Iowa City — The Newman Catholic Student Center is sponsoring a three-part mini-course on “Defending your Faith.” The course will meet from 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Sept. 6, Sept. 13 and Sept. 20. On Sept. 6, Father Thom Hennen will speak on “Faith & Reason.” On Sept. 13, Doug Menietti, Ph.D., will speak on “Is God Necessary?” On Sept. 20, Phil Jones, Ph.D., and Kathleen Staley, Ph.D., will speak on “The Problem of Evil and Suffering.” All are welcome.
Davenport — Bishop Robert Gruss will celebrate Mass for the people of the Diocese of Davenport on Sept. 4 at 3 p.m. in Sacred Heart Cathedral.
Washington — A healing Mass with Msgr. Marvin Mottet, Father Troy Richmond and Father William Kneemiller will be celebrated Friday, Sept. 9, at St. James Church. Confessions start at 6:30 p.m., and Mass begins at 7 p.m. All are welcome.
Burlington — “A Biblical Walk Through Scriptural Roots of the Roman Catholic Mass,” a five-week Bible study, will begin Oct. 2 at St. Paul Church. Catholics and people of any faith interested in learning about the Mass are welcome. Morning and evening sessions will be offered. Registration deadline is Sept. 15. Contact Ruth Skeens at (319) 752-8771 or burlssjohnpaulPA@diodav.org.
Davenport — A Theology on Tap event for young adults will take place in the upper level of Phil & Larry’s Saloon, 4811 N. Brady St., Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. Micah Kiel, a theology professor at St. Ambrose University, will present “Is God a Man? God and Gender in the Bible.”
DeWitt — St. Joseph Parish’s fall festival will take place Sunday, Sept. 18. A beef and pork dinner will be served from 3-7 p.m. Cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. Carryouts are available. There will be a silent auction, children’s games, pop walk, farmers market, bingo and raffle.
DeWitt — St. Joseph Parish’s dodgeball tournament will take place Saturday, Sept. 17, at the school gym. Registration fee is $40, and registration deadline is Sept. 14. Teams may include up to eight members. Contact Jim Sheppard at (563) 659-2990 or email@example.com.
East Pleasant Plain — Ss. Joseph & Cabrini Parish will hold its annual bazaar Sept. 18. Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. A buffet dinner with turkey and pork loin will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 3 to 12 and free for children younger than 3. A large auction starts at 1 p.m. The day also will include a country store with crafts and baked goods, kids’ games, a caramel apple booth, raffle and Larry’s Horse Carriage rides.
Farmington — St. Boniface Parish’s annual fall dinner will take place Sunday, Sept. 18, 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. There will be a cakewalk, bingo, raffle, door prizes, gift baskets, silent auction, bazaar and bake sale.
Oxford Junction — Sacred Heart Parish’s festival will take place Sunday, Sept. 18, beginning with a 10 a.m. polka Mass at the church. A chicken and kolaches dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oxford Junction Legionnaires.
Riverside — St. Mary Parish will hold a Labor Day celebration at 51 St. Mary’s St. Sept. 5. Food will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A smoked Iowa chop dinner will cost $10 in advance or $11 at the door; a chicken breast dinner will cost $9 in advance or $10 at the door, and a hot dog kid’s meal will cost $5 in advance or $6 at the door. Children younger than 5 get a free hot dog meal. Tickets can be bought in advance by leaving a voicemail at (319) 648-4149. Carryouts will be available. A raffle with cash prizes of up to $1,500 will take place. Festivities also include crafts, auction, farmers’ market, bingo, horseshoe toss, kids’ tractor pull and obstacle course. Auction items include autographed Iowa football and basketball items, gourmet meals and more.
Sigourney — A salad luncheon with Viva la Chicken will take place at St. Mary Hall Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $8. An express line will be available for people on their lunch break. Raffle tickets will be sold at the door for a double wedding ring pattern quilt donated by Gini Garrett. Tickets cost $1 for one, $5 for six or $10 for 12. St. Mary’s Sampler cookbooks will be sold at the door for $15.
Solon — St. Mary Parish’s Harvest Festival will take place Sunday, Sept. 25. A pork and chicken dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The day includes a silent auction, country store, children’s games and large raffle prizes. Drawing of raffle prizes will be at 2 p.m. Adult tickets cost $9 in advance or $10 at the door; tickets for children ages 6-12 are $5 in advance or $6 at the door. Children younger than 6 are admitted free.
Washington — St. James Parish’s fall festival will take place Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Knights of Columbus Hall. A turkey and ham dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and free for children younger than 5. For Washington-area delivery, call Marlene Vogel at (319) 653-5173. Carryouts will be available. A country store will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. An auction begins at noon. Youth games will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.