Assembly 100 takes part in honoring First Responders at Annual Diocese Blue Mass at St. Matthew Church
“What unites us in Christ is greater than what could divide us…”
It was an honor to be the host Assembly for the Annual Diocesan Blue Mass honoring fire, police and rescue workers that was celebrated at the 12Noon Mass at St. Matthew on Sunday, September 10, 2017. “When there is an emergency, you don’t ask if someone is a Republican or Democrat, Liberal or Conservative, English speaker or not – you serve them because they are brothers and sisters in need. You remind us what makes us a great nation, and that what unites us in Christ is greater than what could divide us because of personal differences,” said Bishop Frank J. Caggiano.
The Blue Mass, sponsored by Knights of Columbus and benefactors, recognized the following First Responders for their courage and services to the community: Officer Maryhelen McCarthy from the Patrol Division of Newtown Police Department; Weston Volunteer Fire Department EMT Mark Blake; Norwalk Fire Department Truck Co. 2 Firefighter George Baez; Norwalk, CT Police Department Officer Anthony DePanfilis, Officer Matthew Nyquist and Officer Jose Silva. A huge thanks to Sir Knights Mike Basso and Herb Ramirez for heading up the Blue Mass committee on behalf of the K of C. God Bless our first responders who keep us safe each and every day. Twenty Eight Sir Knights dressed in colors including 8 Sir Knights from Assembly 100. The Color Corps was led by Assembly 100 and Diocese Color Corps Commander Scott J. Criscuolo.
In a solemn outdoor ceremony held on Saturday morning, September 9th on the beautiful grounds of Notre Dame Health & Rehabilitation Center in Norwalk, members of Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick 4th 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 September 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 3rd 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 and the staff of Notre Dame,” Ribellino went on to say.
On a bright sunny morning, residents and patients Notre Dame, along with staff, volunteers, a Knights Color Guard formed a procession across the Notre Dame grounds to the flag pole for the blessing of a brand new American Flag donated by Assembly 100.
Father Reggie Norman, Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima parish (Wilton) and Chaplain of Knights of Columbus Assembly 100, was the celebrant of the Mass. Special American flags bearing the names of 9/11 victims were part of the ceremony as well.
Father Reggie 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 selflessness 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 Assembly 100 and members of Catholic Daughters, Court St. Matthew #2640. Following the Mass, a special picnic was held for all attendees in which the Knights helped serve.
“It was truly a special and memorable morning for all”, said Sister Lucie Monast
Notre Dame Health and Rehabilitation Center is a 60-bed residence, including 6 private rooms, and located on five landscaped acres in Norwalk, CT, 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. Notre Dame has been awarded 5 stars, the highest ranking from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. It has been named by US News & World Report as one of the Best Nursing Homes in CT. For more information go to ndhrehab.org.
Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 was chartered in Norwalk, CT 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 had 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 as a whole, 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 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. For more information, go to Assembly100.org.
The Mass was covered by local media outlets (see below).
Third Annual 9-11 Memorial Mass
Notre Dame Health and Rehabilitation Center (formerly Notre Dame Convalescent Home)
76 West Rocks Road, Norwalk
1030-Procession/Flag ceremony with residents
11am Mass-Faithful Scribe Father Reggie Norman-Celebrant
BBQ following Mass-Please email FN George Ribellino at email@example.com by Thursday, 9-7-17 if you plan to attend.
Annual Diocesan Blue Mass
St. Matthew Church, 216 Scribner Ave, Norwalk
Celebrant: Bishop Frank Caggiano
Reception following Mass-
4th Degree Master’s Meeting
St. Jude Parish, Monroe
Mass at 9am
Breakfast & Meeting to Follow, $8 (pay that day)-Any 4th Degree is invited to attend. If you plan to attend, email FN George Ribellino (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Thursday, 9-14-17.
Diocesan Pilgrimage to National Basilica in Washington DC
Check the Bridgeport Diocese Website for More Information
Veteran of the Month Ceremony
American Legion, Norwalk
Small reception in Legion Hall at the conclusion of ceremony
4th Degree Exemplification
St. Jude Parish, Monroe/Villa Bianca, Seymour
Three local Knights of Columbus Councils and Bishop Fenwick 4th Degree Assembly provide BBQ lunch for the Diocesan “Fan the Fire” Youth Rally
On Saturday, August 19th around 400 youth from the parishes in the Diocese of Bridgeport attended the Fan the Fire Youth Rally at St. Joseph’s High School in Trumbull. Fan the Fire® is a one day event designed to reach out to teens and help them to either deepen their relationship with Christ or discover it for the first time. The day consisted of a dynamic host, high-quality music, and talented local, regional and national Catholic youth speakers, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, confessions, contemporary Mass, concert, lunch and dinner.
Father Reggie Norman, Pastor for Our Lady of Fatima Church and Chaplain of Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick 4th Degree Assembly 100 reached out to Assembly 100 Faithful Navigator George Ribellino to see if the Assembly and Knights councils that make up the Assembly would be interested in sponsoring and hosting lunch for the youth. Ribellino said, “When Father Reggie mentioned this to me and what the youth rally was about, I said let me see what I can do!” Ribelllino brought this up to the 4th Degree Assembly and everyone jumped on board.
The lunch was sponsored by Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick 4th Degree Assembly No. 100 along with Norwalk councils St. Matthew #14360, Thomas J. Finn Council #46 and Wilton Our Lady of Fatima #12698. The menus consisted of hot dogs, hamburger, chips, water and lemonade. Since there was a tight schedule the Knights had to get everyone fed within an hour. Everyone was served within 20-25 minutes.
“I was so proud to see Brother Knights come together to plan and execute ad great meal for our youth, but we all got more joy seeing the youth of our diocese really enjoy a day of getting closer to Christ,” said Ribellino
The leftover food was donated to the St. Joseph’s High School Football team which was having summer scrimmages.
The American Legion Post 12 Veteran of the month Flag ceremony for Robert James Robinson, WWII veteran from Norwalk!
Norwalk-Sons of the American Legion Squadron 12 is hosting a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 9a-1130am during the Coachmen’s Rod & Custom Car Show at the American Legion Hall on 60 County Street in Norwalk. The Breakfast includes: Pancakes, Scrambled eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Orange Juice, Tea, and Coffee for $7.00 per person. No Reservations are needed. Come on down for a good old fashioned breakfast and enjoy the car show.
“Our annual pancake breakfast is always a fun event held jointly with the local and highly regarded Coachmen’s Rod and Custom car club,” said Squadron 12 Commander Pete Torrano.
This is the first e fundraising event under the new team of officers elected to SAL leadership, and we are excited to be active in assisting the American Legion with various patriotic events. The SAL Squadron 12 is in the process in planning more events in the coming months and plans to work with other patriotic organizations such as the local Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 in Norwalk.
Founded in 1932, Sons of The American Legion exists to honor the service and sacrifice of Legionnaires.
Squadrons’ campaigns place an emphasis on preserving American traditions and values, improving the quality of life for our nation’s children, caring for veterans and their families, and teaching the fundamentals of good citizenship.
Since 1988, S.A.L. has raised more than $5.8 million for The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation. S.A.L. members have volunteered over 500,000 hours at veteran’s hospitals and raised over $1,000,000 for VA hospitals and VA homes. The Sons also support the Citizens Flag Alliance, a coalition dedicated to protecting the U.S. flag from desecration through a constitutional amendment.
S.A.L. members include males of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the U.S. military and were eligible for American Legion membership. Members of The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of The American Legion comprise the Legion Family, which has a combined membership of nearly 4.2 million. If you are interested in joining this great organization, please contact Commander Pete Torrano at: email@example.com.
Honoring Samuel Grumman, Norwalk Patriot and Town Clerk in the 1700’s. He hid and saved the town’s records just before the British burned Norwalk, Connecticut’s largest battle of the Revolutionary War.
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! It was a nice treat to see former Pastor Father Armando! God Bless the newly confirmed.
Always an honor for our Assembly to take part in the American Legion Post 12 Norwalk Veteran of the Month Ceremony! Faithful Navigator George Ribellino‘s father in law Michael Moriarty was honored for June 2017. God Bless America!