I just joined the Knights of Columbus and am now a third degree knight. The K of C started in 1882 as a fraternal organization of support for Catholics, who were often victims of discrimination and underemployment. One goal was to provide for fellow Catholics and their families should the breadwinner die young, which often happened in the working conditions of the 19th century. This blossomed into the organization the K of C is today.
The Knights strongly support pro-life causes and teach charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. We are also actively involved in local charity work. You can read more about this at the FAQ on their website. I think it will be a good chance to meet more people locally and get involved in charity work.
It turns out that a leader of a local K of C chapter is a guy I grew up with and went to church with. The leaders introduced him and he looked so familiar, plus his name was the same as the guy I thought he was. However, it seemed weird that a guy who grew up Methodist in my little hometown would be a leader in a Catholic organization 90 miles away! I thought that my situation was just as odd though. So I asked him, and it was the same guy. It turns out he became Catholic in 2000 and got interested in the Knights. It’s a small world.
Anyway, I suggest any male 18 years or over who is a “practical Catholic” look into joining the Knights. You can get involved as much or as little as you want.