If you enjoy a good fish dinner and you weren't at the Marion Knights of Columbus Hall Friday night to enjoy the tasty catfish, haddock and trimmings, don't fret because the hard-working folks from St. Joseph Catholic Church will be serving up these popular fish dinners each Friday night through April 7.
Knights of Columbus member Fernando Castillo has been in charge of coordinating the Friday night dinner for the last 15 years.
"The reason that we draw so many on Friday nights during Lent is because of the dedicated volunteers who carve hours out of their own busy schedules to make the dinners a success," Castillo said.
Diner Jim Hill is a member of First Baptist Church in Marion. He says he and his wife, Linda, enjoy the Friday night feasts every chance they get.
"The food is delicious! Plus, they do a lot of good things in our community," he said. "Their heart's in the right place."
The meals cost $10 for adults and $6 for children, and in addition to the all-you-can-eat catfish and haddock, diners can choose from cole slaw, baked beans, carrots, corn, green beans, okra, popcorn shrimp, wedge fries, hush puppies, hot rolls and iced tea or coffee.
Castillo is encouraged by the communitywide support the club receives at its fish fry Fridays.
"Some people think this is for Catholics only and that's not true at all. We welcome everyone to join us," he said.