Chat Tuesday – Fish Frys

Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Time For Chat Tuesday! This evening we are chatting with Fish Fry chairmen from various parishes. Welcome to all!
Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Chat Tuesday ? To Fish Fry Chairmen: How have your first Fish Frys of 2011 been?

Shane Bendele Our first fish fry at St. Mary Delaware went GREAT! We had record turnout. Our second Friday was down due to March Madness and St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Hi Shane! What’s a record turnout at St. Mary’s?

Shane Bendele We served over 200 meals between 5 and 7 pm. We were working with a constant line of customers.

Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth That’s great that you had a steady stream of hungry folks!

Shane Bendele We hope they enjoyed it and then went to the Stations of the Cross at 7.

Jeff Gardner At our 1st Fry this year, Mar 11th, we served over 700 meals between 5 and 8pm. We had the 24 Seminarians from the Josephinum join us also, as well Face Forward

Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Jeff’s from St. Catherine’s … that’s a lot of fish Jeff!

Jeff Gardner yes it was – we had a lot of help from our Knights at St Catharine’s and from the Boy Scouts

Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Chat Tuesday ? To Fish Fry Chairmen: How far in advance of Lent do you start preparing for the Fish Frys?

Shane Bendele We start organizing two months in advance. Final preparations start the week before Ash Wednesday.

Herb Thorndal We start preparing around November

Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Hi Herb! Sounds like St. Joan’s starts early.

Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Herb: How many meals does St. Joan usually serve at a Friday Fish Fry?

Jeff Gardner We begin announcing when the Frys will occur in the Fall. But we don’t begin really planning and meeting until after our Spaghetti Dinner in Jan.

Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Chat Tuesday ? To Fish Fry Chairmen: How many people help out? Is it primarily at Knights of Columbus project?

Shane Bendele In Delaware, our fish fry is sponsored solely by the Knights of Columbus. We usually have about 17 Knights working starting at 3 until clean up, which goes until about 9.

Jeff Gardner We had approximately 25 Knights helping out throughout the night. and about 20 Scouts, including some of their parents

Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Chat Tuesday ? To Fish Fry Chairmen: Tell us about your menus.

Jeff Gardner Ocean Fried Perch, Baked Cod loins,French Fries,macaroni,coleslaw, applesauce, drink and dessert

Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Getting hungry

Jeff Gardner I forgot the dinner rolls and that it is all you can eat.

Herb Thorndal Our record number of meals between 5:30 and 7:30 is 980 paying customers almost 1100 with volunteer meals, we are down a little this year due spring break but we are usually over 800

Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Wow! That is a lot in such a short time.

Herb Thorndal It is a major operation our 15th year, we limit the menu for a reason.

Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth With so many meals going out we can see how a limited menu would move things along more quickly!

Herb Thorndal We have people coming from all over, other catholic parishes adjcent to ours and many of the Prodestent, Lutherns etc also other than Parish families the outsiders are an older demographic 65+ with a senior discount at $7.50 there isn’t a better deal on a fish meal in town!

Herb Thorndal We are also All-you-can-eat

Shane Bendele We serve a new secret recipe for the fried fish, which has been well received. If you are not into the fried fish, we also offer baked pollock, shrimp, cheese pizza, and macaroni and cheese as entrees. Then, two sides are chosen from steamed veggies, cole slaw, french fries, and mac and cheese. A dinner roll and drinks are served with all dinners. Seconds are available upon request. Desserts can also be purchased from the youth group or Lady Knights.

Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Shane, you folks are ROCKING the Fish Fry!

Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Still getting hungry … a secret recipe sounds intriguing!

Shane Bendele We offered a cook-off for our Knights the first Fish Fry. (The men referred to it as the “Throw Down.”) Several brought in their own secret rubs and the rest of the Knights taste tested and chose the recipe they were going to use for the rest of Lent.

Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth I bet that was a great time for eveyone. Love it… a Thrown-down!

Herb Thorndal Mac-n-cheese, french fries, colslaw, green beans, baked and battered deep fried fish, cakes, pies, and other deserts are available at an additional charge and about half are donated by parishioners.

Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Chat Tuesday ? To Fish Fry Chairmen: Is your Fish Fry mostly a parish event or do you find others joining in?

Shane Bendele Most of our customers are parishioners, but our Delaware City firemen and EMS are regulars. We also offer dinners to the local PIN (People in Need) organization. All police, fire, and military are served free.

Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Very cool, Shane

Jeff Gardner like your idea of serving Police And Firemen free!

Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Fish Fry Fellowship on Face Forward … doesn’t get any better than that!

Shane Bendele Always good to have firemen around when men are cooking in the kitchen!

Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Hahahaaa! A lot of men can cook!

Jeff Gardner St Catharine’s Fish Frys are sponsored by the Knights of Columbus at St Catharine’s, but we also have help from the Scouts. The Parishioners help by coming to spend the night with us and eat, and fellowship 🙂

Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Chat Tuesday ? To Fish Fry Chairmen: Are your Fish Frys fundraisers for the parish? Knights? Another cause?

Shane Bendele The proceeds technically go to the Knights of Columbus in Delaware, but the Knights funds go to St. Mary’s Parish projects and activities. We recently repaired the parking lot and exit apron to the street.

Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Some practical projects … good idea.

Herb Thorndal Our pastor says where the Knights place the proceeds, last year we donated the church flag pole and vetrans memorial & helped the youth athletic program, this year the proceeds go to St. Vincent de Paul. our donatians are between $8,000-$14,000 depending on the year in recent years.

Herb Thorndal It all goes to and from the parish in any case!

Jeff Gardner We raise funds for various charitable works in the parish – including this past year we sent $500 to each of the 4 Seminarians from St Catharine’s. We also look at these events as ways for the Parishioners to fellowship with people in the parish they might not know yet.

Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Nice, Jeff!

Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Wow! That’s a lot to contribute … must feel good to be able to help out.
Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Chat Tuesday ? To Fish Fry Chairmen: Organizing even one Fish Fry is a lot of work … what makes you want to get involved?

Shane Bendele Personally, I enjoy being involved in the parish and want to support the Catholic faith. I see it as part of being a Knight. It is an opportunity to support the Church with my Time and Talent.

Herb Thorndal It is the Knight of Columbus Charter, this is just a good way to be charitable, patriotic, and fraternal, the whole parish is involved as well as all our neighbors, reaching out. It’s what to do!

Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Like that …

Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Chat Tuesday ? To Fish Fry Chairmen: Who is your favorite saint and why?

Jeff Gardner St Joseph – good father image; hard worker; said yes to God’s plan for his life.

Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth We just celebrated his day this past week.

Herb Thorndal Personally my favoriate Saint is St. Paul, the greatest missionary other than Christ himself that ever existed! What a promoter! I think my second favoriate is San Martin de Porres, seeing his home in Lima was a real impression, it humbled me.

Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth How nice to have visited St. Martin de Porres’ home!
Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth You mean Lima in Peru NOT Ohio, right?

Shane Bendele St. Joseph is the patron saint of the unborn. He is our favorite saint since the Knights’ cause is to pray for the unborn and right to life.

Herb Thorndal Vivet Jesus! God Bless!

Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth This ends Chat Tuesday. Many thanks to Jeff, Shane and Herb for not only chatting with us tonight but for hosting us during the Face Forward Fish Frydays tour this Lent! You all are wonderful to help your parishes as you do!


Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Next week we will have questions answered by Father William Oxley of the Pontifical College Josephinum. PCJ has a Live-In coming up April 7-9. Send us your questions! Father Oxley will answer them for Face Forward and we’ll post them when we normally would have Chat Tuesday on March 29. Questions can be posted on the wall or sent to info.faceforward@gmail.com.


Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth Fish Fryday is coming! Face Forward is headed to Immaculate Conception this week! Join us from 5-8! Check the FF blog to see when we’ll be at St. Margaret, St. Mary’s Delaware, St. Joan’s and St. Michael’s.

Shane Bendele Everyone is welcome to come up to St. Mary’s Delaware Fish Fry. We look forward to Face Forward joining us in April!

Face Forward: Connecting Catholic Youth We’re excited too Shane! See you on April 8th!

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