Today is Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent. For practicing Catholics, it means 40 days of complying with Lenten regulations – beginning with fasting today and again on Good Friday. The “no meat on Fridays” runs throughout the Lenten season. Suffice it to say, though, the rule has spawned the mother of all church fundraisers – the Lenten Friday Night Fish Fry at many of Kansas City’s Catholic churches.
For Catholics, the church fish fry is an easy way to follow the rules without cooking fish at home. Even if you’re not Catholic, the church fish fry is great fun, good food and LOTS of fantastic neighbors and friends. Why not find one near you, pack up the kids and close your kitchen for the night? (And “fish fries” these days usually offer some non-fried options too for those of you trying to eat a bit healthier as well as cheese pizza if you have picky little ones!)
Here’s the end-all, be-all list of 2012 Kansas City Area Catholic Church Fish Fries:
Immaculate Conception Church, Louisburg – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. each Friday of Lent (except Good Friday) in the church hall (south entrance), 606 S. Elm, Louisburg. $7 per person.
Church of the Nativity, Leawood – 5pm to 7:30pm, each Friday of Lent (except Good Friday) in the parish hall at 119th and Mission, Leawood. Cost is: $10 for adults ($5 extra for shrimp); $5 for children 5-12 years old; children under 4 eat free. Family dinner price is $35 for fish and $50 for shrimp. Food selections include deep fried cod and catfish, peel and eat shrimp, baked tilapia, salads, mac & cheese, pizza, green beans, oven roasted red potatoes, and tasty desserts. Refreshments include beer and wine (for donation), lemonade, iced tea and orange drink.
Queen of the Holy Rosary Church, 22779 Metcalf, Wea – fish and shrimp dinners on all Fridays of Lent (except Good Friday) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is: $8 for adults; $4 for children; and $13 for shrimp.
St. Agnes Catholic Church, Roeland Park – in the St. Agnes School cafeteria, 5130 Mission Rd., Roeland Park, Fridays from 5pm to 7:30pm. Prices range from $5 for under 12 yrs to $11 for adults. Cheese pizza is also available.
Sacred Heart Parish, Shawnee – fish fry buffet every Friday during Lent from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the church (Monticello and Johnson Dr.). Cost is: $8 for adults; $4 for children ages 4 to 12; children under 3 eat free.
Holy Spirit, Overland Park – Lenten seafood dinners every Friday during Lent (except Good Friday) from 5 to 7 p.m. in St. Elizabeth’s Hall, 11300 W. 103rd St., Overland Park. Cost is: adults – shrimp and fish, $13; adults – fish, $8; children, ages 4 to 10, $4; children, under 4, $1.
St. Patrick Parish, 94th and State Ave., Kansas City, Kan – Lenten fish dinners every Friday during Lent (except Good Friday) from 5 to 7 p.m.
Queen of the Holy Rosary Church, 7023 W. 71st St., Overland Park – Friday Lenten dinners from 5 to 7:00 p.m. each Friday of Lent (except Good Friday). Cost is: $8 for adults (12 and older); $5 for children ages 5 to 11; and free for children 4 and under.
St. Michael the Archangel, 14251 Nall, Leawood – Fridays during Lent (except Good Friday) from 5 to 6:45 p.m. $8 for regular fish or shrimp dinners; $11 for salmon dinners; $35 for immediate family dinner.
Sacred Heart Church,2646 S. 34th St., Kansas City Kan. – Knights of Columbus, Council No. 11917, will host an all-you-can-eat fish fry March 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church hall. Cost is: $8 for adults; $7 for seniors; $6 for children under 12.
Shawnee Knights of Columbus – boiled shrimp dinners each Friday of Lent (except Good Friday) from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Knights’ hall, 11221 Johnson Dr., Shawnee (next to St. Joseph Church).
Sacred Heart Parish, Tonganoxie – Lenten fish fries every Friday during Lent (except Good Friday) from 4 to 7 p.m. Cost is: $8 for adults; $3 for youth ages 5 to 12; and free for children 4 and under. Spiced shrimp available on March 23 and March 30 for an additional charge.
St. Ann Parish, Prairie Village – March 2nd – all-you-can-eat dinner will be served in the school cafeteria, 7241 Mission Rd., with a cash bar available. Dinner includes shrimp, pasta, salad and soda. Pizza available.
Holy Angels Parish, Basehor – Lenten fish fry from 4 to 8 p.m. on March 30 at the parish hall, 15438 Leavenworth Rd., Basehor.
Holy Cross Church, 8311 W. 93rd St., Overland Park – Shrimp Boil on Feb. 24th, 5-7pm. With Reservations: Adult $13, Child $8 ($2 more at the door). Fish: Adult $7, Child $4 ($1 more at the door). Lenten fish fry on March 2 from 5:30-7:30pm at Holy Cross School, Pflumm Hall, 8101 W. 95th St.
Holy Trinity, Lenexa – all-you-can-eat shrimp dinner on March 30 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the parish center. Tickets are: $15 for adults; $5 for children 6-12; $8 for adult cheese pizza (higher at the door).
Curé of Ars Church, 9401 Mission Road, Leawood – February 24, from 5-7 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Advance ticket sales only. Call Brad at 913-383-9035.
Church of the Ascension, 9510 W. 127th St., Overland Park – Lenten fish fries each Friday of Lent (except Good Friday) in the lower level of the church from 5pm to 7:30pm. All you can eat. Cost is: $9 for ages 12 and older; $4 for children 5-11; and children 4 and under eat free.
Good Shepherd, Shawnee – 5 to 7:30 p.m. each Friday of Lent (except Good Friday) in Seuferling Hall at the church, 12800 W. 75th St. Cost is: $8.50 for adults; $7.50 for seniors (60+); $4 for children 12 and under; and children 5 and under eat free.
Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 16000 W. 143rd St., Olathe, KS – Fridays from 5pm to 7pm; shrimp, catfish, white fish, cheese pizza and more. Followed by Stations of the Cross.
Leavenworth Knights of Columbus, 205 S. 4th, Leavenworth, KS – Fridays during Lent from 4:30-7pm. Fish or spaghetti. $8/person or $20/family. Carryout available.
St. Paul Parish, 900 S. Honeysuckle, Olathe, KS. – Fridays except Good Friday, 5-7pm.
St. Jude Catholic Church, 2001 S. Broadway, Oak Grove – Fish Fry, February 24, March 9, March 23 – 5pm-7pm. $9/person, family discounts available.
St. Sabina, 700 Trevis Avenue, Belton – Fish Fries will be held from 5pm-7pm on Lenten Fridays except March 16 and Good Friday. $8/adult; $5/kid; $28/family of 5+
St. John LaLande, 805 NW R.D. Mize, Blue Springs – Fish Fries on February 24, March 2, 9 & 30. 5pm to 7pm in Parish Center. Baked or fried fish, fried shrimp, grilled cheese, baked potato bar and more. Ages 11 and up, $8; 4 to 11, $4; 3 and under, FREE.
St. Ann, 10113 Lexington, Independence, MO – Famous Fish Dinners every Friday during Lent (except Good Friday) – from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Boiled shrimp, fried shrimp, catfish, catfish fillets, french fries, boiled potatoes, coleslaw, green beans, hush puppies and cornbread. Drinks are included with dinner. Dinner prices range from $7.50 to $9.75. A fish sandwich with fries is $4.00. [THIS INFORMATION IS FROM 2011 - DOES ANYONE HAVE UPDATED INFO?]
Redemptorist Church, Linwood & Broadway, Kansas City – Shrimp Dinner hosted by the Ancient Order of Hibernians – all you can eat shrimp, potatoes, corn on the cob, desserts – Fridays during Lent, 5:30pm to 7:30pm – $12 adults; $6 kids 7 to 13; 6 and under FREE
Annunciation Parish, 705 N. Jefferson, Kearney – Fish Fry, 5-7:30 p.m., Fridays in Lent. Fish, shrimp, soup, sides, desserts, soft drinks.
St. Elizabeth Church, 75th and Main, Kansas City – Fish Fries, 5-8 p.m., February 24 and March 30, Seton Hall. $10/adults, $5/ children 4-12, $30/family of 5+. All you can eat fish, hush puppies, sides, water, tea, and lemonade, desserts. Adult beverages available.
St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 900 NE Shady Lane Drive (west side of church), Kansas City North – Knights of Columbus Fish Fries, all Lenten Fridays except March 16 and Good Friday, 4-8 p.m., $7-9/adults, $3/children 12 and under.
Good Shepherd Parish Hall, 92 Hwy and Commercial, Smithville – Fish and Shrimp Dinners, Fridays in Lent, 5-7:30 p.m. Fried or baked fish, fried shrimp, combination plate, sides. Home made desserts available. Call ahead for take out (816) 532-4344. [THIS INFO IS FROM 2011 - DOES ANYONE HAVE AN UPDATE?]
Our Lady of the Presentation Parish 130 NW Murray Road, Lee’s Summit – Fish & Shrimp Fry, Fridays during Lent, 5-7:30 p.m., All-you-care-to-eat buffet: baked cod, fried tilapia or butterfly shrimp, baked potato and salad bar, cole slaw, gourmet mac & cheese and more. Dessert available for donation. $10/adults, $4/children 4-10. Under 4 and over 90 free! (My grandma goes to this one and eats free. I hear it’s very good… ~Kate)
St. James Church/School, 309 S. Stewart Road, Liberty – March 2, 16 & 30. Served 5 – 8p.m. school gymnasium, Dinners start at $9/adults and $4/ children. Fried catfish, baked tilapia, hot spiced boiled shrimp, cheese pizza, and our made-to-order pasta bar. Dine in or take-out.
Coronation of Our Lady, 13000 Bennington, Grandview, MO – Fish Dinners – February 24, March 2, 9 & 30. Coronation Parish Gym 4:30-7:00 PM, Adults $7.00, Children 5-10 $4.00
St. Therese Little Flower Parish hall, 5814 Euclid, Kansas City – March 2, 16 and 30 – Lenten Fish Fry dinners.
St. Gabriel Parish, 4737 N. Cleveland Ave., Kansas City – Fish Fry, 4:30 to 7 p.m., Lenten Fridays. Menu: Whole fresh catfish 13 oz./Catfish nuggets or Catch of the Day & other specials, sides, bread & butter, dessert, coffee or iced tea, $8-10 depending on entrée. Children under 12 Catfish Nuggets $6.
Visitation, 51st & Main, Kansas City – Fish Fry, 5:15pm to 7:30pm, Tighe Hall – February 24, March 2, 23 and 30. $8/adult; $5/kids K-8; $30/family.
St. Thomas More, 118th & Holmes, Kansas City – Boy Scout Fish Fry Fridays (no dinner on March 16); 4:30-7:30pm. The dinner includes fried fish, seasoned baked fish, fried shrimp, boiled potatoes, french fries, green beans, corn, coleslaw, rolls and cheese pizza for the kids. It’s a great deal at $30/family, $9/adult, $8/senior 60 and over, $4/child 6-12 and free for children 0-5.
Holy Spirit Church, 1800 SW State Route 150, Lee’s Summit – Lenten Fish Fry – Fridays in Lent (except Good Friday) – 5:30pm to 7pm (bingo starts at 6:30pm). Adults $9.50; kids $5.50 (under 6 are FREE).
As always, if we have missed your favorite, please drop us a line or leave a comment to let us know!
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