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.