to foster the founding principles of our order; Charity, Unity, Fraternity & Patriotism. Our goal as a council is to continue to identify specific needs in our community and muster support and help to alleviate these challenges and hardships to the best of our abilities and resources.

Thanks to Anna Marie Mastrolillo for contributing some of the photos posted above!

For additional photos of this year’s Coats for Kids distribution (taken by The Hour’s Erik Trautmann), please click on the link below:

http://www.thehour.com/news/article/In-Photos-Knights-of-Columbus-annual-winter-12381833.php#photo-14600226