By Michael Pendy
Bath-DeWitt Connection staff writer
The Knights of Columbus sponsored its third consecutive fish fry at St. Jude’s Church on Friday, March 25. For the third straight week, the Knights of Columbus and Catholic Community at St. Jude’s have welcomed more than 900 attendees. The event has been a great way for members of the church to socialize while following the Lent tradition of not eating meat on Fridays.
“My husband and I have been coming since they started doing this. We enjoy all the food, of course, but being with other parishioners in a more laid-back setting is relaxing and enjoyable,” said St. Jude’s member Tammy Novick.
The Knights of Columbus were on hand at the event to answer questions about the organization and to recruit members. The Knights originated in Connecticut in 1882 to help families and people who need benefits and services. There are now almost 2 million members worldwide.
Marty Masterson and Bob Nieman, members of the Knights and St. Jude’s, played a significant role in organizing and leading the event at St. Jude’s. Both spoke of the importance of the Knights of Columbus’ role in philanthropy.
“That’s what we’re all about. The five main pillars of our organization are: support, charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism,” Nieman said. He added, “When the earthquake hit in Haiti, we gave $1 million.”
Masterson said, “We also sponsor blood drives for the American Red Cross. We’ll probably have one sometime in April.”
The fish fry’s will continue every Friday from 4p.m.-7p.m. during the Lent season at St. Jude’s Church, 801 N. Bridge St. in DeWitt. It costs $8 per person, $7 for seniors, and $4 for children aged 5-12 years old.