"Knights in Action"

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March - 2021

Celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation at St Maria Goretti Parish.

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Pius IX Council 4396 as Honor Guard with Celebrant & Homilist His Excellency, The Most Reverend Edward M Deliman, the Auxillary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  Congratulations to all the Confirmands.

February - 2021

Knights Support St. Stanislaus & St. Maria Goretti Parishes

The Knights are proud to support the parishes they serve. These times are tough for us all. The Knights with Grand Knight William Steigerwalt, shown below, presents a Finacial gift of $1000 to each parish; St Stanislaus, Lansdale, and St. Maria Goretti, Hatfield.

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Shown L to R: Rev. Sean English (Pastor), Bill Steigerwalt (GK), and Rev. Manuel Flores (Parochial Vicar).


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Shown L to R: Bill Steigerwalt (GK), and Rev. John Nguyen (Pastor)



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November - 2020

Sir Knight Conrad Mizdail:  1928 - 2020

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Conrad Mizdail (Miz), beloved husband and father, died Thursday afternoon, November 12th.  Conrad was an active Knight, and an original Charter member of the Pius IX Council 4396 serving as the financial secretary, treasure and Grand Knight.   Sir Knight Conrad was a Honorary Life member in the Father Joseph C. Tomko Assembly 934.  He will be deeply missed.

For more details in remembering Conrad Mizdail [ Click Here ].


October - 2020

St Stanislaus First Holy Communion -  The Knights assisted with the First Holy Communion at St Stanislaus.  Join our brotherhood of Knights in fellowship to help our church and others in need.


September - 2020

Rose and Rosary -  The Knights of Columbus Pius IX Council assist with the Rose and Rosary program at Sunday Baptisms.They present a Rose and Rosary to each family to celebrate the birth of the families new born at the sacrament of Baptism.

Deputy Grand Knight Lester Traband, presenter at St. Stanislaus Church.

   

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Cleaning Supplies Drive -  The Knights of Columbus Pius IX Council are collecting supplies for Mater Dei Catholic School.

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Miss Diane McCaughan, President of Mater Dei Catholic School with Grand Knight Bill Steigerwalt.

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L to R: Sir Knight Joe Rydzewski, Maria Richardson of Mater Dei School, and Sir Knight Bill Steigerwalt.


June - 2020

It is with great pleasure to announce that on June 20th the following 6 Pius IX Council members were admitted to the Father Joseph C. Tomko Assembly 934.  Wish a warm congratulations to our new Sir Knights:

- Lieutenant Colonel - Army, Retired - Sir Knight Gilbert C. Buentello

- Depuity Grand Knight, Sir Knight Lester J. Traband

- Sir Knight Kelecki K. Ukwuoma

- Sir Knight Robert O. Witt

- Sir Knight John R. Silbert

- Sir Knight Kevin D. Shelly

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May - 2020

16th - Saturday:  Remembering Sir Knight Raymond Peacock, PGK.  With a heavy heart to inform the Council that a long-time member and Past Grand Knight, Sir Knight Raymond Peacock Sr, has passed Saturday peacefully, May 16, 2020.  Please pray for his wife, Alice, and their children, especially his son, and our Brother Sir Knight Ray J. Peacock, PGK & Recorder.

  • SK Ray Peacock was 88 years old.
  • An Honorary Life member in both his Council and Assembly.
  • He was the 26th Grand Knight of the Pius IX Council for years 1987 & 1988.
  • SK Ray had 48 years of continuous service to Pius IX 4396 Council and 47 years of continuous service to the Fr. Joseph C. Tomko Assembly 934.
  • Family first with Ray and a quick joke to make all smile.

Senior was well-liked and a tribute to the Knights of Columbus and our council. He will live on in our hearts. With a full and active life of service, may Sir Knight Ray now rest.

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March - 2020

12th - Thursday:  St. Maria Goretti Confirmation.  Knights will participated with the Sacrament of Confirmation.   Thanks to Sir Knight Joe Rydzewski for chairing this event and a job well done! 

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February - 2020

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6th - Thursday:  Knights of Columbus Basketball Free Throw Competition - Council Level Winners have moved on to District Level Competition!

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January - 2020 

Exemplification of Charity, Unity and Fraternity Degree.  The following new Pius IX Council 4396 members are now Knights of Columbus.  The degree took place in the Chapel at St Maria Goretti.  Congratulations to:

•  Robert O. Witt

•  Dennis R. Sokolek

•  John R. Silbert

•  Kelechi K. Ukwuoma

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Knights Free Throw Competition - RESULTS of Council Level.   “The Knights of Columbus Pius IX Council #4396 are Proud to recognize the following group winners at the annual Free Throw Competition”. Please join us in congratulating our winners!   Come out and cheer these winners on at their next District Level of competition that will be held on February 2, 2020 @ 6:30 pm in the Corpus Christi School Gym.”   - Dave Maginnis, District Deputy.

For details on District competition visit the “Coming Up” tab.

The winners of the Pius IX Council Level which was held at St. Maria Goretti this past January 9, 2020.  These winners will move on to the District Level competition:

•  Girls age 9 - Mia Graciela Prusak

•. Girls age 10 - Sefanie Stella Kraynak

•  Boys age 10 - Luca Thomas Saitta

•  Boys age 11 - Thomas Andrew Gendek III

•  Boys age 12 - Staley Nicholas Kraynak

•  Boys age 13 - Brandon Jules Rodriguez


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December - 2019  

Breakfast with SANTA.



September - 2019


GK Bill Steigerwalt presenting PGK Chuck McNevin with the Founders Award Plaque!
 

August - 2019


Pius IX Council 4396 Charter Night.
  SK Mike Lembo, Knight of the Year.




Knights participate at Saint Marie Goretti Safe Environment Requirements


May - 2019

Charter Night:  
Grand Knight Pat Shelly present gifts from the council to Monsignor Tracy of St. Stanislaus and Father Chung of St. Maria Goretti. 

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Monday, May 6th
:  May Procession at St Maria Goretti Church: 

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Saturday, April 20th Breakfast and Meet the Easter Bunny!   Pius IX Council hosted a special holiday Breakfast with the Knights at the St. Stanislaus Mater Dei Cafeteria located at Mater Dei Catholic School.  It was a Pancake and Sausage breakfast with pictures with the Easter Bunny.

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Thursday April 4th, at St. Maria Goretti Church, 1601 Derstine Rd, Hatfield, PA 19440 there was a presentation about Venerable  Michael J. McGivney, the founder of the Knights of Columbus, given by Fr Gabriel O'Donnell, Postulator of the Cause for the Canonization of Venerable Michael J. McGivney.    


February - 2019


"Saint John’s Hospice”, Philadelphia.
 Where homeless men find Dignity, Respect and new Beginnings.  Members of Pius IX Council find themselves helping others.  A program of Catholic Social services of the Arhdiocies of Philadelphia.




"Anointing of the Body”
 at St Maria Goretti.  Feb. 2nd at 11:00 am.  New Uniform & Full Regalia Knights participated.


January 18th:  March for Life.  Our Pius IX Council was represented at the annual "March for Life" in Washington, DC. 

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January 10th @ 5:30 pm Kids Free Throw Contest.  The annual Knights of Columbus “Kids Free Throw” contest will take place at St Maria Goretti’s Drexel Hall at 5:30 pm.  All kids that fall in the 9 to 14 age bracket are encouraged to participate.  Guardians should bring their child's birth certificate or other proof for their age for registration.

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December - 2018

Breakfast with Santa 2018.  Thanks to Santas ELF’s they were able to get Santa to visit with you and the Knights for an enjoyable morning breakfast .

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September - 2018

St. Maria Goretti - Our Lady of La Vang Celebration.   The Sir Knights of Pius IX Council with assistance from the Fr. Tomko Assembly Color Corps help with the celebration of “Our Lady of La Vang” Mass, and Procession.  I was a beautiful day of culture, song, prayer, dancing, and fellowship by our Vietnamese parishioners. 

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August - 2018

St. Stanislaus - SUMMER FESTIVAL.   The Knights help with the festival setup on Monday and Wednesday nights  until the opening of the festival.  The Pius IX Council worked the “ Beer Garden” pulling drafts and selling soda.  After the festival the Knights helped with the festival breakdown on Sunday. Sir Knights Ray Peacock, Jr., and Robert DeVico, Jr. - Co-Chairman.  With the Knights efforts the Beer Garden has proven itself as a major profit center for St Stanislaus. 

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Sir Knight Bish Rieg on WNPV Radio with show host Jay Glickman talking about the “PA Hero Walk”.

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May - 2018

26th through 27th - Saturday through Saturday:  Exemplification in the FOURTH DEGREE.  The Exemplification is a great opportunity for all 3rd Degree Members to move up the the Patriotic Order for the Knights.  Fr Joseph C Tomko Assembly hospitality suite at the DoubleTree Hotel in King of Prussia, PA.

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12th - Saturday @ 8:30 am PA HERO WALK..  This date for the ONE HOUR PA HOME TOWN HERO WALK has been established much earlier than in previous years thanks to the good work and cooperation of the Borough of Lansdale Police Department and the good folks at Trinity Lutheran Church. With this much of a head start I am confident that we can have the biggest and best walk of all.

The format and times will be the same as in all past years, starting and ending at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1000 West Main Street, Lansdale.  

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1st - Tuesday @ (5:45 pm) 6:00 pm:  St Maria Goretti - MAY PROCESSION.

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April - 2018

19th - Thursday, @4:00 pm St. Stanislaus - CONFIRMATION.  The Knights participated, in uniform, for the Confirmation at the St. Stanislaus Church.

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18th - Wednesday @ “The Hank Cisco Show”:  What are the Knights of Columbus?.  Pius IX council member Herb Kaemmer, PGK and Faithful Navigator of the Fr. Joseph C. Tomko Assembly was asked for a TV interview by Hank Cisco and to talk about the purpose and role of the Knights of Columbus.

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14th - Saturday @ 5:15 Vigil Mass +6:30 pm Reception:  Knights Council #4396 - 61st CHARTER NIGHT.  The council will be celebrating its 61st year since our council was established on April 24th, 1957 with Grand Knight, Chuck McNevin.   The Pius IX Council is very pleased to have Deacon Anthony Bellitto as the guest speaker.  Charter Night was held at ZOTO’s banquet room.

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Donation to Mater Dei School by Pius IX Council

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March - 2018

25th - Sunday, after Masses Pancake Breakfast with the Easter Bunny.


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December - 2017

3rd - Sunday:  Breakfast with SANTAThis is always a very popular event .

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October - 2017

28th - Saturday:  Fr. Joseph C. Tomko Assemblies 60th Anniversary Gala.  The Pius IX council is one of the three charter councils to form the Fr. Tomko Assembly on October 27, 1957.  All Knights and family are welcome to join a Vigil Mass at 4:30 pm at St Titus Church, 3006 Kenwood Rd, East Norriton, PA 19403 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the assembly.    A reception and Gala will follow the Mass from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm   For more details, visit: tomkoassembly934.org 

17th - Tuesday:  Closing of Forty Hours at St Maria Goretti.  Most Rev. John J. McIntyre, Presider.

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August - 2017

24th - Thursday:  Texas Roadhouse - Knights Fundraising.  This was a great opportunity for the public to get a fun meal and support the Pius IX Council charitable efforts.  Knights thank you for helping to support their efforts to help others.

15th to 19th - Tuesday through Saturday:  Saint Stanislaus Festival - Signup.  This is a great opportunity to show as aspect of what the Knights of Columbus is about;  Unity-Fellowship-Service.  Join your Brother Knights by signing up to work the Beer Garden a night or two or more.  It's a good time.

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The Knights have supported the St Stanislaus Festival for over 25+ years.  It was just as fun for the Knights working the festival as it was for families who enjoyed good food, drink, games and rides.

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June - 2017

25th - Sunday:  Proceeds to repair of St Maria Goretti church roof:

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2nd - Friday:  Proceeds to help the Mater Dei regional school:

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May - 2017

28th - Sunday:  119th Fourth Degree Exemplification.  Special Congratulations to Sir Knight Michael Rieg (with wife Betsy) and all the candidates on achieving their Fourth Degree.

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28th - Sunday:  Memorial Day Breakfast

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13th - Saturday:  Lansdale Hometown Hero Walk.   Help our Pennsylvania Veterans.  Join the 6th Annual Hometown Hero Walk in Lansdale on May 13th which has been helping veterans for many years and has raised money for the benefit of PA Veterans.  You are only asked to walk for one hour in Lansdale to support our brave men and woman who served this country. Remember that as part of the ALL the money raised goes to helping PENNSYLVANIA VETERANS in need from any era of service.  Your small part in this effort combines with other participants to accumulate the support and thanks they deserve. PA Hero Walk 501 C3 IRS #26-2234317.  

For details and information, visit: [ www.paherowalk.com ]  or contact “Bish” Rieg at (215) 362-1089; lansdalewalk@verizon.net  


1st Holy Communion at St Stanislaus - 5-6-2017


May Procession at St Maria Goretti

60th Anniversary Pius IX Council Charter Night

Pat Shelly - “Knight of The Year

SK Chuck McNevin, Grand Knight (L) presents the “Knight of The Year” award to SK Pat Shelly, Deputy Grand Knight  for his tremendous leadership with many council activities which support church and community.  Congratulations, Pat!

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April - 2017

Pancake Breakfast with Easter Bunny @ St Maria Goretti!

March - 2017

Knights Breakfast with the EASTER BUNNY & Boy Scouts:   At the recent breakfast the Boy Scouts of America, Troop #414 under the Scout Master “Thea’s” leadership assisted with the breakfast.  The Knights want to thank both the Boy and Girls Scouts for their service.


February - 2017

Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest - A WINNER!:   At the recent Regional Free Throw Competition, District 11 we had 7 competitors, in the age-12 category.  In the boys, age-13 our council had one winner.  His name is Dante Bruno.  What makes this great news, Dante is from Pius IX Council's competition   He will be competing in the State Competition at Trinity High School in Camp Hill on March 18th.

January - 2017

Pius IX Council in support of Mater Dei School.

SK Bill Steigerwalt of the Pius IX Council presents a donation to Miss Diane McCaughan, Principal with a few students of the Mater Dei Regional Catholic Elementary School.

K of C Basketball Free Throw Championship - Local Challenge.  This local Basketball Free Throw Challenge has been providing a safe, positive environment for boys and girls ages from 9 to 14 for more than 40 years.


Knights Breakfast on the 4th Sunday of the month is a wonderful event for all.


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Any Day, Every Day:  Keep Christ in Christmas.    Get your Keep Christ in Christmas” car magnet. Contact the Knights to order yours for $5 each.  Makes a great stocking stuffer.  The magnet dimensions are 5” high by 7” wide.  Email your request to info@koc4396.org while supply lasts.  



Breakfast with SANTA.  This very popular event helps our community by raising funds to provide winter coats for children and food for families and other charitable outreach in the North Penn and Souderton areas.  


Mater Dei Regional Catholic School Bazaar.  The Knights display-table at this bazaar in support of the Mater Dei school.  The Knights shared all the activities they do in support of the school and its students.  You have seen the Knights heavily involved in various parish activities and in community events.  Learn more about Knights.  Send us an email and introduce yourself.  The Knights of Columbus supports YOU.    info@koc4396.org


Helping Sister with her move to her new housing accommodations.


October - 2016

Having the Knights Breakfast on the 4th Sunday of the month is a wonderful event for all.  Your support of the Knights helps the Knights to assist the Church and Community.  Why not support the Knights to recycle their efforts to help others.  It's a “Win-Win situation.  Join us!  


Membership Drive at St Maria Goretti.  Catholic men 18 years and older should consider joining the Knights.  We are in your parish community.  We support your parish.  We support your community.  We support each other in a common goal of Charity - Unity - Fraternity - Patriotism.


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Livestrong at the YMCA & a Chili Cook-off  

Our Dave Phillion’s team - WON this years Chili Competition!

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The  LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a free, 12-week fitness program for adult cancer survivors who are either in, or have finished, treatment for cancer.  The LIVESTRONG program offers a huge positive impact on people who are recovering from Cancer.

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In an effort to maintain this worthwhile program and train instructors, each YMCA is self-supporting in continuing this program.  Our Knights of Columbus Pius IX Council 4396 got involved with the Generations of Indian Valley YMCA in Souderton, PA with two Chili Cook-off teams.  Session 11 was Dave Phillion’s team and Session 10 was Al & Peg Perry’s team.


September - 2016

St. Maria Goretti Picnic & Fr. Chung Installation Mass


August - 2016

St. Stanislaus Festival.   The Knights manned the Beer Garden again this year in support of the Matter Dei Regional School at St. Stanislaus. 

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Council Fundraiser at TEXAS ROADHOUSE.   The Council in conjunction with the TEXAS ROADHOUSE had a fundraiser to support council council activities, the Rose & Rosary program.  Thank to all who supported and had a delicious dinner!

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July - 2016

Hometown PA Hero Walk

Our Brother Knight, “Bish” Rieg at podium as Master of Ceremony kicking-off the 2016 PA Hero Walk ceremonies.  God Bless our Veterans!

January - 2016

Pius IX Charter Night

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St Maria Goretti Relic with Pius IX & Assembly Color Corps standing guard at St Maria Goretti, Hatfield, PA.


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