Catholic Church fish fries are back in full force this season

ST. CLOUD — After two years of COVID restrictions, it looks like the Catholic Church’s annual fish fry tradition is back in the Diocese of St. Cloud.

In 2021, the Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud required that all fish fries in churches be take-out or drive-in only.

The year before, in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic began in the middle of the Lenten season, forcing churches to change their plans halfway through the season.

2022 Lenten fries around the diocese

BrennyvilleFridays March 4 and 25. St. Elizabeth Parish hosts fish fries on-site or take-out, including fried fish, potatoes, vegetables, coleslaw, a bun and dessert from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. ‘church. Offering of free will. Telephone orders will be taken at 320-355-2459 from 3 p.m.

Brooten • Fridays March 11, 25, April 8. Knights of Columbus Council 13284 hosts fish fry, including fish, mashed potatoes, and baked beans at Ka De Shack from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Takeaway meals available.

Eden ValleyFriday March 25. Assumption Parish offers on-site dining or fish fry, including fish, baked potatoes, coleslaw, homemade bread and desserts from 4-7 p.m. – or until until the fish has disappeared – to the church. Home delivery available within city limits by calling the church (320-453-5765) between 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. that day.

FoleyFridays March 4 and April 8. Knights of Columbus Council 3603 is hosting take-out-only fish fry, including fish, baked potatoes and coleslaw from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Emmaus Trinity Center parking lot at St. John. Offering of free will. Make checks payable to Foley KCs.

forestonFridays March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1. Knights of Columbus Foreston-Milaca Council 11856 hosts fish fry, including fried fish, cheese hash browns, coleslaw, vegetables, and desserts from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Parish Center St. Louis Bertrand. Meals are $12/pending price. Checks accepted.

GilmanFridays March 11, April 1. Sts. Peter and Paul Parish hosts fish fry on site or take out including fried fish, potato, green beans, salad, homemade bread and dessert from 4-7pm at the church. Meals are $10 each.

MoreFridays March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8. The ACC Youth Group is hosting a drive-thru fish fries including two fish fillets, tartar sauce, cheese potatoes, vegetables, rolls and cookies at St. Mary’s Church from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. All meals are $12. Please pre-order by texting or calling Tara Taylor at 763-220-0888 or visit

MorrillFridays March 18 and April 8. St. Joseph’s Parish hosts on-site or take-out fish fries, including fried fish, haluski, baked potatoes, glazed carrots, coleslaw, a roll, and a 4 p.m. dessert 30 to 7 p.m. in a parish hall accessible to people with disabilities. Meal prices are: $12 (adults), $8 (5 to 10 years old) and free (children under 5 years old). The church is located at 33018 Nature Road, Foley.

PrincetonFridays March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8. Princeton-Zimmerman Knights of Columbus Council 8571 is hosting drive-thru fish fries from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Christ Our Light-North Church. Takeout meals include fried or baked fish dinners. All meals are $12. No need to call ahead.

RiceFridays March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8. Immaculate Conception Parish serves fish fries dine-in or take-out including fried fish, baked potatoes, coleslaw and baked beans from 5-7:30 p.m. at the church. Takeout available — call 320-393-2750 between 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to order ahead.

Saint CloudFriday March 11. St. Paul’s Parish serves a baked fish dinner with cheesy hash browns, green beans, coleslaw and brownies from 5-7 p.m. (mac and cheese available for kids.)

Saint CloudFridays March 18 and April 1. St. Katharine Drexel School hosts drive-through fish fry only, including fish, coleslaw, fries, beans and bread from 4-7 p.m. at St. Augustine’s Church. Meals are $11.

Saint JosephFriday March 4. Fish fry to benefit St. John the Baptist Parish (in Collegeville) is from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Sal’s Bar & Grill. The menu includes fried fish, potato salad, potatoes and gravy, green beans and rolls. Prices include: adults ($12), 6-12 years old ($7) and 0-5 years old (free). The event includes a meat raffle. Takeout available by calling Sal’s at 320-363-8273.

Saint Josephfriday april 8. St. Joseph’s Catholic School (32 W. Minnesota St.) hosts fried fish fry, potato salad or coleslaw, and baked beans from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. take away available.

Uppsalafriday april 8. St. Mary’s Parish hosts smelt and fish fries with potato salad and haluski on-site or take-out from 4-8 p.m. at the church. The event includes a cash raffle. Tickets are $100 each – only 250 tickets sold.

Waite ParkFriday, March 4. St. Joseph Parish hosts on-site or drive-in fish fry with hand-breaded fried fish, homemade tartar sauce, baked beans, coleslaw and potatoes from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. h.

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