Lent 2016 started on Wednesday with Ash Wednesday observances. For practicing Catholics, Lent means (among many more important things) 40 days of complying with Lenten regulations – beginning with fasting on Ash Wednesday and again on Good Friday. The “no meat on Fridays” rule 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!) A full dinner can be had for under $10 for adults, and usually $5 for kids. Family pricing is typically available. A great deal!
Here’s the end-all, be-all list of 2016 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.
Church of the Nativity, 3800 W. 119th St., Leawood, will host Lenten dinners from 5 – 7:30 p.m. in the parish hall. Cost is: $10 for adults ($5 extra for shrimp); $5 for children ages 5-12; and free for ages 4 and younger. Family price is: $35 for fish; and $50 for shrimp.
Queen of the Holy Rosary Church, 22779 Metcalf, Bucyrus, will serve fish and shrimp dinners from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost is: $9 for adults; $3 for children; and $14 for a boiled shrimp dinner. A dessert bar is included.
St. Agnes Catholic Church, Roeland Park – John Roe Council 3020 Knights of Columbus will host Lenten dinners from 5 to 7 p.m. in the St. Agnes School cafeteria, 5130 Mission Rd. Fish fries will be held Feb. 12, 26, March 5 and 12. A Mexican dinner will be held March 19.
Sacred Heart Parish, Lenten dinners from 5 to 7 p.m. at their multipurpose center at 21801 Johnson Dr, Shawnee. Cost is $11 for adult’s shrimp and fish. There is also special pricing for children and seniors. Buffet includes: Smoked salmon, fried shrimp, fried catfish, baked white fish, mac and cheese, pizza and much more. For more information call Robert at 913-314-6027 or visit their website.
Holy Spirit, seafood dinners from 5 to 7 p.m. in St. Elizabeth Hall, 11300 W. 103rd St., Overland Park. Cost is: $16 for adult’s shrimp and fish; $10 for adult’s fish; $5 for children’s meal ages 4 to 10; and $1 for children under 4.
St. Patrick Parish, 94th and State Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, will host Lenten dinners from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Cost is: $9 for adults; $10 for boiled shrimp; $5 for children; and $25 for families. For more information, call Fritz at (913) 515-0621.
Queen of the Holy Rosary Church, Lenten dinners from 5 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 12, 26 and March 4 in the parish hall. For information, including sponsors, menus and cost, go online to: www.queenoftheholyrosary.org.
St. Michael the Archangel, 14351 Nall Ave., Leawood, will host Lenten dinners from 4:45 to 6:45 p.m. Cost is $11 for fish and shrimp; $14 for salmon. There is also special pricing for children and families.
Shawnee Knights of Columbus – boiled shrimp or baked fish dinners from 5 to 8 p.m. at 11221 Johnson Dr. Cost is: $13 for adult shrimp; $7 for children’s shrimp; $8 for fish; pizza is available. For more information, call Mike at (913) 927-5558 or Richard at (913) 710-6225. 11221 Johnson Dr., Shawnee (next to St. Joseph Church).
Sacred Heart Parish, 1100 West St., Tonganoxie, will host fish dinners from 4 to 7 p.m. Cost is: $8.50 for adults; $8 for seniors (over 60); and $3 for children ages 5-12. Boiled spiced shrimp dinners will be held on Feb. 26 and March 18. Cost is: $15 for adults; $14.50 for seniors; and $7 for children.
Holy Cross Church,Overland Park – fish fry from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m at 8311 93rd St Overland Park. For carryouts, call (816) 645-9105. The dinner is free, and free will donations are accepted.
Holy Trinity, 9150 Pflumm Rd, Lenexa, will host an all-you-can-eat boiled shrimp dinner from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 26 in the parish center. At the door cost is: $18 for adults; $12 for pizza; and $9 for children. For more information or to order advance tickets at a discount, go online to: www.htknights.org.
Church of the Ascension, 9510 W. 127th St., Overland Park, will host fish dinners from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Cost is: $9.50 for adults; $5 for children ages 5-11; and free for ages 4 and under. Carryouts are available. Checks, credit and debit cards will be accepted.
Good Shepherd, Shawnee. Knights of Columbus will host baked and fried fish dinners from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the church, located at 12800 W. 75th St. Cost is: $8.50 for ages 12 and older; $7.50 for seniors (65+); and $4 for children ages 5 to 11. Children under 4 eat free. Family maximum is $25.
Prince of Peace Catholic Church, fish and shrimp dinners from 5 to 7 p.m. in the parish hall, 16000 W. 143rd St., Olathe. Carryouts are available. Cost is: $14 for adult’s shrimp and fish; $9 for adult’s fish; $8 for children’s shrimp; $6 for children’s fish; $5 for cheese pizza; and free for children 3 and under.
Knights of Columbus Council 900 will host fish dinners from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 4th and Cherokee,Leavenworth. Cost is: $9 for adults or $16 for couples; $5 for children; children under 5 eat free. Carryouts are available.
Curé of Ars Knights of Columbus will host a fish fry from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 26 in the school cafeteria, located at 9401 Mission Rd.,Leawood. Carryouts are available. Cost is: $15 for adults; $10 for ages 5-18; and $5 for children 4 and under. Reservations will be taken after Sunday Masses.
The Knights of Columbus will host fish dinners from 5 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 12 and 19 at the Cathedral Parish center, 409 N. 15th St.,Kansas City, Kansas. Cost is a freewill offering.
St. John LaLande, 4:30-7 p.m., Feb. 20 and 27, March 6, 13 and 20, Parish Center, 805 NW RD Mize Rd, Blue Springs, enter behind the Church. All you can eat $9/adults, $5/children 6-11, kids under 6 Free, $30/family. Fried Shrimp- ala carte $4 extra. Hosted by the K of C. Desserts sold by the Ladies Auxiliary.
AOH All you can eat Shrimp dinner, 5 – 7:30 p.m., Fridays in Lent, Feb. 20 – March 27, Redemptorist Cafeteria, Broadway at Linwood, Kansas City. $14/adults, $6/children. Sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
St. Elizabeth Church, 75th and Main, Kansas City – 5 – 8 p.m., Feb. 27, March 13 and 27, Seton Hall (lower level of the church), All you can eat $10/adults $5/children, $30/Family of 5+. Adult beverages available. Hosted by the St. Elizabeth’s Knights of Columbus Council #14163.
St. Charles Borromeo Parish, 900 NE Shady Lane Drive (west side of church), Kansas City North – 4 – 8 p.m., Fridays of Lent, Feb. 20, 27 – March 6,13, 20, 27, Borromeo Hall. 3 choices with 3 sides, $9 each, kid’s and add-ons menu, prices available at www.catholickey.org, call Sharon Raab, (816)436-0888, or email [email protected]
Good Shepherd Parish Hall, 92 Hwy and Commercial, Smithville – 5-7:30 p.m., Fridays in Lent Feb. 20 – March 27, Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Prices vary $7 – 10 /person, desserts extra. For more information, menus, discounts or for carry out, call (816) 532-4344.
Our Lady of the Presentation Parish 5 – 7:30 p.m., Feb 20, 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, 130 NW Murray Road, Lee’s Summit. Buffet $10/adults, $4/children 4-10. Ages 0-3 and 90 & up FREE! Proceeds support the youth service mission trip and the charities they serve. Enjoy music by the Kansas City Symphony string quartet Feb. 20. For more info, contact Our Lady of the Presentation (816) 251-1100.
St. Therese Little Flower Parish hall, 5814 Euclid, Kansas City – 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Feb. 27 and March 13, St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church. $10/dinner Walk-In or Phone-In orders (816) 444-3514. Delivery available on orders of 5 or more meals.
Holy Spirit Church, 1800 SW State Route 150, Lee’s Summit – Lenten Fish Fry – 5 – 7:30 p.m., Feb. 20, 27, March 13, 20 (March 6, Pasta dinner) $11/adults, $6/children, under 6 free. Family discounts available. Desserts $1, sold by Ladies Auxiliary. Bingo begins 6:30 p.m.
St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church, 777 Blackwell Rd., Lee’s Summit – Fish Fry every Friday during Lent (except Good Friday), 5:00-7:30pm. Choice of fried or grilled fish, or shrimp. Price is $9-11 for adult meal. Half size orders available. Under 4 eat free.
St. Ann’s Famous Fish Dinners, 4:40 – 7:30 p.m., Fridays of Lent, Feb. 20 to March 27, St. Ann’s is located at 10113 E. Lexington, (corner of Cedar and Lexington) Independence, two blocks north of 24 Highway and Huttig. Dinner price range $9 – $10.50, drinks included. Ala carte items sold separately. Desserts sold by the Altar Society. Call (816) 252-1160 for more information.
St. Mark’s Knights of Columbus Council 6794 Lenten Fish Fry, 5 – 7:30 p.m., Feb. 20, March 13, 27. St. Mark’s Parish Center, 3726 Lee’s Summit Rd., Independence. $9/Adults, $4/Children ages 4-10, Under 3 free. Soft drinks & desserts sold separately. For more info or menu, see www.catholickey.org, Events.
St. Robert Bellarmine Parish Fish Dinners, 4:30– 7:30 p.m., Feb. 27 and March 20, parish hall, 4313 S. 7 Highway, Blue Springs. $9.50/adults, $5/ children, $25/ family (2 adults & 2+ children) and children 5 years and under free. “Supersize” $1 extra. Proceeds go for various church projects.
Our Lady of Lourdes-Harrisonville Lenten Fish Fry, 4 – 7 p.m., Fridays of Lent, Feb. 20 – March 27, 2700 E. Mechanic, Harrisonville. $10/adults, $5/children 12 and under. Special rate for large immediate families.
Knights of Columbus Council # 4962, Fish Fry Fridays during Lent, 5 – 7:30 p.m., Feb. 20 – March 27, 5101 Blue Ridge Cut-Off, Kansas City. All you can eat baked or fried fish, $10/adults ,$8/Seniors 65 and older, $5/ kids 5-12 years old, kids under 5 free; $2 add’l for fried shrimp. Drinks and desserts for additional donation. Proceeds after expenses go to support our many charities. Any questions, call Ed Columbus (816)358-8831
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