GriefShare’s Surviving the Holidays seminar can help participants discover how to deal with emotions, what to do about traditions, learn helpful tips for surviving social events and finding hope for the future. The seminar is Dec. 6 from 2-4 p.m. at St. John Vianney Parish, Bettendorf. For more information call (563) 332-7910.
Burlington — Cafe (Catholic Adult Fellowship Evening) will continue Dec. 2 with a presentation about the Knights of Columbus. The event begins at 6:45 p.m. in the Notre Dame cafeteria.
Davenport — On Dec. 6, St. Ambrose University will celebrate its patron saint, St. Ambrose of Milan, with a special Mass and McMullen Awards ceremony and reception. Later in the day, a lecture will be given by Rev. David Voprada on the topic of St. Ambrose and growth in the Christian life. Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. in Christ the King Chapel, followed by the awards at 11:30 a.m. The lecture begins at 4:30 p.m. in the chapel. For more information on the Mass or the McMullen Awards, call (563) 333-6290 or email
Davenport — St. Paul the Apostle Parish is hosting a holiday healing prayer service Dec. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Open to the public.
Davenport — Congregation of the Humility of Mary is hosting its annual Holiday Gift Swap Dec. 3 from 6-8 p.m. at the Humility of Mary Center. Bring a new or gently used item. Leftover items will be donated to the Humility of Mary Housing and Shelter programs.
Davenport — Eagles’ Wings is hosting a mini-retreat day to celebrate the beginning of the Year of Mercy and the Immaculate Conception Dec. 8. The day begins at 9:30 a.m. with adoration continuing throughout the morning until Mass begins at 1 p.m. Quiet prayer and meditations from “The Diary of St. Faustina” as well as Scripture will be shared in the tradition of Collatio, a community form of lectio divina. No registration needed; free-will offering. Bring a sack lunch if staying all day.
Davenport — St. Anthony’s grief support group is offered every Tuesday from 3:30 – 5 p.m. in the old school building behind the church. Each session is stand-alone. For questions contact Dennis at (563) 332-1396.
Davenport — For busy couples who’ve been wanting to learn Natural Family Planning — the new Couple to Couple League Online Self-Paced Course is now available. Learn to chart your fertile and infertile times, know your body and improve your marriage through learning NFP. Courses available when you are. Register at www.ccli.org. For questions or to register for the next on-site class (held at St. Paul the Apostle, Davenport) contact Al and Beth Budelier (563) 324-7040 or elizabethimel@
Iowa City — St. Patrick Parish’s Respect Life Ministry will host a Gifts for Baby Jesus — St. Nicholas Party Dec. 5 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the social hall. Bring a new baby gift for donation to Informed Choices Clinic. Pizza will be served for a free-will donation, and guests can participate in Bingo, fun activities, singing and meeting “St. Nicholas.” Children must be accompanied by a parent or chaperone. RSVP by Dec. 3 to firstname.lastname@example.org or (319) 855-8475.
Iowa City — Mourn the loss of a child Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. in Lower City Park’s warming house (Shelter 8). The candlelight vigil will include words of remembrance, music and a moment of silence. Attendees are invited to leave a candle at the statue in remembrance of children. For more information call Bruce Titus at (319) 936-0745
Wheatland — On Dec. 16, take part in an Advent Taize’ Vigil Service at 6:30 p.m at Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat. David Haas is the special guest artist for the event. Taize’ is an ecumenical movement, drawing Christians of all denominations together in unified and compassionate prayer. Pre-registration encouraged; no cost to attend. To register for either event call (563) 336-8414 or go to
Buffalo — St. Peter Parish is hosting a Cookie Walk Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $10 for a large container of cookies, $7 for a small container.
Davenport — Our Lady of Victory Parish is hosting a Fair Trade Festival Dec. 5-6 in the gathering space. Saturday’s hours are 4-6 p.m. and Sunday the festival will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
DeWitt — St. Joseph Parish is hosting its annual Cookie Walk Dec. 5 from 9-11:30 a.m. in Harness Hall. A variety of Christmas cookies with containers will be available for $5 per pound. Recycled Christmas decor will also be for sale.