Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Monday, June 25, 2018

fish fry7284 adj webJim Mayer opens the oven to check the fish for the annual Lenten dinner as members of the St. Joseph Men’s Club at St. Agnes Parish look on. They are, from left, Pat Manley, Bob Gulas, Tom Maguire and Jack Jensen. (Photo by Mary Chalupsky)

MILFORD – It was Friday and it was Lent. So for members of St. Agnes Parish, that meant March 4 was the annual St. Joseph’s Men’s Club Lenten Dinner.

“It brings our parish together,” said Jack Jansen, who estimated that the men have been hosting the event for 15 years.

“We’re a men’s organization and our charter is to serve,” he said. “We don’t make a lot of money, but it brings people together.”

The parish Boy Scouts (Troop 15), under the direction of Scoutmaster Charles Casey, were on hand to serve the hungry crowd. “They’re a big help,” said Mr. Casey. “They like the chance to serve and help in the parish.”

On the menu was New England clam chowder, Alaskan pollack, baked potato, macaroni and cheese, mixed vegetables, rye bread, coffee and dessert, all for only $10, according to Lou Naclerio. Deacon Nicholas Genovese was invited to offer grace before the meal.

“This is the beginning of Lent and it’s Friday, so we have this opportunity for parishioners to come here and start the season with a fish dinner,” said Mr. Naclerio.

“It’s a good time and everyone looks forward to it,” he said. “Next is our St. Patrick’s Day Dinner [on March 18], and no one wants to miss that.”