Iowa City — The Newman Catholic Student Center is sponsoring a mini-course on “Defending your Faith.” The course will meet from 6:30-8 p.m. on Tuesdays, Sept. 13 and Sept. 20. 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.
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.
Wheatland — “Care Giving: Feelings, Faith and Facts” will take place at Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat Wednesday, Sept. 21, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fee is $15, which includes lunch. For further information or to make reservations, call (563) 336-8414, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.chmiowa.org.
Bettendorf — Our Lady of Lourdes will host an adults only evening Sept. 24 from 6-9 p.m. A catered Italian dinner and drinks will be served. There will be a show by Comedy Sportz. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (563) 359-3466 or email colbiea@ gmail.com.
Bettendorf — Our Lady of Lourdes will host its annual parish/community festival Sept. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Food, beer tent, inflatable games, raffles, bingo and more will be on site.
Davenport — Taste of Sacred Heart will be held on Sunday, Sept. 25, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Admission is free. Tickets for food and games may be purchased at the event. American, Viet-namese, Chinese, Mexican, Italian and Slavic dishes will be offered, as well as a variety of desserts and drinks. Children’s activities will begin at 11:30 a.m., and there will be pony rides from noon to 2 p.m. Musical entertainment will be presented throughout the festival. A raffle drawing will be held at 3 p.m. For more information, call (563) 324-3257.
Davenport — All boys and girls in grades two to eight are invited to participate in the local level of competition for the 2011 Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge. The local competition will be held Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Davenport Soccer Fields near Eldridge. For more information contact Bob Hammill at (563) 391-8840.
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.
Grinnell — St. Mary Parish will host its Fall Festival on Sunday, Sept. 25. The festival will feature a pork chop dinner and dessert, which will be served from noon to 3 p.m. Carry-out is available. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 12 and younger. There will be also be a live auction, raffles, bingo, St. Mary’s Café Country Store, inflatable rides and a hayride. Tickets are available at Danish Maid Bakery, Total Choice Shipping and the parish office.
Iowa City — Knights of Columbus Council 842 will hold a pancake and sausage breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 11 at the KC Family Center, 4776 American Legion Road. Freewill donations will go toward flags for the council to display on Memorial Day at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Iowa City. Wind storms damaged flags displayed there the past two Memorial Days. For more information, call Jean Harney at (319) 351-1954.
Knoxville — St. Anthony Parish’s Heritage Festival will take place Saturday, Sept. 17 from 4:40-10 p.m. A smoked pork dinner will be served. The event also includes free inflatable kids’ rides, games, a live auction and a silent auction beginning at 6:30 p.m. Raffle tickets will be sold for prizes of $500, $300 and $200.
Mechanicsville — St. Mary Parish’s annual ice cream social, country store and quilt raffle will take place Sept. 18 from 4-6:30 p.m. in the parish hall. Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 4-12 and free for children 3 and younger.
Mount Pleasant — St. Alphonsus Parish will hold its Autumn Festival the weekend of Sept. 17-18. Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. only. A country corner will be open from Saturday at 4:30 p.m. through Sunday at 3 p.m. A silent auction will run from Saturday at 5 p.m. through Sunday at 3 p.m. Dinner will be served Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Manning Hall. Cost is $8 for people ages 11 and older, $5 for children ages 6-10, and free for children 5 and younger. A live auction begins Sunday at 12:15 p.m. until the last item is sold. Day care, balloon animals, a clown and face painting will be available for children from noon to 4 p.m.
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.
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 for 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.
Victor — St. Bridget Parish’s annual chicken and ham supper will take place Sunday, Sept 18, from 3:30-6:30 p.m.
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.
Davenport — The first in a series of healing ministry workshops will be held Sept. 17 at Eagles’ Wings Retreat Center, 5816 Telegraph Road. Registration is $90. Bring a sack lunch. Send registration to Eagles’ Wings, PO Box 4804, Davenport, IA 52808. Call (563) 324-7263 or email Marcia@eagleswings.ws to attend or get more information.