Parish life: fish fry

During the penitential season of Lent, Fridays are a day of abstinence from meat. One popular substitute is fish, thus is born the quintessential Catholic practice of the parish fish fry. Many parishes come together for this delicious meal, often preceded by Stations of the Cross for those who can get there early enough.

Non-Catholics are always welcome to join us and many do. Some come with Catholic friends, others simply respond to banners parishes often display outside. Either way, it is a great way to enjoy an inexpensive dinner in community fellowship.

At my parish, the fish is prepared by the Knights of Columbus, served by our Women’s Guild and assisted by teen volunteers. It is held in our PLC (Parish Life Center) where our meal is accompanied by great entertainment provided by various musicians. It is a wonderful tradition!

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Easter

O God, who on this day,
through your Only Begotten Son,
have conquered death
and unlocked for us the path to eternity,
grant, we pray, that we who keep
the solemnity of the Lord’s Resurrection
may, through the renewal brought by your Spirit,
rise up in the light of life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
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Good Friday

And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of the Skull), they gave Jesus wine to drink mixed with gall. But when he had tasted it, he refused to drink. After they had crucified him, they divided his garments by casting lots; then they sat down and kept watch over him there. And they placed over his head the written charge against him: This is Jesus, the King of the Jews. Two revolutionaries were crucified with him, one on his right and the other on his left. Those passing by reviled him, shaking their heads and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself, if you are the Son of God, [and] come down from the cross!” Likewise the chief priests with the scribes and elders mocked him and said, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. So he is the king of Israel! Let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now if he wants him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” The revolutionaries who were crucified with him also kept abusing him in the same way.

From noon onward, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Some of the bystanders who heard it said, “This one is calling for Elijah.” Immediately one of them ran to get a sponge; he soaked it in wine, and putting it on a reed, gave it to him to drink. But the rest said, “Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to save him.” But Jesus cried out again in a loud voice, and gave up his spirit. And behold, the veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth quaked, rocks were split, tombs were opened, and the bodies of many saints who had fallen asleep were raised. And coming forth from their tombs after his resurrection, they entered the holy city and appeared to many. The centurion and the men with him who were keeping watch over Jesus feared greatly when they saw the earthquake and all that was happening, and they said, “Truly, this was the Son of God!”

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Introducing: parish life

Parish Life as a new Convert Journal photo essay meme on, well…   parish life!

Here I will feature images of 1 event or aspect of everyday activities in my Catholic parish. My hope is that through this series, non-Catholics might get a small taste of the typical things we Catholics enjoy together at church. I think of it as showcasing Catholics, in our natural element.

Of course, the most important thing we do is participate in the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. A parish however, is more than strangers who come together for worship. Our community is a family who not only worships together, but learns together, plays together, rejoices together and sometime mourns together.

This new on-going series will give you a glimpse of our family. Each post will have a brief lead for context followed by a dozen pictures (give or take). The pictures will tell the real story. Don’t expect Ansel Adams, these snapshots are strictly an amateur photographic effort.

The inaugural post will be next Tuesday. Look for it!

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7 Quick Takes Friday (set #135)

This week: The latest issue of New Evangelists Monthly is ready and calling you. Continuing my focus on confession with 4 videos: contrition / confession / satisfaction, why we confess to a priest, sacraments 101 / penance and the scriptural basis. Another look at the possibility of Hell – very remote or potentially common? Fr. […]

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New Evangelists Monthly – April 2014, Issue #16

This is the April 2014 issue of New Evangelists Monthly. With this announcement, participating Catholic bloggers link their best stories from last month right here at NewEvangelists.org. Revisit anytime to see up-to-the-minute posts in this dynamic format! Contributor links are accepted beginning at noon (ET). Most contributions are received in a day or two. To […]

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7 Quick Takes Friday (set #134)

This week: Go to confession! Two great new sources of information are GoodConfession.com and The Light is ON. Get inspired, fire-up your motivation and do it. Archbishop Cordileone talks about receiving the Blessed Sacrament worthily. A loving mom and her special needs child. Lutheran Satire has some good insights, made in good humor. Reacting to […]

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Forgiveness

Guest contributor:   Ed Trego One of the most well-known parables of Jesus is the parable of the prodigal son. It is a remarkable story of forgiveness and acceptance that we all should better understand. God’s love for us knows no limits and his forgiveness is always available and will be readily given when properly […]

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