St. Pius X Novena to honor Mary 

The ninth annual Novena to honor Mary will be held through Saturday, Dec. 2, and Monday, Dec. 4, to Thursday, Dec. 7. It runs from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 2502 29th Ave., Rock Island.

The activity includes singing and praying together, listening to scripture and a brief reflection by women of faith in the community. The public is welcome. Information: 309-793-7373.

Davenport sisters host Holiday Gift Swap

A Holiday Gift Swap from the Congregation of the Sisters of Humility is 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Humility of Mary Center, 820 West Central Park Avenue, Davenport. The event is free, and is intended as a way to recycle and re-gift presents. Home-made treats will be available.

It is sponsored by the congregation's Care of Earth committee.

St. Anthony Advent presentation set

The annual Advent Concert is set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 417 N. Main St., Davenport. The public is invited to hear the songs of the season. Admission is free and after the concert, there will be sweet treats and refreshments served.

Performing will be the adult and children's choir, the children's string ensemble and liturgical dance team.

Three December retreats in rural Clinton County

Our Lady of the Prairie, 2664 145th Ave., Wheatland, hosts three retreats in December. To register, call 563-336-8414, or email: olprestreat@gmail.comIt is online:

• Men’s Retreat: Christmas in the view of St. Francis, with the Rev. Michael Schaab. This is December 1-3, 5 p.m. Friday to 11 a.m. Sunday. The season of Advent prepares the faithful for the celebration of Christmas and Epiphany, feasts that were especially important to St. Francis of Assisi. In the spirit of St. Francis, participants will reflect on this season to discover how the incarnation of Christ reveals who God is and who the men are called to be, not just on December 25th but every day of the year. Fee: $125

• Come to the Quiet, with Pat Shea. Tuesday, Dec. 5, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Rainer Maria Rilke wrote of the mystery of life and his desire to grow in intimacy with the sacred. He urges readers to dive into increasing depths to find doorways to an abundant, compassionate God. Fee: $20.

• Visio Divina through Film, Tuesdays, Dec. 5; 5:30 p.m. light supper followed by 6 p.m. film, "Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring." The story, with subtitles, takes place in a small Buddhist monastery that floats on a raft in a breathtaking landscape. A young child, destined to be an old man’s protégé begins his lifelong journey of hope, despair, passion and redemption. Fee: $15