Davenport — Quad-City Right to Life will host a conversation with Jill Stanek on Oct. 29 at CASI Reception Hall, 1035 W. Kimberly Road. Hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6 p.m.; the lecture and questions begin at 7 p.m. The event is free. Stanek was a registered nurse at Christ Hospital in Illinois when she made the discovery that babies were being aborted alive and allowed to die without medical care. Stanek went public with her discovery.
Iowa City — The Journeys in Faith Speaker’s Forum at The University of Iowa will welcome Nicholas Rossi, MD, as its fall 2009 featured speaker. Rossi will address the topic “Twentieth Century Experiences: Lessons for Today” on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Newman Catholic Student Center, 104 E. Jefferson St. His talk is free and open to all.
Bettendorf — Quad-City Right to Life will sponsor its 19th annual Life Chain from 2-3 p.m. Oct. 25 on Middle Road at Happy Joe Drive.
Davenport — On Saturday, Oct. 24, from 9–9:45 a.m., people may join the Congregation of the Humility of Mary to focus on the care of creation and “Pray for 350” in the Magnificat Chapel at the Humility of Mary Center. Scientists have insisted in recent years that 350 parts per million is the most carbon dioxide that can safely be in the atmosphere. The current CO2 concentration is 390 parts per million.
Iowa City — All Catholics are invited to a Mass for priests to be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at St. Mary Catholic Church. Bishop Martin Amos will preside at this Mass, which is being celebrated in response to Pope Benedict XVI’s decree of the Year for Priests. The special year began June 19. St. Mary’s is located at 228 E. Jefferson St.
Newton — A confidential Rachel’s Vineyard retreat for people seeking emotional and spiritual healing after an abortion will take place Nov. 6-8 in Newton. For more information, to donate or to volunteer please call (563) 322-1645, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Scholarships are available. You can also visit www.rachelsvineyard.org, or call a toll-free hotline at 1-877-896-HOPE.
Rock Island, Ill. — “Unolocking the Sacred, Nourishing the Soul” will explore how reading and writing poetry can deepen people’s inner lives. Judy Valente, a correspondent for PBS, and Charles Reynard, an Illinois Circuit judge, will present. The retreat will take place at the Benet House Retreat Center, St. Mary Monastery, 2200 88th Ave. W. on Nov. 5 from 7-9 p.m. Fee is $15. To register, contact Novice Jackie Walsh at (309) 283-2108 or email@example.com.
Camanche — A fundraising breakfast will take place Nov. 1 from 8 a.m. to noon in the parish hall. Cost is $6 per adult, $3 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger. Menu includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, potatoes, biscuits and gravy, cinnamon rolls, coffee, milk and juice. Proceeds go toward the building fund.
Clinton — Knights of Columbus St. Edwards Council No. 707 will hold a chicken dinner in honor of Father Michael McGivney Oct. 24 from 4-7 p.m. at St. Boniface Hall, 2520 Pershing Blvd. Proceeds will be donated to the Iowa KC Charitable Foundation. Menu includes all-you-can-eat strips of chicken breast, lightly coated and deep-fried, along with dips, choice of baked potato or French fries, salad, vegetables, applesauce, bread and butter and coffee or lemonade. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and younger. Carryouts will be available.
Davenport — Kahl Home for the Aged and Infirm will host a holiday bazaar and bake sale starting at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 23 at the home, 1101 W. Ninth St. A taco bar will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds benefit the Kahl Home.
Grinnell — St. Mary Parish will host a fall festival Oct. 24 beginning with Mass at 4 p.m. Dinner will be served from 4:30 -7:30 p.m., and carryouts will be available. Dinner tickets cost $7 per adult and $4 per child. The event includes kids’ activities, hayrides, a live and silent auction and raffle. Raffle tickets are available after Masses and in the parish office.
Melcher — The Altar & Rosary Society of Sacred Heart Parish will host a fall dinner on Sunday, Oct. 25 beginning at 11 a.m. Proceeds will go to the parking lot fund.
Muscatine — The annual CDA soup supper will take place Oct. 22 from 4-7 p.m. in Gannon Hall. Menu includes chicken noodle soup, potato soup, chili, desserts and drinks. Cost is $7 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-10 and free for children younger than 5. The supper will include games for kids.
Muscatine — A steak dinner will take place Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in Gannon Hall. Menu includes 10-ounce steak, baked potato, pasta salad, dinner rolls and homemade dessert. Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 at the door. The dinner will include raffles, a silent auction and card games. Proceeds go toward sending youths to the National Catholic Youth Conference in November.
Nichols — An auction and luncheon for St. Mary Parish will take place Nov. 1. Lunch and the silent auction will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by the regular auction. Lunch includes chicken and noodles, mashed potatoes, chili, sandwiches and desserts.
Ottumwa — “Making a Joyful Noise,” an evening of music and singing with Father David Hemann, is sponsored by Catholic Daughters Court No. 43. The concert will be presented at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Bridge View Center on Church Street in Ottumwa. All seats are $5. All proceeds go to Seton Catholic School, Salvation Army and the Lord’s Cupboard food pantry. For ticket information, call Belinda Anstey at (641) 777-2544 or any Catholic Daughter. Tickets will be sold at the door until seats are filled.
Riverside — A fall pancake breakfast will be held at St. Mary Parish Center, 51 St. Mary’s St., Oct. 25 from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be “all you can eat” pancakes, eggs and sausage. Carryouts are available. Price is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-10, and free for children 5 and younger. There will also be a raffle, bake sale and craft sale during the breakfast. Proceeds benefit faith formation programs.
Clinton — On Oct. 24, Earth Mama, a singer, songwriter, environmental entertainer and motivational speaker, will hold a workshop and concert in St. Clare Hall at Ashford University. “Think Outside the Barrel” is the theme of the workshop that aims to help people reduce their ecological footprint and runs from 1–4:30 p.m. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Both events are free.