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 share how she decided to return to her Catholic faith.
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.
Fairfield – Jefferson County Right to Life will be taking part in the 40 Days for Life Campaign from Sept. 28 to Nov. 6. Supporters will meet at First National Bank in the basement community room on weekdays from noon to 1 p.m. for silent prayer to end abortion. A kickoff event will take place on Monday, Sept. 26 from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Fairfield Public Library. Participants will view the video “Changing Sides,” the story of Abby Johnson’s switch from Planned Parenthood to the pro-life side. A Life Chain will take place Sunday, Oct. 2, from 2-3 p.m. along Burlington Avenue downtown. For more information, call Karen Crossland at (641) 472-9452 or (641) 919-9037.
Iowa City — A Mass for vocations and mini-conference will be at St. Patrick Catholic Church from 6:30-9 p.m. Sept. 27. Mass will be followed by the mini-conference on “Student Debt Crisis Imperils Vocations.”
Bettendorf – A centering prayer 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.
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.
Fort Madison – KDME Divine Mercy Radio is welcoming the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, to an event from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, in McAleer Hall. The morning session will be Sanctification of Time. The afternoon session will focus on growth in virtue and vocations to religious life. The sacrament of reconciliation will be at 11:30 a.m. at Ss. Mary & Joseph Church in Fort Madison. Mass will be celebrated at 4:30 p.m. A free-will offering will be collected. Lunch will be offered for all pre-registrants for $5. To sign up, contact Carol Janosik at (319) 372-7809 or cjanosikiowatelecom.net.
Moline, Ill. – The Blessed John XXIII Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order will hold a social evening of Italian treats, information and prayer on Monday, Oct. 3. The open house will take place at the Deere-Wyman House, 817 11th Ave. Doors open at 7 p.m. A Transitus prayer service begins at 8 p.m. For more information, call Kent at (563) 264-0120 or visit http://blessedjohnxxiiisfo.blogspot.com.
Wheatland — Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat at 2664 145th Ave. will hold an open house recognizing the retreat ministry of Director Sister Joann Kuebrich, staff and volunteers, on Sunday, Oct. 9, from 3–5 p.m. For more information, call (563) 336-8414.
Wheatland – “Knit One, Pray Too,” a day of knitting, fellowship and prayer, will take place Monday, Oct. 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat. Cost is $15, which includes lunch. To register, call (563) 336-8414 or email firstname.lastname@example.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.
Davenport – St. Anthony Parish will hold its first holiday bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 9, from 1-5 p.m. Baked goods, gifts, hand-made crafts and St. Anthony cookbooks will be available. For more information, call Mary Beth at (563) 391-4668.
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. Call (563) 326-1330 to make a required reservation.
Davenport — Cindersella’s Cellar has received a donation of designer clothing and accessories, most with original sales tags. Clothing will be available beginning Sept. 24 at 230 W. 35th St. Hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit The Kahl Home for the Aged and Infirm.
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. There will be various ethnic dishes, children’s games, musical entertainment and a raffle.
Grinnell — St. Mary Parish will host its Fall Festival on Sunday, Sept. 25. A pork chop dinner will be served from noon to 3 p.m. There will 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.
Houghton – St. John’s Harvest Festival will take place Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Knights of Columbus Hall. A roast beef dinner will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Carryouts will be available. A bake sale and crafts will be in the Houghton fire station. An auction will take place at 11:30 a.m., and a raffle will be at 3 p.m. Raffle tickets cost $50 for cash prizes up to $8,000 or a $10,000 vacation. Tickets are available at Chem Gro, Jet Gas, Pilot Grove Savings Bank and Paulette’s Hair Salon.
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.
Melrose – St. Patrick Parish’s fall dinner and auction will take place Sept. 25. Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m.; a ham and roast beef dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and an auction begins at 1 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-11 and free for children 4 and younger. A raffle will offer prizes worth up to $500.
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.
West Burlington – Ss. Mary & Patrick Parish will hold its fall festival Sunday, Oct. 2, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will include a pork and turkey dinner and country store with crafts and bakery goods. Raffles for a quilt and prizes up to $300 will take place. Necklaces made by Joan Wail will be for sale; proceeds support Santa Rosa de Lima Parish in Lurin, Peru.
Wellman — St. Joseph Parish’s annual fall pork loin and turkey dinner will be Sunday, Oct. 2, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A country store will feature homemade noodles and kolaches. A live auction begins at 1:45 p.m.
Wilton – St. Mary Parish’s fall dinner will take place Sunday, Oct. 2, at the parish hall, from 1-4 p.m. A ham and turkey dinner will be served; carryouts are available. A country store will offer crafts, grab bags and homemade treats. Cost is $8 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-12, and free for children 4 and younger.