Iowa City – “Journey to the Heart: A Conference for Catholic Women” is Nov. 2 at St. Patrick Church from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with speakers Father James Kubicki, SJ, Colleen Pasnik of Dubuque and Anne Mallampalli of Pittsburgh. Cost is $20 until Oct. 6, $30 until Oct. 19 and $35 after Oct. 19, half price for teachers and free for religious. To sign up or get more information, visit www.ic-cwc.com or call (319) 354-5303.
Bettendorf – Deacon John Weber will hold a Scripture study on the Parables of Christ on Saturdays from 9-10:30 a.m. beginning Oct. 26 at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. You do not need to pre-register; just come with your Bible. There is no cost for these informal classes. For more information, call (563) 332-7638.
Burlington – The CAFÉ (Catholic Adult Fellowship Evening) will be open in the Notre Dame School cafeteria at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 9 as Jennifer Alongi shares her journey of faith. Child care is provided. Bruce Brockway will speak Oct. 16.
Davenport – People are invited to sign up for the Called & Gifted Program in which individuals discern their spiritual gifts and take a major step in discovering God’s call for their lives. The program will be presented at St. Paul the Apostle School, 1007 E. Rusholme St., on Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 8 to Nov. 5 in the media center. The program is produced by the Catherine of Siena Institute. For questions and registration, contact Tasha Havercamp at (563) 322-7994 or email@example.com, or Steve Barton at (563) 355-7522 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Davenport – St. Ambrose University will offer an open house for prospective students and their families on the mornings of Oct. 7, 14 and 25 and Nov. 2 and 11. Visitors can chat with coaches, professors and staff. The event will include admissions and financial aid information. An optional tour of the Center for Health Sciences Education will be available. For more information, contact Hilary Callas at (563) 333-6002 or email@example.com, or go to www.sau.edu/visit.
Bettendorf – An Understanding Grief Educational Program is taking place at St. John Vianney Church in the Vianney Room on Tuesdays through Nov. 5 from 1-2:30 p.m. Presenter is Gail Votroubek of Genesis Hospice Bereavement. An RSVP is helpful: call Nancy McBride at (563) 355-5766.
Davenport – The Grief Support Group at St. Anthony Parish started a nine-week program on Oct. 1. The group meets on Tuesdays from 3:30–5 p.m. at the school library at the far end of the church parking lot. People of any faith background who are grieving the loss of a loved one are invited. To join or get more information, call Barbara at (309) 756-0133.
Rock Island, Ill. – The annual Women’s Dialogue interfaith meeting will explore: “What does your faith tradition say about the stranger?” at the Tri-City Jewish Center Oct. 7 from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information, call Sister Catherine Cleary, OSB, at (309) 283-2118.
Wheatland – Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat will offer the following events. From Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. to Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. is “You Tended the Garden; Now Pick the Fruit” with Pat Shea, Ph.D. Explore the challenge of living the second half of your life with all its necessary losses without defining the years left by those losses. Learn to reap the fruits of curiosity, flexibility, generativity, contentment and wisdom. Fee: $150. On Oct. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. is “Harvest Come to the Quiet.” Fee: $20. To register: (563) 336-8414 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brooklyn – St. Patrick Parish’s bazaar and supper is Oct. 6. A steak dinner will be served from 3:30–6:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $4 for children 12 and younger, and $1 for preschoolers 4 and younger. For carry-outs, call (641) 522-7715 after 1 p.m. Oct. 6. The day includes a raffle for cash prizes; drawing is at 6 p.m. Booths open at 2 p.m. There will be a baked goods booth, country store and farmers market, and grab bags.
Davenport – The Humility of Mary Shelter, Inc. welcomes supporters to its second annual Night at the Shelter SleepOut Oct. 4-5 at Modern Woodmen Park. The event aims to increase awareness about homelessness and raise funds for the shelter. Activities include live music, a performance by Comedy Sportz, games, food, poverty simulation and an outdoor movie. Admission is $10. Visit www.humilityofmaryshelter.com to register.
Iowa City – St. Wenceslaus Parish’s fall turkey dinner is Oct. 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $4 for children ages 4-10 and free for children under 4. Take-outs are available from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Ron Johnson and Jill VanDorpe will provide music. Kolaches will be sold.
Iowa City — St. Patrick Church will host its blessing of the animals Oct. 5 at 9:30 a.m. in the north parking lot (4330 St. Patrick Drive). There will be treats for animals and humans. Please have your animal on a leash or in a cage.
Lost Nation – Melvin and Irene Duwa will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary with an open house Oct. 12 from 4-7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Lovilia – St. Peter Parish welcomes people to its fall dinner and auction Oct. 13. Dinner of roast beef or ham is served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 4 to 12. To place carry-out orders, call (641) 946-7337 on Oct. 12 or on Oct. 13 from 8 a.m. to noon. Live auction is at 1 p.m. The day also includes a silent auction, country market, games and a raffle for $1,000 in cash prizes. For more information or to purchase raffle tickets, email email@example.com.
Muscatine – Ss. Mary & Mathias Parish will show the film “Science Tests Faith” on Oct. 17 from 6:30-9 p.m. at the church at 215 W. Eighth St. The film asks, “Can miracles stand up to the test of science?” It will discuss a stigmatist, a consecrated Communion host and a weeping statue of Jesus. For a video preview, visit www.sciencetestsfaith.com/st-mary-52761.
Wellman — St. Joseph Parish invites people to its annual fall dinner Oct. 6 with grilled pork loin and turkey from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Carryouts are available: call (319) 646-2244 after 9:30 a.m. the day of the dinner. The event includes a country store selling homemade noodles and more, a raffle for a quilt and many other items, and an auction that begins at 1:45 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-10 and free for children ages 5 and younger. A new stairway chair lift is in the vestibule, and street level entry is at the west tunnel of the church hall.
West Burlington – Ss. Mary & Patrick Parish’s fall festival is Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A pork and turkey dinner with homemade pies costs $8.25 for adults and $3.50 for children. Day includes a country store, children’s games, raffle for cash prizes and a raffle for a homemade quilt.
Wilton – St. Mary Parish’s fall ham and turkey dinner is Oct. 6 from noon to 3 p.m. at the parish hall. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5-12, and free for children 4 and younger. Carry-outs are available. The event includes a country store, crafts, grab bags and homemade treats.