Cardinal Ritter K of C Fish Fry

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Our next stop on the fish fry tour took us to Indiana, the first time the Crew headed across the Ohio River.  The council is located in downtown New Albany, within a few hundred feet of the Ohio River and nestled among the historic mansions that line Main Street.

Our crew had grown to over 20 members, which included some of the Dominican Friars at St. Louis Bertrand.  The group had to split into 2 tables because of the size of our group.  Here’s the table with the Friars in attendance:

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The menu was smaller than last week’s menu at St. Joseph’s, but still offered a variety of side items via the salad bar, something not seen at other fish fries.  The traditional cole slaw was available along with salad with the regular fixings.  Also available were oysters and shrimp.

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This fish fry was set up very similar to a made-to-order supper club.  After ordering at the cash station, you would take a number to then place at your table.  The cashier will send that number back to the kitchen via the electronic register, where they will bring out your entree.  You could head to the salad bar while waiting for your entree.  Wait time for our group was about 5-7 minutes.  Between the salad bar and perusing the table of crafts that the Lady Knights were selling, the wait was not an issue.

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I kept my meal basic this week:  the fish dinner, which consisted of 2 fish fillets, with French fries, along with a bowl of cole slaw from the salad bar and a slice of carrot cake from the Lady Knights table (not shown in picture below, but very tasty).  As you can see, the fillets were well sized pieces of fish, enough for 2 sandwiches.  Along with the drink, this made for a very satisfying drink.

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Of course, a fish fry is not complete without a separate fundraiser or cause.  At Cardinal Ritter, there were 2 of those:  the first cause, which received the tips from the bar, was the Cardinal Ritter Birthplace Foundation.  Cardinal John Ritter, the namesake of the Knights council, was born in New Albany and is currently the only native of Indiana to become a Catholic cardinal.  The Birthplace Foundation, founded in 2004, was founded as a community outreach center to continue the work of Cardinal Ritter.  The outreach center, which was the birthplace of Cardinal Ritter, is located an 11 minute walk from the council.  For more information, check out their website here.

The second charity was the Knights of Columbus Christian Refugee Relief Fund.  The council was selling solidarity crosses made of olive wood for $10 a piece.  These crosses would help Christians in the Middle East who are being persecuted for their faith, helping them with housing and medical care.  This initiative is being taken up by many councils throughout the country, and as the flyer suggests, is a symbol of solidarity, unity, and hope.

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For more information and to donate to this program, you can check out the Knights of Columbus’ Christian Refugee Relief Fund page here.

Overall, another successful fish fry weekend.  As we’ve learned this year so far, it’s tough to beat Knights of Columbus fish fries.

Cardinal Ritter K of C Fish Fry

Lenten Reflection, February 21

Late have I loved you,
Beauty so ancient and so new,
late have I loved you!

Lo, you were within,
but I outside, seeking there for you,
and upon the lovely things you have made
I rushed headlong,
I, misshapen.
You were with me but I was not with you.
They held me back far from you,
those things which would have no being
were they not in you.

You called, shouted, broke through my deafness;
you flared, blazed, banished my blindness;
you lavished your fragrance,
I gasped, and now I pant for you;
I tasted you, and I hunger and thirst;
you touched me, and I burned for your peace.  – St. Augustine

Lenten Reflection, February 21

The Stations of the Cross

Before going to a fish fry on Fridays (or at least, on most Fridays), the Louisville Fish Fry Crew goes to St. Louis Bertrand in downtown Louisville to pray the Stations of the Cross.  This Friday tradition, which can also be known as “The Way of the Cross” or “Via Dolorosa,” is a journey of Christ’s journey on the day of His passion, from his condemnation of death to his burial in the tomb.

The Stations of the Cross, which is primarily based in the Scripture, was implemented as a way for faithful Christians who could not make the journey to Jerusalem for pilgrimage along the actual Way of the Cross to pray and meditate on the Passion.  Catholic churches would set up 14 images, or “stations,” within the church to allow for the devoted to pray and reflect on the final day of Christ’s life on Earth.  (NOTE:  The Stations have also been set in outdoor settings as well.  A great example is at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians, commonly called Holy Hill, where the Stations are prayed, appropriately, by walking up a large hill.)  Catholic Churches will now offer the Stations of the Cross during Lent, typically on Fridays.

There are numerous versions of reflections that Catholics may pray and read while praying the Stations.  At St. Louis Bertrand, the Dominicans use the Way of the Cross written by St. Alphonsus Liguori.  The format of each Station go as follows:

  1. Sing a verse of Stabat Mater (At the Cross her station keeping…)
  2. Priest and congregation says an English version of the Adoremus Te, genuflecting (Priest says “We adore you, O Christ, and we praise you.”  Congregation responds “Because by your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world.”)
  3. Priest reads meditation, all are standing.
  4. All kneel and read a response to the meditation together.
  5. Station finishes with an Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be.
  6. Walk to next Station while singing next verse of Stabat Mater.

This tradition is a strong recommendation for not just Catholics, but all Christians because of the Scriptural basis for the Stations themselves, reminding us of why Jesus died on the Cross.

Below is a gallery of the 14 Stations (photos from St. Louis Bertrand):

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1st Station:  Jesus is condemned to death.

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2nd Station:  Jesus takes up the Cross.

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3rd Station:  Jesus falls the first time.

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4th Station:  Jesus meets His mother.

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5th Station:  Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus carry the cross.

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6th Station:  Veronica wipes the face of Jesus.

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7th Station:  Jesus falls the second time.

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8th Station:  Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem.

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9th Station:  Jesus falls the third time.

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10th Station:  Jesus is stripped of His garments.

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11th Station:  Jesus is nailed to the Cross.

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12th Station:  Jesus dies on the Cross.

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13th Station:  Jesus is taken down from the Cross.

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14th Station:  Jesus is laid in the sepulchre.

The Stations of the Cross

Lenten Reflection, February 20

In times of aridity when I am incapable of praying, of practicing virtue, I seek little opportunities, mere trifles, to give pleasure to Jesus; for instance a smile, a pleasant word when inclined to be silent and to show weariness. If I find no opportunities, I at least tell Him again and again that I love Him; that is not difficult and it keeps alive the fire in my heart. Even though this fire of love might seem extinct I would still throw little straws upon the embers and I am certain it would rekindle.  -St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Lenten Reflection, February 20

Lenten Reflection, February 19

Consider attentively the tombs of the dead and seek there some small trace of their former magnificence and wealth and the pleasures they enjoyed. Tell me, where now are their ornaments and beautiful vestures? Where are their recreations and sports? Where are their companions and the multitude of their servants? The feasts and banquets, the laughter and games, the worldly joys and pleasures, all are ended now. Approach more closely to the tomb and you will see there nothing but a handful of dust and ashes, worms and rotted bones. Such is the end of the human body which has given itself to pleasure and wealth.  -St. John Chrysostom

Lenten Reflection, February 19