DERRY — They once again will have plenty of fish to fry.
Lent begins March 5 and the Knights of Columbus Council 3023 of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish will host their annual fish fry dinners.
The fish dinners are held every Friday through the Lenten season from 5 to 7 p.m. beginning March 7 and running through April 11. No dinner is served on Good Friday.
This is the fifth year for the fish fry, one of the Knights’ biggest fundraisers of the year. The money raised from the dinners supports the group’s many charities.
Knights dinner volunteers come out in force to offer a full half-pound of haddock, coleslaw, fries, tartar sauce and a roll during the event, held at the St. Thomas Aquinas Center behind the church.
Knights member Joe Falbo said the dinners always draw a crowd. It’s been five years of giving back the proceeds earned by serving up fish.
“Last year, we were able to give the church $6,000 from the fish fry,” Falbo said.
Other efforts have helped support St. Thomas space renovations for religious classes.
The Knights have had a local presence since 1947. The group’s many causes include support for the local soup kitchen and food pantry, Special Olympics and several other community activities.
There are currently about 238 members. The Knights also support St. Thomas School Catholic education, scholarships and global causes.
The weekly dinners are affordable and all are welcome. Admission is $8.75 for adults, $3.50 for children.
“It’s a great deal,” Falbo said.