Tree and Creche Lighting Tradition Continues

K of C St. Matthew Council 14360 sponsored the Third Annual Christmas Tree and Crèche lighting at St. Matthew Church on Sunday, November 27.  The council provided refreshments and the St. Matthew Adult and Youth Choirs sang Christmas carols. On top of that, special guest Msgr. Tom Powers, the Vicar General from the Diocese of Bridgeport, blessed the crèche and Christmas tree.

The Christmas tree and crèche lighting was started by Council 14360 as part of the Knights of Columbus Keep Christ in Christmas initiative that is designed to remind everyone of the real and true meaning of Christmas.

“This was truly a great way to kick off the Advent season as we prepare for the birth of Jesus on Christmas Day,” said Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo.

Knights of 14360 Help Honor Norwalk Veterans at American Legion Dinner

Members of Norwalk’s K of C Council 14360 (St. Matthew) and Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 recently attended a Veterans Recognition Dinner at Frank C. Godfrey, American Legion Post 12 in Norwalk. A large crowd came out on November 13, 2016 in support of the many local veterans (a number of whom are members of local Knights councils) who were honored that night

Coats for Kids Help Make Black Friday Memorable

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The day after Thanksgiving has of course become known as “Black Friday”, with many shoppers rushing about in search of the best deals on everything from clothing to televisions. This Black Friday, some members Knights of Columbus Council 14360, along with Brother Knights from Norwalk Council 46 and New Canaan Council 2287, spent part of their day helping those with limited funds to stay warm and happy this winter

Brothers handed out coats for children in need at St. Joseph Church in South Norwalk as part of the Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids initiative. The coats were purchased by the three K of C Councils with money generated from the council’s respective fundraising activities.

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The Knights of Columbus launched the coats initiative (designed to keep kids warm in harsh winter climates) in 2009. With many families with young children struggling in tough economic times, there was a clear need to provide warm winter coats to children in their communities. And so, the Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids program was born.

Since the program’s inception, the Knights of Columbus in the United States and Canada has given away more than 200,000 coats to children in need. Approximately 2,000 local Knights of Columbus councils have participated in their communities around the world.  “This is the second year that the 3 local Knights councils hooked up to give away coats.  This year we gave around 100 coats in 90 minutes.  It is an honor to help children keep warm this winter,” said Council 14360 member and District Deputy George Ribellino.

The Norwalk Hour recently published a story on this and other recent Knights’ activities:

http://www.thehour.com/local/article/Norwalk-Knights-of-Columbus-continue-holiday-10642717.php

Giving Thanks to the Brave at Thanksgiving

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Norwalk’s Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360 has many traditions, including helping our veterans and children in need.They continued these traditions in the days surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday.

Knights of Columbus Saint Matthew Council 14360 and students at Norwalk’s Fox Run, Wolfpit and All Saints Catholic Schools sponsored a donation drive for the veterans at the Homes for The Brave in Bridgeport in honor of Veterans Day. Homes for The Brave is a facility in Bridgeport that takes care of veterans who are working to get back to regular life after serving in the armed forces.

Fox Run School teachers Mary Janine Lane and Jane Jawlik as well as the Fox Run Student Council organized their drive.  Council 14360 member Joe Giandurco and his wife, Alice, a retired Fox Run teacher, approached the school about organizing a collection for the fourth straight year.

When Council 14360 approached All Saints about doing a similar drive, Principal Linda Dunn, Student Council advisor John Mezzacappa and the All Saints Student Council were immediately responsive and excited about the opportunity to help the home for the second straight year.  In addition, Wolfpit School in Norwalk, coordinated by teacher Melissa Giandurco, joined the other schools this year for the first time.  The three schools, along with Council 14360, held drives and delivered 4 car loads of food and supplies to Homes for the Brave.

Joe Giandurco, Council 14360 member and a former Marine who served in Vietnam, was pleased to take part in this year’s drive.  “Homes for the Brave is a top-notch organization. It is my pleasure and honor to help my fellow veterans in any way I can,” he commented.

In addition, Council 14360 and Catholic Daughters of the Americas St. Matthew Court 2640 provided and delivered a full Thanksgiving meal for the residents of Homes for the Brave for the fourth consecutive year. “Time after time, we are deeply touched by the dedication the Saint Matthew Knights and Catholic Daughters.  Once again, they gave up the time and financial resources that are so precious this time of year to coordinate three supply drives and deliver a traditional turkey dinner to our men and women on Thanksgiving. It means so much to our residents that they were able to take a break from their hard work and enjoy a traditional family-style meal, said Kaitlin Marinelli, Communications and Outreach Specialist at Homes for the Brave.

Homes for the Brave CEO/Executive Director Vince Santilli went on to say, “Our men and women both loved the food and we could NOT be more appreciative. What a blessing St. Matthew Council #14360 and Catholic Daughters Court 2640 have been to us. Your Thanksgiving visit and the meal you delivered was a wonderful blessing.”

8th Annual Knights Bake Sale Set for Weekend of November 19-20 at St. Matthew; Donations Welcome!

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Mark your calendars!

After each Mass during the weekend of November 19 and 20, the Knights of Council 14360 will be hosting its eighth annual bake sale and transforming the Great Room of St. Matthew into the “Knights Cafe” ! This will be a great place to pick up pies and cakes for your Thanksgiving celebration! Free coffee and chocolate milk will also be served!

You will be able to purchase a wide variety of baked goods and treats and socialize with fellow parishioners while supporting the great work of the Knights.

All proceeds from this event will benefit many charities and groups in desperate need in our community, including Malta House, Notre Dame Convalescent Home, Homes for the Brave, and St. Matthew Church. 

How can YOU help?

Knights and their spouses are already busy baking to supply the treats that will make this Bake Sale a great success ! If You are interested in donating baked goods to aid in our efforts & support our wonderful parish family…please contact George Ribellino at 203-856-7101 or via email at gribellino@sbcglobal.net  You can also contact Scott Criscuolo at 203-858-6042 or via email at scottcriscuolo@att.net.

We ask that you drop off your delicious treats at St. Matthew Church any time after 11am on Saturday, November 19th. We will be located in the conference room opposite the parish office! 

Thanks so much for your support & help!

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St. Matthew Knights Help Notre Dame Convalescent Home Prepare for Winter

On Saturday, October 29, members of Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council #14360 continued their relationship with Notre Dame Convalescent Home by making some winter adjustments to the facility. After a quick basement cleanup of old equipment, the Knights and Notre Dame Catholic High School (Fairfield) student Sean Mitchell winterized all the windows in the residents’ rooms to get them ready for the cold months ahead.

“These residents need comfort during these cold Connecticut winters, so we lent a helping hand to keep them warm and keep the heating bills down”, said Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo.

Notre Dame Convalescent Home is a 60-bed residence, including 6 private rooms, and is located on five landscaped acres on 76 West Rocks Road in Norwalk. The home is operated under the loving sponsorship of The Sisters of Saint Thomas of Villanova. Their goal is to optimize the quality of life for the chronically ill and convalescent elderly.

Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360 has been assisting Sister Marie Lucie Monast and Notre Dame whenever there is a need, from remolding and painting the Convent Chapel, to multiple basement cleanings, yard work and painting at the facility.

“Notre Dame, which is non-profit, operates on a strict budget, so if we can take a little stress away from Sister Lucie and her staff, it is well worth it” said Past Grand Knight and Project chairman George Ribellino, Jr.

The Council is also looking forward to having the youth of St. Matthew Parish assist with future projects.  “We are so proud of Notre Dame student and St. Matthew parishioner Sean Mitchell, who volunteered to help us out.  He did an awesome job.” said Ribellino.

The Council is planning future projects at Notre Dame since there is always something that needs to be done in the upkeep of the facility.

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, the council members work together to foster the founding principles of their order: charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism.

Annual K of C Macaroni Dinner a Night of Honors, Laughs, and a Few Tears

On Saturday, October 22, 2016, the Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council 14360 held its 5th Annual Columbus Day Macaroni Dinner in St. Matthew Parish’s Masterpool Great Room. Over 180 friends and family enjoyed a fine Italian meal to honor those recognized for their accomplishments during the past 2015-2016 fraternal year.

Among those honored were Deputy Grand Knight Anthony Armentano with the Council Knight of the Year Award, the Cossuto Family for Council Family of the Year, and the Mitchell Family for Parish Family of the Year.  “Brother Anthony was a big part of helping me run the council and I appreciate all he has done.  The Cossuto and Mitchell families are great families of faith and charity and do it with a quiet dignity,” said Immediate Past Grand Knight George Ribellino, Jr.

Among the awards were also a few tributes that brought smiles and tears. The Council Appreciation Award was given to Past Faithful Navigator Ed McGettigan, who passed away suddenly on July 6. To honor his memory, Past Grand Knight George Ribellino presented the award to Ed’s wife Cathy, and from here on out the award will be named in Ed’s name going forward.

“It was truly an honor to recognize those who make a difference in our parish and community.  The 2015-2016 fraternal year was my last year as Grand Knight and I always said one of my biggest joys as Grand Knight was awarding those who help make an impact on our parish and community,” said Ribellino.  Ed McGettigan was a member of the council since 2009 and helped start the council’s scholarship fund and sponsored many fundraising events.  Ribellino went on to say, “Brother Ed helped give us the tools to plant seeds that will continue to grow for years to come.”

In addition, Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo honored council supporter and St. Matthew parishioner Joan Scribner, who passed away on October 9. Criscuolo wore the official maroon winter jacket that St. Matthew ushers wore at the dinner, of which both Criscuolo and Scribner were ushers. “She saved me when I was asked to be lead usher for Christmas Eve 4pm mass in 2010”, Criscuolo recalled. “I was a ball of nerves and Joan came and relaxed me. That’s how she was, full of confidence and faith.”

The council started to award members of the council with yearly awards back in 2012.  It has become a council tradition.  “It was a wonderful night to honor those who rolled up their sleeves and did good work for St. Matthew and for our community”, said Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo, who won Knight of the Year in 2014.

Lastly, the council raised around $2,000 for the council charitable fund, which will help St. Matthew parish, Al’s Angels, Homes for the Brave, Malta House, All Saints Catholic School and Notre Dame Convalescent Home.  Also, around 500 pounds of food was collected for the St. Matthew food pantry from the guests attending the dinner.  Any guest who brought a bag of food was entered into a door prize raffle to win an Italian-themed basket made and donated by Brother Joe Giandurco’s wife Alice.

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, the council members work together to foster the founding principles of their order: charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism.