St. Paul's kicks off Lenten season with Shrove Tuesday pancakes

It’s a men’s ministry, but women are included for the Fat Tuesday pancake supper. Helping last year with the cooking of bacon and sausage patties were from left, Larry Wilkin, Kay Spieler, Colleen Putnam, Ron Hohneke and Joan Peterson.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Albia is beginning the Lenten season is having their annual all you can eat pancake supper on Tuesday, March 5 from 5-7 p.m. The men of St. Paul’s will be making regular pancakes and blueberry pancakes at this annual men’s ministry. Other items on the menu include sausage patties, bacon and fruit cocktail. There will also be special fruit toppings of strawberries and blueberries with whip cream for your pancakes as well.

The freewill donations help with maintenance and church projects during the year.

St. Paul’s is located at 335 North 8th in Albia.

Fat Tuesday is the traditional name for the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent in the Western Christian churches, including the Roman Catholic Church and Protestant churches. Fat Tuesday is more commonly known as Mardi Gras, which is simply “Fat Tuesday” in French.

Historically, the day before Ash Wednesday was itself a rather solemn day of preparation for the penitential season of Lent. Many Christians took part in the Sacrament of Confession on that day, which is why it became known as Shrove Tuesday. (Shrove is the past tense of the word shrive, which refers to a priest hearing a confession, assigning penance, and forgiving the sins of the penitent.)

Over time, however, the solemn nature of the day was joined with (and later gave way to) one last feast before the Lenten fast. In centuries past, the Lenten fast was far more rigorous than it is today, and Christians were required to abstain from all meat and food that came from animals, such as milk, cheese, butter, eggs, and animal fats. But all of those items needed to be used up before the fast began, and various Christian nations developed their own meat dishes, rich breads, and desserts for one last feast before the austerity of Lent.

Thus the day became known as “Fat Tuesday” for obvious reasons and the men of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will be serving up pancakes with all the fixin’s do their part in the celebration.

Another Lenten tradition at the KC Hall

Members of the Catholic faith have long observed the Lenten period by giving up meat and eating only fish (now on Friday) and the Knights of Columbus in Albia will begin their annual Lenten Fish Frys on Friday, March 9.

However, a special fish fry happens this Friday, March 1 from 5-7 p.m. as a fund-raiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The menu for this Friday and all Fridays until Good Friday include a choice of catfish, shrimp and cod fillets, baked potato, cole slaw, bread and dessert. Carryouts are available and kids meals are also offered.

The cost is also a freewill donation.

St. Mary’s Lenten Luncheons set

No one in Monroe County should complain about going hungry through Lent. St. Mary’s Catholic Church and their Altar and Rosary Society will begin their annual Lenten luncheons Tuesday, March 11 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A variety of soups, breads and desserts will be served.

Proceeds each year go to selected projects in the community chosen by the Altar and Rosary Society.

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