Are You a Knight of Columbus?

Dying can be expensive; so can funerals. Our local Catholic cemetery experienced so many cases of survivors’ sticker shock at funeral expenses that they are urging people to prepay for Trappist caskets, and to get itemized expense lists from local funeral homes. They also urge buying a funeral expense policy rather than sticking your survivors with a huge debt.

I bought my first insurance policy while in grad school. An agent climbing up the rickety steps to my 3rd floor attic apartment noted that you could kill yourself navigating those steps. Then he asked if my parents could afford to bury me. It would have been a big expense for them. I figured I should pay for my own planting.


According to what I read in the Obituaries in my small city, many people in my community are getting cremated. No viewing. No service. No mass. No mention of burial.

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Indeed. Perhaps I should’ve added “in full communion” to practicing Catholic?
Thx for pointing this out

We prepaid and bought plots so our family wouldn’t have to worry about it. It’s not a Catholic cemetery, but is very close to our church. Everything is paid for except any flowers someone may want to purchase.


I am a 3rd degree. I receive the KoC magazine “Columbia” and the organization has decided to open up the degree ceremonies to any and all and have all degrees performed at once to update itself to the times. It was only “secretive” in the sense that it was aligning itself to other fraternal organizations in the past but really has nothing to hide, hence the opening up.

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Trust me, we all are.

And hopefully by associating this way, by the influence of the others, we sin less . .

And that’s great.

We have a pamphlet, now on line, noting that twenty four hours a year is significant:

indeed, to the point of absurdity: we’ve been working a couple of years to drop a member now serving life for killing his wife!

And state deputies announce “no more drops this year” to meet quotas, and . . .

But we roll our eyes, and move on, as we have work to do.

Not just that, but so as not to spoil the lessons by prior exposure.

But never at the “secret society” level: the promise of secrecy has always excepted religious and civil duties . .

As for insurance . . . I’ve tried to keep enough to get my wife and children through college. That’s pretty much done, y retirement accounts have enough, and so I"ll probably drop to a token level in a couple of yeas when the last couple finish college.

Now, now… let’s not be hasty about terminating a brother. Does he have any special talents or interests the Council can tap into?

Former officer of Council, member 4th degree.


That’s kind of the problem . . . :rage: :scream:

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Sounds like his special talents would be more suited for the KGB than the KoC…

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I do admit one reason I fell off in participation and left the Knights was a sort of childish reason. I noticed there were cliques in the council, and if you weren’t part of them you weren’t really included in social activities. I made a decision that for one year I wouldn’t participate and if no one contacted me I’d leave. No one did, so when demands for dues came around I said I didn’t wish to be a part of them anymore. I just recently got involved again at another council. Childish, I know, but after so much talk of fraternity I thought they’d back it up.

Well honestly, it was very childish. You joined to be part of a group and the instead of volunteering yourself to help without being asked, you pouted for a year, waiting for a personal invitation. The cliques exist because people allow them to. This is not the same as being told repeatedly that they don’t need your help.

There was more to it than that, but I agree it was childish. Oh well, I was younger and stupid.

I was once our council activities director because it came open n there was a shortage of social activities.
I learned a cpl things:
1.The average age of our mem era exceeds 65
2. It’s near impossible to motivate dudes under 65 who work and have wives to go out on a weeknight with a bunch of old dudes from church.

At the time I was the spring chicken of our council at age 47, goin on four years ago. Personally am retired with an excess of discretionary time so I gave up on motivating old dudes to resume reading theology type books…its less dry.
Am now a 4th degree n hope to help with next Honor Flight since I too am a disabled vet…
In any case, it doesnt take much effort to be a knight…put in a few meetings + activity volunteer a year and you’re above average.

True. One thing I like about the new council I’m a part of is that there are many younger members and it’s not as focused on socializing. It’s more of a volunteer organization than anything.

Pouted? Really? I’m sorry but organizations exist by participation. If one isn’t to your liking or your conscience then I think a lack of participation is wholly appropriate…

If you join, it is up to you to offer your participation. You should not sit by, holding your breath waiting to be invited to work an event or help raise money. Offer to do something and get involved. Isn’t that the whole point of joining a service organization?

It’s funny that you have more of a problem with what I said than the person I was speaking to.

I think we will have to agree to disagree.

As I said there was more to it than that, a lot more. But that was one thing.

When I was looking for a Catholic charity that was helping persecuted Christians, I went with the K of C.

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