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 third 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."
On a bright sunny 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 for the blessing of a brand new American flag donated by Assembly 100.
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. Special American flags bearing the names of 9/11 victims were part of the ceremony as well.
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 Assembly 100 and members of Catholic Daughters, Court St. Matthew No. 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 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.
Knights of Columbus Bishop Fenwick Assembly 100 was chartered in Norwalk in 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.
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