Davenport — The Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities and St. Ambrose University invite the public to a free presentation Aug. 27 by a Catholic priest who is a Holocaust investigator. Father Patrick Desbois will present “The Holocaust by Bullets: A Priest’s Journey to Uncover the Truth Behind the Murder of 1.5 Million Jews” from 7-8:15 p.m. at the Rogalski Center at St. Ambrose University.
Davenport — The Sisters of Humility invite the general public to pray with them at 11:40 a.m. Wednesdays during a special Mass for peace. It will be celebrated in the Magnificat Chapel at the Humility of Mary Center, 820 W. Central Park Ave.
Hills — A healing Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Msgr. Marvin Mottet will be the celebrant. The sacrament of reconciliation will be offered starting at 6:15 p.m.
Iowa City — Centering Prayer groups meet from 7-8 p.m. Mondays at the Mercy Hospital chapel, and from 9-11:30 a.m. the fourth Saturday of each month at a member’s home. For more information, call Maureen Kelley at (319) 338-8284.
Melrose — The Knights of Columbus of Albia sponsor a 24-hour adoration the first Friday of the month at St. Patrick Church in Melrose. Mass begins at 8 a.m., followed by 24 hours of adoration, and closes with benediction at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday. For more information or to sign up for an hour, call Tony Humeston at (641) 932-7709.
Davenport — A group meets for Ignatian Lightworks exercises on Mondays from 7-8:30 p.m. and Tuesdays from 1-2:30 p.m. at 2803 McKinley Ave. For more information, call (563) 324-7263.
Moline, Ill. — The secular discalced Carmelite community of St. Joseph’s and the prophet Elijah meets the second Sunday of each month from 1-3:30 p.m. in the basement of St. Mary Church. For more information, call Leslie Schadt, OCDS, at (563) 370-3559.
Rock Island, Ill. — The secular Franciscans meet at 2 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at the Jardine Auditorium at Trinity Medical Center West Campus, 2701 17th St. For more information, call Kent Ferris in Muscatine at (563) 264-0120.
Wheatland — The presentation “Creating a New Parish Culture” will take place at Our Lady of The Prairie Retreat near Wheatland Thursday, Sept. 3, from 9:30 a.m. — 3:30 p.m. Presenter will be Sister Caridad Inda, CHM. Fee is $15, which includes lunch. Sr. Inda will examine a small but significant aspect of current cultural shifts as they impact parish culture, especially in parishes that are becoming more bicultural or multicultural. Pastors, directors of religious education, parish councils, school principals, teachers, youth ministers, lay leaders and active parishioners are the target audience. Visit chmiowa.org to learn more, or call Barb Gross at (563) 336-8414.
Cosgrove — Cosgrove Pork Day will take place Aug. 30 at St. Peter Church, 4022 Cosgrove Road SW, Oxford. Polka Mass is scheduled for 11 a.m., and an Altar & Rosary pork meal is from 11:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $9 for adults, $4 for children ages 2-10 and free for children younger than 2. Bingo is slated for noon to 2 p.m. Children’s games will take place from 12:15-1:45 p.m. Money in the Strawpile is at 1:45 p.m., an auction is from 2-3 p.m., and a kiddie tractor pull is from 3-4 p.m. A Bible camp performance is at 4 p.m. There will also be an Altar & Rosary raffle and $5,000 cash drawing.
Davenport — St. Alphonsus Parish will host its annual festival at Birchwood & Boies avenues on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 5-9 p.m. The parish will be serving pork loin dinner for $6 from 5-7:30 p.m. The event also will include a concession stand, children’s games, adult games, inflatable games, a huge raffle, country store and entertainment. All are invited.
Davenport — The 2009 Father Ken Martin Golf Outing and Dinner will be held Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Emeis Golf Course and the Davenport Elk’s Club. Cost is $100 for golf and dinner or $35 for dinner only. For registration, call Jim or Diane Tiedje at (563) 391-2820, Dick Froeschle (563) 289-4663 or Matt Froeschle at (563) 343-4638.
East Pleasant Plain — Ss. Joseph & Cabrini Parish will host a pork loin and turkey dinner with salad and a dessert bar, bazaar and auction Sept. 20. Meal is served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The large auction begins at 1 p.m. A raffle, country store, craft store, kids’ games and more will be featured. Jeff Adrian will provide music. Cost is $8 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 3-12 and free for children younger than 3. The church has an elevator for patrons’ convenience.
Farmington — St. Boniface Parish will host its annual fall dinner Sept. 20 at the air-conditioned Harmony High School, 6 miles north of Farmington. Roast turkey, lamb and pork will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children younger than 10. Event also includes a cakewalk, bingo, raffle, door prizes, gift baskets, bazaar and bake sale. A silent auction will take place for a 10-person meal hosted by Father Apo Mpanda.
Georgetown — St. Patrick’s annual God’s Portion Day event will take place Sunday, Sept. 6. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., and a roast beef/fried chicken dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kids’ games and a country store will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m. A silent auction will be held from noon to 4 p.m. A live auction on the south church lawn will begin at 1:30 p.m. A lawn social will take place at 4 p.m. A raffle also is slated.
Hills — St. Joseph Church is hosting a farmers’ market on Fridays from 4-7 p.m. Vendors may call (319) 679-2271 to reserve a space. No fee is required, but donations are appreciated.
Petersville — Immaculate Conception Parish’s festival will take place Aug. 30 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event includes a beef and pork dinner, bingo, country store and raffle. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children. Carryouts are available. The facility is handicapped accessible.