Parish life: fish fry

Parish Life

During the penitential season of Lent, Fridays are a day of abstinence from meat. One popular substitute is fish, thus is born the quintessential Catholic practice of the parish fish fry. Many parishes come together for this delicious meal, often preceded by Stations of the Cross for those who can get there early enough.

Non-Catholics are always welcome to join us and many do. Some come with Catholic friends, others simply respond to banners parishes often display outside. Either way, it is a great way to enjoy an inexpensive dinner in community fellowship.

At my parish, the fish is prepared by the Knights of Columbus, served by our Women’s Guild and assisted by teen volunteers. It is held in our PLC (Parish Life Center) where our meal is accompanied by great entertainment provided by various musicians. It is a wonderful tradition!


  1. I love this! Our parish has a pre-Stations dinner every Friday evening in Lent, but nothing like this! What a nice glimpse into your parish! Your series on parish life looks like it’s going to be fun!

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