Davenport — Churches United of the Quad Cities is offering a seminar on the death penalty Sept. 21 from 7-9 p.m. at St. Ambrose University’s Rogalski Center to address the issues and identify actions that church members can take toward abolition. For more information, call Churches United at (563) 332-5002.
Davenport — Tom Cordaro, author of “Be Not Afraid,” is presenting a seminar on an alternative to the war on terror, living unafraid: a biblical path to freedom from 1-4 p.m. Sept. 11 at St. Ambrose University. The event will be held in the university’s New Hall building. Parking is available across Gaines Street. Early registration is $8, or $10 at the door. Students with an ID get in free. Call Ollie at (563) 332-1007 to register.
Iowa City — Michael Novak, the George Frederick Jewitt Scholar in Religion and Philosophy and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., will share reflections on the importance of Cardinal Newman to campus ministry after the 11 a.m. Mass Sept. 12 at the Newman Catholic Student Center chapel.
Bettendorf — Mass, adoration and benediction at the Women’s Choice Center will be held Sept. 7. Mass will begin at 7:30 a.m. with Msgr. Marvin Mottet celebrating. Adoration will be until noon with benediction at noon. The center is located at 2711 Happy Joe Drive. Participants will pray for an end to abortion. The event is hosted by the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants.
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.
Elkhart — Online registration is open for the 17th annual Iowa Institute for Social Action, to be held Saturday, Oct. 9 at St. Mary-Holy Cross Parish Hall in Elkhart, Iowa. The cost is $25 ($10 for college students). Sign-up is available at www.iowasocialaction.org. Iowa Catholic Conference and Catholic Charities agencies in Iowa sponsor the institute. The Iowa Catholic Conference is the official public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Iowa.
Wheatland — A Centering Prayer fall retreat will take place Sept. 17-18 at Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat, 2664 257th St., Wheatland. The retreat is for people who have attended an introduction to Centering Prayer workshop or who have experience in Centering Prayer. Arrival time is 7-7:25 p.m. Friday and 9-9:25 a.m. Saturday. Cost is $30 for Friday overnight and $20 for Saturday. Cost for both days is $50. Reservations are due Sept. 16. For more information, call (563) 285-7242 or (563) 322-1579.
Clinton — Prince of Peace Parish’s pork dinner and family festival will take place Sept. 19 at St. Boniface Hall from noon to 5 p.m.
Davenport — A Theology on Tap event for young adults will take place Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. at Phil & Larry’s Saloon. Keith Soko’s talk, “It’s a Matter of Life and Death,” will cover issues such as genetic testing, abortion and stem cell research.
Davenport — The 16th annual Quad Cities prayer breakfast will take place Saturday, Sept. 25, from 8-10 a.m. in the RiverCenter. Keynote speaker will be astronaut and brigadier general Charlie Duke, the 10th of 12 men to walk on the moon. Steve Green, Gospel recording artist, will also be featured. Call (563) 322-7777 for a table of eight for $75. Ten tables of eight are $500. Tickets are $12 each. Tickets are also available at www.tkcm.org. The event is sponsored by Thy Kingdom Come Ministries.
Farmington — St. Boniface Parish’s annual fall dinner will be held Sept. 19 at the air-conditioned Harmony High School, six miles north of Farmington. Roast turkey, lamb and pork will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $7.50 for adults and $3 for children younger than 10. The event will include a cakewalk, bingo, raffle, door prizes, gift baskets, a bazaar and bake sale.
Iowa City — The Regina Fun Fest will take place Sept. 3-5. It will feature games, a bean bag tournament, softball games and rides for children and adults. Live music will be played nightly from 8 p.m. to midnight. Sept. 3 will feature the band Twist and Shout; Sept. 4 will feature the TouchPlay Band, and Sept. 5 will feature the TouchPlay Band and its guest, and fireworks will go off at dusk.
Sigourney — St. Mary’s Altar & Rosary Society will host a salad luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14. The raffle prize is a donated bowtie pattern quilt. Prices for the quilt raffle tickets are one for $1, six for $5 and 12 for $10. Luncheon ticket prices are $8. An express line will be available for those who work.
Victor — St. Bridget Parish will hold a chicken and ham family-style supper Sept. 19 from 3:30-7 p.m. in the church basement. Menu includes fried chicken, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, corn, apple salad, Amana bread, butter, coffee, milk and homemade pie. Donation is $9 for adults, $5 for children 12 and younger and free for children 5 and younger. Carryouts and delivery in Victor are available. The day also will include a country store.
Washington — St. James Church is holding its annual fall festival Sept. 12 at the KC Hall. A meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and includes turkey and ham with homemade dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, salads, rolls, beverages and dessert. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger. For Washington-area delivery, call Marlene Vogel at (319) 653-5173. Takeouts are available. The country store will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and offers baked goods and crafts. Kids’ games are from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A large auction begins at noon and usually runs until 6:30 p.m.