Friday Lenten fish fry take-out only this year

Beany Rapose serves a fish dinner at St. Joseph's Church during a Lenten fish fry on a Friday evening three years ago in Ashtabula. This year, the fish dinners will be served for take-out only and be distributed at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel of Our Lady of Peace Parish. The first dinner is set for Feb. 19.

The season of Lent is a time of penitence and contemplation before Easter lasting 40 days. Meatless days during Lent are traditionally part of the old Roman Catholic religious calendar.

With Lent beginning Feb. 17, Friday fish fry volunteers are getting ready to serve fish dinners, but with a different twist due to the COVID-19 pandemic — all dinners will be carry-out only.

Our Lady of Peace Parish is sponsoring its famous Lenten Fish Fry on Fridays Feb. 19 through March 26. Dinners will be ready for pickup from 4-7 p.m. at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel of Our Lady of Peace Community Center, 1200 E. 21st St., Ashtabula. Small orders are $8; large orders $10. Fish choices include fried fish, un-breaded baked fish, breaded baked fish or fried shrimp. Patrons can pick-up and pay on site or order via the church website at

“Back by popular demand is our fish taco dinners,” said volunteer Linda DiCamillo, a parishioner of Our Lady of Peace Parish. “All proceeds from the dinners goes to the parish.”

Ohio Health Department guidelines for hand sanitation, masks and social distancing will be required, DiCamillo said.

In past years, St. Joseph’s Church of Our Lady of Peace Parish, on Lake Avenue in Ashtabula, served the parish’s fish dinners during Lent. The church basement dining room seats around 200 people and Lenten Fridays were usually packed. The church has been having fish fries for 30 uninterrupted years, selling more than 250 dinners every Friday.

This year, because of the pandemic, all dinners will be served out of the Mt. Carmel Community Center because it offers more parking and easy access, organizers said.

With so many diners passing through each Friday, it takes as many as 20 volunteers to get the job done.

For more information, call 440-992-0330.


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