Sep 302009


Bettendorf — A public rosary will be prayed on  Oct. 10, at noon at the southwest corner of Spruce Hills Drive and Middle Road. The purpose is reparation for the sins of the United States. The four mysteries of the rosary will be said, followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet. All are welcome.

Bettendorf — Quad-City  Right to Life will sponsor its 19th annual Life Chain from 2-3 p.m. Oct. 25 on Middle Road at Happy Joe Drive.

Clinton — An Introduction to Centering Prayer workshop will be held Oct. 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the chapel at The Canticle, 831 13th Ave. N. Joan and Bob Timmons of Blue Grass, who have been trained to teach Centering Prayer, will present. Cost is $25, which includes lunch and the book “Open Mind, Open Heart” by Father Thomas Keating. The Canticle would like to have lunch reservations by Oct. 3. Send registrations to Contemplative Outreach, c/o 1306 Caroline Ave., Clinton, IA, 52732. Call (563) 243-4440 for more information.

Houghton — A public square rosary crusade will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday,, Oct. 10, outside St. John Catholic Church in Houghton. All people from throughout the diocese are invited to attend this recitation of the rosary, which commemorates the anniversary of the Blessed Virgin Mary appearing before three children at Fatima in Portugal in 1917. The apparitions began on the 13th day of each month from May to October of that year. For more information about the rosary crusade, call Marilyn Walljasper at (319) 470-6830.

Iowa City — All Catholics are invited to a Mass for priests to be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at St. Mary Catholic Church. Bishop Martin Amos will preside at this Mass, which is being celebrated in response to Pope Benedict XVI’s decree of the Year for Priests. The special year began June 19. St. Mary’s is located at 228 E. Jefferson St.

Iowa City — Johnson County Right to Life will sponsor its 22nd annual Life Chain from 2-3 p.m. Oct. 4 on Dubuque Street from Park Road to Jefferson Street. Life signs will be provided. Water, lawn chairs, umbrellas and strollers are welcome. The event will be held rain or shine.


Bettendorf — The pro-life Women’s Choice Center will hold a volunteer training session Oct. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2711 Happy Joe Drive. Receptionists, data entry clerks, client advocates and general office help are needed. Call Vicki Tyler at (563) 332-0475 to reserve a spot.

Bettendorf — The Davenport Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will meet Oct. 8 at St. John Vianney Parish’s activity center. Registration will take place from 9:30-10 a.m. Meeting topics include truth and myths about health care, presented by Sister Pat Miller, CHM, and an overview of the National Council of Catholic Women’s annual convention. The meeting includes Mass with Bishop Martin Amos. For more information, call Catherine Hurley at (319) 337-3850.

Bettendorf — St. John Vianney Parish will offer an “Understanding Grief Educational Program” from 1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 6, 13, 27 and Nov. 3. There is no meeting Oct. 20. For more information or to RSVP call Nancy McBride, minister of pastoral care, at (563) 355-5766 or Gail Votroubek, Genesis Hospice Bereavement coordinator, at (563) 421-5404.

Fairfield — Jefferson County Right to Life will mark the halfway point of the 40 Days for Life campaign with a talk at 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Fairfield Public Library. Rachel Owen, executive director of Choices Medical Clinic in Iowa City, will speak.

Iowa City — The “Forming Grateful Hearts” mission will take place Oct. 5-7 from 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Mary Church. Father Frank DeSiano will speak. All parishioners are invited. The event is sponsored by the the four Iowa City parishes and supported by the Iowa City Deanery.


Brooklyn — St. Patrick Church will host a bazaar and supper Oct. 11. Menu includes oven-baked steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh coleslaw, green beans, applesauce, homemade wheat roll, pie and drink. Supper will be served from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. Cost is $8 for adults, $4 for children 12 and younger and $1 for  preschoolers. A baked-goods booth, country store/farmer’s market and grab-bag booth for children will open at 2 p.m. A raffle for a $100 cash prize, eight $50 cash prizes and more will take place.

Davenport —  A Theology on Tap event for young adults will take place at Phil & Larry’s Saloon Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. Deacon Dennis Duff will take questions in “Stump the Deacon.”

Iowa City — A fall card party featuring an afternoon of Bridge, Euchre or Hearts will take place Oct. 11 from 1-3 p.m. at St. Mary Parish Hall, 228 E. Jefferson St. Cost is $5. Participants will enjoy a fall dessert and may win a prize. The event is sponsored by Court Craigie No. 94 of the Catholic Daughters of America.

Iowa City — St. Wenceslaus Church, 630 E. Davenport St., will host a fall pork loin dinner Oct. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Menu includes pork loin, mashed potatoes and gravy, dressing, sauerkraut, Czech green beans, applesauce, Kolache, dessserts, Texas Roadhouse rolls and beverages. Cost is $10 for adults and $4 for children ages 4-10. Carryouts are available at the rectory or garage from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The dinner will include musical entertainment.

Muscatine — Ss. Mary & Mathias Parish’s sixth annual Oktoberfest will take place Oct. 4 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Mathias Church. The event will feature food, music, kids’ games and crafts.

Newton — A flea market and craft sale will take place Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the McCann Center. Rolls, soup, sandwiches, pies and beverages will be served. Rummage goods, toys, baked goods, wood items, crafts, jewelry and ceramics will be featured. Admission is free. Sale proceeds go to the Sacred Heart Scholarship Fund.

St. Paul —The 58th annual God’s Acre Sale is Oct. 3-4 at St. James Church. A turkey dinner with all the trimmings will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 4. Baked goods and homemade candies will also be available. The charity auction is Oct. 3 from 7-10:30 p.m. It resumes Oct. 4 at 11:30 a.m. with grain sales. A raffle for a choice of $1,500 worth of Case IH tools or $1,500 cash will take place at 3 p.m. Oct. 4. Tickets cost $2.50 each. Winners need not be present to win. A lunch stand will be open all afternoon and evening and feature turkey and roast beef sandwiches and homemade pies.

West Burlington — Ss. Mary & Patrick Parish’s fall festival will take place Oct. 4 from  11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A roast turkey and pork dinner and homemade pies will be served. Cost is $8 for adults and $3.50 for children. The festival also will feature raffles, kids’ games and a country store. An auction for a reserved parking space will take place at noon.

Wilton — St. Mary Parish and Altar & Rosary Society will host a ham and turkey dinner Oct. 4 from 1-4 p.m. in the parish hall. The event also will include a country store with crafts, grab bags and homemade candies and goodies. Cost is $8 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-12 and free for children 4 and younger. The public is welcome, and carryouts are available.

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