Clinton — Celebrate Advent Vespers at The Canticle with the Sisters of St. Francis, Sundays during Advent at 6 p.m. The 45-minute prayer service will include a reflection, which will focus on Pope Francis’ booklet, “In the Light of Hope.”
Davenport — An Advent Paint like a Saint workshop will be offered Dec. 10 at St. Paul the Apostle Parish from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Participants can make and take one mini three-piece Nativity set, for $12. Supplies and instruction are included. Participants can choose from either the Mary, Jesus, Joseph starter set or the 3 Kings Epiphany set. This is an adult workshop. To register or ask questions contact Jen Brooke at (563) 505-3509 or email davstpauldre@
Iowa City — An Advent study/retreat will take place at St. Patrick Parish on Thursdays from Nov. 30-Dec. 21. Two sessions are available: 9:15-10:30 a.m. or 6:30-7:45 p.m. There is no cost to participate. Contact Sheryl to register at (319) 855-8475.
Muscatine — Theology on Tap’s ADVENT-ageous series will take place on Thursdays Nov. 30-Dec. 21 at Missipi Brew from 7-9 p.m. The series is designed to stimulate the mind and heart for Advent.
Bettendorf — St. John Vianney Parish will hold a one-day session on Surviving the Holidays, as part of the GriefShare programs the parish has been providing as support for those who are grieving. The session is Dec. 3 from 2-4 p.m. in the East Room. Contact the church office at (563) 322-7910 ext. 122 for questions.
Davenport — A “Hospice Help and Supporting Grief” symposium will be held Dec. 15 at Genesis Heart Institute. There is no charge. Registration and breakfast start at 7:30 a.m. The program runs from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Genesis Heart Institute is located in the lower level of the Adler Education Center, 1236 E. Rusholme St.
Davenport — A Grief Support Group at St. Anthony Parish meets every Tuesday 3:30-5 p.m. in the church library. For more information contact Dennis at (563) 332-1396, Ginny at (309) 523-9251, Sue at (563) 381-9050 or the parish secretary at (563) 322-3303.
Davenport – A Healing Mass is celebrated on the fourth Wednesday of every month at St. Mary Parish. A bilingual Mass will be celebrated at 5:15 p.m., followed by adoration and prayers for healing. Confessions will be heard before Mass through Communion.
Davenport – A Healing Mass is celebrated the second Thursday of the month at 1 p.m. at Eagles’ Wings. Adoration is at noon and confessions before Mass.
Iowa City — A candlelight vigil to mourn the loss of a child will take place at Lower City Park’s indoor heated warming house (Shelter 8) on Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. Share the memory of your special child with others who understand. For more information, call Bruce at (319) 936-0745.
Muscatine – A Healing Mass is celebrated the third Thursday of the month at Ss. Mary & Mathias Parish. Confessions begin at 6 p.m., rosary at 6:30 p.m., bilingual Mass at 7 p.m. and ask for prayers for healing following Mass.
Clinton — The Sisters of St. Francis in Clinton, with Eastern Iowa Community Colleges and the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce, are holding a “Getting to Yes” First Friday Fixes peer advisory group. The meeting is Dec. 1 from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the Sisters of St. Francis Administrative offices, 843 13th Ave., N. The group is designed for Clinton-area residents to help resolve conflict issues. RSVP to Lori at (563) 242-7611.
Natural Family Planning builds strong families. It is medically safe, morally acceptable, and highly effective. For more information, visit www.ccli.org and click on “About NFP.” The next class series begins Jan. 14. Contact Al and Beth Budelier with any questions and to register: (563) 324-7040, firstname.lastname@example.org
Davenport — Eagles’ Wings in Davenport is hosting an intro to unbound prayer ministry Nov. 30 from 7-8 p.m. For questions or to register call (563) 324-7263 or email
Wheatland — Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat is offering “Come to the Quiet” Dec. 5 from 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Focus on the writings of Rainer Maria Rilke, who wrote about his love for the mystery of life and his desire to grow in intimacy with the sacred. Fee is $20. To register, call (563) 336-8414 or visit: email@example.com.
Bettendorf —Widows and Widowers from St. John Vianney Parish meet the third Wednesday of each month at noon in the dining room at Bettendorf Hy-Vee, 2900 Devils Glen Rd. Purchase what you want for lunch. This is a time of hospitality.
Buffalo — St. Peter Parish is hosting a cookie walk Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. – noon in the rectory. A large container of cookies costs $10 and a small container costs $7. “Santa” will be available for pictures; bring your own camera.
Clinton — The Sisters of St. Francis will hold a Creche Open House Dec. 17 from 1-3 p.m. at The Canticle. See nativity scenes from many different countries. Refreshments will be served. No cost to attend.
Coralville — St. Thomas More Parish is hosting a Christmas Cantata concert Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. No cost to attend.
Davenport — St. Anthony Parish is hosting its annual Christmas concert on Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. The concert will feature the parish’s adult and children’s choirs, children’s string ensemble and liturgical dance team. Admission is free and a reception will follow.
Davenport — The Sisters of the Humility of Mary are hosting their ninth-annual CHM Holiday Gift Swap Dec. 2 from 2-4 p.m. at the Humility of Mary Center. As a way to reduce, reuse and recycle, everyone is invited to bring new or gently used gift items that are perfect for RE-gifting. Then shop the swap for that perfect gift for one or more people on your list. Leftover items will be donated to Humility of Mary Housing and Shelter programs. Guests will also be invited to enjoy homemade goodies and visit with the sisters.
Davenport — Assumption High School students will present a children’ play, “Ho Ho Ho! The Santa Claus Chronicles,” Dec. 9 and 10 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium. There will also be a workshop for first-through sixth-graders on Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. The $30 fee includes the workshop, lunch, t-shirt and admission to the play. Registration is due by Dec. 1. For more information or questions please contact Mrs. Powers at liz.powers@
DeWitt — St. Joseph Parish is hosting a Christmas Cookie Walk on Dec. 2 from 9-11 a.m. in Harness Hall. Cookies sell for $6 a pound. Containers are provided.