Knights Council 14360 Receives Two Awards at State Convention

2017 Awards Pic

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.

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Hip, Hip, Hooray- St. Matthew Knights Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

On Saturday, March 11, 2017, Council 14360 held its 8th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner to raise funds for their charitable causes. Over 180 packed the Masterpool Great Room at St. Matthew Church to enjoy some fine corned beef with all the trimmings, as well as a superb performance from the Mulkerin School of Irish Dance.

“We do our very best to give our parishioners & friends a fun time, and the brother Knights pulled up their sleeves and gave their all on what’s always a fun & hectic night,” said Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo.

The K of C Sword & Shield Golf Committee, whose second annual tournament is coming up on June 12 at Brownson Country Club, presented a check for $2000.00 to Homes for the Brave with a portion of the proceeds from last year’s tournament.  The Sword & Shield Golf Tournament is a combined effort with St. Matthew Council 14360 and Our Lady of the Assumption Council 11077 in Fairfield.

“Being a Knight of Columbus for 32 years, I could not be more proud to see this great collaboration by two wonderful Councils to help our organization serve men and women who have served our country. All of us at Homes for the Brave are so grateful and appreciative of this support from my Brother Knights, “said Homes for the Brave CEO Vince Santilli.

“What an honor to present the donation to a wonderful organization like Homes for the Brave which continues to help our homeless veterans, said Sword & Shield Golf Classic Co-Chair and Past Grand Knight (Council 14360) George Ribellino, Jr.

The dinner included corned beef provided by Zody’s 19th Hole, complemented by cabbage, carrots, potatoes and soda bread — and ice cream donated by Saugatuck Sweets in Fairfield. The event also featured a “cornucopia of great raffle prizes from many local businesses.

Money raised from the dinner will help assist such local organizations as Malta House, Homes for the Brave, All Saints Catholic School, Al’s Angels, Homes for the Brave, CT Fisher House and The St. Matthew Food Pantry.

The goal 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.

 

Norwalk Sir Knights Honored for Promoting Patriotism

Knights of Columbus’ Bishop Fenwick Assembly #100, which includes many members of St. Matthew K of C Council 14360, was recently awarded the Supreme Council’s Civic Award. Besides including members of Council 14360, the Assembly is also comprised of Fourth Degree Knights from various councils in Norwalk, Wilton and Westport.

Assembly 100 was presented with the award by Connecticut District Master Allyn Temple at the last Master’s Meeting on February 5 in Brookfield.

The Supreme Civic Award is presented as a tribute to the spirit of patriotism and national pride exemplified in the patriotic activities conducted by all 4th Degree Assemblies. “Our #1 goal as an Assembly is to promote patriotism and support our veterans, said Faithful Navigator George Ribellino, Jr.  Assembly 100 is very active in such events as Columbus Day festivities, raising money for Veterans organizations including Homes for the Brave and Fisher House CT and paying tribute to those Men and Women who have and still protect our freedoms in the United States.

Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, has been based 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.

2nd Annual Sword and Shield Golf Classic set for June 12, 2017

On Monday, June 12, 2017, the Second 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 9:00 with registration and a Putting Contest. A full breakfast buffet will begin at 10:00 with an 18 hole “Shot Gun-Best Ball” start for all players at 11:30 including golf cart.

Refreshments and activities will be held on the course during the round of golf including a $10,000.00 Hole-in-One contest.  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.

After golf, participants can enjoy our Putting Championship during an open bar and appetizer hour along with a full dinner buffet.

Topping off the day will be our event raffle and the King of Aces raffle featuring a full screen TV to be won by the last participant standing. Awards will be presented to the day’s activities winners as well as the first and second place foursomes.

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 brochure 2017

8th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser Dinner Scheduled for March 11, 2017

Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360 is excited to announce plans for its 8th 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 11, 2017 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. There will even be dancers from the Mulkerin School of Irish Dance to entertain you!

Last year’s St. Patrick’s Day event proved to be a very popular and successful one, with over 200 guests attending. Thanks to the generosity of last year’s attendees, Council 14360 raised over $6,000,  money that went 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!  NEW! This year, 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 Reservation Form

Questions? Please call Anthony Armentano at 203-246-6648. Hope to see you there!

 

Knights Help Remember Veterans at Christmas

Knights of Columbus Council 14360 and Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 were honored to be sponsors and to join our Brothers from Gen. Philip Sheridan Assembly 107 to deliver Christmas presents to veterans at the West Haven VA Hospital on Sunday morning, December 18.

On Friday night, December 16, members of Council 14360, Assembly 100 and families also helped pack 267 Christmas bags for the veterans of the VA Hospital as well as those living at Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport.   Great job by Brother Vince Santilli from Assembly 107  for organizing this great event for the 24th year.  It was a honor to thank our veterans and give them a small token of our appreciation.  God Bless our Veterans!

Annual Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest Held at All Saints Catholic School

 

In a celebration of the true meaning of the Christmas season, over 200 students from All Saints Catholic School in Norwalk recently submitted entries in the Knights of Columbus’ annual Keep Christ in Christmas poster contest.

According to the rules of the contest, posters were required to be the original work of the student and to somehow reflect the theme of Keep Christ in Christmas.

The posters, created by All Saints students in Grades 1-4, were judged by members of Council 14360 at a recent meeting. “It was extremely difficult for us to single out individual students for their work,” commented Council 14360’s Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo. “All of the students put so much thought and creativity into their posters, and we thoroughly enjoyed judging them.”

“We would like to thank Mrs. Linda Dunn, All Saints’ principal, and all of the students who submitted entries in this year’s contest,” Criscuolo added. “Once again, they reminded us of what Christmas is truly about.”

Congratulations to this year’s talented winners!