Knights of Columbus



On Oct. 2, 1881, a group of men met in the basement of St. Mary's Church on Hillhouse Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut. Called together by their 29-year-old parish priest, Father Michael J. McGivney, these men formed a fraternal society that would one day become the world's largest Catholic family fraternal service organization.

They sought strength in solidarity, and security through unity of purpose and devotion to a holy cause: they vowed to be defenders of their country, their families and their faith.

These men were bound together by the ideal of Christopher Columbus, the discoverer of the Americas, the one whose hand brought Christianity to the New World. Their efforts came to fruition with the incorporation of the Knights of Columbus on March 29, 1882.

They were Knights of Columbus.

The Order has been called "the strong right arm of the Church," and has been praised by popes, presidents and other world leaders, for support of the Church, programs of evangelization and Catholic education, civic involvement and aid to those in need.

If you would like to learn more about the History of The Knights of Columbus please click here 

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The following are just a few activities that we sponsor  throughout the year:

  • St. Mel Parish Blood Drive
  • Pancake Breakfast
  • Monthly Food Collection for the Needy
  • Religious Appreciation Dinner
  • Annual Parish Rummage Sale
  • Oktoberfest
  • St. Patricks Day Dinner
  • Golf Tournament
  • Family Fun Knight
  • Wheelchair Breakfast
  • Intellectual Disability Drive

For more information please visit: Fair Oaks Council 6066



The Father Richard Doheny Religious Education Fund

The Father Richard Doheny Religious Education Fund is a California non-profit religious corporation based in Fair Oaks, California.

The Fund is dedicated to the memory of Father Richard Doheny, who tirelessly served the Catholic community of Fair Oaks for decades, and who placed a special emphasis on the importance of Catholic education and religious vocations.

Mission Statement

"To promote religious education and religious vocation by means of financial assistance to individuals, institutions, and organizations in support of Catholic Doctrine."

If you would like to contact the Fund, please email:

Alternatively, you can mail the Fund via St. Mel's Church:

The Father Richard Doheny Religious Education Fund
c/o 4745 Pennsylvania Avenue,
Fair Oaks,
CA  95628-5817