For Catholics, it's that time of the year again to give up their favorite vices for 40 days and sit down to a delicious fish fry every Friday.
St. John's Church is even willing to cook the meal.
St. John's will once again be offering fish fry dinners every Friday night for the remainder of lent. According to church volunteers, the dinners bring in church members as well as community members who do not attend St. John's Church.
Doris Schauman showcases a fish dinner at St. John’s Church on Ash Wednesday.
P-J photo by Remington Whitcomb
"We've been doing this for 15 years," said Mike Polarmo. "It started out as a community builder and as you can tell, a lot of people work and help us. People come out and sit and socialize and it works out real well."
Polarmo said he expected to sell around 80 dinners for Ash Wednesday, however a normal Friday could see as many as 250 dinners sold.
One fish dinner is priced at $9 and includes a tossed salad, dinner roll, choice of apple sauce or french fries, and choice of potato salad or cole slaw. Guests can purchase pop or water, or can have coffee for free. The church offers vegetable lasagna for $8 as well for those who don't like fish.
All proceeds generated from the dinners go directly back into the church and any tips left for the cooks will be donated to the Lou Gehrig's disease foundation and the Kidney foundation, said Polarmo.
Dinners are available for dine-in or take-out.