Upcoming events

CONFERENCES
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 $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.

EDUCATIONAL
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 Elementary School gym at 6:45 p.m. Oct. 23 as Bishop Martin Amos will speak. The CAFÉ will also take place Oct. 30 as Josh Stevens and Diane Mahoney present “Make a Joyful Noise.”
Davenport – The Biblical Counseling Class will meet Oct. 26 at 9:30 a.m. at Eagles’ Wings. Topics will be, “Caught in the Middle, Children of Divorce” and “What would Jesus think and do?  Understanding the way of Christ.” Cost is $40. To attend, call (563) 324-7263.
Davenport – St. Ambrose University will offer an open house for prospective students and their families on the mornings of Oct. 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 callashilarya@sau.edu, or go to www.sau.edu/visit.

LITURGY/PRAYER
Davenport – A healing Mass will be celebrated Oct. 18 at Sacred Heart Cathe­dral. Confessions start at 6 p.m, praise music at 6:30 p.m and  Mass at 7:15 p.m. All are welcome.
Davenport – A Soaking With A Purpose prayer meeting will be held at Eagles’ Wings on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. The evening includes praise and worship, Scripture meditation and soaking in God’s presence.
MEETINGS
Bettendorf – The pro-life Women’s Choice Center will offer a Mug & Muffin informational meeting for potential volunteers Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call Vicki Tyler at (563) 332-0475 to reserve a spot.  Lunch will be provided.
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.

SOCIALS
Clinton – Partner­ships for Global Pro­gress is the theme for this year’s UN Day celebration Oct. 24, the 68th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations. The public is invited to a ceremony at the flagpole at Fifth Avenue South and River Drive at noon. For more information, see www.clintonfranciscans.com or call The Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking, (563) 242-7611.
Davenport – Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. (HMHI) invites people to its  semi-annual Fresh Start Benefit Oct. 18 and 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the HMHI office and donation center at 3805 Mississippi Ave. This sale offers gently used or new items including house wares, bedding, toys, jewelry, furniture, books, games and clothing. Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. There is a great need for single beds, dressers and sofas.
Davenport – The Kahl Home will hold its annual fall bazaar and bake sale Oct. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 6701 Jersey Ridge Road. The event includes gift ideas and a taco bar. Proceeds benefit the home.
Fort Madison – Holy Trinity Catholic God’s Portion Day will take place the weekend of Oct. 26-27 at the junior/senior high school.  Saturday begins with a fish fry from 5-7 p.m. A live auction begins at 7 p.m., and a spirit booth is open from 6-9 p.m. Sunday’s schedule is: 7-11 a.m. breakfast; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. baked goods room, country store, knick knack room, spirit booth; 8:30 a.m. Mass in the gym; 10 a.m. live auction; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. silent auction; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. spirit booth; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Drive 4 UR School fundraiser; 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. lunch and dinner; 1 p.m. student presentations; 1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Kids’ Zone; 7 p.m. 50/50 raffle drawing. For more information, visit http://holytrinityschools.org/Gods_Portion_Day.php.
LeClaire – Our Lady of the River Parish’s annual Octoberfest will be Oct. 19 beginning with a Polka Mass at 5 p.m. in the church. Lyle Beaver will play the accordion. A German meal will follow in the parish hall. All are welcome to the meal. A free-will offering will be accepted.
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.
Richmond – Holy Trinity Parish’s fall pork loin and beef dinner is Oct. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-10 and free for children younger than 5. The day includes a country store, silent auction, live auction and raffle. Items include an Archer’s $250 gift certificate, handmade coffee table and more. For more information about the raffle and auction items or to donate, call Joyce Mattes at (319) 656-3276 or Karen Brandt at (319) 656-3726.
West Liberty – Assembly 3189 of the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus will be hosting a pork loin meal Oct. 20 at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall from 4:30-6 p.m. Cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children 10 and younger.

WORKSHOPS
Ossian – A women’s leadership training day organized by the National Council of Catholic Women is Oct. 19 at St. Francis DeSales School gym from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Cost is $30. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call Mary Rausch, (563) 534-7593.

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