St. Matthew Knights help FCA paint smiles on faces of teens and seniors

Since 2009, Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council #14360 has supported the Family & Children’s Agency of Norwalk for various programs and events to put smiles on the faces of local foster children.  This year, the council donated funds from various fundraisers to allow for some teens from foster care and home care seniors to have a summer day filled with fun, laughs and artistic creativity by going to The Muse Paint Bar in South Norwalk.

 Megan Hague from FCA said it was a huge success. “We mixed up the seating so the teens and seniors could interact, and they had such and fun and engaging time connecting over the art,”said Hague.

“The FCA does great work in the local community, and our council is honored to help a great organization and most importantly help the youth of tomorrow and our seniors. Seeing the smiles on the kids’ and seniors faces makes it all worth it,” said Past Grand Knight George Ribellino.

In addition, the council donated funds for backpacks and school supplies for the foster care children in preparation for the start of the school year.

FCA President Robert Cashel was also pleased. “We are grateful to our friends at The St. Matthew Knights of Columbus for sponsoring a summer painting event for our clients. The youth from our foster care programs and our Home Care seniors were able to laugh and connect through a universal expression of emotion, art. The canvas painting event was a new experience for each of the clients who attended and there was a special joy each participant had when they completed their masterpieces.”

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.

 

 

 

New Mulch for a New Year

St. Matthew Knights of Columbus assist All Saints Catholic School with sprucing up of Science Park/Playground

On Saturday, August 20, members of Knight of Columbus St. Matthew Council #14360 hitched up their work boots, grabbed their rakes and wheel barrows, and went to work. The Brothers helped All Saints Catholic School in Norwalk spread 80 yards of mulch over their science park/playground just in time for the start of the school year.

It was a large job made much easier by a big turnout from the Knights, who assisted some parents and students at ASCS. In addition, resident Council carpenters Tim Horne and Jack Consiglio installed an air conditioner in one of the classrooms, which was no small task since they had to take apart a window and make a plexiglass make shift window to fit the AC properly.

Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo praised his brothers for their efforts. “It was a fantastic effort by the Brothers of Council 14360. We enjoy working with the parents and students of this great school. It is projects like this they make me proud of being Grand Knight of our council,” said Criscuolo.

Council 14360 has established a great relationshipwith All Saints over the years by assisting with various maintenance and upkeep projects as well as giving out scholarships yearly to graduating 8th grade students who will be attending a Catholic high school.

All Saints Catholic School offers a strong academic program in a caring, Catholic environment for children in Pre-K 3 through 8th Grade. Go to http://www.allsaintsnorwalk.com for more information.

 

5th Annual Fundraiser Macaroni Dinner set for October 22, 2016

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Mark your calendars and make your reservations soon! The 5th Annual Saint Matthew Knights of Columbus Fundraiser Macaroni Dinner is set for Saturday, October 22, 2016 following the 4:00 Mass at St. Matthew Church in Norwalk.

This year’s mouth-watering menu will include fresh macaroni (of course!), meatballs, sausage, salad and bread, with plain macaroni (with butter) available for children. Soft drinks, water, and a delicious dessert are all included in the cost of admission. In addition, there will be beer and wine available for adults to purchase if they wish.

Anyone who brings a non-perishable food item with them that evening (to donate to the St. Matthew Food Pantry) will be included in a raffle for a special door prize.  In addition, there will also be a 50/50 raffle that evening.

The cost for adults this year is $18.00, while for children 10 years or younger it is $7.00 (there is no charge for children 3 and under).

Last year’s macaroni dinner was a huge success, with a large crowd and over $3000.00 raised.  A wonderful evening was had by all. Even more importantly, the funds raised at the dinner enabled Council 14360 to continue its support of many worthy organizations in the area, including:St. Matthew Church, 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, Diocese of Bridgeport – Respect Life Ministry & Family and Children’s Agency- Norwalk.

Click on the link below to download your reservation form today! See you there!

Macaroni Dinner Order form 2016

Knights kick off a new fraternal year at K of C Museum

Saturday, August 6, 2016 was a great day for many Knights and their families at the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven. Immediate Past Grand Knight George Ribellino and Immediate Past Financial Secretary Anthony Armentano spoke about Council 14360’s numerous achievements over the last fraternal year, including the recognition it received for its community outreach and the Star Council award that the council earned. New Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo addressed the council on the exciting upcoming fraternal year! Great job by all!

Chili for Charity

The battle was waged on Reef Road in Fairfield, but the champion prevailed.

There was a lot of competition from many other fine cooks, but the 2015 Chili Knight Out “Chili Cook-Off” champion came through again.

On a rainy day, Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360 held their Second Annual Chili Cook Off fundraiser at Saugatuck Sweets in Fairfield. Nine Knights from the council and two guests cooked 11 chili entries, ranging from super spicy to scrumptiously sweet.  Defending Champion and Past Grand Knight George Ribellino did it again. With more than 35 votes counted by the sampling judges for the best, hottest and best-named recipes, Ribellino, council supporters Nona Rudd & Nadia Cossuto, and Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo won the best chili awards respectively.   In addition, William Scholl won best-named chili and Nona Rudd won for hottest chili.  More importantly, a total of $500 in donations was collected and will be donated to Al’s Angels.

“Once again I was happy to see the number of chili cooks & judges who came out on a rainy day to help our Knights of Columbus council support Al’s Angels during our second annual chili cook-off, said Committee Chairman Erric Moretti. “The competition this year was truly fierce and it’s amazing the amount of support that we receive from the community when we hold a “fun-raiser” like this one. It’s even better when we present a sizable donation to a charity such as Al’s Angels.”

Criscuolo was pleased with everyone’s effort, despite the wet weather. “The weather worked against us, but instead of quitting we banded together and adapted to the surroundings and still put on a great event for both Al’s Angels, the council and the Fairfield community.

The mission of Al’s Angels is to provide holiday meals and gifts to children battling cancer, rare blood diseases and severe financial hardship.  Please visit www.alsangels.org for more information.

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. 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.

2nd Annual Knights Chili Cook-Off Set for Saturday evening, July 30

There will be delicious chili to sample, and for a good cause, at Saugatuck Sweets in Fairfield this Saturday evening, July 30, as Knights of Columbus Council 14360 holds its second annual Chili Cook-off from 5:30-9:30 p.m.

This year’s event will benefit Al’s Angels and a number of other worthy local charities.

Council 14360’s Past Grand Knight George Ribellino, an upset winner in last year’s competition, will be back to defend his crown, but a number of his Brother Knights have their “eyes on the prize” and fully expect to dethrone him.

“My secret recipe was the key at last summer’s competition,” reflected Ribellino. “I think my fellow Knights are underestimating my chances to repeat!”

Past Grand Knight George Ribellino and his competition pictured at last year’s chili cook-off.

You can enjoy some fabulous chili and help decide who gets this year’s bragging rights by stopping by Saugatuck Sweets (28 Reef Road, Fairfield) on Saturday night. By making a small donation, you’ll be able to help some great causes, plus sample some delicious chili and vote for your favorite. Voting will determine the top three chilis, as well as the chili with the best name! There will also be a “fire alarm” award for the hottest chili!

Hope to see you there!

 

Knights of Council 14360 fire up the grill for good causes

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Recently, a number of Brothers from Council 14360 donned their aprons and barbecue mitts in order to help support the youth of St. Matthew Church in Norwalk.

On Sunday, June 12, a group of Knights volunteered to host a year-end barbecue for the CREW, the youth group of St. Matthew Church.

 

Then on Sunday, July 10, the Council hosted a barbecue lunch for all of the young pilgrims (and their families) of the Bridgeport Diocese who will be attending World Youth Day in Poland this month.

In both cases, a good time was had by all (both those who helped serve and those who were served). “It was an honor for our Council to help support the youth of St. Matthew and the Bridgeport Diocese by helping put on these events,” stated Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo. “These young people are the future of the Church, and we are always ready to support them in any way we can.”

Many thanks to all of the Brother Knights and family members who helped make these events successful!