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Archdiocese Lists Churches Hostings Friday Fish Frys
by Stacy Coco
It is the first meat-free Friday for Lenten observers, and parishes across the city have ensured that no resident is too far from a fish fry. From Mid-City to Metairie and beyond, local churches are serving fried catfish, cole slaw, french fries, and more to raise money and feed the masses.
The Archdiocese of New Orleans Director of Communications, Sarah McDonald, talked to NoDef on Ash Wednesday. “Today starts the day that people would give up something or something of Lenten observance,” she explained.
McDonald also noted, “Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting and abstinence. You might have one large meal or two smaller meals [today].”
McDonald said fasting and abstinence guidelines can be found on their website, www.arch-no.org. The rules on meat can be murky in South Louisiana, with gator and other cold-blooded animals still permissible.
Residents can also take to Twitter for more information, McDonald stated. Their Twitter page can be found using the handle @archdioceseofno.
Fish frys have become so popular in New Orleans and surrounding areas that the Archdiocese created their own hashtag, #fridayfishfry.
McDonald said for the third year in a row the Archdiocese has kept up with their hashtag so residents can take to Twitter for more information on upcoming fish frys this season.
Locals can also obtain information on any frys offering drive thru service during busy work hours, which makes it easy for people on the go to pick up lunch or dinner, said McDonald.
Grace Donnaud, of Our Lady of the Rosary said their fish frys will be held on March 14, 21 and 28. There will be no fish fry on the first Friday of Lent by the church as Donnaud noted there is not a very good sell during this week.
Located on the bank of Bayou St. John, the fish frys will be held in the OLR cafeteria beginning at 5:30 p.m. following the 5:00 p.m. Stations of the Cross. Plates including fried catfish, french fries, cole slaw and green beans can be purchased for $8. Drinks and desserts will be available but sold separately. They will be serving from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The church is located at 3368 Esplanade Ave.
In the Metairie area the Men’s Club and Knights of Columbus will host a fish fry at St. Catherine of Siena in the church’s cafeteria located at 105 Bonnabel Blvd. On March 14, 21 and 28, plates of fried shrimp and fried catfish will be served with choices of hush puppies, potato salad french fries and green salad. Desserts, soft drinks and beer will also be available. Times and prices are tentative.
St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church, located at 3501 N. Miro St., will have their fish frys on March 7, 14, 21 and 28, and April 4 and 11 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Plates will be $9 with a tentative menu.
The Holy Name of Mary Church at Algiers Point (342 Olivier St.) hosts a fish fry every Friday of Lent, March 7, 14, 21, and 28, and on April 4, April 11, and April 18. Guests can pick up or eat there, and it costs $8. Menu items include fish, snap beans, French fries, cole slaw, and potato salad.
St. Angela Merici in Metairie (901 Beverly Garden Drive) is hosting two fish frys on March 14 and April 4. Doors open at 5 p.m., and funds benefit the church.
St. Bernard Church in St. Bernard Parish (2805 Bayou Road) is hosting fish frys for every day of Lent. Prices vary, and diners can pick up or eat in. Doors open at 5 p.m.
Another Metairie church, St. Christopher, is hosting a fish fry on March 14 only. They’re serving fried catfish, potatoes, and coleslaw for $8, and additional pizza or shrimp for $5. Funds benefit the men’s club, and the parish is also hosting a crawfish boil on March 28.
For more information on fish frys in and outside of Orleans Parish, visit the Archdiocese’s website.
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