Fish fry events are common this time of the year at Catholic church parishes around the state.
At North American Martyr's Catholic church, they are having fish fry dinners through Lent. They offer a deep fried cod or a baked tilapia. Other food items are also on hand, including pasta, macaroni and cheese, shrimp, french fries, cole slaw, and desserts. It's all you can eat for $10. "After we deduct all of our expenses, we typically give the rest of the money away to charity," church representative Keith Zaborowski said. "At the end of the year, we probably write about $40,000 to $50,000 in charitable donations. The fish fry is our largest fundraiser."
Typically on Fridays during Lent, Catholics do not eat red meat. That is why you'll find fish fry events happening around the state. At the dinner at Martyr's church, they have a fish fry tent, where around 300 pounds of fried cod are cooked up every night. They also make around 200 pounds of baked tilapia. About 500 pounds total of fish is served each night.
If you'd like to attend the fish fry at Martyr's church, you can still attend from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 5, and the same time on Friday, April 12.