Clinton — On each of the Sundays of Advent at 6 p.m. in the chapel of The Canticle, the Sisters of St. Francis will welcome people to Advent vespers — evening prayer. Vespers include Scripture readings of the Advent season, song, reflection and praying together. For more information, call (563) 242-7611.
Coralville – St. Thomas More Parish’s Stephen Ministry invites people who are grieving or dealing with a family crisis to a Blue Christmas service on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 6 p.m. The prayer service will offer a time to reflect on Scripture readings and solemn songs of hope and comfort. The church is located at 3000 12th Ave. For more information, please call Meliza at (319) 210-9233.
Davenport – A healing Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Cathedral Friday, Dec. 16. Confessions begin at 6 p.m., praise music at 6:30 p.m. and Mass at 7:15 p.m. All are welcome.
Iowa City — People meet to pray the rosary and receive Communion at 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Melrose Meadows Retirement Community. All Catholics are welcome.
Melrose — The Knights of Columbus of Albia sponsor a 24-hour adoration the first Friday of the month at St. Patrick Church in Melrose. Mass begins at 8 a.m., followed by 24 hours of adoration, and closes with benediction at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday. For more information or to sign up for an hour, call Tony Humeston at (641) 932-7709.
Oskaloosa – A healing Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Church Friday, Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. There will be confessions before Mass and books in English and Spanish on prayer, healing, deliverance and exorcism. There will be a class the following morning on healing prayer.
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 — Discover the heritage of the Catholic Church with Father Robert Barron, the creator and host of “CATHOLICISM,” a 10-part documentary that explores the global culture of the Catholic Church. The journey covers the lands of the Bible, Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa and more. People may view this documentary at St. Paul the Apostle Parish beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 9:30 a.m. in Denning Hall. To register or get more information, contact John Muenster at (563) 343-1355 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Davenport – Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church and the Diocese of Davenport invite people to the Marriage Encounter Weekend Feb. 17-19, 2012. Married couples of all faiths are welcome to a weekend designed to revitalize, strengthen and enrich marriages. Cost is $95 per couple; financial assistance is available. To sign up and get more information, contact Tracy or Joe Ripslinger at (563) 388-0355 or email@example.com.
Davenport — St. Ambrose University will hold its 2011 Winter Commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the River Center, 136 E. Third St., Davenport. A total of 239 degree candidates includes 153 bachelor’s degree candidates, 57 master’s degree candidates and 29 doctoral degree candidates. Seating is open with no tickets required. Anyone needing special accommodations should call (563) 333-6275. St. Ambrose Professor of Social Work Brenda DuBois will deliver the commencement add-ress.
Davenport – The Sacred Heart Cathedral Choir Ensemble will be presenting a free Advent Concert in the cathedral on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. The concert will include solo, duet and trio performances, as well as choral pieces for Advent and Christmas. A reception will follow. For more information, call (563) 940-3053.
Toronto — St. James Parish will sponsor a community breakfast at the Toronto Fire Station from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 18. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children 12 and younger and free for preschoolers.