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Norwalk's St. Matthew Knights Of Columbus Exceed Outreach Week Expectations

The Knights of Saint Matthew Church celebreated Outreach Week by helping the community in a number of ways. Photo Credit: Contributed
They had Mass in honor of Founder's Month. Photo Credit: Contributed
They collected donations for their food pantry. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. -- As the Knights of Saint Matthew Church celebrated its Orderwide Outreach Week, one of the Diocese of Bridgeport's most active councils inspired many through a variety of projects, all designed to help those in desperate need.

St. Matthew Council #14360 in Norwalk had it's most active week in its 7 1/2-year history.

"It's amazing what can be accomplished when we all work together for the common good. From fundraising activities to painting and  positioning church pews; Knights demonstrated a new meaning of 'faith in action.' There truly are no 'little projects' when it comes to helping those in need, " said Grand Knight George Ribellino. 

On Saturday, March 21, the council hosted its 6th Annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner. This annual fundraiser nets the largest donations of the liturgical year. More than $4,000 was raised for its charitable fund. The money is used to help a wide variety of causes in the greater Norwalk area, including Malta House and Homes for the Brave.  

“I have to thank our wonderful parishioners and guests who made this such a wonderful, fun event," said event co-chairman and Deputy Grand Knight Scott Criscuolo. 

On Sunday, March 22, and in honor of Founder’s Month, the council had a commemorative Mass and refreshments at St. Matthew’s Church to honor the venerable Friar Michael McGivney on the 133rd birthday of the order. As part of the normal bi-weekly business meeting on Wednesday, March 25, the council made a substantial donation and held a collection of items for St. Matthew’s Food Pantry.

“I’m proud and inspired by the tremendous spirit of giving that my brother Knights exhibited and for their generosity in helping families in need," said past Grand Knight and committee chairman Mike Colaluca.  

During the weekend of March 27-29, the brothers of Council #14360 were performing acts of good work throughout the city. From helping set up St. Matthew’s Living Stations of the Cross service on Friday evening to helping renovate the chapel at Notre Dame Convalescent Home throughout the day on Saturday. Brother Knights provided great assistance to Knight Al DiGuido with his “Al’s Angels Easter Basket Assembly,” which provides more than 2,000 Easter baskets to children and families battling cancer, rare blood disease and severe financial hardship.

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