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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, & Lent

On this episode, the guys talk about Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, and Catholic Lenten Traditions – plus the Catholic origin of McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish and the traditional 40 Day Beer Only Lenten Fast!

In this episode we’ll cover:

  • What foods do Catholics eat on Fat Tuesday?
  • Where do the ashes come from for Ash Wednesday?
  • What foods can’t Catholics eat during Lent?
  • The Catholic origins of the McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish
  • The traditional 40-day beer-only Lenten fast
  • And Much More!

If you want to support Father Michael Nixon rebuild as was suggested in the episode, you can view his GoFundMe page here


6 comments on 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Fat Tuesday, Ash Wednesday, & Lent

  1. SM Reidy says:

    *Great* podcast!! Totally agree with being careful about what we give up. One year I gave up coffee. I’m not sure who was more miserable – me or everyone else around me! Thanks for a great listen and entry to Ash Wednesday.

  2. Theresa says:

    Once upon a time way WAY back in college, I had the BRILLIANT idea to give up coffee cold turkey. I just HAPPENED to be taking abnormal psychology that semester and we began discussing additions. Naturally, caffeine addiction came up. I chewed out this poor girl who had the utter nerve to think that caffeine withdrawal was purely psychological and not physical. The next class session, a small cup of coffee was sitting on my desk with a hand-written note saying, “PLEASE drink me!” Never again!!
    I’m typing this as my husband, our parish KC Grand Knight, is planning our first Friday fish fry!
    Happy Lent, gentlemen!

  3. Fr. Chaz Dunn says:

    Hey guys, I clicked on the link for the request for aid but it just went to the regular site. Could we please get an update? Thanks and have a great Lent!

  4. Cindy Organ says:

    My FAVORITE item on McDonald’s menu – Filet-0-Fish!

  5. Dominic says:

    great joke …

    An Irishman moves into a tiny hamlet in County Kerry, walks into the pub and promptly orders three beers. The bartender raises his eyebrows, but serves the man three beers, which he drinks quietly at a table, alone. An hour later, the man has finished the three beers and orders three more. This happens yet again. The next evening the man again orders and drinks three beers at a time, several times. Soon the entire town is whispering about the man who orders three beers.

    Finally a week later, the bartender broaches the subject on behalf of the town, “I don’t mean to pry, but folks around here are wondering why you always order three beers? “Tis odd isn’t it?” the man replies. “You see, I have two brothers, and one went to America, and the other to Australia. We promised each other that we would always order an extra two beers whenever we drank as a way of keeping up the family bond.. The bartender and the whole town were pleased with this answer.

    Then one day, the man comes in and orders only two beers. The bartender pours them with a heavy heart. This continues for the rest of the evening. Each time he orders only two beers. The word flies around the town. Prayers are offered for the soul of one of the brothers. The next day the bartender says to the man, “Folks around here, me first of all, want to offer condolences to you for the death of your brother. You know the two beers instead of three and all. The man ponders this for a moment then replies, “You’ll be happy to hear that my two brothers are alive and well. It’s just that I myself have decided to give up drinking for Lent.”

  6. Mel says:

    WRONG! Mardi Gras was established in Mobile, Alabama.

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