Friday, February 15, 2013

Fish fry Fridays

 Sacred Heart of Jesus. Cleveland, Ohio. Fish Fry 1982-2010.
This is no longer. Parish cancelled by Richard Lennon. Such events have two benefits for a parish. One is as a fund raiser. The other is more important. It builds community. The people involved become 'regulars'. The workers get to know each other as comrades, and often will use the experiences as anecdotes. People as customers look forward to the event. Sometimes neighborhood people, who are not parishioners, become a little acquainted with the parish. By all accounts, Sacred Heart had an active fish season. Concurrently, they were running raffles of small prizes in the church's basement. Being a Polish parish, pierogies were available with the fish.
Holy Name of Jesus is also in Cleveland's Newburgh section. Their fish fry had real potatoes, cut on site with the peel producing a proper fry. Lennon chose to keep Holy Name open, because they were two things that Sacred Heart, and Saint Lawrence (which were in the same 'cluster') were not. Holy Name was a territorial parish, and in debt. 
Postscriptum 6 pm: Occasionally, i look at other websites. Some people 'blog' about lenten fish fries. Nearby, Poise in Parma has tackled the subject. Others too have, some compare the menu and take fotos of the food; not my forté, but informative. 
Postscriptum II: Now, the meals offered vary from place to place. These Lenten sites overwhelming are Catholic and Orthodox parishes, many have a predominant ethnicity. Parma's Pokrova (Protection of the Mother of God) Ukrainian Catholic fish are available with pyrohy and borsch. For those not familiar, or willing to use a dictionary, a pyroh (Ukrainian spelling, is a semi-lunar shaped filled dumpling) and borsch is red beet soup. America is more than McDonalds, and Jack's Bar and Grill.
Postscriptum III: I wonder if there are Japanese parishes serving sashimi.

Hram Svetog Save. Parma Ohio.
  electronic addition to sign, replaces wheeled sign

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