Lent has officially begun! The 40-day season of prayer and fasting starts on Ash Wednesday, which fell on February 14 in 2024.

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Thousands of West Michigan Catholics will observe the Lenten practice of abstaining from eating meat each Friday until Easter and many parishes in the Diocese of Grand Rapids will host Friday fish fries. Halls and other organizations will host meals as well.

Davey Gravy via Unsplash
Davey Gravy via Unsplash

Varieties of fish vary and include Walleye, Pollock, and Smelt. Some organizations offer a baked fish option in addition to fried. You'll find different sides like French Fries, Coleslaw, Dinner Rolls, and Vegetable options.

In most cases the fish fries will run until the end of Lent  -  Lent ends with the start of the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday. This year, Lent ends on March 28, 2024.

Check out our 2024 guide to Lenten fish fries in the Grand Rapids area with times, prices, and menus.

Any we missed? Let us know!

Grand Rapids-Area Fish Fry Events 2024

Organizations in the Grand Rapids are holding their annual Lenten fish fries as Catholics abstain from eating meat on Fridays.

Lent begins Feb. 14, 2024.

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Michigan Fishing: 1900-1943

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