MOUNT VERNON — Starting this Friday evening, during the season of Lent, Catholics and non-Catholics alike are invited to gather at the St. Vincent de Paul School, 206 E. Chestnut St., for traditional fish fries. The fish fries will take place every Friday, with the exception of Good Friday (the Friday before Easter Sunday), from 4:30-7 p.m.
“The tradition is, during the season of Lent, on Fridays you’re supposed to abstain from meat,” Barb Brenneman, head of the St. Vincent de Paul fish fry, said. “It’s kind of a reminder of Christ dying on the cross for us. (Eating fish on Fridays) is just a small sacrifice we make, which has evolved into an event: To have the fish fries for fellowship and a way for everybody to come together.”
Served at the fish fries will be fried Alaskan pollock, baked potatoes, mac and cheese, several side dishes and homemade desserts.
“A mother of students at St. Vincent makes potato salad and she also makes homemade pies, which are just amazing,” Brenneman smiled. “(She makes) a lot of cream pies and berry pies; they’re delicious. (The homemade desserts) are my favorite part.”
There is a cost for the meal which includes drinks and dessert. The money raised goes to the school and to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, which offers monetary help to community members struggling with poverty.
For more information about the fish fries, call 740-393-3611.