Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 was honored to serve in colors for 4 great events over the weekend. On Saturday November 4th, Color Corps Commander Scott Criscuolo and Faithful Navigator George Ribellino were in colors for the Mass of Installation of Father Jeff Couture as new Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi in Weston, CT.
On Sunday, November 5th, CCC Scott and FN George served in colors for the Memorial Mass at St. Aloysius in New Canaan, CT for Rev John Stapleton Council No. 2287 and the Catholic Daughters. Sir Knights Scott and George then headed to Norwalk where they met up with SK Anthony Cossuto to serve in colors for the American Legion Post 12 Norwalk Veteran of the Month Flag ceremony which was held inside the Legion Hall due to the inclement weather. Finally after a short break, George, Scott and Faithful Pilot Anthony Armentano headed to Fairfield to Holy Cross Church for the Diocese Mass for People With Special Needs celebrated by Vicar General Msgr. Tom Powers. This was such an honor for the Assembly to serve in colors for these great events. God Bless!
The annual Mass to celebrate people with disabilities held on November 5 was hosted by St. Catherine Center for Special Needs in Fairfield. The Sir Knights from Assembly 100 were honored to serve as a honor guard for the Mass
It has been customary at this Mass to offer the opportunity for individuals to receive one or more Sacraments of Initiation, with preparation that has taken place outside the typical faith formation program. Gail Mikolsky, director of parish and community outreach for the center, worked with directors of religious education (DREs) throughout the diocese to coordinate preparation and participation. Planning and coordination with the parish religious education programs began in the spring.
“Collaborating with the parishes, we get the opportunity to listen to parents and to create a welcoming and comforting setting for these children to participate in the Mass,” commented Mikolsky. This year, there were 17 young people from 11 different parishes and St. Catherine Academy who received sacraments.
Msgr. Thomas Powers, vicar general of the diocese, celebrated Mass with a church filled with families, St. Catherine Center board members and staff, Knights of Columbus honor guard and friends of St. Catherine Center. Anna Stowe, a confirmand from St. Catherine Academy, and her brother presented the first and second readings. Nicholas D’Ostilio, confirmand and parishioner of St. Peter Parish in Danbury led the Prayer of the Faithful and Philip Palilla, a confirmand from St. Catherine Academy and St. Rose of Lima Parish, presented the gifts at the offertory, accompanied by his family.
In his homily, Msgr. Powers spoke of the virtue of humility. “If we are truly humble, we see ourselves as God sees us,” he began. “These children of God are the essence of humility and are welcomed and valued in the eyes of God.”
“This annual Mass reminds us that all are welcomed in our Church,” commented Helen Burland, executive director of the center. “Each of us must work to encourage the full participation of all people in the life of our parishes and the diocese. Our efforts on a daily basis focus on the ordinary. But today, we celebrate the extraordinary”
Following Mass, Msgr. Powers, several board members and Ryan, one of the adult program participant. Portions of this post are from the Diocese of Bridgeport website.
Check out the link below to the K of C Supreme website about Assembly 100’s involvement in the co-sponsoring the lunch at the Diocese of Bridgeport Fan the Fire Youth Rally in August 2017.
On Sunday, October 9. 2017, Columbus Day and Italian Heritage was celebrated at St. Ann Club in Norwalk. This has been a tradition or many years for the ceremony to take place at Heritage Wall on West Ave in Norwalk. Due to inclement weather for the 2nd straight year, the ceremony was moved to the St. Ann Club with Mass celebrated by Father Tim Iannacone and a great Italian meal for all the guests in attendance. Bishop Fenwick Assembly provided an Honor Guard with FN George Ribellino, Color Corps Commander Scott Criscuolo, SK Tim Horne and SK Steve Haywood. A great day was had by all!
Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 held the installation of Assembly officers on Wednesday, October 4, 2017. Former District Master Charlie Sullivan installed the officers with assistance from his wife Vivian, SK Lou Imperato and FN George Ribellino’s daughter Mia. At the conclusion the officers and Assembly members enjoyed refreshments. Below are the officers for the 2017-2018 fraternal year.
2017-2018 Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 Officers
Faithful Navigator- George R Ribellino, Jr.
Faithful Comptroller- Dave McCarthy
Faithful Friar- Rev Reginald D Norman
Faithful Captain- Scott J Criscuolo
Faithful Admiral- Patrick J Finn, PFN
Faithful Purser -Scott Mazzo
Faithful Pilot -Anthony J Armentano
Faithful Scribe -Bud Taylor
Inner Sentinel- Timothy J Horne
Outer Sentinel- Anthony T Cossuto
One Year Trustee- Peter Richter
Two Year Trustee- Al Latte
Three Year Trustee-Bill Berger, PFN
Color Corps Commander-Scott J. Criscuolo
“What are you looking for? What is it that you see?” the Bishop said to begin his homily, noting that it was a question that Jesus asked his disciples.
“It is a question that roots each of our lives and one we bring to this sacred space,” the bishop said, reassuring worshippers that the Blessed Mother opens a path to the Lord.
On Saturday, September 23rd, Bishop Frank Caggiano echoed those words in his homily to a packed house of more than 4000 pilgrims from the Diocese of Bridgeport, New York City, China and the Philippines at the Basilica at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC. The Mass was held in tribute to the Rosary Walk dedicated to 100th Anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima to three shepherd children by Bishop Caggiano’s private foundation and other donations.
More than 1500 pilgrims boarded buses in the early morning from all over Fairfield County with an additional 500 who drove down on their own. Three Knights of Columbus members from Knights of Columbus Council 14360 and Bishop Fenwick 4th Degree Assembly 100 in Norwalk represented the Knights of Columbus in the Mass and procession. The 3 Knights, Faithful Navigator George Ribellino, Color Corps Commander, Scott Criscuolo and Faithful Pilot Anthony Armentano travelled on a bus which left St. Matthew Parish (Norwalk) that morning at 7am.
Being a Knight is an honor by itself; having the opportunity of representing my council and assembly in such a storied setting was a humbling and joyful experience,” said Armentano
On the ride down on the bus from St. Matthew, Parochial Vicar Father Tomi Thomas led 2 rosaries praying not only for the intentions of those on the bus, but for all those making the pilgrimage. They even has some fun by playing trivia about Our Lady of Fatima.
The Knights led the procession for the Mass and were part of the procession to the Rosary Walk and dedication outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The Mass also included Knights of Malta, Knights of the Holy Sepulchre and 60 members of the Diocesan Youth Choir.
“It was such a humbling experience to be a part of the spiritual day and to see the youth of our Diocese bring such spirit to the day was so inspiring, “said Ribellino. “I want to thank Bishop Frank and the Diocesan staff for making this day possible and to the wonderful ushers, clergy and staff at the Basilica for their hospitality.”
The Mass and procession was broadcast live on EWTN and covered by Catholic TV of Boston and NET-TV in Brooklyn, NY.
Criscuolo who led the Knights Honor Guard went on to say, “Not only do I think we represented our council, parish and city well but I’d like to think Catholics around the world watching on TV felt that we added a little reverence to an already spiritual experience.”
The Byzantine Romanesque basilica, which opened in 1959 after decades of construction, is a massive testimony to the faith of the American Catholic Church. It is largest Church in the U.S. and one of ten largest in the world.
More than one million people a year make pilgrimages to the site, which shares the campus of Catholic University of America. The ushers at all Masses volunteer their time and are all members of Knights of Columbus Councils from Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland.
Bishop Caggiano said that those who go on pilgrimage are also “carrying others in their hearts,” a family member or friend who is struggling spiritually.
He said that those who live entirely by the secular values of materialism and relativism often end up empty and lost with nothing to sustain them.
“We bring them to Our Lady so they can ask the questions,” he said, praying that they find love and peace in the answer that, “Christ is the desire of every human heart. “
When the Mass concluded the entire congregation formed a procession to the new Rosary Walk and Garden near the side entrance of the Basilica while reciting the rosary.
Contributions from the Diocese of Bridgeport Fairfield County Catholic
Photos by Amy Mortensen
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 (email@example.com) 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