Fish fries are undoubtedly a Lenten tradition in Carlynton area
By Jacquie Harris
Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
It comes as a surprise upon entering St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Carnegie that the front foyer smells as fresh as a daisy.
But as doors to the elevator that goes to St. Luke Hall in the basement open, there's a whoosh of a frying oil smell.
It's easy to tell where in any church the Lenten fish fry is located.
But Seton parishioners wouldn't have it any other way.
“We come here every week and we sit in the same seats,” said Carol Crowley, 63, of of Collier, a member of the parish for three years who takes her parents to the fish fry.
Her father, August Miller, 89, and mother, Bernadette Miller, 86, are members of St. Bernard Parish in Mt. Lebanon, but they accompany their daughter to the Seton fish fry to spend time with her.
“The french fries are the best,” August Miller said. His wife agreed, also saying, “I like that I don't have to smell up my own house.”
Tim Castello, parish business manager who is serving as fish-fry chairman for the first time, said the parish's baked cod is the most popular item.
He said the daylong hours for the fries benefit patrons. “You don't have to choose between lunch and dinner,” Castello said.
St. Elizabeth's fish fry attracted Bishop David Zubik, who attended on Feb. 15.
The church, 330 3rd Ave., Carnegie, holds its fish fries through Good Friday. Phone orders are taken from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 412-276-1011 ext. 220. Dinners are served from noon to 6:30 p.m.
An ethnic choice
Lebanese-inspired meals top the Lenten menu at Our Lady of Victory Maronite Parish in Scott, which offers the cultural foods while maintaining the fast from meat.
“The side dishes are all Lebanese-based, and the food is appealing to the people who come in because they can count on it being healthy,” said Anne Ayoob, a long-time parishioner who organizes the fish fries.
Our Lady of Victory exclusively offers tilapia instead of cod because of the healthiness of the fish. It is one of the only items that the church provides. The rest come from church members.
“Our side dishes each week come from family sponsors,” Ayoob said. “Each week a family is responsible for producing all of the side dishes that we will sell. We couldn't do it without all of the families.”
The extensive menu includes meatless grape leaves; sleek, which is greens, such as spinach or kale, cooked in onions and garlic; and potato kibbeh and rishta, among many other things.
The parish plans to build a new church and proceeds from the fish fries will go toward the building fund.Our Lady of Victory, 1000 Lindsay Road, operates its fries from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Fridays in Lent, except Good Friday.
Fish fry funds
Proceeds from fish fries at Holy Child Parish, Bridgeville, go to operation of its parish school, whose students assist with the fries, and even offer their own take on it.
One student calls the weekly fries the “Jesus Christ Restaurant,” said Doreen Solomon of Bridgeville, whose son, Domenic, attends Holy Child School.
“The kids run orders and serve food to both of the dining rooms, and make sure all of the take out orders get to where they are supposed to go,” she said.
Regan Adamski, 13, a seventh-grader, said she is glad to assist. “It's great to volunteer and know that you're helping the community,” she said.
Holy Child offers online orders and a “Frequent Fry-er” card, which gives the cardholder a free dinner after a certain number of purchases.
Holy Child, 212 Station St., Bridgeville, holds its fries from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays in Lent, including Good Friday.
Jacquie Harris is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Carnegie skatepark construction heats up like the weather
- South Fayette family spreads the good news in many ways
- Bridgeville music center-sponsored brass camp trumpets value of practice
- Carlynton, Chartiers Valley reaffirm security in wake of FR school stabbings
- Collier Township’s use of solar energy recognized by state
- Voluntary tutor sessions popular with Carlynton students
- Carnegie uses state allocation to update road paving schedule
- Collier gets creative in ways to pay for extra road salt