Assembly 100 teams with local councils to distribute over 500 Coats as part of the Coats for Kids program

NORWALK—More than 500 brand new coats, winter hats and gloves were distributed by the Greater Norwalk area Knights of Columbus Councils as part of the Order’s Coats for Kids Initiative with Family & Children’s Agency (FCA). This Initiative helps keep kids warm over the winter months by providing this necessity. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Knights had to do it slightly different this year. Normally, the families would come down to the distribution site and the Knights would assist with finding the correct size. To be safe during the pandemic, the Knights of Columbus and FCA decided to have the Knights set up the coats at FCA’s building on 140 Water Street on Saturday, October 30th. FCA will have social workers pick up the coats and distribute them to the families directly. “Even though we had to change how we do the event, the most important thing is that children will receive a warm coat for the upcoming winter season”, said Project Chairman George Ribellino. Knights of Columbus Councils from Norwalk, Darien, New Canaan, Westport, Wilton and 4th Degree Assembly 100 came together to purchase the brand new coats. The local event is part of the Knights of Columbus national Leave No Neighbor Behind initiative. Since the program launched in 2009, more than 500,000 coats have been distributed in 49 states and all 10 Canadian provinces. “The pandemic has created an even bigger need in our community so we do what Knights do and help our Brothers and Sisters when times are rough,” said Ribellino. “It’s great to see brother Knights come together from different councils to combine resources to help more people in need.” In addition the CT State Council contributed 10 cases of coats to assist with the effort. The CT State Council will be assisting 10 more local distributions throughout the state due to the massive need. “The Knights of Columbus Connecticut State Council was happy to partner with our councils in the greater Norwalk area. Together we were able to produce our largest donation to-date to Family and Children’s Agency of Norwalk. This event marks the beginning of our 2021 Coats for Kids campaign. This year Connecticut Knights of Columbus have plans to donate more than 3,000 coats at more than 10 sites throughout the state,” said Thomas Peretta, CT Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids Chairman. Before the coats were sorted, St Matthew Church (Norwalk) Pastor Father Jeffrey Couture blessed the coats. “I was so appreciative of Father Jeff for taking time out of his busy schedule to come down early on a Saturday morning to bless the coats,” said Ribellino Huge thanks go out to St Matthew Parishioners Karen Delvecchio, Terri Sargent and Peggy Bonhage for donated handmade winters hats and scarves. Local participating councils

Father John Stapleton Council #2287-New Canaan Church of the Assumption Council #3688-Westoport REVEREND James J MvGuane Council # 4460-Darien Our Lady of Fatima Council #12698-Wilton St Matthew Council #14360-Norwalk Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 4th Degree “Everyone deserves to be warm over the winter, and I am grateful to the Knights of Columbus for this incredible effort and the impact it has on our clients and our community,” said Robert F. Cashel, President & CEO of Family & Children’s Agency.

About the K of C Coats for Kids Program The goal of the Coats for Kids program is to ensure that children in need across North America have a warm, winter coat. Launched in 2009, the K of C Coats for Kids program, through the efforts of Knights of Columbus councils in the United States and Canada, has provided more than 800,000 new coats to children in need. About the Knights of Columbus In 1882, Blessed Michael McGivney, then a young parish priest in New Haven, Conn., founded the Knights of Columbus to serve the needs of a largely immigrant Catholic community. What began as a small fraternal benefit society has since grown into one of the world’s leading international charitable organizations, with 2 million members in more than 16,000 local councils. During the past year, Knights around the world donated more than 47 million service hours and $150 million for worthy causes in their communities. The Knights of Columbus also offers extensive life insurance products to members and their families and currently has more than $116 billion of life insurance policies in force. In addition, the Knights provides investment services in accord with Catholic social teaching through Knights of Columbus Asset Advisors, which holds nearly $30 billion in assets under management. Based on the founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity, the Order remains committed to strengthening Catholic families and parishes and to practicing faith in action through service to all in need. To learn more or to join the Knights of Columbus, please visit kofc.org/join. About the Family & Children’s Agency 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. www.FamilyandChildrensAgency.org

Assembly 100 celebrates Columbus Day

Assembly 100 took part in a Columbus Day celebration at the St Ann Club in Norwalk. Knights celebrate Columbus Day, knowing that our namesake gave voice to generations of Catholics, and helped pave a path for our diverse society.

Assembly 100 participates in Diocese of Bridgeport Annual Blue Mass

5 members of our Color Corps took part in the Annual Diocese of Bridgeport Blue Mass at St Catherine of Siena/St Agnes Parish in Greenwich. It was a beautiful tribute to those first responders who protect us and keep us safe each and every day. God Bless them and God Bless America! Thanks at Diocese of Bridgeport and Photographer : Amy Mortensen for the pics.

Assembly 100 take part Two 20th Anniversary 9-11 Masses

1st 9-11 Memorial Event today at the 8am Mass at Our Lady of Fatima in Wilton. Father-Reginald Norman gave a beautiful homily. “Let us remember our fallen ones this day and the sacrifice for those that saved so many. Let us go about our business day by day being Christians united in love. Christ asked us to love one another”-Father Reggie. At the conclusion on Mass we held a special ceremony and wreath laying at the 9-11 Memorial Garden.

We co-hosted our 2nd Assembly 9-11 Memorial Mass St. Matthew Church along with Knights of Columbus St Matthew Council 14360. St Matthew Pastor Father Jeff Couture gave an heartfelt inspiring homily. There was a beautiful 9-11 Flag of Honor ceremony with the Norwalk Public Safety Cadets. St Michael medals and prayers cards were given to all who attended the Mass.

Assembly 100 honor Past Faithful Navigator George Lukach

On a gray and overcast day we gathered a dozen strong to honor Past Faithful Navigator and veteran George Lukach at the American Legion Norwalk Post 12 Veteran of the Month Flag Ceremony. In addition, there was a special moment of silence to honor the 13 fallen service members in Afghanistan.

Assembly 100 provides Color Guard for UNH Football game

Assembly 100 Faithful Navigator George Ribellino and CT District Co-Marshall/Faithful Captain Scott Criscuolo along with Assembly 2459 members Color Corps Commander Frank Quadrino and Joseph Sean Aparicio provided a Color Guard for the first University of New Haven Chargers Football game of the 2021 season. FN George and DM/FC Scott Criscuolo are UNH Alums from the Class of 1995.

Our Lady of Fatima unveils new Altar and Crucifix

Assembly 100 was honored to take part in the Mass to consecrate the new Altar and sanctuary at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Wilton. A great turnout for our Faithful Friar Father Reggie Norman. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Caggiano.

Father Reggie hosts Assembly 100 Cook-out

A huge thanks to Faithful Friar Father-Reginald Norman for hosting us at the OLF Rectory for our Assembly cook-out! Father Reggie was an awesome host! A good time was had by all.

Assembly 100 members in Honor Guard for 139th Supreme Convention

Members of the Assembly 100 Color Corps were honored to take part in the Opening and Memorial Masses at the 139th Annual Supreme Convention in New Haven on Aug 3-4. Thanks to Southern CT District Marshal Scott Criscuolo, FN George Ribellino, Color CorpsCommander Giuseppe Pampena, SK Anthony Armentano, SK Jim Booth and SK Mike Aldrich for being a part of these beautiful Masses.

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.

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