Despite the complications of COVID-19, many local Catholic churches are moving forward with their Friday fish fries, although often in takeout or drive-thru-only formats. These dinners were served at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Grosse Pointe Woods last year.

Despite the complications of COVID-19, many local Catholic churches are moving forward with their Friday fish fries, although often in takeout or drive-thru-only formats. These dinners were served at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Grosse Pointe Woods last year.

File photo by Erin Sanchez


Fish fries, other Lenten activities continue in Roseville, Eastpointe

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published February 9, 2021

EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — With Lent beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 17, many local Catholics are wondering if they will be able to continue their Lenten traditions, such as Friday fish fries, while in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Institutions in the Eastpointe and Roseville communities are still planning to offer programs and activities despite the difficulties of maintaining social distancing.

 

St. Pio of Pietrelcina
St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish in Roseville will be offering takeout fish fries for the season, although organizers are exploring the possibility of limited in-person dining, as well.

“Some parishes aren’t even open due to COVID, but we will be doing carryout every Friday in Lent, and we are looking into doing limited indoor seating in a socially distanced nature for about 40 people, but we are still seeing if that’s viable. For now, they will run from 3:30 to 7 p.m.,” explained Selma Yaldoo, the St. Pio business manager.

Yaldoo added that this is a difficult time for parishes, since most have had to suspend their Masses and other religious services or offer them on a limited basis.

“We want people to stay faithful and continue to support the parishes,” she said. “We’re very limited to how we can hold Mass. We’re a small parish, and our parishioners have been generous in different ways. Many people still don’t want to go out, even if we can offer Masses.”

St. Pio of Pietrelcina Church is located at 18720 13 Mile Road in Roseville and can be reached at (586) 777-9116 or by visiting stpioparish.org.

 

Holy Innocentsand St. Barnabas
“We have Stations of the Cross during Lent at 7 p.m. at Holy Innocents Church and vespers during Lent at St. Barnabas at 6 p.m., and fish fries on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays in Lent also at St. Barnabas,” said Jean Wineski, the parish secretary. “We welcome everyone to come to the parish and take part in our services safely with masks and safety protocols in place. We hope everyone is able to have a blessed Lenten season no matter how they celebrate this year.”

The fish fries are available from 4 to 7:30 p.m. and are takeout only. Holy Innocents Church is located at 16359 Frazho Road in Roseville, while St. Barnabas is located at 24800 Phlox Ave. in Eastpointe. Both can be reached by phone at (586) 777-7543 or by going to hisbparish.us.

 

St. Basil the Great
St. Basil the Great Catholic Church in Eastpointe will offer Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. on Fridays in Lent. It is located at 22851 Lexington Ave. For more information, call (586) 777-5610 or go to stbasileastpointe.com.

 

St. Veronica
St. Veronica Catholic Church in Eastpointe will be selling meals every Friday until Easter for between $6 and $13. The service is drive-thru only and is available from 4:30 to 7 p.m. It is located at 21440 Universal Ave. and can be reached by calling (586) 777-0331.

“The drive-thru is located in the back of the St. Veronica Gym at 21440 Universal. The gym is on the corner of Universal and Toepfer. Toepfer is 8 1/2 Mile in Eastpointe and two blocks east of Gratiot. Volunteers will come out to your car to take your order. (There’s) no need to come in,” said the Rev. Stan Pachla via email. “All profits go to charity but most of all to the Sister Marcine Food Pantry here at the parish that serves 210 people every month, and it includes about 60 children."