It was a wonderful evening at the St Ann Club where our Assembly honored 8 Sir Knights that served but all veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms. The Sir Knights received a certificate and special gift from the Assembly.
We were honored to have 101 year old WWII veteran Nick Samodel join us for the festivities. Also, Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling congratulated our Sir Knights being honored and thanked all vets for their service.
Thanks to Air Force Vet and Chairman of the Norwalk Veterans Liaison Committee Jeff DeWitt for being our guest speaker. Faithful Navigator George Ribellino presented a special appreciation award to Sir Knight Al Latte for his many years of great service to Assembly 100. Also honored to have CT District Master Kevin Donovan attend the dinner.
A huge shoutout to our sponsors Riverside Cemetery, AJ’s Landscaping and Norwalk VFW Post 603. The food provided by our kitchen crew headed by Sir Knight Ken Prince did a phenomenal job with the great dinner they provided. Thanks to Vicki Perez for the beautiful and tasty military tank cake. Great work Monday by all the Sir Knights who assisted with being waiters, set up and clean up. Faithful Navigator George Ribellino would like to thank Al Latte, Scott Criscuolo and Giuseppe Pampena and Lee Pino for helping organize a beautiful tribute to our veterans.
Honored to help our friends/veterans at Homes for the Brave.
A small crew from Assembly 100 4th Degree helped build a kitchenette and food pantry shelf for the new Homes for the Brave Annex in downtown Bridgeport. Thanks to the members of Assembly 100 for donating a carload of food to be the first to stock the new emergency food pantry. Lastly the Assembly donated $1,000 through a grant from Brother Ray Cooke. God Bless our veterans!
Our 4th Degree Color Corps took part in the Palm Sunday Noon Mass and procession with Diocese of Bridgeport Bishop Frank Caggiano , to dedicate “Our Lady of the Visitation Chapel” at St. Matthew Church. The Chapel offers 24/7 access to Simple Exposition and is de- signed for people to visit the Lord 24/7.
Food delivered to our veterans at Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport. Our Assembly and Knights of Columbus St. Matthew #14360 have been bringing meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas for many years. It is the least we can do to show our appreciation to our veterans. Thanks to Dave Kuban and Planet Pizza Norwalk for helping us make this happen.
Assembly100 took part in the Norwalk Veterans Day Concert and Commemoration on November 11, 2021. SK Father Jeffrey Couture said the Invocation and Benediction. No one honors their veterans like the City of Norwalk and the Norwalk Veterans Liaison Committee. Thanks to our Veterans for their service.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.