Lent, in most Christian denominations, is the 40-day liturgical season of fasting and prayer before Easter. The 40 days begin on Ash Wednesday and represent the time Jesus spent in the desert, where he endured temptation by Satan, according to the Bible.
St. Louis Catholic Church, at the corner of Fourth Avenue and State Street in Gallipolis, will be hosting its annual Lenten fish fry dinners every Friday during Lent from Feb. 8 to March 14. The dinners are held from 5 to 7 p.m. and everyone is welcome to come.
Adults can eat for $6, children under 8 can eat for $3 and children under 2 can eat for free.
The fish is prepared by members of the Knights of Columbus and served with french fries and cole slaw. The ladies of the parish also provide a number of desserts.
St. Louis, who will be celebrating the 100th anniversary at its current location this year, has hosted these fish fry dinners for the last 10 years.
Several masses were held to celebrate Ash Wednesday at St. Louis.
The ashes used in the service came from the burning of palms from prior years. Palms are given out every year on Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, to commemorate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem in the days before his crucifixion.
St. Louis will also be holding Devotions of the Cross every Friday at 7 p.m. following the fish fry during the Lenten season.