Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 2. Thousands of West Michigan Catholics will observe the Lenten practice of abstaining from eating meat each Friday until Easter, Sunday, April 17, and many parishes in the Diocese of Grand Rapids will host Friday fish frys. However, this year, some won't.

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Local catholic churches are re-shaping their traditional fish frys. Partly due to the pandemic but also due to supply chain issues, port closures and inflation.

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Over the past year, some seafood prices rose almost 50% to 60%. Rather then turn the cost over to parishioners, one church is canceling their fish fry. It's the first time in 13 years that West Catholic High School has canceled their fundraising event that would serve up to 1,400 people every Friday of Lent.

Cynthia Kneibel, president & CEO of West Catholic High School, told Fox 17,

"We could not place an order, and towards the end of December right before Christmas, the fish fry crew that has been just amazing over the last 13 years, let us know that they still could not place the fish order."

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Citing difficulty planning and higher prices for fish and serving supplies, Blessed Sacrament at 2275 Diamond Ave has cancelled their annual fish fry too.

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St. Alphonsus located at 224 Carrier Street NE in Grand Rapids will be offering a drive-thru fish fry and they state, prices might be slightly higher than previous years. At publication, prices were yet to be determined.

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St. Isidore Church will hold their fish fry on Lenten Fridays on March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1 and 8. The events take place from 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm. St. Isidore Church will offer Baked or Fried Fish (Alaskan Pollock), French Fries or Baked Potato, Cole Slaw or Applesauce, Homemade Macaroni and Cheese, Dessert, Water and Coffee. They remind us that seating is limited and takeout is available. Here are their prices:

Ages 13 and up:  $12.00
Ages 5-12:  $6.00
Ages 4 and under:  $2.00

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St. John Vianney Catholic Church will be hosting Lenten Fish Frys on Fridays from March 4 through April 18. This will be drive-thru only from 4:30pm to 7:30pm. This year, volunteers will be taking orders and payment on an IPad. The church can be found at 4101 Clyde Park Avenue SW in Wyoming.

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Parish of St. Jude will have Fish Frys 2022. They have already begun. Starting on  February 25 and going on March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8, and 22. St Jude will be offering Swai which is a light and tasty fish; it fries and bakes well. They will also have French fries, vegetable, coleslaw, dinner roll, dessert, lemonade and coffee.  At St. Jude, you can dine in or take out. Pricing was be determined by the fish and seafood market. St Jude is located at 1120 4 Mile Rd NE in Grand Rapids.

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