Clinton — The Sisters of St. Francis invite the public to join them at Vespers — evening prayer — on each of the Sundays of Advent beginning at 6 p.m. in the chapel of The Canticle, their home in Clinton. For more information, call (563) 242-7611. Advent Vespers last about 45 minutes. Parking is available in front of The Canticle. Directions to The Canticle are online at www.clintonfranciscans.com.
Hills — Msgr. Marvin Mottet will celebrate a healing Mass Friday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Church. Confessions begin at 6:15 p.m.
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.
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.
Davenport — All are welcome to attend an Advent reflection day “Mary, Sign of our Vocation” on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Humility of Mary Center, 820 West Central Park Ave. Non-CHM members will be asked to pay $5 to cover lunch. Register with Roxanne by Nov. 29 by calling (563) 323-9466.
Davenport — Our Lady of Victory Parish, sponsored by the Diocese of Davenport, invites people to “save the date” for the 2011 Marriage Encounter Weekend. It will be held Friday, Feb. 18, through Sunday, Feb. 20, at the church. It’s a gift married couples can give themselves to revitalize, strengthen and enrich their marriage. The cost is $95 for couples (financial assistance is available) and is open to couples of all faiths. Contact Tracy or Joe Ripslinger at (563) 388-0355 or email@example.com for information regarding the weekend or to have an application mailed to you.
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 — The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train is returning to the Quad Cities on Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. This year, people are invited to gather near Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport beginning at noon and enjoy the special local music talents, hot chocolate, cookies and many activities for children and adults. Admission is a financial donation or a can of food. All donations will go to support hunger-relief programs, including 26 food pantries and three meal sites, through Churches United of the Quad City Area.
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.
Davenport — All are welcome to attend the second Holiday Movie and Gift Swap presented by the Congregation of the Humility of Mary (CHM) on Dec. 7 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Humility of Mary Center, 820 West Central Park Ave., Davenport. The event is free. A holiday movie will be shown at 7 p.m. “The Story of Stuff” is a provocative tour of our consumer-driven culture. To reduce, reuse and recycle, everyone is invited to bring new or gently used items for the gift swap that are currently gathering dust on a closet shelf. Leftover items will be donated to Humility of Mary Housing and Shelter Programs.
Fairfield – Lynn Cooper, a Catholic contemporary singer and songwriter, will present a concert Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 3100 W. Madison Ave. Freewill offerings will be accepted. CDs will be for sale, and refreshments will be served.
Fairfield — St. Mary Parish is hosting a nativity tea Dec. 12 from 2:30-4 p.m. in the church hall. The event is a free, Advent, family activity. For parishioners wishing to display a nativity scene, the hall will be open Dec. 10 from 5-7 p.m. and Dec. 11 from noon to 6 p.m. Treats can be dropped off in the kitchen during those times or on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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 — St. Wenceslaus Church will hold its annual holiday bazaar and bake sale at the church, 630 E. Davenport St., Dec. 11 from 8 a.m. to noon and after 4 p.m. Mass and on Dec. 12 from 8 a.m. to noon. Freshly made kolaches, cinnamon rolls and other baked goods will be for sale. There also will be a country store, crafts and attic treasures. Scrip will be available to purchase, and complimentary coffee will be 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.