If you are looking for a schedule of fish fries for Lent, look no further. Every year the Archdiocese of Louisville, KY, releases a list of participants. Most fish fries are all on Fridays and they begin the Friday after Mardi Gras and continue until Easter. Contact individual parishes for dates, details, and directions.
What Churches Serve Friday Fish Fries?
Here's a list of churches in Louisville serving up fried fish during Lent. Each name is followed by the zip code, to make it easy to find a fish fry near you. Try them all! Each church has their own claim to fame. Some prefer their fish fries with potato pancakes topped with sour cream or applesauce. Other people prefer rye bread and a side of coleslaw. The options are endless for accompanying the fried fish too. Do you like your fish served with lemon slices? How about a tartar dipping sauce? Or maybe you like it spicy and douse your fish with hot sauce.
In all of these combinations, you are not alone.
St. Agnes in zip code 40205
St. Albert the Great in zip code 40222
St. Aloysius, Pewee Valley, in zip code 40056
St. Aloysius, Shepherdsville, in zip code 40165
Annunciation, Shelbyville, in zip code 40065
Ascension in zip code 40220
St. Athanasius in zip code 40219
St. Augustine, Lebanon, in zip code 40033
St. Augustine in zip code 40203
St. Barnabas in zip code 40220
St. Bartholomew in zip code 40218
St. Benedict, Lebanon Junction, in zip code 40150
St. Bernadette, Prospect, in zip code 40059
St. Bernard in zip code 40228
St. Brigid, Vine Grove, in zip code 40175
St. Edward in zip code 40299
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in zip code 40229
St. Elizabeth of Hungary in zip code 40217
St. Francis of Assisi in zip code 40205
St. Francis Xavier, Mt. Washington, in zip code 40047
Good Shepherd in zip code 40212
Guardian Angels in zip code 40219
Holy Family in zip code 40213
Holy Spirit in zip code 40206
Holy Trinity in zip code 40207
Immaculate Conception, Culvertown, in zip code 40051
Immaculate Conception, LaGrange, in zip code 40031
St. James in zip code 40204
St. John the Baptist, Rineyville, in zip code 40162
St. Joseph in zip code 40206
St. Lawrence in zip code 40216
St. Leonard in zip code 40206
St. Margaret Mary in zip code 40222
St. Martin de Porres in zip code 40211
Mary Queen of Peace in zip code 40216
St. Michael in zip code 40299
St. Monica, Bardstown, in zip code 40004
Most Blessed Sacrament in zip code 40215
Our Lady of Lourdes in zip code 40207
Our Lady of Mount Carmel in zip code 40214
Our Mother of Sorrows in zip code 40217
St. Patrick in zip code 40245
St. Paul in zip code 40258
St. Peter the Apostle in zip code 40258
St. Pius X in zip code 40220
St. Raphael in zip code 40205
St. Rita in zip code 40219
St. Stephen Martyr in zip code 40217
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta in zip code 40118
St. Therese in zip code 40204
St. Thomas More in zip code 40214
Why Friday Fish Fries?
Friday fish fry became a popular tradition during Lent as Catholics are required to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays throughout Lent. Fish became a go-to solution, serve fish rather than meat.
Catholics follow this tradition as eating meat on Friday is a reminder of sacrifice. A reminder of the sacrifice made by Jesus. It has been said that these days of sacrifice were first days set aside for fasting, abstaining from all food, but things changed as time moved on and Pope Gregory I decided abstaining from meat and meat products was the correct way to modify eating in observance of Lent.
Other foods people give up for lent include sugar, caffeine and alcohol. So, in that case, there would be no need to know the 5 best places for donuts or a listing of the best coffee shops in Louisville. But the links are there... if you want 'em!