Clinton — Former Iranian hostage and Iowa native Kathryn Koob will speak in the chapel at The Canticle at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21. During the free, public talk, she will focus on nonviolent response and the significance of individual influence in international affairs.
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 Sept. 20. Phil Jones, Ph.D., and Kathleen Staley, Ph.D., will speak on “The Problem of Evil and Suffering.”
Riverside — Leah Darrow, a former contestant on the TV show “America’s Next Top Model” and a former New York fashion model, will speak at St. Mary Church Sunday, Sept 25, at 4:30 p.m. She will discuss her experiences as a model and share how she decided to return to her Catholic faith. More information is at www.leahdarrow.com.
Riverside — Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, founder of Mary’s Meals, will speak Monday, Sept. 26, at St. Mary Church. His presentation is titled, “Thankfully, Charity Begins at Home” with a question-and-answer session from 7-9 p.m.
Davenport — A healing Mass will be celebrated Friday, Sept. 16, at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 10th and Iowa streets. Confessions start at 6 p.m., praise music starts at 6:45 p.m. and Mass begins at 7:15 p.m. All are welcome.
Iowa City — A Mass for vocations and mini-conference will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church from 6:30-9 p.m. on Sept. 27. The celebrant of the Mass will be Father Rudolph Juárez, and concelebrants will be Father Michael Phillips and Father Thomas Hennen, vocations director of the Davenport Diocese. The Mass will be followed by refreshments and a short mini-conference with presentations by Fr. Hennen and Cy Laurent, founder and executive director of the Labouré Society. The topic of the mini-conference will be “Student Debt Crisis Imperils Vocations.”
Bettendorf – A centering support group meets at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. After centering prayer, participants will discuss the book “Taste of Silence.” For more information call Judy at (563) 355-0611.
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. People of any faith are welcome. Registration deadline is Sept. 15. Contact Ruth Skeens at (319) 752-8771 or burlssjohnpaulPA@diodav.org.
Davenport — A “Come and See” Catholic inquiry on the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults will take place Wednesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. starting Sept. 28 at St. Paul the Apostle Church. Anyone interested may call Judi Droll at (563) 322-3665 or Father Mike Spiekermeier at (563) 322-7994.
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 email@example.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.
Clinton — Sustainable Clinton supporters will gather at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, for a potluck at The Canticle. The public is invited to bring a dish that costs no more than $5 to prepare. Bring the recipe and table service. The Canticle will provide beverages. Call (563) 242-7611 in advance, if possible, to attend.
Davenport — Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. is celebrating 21 years of service to the Quad Cities with a jazz brunch at Crow Valley Golf Club on Sunday, Sept. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Three members of the Matt Young Group — a pianist, an upright bassist and a vocalist — will offer entertainment. Cost is $60 per person, with advance reservations required. Please call (563) 326-1330 to make reservations.
Davenport — Cindersella’s Cellar has received a donation of designer clothing and accessories, most with original sales tags, from an estate. Clothing will be available beginning Sept. 24 at 230 W. 35th St. Hours of Cinderella’s Cellar are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All proceeds benefit The Kahl Home for the Aged and Infirm in Davenport.
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.
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. There will be a silent auction, children’s games, pop walk, farmers market, bingo and raffle.
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. 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. 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. 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 the parish office.
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.
Lone Tree – St. Mary Parish’s fall auction will take place Sunday, Sept. 25, at the American Legion. A silent auction will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and the regular auction will follow at 1 p.m. Items include homemade pies, cakes and crafts. Lunch will be served beginning at 11 a.m.
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. A country corner will open Saturday at 4:30 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. A live auction begins Sunday at 12:15 p.m. until the last item is sold. Children’s activities will be 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.
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.
Victor — St. Bridget Parish’s annual chicken and ham supper will take place Sunday, Sept 18, from 3:30-6:30 p.m.