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The Catholic Daughters of America held their first ever National Convention in Billings, July 13 through July 20. Vice -Supreme Master of the De Smet Province, Ken Kingman, Faithful Navigator Jared Keller and Fourth Degree Sir Knights from the Fr. Pauwleyn Assembly #587 served as Honor Guards during Masses and other events.

Knights from St. Pius X Council 9976 moved the altar and other items from Billings Catholic Central High School Chapel to the Holliday Inn Grand Convention Center for daily mass and then returned the items to the Central High Chapel at the end of the convention. Knights also helped with parking and security duties.

Posted by: Site Administrator on Wednesday Jul 23, 2014 7:12 UTC
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2014 - 2015 OFFICERS

Following are the Officers, some Activity Directors and Chairmen for 2014 - 2015
Phil Zeeck - Grand Knight;
Steve Geiger - Deputy-Grand Knight / General Program Director;
Bob Holbrook - Chancellor;
Justin Bough - Warden;
Bob O'Dea - Recorder;
Tom Mc Isaac - Financial Secretary (appointed by Supreme),
Andy Mikes - Treasurer;
James Conwell - Advocate;
(The Lecturer is appointed by the Grand Knight);
Chuck Legerski - One year Trustee;
J. D. 'Dan' Griffin - Two year Trustee; 1-918-766-4564 Cell (No email)
Robert Jolie - One year Trustee;
Dave Plourde - Inner Guard; and
Mike Riedel - Outer Guard.


CHURCH DIRECTOR - Chancellor Bob Holbrook,


SUBSTANCE ABUSE activity program conducted with Squires
Rick Ross,


Harold Kelso,

Rob Anderson,

Swecker, Jon D. & Stephanie FN,

Mikes, Andy I. PGK,

Justin Bough (Former Chief Squire),

Posted by: Site Administrator on Saturday Jul 12, 2014 11:56 UTC
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We have received clarification in the order of the ceremonials on June 29th.

There will be First, Second, Third and Fourth Degree Exemplifications - June 29th at St Bernard’s in the Heights.
St Bernard’s Church is located in Billings Heights at;
226 Wicks Ln, Billings, Mt 59105

The First Degree starts at 1:00pm.
A K. of C. Form 100 application is necessary for these three degrees.
All candidates should be there and registered by 12:30pm.
The Third Degree will start at 3:00pm in one part of the church.

The Fourth Degree is also scheduled at 3:00pm in another room in the church.
A separate, different, application is needed for the Fourth Degree.
If not already registered, Fourth Degree candidates should be there by 2:30pm.

Please note: Proper Candidate attire - tuxedo, white shirt, black bow tie, black socks and shoes, etc. is still required for the Fourth Degree Exemplification - NO Exceptions!
Hint: Wedding rental stores may have some tuxes, etc. for sale.

There will be a combined banquet for Knights and wives, or significant others at 5:00pm.

If you have been waiting to recruit a Catholic brother, son, dad, granddad, cousin or friend - over 18 years of age, into the Knights, NOW IS THE TIME!.

If you have any questions- Contact:
Faithful Admiral elect Jon Swecker,, 406-855-8496 cell,
Faithful Navigator elect Jared Keller., 256-6327 (H) 406-855-2935 cell
Jon Swecker, FA Elect

PS: A candidate can now receive all four degrees in one day as previously noted, however, that will not be able to happen at this time.

Posted by: Site Administrator on Friday Jun 13, 2014 9:21 UTC
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Eleven candidates were elevated to Deacon in the Catholic Church by Bishop Michael Warfel, rear row, center, on Saturday, June 7, 2014, in St. Patrick's Co-Cathedral, Billings.
Members of Fr Pauwleyn Assembly #587 Fourth Degree provided an Honor Guard for the occasion.
Sir Knight, Deacon Tom Landry, third Deacon from left, rear, is a Past-Grand Knight of Council 2614, Arkansas ('R-Kansas') City, Kansas, a current member of St. Pius X Council 9976 and Fr. Pauwleyn Assembly Fourth Degree, in Billings.
From L - R: Sir Knights PSD John Glen; FN-elect Jared Keller; Vice-Supreme Master of DeSmet Province, Fourth Degree, Ken Kingman, Billings, FN Jon Swecker; PFN Steve Geiger, Sir Knight Richard Wood, Sir Knight Terry Johns and PFN Dave Scott.
Photo by Nicole Geiger

Posted by: Site Administrator on Friday Jun 13, 2014 9:11 UTC
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Current District Deputy Art Loendorf, a member of St. Pius X Council 9976 (L) and 1989 ‘Charter’ District Deputy George Dunbar of Billings/St. Patrick’s Council 1259, compare notes during the St. Pius X Council 9976 , 25th. Anniversary Dinner on January 13th. (Hint. Don’t blink when a camera is near.) The actual anniversary date is January 26th.

Five members of the original forty-three Charter Members are still active within the council, Brs. Victor Frank, Harold Kelso, Andy Mikes, Rick Ross and Chuck Sauvageau.

Council member Ken Kingman was recently appointed Vice Supreme Master, De Smet Province, Fourth Degree. DD Art Loendorf also serves as Marshall for De Smet Province, Fourth Degree.

Council Financial Secretary, Tom Mc Isaac, prepared a delicious roast pork dinner and was assisted in the serving and cleanup by his wife Loretta, Inner Guard Dave Plourde and others. Deputy-Gran Knight Jon Swecker served as MC for the evening.Thirty-two Knights, family members and guests attended.

Posted by: Site Administrator on Sunday Jan 19, 2014 17:50 UTC
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2013 Awards

Congratulations to our St. Pius X Council 9976 on being awarded the Family Activity Award at the recent Montana State K. of C. Convention, held in Libby, for our local Coats for Kids program, parish IHN commitment , work on the Christmas tree sale and annual Tootsie Roll Giveaway Drive.
It’s the dedicated members that make these things awards happen. Thank you.

In addition, our council has received the 2012 - 2013 Columbian and Founders awards from the Supreme office.

If the council can recruit one new member per month for the rest of the year, we can also qualify for the Supreme Star Award.

Have you recruited a new member this year?

Posted by: Site Administrator on Monday Nov 11, 2013 18:31 UTC
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2013 Knight & Family of the Yr

At the recent Council Awards Bar-B-Que / Pot-Luck Dinner in Billings, the 2012 – 2013 St. Pius X Council 9976 Knight of the Year is: Chancellor Bob Holbrook for his 'Over the Edge' participation and being named a 'Hometown Hero' as a 911 Dispatcher, for serving as council Chancellor, as an usher and Eucharistic minister, chairing the 24th. annual Tootsie Roll Giveaway Drive, and generally helping the parish and council with nearly every event and activity that comes along.

The 2012 – 2013 St. Pius X Council 9976 Family of the Year is newly elected Grand Knight Phil and Mary Zeeck for all their hard work with the Christmas tree sales this year, for all his work as DGK and General Program Director, in activities, such as, IHN setup and teardown, their work with the Special Olympics and Tootsie Roll Giveaway Drive.

Posted by: Site Administrator on Monday Nov 11, 2013 18:29 UTC
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2013 -14 Council 9976 Officers

St. Pius X Council 9976 officers for the 2013 - 2014 Columbian year are as follows:
Council Chaplain: Fr. Wayne Pittard
Grand Knight: Phil Zeeck;
Deputy-Grand Knight & General Program Director: Jon Swecker;
Chancellor: Bob Holbrook;
Warden: James Holbrook;
Financial Secretary Tom Mc Isaac
Treasurer: Rob Anderson;
Advocate: Boniface Frank;
Recorder: Bob O'Dea
Trustees: (3) James Conwell; (2) Chuck Legerski & (1) Steve Geiger;
Inner Guard: Dave Plourde;
Outer Guard: Clarence Propp;
Lecturer: Is appointed by the GK

To contact St. Pius X Council 9976,
Phone GK Phil Zeeck 1-406-534-1457
OR DGK / General Program Director Jon Swecker 1-406-855-8496
Council Activity Directors & Committe Chairmen
for the 2013 - 2014 year are:
Church & Vocations; Chancellor Robert Holbrook;
Community; FDD Steve Geiger;
Council; Warden James Holbrook;
Family; GK James Conwell;
Health Services; Trustee Vic Frank;
Pro-Life Couple; Rec. Jon & Stephanie Swecker;
Youth & Columbian Squires; PGK Andy Mikes;
Public Relations & Historian; FDD Harold Kelso;
Membership Director; DGK Jon Swecker;
Recruitment Committee 1; Chancellor Bob Holbrook;
Recruitment Committee 2; Warden James Holbrook;
Recruitment Committee 3; GK Phil Zeeck;
Retention Chairman; DGK James Conwell;
Insurance Promotion FS Tom Mc Isaac

Posted by: Site Administrator on Monday Nov 11, 2013 18:29 UTC
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$100.00 BLACKOUT, if won in required numbers.

If not, prize is 70% of BLACKOUT games sold.

ADULT Parish members, Council members and the Adult Public are invited to come join the fun at 7:00pm for FRIDAY NIGHT BINGO in the Parish Fellowship Hall.

Adult Bingo moves to
2:00pm, Sunday afternoons durnig Lent.

Bingo is canceled if:
a funeral vigil, wedding, church holiday, or other activity occurs.


Cold soft drinks are available for .50¢.

Daubers are for sale for $1.00 each.

Bring adult friends and come join the fun on Friday.

We welcome Senior and other adult groups

Posted by: Site Administrator on Monday Nov 11, 2013 18:29 UTC
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Are you aware that there is a group of around 150 men and family members in the St. Pius X Parish community that since 1989 have contributed over thousands of dollars and thousands of man hours to help our church, community, youth, pro=life and fraternal activities?

Their annual dollar and volunteer contributions include:

CHURCH: To Church Facilities; Religious Education; Presbytiriate Dinner; and Seminarians, the great wooden door at rear of altar; the stained glass window in the fellowship hall; and Build a Memorial to the unborn and paver walk in Calvary Cemetery East of Church.

COMMUNITY: To Human needs; developmentally disabled (Special K Ranch, Local Special Olympics, Special Bowlers, Yellowstone Association of Retarded Citizens); St. Francis Special Ed ‘Learning Lab,’ Family Promise of Yellowstone County (FPYC) and Community projects, such as: helping move families, build wheel chair ramps as needed.

YOUTH: To Columbian Squires; Scouting; Athletics and Scholarships, Youth Basketball Free Throw Contest.

FRATERNAL: Visits to sick; to Bereaved; Pall Bearers (as needed) and Blood Donors.

PRO-LIFE: The council supports pro-life in all its stages.

Who is this group? We are the St. Pius X Council 9976, Knights of Columbus. Brother
Knights and their families, helping each other in their church, community, youth, pro-life and families to be better citizens. AND, for their efforts, your parish council has received the coveted ‘STAR COUNCIL AWARD’ from the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council, New Haven, CT for three years in a row.

Our council, as is the entire Order, is dedicated to the Blessed Mother and Her Holy Rosary. Each newly initiated member receives a Rosary, Blessed by our Supreme Chaplain, for their personal use.

Our National Order has over 1.8 million members in over 15,000 councils, similar to
St. Pius X Council 9976 around the world, from Poland, through the Americas to Korea.
Any Knight travelling the K. of C. world is a welcome guest in every council.

Our Order's founder, Blessed Father Michael J. McGivney's cause for canonization to
Sainthood, continues to move forward.

Internationally, Knights have donated thousands and thousands of hours and raised billions of dollars for charities to our church and communities.

Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, our Order was one of the first
to respond with a disaster fund of over one million dollars for survivors of any Knight who was an Emergency Medical Tech, Police, Fire or Armed Forces Personnel
killed in the line of duty. Plus, the families of ANYONE killed in those disasters,
received a check for $3000.00 in emergency funds per family from the Supreme Office, regardless of who they were. K. of C. Insurance Agents delivered the first checks within three days after 9/11. As always with our Order, every child of any Knight who was killed while serving in any of the above capacities is eligible for a Catholic education in
any Catholic college or university - free of charge. The first recipient of one of
these scholarships started college in 2002. St. Pius X Council contributed $200.00
to the Survivors Fund.

After hurricanes that have devastated southern U.S. states, the Knights of Columbus has provided millions of dollars in reconstruction aid. Many Knights journeyed to those areas and volunteered to restore the cities.

After the hurricane that destroyed Haiti, the Knights donated additional thousands of dollars and hundreds of wheel chairs to the needy in Haiti. After the hurricane went through the east coast of the U. S. hundreds of Knights worked tireless in the cleanup and many councils opened their halls and buildings to assist survivors and act as aid stations.

On our local level, some of the projects ‘the men’s club of the parish’ has been involved with over the years are: the new Church building project – bolting pews together and landscaping, Parish Christmas Angels, Salvation Army ‘Dress-A-Child’ program for many years, Christmas tree sales with Council 1259, Assisting during Mass a Ushers and Eucharistic Minsters, Annual Tootsie Roll Giveaway Drive, where proceeds go towards local developmentally disabled citizens, manning the grill at the St. Pius Day Picnics, RCIA and Parish Family Sunday breakfasts, Painted a fence for one of our council widows; Provided manpower for a number of parishioners that needed help moving to new lodgings; Parish Senior's Giving Thanks Dinner, Council Memorial Mass & dinner for departed Brother Knights, Remodeling of the St. Pius X Youth Center, Give Rosaries to Moms on Mother’s Day after the Masses; Remodeling of the Grand Ave. and Downtown St. Vincent de Paul Stores, Sponsor our Columbian Squires Youth Group, Blood Drives, Setup and tear down for FPYC (formerly IHN), Annual Awards Bar-B-Que where Knights and Family of the Month and of the Year Awards are presented to deserving members and wives, along with Tootsie Roll proceeds checks to the five developmentally disabled groups that we support, Helped remove the pews and reset them after a floor cleaning and polishing, provided financial aid for youth groups touring and others in financial need, as our funds allow; provide monthly financial aid for seminarians and many, many, more large and small activities throughout the years.

Besides the Christmas tree sale, we also sponsor public Bingo for adults on Friday evenings at 7:00pm. Proceeds go toward our Council charities with a quarterly stipend to the parish. Fr. Pauwleyn Assembly 587 Fourth Degree conducts Adult Bingo on the fifth Sundays of the month at 2:00pm. Proceeds go towards Assembly charity programs.

For more information on your Parish Council; how to join; transfer into; or reinstate into, contact any of the following: Grand Knight Phil Zeeck, 671-5533; Deputy-Grand Knight Jon Swecker, 406-855-8496; Chancellor Bob Holbrook, 671-5694 (Cell); Financial Sec. Tom Mc Isaac 696-0571 cell or Treasurer Rob Anderson 696-0571.

Posted by: Site Administrator on Monday Nov 11, 2013 18:28 UTC
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