Once again we are in the Lenten Season, the season of fasting, self-denial, prayer, almsgiving (charity), repentance and works of mercy. Lent, is a time of taking inventory of our personal spirituality and committing to some form of penance that will bring about a deepening in our relationship with our Lord and Savior.
During Lent we die to self with disciplines that have the possibility of transformation to our entire person: body, mind and spirit (soul). Thereby on Easter Sunday we can joyously celebrate by more fully participating in Christ’s resurrection.
One common, and often mandatory, practice during Lent is the abstaining from meat on Fridays. As a result, nearly every restaurant offers a Lenten menu and even though most of us think of fish, there are many meatless possibilities. There is the cheese or veggie pizza, a garden salad, tofu, eggs, coleslaw, pastas, rice, refried beans, tortillas, potatoes, fruit, cheese, pancakes, French toast, breadsticks, milk gravy and biscuits and, of course, desserts!
Most popular in our vicinity is the deep-fried fish dinner, and it’s delicious, most likely because there are so many fishermen, in the area, that know how to batter and fry fish to perfection.
The Versailles Eagles offers an all-you-can-eat-fish every Friday except Good Friday. The dinner begins at 5 p.m. and carry-outs are available.
The Versailles Vets Club offers a smelt dinner this Friday, as well as, March 4, March 18 and Good Friday. Meals include cheesy au gratin potatoes, cole slaw, and bread with butter for $7.50.
The Goat Farmers in Yorkshire has a large fish fry Feb. 26, March 11 and Good Friday. Carry-out is available.
Immaculate Conception Church in Bradford begins serving their fish dinner on Feb. 26 and March 11 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The meal consists of fish, French fries, coleslaw or applesauce and a dinner roll for $7 for adults, $5.50 for children 8 and under. Desserts and drinks can be purchased.
St. Teresa Church in Covington will have a fish fry from 4-7 p.m. and Russia Catholic War Vets will have a fish fry on March 11 from 4:30 p.m. – ??
Eating fish can also sharpen one’s memory and lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease; however, all the health benefits of fish result from healthy cooking; such as broiling or baking, not cooking it in saturated or trans fats. For this reason St. Mary’s Church in Piqua offers the most unique fish dinner of all, giving you a choice of all-you-can-eat deep-fried or baked with French fries or macaroni and cheese, cole slaw or applesauce, a dinner roll and coffee for $7 if you’re a senior or under the age of 13, otherwise the price is $8. (If you have a fish fry, additions or corrections, please feel free to notify me.)
Congratulations to the Versailles Boys basketball team for winning the MAC championship and to the Versailles Girls Swim Team for placing first in the Division II Sectionals. Great going to the Boys and Girls bowling teams and keep it going to the Lady Tiger’s basketball team.
Happy birthday to Raven Boerger, Francis McEldowney, Leslie Phlipot, John Berger, Michael Stammen, Rick Unger, Eileen Floan, Reyna Shardo, Gary Cohee, Shawn Peters, Monica Goubeaux, Muzz Pierron, Bev Garrison, Gail Lunsford, Elaine Barlage, Kathy (Grillot) Magoto, Kay Borchers, Georgie Kemper, Bev Francis, Linda Wappelhorst, Michelle Dickey, Brittany Dirksen, Ron DeMange, Rachel and Emily Tumbush, Carol Simmons, Brad Grilliot, Tim Magoto, Rita Ruhenkamp, Jim Subler, Randy Swisher, Doug Seibert, Deb Groff, Karen Keiser and Diane Schrader. Happy anniversary wishes to Dixie and Mike Wehrkamp (51).
Healing prayers and get well wishes for Luella Albers (rehab), David Zumberger (hospital), Lois Youngker (carpal tunnel), Brian Voisard (hospital), Megan Knapke, Lester Bernholt, Linda Wilson, Joan Butler, Cyril Frantz, Norma Magoto, Marvin Godwin, Dave Francis, Ann Paulus Pedersen, Harry Gorrell, Chick Conley, Julia Billenstein, Dan Bertke, Dan Monnin, Betty Hess, Scottie Barga, Bob Longenecker, John Davis, Beverly Norton, Carl Drees, Dave Magoto, Bob Homan, Kelly Bruns, Steven Youngker, Iris Nickol, Eileen Rahm, Robert Longenecker, Rita Wuebker, Merilyn Borchers, Yvonne Ridenour, Cyril Voisard, Wayne Pittsenbarger, Jim Youngker, Isabella Yakos, Barb and Jon Agne, Samantha Smith, Michelle Ullom, Jack Borgerding, the hospitalized, homebound and all those dealing with any of life’s many challenges who are in need of our prayers but not mentioned by name. Sincere gratitude and prayers to the kindhearted, caregivers, volunteers, medical staff, and prayer warriors of the world.
Sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Glen Mangen (85) and Helen Mangen (89), also remembering the lives of Ruth Booher, Cy Siefring, Raymond Jokerst, Helen Coffield, Glen Armstrong, Lloyd Mangen, Allen Poeppelman, Theresa McKinney, Sharon Mescher, Jim Riffle and all those in our hearts, but not mentioned by name, as the anniversary of their passing nears.
“The safest and most suitable form of penance seems to be that which causes pain in the flesh but does not penetrate to the bones, that is, which causes suffering but not sickness.” ~Saint Ignatius
“Fasting is the soul of prayer, mercy is the lifeblood of fasting.” ~St. Peter Chrysologus
A Fisherman’s Prayer: “I pray that I may live to fish until my dying day. And when it comes to my last cast, I then most humbly pray, when in the Lord’s great landing net and I’m peacefully asleep, that in His mercy I be judged good enough to keep.” ~Author unknown