Knights Of Columbus Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 Raises Funds For Norwalk PAL

4th Annual Patriot Dinner brings in $1,100 for Norwalk Youth Programs

NORWALK—The Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick 4th Degree Assembly No. 100 recently hosted its 4th Annual Patriot Dinner on Saturday, July 10th at the St. Ann Club in Norwalk. The dinner raised over $1,100 for the Norwalk Police Activities League. In addition, a portion of the funds raised through a raffle will help the Knights of Columbus purchase supplies for the Cadet Post.

The dinner was attended by over 130 guests which included members of the Sons of American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and members of the Knights of Columbus.  The title sponsor for the dinner was Assembly member Mike Purdy and his company Riverside Cemetery in Norwalk

“I am so appreciative of Brother Mike Purdy and his company Riverside Cemetery for being a sponsor which helped offset the costs so we can donate more funds to PAL,” said Assembly 100 faithful navigator George Ribellino, Jr.

Guest speaker was former Norwalk Public Safety Cadets Captain and new member of the West Hartford Police Department, Officer Noah Velez   Officer Velez spoke about how the Cadet program run by Norwalk PAL helped him grow as a person and deal with adversity in his journey and dream of becoming a police officer.  The crowd was so impressed with his story and gave him a standing ovation.

The Norwalk Police Activities League (PAL) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the youth of Norwalk with positive alternatives to the all too available paths of idleness and delinquency that can ultimately lead to crime. The league provides various cultural, educational, and athletic experiences to these youngsters who are in the greatest need of leadership, guidance, and understanding.

Ribellino had a vision of a fundraiser once a year for a specific Veterans or Law Enforcement Organization when elected to lead the Assembly in September 2016. “One of my goals, when I took over as the Faithful Navigator of the Assembly, was to assist an organization that works and helps our veterans and our law enforcement”, he said.  Assembly member Al Latte oversaw the catering part of the dinner. Ribellino went on the say “I am so appreciative of Brother Al for overseeing the kitchen. I am thankful for him and the Brother Knights and members of St. Ann Club who prepared a delicious Italian meal.

In addition, Assembly 100 wanted to do something for the youth and future leaders in our community, so they decided to help the young men and woman in the Norwalk Public Safety Cadets Post 1913.  This was a tradition that was started with the first dinner in 2017.

“My daughter is the Captain of the Norwalk Public Safety Cadets and I see the program has done for her by helping her grow into a disciplined young lady, so we’re thrilled to help such a great group of young adults,” said Ribellino.

The Norwalk Public Safety Cadets assisted with serving and clean up. Ribellino went on to say, “I was so impressed at how the Cadets jumped right in and made the attendees feel right at home. I am so grateful for the help they provided. We were happy to return the favor with the donation of supplies.”

Officer Matt Sauer spoke fondly of the Cadets, “These kids are amazing.”

The Public Safety Cadet program is a shared program between the Norwalk Police and Fire Departments for youth ages 13-20. This program gives youth the opportunity to learn about both departments while participating in community service and learning leadership.

At the end of the evening, Ribellino presented a check for $1,100 to Officer Matt Sauer and the Norwalk Public Safety Cadets.

“We would like to thank the Knights of Columbus for graciously hosting this patriot dinner to benefit Norwalk PAL. Through your generous donations we can continue to provide enriching programs to our youth of Norwalk, “said Officer Sauer.

Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 4th Degree Knights of Columbus has been based in Norwalk, Conn., 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 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, 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 that year 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.

Assembly 100 Awarded the Star Assembly Award

Assembly 100 takes part in 9-11 Memorial Ceremony

A beautiful 9-11 Memorial Ceremony celebrated by Faithful Friar Father-Reginald Norman. The ceremony took place at the Our Lady of Fatima Memorial Garden. Praying for all those lost on that tragic day. Assembly 100 provided an Honor Guard for this solemn event.

Faithful Friar Father Reggie Norman honored as local hero

Thanks Father-Reginald Norman for all that you do for your parish, community and the Knights. We love you! God Bless! Check out the link below for the article on Father Reggie in the Wilton Patch. He was nominated by FN George Ribellino and other parishioners for his heroic work during the pandemic.

Assembly 100 provides lunch for our veterans at Homes for the Brave

Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 delivered meals from Dave’s Planet Pizza to the veterans and staff at Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport on Tuesday, June 30th. God Bless our veterans for their service to our country and a huge thanks to Vince Santilli and the staff at Homes for the Brave for the great work they do daily to assist our veterans. Shout out to Dave Kuban and Planet Pizza for helping us do this. God Bless!

Assembly 100 Stepping Up During the COVID-19 pandemic

Check out the article from the 6/12/20 special Knightline edition from Supreme. Faithful Navigator was interviewed about how Assembly 100 and St. Matthew Council 14360 went to work on helping the community during the pandemic.

Honoring Our Veterans

On Friday, January 17th, we honored 15 members of our Assembly who are veterans at our Inaugural Veterans Recognition Dinner. 2 of those Vets are from WWII. Each Veteran received certificate and a gift from the Assembly.

Thanks to SK’s Giuseppe Pampena and Scott Criscuolo for helping FN George Ribellino with organizing the event.

A special thanks to Sir Knights Al Latte and Ken Prince for leading the kitchen crew and will deliver a wonderful meal A heartfelt thanks to Vicki Perez for the beautiful and delicious cake that we will enjoy Thanks to all the SK’s serving and to my daughter Mia and friends Roman and Buckley for helping with clean up in the kitchen Your help is most appreciated in helping us honor our veterans in a special way. Gratitude to GK Walter Cerrtani and Council 46 for their hospitality in using the hall.

Thanks to News 12 CT for coming out to cover this beautiful event!

First and foremost, I want to begin tonight by recognizing all those among us who have been a part of the great brotherhood and sisterhood we call the U.S. military—our veterans, active-duty service members, guardsmen and reservists. It is your service and sacrifice that has kept our country safe and free. Not only have you defended our country but as a 4th Degree Knight in Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 you continue to defend our Catholic Faith and foster the spirit of patriotism through the demonstration of one’s love for its country and by responsible citizenship.

No matter which branch you served in, whatever your job path or how many years you served, raising your hand and committing yourself to service in the military was a brave and selfless act. One that resulted in few guarantees—of where you would be assigned; whether and where you might deploy; and, in some cases, if you would return home in one piece—or at all.

Thanks Again for your service. You knew the risks but you accepted them in many cases so that others did not have to God Bless you and God Bless our great nation the United States of America. -Faithful Navigator George Ribellino -Friday, January 17, 2020.

Bringing Christmas Cheer to our Veterans

A rewarding day delivering Christmas presents to our veterans at the VA Hospital in West Haven.  Our Assembly joined Assembly 107 who started this beautiful tradition 27 years ago.  It was so beautiful to see the smiles on the patients faces as Santa, his Knights and families delivered gifts and greetings.  It is an honor to thank our men and women for their service to our great nation. God Bless and Merry Christmas.

Greater Norwalk Knights of Columbus Councils/Assembly 100 hold Annual Coats for Kids Event

Coat Distribution Event’s Record Response Demonstrates Community Need

Norwalk, Conn. – More than 220 brand new and 75 gently used winter coats were distributed during the Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids event held this year at Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) on November 23, 2019. This event helps keep kids warm over the winter months by providing this necessity, and this year’s event had a record response with all coats claimed in just 45 minutes. 

Knights of Columbus Councils from Norwalk, Darien, New Canaan, Westport, Weston, and Wilton came together purchase the new coats. The local event is part of the Knights of Columbus national Neighbors Helping Neighbors initiative and, since the program launched in 2009, more than 390,000 coats have been distributed in 49 states and all 10 Canadian provinces.

“While our society is pushing us to purchase items for the Christmas season, we don’t want to forget those that need basic necessities for the upcoming cold winter season,” said Project Chairman and District Deputy George Ribellino, Jr. “It’s great to see brother Knights come together from different councils to combine resources to help more people in need.”

The Coats for Kids distribution took place at the same time as the Connecticut Food Bank’s mobile food pantry distributed fresh groceries outside in partnership with Filling in the Blanks and Family & Children’s Agency.

“By bringing the incredible generosity of the Knights of Columbus and the vital resource of the Connecticut food bank into our community, we make it easier for our neighbors in need to access the services they need,” said Robert F. Cashel, President & CEO of Family & Children’s Agency. “The incredible response to the coat drive demonstrates how great the need in our community is.”

Funds were raised by the Greater Norwalk Councils and Assembly 100 to purchase the brand new coats. 

Thomas J Finn Council No. 46-Norwalk 
Rev John Stapleton Council 2287-New Canaan
Westport Council No. 3688
Rev James McGuane Council No. 4460-Darien
Our Lady of Fatima Council No. 12698-Wilton
St Matthew Council No. 14360
St Francis of Assisi Council No. 17166
Bishop Fenwick 4th Degree Assembly 100

Family & Children’s Agency is a leading non-profit human services organization with programs for community members of all ages, including behavioral and mental health, addiction recovery services, after-school programs, parenting education, homeless services, family counseling, specialized foster care, home care for older adults, and more. The organization serves more than 13,000 people every year.  

About the Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is one of the nation’s premiere volunteer and charitable organizations. Last year, Knights worldwide donated more than 75.6 million hours, and more than $185 million to charitable causes in communities throughout the Americas, as well in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. From helping children in need, to providing wheelchairs for the disabled, to helping stock food banks, to offering top-rated and affordable life insurance to its members, the Knights has been at the service of the community for more than 130 years.

Assembly 100 Honors Those that served in Honor of Veterans Day

Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 takes pride every year in honoring those who served our country defending our freedom and way of life here in the United States of America. The Assembly took part in 3 great events in honor of our Vets.

On Friday, November 8, Assembly members FN George Ribellino, Captain Scott Criscuolo, Pilot Anthony Armentano and SK Jim Booth attended the Homes for the Brave Annual Mini-Golf Tournament. The money raised at the tournament goes to assist homeless veterans.

On Sunday, November 10th, the Assembly took part in the Annual Norwalk Exchange Club Field of Flags. The Assembly provided Honor Guard for the procession and ceremony. Many members of the Assembly also attended the ceremony which honored our veterans.

Check out the coverage of the event on News 12

Later that day, 30 members of the Assembly attended the Annual Veterans Recognition Dinner at the American Legion Frank C Godfrey Post 12 in Norwalk. Sgt Juliet Taylor past speaker at the Assembly’s Annual Patriot Dinner was the featured speaker and her emotional story inspired the attendees.

God Bless our veterans past and present.

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