Knights feeding the Youth

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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.

 

Assembly 100 in colors for August Veteran of the Month at the American Legion Post 12 Norwalk

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The American Legion Post 12 Veteran of the month Flag ceremony for Robert James Robinson, WWII veteran from Norwalk!

Sons of the American Legion Fundraiser Pancake Breakfast on August 13th 9a-1130am

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: ptorrano@optonline.net.

Assembly 100 helps honor Samuel Gruman at the American Legion July Veteran of the Month Ceremony

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.

 

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Members of St. Matthew Council 14360 representing Assembly 100 visit Our Lady of Solace in Brooklyn

 

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.

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Michael E. Moriarty Honored as American Legion June 2017 Veteran of the Month

 

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!

 

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Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick Assembly Patriot Dinner a Great Success

Dinner raised $1200 for Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport

Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 hosted its Inaugural Patriot Dinner, on Armed Forces Day, May 20, 2017, which benefited the Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport.  The fundraiser dinner took place at the Knights Hall (next to St. Ann Club), 16 Hendricks Ave in Norwalk.  Since opening its doors in 2002, ABRI/Homes for the Brave has provided housing, vocational training and job placement, mental health and addiction services, and life skills coaching to help individuals, especially Veterans, leave homelessness behind. To date, the organization has worked with more than 900 individuals.

It was the goal of Faithful Navigator George Ribellino to conduct a fundraiser once a year for a specific Veterans Organization.  “One of my goals when I took over as the Faithful Navigator of the Assembly in September of 2016 was to assist an organization that works for and helps our veterans, 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 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.”

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The Patriot Dinner was something that Ribellino and Past Faithful Navigator Ed McGettigan, Jr spoke about doing last year.  McGettigan passed away suddenly last July and Ribellino wanted to make this idea become a reality in his honor.  “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.

Every year the Patriot Dinner will benefit a local veteran’s organization.  For the Inaugural Patriot Dinner, Homes for the Brave was chosen.  The special guest speaker was veteran and former Homes for the Brave resident Eugene Chesney.  Chesney spoke about how Homes for the Brave helped make a difference in his life and get him back on track.  Chesney went on to say, “The most amazing part of last night for me was my conversation with the older K of C veteran gentleman that sat alongside with his wife to the left of me. When we both shared how difficult it was when our units returned from a deployment that due to no choice of our own, we could not take part in. “An instant bond was formed” and at that moment I knew I could get it up there and speak from the heart. It showed me that the pride of the American Vet is not separated by generations but bridges the gap of age and previous experience. I knew i had just met more of my extended family. Thank you for the opportunity to heal even more so. “

The dinner was a sell out with 105 guests, including American Legion members from Norwalk and Wilton, and raised $1200 for Homes for the Brave.  A check was presented to Homes for the Brave CEO Vince Santilli and Eugene Chesney.  “We were tremendously honored to receive the proceeds of Bishop Fenwick Assembly’s inaugural Patriot Day Dinner and are so blessed to be regularly supported by this terrific group of Brother Knights of Columbus. We also could not have been prouder of the amazing presentation made by Homes for the Brave House Monitor Eugene Chesney,” said Santilli.

Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 4th Degree Knights of Columbus, is based 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.

 

See the article in the Norwalk Daily Voice:  http://norwalk.dailyvoice.com/neighbors/norwalk-knights-of-columbus-raise-1200-for-veterans-at-patriot-dinner/712732/

 

 

 

Assembly 100 serve in colors for the Norwalk Annual Flag Placing Ceremony at St John Cemetery

K of C Bishop Fenwick Aseembly 100 was honored to take part in Annual Flag placing Ceremony at St John Cemetery in Norwalk.  The guest speaker was veteran Jonathan Flores was inspiring and his main point warp take time to remember all of those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom on Memorial Day!  God Bless America!  Thanks to King Industries for sponsoring this great event to honor our deceased veterans.

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Thanks Miguel Cruz for the pictures!

Assembly 100 Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Fatima

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Assembly 100 was in colors for a special tribute on the 100th Anniversary of Fatima at Our Lady of Fatima in Wilton.  Faithful Friar and Pastor of OLF, Father Reggie Norman planned a great day of events which led up to a procession and Mass with Diocese of Bridgeport Bishop Frank Caggiano.

On May 13, 1917, three shepherd children reported seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal, urging them to pray the rosary daily for world peace and an end to World War I.

 This was the first of six apparitions in 1917. The Roman Catholic Church officially recognized the apparitions as a miracle in 1930.  Pictures from The Hour Newspaper

Assembly 100 Welcomes 7 New Members to the 4th Degree

Congratulations to  newest members of Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 listed below.  They were exemplified on Sunday, 4-30-17 at St. Mary’s Church in New Haven which is the birthplace of the order.  We are honored to have these fine men join the ranks of the 4th Degree.  May God Bless them and their families.
New Sir Knights
Neil Harding
Aaron Piscane
Nick Battagino
Brian Stone
Frank Palmer
Terry Petiprin
Father Damien Pielesz

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