Upcoming events

CONFERENCES
West Des Moines — “Faith for the Journey,” the first Iowa Catholic Men’s Conference, will be held March 23 at Dowling Catholic High School. The bilingual event will include speakers, breakout sessions, music,  adoration, the sacrament of reconciliation, and Mass. Keynote speakers are Deacon Ralph Poyo, Jon Leonetti and Hector Molina. Cost is $25 for adults and $15 for high school juniors/seniors and college students. Visit www.iowacatholicmensconference.com to register.
EDUCATIONAL
Hiawatha — Massimo Faggioli, theology professor at St. Thomas University, will speak on “Liturgical Reform: The Crucial Impact and Legacy of Vatican II”  at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church Feb. 24 at 2 p.m.
Iowa City – Thomas Eckerman, a Newman Center Scholar, will present two seminars about music, faith and their healing ministries on March 3 and 10 at noon at the Newman Catholic Student Center. Part 1 is “The Expedition:  The trials and tribulations of one man’s 10 year journey of faith in the arts.” Part 2 is “The Collaboration: Experience the healing powers of music and faith.”
MEETINGS
Iowa City — The Diocese of Davenport’s Justice and Peace Advocacy Team will meet Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 5:30 p.m. in the lower level of St. Patrick Church. All are welcome. For more information, call the diocesan social action office at (563) 324-1911.
LITURGY/PRAYER
Clinton – All are welcome to vespers at The Canticle with the Sisters of St. Francis at 6 p.m. on Sundays from Feb. 17 to March 24. Reflections during the 45-minute prayer services will focus on places where Ss. Francis and Clare found God.
Davenport —  A healing Mass is Feb. 14 at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Confessions start at 6 p.m., praise music at 6:30 p.m., and Mass at 7:15 p.m.
Davenport – A pro-life Mass will be celebrated Feb. 17 at 7 a.m. at St. Anthony Church.
Davenport – Holy hour for life, marriage and religious liberty will be held from 9-10 p.m. in the Sacred Heart Cathedral adoration chapel.
Iowa City — St. Patrick Church’s Liturgy Commission will present “We Were There,” a dramatic modern portrayal of Pope John Paul II’s Way of the Cross, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. Each station focuses on a Scriptural person who delivers a monologue accepting or rejecting Christ. The assembly participates in prayer and sings “Were You There?” with the choir. This hour-long service is free and open to the public.
Iowa City — Johnson County Right to Life’s spring 40 Days for Life campaign began Feb. 13. To schedule a time to pray outside the Emma Goldman Clinic, visit www.40daysforlife.com/iowacity.
RETREATS
Davenport – The Christian Service Committee of Our Lady of Victory Parish is sponsoring an ecumenical renewal day, “Blessed Are the Hands That Give,” on Feb. 23 for adults with developmental disabilities, their families and friends. This event is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the parish center. The day includes talks, discussions and crafts. For more information, call (563) 210-3470.
Wheatland — Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat will hold the following events.  On  Feb. 19 is “Lenten Come to the Quiet” from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fee: $20. On March 1-2, Friday 7 p.m. to Saturday 3 p.m. is “What is Pilgrimage?” with Pastor Dianne Prichard of Community Church of Toronto. Develop a greater sensitivity to God’s presence, learn basic Spiritual disciplines, and experience ways to read Scripture. To register, call (563) 336-8414 or email olpretreat@gmail.com.
SOCIALS
Clinton —  Peace Soup, a series offering community and discussion, will take place at St. Boniface Hall on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. from Feb. 19 to March 19. A meal of soup and bread will precede a presentation on the theme of “Faith’s Response to Violence.” The Feb. 19 event will include a panel of community professionals speaking on violence in Clinton.
Clinton – Knights of Columbus will hold fish fries at St. Boniface Hall on Fridays from Feb. 15 to March 22 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Cost for fried or baked fish is $8 for adults, $4 for children younger than 12, and free for children three and younger. Cost for seven jumbo shrimp is $9.
Davenport – St. Alphonsus Parish will hold Lenten fish fries Feb. 15 and 22 and March 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 4-7 p.m. Cost is $9 for adults and $3 for children. Desserts cost $1.
Grinnell – Knights of Columbus will hold fish fries in St. Mary’s religious education center on Fridays from Feb. 15 to March 22 from 5-7 p.m. Menu includes fish, potatoes, and macaroni and cheese. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-14 and free for children 4 and younger.
Iowa City — St. Mary Parish’s Knights of Columbus will hold Lenten fish fries at the KC Family Center on Fridays through March 22 from 5-7 p.m.  Catfish, shrimp and salmon dinners are $10 each; extra fish or shrimp is $3. Shrimp and catfish baskets are available for $8. Cheese pizza meals are $4.  After dinner, Euchre tournaments will take place for $5 per person.  For more information, call (319) 341-9097 or e-mail kofc842@gmail.com.
Oxford — Knights of Columbus fish suppers will take place Feb. 22 and March 15 at St. Mary Hall from 5-8 p.m. Cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children 12 and younger.
Rock Island, Ill. – The Diocese of Davenport’s Catholic Young Adult Network welcomes young adults to a service day on Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Quad Cities. Volunteers will help River Bend Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry set up at Second Baptist Church and deliver groceries from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. To RSVP or get more information, email davenportcyan@gmail.com.
West Liberty — St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus will hold fish fries Feb. 22, March 8 and 22 from 5-7:30 p.m. in St. Joseph’s Parish Life Center. Cost is $9.50 for adults and $4.50 for people younger than 13.
Wilton – St. Mary Church will host the Wartburg College St. Elizabeth Chorale, conducted by Jane Andrews, for a free concert Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.  All are welcome.
RALLIES
Des Moines — The Rally for Life will take place Feb. 18 at the Iowa State Capitol.  A short legislative workshop is at 1 p.m. in Room 102 at the Capitol, followed by time for lobbying. The keynote speaker in the rotunda at 3 p.m. will be Dan McConchie from Americans United for Life. The rally is sponsored by many pro-life groups, including the Iowa Catholic Conference.

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