Hills — Msgr. Marvin Mottet will celebrate a healing Mass Friday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Church. Confession begins at 6:15 p.m.
Blue Grass — A Centering Prayer Advent retreat will take place at St. Andrew Church, 333 W. Lotte St., Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The retreat is for people with experience in Centering Prayer. The day will also include Lectio Divina, a video and time for solitude. Cost is $15. Bring a lunch. Registration is due Dec. 3. For more information, call (563) 285-7242 or (563) 322-1579.
Buffalo — A cookie walk will take place at St. Peter’s rectory, 406 Fourth St., Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $8 for a large container and $5 for a small container. Attendees may bring a camera to take photos with Santa.
Camanche — Church of the Visitation Parish will hold a fundraising breakfast Sunday, Dec. 5, from 8 a.m. to noon. Cost is $6 per adult, $3 per child age 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger. Menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, potatoes, biscuits and gravy, cinnamon rolls, coffee, milk and juice. Proceeds will help pay for upgrading the heating/air conditioning ventilation system and for sidewalk repair. The church is located at 1028 Middle Road.
Davenport — Our Lady of Victory Church will host a free, contemporary Christian concert by national Catholic recording artist Paul Koleske on Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. He has been featured on EWTN and visited Catholic communities all over the United States to share his faith, including his Marian experience. The concert is open to people of all ages. For more information, visit www.paulkoleske.com.
Davenport — Christmas decorations, holiday gift items and holiday clothing for the family are available at Cinderella Cellar, 230 W. 35th St. The store is open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Proceeds benefit the Kahl Home for the Aged and Infirm. Cinderella Cellar is operated by volunteers from the Catholic Service Board.
Fort Madison — The old-fashioned Christmas/holiday bazaar will be held Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at McAleer Hall. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will consist of potato, chicken noodle and gourmet vegetable soups, as well as hot beef sandwiches and desserts. There will be a raffle, craft booth, baked goods booth and bingo.
Grinnell — More than 100 nativities will be on display Thursday, Dec. 2, from noon to 8 p.m. in the church basement of St. Mary Parish. Also, from 5:30-8 p.m. local choirs will perform, and a live nativity will be on display. Participants may register for four nativities that will be given away at 8 p.m. Titled “No Room at the Inn,” the event is a fundraiser for St. Joseph’s homeless shelter for families in Des Moines, Poweshiek County Food Pantry and the Grinnell Ministerial Association for use with local transient/homeless services. St. Mary Parish and Grinnell Ministerial Association are sponsoring the event.
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. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (319) 341-9097. Carryouts are available.
Iowa City — A Newman Singers Christmas concert will be presented the first weekend of December. The Newman Singers and Orchestra, directed by Joe Mattingly, will perform Friday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 5, 1:30 p.m. at the Newman Catholic Student Center, 104 E. Jefferson St. To order tickets, call (319) 338-8812 or visit the www.newmansingers.com.
Iowa City — On Monday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m., thousands across the nation, as well as in Lower City Park in Iowa City, will gather for a candlelight vigil to mourn the loss of a child. After a few remarks, music and a moment of silence, the attendees are invited to leave a candle at the statue in remembrance of children. Everyone is invited to join at Lower City Park at the indoor warming house (shelter #8). For more information, call Bruce Titus of St. Patrick Parish in Iowa City at (319) 337-6096.