Knights Award Scholarships to Graduating All Saints Students

Members of the Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Norwalk Council  14360 recently awarded two students $500.00 scholarships. Kristen Viscardi and Sean Mitchell received the scholarships at the All Saints Catholic School’s Class of 2016 commencement on June 6, 2016.  

Viscardi and Mitchell just completed eighth-grade and will be heading on to area Catholic high schools.

This marked the third year that the Knight of Columbus Council 14360 has awarded the scholarships. Members of the council also formed an honor guard for the Mass and graduation ceremony.  

The scholarships are named in honor the Norwalk council’s first Deputy Grand Knight , the late Mario Mastracchio. 

“It is an honor to be able to help two Catholic students continue their academic as well as spiritual journey,” said George Ribellino, Grand Knight of Council 14360.  “Brother Mario would be proud, as he was a big believer in Catholic education.”

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Father Reggie Norman Helps Knights of Council 14360 Celebrate Family at Communion Breakfast

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On what was a gloomy rainy day outside, inside St. Matthew Parish it was bright, faithful and uplifting. Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council #14360 had their 3rd annual Communion Breakfast on Sunday, June 5th, and it was a great success. After a packed 9 am mass, over 175 people gathered in the Masterpool Great Room to enjoy fellowship and food for the body, mind and Spirit, through a stirring talk from featured guest, Father Reggie Norman. The Pastor at Our Lady of Fatima church in Wilton gave a wonderful talk on the importance of family, opening with his well-known “If it’s good it’s God, if it’s bad it’s me”.  Well if that is the case, God was definitely good and Father Reggie was amazing, reminding us all of the importance of family, both biological and spiritual.

“Families provide individuals with an important support system, not just during childhood but throughout life, and they provide society with a structure for passing along a culture’s values from one generation to the next,” Father Norman said. “Our families should be where we learn, we love, we play and we get support when times are tough. In our families we are all part of something bigger.  In our families we support each other’s dream.”

Council 14360 went all out to make sure this was an enjoyable morning for everyone, with men all over handling food, raffles and reservations. Grand Knight George Ribellino, whose successful 3 year term ends on July 1, was emotional. “It was so great to see our council work together as a team to execute another successful event for our parish family. From being together at 9am mass to enjoying breakfast together and listening to a great public speaker of faith, it’s an event I will never forget. Grand Knight-Elect Scott Criscuolo, who will succeed Ribellino July 1 was equally impressed. “This was a banner day for our council. The Grand Knight and I want to especially thank committee chairman Ron Miller for putting together the great day.”

Father Reggie was given a standing ovation by the crowd for his inspirational talk.  “Fr. Reggie’s powerful message encouraging us to focus on God and our families was incredibly inspirational, motivating, and, perfectly on target.  He reminded us that family is the cornerstone of our faith and our values, and we have a responsibility to strengthen our commitment to our families and our community” said St. Matthew parishioner Terri Sargent.

All the proceeds from the breakfast go to the charitable groups that Council 14360 helps, such as Malta House (who were guests of the council for the event), St. Matthew Parish,  Homes for the Brave, Notre Dame Convalescent Home, Friends of Fisher House CT and All Saints Catholic School.

To read Nicole Briggs’ article about this event in the Norwalk Daily Voice, click here.

Knights of 14360 honored to take part in two special ceremonies

May 21, 2016 was a great and beautiful day for the council.  First we started off at St John Cemetery in Norwalk for the flag placing ceremony for veterans. We were honored to serve as a Color Guard and to help place the flags at veterans’ graves.  Thanks to Father Sunil from St Matthew for doing the blessing and Benediction.

After the flag ceremony, some of us headed over to Notre Dame Convalescent Home for a special Crowning of Mary and Rosary with the residents. What a great day!

Council 14360 singled out by K of C State Council for its efforts

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Each year, the Knights of Columbus Connecticut State Council holds its annual convention and passes out awards to both individuals and local Knights councils for noteworthy accomplishments. This year, at the 123rd convention that was held in Stamford on May 13-15, 2016, K of C Council 14360 was extremely honored to receive two very special awards in recognition of its efforts: the Culture of Life award and the Church Service award.

In addition, one of our proudest moments as a Council is to have one of the youth from All Saints Catholic School winning the K of C State Council Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest. We are so proud of all the students at All Saints Catholic school who participated in our local council contest, but we are extremely proud of Veronica Bosco, who won for ages 8-10 in the entire state of Connecticut and was honored at the state convention! Her poster will go off to Supreme for the International Competition. Great job, Veronica! We are so proud! A special thanks to Brother Chris O’Connor for organizing the poster contest for our council.

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To read more about the awards Council 14360 received at the convention, click on the links below:

http://www.bridgeportdiocese.com/index.php/fcc/article/st._matthew_knights_awarded_by_the_knights_of_columbus_ct_state_council

http://norwalk.dailyvoice.com/neighbors/norwalk-knights-of-columbus-receive-award-from-state-council/661186/

Knights Honored to be part of Catholic Charities Anniversary Mass

“If we really believe in feeding the hungry and serving the least among us, why does Catholic Charities have to serve one million a year and provide 15,000 counseling sessions?” Fr. Reggie Norman asked in his homily at the Mass celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Bridgeport.

Almost 400 friends of Catholic Charities turned out on May 7, 2016 at St. Matthew Church for the Mass celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Caggiano. He was joined on the altar by Msgr. William Scheyd, Msgr. Walter Orlowski, Fr. Robert Kinnally, Father Sunil Pereira, I.M.S. and Msgr. Peter Cullen.

Sir Knights from Assembly 100 in Norwalk (and Council 14360) helped provide an Honor Guard for this very special occasion.  To read more about the event, click here.

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Knight Out at Saugatuck Sweets Helps Several Charities

A recent “Knight Out” was held on April 20 at Saugatuck Sweets in Fairfield for members of Council 14360, their families, and friends. The event satisfied many a sweet tooth, but more importantly, provided help for many individuals in need.

Those who stopped by for a sweet brought with them a wide variety of donations. Some items were donated to Homes for the Brave in support of the veterans living there, while other items were collected to be sent to Equador to help those suffering following the recent, devastating earthquake there.

In addition, thanks to the generosity of Brother Al DiGuido, owner of Saugatuck Sweets, a portion of each sale that evening went to the K of C Council 14360 Charitable Fund, resulting in a total donation of over $200.00. Thanks so much, Brother Al!

Saugatuck Sweets now has two locations: the original store, at 575 Riverside Avenue in Westport, and the new location at 28 Reef Road in Fairfield. To read more about Brother Al DiGuido, his shops, and his wonderful charity, Als Angels, click here!

St. Matthew Knights Spring into Action at Notre Dame Convalescent Home

The continuing relationship between Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council No. 14360 and Notre Dame Convalescent Home was on display Saturday, April 16, 2016, when a group of Brother Knights helped out with projects on the home’s grounds.

As in past years, groundskeeping work was done, including adding fresh mulch to shrub areas on the outside grounds, power-washing, moving furniture and touch-up painting. It is the beginning of an important capital improvement plan for the facility on 76 West Rocks Road in Norwalk.

To read more, take a look at Nicole Briggs’ full story published recently  in the Norwalk Daily Voice.