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Lenten fish fries are a delicious and ubiquitous part of the Catholic midwest.

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Dinner at Saint Albert the Great’s Lenten fish fry. - BRITTANY SOWACKE
  • Brittany Sowacke
  • Dinner at Saint Albert the Great’s Lenten fish fry.
“I’m a dessert apprentice tonight,” says Patty Blum, whose childhood home is just around the corner from Saint Albert the Great Catholic Church in Burbank. - BRITTANY SOWACKE
  • Brittany Sowacke
  • “I’m a dessert apprentice tonight,” says Patty Blum, whose childhood home is just around the corner from Saint Albert the Great Catholic Church in Burbank.
At least nine different homemade desserts were donated to Saint Albert the Great’s Lenten fish fry. - BRITTANY SOWACKE
  • Brittany Sowacke
  • At least nine different homemade desserts were donated to Saint Albert the Great’s Lenten fish fry.
Volunteer cooks Bob, Glenn, and Jim work the breading station at Saint Albert the Great’s Lenten fish fry. For three hours, the basement buzzes with deep fryers, chatter, and excitement. - BRITTANY SOWACKE
  • Brittany Sowacke
  • Volunteer cooks Bob, Glenn, and Jim work the breading station at Saint Albert the Great’s Lenten fish fry. For three hours, the basement buzzes with deep fryers, chatter, and excitement.
Illinois Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, center, made his first appearance at Saint Albert The Great Catholic Church in Burbank, IL on Friday, March 29, 2019. Cardinal Cupich speaks with Pastor Mariusz Nawalaniec, left, as her waits in line for fish dinner with parishioners. - BRITTANY SOWACKE
  • Brittany Sowacke
  • Illinois Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, center, made his first appearance at Saint Albert The Great Catholic Church in Burbank, IL on Friday, March 29, 2019. Cardinal Cupich speaks with Pastor Mariusz Nawalaniec, left, as her waits in line for fish dinner with parishioners.
Parishioners overflowed from the nave at Saint Albert The Great Catholic Church. - BRITTANY SOWACKE
  • Brittany Sowacke
  • Parishioners overflowed from the nave at Saint Albert The Great Catholic Church.
For more than 30 years the Irish American Heritage Center on the northwest side has hosted Lenten fish fries, an all-you-can-eat fried cod buffet. - BRITTANY SOWACKE
  • Brittany Sowacke
  • For more than 30 years the Irish American Heritage Center on the northwest side has hosted Lenten fish fries, an all-you-can-eat fried cod buffet.
Aine McNulty dances to Irish music next to her mother, Deirdre (to her left), while the O’Hara School of Irish Dancers performs around the corner at the Irish American Heritage Center’s Annual Lenten Fish Fry. - BRITTANY SOWACKE
  • Brittany Sowacke
  • Aine McNulty dances to Irish music next to her mother, Deirdre (to her left), while the O’Hara School of Irish Dancers performs around the corner at the Irish American Heritage Center’s Annual Lenten Fish Fry.
Two friends catch up at the Irish American Heritage Center’s Annual Lenten fish fry. - BRITTANY SOWACKE
  • Brittany Sowacke
  • Two friends catch up at the Irish American Heritage Center’s Annual Lenten fish fry.
Bottles of malt vinegar, salt, pepper, and lemons litter the garnishments table at the Irish American Heritage Center's Annual Lenten fish fry. - BRITTANY SOWACKE
  • Brittany Sowacke
  • Bottles of malt vinegar, salt, pepper, and lemons litter the garnishments table at the Irish American Heritage Center's Annual Lenten fish fry.
Offering the choice between a fish basket for $12 or a mac and cheese basket for $7, the two-day BYOB event hosted by Saint Andrew Parish filled the school’s gymnasium. - BRITTANY SOWACKE
  • Brittany Sowacke
  • Offering the choice between a fish basket for $12 or a mac and cheese basket for $7, the two-day BYOB event hosted by Saint Andrew Parish filled the school’s gymnasium.
Saint Andrew Parish in Lakeview hosted two Lenten fish fries, where an estimated 800 baskets sold each night. The fish fry tradition references the Bible parable of “the feeding of the multitudes,” where Jesus and his disciples fed a crowd of 5,000 with only five loaves of bread and two fish. - BRITTANY SOWACKE
  • Brittany Sowacke
  • Saint Andrew Parish in Lakeview hosted two Lenten fish fries, where an estimated 800 baskets sold each night. The fish fry tradition references the Bible parable of “the feeding of the multitudes,” where Jesus and his disciples fed a crowd of 5,000 with only five loaves of bread and two fish.
Macaroni and cheese served at Saint Andrew Parish. - BRITTANY SOWACKE
  • Brittany Sowacke
  • Macaroni and cheese served at Saint Andrew Parish.

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