Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 honored by the Supreme with Civic Award for promoting Patriotism and assisting our Veterans

 

NORWALK, Conn. – Knights of Columbus’ Bishop Fenwick 4th Assembly #100 has been awarded the Supreme Council’s Civic Award. The Assembly is comprised of Fourth Degree Knights from various councils in Norwalk, Wilton and Westport.

The Assembly was presented with the award by Connecticut District Master Allyn Temple at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury.

 

The Supreme Civic Award is presented as a tribute to the spirit of patriotism and national pride exemplified in the patriotic activities conducted by all 4th Degree Assemblies. “Our #1 goal as an Assembly is to promote patriotism, support our veterans and defend our Catholic faith,” said Faithful Navigator George Ribellino, Jr.  Assembly 100 is very active in such events as Columbus Day festivities, raising money for Veterans organizations including Homes for the Brave, American Legion and Fisher House CT and paying tribute to those men and women who have and still protect our freedoms in the United States.

Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 is hosting its Third Annual Patriot Dinner on Saturday May 11, 2018 at 7p to benefit the Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes in Bridgeport.  The fundraiser dinner will take place at the Knights Hall at St. Ann Club on 16 Hendricks Ave in Norwalk. Female Soldiers: Forgotten Heroes (FS: FH) is Connecticut’s first and only community-based transitional home exclusively for homeless female Veterans and their young children. Housed at the Nicholas A. Madaras Home, FS: FH provides ten beds for female Veterans and five beds, when available, for their young children.  Since opening in 2011, the program helps female Veterans by meeting their needs for a safe, secure home and adequate food, and by empowering residents to move forward with their long-term goals: obtaining permanent housing, achieving financial stability, and working toward greater self-determination. Each resident works with a Case Manager to develop personal, housing, and employment goals. ABRI vocational staff coach residents in the job search process, including resume writing, interview techniques, computer training, and other life skills For those interested in attending this fundraiser dinner, please go to Assembly100.org/payments to make reservations.  No walk-ins, reservations required.

In addition, the Assembly assists the youth in the city of Norwalk by making a donation to the Norwalk Public Safety Cadets since they assist with the serving, set up and clean up for the Patriot Dinner.

“I am so excited for our third annual Patriot Dinner fundraiser to help our Veterans who have defended our freedom and way of life.  If you are interested sign up quickly since limited seating is available,” said Ribellino.

Articke on Diocese of  Bridgeport website

https://www.bridgeportdiocese.org/13818-2/

Article in Norwalk Patch

https://patch.com/connecticut/norwalk/norwalk-4th-degree-knights-columbus-honored-civic-award

Assembly 100 honors our veterans

During the weekend of December 15 and 16th Assembly 100 took part in 2 special occasions honoring our veterans.  On Saturday, December 15th, a few members of the Assembly attended the Wreaths Across America ceremony at Spring Hill Veterans Cemetery in Darien.   Wreaths were placed on the headstones of our deceased veterans.  This was able to be accomplished by many local businesses and organizations that donated funds to purchase the wreaths as a part of the Wreaths Across America Day which took place at many cemeteries across the US including Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

On Sunday, December 16th,  Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 joined with Gen Philip Sheridan Assembly 107 to deliver gift bags to the patients at the VA Hospital.  Many Knights and their families joined Santa Claus in delivering the gifts and putting a smile on the veterans faces.   God Bless our veterans!

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Assembly 100 attends Diocese Of Bridgeport Special Needs Mass

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As a joyful celebration of inclusion, Saint Catherine Center held its 2018 Mass Celebrating People with Special Needs on Sunday, December 2 in Fairfield! Bishop Frank J. Caggiano celebrated the Mass and as many as 15 young people from all over the diocese received Sacraments!  Members of the Assembly 100 Color Corps along with CT District Marshal Chris Randall were honored to serve in colors for this beautiful celebration.

 

 

Assembly 100 joins forces with local councils for the K of C Coats for Kids Initiative

The day after Thanksgiving has become known as “Black Friday”, with many shoppers rushing about in search of the best deals on everything from clothing to televisions. This Black Friday for the fourth consecutive year, some members of Knights of Columbus Council 14360 spent part of their day helping those with limited funds to stay warm and happy this winter along with Brother Knights from Norwalk Council 46 and New Canaan Council 2287 and Westport Assumption Council 3688. In addition, K of C Bishop Fenwick 4th Assembly 100 joined forces to supply coats.

Brothers handed out coats for children in need at St. Joseph Church in South Norwalk as part of the Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids initiative. The coats were purchased by the four K of C Councils and 4th Degree Assembly with money generated from the council’s and Assembly’s respective fundraising activities.

The Knights of Columbus launched the coats initiative (designed to keep kids warm in harsh winter climates) in 2009. With many families with young children struggling in tough economic times, there was a clear need to provide warm winter coats to children in their communities. And so, the Knights of Columbus Coats for Kids program was born.

Since the program’s inception, the Knights of Columbus in the United States and Canada has given around 500,000 coats to children in need. Last year over 5,000 coats were distributed in various areas in Connecticut. Approximately 2,000 local Knights of Columbus councils have participated in their communities around the world. “This is the fourth year that local Knights councils collaborated to give away coats. This year we gave over 150 coats. It is an honor to help children keep warm this winter,” said Council 14360 member and CT State Knights of Columbus District Deputy and Assembly 100 Faithful Navigator George Ribellino. In addition, 2 cases of coats were delivered to the Open Door Shelter in Norwalk.

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Assembly 100 honors our Veterans

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Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 celebrated our veterans over the Veterans Day Weekend.  On Friday, November 9, 2018, members of the Color Corps joined Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School for their annual Veterans Day Mass and Assembly.  The Mass was celebrated by Faithful Friar and OLF church Pastor, Father Reggie and SK Father Damian.  Parent and current  US Army Captain Brian Rooney spoke to the children about the importance of Veterans Day and his experience in the military.   Later that evening, Sir Knights George Ribellino, Scott Criscuolo, Anthony Armentano and Jim Booth attended the annual fundraiser mini-golf tournament held by Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport.  The Assembly was a tee sponsor.

On Veterans Day November 11, 2018, members of the Color Corps led the procession for the Norwalk Exchange Club Field of Flags ceremony to honor veterans.  Former State Senator and Assembly 100 SK Larry Cafero was the master of ceremonies for the beautiful tribute.

 

 

 

 

 

Assembly 100 Sir Knights remembered at Annual Memorial Mass

On Monday, October 29, 2018 a beautiful 4th Degree Memorial Mass at Our Lady Of Fatima in Wilton, CT remembering 2 great Sir Knights who passed away over the last year; SK Joseph Huzina and SK and Past Faithful Navigator Patrick J. Finn.  Thanks to all the Sir Knights and families for attending the solemn Mass celebrated by Faithful Friar Father Father-Reginald Norman and Father Damian.  After Mass enjoyed refreshments while telling stories of our recently departed Sir Knights!  God Bless!

 

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46 Sir Knights Exemplified in Willimantic, CT on Sunday, October 21st

On Saturday, October 21, 2018, 46 new Sir Knights were exemplified at St Joseph Church in Willimantic, CT.     Five members of Assembly 100 assisted with the exemplification.  SK Paul Niche is the Captain of the Degree Team and Defender of the Faith and SK Anthony Armentano is the Registrar on the Degree team as well.  Color Corps Commander and Faithful Captain Scott Criscuolo (Bridgeport Diocesan Rep.) took part in the Degree and assisted with registration.  Faithful Navigator George Ribellino, Jr (4th Degree CT District Membership Director) and SK Jon Starr assisted with registration and other duties.   The District 4th Degree staff led by District Master Allyn Temple and Chief of Staff Kevin Donavan did a fabulous job with the assistance from San Jose Assembly 121!

“Congratulations to all the new Sir Knights!  We are so happy to have new SK’s to help foster the spirit of patriotism and to encourage active Catholic Citizenship!  I am so proud to have 5 members of Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 taking part at the state level in assisting the District Master to help with the exemplification,” said FN George Ribellino, Jr.

The next exemplification will take place on May 5, 2019 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Hamden, CT  Details to follow.  Save the date!

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Assembly 100 Marches in 1st Norwalk Columbus Day Parade

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Norwalk’s Italian-American community celebrated its heritage during a Columbus Day parade along West Avenue in Norwalk on Oct. 7.

The event took place this year  after plans for a 2017 Columbus Day parade fizzled for logistical reasons.

The parade route, from Wall Street to Heritage Wall, was a joint effort between the Italian American Police Society of Southern Connecticut, the Norwalk Sons and Daughters of Italy, the Knights of Columbus and the St. Ann Club of Norwalk. It was the first such parade in was may become an annual event.  Members of the K of C Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 color corps marched as well as non color corps members.

The parade stepped off around noon from the Eagles Club on Mott Avenue and proceeded down West Avenue to the Christopher Columbus monument at Heritage Wall, where former state House Republican Leader and Knights of Columbus member Lawrence F. Cafero Jr. of Norwalk spoke.   Afterward, St. Ann Club hosted a Mass and dinner with Sons and Daughters of Italy at the St. Ann Club on Hendricks Avenue.

Pic credits-The Hour newspaper

 

Assembly 100 participates in Papal Honors Vespers Service-Diocese of Bridgeport

September 29,2018-Assembly members were honored to be a part of the Papal Honors Vespers Service. God Bless all of the recipients.
BRIDGEPORT– In a joyful and reverent Evening Vespers Service lifted by the music of the Diocesan Youth Choir and the Latin Schola of St. Augustine Cathedral, Bishop Frank Caggiano conferred Papal Honors on 20 men and women from the diocese.

During the beautiful one-hour prayer service the bishop inducted ten men and women into the Order of Saint Gregory the Great and ten into the Pontifical Equestrian Order of Saint Sylvester, Pope and Martyr.  Check out pictures and video will montage of the event below:

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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.

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