Events calendar

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.”
Iowa City — An Advent study/retreat will take place at St. Patrick Parish on Thursdays through 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 through Dec. 21 at Missipi Brew from 7-9 p.m. The series is designed to stimulate the mind and heart for Advent.
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.
Iowa City — Iowa City Hospice hosts regular support groups and events for those affected by loss and grief. For a listing of events visit
icgriefsupport or call Kara at (319) 688-4218.
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 — The Iowa City Catholic Worker and St. Thomas More Stephen Ministry invite you to a special Blue Christmas Service Dec. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Catholic Worker House, 1414 Sycamore Street. The service will be a quiet reflection of scripture readings and songs of hope and comfort. A potluck dinner will follow.
Iowa City — The Byzantine Catholic Outreach in Iowa’s December liturgy sched­ule is as follows: Dec. 25 — Nativity of our Lord —3:30 p.m. Divine Liturgy; Dec. 26 — Synaxis of the Theotokos — 10 a.m. Divine Liturgy and baptism of Irene Michelina Kemner. All services are at St. Wenceslaus Parish.
Keokuk — An Advent penance service will be celebrated Dec. 18 at Church of All Saints Parish.
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.
Natural Family Planning builds strong families. It is medically safe, morally acceptable, and highly effective. For more information, visit 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,
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.
Coralville — St. Thomas More Parish is hosting a Christmas Cantata concert Dec. 17 at 6 p.m.
Iowa City — St. Patrick Parish will present a Christmas concert Dec. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the church. The concert features Christmas songs from the Regina High School choir, professionals singing songs from Handel’s Messiah, the children’s choir reading and singing the Nativity Story and the adult choir singing A Medley of Carols. A reception will follow in the parish social hall.
Knoxville — The Knoxville Knights of Columbus are hosting a brunch at St. Anthony Parish on Dec. 31 following 10:30 a.m. Mass. A free-will donation will be accepted.
Davenport — Eagles’ Wings is looking for people of faith to join its ministry of personal spiritual growth and healing. Positions include: co-chairman of the board, finance/fund raising, maintenance, and ministry. For more information or to express interest, contact Marcia at (563) 343-1481. Terms are three years and can be held by couples.

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