Lent Means Fish Fry Time

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Fish Fry Fridays are back during Lent. Photo by Carrie Gloeckner.

POMEROY – The season of Lent is here and that means it is time for the local Friday fish fry.

Many Christians, especially Catholics, give up or abstain from eating certain things. In particular is the abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent. In doing so, having a fish fry has been a long standing event. It is a social event and a fund-raiser for local organizations.

Sacred Heart in Pomeroy started their fish fry Fridays March 7. They are sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Monsignor Jessing Council #1664.

The Friday fish fry will continue at Sacred Heart on March 14, March 21, March 28, April 4 and April 11. The hours are noon to 7 p.m.

Menu items include: deluxe fish tail dinner for $9.50 and includes shrimp, fries, hush puppies, coleslaw, dessert and a drink; shrimp dinner for $8.00, dinner includes fries, hush puppies, coleslaw, dessert and drink; fish tail dinner for $8.00 includes fries, coleslaw, dessert and drink; fish sandwich and fries including drink $5.50; fish sandwich only, $3.50; and an extra piece of fish, $2.50.

Carry out is also available. Kids two and under eat for free. The fish fry is held in the church hall. The proceeds benefit local charities.

Throughout the 40 days from Ash Wednesday to Lent, Christians remember the days Jesus spent in the desert and prepare their hearts for the coming of Easter and that Holy Week means.

According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website Lent observations are based on the following, “The Church asks us to surrender ourselves to prayer and to the reading of Scripture, to fasting and to giving alms. The fasting that all do together on Fridays is but a sign of the daily Lenten discipline of individuals and households: fasting for certain periods of time, fasting from certain foods, but also fasting from other things and activities. Likewise, the giving of alms is some effort to share this world equally—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents.”

Further, Lent observations are supposed to be fruitful, “We are called not just to abstain from sin during Lent, but to true conversion of our hearts and minds as followers of Christ. We recall those waters in which we were baptized into Christ’s death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.”