The Knights of Columbus from St. Stephen Catholic Parish in Lacombe are carrying on the tradition of having a fish fry every Friday during lent in support of local charities
“The event is an annual event we present each Friday during lent,” Grand Knight of the Lacombe Council #8969 Raymond Cyr said. “We serve cod fish with a beer batter — it is very famous here in town.
“We also serves fries and salad. It is all by donation, we don’t charge anything specific — it is just what you want to give.”
The tradition of eating fish on Fridays during lent is Catholic tradition and is done all across North America.
“We are famous for it,” Cyr said, adding that anyone is welcome to attend.
“Last year on the biggest day we had about 200 people,” he said. “There are no reservations and it is first come, first serve.
“We don’t refuse anyone and some people like it so much they take some home and feed the people that can’t make it to the event.”
The event takes place in the new St. Stephen hall and the fish are fried up in the new cooking facilities on site on March 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th — and April 5th and 12th.
“We try to keep the donated funds local as much as we can with the Big Brother Big Sister House, FCSS and the U-Turn Centre to name a few,” Cyr said.
The Knights of Columbus have been active in North America since 1872 and the local chapter has been very active for over 25 years.
“We have about 80 members and all of them are very active. We also put on a blues night in May and a garage sale that is done throughout the city. Sometimes we put on a pirogi supper,” Cyr said.
He added interested new members can, “Join as a member as long as you are catholic. Just come and see us and we will sign you up.”