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 — Our Lady of Lourdes Parish will be hosting its annual Fall Festival Sept. 18-19. Saturday night will be an adults only evening from 6-9 p.m. with dinner, music and a performance by Comedy Sportz, all for $15. Sunday will feature a traditional family style festival with kids’ games, food, raffle prizes, bingo and more. One hundred raffle tickets will be for sale at $50 each for a weeklong stay at a Colorado cabin that holds 16 people. For more information, call Colbie Andes at (563) 359-3466, ext. 103.
Centerville — Mercy Medical Center, formerly St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital, is celebrating 100 years. The official celebration will be held on Friday, Sept. 10 beginning at 11 a.m. with Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Centerville, celebrated by Bishop Martin Amos. Following a luncheon for out-of-town guests, the re-dedication ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. on the hospital grounds followed by tours of the hospital with departmental historical displays provided by the employees.
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. There will be music, games and hourly raffles. Cost is $7.50 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 5-12 and free for children younger than 5.
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.
DeWitt — St. Joseph Parish’s fall festival will take place Sept. 19. A beef and pork dinner with homemade salads and more will be served from 3-7 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. Carryouts are available. The event will feature live music from PBJ and Fred. There also will be bingo, a raffle, bake sale, pop walk, farmers’ market, children’s games and a silent auction. A dodgeball tournament will take place Sept. 18 in the school gym. For more information, call (563) 659-3514.
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 — Knights of Columbus will offer dinners from 5-7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month through November at the KC Family Center, 4776 American Legion Road. The Sept. 14 dinner will feature spaghetti and side dishes. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (319) 341-9097.
Mount Pleasant — St. Alphonsus Parish will hold its 13th annual Autumn Festival Sept. 1819. A roast beef dinner with mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw, applesauce, rolls, dessert, tea, lemonade and coffee will be served in Manning Hall on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults, and $4 for children ages 3-10. The Country Corner will run from Saturday at 4:30 p.m. to Sunday at 3 p.m. A silent auction will take place from Saturday at 5 p.m. to Sunday at 3 p.m. A live auction will begin on Sunday at 12:13 p.m. Auction items include a fire pit, vacation to Colorado or Florida, boating party, Green Mountain wood pellet grill, paintball, large rock fountain, golfing at the Riverside Casino or Spirit Hollow and more. There will be a clown Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
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.