Meatless (Good) Friday


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When my husband was growing up, his mom had a go-to meal for both Ash Wednesday and Good Friday: grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup, every single year.

We’ve continued that tradition in our own family, though some years the soup is New England clam chowder instead of tomato.

Our parish hosts a Soup and Bread dinner after each year’s Good Friday service. Each family is asked to bring bread to share, and a parish group in charge of hospitality and fun events provides a selection of meatless soups.

What’s your family’s Good Friday tradition?

Remember that today, Good Friday, is a day of both fasting and abstinence: not only do we abstain from meat, but we fast by eating only one full meal, with two smaller meals (not to total more than the full meal) allowed.

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Copyright 2019 Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS


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Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan, managing editor for Today's Catholic Teacher magazine and editor at Her three children range in age from high school to young adult, and she enjoys writing, cooking, and reading. Barb is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.

1 Comment

  1. I’d love to hear people’s traditions for Good Friday. My family didn’t do anything consistent, but I would like to. We had fish, rice, and carrots last night. But, we did bake hot cross muffins for Saturday morning, and I’d like to keep that as part of our routine. I always thought I’d like to make pretzels with kids on Good Friday too.

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