If it’s Lent, it’s time to fry.
The St. Peter’s Catholic Church in New Richmond is one of the 42 parishes in greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky that are holding Lenten fish fries this year.
The fish fry at St. Peter’s, which is sponsored by the church’s men’s club and a parish organization known as Moms of Ministry Service (M.O.M.S.), is in its sixteenth year.
“In addition to celebrating Lent, our annual fish fry is a way to create friendships and celebrate kinship within our community,” said men’s club representative Bruce Nutley. “We are trying to bring everybody together in fellowship and that creates a better, more loving atmosphere in the community. It is also a way for the church to raise money for various parish projects.”
St. Peter’s is averaging close to 150 dinners a night, according to M.O.M.S. Club president LeeAnn Hermann.
“We are thrilled to see the fish fries getting bigger and bigger every year,” she said.
In the late 1960's, Lenten meals became more and more popular because the Catholic Church lightened the rules which, until then, required all Catholics in the Unites States to abstain from consuming meat every Friday of the year.
The St. Peter's fish fry includes choice of baked or fried gourmet cod, french fries, macaroni and cheese, baked potatoes, and tossed salad. Drinks and dessert are included in the price; there is a decorative chocolate fountain for all to enjoy as well.
St. Peter's, which is located at 1192 Bethel-New Richmond Road, will have friday night fish fries from 5 - 7:30 p.m. up until Good Friday, April 6.