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LITURGY/PRAYER

Clinton — A closing Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Church at 10:30 a.m. March 8. Msgr. John Hyland, vicar general of the Davenport Diocese, will preside.

Clinton — The Sisters of St. Francis invite the public to join them at Vespers — evening prayer — on Sundays during Lent at The Canticle, 841 13th Ave. N, beginning March 1. The 40-minute prayer services will begin at 6 p.m. Vespers are composed of Scripture readings, hymns, psalms, reflection and prayer.

MEETINGS

Clinton — Prince of Peace Parish will offer a Lenten series of weekly presentations and discussions dubbed “Peace Soup” on Wednesdays from March 4 to April 1. The evenings will begin at 6 p.m. with a light soup supper and end by 8:30 p.m. On March 4, the program will be “Dying to Live: A Migrant’s Story” — a video that details the experiences of immigrant workers in the U.S.  Tom Streveler of Prince of Peace Pax Christi and a member of the parish RCIA team will lead discussion.

Pella — St. Mary Parish will offer a Lenten Journey that will reflect the life of St. Paul. Sister Laura Goedken, OP, director of development for the Diocese of Davenport, will lead the journey Thursday evenings March 5, 12, 26 and April 2 from 7-7:45 p.m. Discussion and fellowship follows.

RETREATS

Clinton — “Repairing God’s House” is the theme for the 2009 Lenten weekend retreat Feb. 27-March 1 at The Canticle, home of the Clinton Franciscans, 841 13th Ave. N., Clinton. The retreat begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 and ends following 12:30 p.m. Mass on March 1. Registration information is available at www.clintonfranciscans.com or by calling (563) 242-7611.

Davenport — Our Lady of Victory Parish will host an ecumenical renewal day for all adults with disabilities, their families and friends, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28. Cost is $15; lunch will be served. For more information, call Karen Kilburg at (563) 386-3781.

Iowa City — A Lenten mini-retreat, “Fostering Forgive-ness,” will take place in the lower level of St. Thomas More Catholic Church from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 28. Registration will begin and refreshments will be served at 8:30 a.m. RSVP for the retreat and a post-retreat meal to Carol Lyon at (319) 338-9290, Mary Kay Kusner at (319) 339-1306 or Mary Humston at (319) 337-5916.

Tipton — St. Mary Parish will host its third annual women’s retreat April 4 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Mary Hall. Sister Ramona Kaal-berg, coordinator of formation for the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, will speak.  Early registration is due March 15 for $25. After March 15, the cost is $30. For more information, contact Maureen Bowie at (563) 886-6347 or e-mail tiptonsm@netwtc.net.

SOCIALS

Camanche — A fundraising breakfast will take place in Church of the Visitation’s parish hall from 8 a.m. to noon March 1. Menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, potatoes, biscuits and gravy, cinnamon rolls, coffee, milk and juice. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger.

Fairfield — “Stones in the Field,” a traditional Celtic/Irish concert, will be held March 6 at 7.30 p.m. at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $6 for children 12 and younger. For tickets, call the box office  from noon to 5 p.m. weekdays at (641) 472-2787 or visit www.iowatix.com. The concert will benefit the new St. Mary Church in Fairfield.

Lone Tree — St. Mary parishes of Lone Tree and Nichols will hold a pancake, sausage, ham and egg breakfast at Lone Tree American Legion March 8 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger.

Richland — A soup supper will take place at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Hall from 4-7 p.m. March 1. Chili, vegetable soup, chicken noodle soup, relish, pies and drinks will be served for freewill offerings. Baked goods and crafts will be for sale.

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