Website Lent photoFish frys, ashes, giving something up and service projects…all of these are hallmarks of the season of Lent. Lent is a season of preparation and community, and many Christians often “give something up” as a form of self-denial and discipline. But the lessons that we impart to our students here at Sts. Simon & Jude School are very simple ones: each Lent we are called to examine how, or if, we are living the Gospel message of peace, justice and love. How do our words and deeds reflect this call for us to be disciples of Jesus? Are we doing all of the things that will enable us to “act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly?”

The Lenten season is a journey of preparation. Much like a family gathers to discuss and prepare for a special vacation, so too does our “school family” gather to plan for our journey through the Lenten season together. Lent is the perfect opportunity to explore some service projects as a school community. Each year, we assemble together and discuss what we want to accomplish as a faith community. We know that our students will be more enthusiastic about a project they really care about. By their whole-hearted participation in the designated project, our students come to understand that Lent really is a season of hope; and with ashes on their foreheads and hope in their hearts, they go forth to love, serve and prepare for Easter.

Lenten Fish Fry

There are many reasons the SSJ Fish Fry is such a hugely popular event. The food, fun and fellowship don’t just happen without the countless hours of volunteer work and preparation that our dedicated helpers provide.

The Annual Lenten Fish Fry is a cooperative effort of the Sts. Simon & Jude Men’s Club and the SSJ School Parent-Faculty Association.  We serve an average of 1000 meals each Friday evening during Lent with parent volunteers assisting with greeting, serving, table clean-up, table set-up, kitchen prep, final clean-up and many other jobs. Service hours are earned for volunteering, with bonus hours earned for those parents who work all six weeks (double service hours for clean-up and 1.5x for each hour worked for other jobs).  No experience is necessary! Because the event is so much fun, our dining guests and faithful volunteers return week after week, year after year.

Volunteering at the Fish Fry gives people the opportunity to meet and get to know school parents and parishioners that they might not normally meet.  It is gratifying to see so many members of our school and parish community coming together each week to share a meal during this special time of the year.

Please join us in Colman Hall for a wonderful dinner and fellowship at our Sts. Simon & Jude Fish Fry! The dinner is offered on Fridays during Lent from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. If you would like to become a volunteer, please contact Joyce Peterson at joyce_peterson10@yahoo.com or 714-747-7383.