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Lenten fish fries are dealing with COVID-19 for the second year in a row


Messenger Staff

February and March are usually fish fry season, especially at many Catholic churches in the area during the Lenten season. Last year, many of those churches had barely kicked off the season before COVID-19 brought them to an abrupt end.

With Ash Wednesday taking place last week, Friday began fish fry season with some notable parishes missing from the mix. The packed parking lots typically found at St. Martin of Tours in Flaherty and Holy Guardian Angel in Irvington were noticeably empty, as both parishes decided it wasn’t safe yet to resume yet. Other parishes opted to brave the weather and pandemic to bring their fried delicacies to the masses.

St. John the Apostle in Brandenburg is the only parish in Meade County having a fish fry this year. Sponsored by the St. Teresa Council of Knights of Columbus, it will be held every Friday through March 26 from 4-7 p.m. They offer drive-through only pickups. Dinners are $10 with the choice of cod or frog legs. Each dinner also includes french fries, green beans, coleslaw, hushpuppies and dessert.

St. Christopher in Radcliff has one from 5-7 p.m. every Friday through March 26 which is carry-out only. Their meals are $10 for two pieces of baked or fried hand battered fish, french fries and a vegetable or $8 for the same meal with one piece of fish. They also offer a $3 side order of shrimp or an extra piece of fish for $3 also.

For those wishing to dine-in or carry-out, St. John the Baptist in Rineyville is the closest option. They are serving from 5-7 p.m. every Friday through March 26. Dinners are $8 and consist of hand battered fish, french fries, coleslaw, hushpuppies, and dessert. For those who don’t care for fish, grilled cheese is also available.