Ash Wednesday kicks off the season of Lent with the return of fish fries

ST. LOUIS — Today is the first day of Lent for thousands of Catholics in the Saint Louis region. The day calls on Catholics to fast and pray before the time of Lent. However, Bishop Mitchell Rozanski also wants Catholics in St. Louis to focus on prayer and stand with Ukraine.

“When we see how the Ukrainian people are suffering and during this they keep their deep faith,” Archbishop Rozanski said. “They go to mass. They celebrate Mass even in the subways that serve as bomb shelters.

“We are reminded that our faith has no boundaries,” he continued. “Our faith is not contained within four walls, but as the Ukrainian people bravely show us, our faith is celebrated wherever we gather.”

Kurt Spechals, of the Knights of Columbus in Cottleville, said last year that their fry were all served at the drive-thru. Now they offer fish, pizza and pasta plates in person.

“We’re excited to be back in the building and able to interact with people talking to them at their tables as they walk through the line,” Spechals said. “To create a brotherhood and just be able to talk with people. Last year we did this as best we could, but since they were in a drive-thru, it had to be fast.

Spechals said fish prices had risen across the market, so the Knights had to raise the prices they charge per meal. He said Lenten Fish Fries is his biggest fundraiser and all proceeds go to several charities in the area.

“We used to charge $10, now we have to charge $12. So it hasn’t gone up too much, and it’s going to a great cause,” Spechals said.

Since Catholics can no longer eat meat on Fridays for the next 6 weeks, restaurants like Bar Louie are offering more fish dishes on their menu.

“They can walk in and get double points on any of our fish items. All of these items are going to include our calamari, salmon sliders, pan fried salmon, beer battered fish and chips in our tacos. blackened shrimp,” said Bar Louie St. Charles manager Rashaun Dennis.

Bishop Rozanski said there is a special collection on all Ash Wednesday Masses that will go to the Church in Eastern Europe.

“Thus, these funds will be useful to the people of Ukraine as they seek to rebuild their lives,” says Rozanski. Spechals said Knights of Columbus chapters across the country will also donate fish fry funds to Ukraine.

“No matter what you’re passionate about, if you’re passionate right now about what’s going on in Ukraine, you get to a fried fish and eventually some of that money will go to these refugees, just like it will to everyone else. charities that the Knights of Columbus supports,” Spechals said.

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