Members of Assembly 100 participate in Annual Diocesan Blue Mass

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Bagpipes played a reverent tune at the annual diocesan Blue Mass honoring fire, police and first responders who serve the diocese. The Mass was held on Sunday, September 9 at 10:30 am at St. Joseph Church in Danbury in solemn commemoration of the 17th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on 9-11.

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano was the main celebrant along with diocesan priests who serve as police and fire chaplains in Fairfield County. Father Charles Allen, special assistant to the president of Fairfield University, served as chairman of the event.

Four members of Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 dressed in regalia along with other Sir Knights from Fairfield County.  FN George Ribellino, Color Corps Commander Scott Criscuolo, SK Mike Colaluca and SK Scott Mazzo made the trek from Norwalk to Danbury to honor local police, fire and emergency services personnel.  The Blue Mass takes its name from the blue uniforms worn by police, fire and emergency personnel.   The Blue Mass is sponsored by The Fairfield County Councils and Assemblies of the Knights of Columbus and other generous benefactors throughout Fairfield County.

Assembly 100 Remembers those lost on 9-11-01 with Memorial Mass at Notre Dame Health and Rehabilitation Center

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NORWALK, Conn. — In a solemn outdoor ceremony held on Saturday, Sept. 9 on the beautiful grounds of Notre Dame Health & Rehabilitation Center in Norwalk, members of Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick Fourth Degree Assembly were joined by their families as well as residents and staff of Notre Dame at a special Mass in remembrance of those who lost their lives sixteen years ago on Sept. 11, 2001.

“It is nice to take time to honor those we lost on that day,” said George Ribellino, Faithful Navigator of Assembly 100. “This is the fourth year of having the Memorial Mass and picnic with the residents of Notre Dame and we are so appreciative of the hospitality of Sister Lucie, Sister Frances and the staff of Notre Dame.”

On a cloudy morning, residents and patients Notre Dame, along with staff, volunteers, and a Knights Color Guard formed a procession across the Notre Dame grounds to the flag pole where everyone in attendance recited the Pledge of Allegiance and the procession continued to the courtyard for the Mass.

Father Reggie Norman, Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima parish in Wilton and Chaplain of Knights of Columbus Assembly 100, was the celebrant of the Mass along with Father Paul Sankar, Father Daivd Blanchfield, Father Gustavo Falla and Father Stephen Balint who is a resident of ND.  Norman, in his homily about the 9-11 Anniversary said, “9/11 is a day to remember: Remember who we are and what we are about. It was not a time of selfishness but a time of togetherness. Let us return to the time where we work and pray for each other.

The Mass was coordinated by Notre Dame’s Sister Lucie Monast, SSTV, with assistance from KofC Assembly 100 (4th Degree).  In addition, Father Reggie thanked the Sisters of St. Thomas of Villanova for their 70 years of service in the United States.

Following the Mass, a special picnic was held for the residents, families and Knights of Columbus.

“It was truly a special and memorable morning for all”, said Monast

Notre Dame Health and Rehabilitation Center is a 60-bed residence, including six private rooms, and located on five landscaped acres in Norwalk. It is operated under the loving sponsorship of The Sisters of Saint Thomas of Villanova. Their goal is to optimize the quality of life for the chronically ill and convalescent elderly.

Assembly 100 travels to Coney Island for Our Lady of Solace Confirmation Mass

A great honor to serve in colors for the confirmation Mass for our friends at Our Lady of Solace Parish in Coney Island, NY. We love the parishioners and their Pastor Father Shiju! The Mass was celebrated by Diocese of Brooklyn Auxiliary Bishop Paul Sanchez.  Former District Master Charlie Sullivan and Former Chief of Staff Joe Duplessie joined the Assembly in colors for the Mass.   God Bless the newly confirmed.

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Members of Assembly 100 help lead Corpus Christi Eucharistic Procession hosted by St. Matthew Church

On Sunday, June 3rd, St. Matthew Church (Norwalk) hosted a Eucharistic Procession led by Diocese of Bridgeport Most Reverend Bishop Frank Caggiano.  Bishop Caggiano led the procession through the streets of West Norwalk with close to 600 people from the churches of Diocese of Bridgeport Deanery G.  The participants recited the Rosary and sang Eucharistic Hymns.  The public witness to our faith was a “moment of Grace.”

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Assembly 100 Marches in Norwalk Memorial Day Parade

The 2018 Norwalk Memorial Day Parade made its way from Veterans Park up to The Historic Town Green on Monday, May 28.  Some members of the Assembly dressed in regalia and marched in the parade along with Brothers from K of C South Norwalk Council #1253 and St. Matthew Council #14360.  After 2 years of being rained out the parade went on as scheduled in front of large crowds and members of many civic and fraternal organizations.  It was a beautiful way to honor our fallen heroes.

 

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Assembly 100 Honors our Veterans

On Saturday, May 19 Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 took part in the Annual Flag placing ceremony at St John Cemetery in Norwalk.  The Flag Placement Ceremony was started 28 years ago and has been sponsored by King Industries in Norwalk.   For the past 4 years Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 has been invited to provide an Honor Guard for the ceremony. The event takes place once a year near Memorial Day, where volunteers place flags on the graves of more than 5,000 military veterans across eight Norwalk Cemeteries.  Check out the picture gallery from The Hour newspaper.   https://www.thehour.com/news/article/Flags-placed-at-St-Johns-Cemetery-to-honor-12927965.php#item-85307-tbla-10

On Sunday, May 20th, Assembly 100 was honored to be a part the re-dedication of the Shea-McGrath Memorial at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk.  The event included the re-dedication of plaques honoring Norwalk’s Medal of Freedom recipients Shea and Magrath and other Norwalk veterans who died while serving their country.  God Bless our veterans!  Check out the picture gallery from The Hour newspaper.https://www.thehour.com/news/article/Shea-Magrath-Memorial-Veterans-Hall-of-Honor-12931683.php

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2 Sir Knights Exemplified into the 4th Degree

 

On Sunday, April 22nd over 60 candidates were exemplified to the 4th Degree in Plainville, CT at Our Lady of Mercy Church.  Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 welcomed SK Mark Ludwig (St. Matthew Council No. 14360) and Chris Switzer (Our Lady of Fatima Council No. 12698).   Assembly 100 is honored to have 2 new Sir Knights in the Assembly and we welcome them with open arms.

Great job by Assembly 100 members SK Paul Niche, SK Anthony Armentano, SK Scott Scriscuolo and FN George Ribellino for assisting with the exemplification.  Great work by the Degree team led by SK Paul Niche.SK Anthony Armentano made his debut on the 4th Degree team as Registrar and did a great job.

A special thanks to District Master Allyn Temple and his staff along with Rev. Francis J. Finn Assembly 131 in Plainville for hosting a memorable day.

Congratulations to our dear friend and mentor Former District Master Charlie Sullivan for being the special honoree at the banquet.

Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick 4th Degree Assembly No. 100 2nd Annual Knights of Columbus Patriot Dinner raises $2,000 for Veterans and Local Youth

 

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NORWALK, Conn. — The Norwalk-based Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick 4TH Degree Assembly No. 100 recently hosted its 2nd Patriot Dinner, which raised a total of $2,000 for veterans of American Legion Frank C Godfrey Post 12 Norwalk and American Legion James B. Whipple Post 86 Wilton.  In addition a portion of the funds was donated to the young men and women of the Norwalk Public Safety Cadets Post 1913.

The fundraiser dinner took place on Saturday, April 14th at the Knights Hall (next to St. Ann Club), 16 Hendricks Ave. in Norwalk. The dinner was a sell out with 105 guests which included members of both American Legion Posts, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and members of the Knights of Columbus.

The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that advocates for veterans via grass-roots involvement in the legislative process. Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to their community, state, and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands not behind politics, but behind veterans, focusing on the issues and people that affect veteran’s rights and quality of life.  The Legion posts are very active in Norwalk and Wilton by hosting such events as tending Veteran’s graves and performing the Veteran of the Month ceremony to commemorate a deceased Veteran.

 

Commander Rich Olson, American Legion Post 12 Norwalk and Don Hazzard, American Legion Post 86 were presented checks by Knights of Columbus Faithful Navigator, George Ribellino.  “Post 12 is most appreciative of the continued support of the Knights of Columbus.  They are always present at our big events such as the Veteran of the Month Flag ceremony,” said Commander Olson.

 

Commander Hazzard went on to say, “Post 86 is most grateful to the Knights of Columbus for hosting the dinner to help raise fund for both Legion Posts.”

The goal of Faithful Navigator George Ribellino has been to conduct a fundraiser once a year for a specific veteran’s organization since he took over in September 2016.

“Last year we raised funds for Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport which does great work for our veterans and the Assembly voted to have the dinner for the American Legion Posts in Norwalk and Wilton,” 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 and the great dedicated members of the St. Ann Club 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.”

“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.

In addition, K of C Assembly No. 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.

“My daughter is a member of the Norwalk Public Safety Cadets and I see what 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 thankful for the help they provided.  We were happy to return the favor with a donation for their hard work.”

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.

Check out the articles below

Second Annual K of C Patriot Dinner raises $2,000 for Veterans and Local Youth

 

https://patch.com/connecticut/norwalk/2nd-annual-patriot-dinner-raises-2-000-veterans-youth

 

 

Assembly 100 takes part in the Norwalk Police Emerald Society St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The parade began at Veteran’s Park, proceeding up Washington Street, onto North Main Street and ended at Pine Street.
In addition to members  from K of C Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100, the parade featured the music of the Fairfield County Police Pipes and Drums, the Greenwich Pipe Band, along with members of the Norwalk Police Emerald Society, Norwalk Police Department, Norwalk Fire Department, Rowayton Fire Department, Norwalk Hospital Emergency Medical Service, Norwalk veterans, O’Neill’s Irish Pub float, Irish Step Dancers, the Pyramid Shriners and more.

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Bishop Fenwick Assembly at the Norwalk Catholic Club Lincoln Dinner

The Assembly was honored to be invited to take part in the Annual Lincoln Day Dinner hosted by the Norwalk Catholic Men’s Club.  Great job by Brother Larry Cafero for doing a great job at Toastmaster and always great to see Bishop Frank Caggiano!  Also a fabulous meal at Water’s Edge at Giovanni’s in Darien. God Bless!

 

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