Today is a Friday in Lent. But, more importantly, today is the Solemnity of the Annunciation - one of the Church's most important (and most ancient) feast days. This day honors the Incarnation of Christ - the day on which the Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary and she gave her "fiat" (or assent) and accepted her role as the mother of our Savior (See Luke 1:26-38). Because the Annunciation is a solemnity (the highest rank for a feast day on the Church's calendar), Catholics are not bound to observe the traditional abstinence from meat today. In other words, today is such an important day, we should not neglect to truly celebrate it, even in what we eat!
Some still plan to refrain from eating meat today - and that's certainly okay, too. And don't worry: the Knights of Columbus Fish Fry will still be held from 5:30 until 7:00 at the St. John's Parish Hall. All are welcome!