First Patriot Dinner a Big Success

Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100, which includes many members of Knights of Columbus Council 14360, hosted its Inaugural Patriot Dinner on Armed Forces Day, May 20, 2017. The fundraiser dinner, which benefited Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport, took place at the Knights Hall (next to St. Ann Club), at 16 Hendricks Ave in Norwalk.

Since opening its doors in 2002, ABRI/Homes for the Brave has provided housing, vocational training and job placement, mental health and addiction services, and life skills coaching to help individuals, especially Veterans, leave homelessness behind. To date, the organization has worked with more than 900 individuals.

It was the goal of Assembly 100 Faithful Navigator George Ribellino to conduct a fundraiser once a year for a specific Veterans Organization.  “One of my goals when I took over as the Faithful Navigator of the Assembly in September of 2016 was to assist an organization that works for and helps our veterans, said Ribellino.  Assembly Member Al Latte was in charge of the catering part of the dinner. Ribellino went on the say “I am so appreciative of Brother Al for leading the Sir Knights in the kitchen in preparing a fabulous meal.  I am thankful for him and the Brother Knights who helped set up, prepare, serve and clean up.”

The Patriot Dinner was something that Ribellino and Past Faithful Navigator Ed McGettigan, Jr spoke about doing last year.  McGettigan passed away suddenly last July and Ribellino wanted to make this idea become a reality in his honor.  “I really have to thank Brothers Dave McCarthy and Al Latte for helping make this dream become a reality.   Once the plans came together the other Brother Knights were excited to help and everything wound up coming to together” Ribellino said.

Every year the Patriot Dinner will benefit a local veteran’s organization.  For the Inaugural Patriot Dinner, Homes for the Brave was chosen.  The special guest speaker was veteran and former Homes for the Brave resident Eugene Chesney.  Chesney spoke about how Homes for the Brave helped make a difference in his life and get him back on track.  Chesney went on to say, “The most amazing part of last night for me was my conversation with the older K of C veteran gentleman that sat alongside with his wife to the left of me. When we both shared how difficult it was when our units returned from a deployment that due to no choice of our own, we could not take part in. “An instant bond was formed” and at that moment I knew I could get it up there and speak from the heart. It showed me that the pride of the American Vet is not separated by generations but bridges the gap of age and previous experience. I knew i had just met more of my extended family. Thank you for the opportunity to heal even more so. “

The dinner was a sell out with 105 guests, including American Legion members from Norwalk and Wilton, and raised $1200 for Homes for the Brave.  A check was presented to Homes for the Brave CEO Vince Santilli and Eugene Chesney.  “We were tremendously honored to receive the proceeds of Bishop Fenwick Assembly’s inaugural Patriot Day Dinner and are so blessed to be regularly supported by this terrific group of Brother Knights of Columbus. We also could not have been prouder of the amazing presentation made by Homes for the Brave House Monitor Eugene Chesney,” said Santilli.

Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, is based in Norwalk, CT since 1914.  The Fourth Degree is the outgrowth and culmination of the desire of the Members to manifest their love for country and pride in their Catholic American heritage. In 1882, the Reverend Michael J. McGivney had founded the Knights of Columbus to provide mutual aid and assistance to its members and their families. At that time the Order had only three Degrees exemplifying the principles of Charity, Unity and Fraternity. In compliance with the wishes of the body as a whole, the national board of directors met in August 1899 and approved the addition of a Fourth Degree to the work of the Knights of Columbus. The new ritual was adopted on the 9th of December and went into effect in 1900 with its primary purpose to foster the spirit of patriotism through the demonstration of one’s love for its country and by responsible citizenship. It is the highest Degree in the Knights of Columbus, giving a greater knowledge and appreciation for our Catholic heritage.  For more information, go to Assembly100.org.

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K of C Council 14360 Lends a Hand at Notre Dame Convalescent Home

On June 10, 2017, Brother Knights from Council 14360, St. Matthew Norwalk once again visited the Notre Dame Convalescent Home in Norwalk to lend a hand with some needed landscaping and work around the campus. Over a dozen Brother Knights arrived early on a Saturday morning and together were able to accomplish a great deal.

The day’s work included weeding as well  as spreading mulch all around the property and power-washing various statues.

“It is always a pleasure to assist Sister Lucie and her staff with anything they need,” commented Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo.” They do so much for their patients that anything we can do for them, we are happy to do.”

A very special thanks to Brother AJ Cossuto of AJ’s Landscaping for contributing all of the mulch for this project as well as assistance from members of his staff!

 

 

2nd Annual Sword and Shield Golf Classic Raises Money for Local Knights’ Charities

Knights of Columbus councils are known for serving the greater good of their parishes and local communities, and many times they work as individual councils.  Two years ago, Councils 14360 at St. Matthew Norwalk and 11077 at Our Lady of the Assumption Fairfield discovered if they joined together to work on a major project, they could do even more for both of their parishes and communities.  This realization led to the two councils hooking up to host a charity golf tournament which started in 2016.

The two councils once again came together to host the 2nd Annual Sword & Shield Charity Golf Classic on June 12. Although the weather was hot and steamy with temps reaching 95 degrees it did not stop the golfers from having a great day on the links at Brownson Country Club in the Huntington section of Shelton.   The golfers enjoyed breakfast before heading out to play 18 holes of golf and finished the day with raffles and a great dinner. Both councils worked hard for nearly a year to raise funds for the organizations their councils support.

“It was a labor of love some days, but in the end these wonderful men from both councils come together and put on a wonderful event,” said K of C St. Matthew Council 14360 Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo.

Representatives from four of the organizations were present and spoke about their respective organizations at the event. Kathy Beardsworth spoke about ABRI/Homes for the Brave, which provides safe housing, vocational training and job placement, mental health and addiction services, and life skills coaching to help individuals, especially Veterans, leave homelessness behind.  Members of Malta House’s board attended and golfed in the event. Kim Petrone spoke about the mission of Malta House which promotes the dignity of God-given life by providing a nurturing home environment, support services and independent living skills to pregnant and parenting mothers of all faiths and their children.

Nancy Biggar, Event and Fundraising Coordinator for Friends of Fisher House CT, explained that Connecticut has broken ground on its first Fisher House on the VA hospital grounds on West Haven.  The Fisher House Foundation builds and maintains long term residential facilities near military hospitals nationwide due to the need of families of seriously injured soldiers needing a place to stay during the long rehabilitation process.  Around $750,000 is still needed to make the goal of 3 million dollars for completion of the construction process.  Lastly, Fran Lichtenberg explained that Off the Streets, serves the homeless & at-risk-of-becoming-homeless in Connecticut.  OTS provides much-needed security deposits & simple household basics (furnishings & necessities) for eligible candidates that gets them off the streets and into a permanent home.

“It is so nice to see representatives from the organizations that both councils assist every year attend our event.  It puts everything we do into perspective, said Sword & Shield Charity Golf Classic Co-chairman and St. Matthew Council member George Ribellino, Jr.

The Tournament is supported by many local businesses who bought sponsorships.  “The Sword and Shield Gold Tournament sponsored by the Knights of Columbus is an ideal for business to participate in worthwhile causes in Fairfield County. The Homes for Heroes is especially important to me as many veterans, including a close relative of mine, often have had difficulty fitting in after leaving the military. Groups like this provide the support to vets that many families cannot or are unable to give their loved ones. Keep up the good works, “said Ernie DesRochers, Senior Vice-President/Managing Director, Northmarq Capital.  In addition to Northmarq Capital other major sponsors included ECS Transportation, AJ’s Landscaping, Brean Capital, Financial Advisory Services, Creed Law Firm and Our Lady of the Assumption Parish.

Co-Chairman Greg Matera from Council 11077 was also thrilled with how things went. “I am proud to work with a great group of Knights who are also fabulous individuals.  Together, we will continue to grow our event for many years to come”.

Since the event was such a success for the second straight year, the Knights Councils have booked the 3rd Annual Sword & Shield Classic on June 11, 2018 at Brownson Country Club.

“It’s great to see how so much hard work comes to fruition on a beautiful day.  Standing with my Brother Knights being able to help so many great organizations is such an honor.  Is it June 2018 yet? Can’t wait to do this again!” said Council 14360 member and Sword & Shield Financial Director Anthony Armentano.

Other organizations the councils help support include Al’s Angels, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Disabled American Veterans, and Notre Dame Convalescent Home.

With more than 1.8 million members, the Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic lay organization. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, the community, families, and young people. In 2015 the Knights of Columbus at all levels of the organization raised and distributed over $175 million to charity and rendered 73.4 million hours of volunteer service.

The 2017 Sword and Shield Classic was made possible thanks to the generosity of the many sponsors and individuals who supported it. Click on the link below to view the tournament program, with a complete list of all who contributed to the success of this year’s tournament!

Knights of Columbus Golf Program 2017-Final

Knights Council 14360 Receives Two Awards at State Convention

2017 Awards Pic

Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council #14360 in Norwalk was awarded both the Culture of Life award and the Family Program award at the Knights of Columbus CT State Council’s 124th convention, held May 5-7, 2017 in Farmington.

As the fraternal year concluded, K of C Council 14360 in Norwalk finished off one of the most emotional years in the short history of the council. From running service projects to fundraiser planning and attending multiple wakes and funerals, Knights of Columbus St. Matthew Council #14360 in Norwalk worked tirelessly the last nine months to help those in need at St. Matthew church and in the surrounding community. At the state council’s 124th convention. It was awarded two program awards for its efforts – the culture of life program award for a painting/remodeling project at Malta House in Norwalk and the family program award for its second annual Family Communion Breakfast, highlighted by a spiritual talk by Father Reggie Norman, Pastor at Our Lady of Fatima church in Wilton.

“It has been a year of highs and lows, but our purpose has always been first and foremost to help our priests at St. Matthew and the non-profit organizations in our community,” says first year Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo. “I always believed that the Grand Knights before me laid down a great foundation for what we will continue to do in the future. Titles or not, we are all just Knights who share a common goal.”

The council won two program awards from the state council for the second year in a row.  The council is celebrating its 10th year in existence and has made an impact at St. Matthew Parish and the local community.  “We are so grateful to the St. Matthew Knights of Columbus.  From adding a fresh coat of paint to our offices, to delivering furniture to a former resident as she established her new home and life in Stamford, we can always count on you to lend a hand.  Your kindness and generosity helps bring hope to our mothers, and ensures their babies are born into safe and loving care. We cannot thank you enough.” said Malta House Chairperson Kim Petrone.

Malta House is a unique residential program that promotes the dignity of God-given life by providing a nurturing home environment, supportive services, and independent living skills to pregnant and parenting mothers of all faiths, and their children. Founded in 1995, Malta House is the only group home for pregnant women over 18 years old in Fairfield County, and is one of a limited number of residential programs for young parenting mothers and their babies in Fairfield County.

“I am so proud of our relationship with Malta House.  They have helped so many mothers in need over the year and will continue in the future,” said KofC Council 14360 Malta House committee chairman and Past Grand Knight George Ribellino, Jr.

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, the council members work together to foster the founding principles of their order: charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism.es and independent living skills to pregnant and parenting mothers and their children.

Hip, Hip, Hooray- St. Matthew Knights Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

On Saturday, March 11, 2017, Council 14360 held its 8th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner to raise funds for their charitable causes. Over 180 packed the Masterpool Great Room at St. Matthew Church to enjoy some fine corned beef with all the trimmings, as well as a superb performance from the Mulkerin School of Irish Dance.

“We do our very best to give our parishioners & friends a fun time, and the brother Knights pulled up their sleeves and gave their all on what’s always a fun & hectic night,” said Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo.

The K of C Sword & Shield Golf Committee, whose second annual tournament is coming up on June 12 at Brownson Country Club, presented a check for $2000.00 to Homes for the Brave with a portion of the proceeds from last year’s tournament.  The Sword & Shield Golf Tournament is a combined effort with St. Matthew Council 14360 and Our Lady of the Assumption Council 11077 in Fairfield.

“Being a Knight of Columbus for 32 years, I could not be more proud to see this great collaboration by two wonderful Councils to help our organization serve men and women who have served our country. All of us at Homes for the Brave are so grateful and appreciative of this support from my Brother Knights, “said Homes for the Brave CEO Vince Santilli.

“What an honor to present the donation to a wonderful organization like Homes for the Brave which continues to help our homeless veterans, said Sword & Shield Golf Classic Co-Chair and Past Grand Knight (Council 14360) George Ribellino, Jr.

The dinner included corned beef provided by Zody’s 19th Hole, complemented by cabbage, carrots, potatoes and soda bread — and ice cream donated by Saugatuck Sweets in Fairfield. The event also featured a “cornucopia of great raffle prizes from many local businesses.

Money raised from the dinner will help assist such local organizations as Malta House, Homes for the Brave, All Saints Catholic School, Al’s Angels, Homes for the Brave, CT Fisher House and The St. Matthew Food Pantry.

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.

 

Norwalk Sir Knights Honored for Promoting Patriotism

Knights of Columbus’ Bishop Fenwick Assembly #100, which includes many members of St. Matthew K of C Council 14360, was recently awarded the Supreme Council’s Civic Award. Besides including members of Council 14360, the Assembly is also comprised of Fourth Degree Knights from various councils in Norwalk, Wilton and Westport.

Assembly 100 was presented with the award by Connecticut District Master Allyn Temple at the last Master’s Meeting on February 5 in Brookfield.

The Supreme Civic Award is presented as a tribute to the spirit of patriotism and national pride exemplified in the patriotic activities conducted by all 4th Degree Assemblies. “Our #1 goal as an Assembly is to promote patriotism and support our veterans, said Faithful Navigator George Ribellino, Jr.  Assembly 100 is very active in such events as Columbus Day festivities, raising money for Veterans organizations including Homes for the Brave and Fisher House CT and paying tribute to those Men and Women who have and still protect our freedoms in the United States.

Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, has been based in Norwalk, CT since 1914.  The Fourth Degree is the outgrowth and culmination of the desire of the Members to manifest their love for country and pride in their Catholic American heritage. In 1882, the Reverend Michael J. McGivney had founded the Knights of Columbus to provide mutual aid and assistance to its members and their families. At that time the Order had only three Degrees exemplifying the principles of Charity, Unity and Fraternity. In compliance with the wishes of the body as a whole, the national board of directors met in August 1899 and approved the addition of a Fourth Degree to the work of the Knights of Columbus. The new ritual was adopted on the 9th of December and went into effect in 1900 with its primary purpose to foster the spirit of patriotism through the demonstration of one’s love for its country and by responsible citizenship. It is the highest Degree in the Knights of Columbus, giving a greater knowledge and appreciation for our Catholic heritage.  For more information, go to Assembly100.org.

2nd Annual Sword and Shield Golf Classic set for June 12, 2017

On Monday, June 12, 2017, the Second annual Sword and Shield Golf Classic will take place at the beautiful Brownson Country Club in nearby Huntington, Connecticut.

The Sword and Shield Classic, co-sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 11077 (Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Fairfield, CT) and Council 14360 (St. Matthew Church, Norwalk) promises to be an event not to be missed! Not only will it be a day filled with fun, great golf, and delicious food, but all proceeds will benefit a host of worthy Knights of Columbus Charities of Fairfield County, including St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Malta House, Al’s Angels, Homes for the Brave, and others.

This full day event will begin at 9:00 with registration and a Putting Contest. A full breakfast buffet will begin at 10:00 with an 18 hole “Shot Gun-Best Ball” start for all players at 11:30 including golf cart.

Refreshments and activities will be held on the course during the round of golf including a $10,000.00 Hole-in-One contest.  Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin and Closest to the Line contests will be held on selected holes along with contest prizes available on all Par 3 holes.

After golf, participants can enjoy our Putting Championship during an open bar and appetizer hour along with a full dinner buffet.

Topping off the day will be our event raffle and the King of Aces raffle featuring a full screen TV to be won by the last participant standing. Awards will be presented to the day’s activities winners as well as the first and second place foursomes.

The total cost for the full day package is $175.00 per player. Also available for the non-golfer is our $75.00 Pool and Dinner package where you can enjoy the club pool during the afternoon and join us for the open bar and dinner in the evening.

Hope you can join us for an enjoyable day on the links or by the pool and to support your Knights of Columbus councils and their worthy causes.  All are welcome to participate!  For information on registering, please go to https://squareup.com/store/kofcgolfouting, or check out the full tournament brochure by clicking on the link below:

Knights Golf brochure 2017