In keeping with tradition, St. Matthew Church in Norwalk once again held a very special outdoor Stations of the Cross on Good Friday of this year. Several Knights and their family members helped out by both carrying the Cross and doing readings as a large contingent of parishioners followed along.
It was an honor for our Grand Knight George Ribellino and Deputy Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo to be a part of the procession in the Knights Color Guard at the 5th Annual Memorial Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven on Sunday, May 29, 2016. This year, Commodore John Barry Assembly #97 honored Captain Brian Scott Letendre, USMC, a Virginia Native who lived in New Britain, CT and was killed in 2006 by a suicide bomber in Iraq. He was awarded posthumously the Bronze Star with valor for the actions that led to his death.
At a council meeting on June 8, 2016, new Officers were elected for the 2016-2017 fraternal year. Outgoing Grand Knight George Ribellino, Jr.,who has worked tirelessly and passionately as leader of Council 14360 for the past three years, looked back on his tenure:
“I know Grand Knight Elect Scott Criscuolo and his new team of officers will do an awesome job beginning July 1st. I have been honored to serve as Grand Knight of Council 14360 for the last three years. I was humbled at the great support that the council, parish, friends and family gave me. I especially want to thank my loving wife and daughter for supporting my efforts and always being willing to help me and the council. I love them very much. I also love all my Brothers of Council 14360. Your faith and love for God, parish and the Knights inspire me each and every day. Special thanks to our Chaplain and Pastor Msgr. Walter for his support of me and our council. Love and blessings to everyone!”
Knights of Columbus Council #14360 – Officers 2016-2017
Grand Knight – Scott Criscuolo
Deputy Grand Knight – Anthony Armentano
Chancellor – Chris O’Connor
Treasurer – Ron Miller
Advocate – Hugo Moncayo
Warden – George Uzwiak
Recorder – Erric Moretti
Inside Guard – Joe Rider
Outside Guard – Tim Horne
Trustee 1st Year – Bill Berger
Trustee 2nd Year – Lee Pino
Trustee 3rd Year – George Ribellino
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.”
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.
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!
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.
To read more about the awards Council 14360 received at the convention, click on the links below: