The Knights of Columbus' annual fish fry is currently serving up fish and other side dishes on Friday nights.

If you don’t feel like cooking—or doing the dishes—and you’re looking for some food and fellowship on a Friday night, you may want to point your family north to the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1223 N. Main Street.

That’s what my wife and I did last Friday—along with hundreds of others—as we enjoyed the fruits of the efforts of the Knights: fried catfish, baked beans, cole slaw, cheesy/scalloped potatoes, and sliced bread. If you still have room after enjoying the meal, you can choose from a variety of colors and flavors of homemade cake.

Cost for the meal is only $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Man can’t live by bread—or fish—alone and subsequently the evening is as much about fellowship as it is about food.

My friend Dan McAnarney rode his bicycle up to the hall to dine with us. We also invited the missionaries from our church, Sister Miller and Sister McQuay, to join us for supper. We sat with a distant relative of mine, Louise Gould.

You may also make a new friend on Friday night, like we did. James and Michelle Middleton and their son Ethan sat at the table directly adjacent to us, and we got to know them a little and made plans to have them over for a cook out sometime in the future.

If you decide to go, keep in mind that the fish fry runs during Lent only, so you have five more Fridays left to enjoy a night with the Knights.

The local Knights of Columbus members have been serving a fish dinner for over 10 years. Proceeds from the fish fry go to local charities, church charities, and upkeep of the hall.

For those who are curious about why Roman Catholics eat fish on Fridays, as I was, here is what I found through research on the Internet. While the practice dates back centuries, a 1966 Statement from the US Conference on Bishops clarified the church’s position on the matter. The Bishops stated it is a requirement for all Catholics 14 years of age and older to abstain from meat—and products made with meat—on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent as an act of penance. Abstaining from meat, or substituting some other form of penance, remains a requirement throughout the year for all members of the Catholic faith who are 14 or older, according to this same statement. Meat is defined as that which originates in warm-blooded animals, which makes fish acceptable (see Acts 15:29 for one possible origin of this requirement). If anyone has further clarification about this practice, please share it through comments posted to this blog.