Knights of Columbus Fish Fry Fridays are back

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Lent is just around the corner, which can mean only one thing: Knights of Columbus Fish Fry Fridays are back.

For a full list of local Knights fish fry’s, scroll to the bottom of this post.

For decades, the Knights of Columbus have gathered every Friday during lent to provide non-meat dinner options for the community committed to fasting. They also benefit parishioners through the spiritual enrichment of praying the Stations of the Cross and support many programs within the community.

“As part of building the domestic church while strengthening our parishes, we support many programs that pertain to faith, life, family and community by putting our faith in action,” said Clark Musser, State Programs Coordinator of the Knights of Columbus. “The dinners are just one way we can involve almost all aspects of our Faith in Action Initiative in one evening.”

By hosting these dinners, the Knights of Columbus make it easier for parishioners to participate in the Stations of the Cross during Lent by freeing up their meal preparation time and allowing them to bring their family to Church to attend Lent services.

“As Knights, we are Catholic men that support our clergy and church. This is just one way we can help bring families together and strengthen the faith of not just us Knights but of the parish and community also,” Musser said.

Everyone is invited to attend a Fish Fry dinner. While most Knights of Columbus councils serve Fish Fry’s, some of them serve soup for a minimal fee to cover expenses or even just a donation at some parishes.
For Musser, the dinners are more than just a Fish Fry, “It’s a faith, family and community building event.”

Fish Fry Fridays have become so popular that the Knights have their own recipe for the batter. The Knights of Columbus invite all to enjoy a delicious lent dinner, support their local parish, and strengthen their faith at the Stations of the Cross.

Below are all the fish fry’s we could find. Special thanks to the Knights of Columbus for helping us compile this list!

Arvada Spirit of Christ 7400 w 80th ave Spirit of Christ March 6, 27 5pm
Arvada Shrine of Saint Anne Saint Joachim Starting March 13, all Fridays after that
Aurora Queen of Peace Catholic Church  13120 E Kentucky Ave Bishop Evans All Fridays
Aurora St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church 19099 E Floyd Ave Archangel Council All Fridays
Breckingridge St Mary Our Lady of the Summit Soup Dinners – all fridays
Colorado Springs St Patrick’s St Patrick’s Council Feb 28, March 6 6pm
Colorado Springs Saint Francis of Assisi Mount Saint Francis All Friday’s
Colorado Springs / Saint Mary Cathedral / Saint Mary Cathedral March 6, April 3, 6:30
Colorado Springs Divine Redeemer Divine Redeemer All Friday’s
Colorado Springs St. Paul’s St. Paul’s Feb 28, March 6, 13, 20
Colorado Springs Our Lady of Guadalupe Our Lady of Guadalupe All Friday’s
Colorado Springs St. Joseph  St. Joseph the Worker March 6 and 20th
Craig Saint Michael’s 678 School Street  Saint Michael the Archangel Feb 7th, 28th March 20th
Denver Church of the Risen Christ Roman Catholic Church 3060 South Monaco Parkway Our Lady of the Luminous Mysteries Council 5-7 before stations of the Cross
Florence Saint Benedict’s Florence Council Every Friday, except for Good Friday. Soup dinner
Foxfield Our Lady of Loreto Catholic Church  18000 E Arapahoe Rd Our Lady of Loreto Feb 28, March 13, 27
Ft Collins St Joseph Fort Collins March 27, April 3
Ft Collins Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Every Friday
Greeley St Mary Parish FR BUD RANEY COUNCIL All Fridays 5-7
Greeley St Peter parish FR BUD RANEY COUNCIL Feb 28, April 3 5-7
Highlands Ranch Pax Christi Rev. Robert F. Houlihan, S.J. Feb 28th, March 13 and 27 7pm
Johnstown St John the Baptist Holy Trinity III March 27th, 5pm
Lakewood Christ on the Mountain Parish, Christ on the Mountain All Friday’s, 5 – 7
Littleton St. Francis Cabrini Parish Arch-Bishop James B. Casey All Friday’s, 5 – 7
Littleton Light of the World  Parish Father Francis Syrainey All Friday’s, 5 – 7
Loveland St John the Evangelist Big Thompson All Friday’s, 5 – 7, in the Knights Hall
Longmont Saint Francis of Assisi Longmont Every Friday 5pm
Longmont St John the Baptist St John the Baptist Council Every Friday, 5pm
Mead Guardian Angels Our Lady of the Angels Every Friday, 5pm
Northglenn Immaculate Heart of Mary Archbishop Fulton J Sheen All Fridays 4:30-6:45
Pagosa Springs Immaculate Heart of Mary Immaculate Heart of Mary All Friday’s
Parker Ave Maria Ave Maria Every Friday. 4:30
Pueblo Christ the King Parish North Pueblo Every Friday, except for Good Friday. 4-6:30
Salt Creek St Joseph 1145 S. Aspen Road Rev. Charles Murray SJ Council 9456 Feb 28th only
Security St Dominic 5354 South Highway U.S. 85 Holy Family March 20 6pm
Silverthorne Our Lady of Peace Our Lady of the Summit Fish – all fridays
Steamboat Springs Holy Name Fr. Printer
Thornton Holy Cross Holy Cross All Friday’s, soup dinners with a Fish dinner on the last Friday before Good Friday.
Westminster St Marks St Marks All Fridays 4:30-6:45
Windsor Our Lady of the Valley Our Lady of the Valley March 6, 13 5-7
Woodland Park Our Lady of the Woods Teller County Ash Wed, Every Wed after soup dinners

Saint John XXIII Council at Saint John in Ft. Collins,  2/28, 3/6, 3/13 & 3/20

Guardian Angeles at Guardian Angels Denver April 3 Soup Dinner

Mother of the Church at our Lady Mother of the Church in Commerce City, Feb 28, March 13 and 27 5-7

Coronado at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Denver, All Fridays during Lent except March 20

Our Lady of the Pines in Conifer, every Friday during Lent from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

St. James Parish in Denver, every Friday during Lent from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

St. John Paul KofC #17142 will be having a Soup Dinner 5:00pm to 6:30pm, prior to Stations of the Cross at 7:00pm on March 6th, March 20th & April 3rd at St. John Paul II Parish/Frassati Catholic Academy.

St Thomas More Council #10205 will be serving Fish Dinner every Friday from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm before Stations of the Cross (except for Good Friday) at St. Thomas More, 8035 S. Quebec St. in Centennnial.

Don’t see your parish’s fish fry here? Let us know at info@archden.org and we’ll add it!

COMING UP: Full transcript of Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi blessing amid coronavirus pandemic

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Below is the full text of Pope Francis’ Urbi et Ordi blessing delivered on March 27, during which he prayed for an end to the coronavirus pandemic.

“When evening had come” (Mk 4:35). The Gospel passage we have just heard begins like this. For weeks now it has been evening. Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets and our cities; it has taken over our lives, filling everything with a deafening silence and a distressing void, that stops everything as it passes by; we feel it in the air, we notice in people’s gestures, their glances give them away. We find ourselves afraid and lost. Like the disciples in the Gospel we were caught off guard by an unexpected, turbulent storm. We have realized that we are on the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together, each of us in need of comforting the other. On this boat… are all of us. Just like those disciples, who spoke anxiously with one voice, saying “We are perishing” (v. 38), so we too have realized that we cannot go on thinking of ourselves, but only together can we do this.

It is easy to recognize ourselves in this story. What is harder to understand is Jesus’ attitude. While his disciples are quite naturally alarmed and desperate, he stands in the stern, in the part of the boat that sinks first. And what does he do? In spite of the tempest, he sleeps on soundly, trusting in the Father; this is the only time in the Gospels we see Jesus sleeping. When he wakes up, after calming the wind and the waters, he turns to the disciples in a reproaching voice: “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” (v. 40).

Let us try to understand. In what does the lack of the disciples’ faith consist, as contrasted with Jesus’ trust? They had not stopped believing in him; in fact, they called on him. But we see how they call on him: “Teacher, do you not care if we perish?” (v. 38). Do you not care: they think that Jesus is not interested in them, does not care about them. One of the things that hurts us and our families most when we hear it said is: “Do you not care about me?” It is a phrase that wounds and unleashes storms in our hearts. It would have shaken Jesus too. Because he, more than anyone, cares about us. Indeed, once they have called on him, he saves his disciples from their discouragement.

The storm exposes our vulnerability and uncovers those false and superfluous certainties around which we have constructed our daily schedules, our projects, our habits and priorities. It shows us how we have allowed to become dull and feeble the very things that nourish, sustain and strengthen our lives and our communities. The tempest lays bare all our prepackaged ideas and forgetfulness of what nourishes our people’s souls; all those attempts that anesthetize us with ways of thinking and acting that supposedly “save” us, but instead prove incapable of putting us in touch with our roots and keeping alive the memory of those who have gone before us. We deprive ourselves of the antibodies we need to confront adversity.

In this storm, the façade of those stereotypes with which we camouflaged our egos, always worrying about our image, has fallen away, uncovering once more that (blessed) common belonging, of which we cannot be deprived: our belonging as brothers and sisters.

“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” Lord, your word this evening strikes us and regards us, all of us. In this world, that you love more than we do, we have gone ahead at breakneck speed, feeling powerful and able to do anything. Greedy for profit, we let ourselves get caught up in things, and lured away by haste. We did not stop at your reproach to us, we were not shaken awake by wars or injustice across the world, nor did we listen to the cry of the poor or of our ailing planet. We carried on regardless, thinking we would stay healthy in a world that was sick. Now that we are in a stormy sea, we implore you: “Wake up, Lord!”.

“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?” Lord, you are calling to us, calling us to faith. Which is not so much believing that you exist, but coming to you and trusting in you. This Lent your call reverberates urgently: “Be converted!”, “Return to me with all your heart” (Joel 2:12). You are calling on us to seize this time of trial as a time of choosing. It is not the time of your judgement, but of our judgement: a time to choose what matters and what passes away, a time to separate what is necessary from what is not. It is a time to get our lives back on track with regard to you, Lord, and to others. We can look to so many exemplary companions for the journey, who, even though fearful, have reacted by giving their lives. This is the force of the Spirit poured out and fashioned in courageous and generous self-denial. It is the life in the Spirit that can redeem, value and demonstrate how our lives are woven together and sustained by ordinary people – often forgotten people – who do not appear in newspaper and magazine headlines nor on the grand catwalks of the latest show, but who without any doubt are in these very days writing the decisive events of our time: doctors, nurses, supermarket employees, cleaners, caregivers, providers of transport, law and order forces, volunteers, priests, religious men and women and so very many others who have understood that no one reaches salvation by themselves. In the face of so much suffering, where the authentic development of our peoples is assessed, we experience the priestly prayer of Jesus: “That they may all be one” (Jn 17:21). How many people every day are exercising patience and offering hope, taking care to sow not panic but a shared responsibility. How many fathers, mothers, grandparents and teachers are showing our children, in small everyday gestures, how to face up to and navigate a crisis by adjusting their routines, lifting their gaze and fostering prayer. How many are praying, offering and interceding for the good of all. Prayer and quiet service: these are our victorious weapons.

“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith”? Faith begins when we realise we are in need of salvation. We are not self-sufficient; by ourselves we founder: we need the Lord, like ancient navigators needed the stars. Let us invite Jesus into the boats of our lives. Let us hand over our fears to him so that he can conquer them. Like the disciples, we will experience that with him on board there will be no shipwreck. Because this is God’s strength: turning to the good everything that happens to us, even the bad things. He brings serenity into our storms, because with God life never dies.

The Lord asks us and, in the midst of our tempest, invites us to reawaken and put into practice that solidarity and hope capable of giving strength, support and meaning to these hours when everything seems to be floundering. The Lord awakens so as to reawaken and revive our Easter faith. We have an anchor: by his cross we have been saved. We have a rudder: by his cross we have been redeemed. We have a hope: by his cross we have been healed and embraced so that nothing and no one can separate us from his redeeming love. In the midst of isolation when we are suffering from a lack of tenderness and chances to meet up, and we experience the loss of so many things, let us once again listen to the proclamation that saves us: he is risen and is living by our side. The Lord asks us from his cross to rediscover the life that awaits us, to look towards those who look to us, to strengthen, recognize and foster the grace that lives within us. Let us not quench the wavering flame (cf. Is 42:3) that never falters, and let us allow hope to be rekindled.

Embracing his cross means finding the courage to embrace all the hardships of the present time, abandoning for a moment our eagerness for power and possessions in order to make room for the creativity that only the Spirit is capable of inspiring. It means finding the courage to create spaces where everyone can recognize that they are called, and to allow new forms of hospitality, fraternity and solidarity. By his cross we have been saved in order to embrace hope and let it strengthen and sustain all measures and all possible avenues for helping us protect ourselves and others. Embracing the Lord in order to embrace hope: that is the strength of faith, which frees us from fear and gives us hope.

“Why are you afraid? Have you no faith”? Dear brothers and sisters, from this place that tells of Peter’s rock-solid faith, I would like this evening to entrust all of you to the Lord, through the intercession of Mary, Health of the People and Star of the stormy Sea. From this colonnade that embraces Rome and the whole world, may God’s blessing come down upon you as a consoling embrace. Lord, may you bless the world, give health to our bodies and comfort our hearts. You ask us not to be afraid. Yet our faith is weak and we are fearful. But you, Lord, will not leave us at the mercy of the storm. Tell us again: “Do not be afraid” (Mt 28:5). And we, together with Peter, “cast all our anxieties onto you, for you care about us” (cf. 1 Pet 5:7).

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