Virgil church celebrates Lent fish fry milestone

By on March 27, 2014

VIRGIL—For over 20 years, St. Peter and Paul Church of Virgil has offered its surrounding community a weekly fish fry during the season of Lent, bringing locals together for a night of quality food with a good atmosphere.

The church’s fish fry was initially started by Donna Ryterske and Sharon Brown, who wanted to establish a fundraiser to support the church’s youth ministry. Now the money raised from the fish fry is allocated to the church’s general fund. And over the years, the attendance of the fish fry has grown significantly.

“I have been running the event for 15 years, and in the last few years, our attendance has jumped dramatically,” said Kathy Volkening, head organizer for the Fish Fry. “People come from all over, and we have between 400 to 500 attendees each Friday.”

On Friday, March 28, the church will welcome the Radio Shopping Show to the fish fry.

Dinner is served from 5 to 8 p.m. on Fridays, with dine-in and carry-out service available at the parish next to the church, 5N939 Meredith Road,Virgil. Baked cod, fried perch and fried shrimp will be available, along with side dishes for a cost of $10 for the basic buffet or $13 for the basic buffet plus shrimp. The cost for kids, ages 5 to 10, to attend is $4 each for the basic buffet or $6.50 for the buffet plus shrimp. Macaroni and cheese will also be available, and kids under the age of 5 eat for free from the regular buffet.

The church will also have a bake sale during the fish fry, offering homemade baked goods such as pies, cupcakes, cookies and more.

“The fish fry helps bring the community together, and it helps us serve people from other parishes,” said Father Perfecto Vasquez. “Through this collaborative event, it makes our church come alive.”

Photo by Lynn Logan