Though I admit I don’t know much about the Knights of Columbus, I’m always impressed when they’re present at functions in their full regalia, which I would imagine to be considered their uniforms.  

They stand at attention and serve as honor guards when called upon, most often at religious functions, and the plumage on their hats and their black capes catch one’s attention during solemn occasions.

There is a Knights of Columbus group attached to St. Mary’s Parish in Riverside, and I have learned they are much more than an honor guard. Along with the camaraderie of being part of the group, members are also philanthropic.

As with any philanthropic group, fundraising is of great importance and the St. Mary’s group has succeeded well in their endeavors through their annual pasta dinner, or as we at St. Mary call it, Pasta Knight.

This year the event will take place on Saturday, April 8 from 3 to 8 p.m. in the St. Mary Parish Center at 97 Herrick Road (or as I refer to it as the “churchagymatorium” since it serves all those purposes at one time or another). 

Tickets for the all-you-can-eat dinner are $8 in advance or $10 at the door; children under 5 eat for free. Aside from a delicioso abbondanza meal and a glass of vino, there will be live music for your listening and dining pleasure. 

Because this is a fundraiser there will be raffles and auction items and, remembering from last year, there were some great prizes available.

For more information about the dinner or to purchase tickets go to: stmaryriverside.org/pasta.

Salute to the Knights of Columbus and let’s all meet to mangia on Saturday, April 8.