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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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@
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.
Rock Island, Ill. — A session on Matthew’s Gospel will take place at the Benet House Retreat Center, 2200 88th Ave. W. March 20 from 1:30–4 p.m. The afternoon will address when and why the book was written, how Matthew’s perspective is important for Christians today and other topics. Presenter is Micah Kiel, assistant professor of theology at St. Ambrose University in Davenport. Fee is $15. To register call (309) 283-2108 or e-mail email@example.com
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 services will 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.
Davenport — A healing Mass will be celebrated Thursday, March 17, at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral.
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.
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 23 at 6 p.m. in St. Boniface Hall, 2520 Pershing Blvd. For the fifth year, Prince of Peace Parish Pax Christi and the Clinton Franciscan Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking are co-sponsoring the free series, which includes a simple supper of homemade soup and bread followed by a program and discussion. This year the programs center on the topic of migration and the Gospel call to stand with the poor and marginalized and welcome everyone as brother and sister. On March 23, Dick Roberts, Clinton, will facilitate a discussion of “The Roots of Migration” — an analysis of the causes of the current U.S. immigration crisis filmed by Witness for Peace volunteers in the U.S. and Latin America.
Davenport — The musical “Music Man Jr.” will be performed in St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School’s gym March 17 at 1:15 p.m. and March 18 at 1:15 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $3 for adults and free for St. Paul the Apostle students.
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.
Muscatine — Ss. Mary & Mathias Parish will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Father Jason Crossen’s Irish stew dinner March 17 at Gannon Hall from 3-7 p.m. Authentic Irish stew, fresh breads, homemade desserts, Irish beer, lemonade, coffee, hotdogs and chips will be served. Many raffle items will be available. Cost is $7 per adult, $3 for children ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and younger. “To go” orders are available. For tickets, call (563) 554-9539 or visit the parish office at 215 W. Eighth St.
Toronto — St. James Parish is sponsoring a community breakfast at the Toronto Fire Station from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 20 and April 17. Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger. Preschool-age children are admitted free. Menu includes pancakes, French toast, eggs, sausage, ham, hash browns, toast, coffee, milk and orange juice.
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.