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St. Anthony's Host First Fish Dinner of Lent Season

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ENDICOTT, N.Y. -

St. Anthony's Church in Endicott hosted their first Fish Dinner of the lent season on Friday.

In the Catholic religion, meat cannot be eaten on Friday's during the 40 days of Lent.

Lent is the period between Ash Wednesday and Easter where Catholics prepare for their Easter celebration. 

During the season, Catholics turn to fish for Friday night dinner, which is why St. Anthony's hosts their Fish Fry dinner. 

Volunteer Karen Novobilski said "We prepare over 700 dinners a night". 

You can either sit in and eat in the large hall of Saint Anthony's or you can drive up and take your fish to go. 

Fish is served fried or baked and it comes with a side of coleslaw, homemade clam chowder, and wither vegetables, mashed potatoes or pierogies.

Preparation starts Thursday the night getting all the fish ready for the following day and have over fifty volunteers to help the dinners run smoothly. 

Nick DiPaolo volunteers every year and keeps coming back for the camaraderie and "it's nice to see the people buying our food and they enjoy it and they come back year after year" 

Novobilski enjoys the feeling of giving back, "It's a way of giving back to the community and you do see the same faces week after week people look forward to this. It's a nice night out on a Friday night during Lent"

Dinners will continue every Friday until the last Friday of lent on April 12th. 

Prices for dinners start $10.00 for adults, Kids ages 5 through 12, $6.00 and children 5 and under for free. Dinners are from 4:00 till 6:30 pm. 

St. Anthony's is located at 300 Odell Avenue in Endicott. 

To learn more, click here https://stanthonyendicott.org/88.