Calendar of Events

Our Lady of the Prairie retreats:

Wednesday Nights with Barb: Barb Arland-Fye, editor of The Catholic Messen­ger, will lead online discussions on “Living Lightly on the Earth” Wednesdays during Lent from 7-8:30 p.m. On March 10, Barb will talk with Deacon Dan Freeman of St. Andrew Parish in Blue Grass about how we, as people of faith, form and support those who have a direct impact on creation in terms of farming and other rural activities.

CHM Spirit Days: CHM Spirit Days is a series open to anyone who would like to know more about the Congregation of the Humility of Mary Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. and March 4 at 7 p.m. Register for one or both sessions. The first session will focus on the history, mission and ministries of the sisters. The second session will focus on CHM spirituality, including the Magnificat and humility. There will also be time to learn about religious life today and CHM associates.

There is no cost to participate in these online events. Receive a ZOOM link by sending an email to, calling (563) 336-8414 or registering online at visit

Religious Supply

Fish Fries

Fish fries are on the menu this Lent in the Diocese of Davenport, with some changes due to the coronavirus pandemic. Pick-up and drive-through meals will replace the traditional dine-in meals. Here is a list of fish fries provided to The Catholic Messenger:

• Burlington — Knights of Columbus will host carry-out meals 5-7 p.m. each Friday during Lent from Feb. 19 to March 26 at Ss. Mary & Patrick parish hall. Profits to benefit diocesan seminarians.

• Clinton — The Clinton/Camanche Knights of Columbus will offer carryout only, from Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace parish hall in Clinton. Patrons choose from a limited menu with a choice of fried or baked fish or shrimp. Prices are $10 for fish and $12 for seven pieces of shrimp. No refreshments or desserts are available. Serving time is 4-7 p.m. from Feb. 19 to March 26. When arriving at the parish hall entrance, patrons circle clockwise to place their order and provide payment. Then they drive into the parking lot to have meals delivered to their vehicles.

• Davenport — St. Alphonsus will provide pickup meals 3:30-7 p.m. each Friday from Feb. 19 to March 26. Meals are $10 – cash or check only. The fried fish meal includes fish, French fries, onion rings and coleslaw. The baked meal include fish, baked potato and coleslaw. No substitutes. Enter the parking lot through Birchwood from the south side.

•  Davenport — The Davenport Knights of Columbus Hall hosts Friday night Lenten dinners through Good Friday from 4- 7 p.m. at 1111 W. 35th St. Cost depends on age and meal chosen. Dine-in and carry-out available.

• Knoxville — Knights of Columbus will host curbside pickup 5-6:30 p.m. each Friday during Lent from Feb. 19-March 26 at the hall. Fried or baked cod dinner is $8, shrimp dinner is $10. Sides included. Meals for children under 12 are $5. To place an order for delivery to your car call (641) 842-6249 or (641) 218-4788 upon arrival.

• Mount Pleasant — Two fish fries to benefit the Knights of Columbus Scholarship fund for youths will occur this year. Additional dates may be added, depending on turnout. Meals to go will be available 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 26, March 5 and March 12 at the kitchen door on the north side of Manning Hall. Place orders ahead of time and pay for them at pick up. Patrons may pick up orders directly after Stations of the Cross in Manning Hall. Meal options are fried fish or six shrimp or a kids’ meal of grilled cheese, fish or shrimp. All meals include sides. Cost is $5 for children and $10 for adults. To place an order, call Doug Slobodnik at (319) 931-3629 or Greg Peck at (319) 931-5466. No orders will be taken on site.

• Muscatine — Knights of Columbus Laurent Council 1305 will hold drive through fish fries every Friday during Lent (Feb. 19 to March 26) at Saints Mary and Mathias Catholic School (2407 Cedar St,) from 4:30-7 p.m. Menu is fish or shrimp (may combo), baked beans, baked potato, cole slaw, cookie. Cost is $10 for ages 13 and older, $5 for ages 12 and under.

Social Justic Conversations Series

Catholic Sisters from 24 congregations in four states this March will launch a yearlong, live-streamed conversation series on the leading social justice issues of our time. Each episode is free and open to the public.

Topics include gender equality, care of creation, migration, racial justice, ending human trafficking, eliminating gun violence, economic justice, food security, restorative justice, affordable housing, educational justice and equitable access to health care.

The conversations will be held as a free, public Zoom webinar at 3 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month, beginning March 10. The launch is timed to coincide with Catholic Sisters Week (March 8-14), an annual celebration of women religious created to bring greater focus on their lives and work. For those who want to watch or listen on their own schedule, the recordings of the episodes will be available on YouTube and as a podcast.

For information on how to register to participate in “Exploring Intersections” and a list of monthly topics, go to


Feb. 15- March 29
Online — Father Nicholas Akindele will lead a consecration to St. Joseph online. More information is available at

March 2, 9, 16, 23

Online — A webinar series, “Rural Resiliency: Caring for You and Yours,” will take place on Tuesday evenings in March from 7:30-8:45 p.m. Farm families and those who work with them as consultants or neighbors are encouraged to attend. Local churches or ag businesses are encouraged to host a community site, following COVID-19 protocols, to allow farmers and interested rural associates to come together for group discussion and support. Topics include Farm Stress Resiliency and Grief; Personality Keys When “Married” to Farm Stress; Dealing with the Stresses of Men, Women and Children; and Brain and Behavioral Health “Hacks” to Mitigate Distress. Go to to register. Questions can be directed to Larry Tranel at (563) 583-6496. The event is sponsored by the Iowa State University Extension.

March 5

Online — The Sisters of St. Francis in Clinton are hosting a Living Room Conversation, “Free Speech, Fighting Words and Violence,” from noon to 1:30 p.m. These guided conversations help foster a sense of respect, understanding and even friendship among participants. Each conversation is limited to six people. Register at or email

March 27

Online — The Diocese of Davenport’s Office of Faith Formation is hosting a virtual Lent retreat, Praying the Psalms on the Way of the Cross from 10 a.m. to noon. Come reflect on the Way of the Cross by using the same prayers Jesus used in his life: the Book of Psalms. Computer/tablet/smartphone and Internet access required. Cost to participate is $20; register by March 7 at or contact Rosina Hendrickson or (563) 888-4244 for more info.

Online — St. John Vianney Parish will begin a new Grief Share session from 2-3 p.m. Sessions will take place Sundays through April 25. Thursday sessions will also be available on Feb. 11, 18 and 25. There will not be sessions on Palm Sunday or Easter Sunday. All sessions will be on Zoom. To register or for more information email or call (563) 332-7910. There is no cost to participate. Books are provided.

Online — Many parishes in the Diocese of Davenport offer livestream and video-recorded Masses. For a listing go to or click the links in English or Spanish on

TBA — Al and Beth Budelier will begin a three-part Couple to Couple League Natural Family Planning course Feb. 27. For more information send an email to or call (563) 324-7040.

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