Davenport — “Breaking Generational Curses,” a video presentation by the late Derek Prince, will be shown at Eagles Wings Retreat Center, 5816 Telegraph Road, March 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prince explains the Bible and its teaching from a non-denominational, non-sectarian approach. Bring a sack lunch, Bible and a notebook. Beverages and snacks will be provided. Registration is $15. Please call (563) 324-7263 or e-mail email@example.com for availability.
Davenport — “Praying to St. Jude: The Recent Contours of Urban Catholic Education” is the topic for The Chair of Catholic Studies Lecture on March 29 at St. Ambrose University. Timothy Walch, Ph.D., director of Hoover Library, West Branch, and an author and commentator, will present the lecture at 7 p.m. in the Rogalski Center Ballroom on campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception follows. For more information, contact Father Chuck Adam at (563) 333-6151 or AdamCharlesA@sau.edu.
Iowa City — Father Joseph Van Phung will speak on “Finding God in Persecution and Hardship” at the Newman Catholic Student Center, 104 E. Jefferson St., March 24 from 7:30-9 p.m. A Vietnam native, he is pastor of St. Alphonsus Parish in Mount Pleasant. The free, public event is sponsored by the Journeys in Faith Discussion Group and the Newman Center. If you are a person with a disability and require an accommodation to attend, call (319) 337-3106.
Lone Tree — Ken Fuson will speak on “Compulsive Gambling: A View from the Inside” April 9 at 5 p.m. at St. Mary Church. He worked for 24 years as a reporter for The Des Moines Register. He will discuss his personal descent into gambling addiction and his repeated attempts to overcome it. His goal is to help increase understanding of addiction and offer suggestions on what the state and the casino industry might do to help.
Clinton — The Sisters of St. Francis invite the public to join them at Vespers — evening prayer — on each of the Sundays of Lent beginning at 6 p.m. in the chapel of their home, The Canticle, 841 13th Ave. N., Clinton. The 45-minute services include song, reflection on Scripture readings and praying for conversion of heart.
Clinton — An Introduction to Centering Prayer workshop will be held Saturday, March 26, from 9 a.m. to noon at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1105 LaMetta Wynn Drive. Joan and Bob Timmons of Davenport will present at the free event. Books and materials will be available to purchase. Centering Prayer is a quiet way of deepening a relationship with God beyond words, thoughts and emotions. Reservations are appreciated: call the parish office at (563) 242-3311. For more information or directions, call Martha Hayes at (563) 243-4440.
Iowa City — Men of the Diocese of Davenport are called to a conference on prayer March 26 at St. Patrick Church. Featured guest speaker is Father Francis Hoffman (Father Rocky), executive director of Relevant Radio. The conference opens with Mass at 7 a.m., followed by adoration and the rosary. The first presentation begins at 9 a.m., and the day ends at 3:30 p.m. A light breakfast and sack lunch are included in the $25 registration fee. For more information, call (319) 331-6763 or visit www.stwenc-ic/kc/purementality. php.
Riverside — Christian Experience Weekends (CEWs) will be held at St. Mary Parish in March and April. The women’s weekend is March 25-27; the men’s weekend is April 1-3. Each weekend begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and ends at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. The cost of the weekend is $50; scholarships are available. Registration forms are available in the Catholic churches in Iowa City and Riverside. Erin Nelson, (319) 430-1557, or Julia Neff, (319) 665-9446, can answer questions about the women’s weekend. Craig Slay, (319) 430-3390, or Bill Doucette, (319) 354-9326, can provide more information about the men’s CEW.
Washington — Father Troy Richmond and Father Bill Kneemiller will be hosting a two-part “Life in the Spirit” seminar Saturday, April 2 and 9 at St. James Parish Hall. The seminar will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude with a lunch at 12:45 pm. The theme April 2 is “Preparing our Hearts,” with an emphasis on removing obstacles that keep people from experiencing God’s love. Session two is on the practical request and reception of the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. The fee for each day is $15, which covers the cost of food. Scholarships are available. For more information, call (319) 679-2271.
Blue Grass — St. Andrew Parish’s annual garage sale will take place April 1 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and April 2 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 333 W. Lotte St.
Clinton — The next date of “Peace Soup” – the annual supper and discussion series held on the Wednesdays of Lent — is March 30 at 6 p.m. in St. Boniface Hall, 2520 Pershing Blvd. Michelle Luna, Camanche, will discuss “The Long & Bumpy Road to Citizenship” — her first-hand account of the decades-long, expensive process of securing U.S. citizenship for her husband who immigrated to the U.S. from Latin America. Details on the series are available at www.jcpop.org and at www.clintonfranciscans.com or by calling Prince of Peace Parish at (563) 242-3311 or Sisters of St. Francis, (563) 242-7611.
Clinton — On April 1, the Ashford Student Government Association in Clinton is holding its first Dance-a-thon to benefit the Mount St. Clare Speech and Hearing Center. The 12-hour event starts at 6 p.m. in Kehl Arena and will involve dancing, games, activities, performances and programs. Dancers will be required to be on their feet for 12 hours as a symbol of the hardship people with disabilities face. Students, staff and faculty members have been invited to participate. For more information or to make a pledge, call (563) 242-4023, ext. 7380.
Davenport — St. Anthony Church will have a taco night from 4-7 p.m. on April 9 in the parish hall to support its social justice ministry. Menu includes tacos (chicken or beef), refried beans and Mexican rice. Desserts will be extra. Suggested donation is $5 in advance or $6 at the door. Children ages 5-10 will be admitted for $2. Advance tickets are available by calling Mary or Gary at (563) 391-4668.
Davenport — The April 16 Run for Renewal will benefit the youth programs offered by Project Renewal. This year’s half-mile Kid’s Treat House Trot starts at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K run/walk for kids 10 and older starts at 9 a.m. Both have a start/finish line at Sister Concetta Park at the intersection of Sixth and Warren streets in Davenport. The trot is for youths ages 9 and younger and has no registration fee. Cost for the 5K for an entry postmarked by April 1 is $16. Late and race day registration is $20. For more information call (563) 324-0800 or visit www.projectrenewal.net. Registration also is available at www.getmeregistered.com.
Dodgeville — A fish fry and potluck will take place April 1 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary Parish.
Iowa City — Fish dinners will be served at the KC Family Center, 4776 American Legion Road, from 5-7 p.m. Fridays during Lent except for Good Friday. Entrée choices are red beans and rice for $5, shrimp jambalaya for $6, catfish for $9, fried shrimp for $10 and salmon for $12. There will be weekly non-fish options. Carryouts are available. For more information, call (319) 351-5370.
Mount Pleasant — The annual Spring Smorgasbord, sponsored by the St. Alphonsus Altar & Rosary Society, will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 3 at Manning Hall. Menu includes turkey, meatballs, ham, potatoes and gravy, variety of salads, desserts and beverages. Adults, $8; children ages 4-10, $3.50; ages 3 and younger, free.
Wilton – St. Mary Parish’s family-style ham and turkey dinner will take place April 3 from 1-4 p.m. A country store will feature crafts, grab bags and homemade candies and treats. Cost is $8 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and younger. The public is welcome, and carryouts are available.