Lenten fish fry goes swimmingly

By Michelle Costanza

March 2, 2013 Updated Mar 2, 2013 at 12:34 AM EDT

Town of Union, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Although lent is a time of sacrifice for many, one local church is giving practicing Catholics something to look forward to on Fridays.

The Church of the Holy Family in Endwell served up their third fish fry of the Lenten season.

The event drew a crowd of more than 1,000, with lines forming up and down the church aisle, and a parade of cars graced the driveway with those who were in the mood for take-out.

Parishioners, children's organizations and community members volunteer to help each Friday run smoothly, executing a multitude of jobs including baking, frying, serving, washing dishes and taking orders.

"We've got hundreds of people. We start on Monday with some of the items and work right through, Thursday and Friday we're here all day," said Todd Trencansky, chairman of the fish dinners.

Their meatless menu included a choice of baked or fried haddock or fried shrimp and sides of cole slaw, apple sauce, a roll, homemade desserts and everybody's favorite, macaroni and cheese.

The cheesy dish went fast Friday, and as one parishioner said, they may be giving up their favorite sweets for lent, but they were not giving out their secret "holy family" recipe.

The Church of the Holy Family will be hosting their fish frys each Friday for the remainder of the Lenten season. Dinners are served from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.