Upcoming Events


Bettendorf – Our Lady of Lourdes Parish is offering two programs to help people grow in their spiritual life. The first program is Oremus: A Catholic Guide to Prayer on Thursdays at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. beginning March 6. The second program is Living the Discerning Life, Saturdays at 9 a.m. beginning March 1 and Tuesdays at 7 p.m. beginning March 4. A DVD presentation will cover St. Ignatius’ 14 rules for discernment. More information is at www.lourdescatholic.
Bettendorf – People are welcome to a Life in the Spirit Seminar over seven Thursdays, Feb. 27 to April 10, from 7-9 p.m. at St. John Vianney Catholic Chur­ch. Release the power and gifts of the Holy Spirit given in baptism. The seminar consists of presentations, small group sharing, prayer and music. For more information, email Circle OfLovePrayerGroup@
Burlington – A Theology on Tap event for Catholics in their 20s and 30s will take place March 6 from 5:15-6:15 p.m. at Big Muddy’s restaurant. Father Marty Goetz will speak on “How do I find God in my everyday life?” For more information, call (319) 572-0302 or visit www.renewTOT.org.
Burlington – The CAFÉ (Catholic Adult Fellowship Evening) will be open in the Notre Dame School cafeteria at 6:45 p.m. March 19 for “Catholic Witness to Muslims” by Tony Kanaan. A Catholic born in Lebanon, he will discuss the Blessed Mother as a bridge between Catholics and Muslims.
Davenport – John Haught, Ph.D., will deliver the lecture, “What is Really Going on in the Cosmos and What Should We Be Doing About It?” on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at the Rogalski Center at St. Ambrose University. Distinguished research professor in theology at Georgetown University, he will examine the role of faith in science as people seek to understand human identity, vocation and happiness. This Chair of Catholic Studies Lec­ture is free and open to the public.
Davenport — Monsignor Francesco Braschi, a scholar from Milan, Italy, will deliver a lecture at St. Ambrose University March 4 at 7 p.m. ‘“From the Tribunal to the Altar:’ Ambrose of Milan’s election in late fourth-century Church in Milan” will take place in the Rogalski Center and is free and open to the public.
Davenport – Journalist and author Cokie Roberts will visit St. Ambrose Univer­sity’s Christ the King Chapel March 28 from 10-11:30 a.m. She will speak about founding mothers and courageous Sisters in the history of the United States. Her free presentation is part of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in the United States.

Davenport — Eagles’ Wings will host a Soaking With a Purpose prayer meeting Feb. 28 from 7-9 p.m.
Des Moines County – An Introduction to Centering Prayer will take place at churches in Burlington, Dodge­ville and West Burlington during Lent. Ruth Skeens will facilitate. Schedule follows: March 8, 3:45 p.m., St. John Church, Burl­ington; March 16, 9 a.m., St. Paul Church, Burlington; March 23, 8:45 a.m., St. John Church, Burlington; March 30, 9:30 a.m., Ss. Mary & Patrick Church, West Burling­ton; April 6, 9 a.m., St. Mary Church, Dodge­ville; April 6, 10:15 a.m., St. Paul Church, Burlington; April 12, 4:15 p.m., Ss. Mary & Patrick Church, West Burlington.

Henry, Ill. – Rachel’s Vineyard, a retreat for women and men struggling with the psychological and spiritual pain of abortion, will be held March 14-16. The weekend retreat is designed to offer a confidential setting that fosters the opportunity to heal. Cost is $140 for room, meals and retreat materials. For more information or to register, call (309) 264-1489 or the Diocese of Peoria, Ill., office of family life at (309) 671-1550. For information on symptoms of post-abortion trauma visit www.rachelsvineyard.
Wheatland —  Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat invites people to the following events. On March 2 at 5 p.m. is an ecumenical Taize Vigil Service, supper following. Freewill offering. “Weaving Prayers and Baskets” is March 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with Sister Kathleen Storms, SSND. Learn simple basket weaving in the context of prayer and meditation. Fee: $30. To register, call (563) 336-8414 or email olpretreat@gmail.com.

Cosgrove – A community blood drive will be held March 13 in St. Peter’s Church Hall from 3-7 p.m. The Altar & Rosary Society will provide refreshments. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Contact person is Trish Rohret at (319) 545-2086 or trish@southslope.net or www.uihealthcare.org
/bloodcenter for appoin­t­ments.
Fort Madison – The Century Strong gala with a fundraising dinner, concert and auction for Holy Trinity Catholic Schools is March 22 at 6 p.m. at Roling Hall. Tickets cost $50 and are available at the school offices. Tables for four are in the balcony for $200, and tables that seat eight will be on the main floor for $400. Holy Trinity is soliciting sponsorship donations of cash, auction items and door prizes. For more information, contact Devel­op­ment Director Lori Wilson at (319) 371-4028 or lori.wilson@ holytrinityschools.org.
Iowa City – The Knights of Columbus of St. Mary Parish will hold fish fries at the KC Family Center, 4776 American Legion Road, Feb. 28 to April 11 from 5-7 p.m. Catfish dinners are $12; shrimp and salmon dinners are $10 each. For more information, call (319) 341-9097 or e-mail kofc842@gmail.com.
Lone Tree – St. Mary parishes of Lone Tree and Nichols host their annual, joint parish pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 2, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Lone Tree American Legion. Adults pay $6; children ages 6-12 pay $3 and children younger than 5 get free admission.
Marengo – A Mardi Gras party and dinner with homemade gumbo will take place March 2 from 4-7 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Parish Center. There will be carnival games and prizes. Freewill donations will be accepted.
Mount Pleasant – The Altar & Rosary Society’s annual dinner is March 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Manning Hall. Meal includes turkey breast and homemade meatballs. Tickets are sold at the door for $8.50 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 4-10 and free for children 3 and younger.
Muscatine – The Knights of Columbus will hold a shrimp or catfish dinner at Saints Mary and Mathias Catholic School beginning at 5 p.m. Fridays during Lent (excluding Good Friday). Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12 and free for children younger than 5.
West Liberty – The Knights of Columbus of St. Joseph’s Parish will hold fish fries on Feb. 28, March 14, March 28 and April 11 in the Parish Life Center. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 5-12, and free for children under 5.


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