Iowa City — Michael Schorsch will present two Catholic Scholar Seminars at the Newman Catholic Student Center later this month. On Jan. 24 at noon, he will present “Being Catholic, Being a Writer”: a conversation with author/ playwright Joshua Casteel and poet Patrick Haas. On Jan. 31 at noon, Schorsch’s seminar will be “Living the Beautiful in Art and Life”: a lecture and discussion with Newman Center Catholic Studies Scholar and translator/editor Mike Schorsch.
Bettendorf — A candlelight vigil will take place at the pro-life Women’s Choice Center, 2711 Happy Joe Drive, Bettendorf on Friday, Jan. 22. This event is for people of all faiths. For those who desire, there will be a rosary at the WCC before the event at 6:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., there will be a program inside Heritage Church behind the center. At 8 p.m., there will be a prayer service outside the abortion clinic. At 8:15 p.m., refreshments will be served inside the Women’s Choice Center.
Davenport — A half-day, silent, mini-retreat will take place Jan. 23 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Humility of Mary Center, 820 W. Central Park Ave. The day will include two periods of Centering Prayer, a silent break and Lectio Divina.
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.
Iowa City — People meet to pray the rosary and receive Communion at 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Melrose Meadows Retirement Community. All Catholics are welcome.
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.
DeWitt — A Christian Experience Weekend for women will take place Jan. 22-24 at St. Joseph School. The men’s weekend is Feb. 5-7 at the school. For the women’s CEW, the contact person is Becky Townsend at (563) 370-3035. The contact for the men’s CEW is Leo McGarry at (563) 650-3677. The deadline to register for the women’s weekend is Jan. 22, and deadline for the men’s weekend is Feb. 5.
Davenport — Holy Family Knights of Columbus (Deacon Timmerman) Council 14678 will be conducting a free-throw championship Sat., Jan. 23 from 1-3 p.m. in the All Saints Catholic School gym. All boys and girls ages 10-14 as of Jan. 1 are welcome to compete. There is no cost to compete. Participants will register on-site. Students may get the opportunity to represent the council at the district level.
Grand Mound — Ss. Philip & James Parish will hold a soup supper Sunday, Jan. 24, from 4-7 p.m. Menu includes all-you-can-eat chili and chicken noodle soup with cornbread and desserts. A bake sale will feature homemade treats. Cost is $6 for adults and $2.50 for children younger than 12.
Ottumwa — St. Mary of the Visitation Parish will host its annual spaghetti dinner Sunday, Jan. 31 in the church hall at Court and E. Fourth streets. Menu includes salad, French bread, spaghetti and meat sauce, cheesecake and beverages. Serving times will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30-6 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 4-10 and free for children 3 and younger. Carryouts will be available. Call (641) 682-4559 or (641) 683-1537 for more information.