Sep 102015

Bettendorf — St. John Vianney Parish is offering a GriefShare Ministry Sundays from 2-4 p.m. in the Health Ministry area in the lower level of the church. The group will meet each Sunday except Sept. 27 through Nov. 22. Materials are provided; no fee is charged. Call (563) 332-7910, x122 to register.
Coralville — St. Thomas More is hosting theologian and author Megan McKenna for a series of lectures Oct. 3 -4. Senior high retreat will take place Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. She will present an all-ages presentation on the transfiguration Oct. 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. More details will be given in future issues of The Catholic Messenger.
Davenport — St. Paul the Apostle Parish is hosting a grief ministry for those enduring any type of hurt. The group meets on Thursdays at 6 p.m. in McEleney Hall. Sessions began Sept. 10 and run for 10 weeks. The first four weeks are open, after that the group will become closed to new people until a new 10 week session begins. This group will be slightly different than the last, featuring more hands-on therapeutic activities. For more information contact Judi Droll at (563) 322-3665 or (563) 340-6196.
Davenport — St. Paul the Apostle Parish is hosting a 24 part study on the Bible Timeline starting Sept. 14. Participants can attend Mondays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. or 6:30-8:30 p.m. Study set is $40; make payment at the first class. Register online at, after Masses or by calling the parish office at (563) 322-7994.
Davenport — A Healing Mass will take place Sept. 18 at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Praise music and confession at 6:30 p.m., Mass at 7 p.m.
Grinnell — St. Mary Parish is hosting its next event in a series of programs about Laudato Si and climate change Sept. 12 at 1:30 p.m. in the basement hall. This event, open to all but created especially for farmers and those in agriculture, is entitled, “Iowa Agricul-ture, Climate Change and Caring.” The presenter is Jerry Hatfield, laboratory director and supervisory plant physiologist at the National Laboratory for Agri­culture and the Environ­ment at Iowa State University.
Iowa City — Steve Markel, founder of Families of Character, will be speaking at St. Patrick Church in Iowa City on Oct 8. at 7 p.m. This is a change from the previously scheduled date. More details about this event will be published in a future issue of The Catholic Messenger.
Keokuk — Persons interested in or wanting to learn more about the possibility of All Saints Parish hosting a 25-session Great Adventure Bible Study based on Bible scholar Jeff Cavins’ model can attend an informational meeting at St. Vincent School Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Davenport — A retreat, Refresh, Renew, Dedicate and Commit, will take place Sept. 29, 30 and Oct. 1 at St. Alphonsus Parish from 6:30-8:30 p.m. nightly. Marcia Moore, Marilyn Riley and Cyndi Jarvis from  Eagles’ Wings are among the retreat leaders. Free will donation. RSVP desired but not required; call Laura Patton at (563) 940-1873.
Wheatland — Our Lady of the Prairie is hosting a women’s retreat from 5 p.m. Sept 25 to 10 a.m. Sept. 27. Retreat participants will explore God’s love with Sr. Sandra Weinke, SSND. Cost is $100. Knit One, Pray Too will take place Sept. 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; fee is $20 and includes lunch. To register for either event contact: (563) 336-8414 or
Bettendorf — Our Lady of Lourdes Parish is hosting Oktoberfest Sept. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the parish. Enjoy a Bier Stube German buffet-style luncheon for $10; children 5 and under eat free. Alcoholic beverages sold separately. Traditional German music, kids’ activities, bingo, a raffle and potluck. Desserts also available. RSVP by calling (563) 359-0345 or online at
Davenport — Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. is hosting a New Orleans Jazz Brunch, featuring the music of the Margaret Murphy-Webb Quartet, Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Crow Valley Golf Club. The event is an annual fundraiser for Humility of Mary Housing, Inc. Tickets to the brunch and performance available at the office of Humility of Mary Housing, Inc., are $75 per person. For more information, call (563) 326-1330.
Davenport — The Hispanic community at St. Mary Parish is hosting a parish festival Sept. 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be authentic, homemade Mexican food and drinks. All proceeds go to benefit the parish.
East Pleasant Plain — Ss. Joseph & Cabrini Parish is hosting its annual bazaar Sept 20. Mass begins at 9:30 a.m., with a chicken and pork loin buffet dinner to follow from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $9 for adults and $3.50 for children 3 to 12 years old. Auction begins at 1 p.m. Festivities include kids’ games, a caramel apple booth, silent auction, carriage rides, bingo and a raffle.
Iowa City — St. Wenceslaus Parish is hosting its Fall Dinner Oct. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Menu will include turkey and all the trimmings plus kolaches. Carry-out available until 5 p.m. dinner tickets are $10 for adults, $4 for children ages 4 -10 and free for children under 4 years old. Raffle tickets for a $500 gift card and for a quilt are available for purchase after all weekend Masses or by contacting Margaret Post (319) 354-0585 or Catherine Sloan (319) 338-6370. Tickets will be on sale the day of the Dinner as well. Drawings will be held at 3 p.m.; need not be present to win. Please visit the parish website for menu and pictures of the quilt for raffle at
Mechanicsville — St. Mary Parish is hosting an ice cream social and country store Sept. 20 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the church hall. Maid rites and hot dog meals will be served for $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-10 and free for ages 3 and under. Craft items, quilts, baked goods, vegetables and more will be available from the country store.
Oxford Junction — Sacred Heart Parish is hosting a fall festival Sept 20. A polka Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. A deep-fried chicken dinner with kolaches, sides and dessert will be served from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Legionnaire Ballroom at Wapsi Park. Cost is $11 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 10. Children ages 4 and under eat free. The event will also include a raffle, bake sale, silent auction, games and more.
Washington — St. James Parish is hosting its fall festival Sept. 13 at the KC Hall. A turkey and ham dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p..m.; adults eat for $10, chidlren ages 6-12 eat for $5 and children ages 5 and under eat free. Delivery available; contact Bob Redlinger
at (319) 653-3506. Country store 9 a.m. – 1p.m., auction at noon.
Wilton — St. Mary’s Fall Dinner will take place Oct. 4 from noon to 3 p.m. at the parish. Ham and turkey dinner is $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-10 years old, children 4 years old and younger eat free. Country store and crafts, grab bags and home-made treats are among the festivities.
Bettendorf — The Women’s Choice Center is seeking volunteers to help familes and babies in need. Persons interested in learning more on helping the pro-life mission of the center may attend a Mug and Muffin informational meeting Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to noon. Call Kathy at (563) 332-0475 to reserve a spot.

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