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


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 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, 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


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:

K of C Council 14360 Celebrates 10 Years of Service with gala dinner

After ten memorable, fulfilling years of service to St. Matthew Church in Norwalk as well as other deserving causes in the Fairfield County area, it was time for the members of Knights of Columbus Council 14360 to pause for a short while and celebrate with their friends and families.

On Saturday, October 21, 2017 at The Waters Edge at Giovanni’s in Darien, Council 14360 did just that at a special 10th Anniversary gala dinner.  Members of Council 14360 were joined by spouses, children, clergy, Knights from other councils, neighbors, and friends. In addition, numerous organizations and individuals who have benefited from the efforts of Council 14360 were present.

It was a night to remember as everyone enjoyed a delicious meal, music, and a slide show of wonderful memories from the past ten years. The Knights of Columbus Supreme Council and the City of Norwalk both issued special commendations to Council 14360, saluting them for their ten years of service. Past Grand Knights Mike Colaluca (the Gala chairman) and George Ribellino, Jr. were honored for their contributions, along with the council’s current Grand Knight, Scott Criscuolo, Deputy Grand Knight, Anthony Armentano, and others.

“The exciting thing is that we are really just getting started,” commented Grand Knight Criscuolo as he addressed attendees. “While it has been wonderful to look back on the past ten years and all that we have accomplished, I am looking forward even more to what we can accomplish in the next ten years.” Criscuolo added that he looked forward to seeing everyone at the 20th Anniversary gala in another ten years.



Knights of Council 14360 Help Malta House with painting project

Good Counsel Malta House, a Norwalk organization that helps pregnant and parenting mothers, recently had a familiar work crew stop by to help spruce up the home!

Volunteers from St. Matthew’s Church Knights of Columbus Council No. 14360 painted the office and the dining room area on Saturday, October 28, 2017.    The council has been assisting Malta House since 2009 with various painting and remodeling projects and financial assistance.

“It looks awesome…thank you so much. Everything looks so fresh and so clean..smiles…you guys are the best,” commented Claudia Nixon, Director of Case Management, Good Counsel Malta House.

Good Counsel Malta House provides a nurturing home environment, support services and independent living skills to pregnant and parenting mothers of all faiths and their children.

“Working with Malta House is a strong Catholic bond that continues to strengthen every day. Those that are there are working to get their lives back on track and when they see that their temporary home continues to be refreshed, they are refreshed,” explains Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo.

“It is an honor and joy for our council to help such a great organization that helps women and children in need,” added George Ribellino, a past Grand Knight and project chairman.

In the past the council has donated funds for new mattresses, remodeled the nursery, laid tile and painted bedrooms, the common room and the kitchen.

The council schedules two painting/remodeling projects each year.  “We try to help Good Counsel Malta House save money that can be used to help with the programs for the mothers and children,” said Ribellino.

The nonprofit began in 1995, when Michael O’Rourke learned there was no room for many homeless pregnant women and their newborns.

The young families often found themselves on the street or living in sub-standard conditions.  Recently, 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.”  For more info go to