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The Well: 2019 Pre-Lenten Gathering

The Well: An Encounter for Women

Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM (CST)

The Well: 2019 Pre-Lenten Gathering

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Registration + Book   more info 1d 11h 56m $30.00 $2.64
Registration only 1d 11h 56m $25.00 $2.47 Add to Waitlist
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The Well 2019 Pre-Lenten Gathering

Theme: Searching for and Maintaining Peace

Saturday, March 2

8:00 AM – Noon

The Well women's ministry invites women of all ages to our 2019 pre-Lenten morning of reflection on Saturday, March 2 at the Diocese of Des Moines Pastoral Center in Downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Join women from across the Diocese and beyond as we spiritually prepare for the Lenten season. Invite a friend and register today!

Update: As of January 25, we have reached full capacity for our 2019 Lent at The Well gathering. To be placed on the waiting list, please submit your name and contact information using the "add to wait list" button in the ticket box above. In the event a seat becomes available, we will contact the person at the top of the waiting list. 

If you would like to donate to our scholarship fund, please do so here


We live in a day and age where peace of soul is becoming more difficult to achieve due to influences around us and the hectic pace of everyday life. We can find ourselves consumed with worries and anxieties, affecting our ability to find true peace in God. Since peace of heart is a pure gift, it is something we should seek, pursue, and ask for without ceasing.

Based on the writings of Fr. Jacques Philippe, we will begin a conversation on how to achieve and maintain peace of heart, especially when we find ourselves confronted with circumstances provoking anxiety and restlessness. 

Schedule of Events:

The day will begin with 8:00 AM Mass at St. Ambrose Cathedral celebrated by Fr. Andrew Windschitl, pastor from St. Mary-Holy Cross Parish, Elkhart. The Cathedral is located at 607 High Street, Des Moines, adjacent to the Pastoral Center. Immediately following Mass, we will walk across the street to the Pastoral Center, located at 601 Grand Avenue, Des Moines. Doors open at 8:30 AM with a hot breakfast and coffee/tea service catered by Palmer's; pastries prepared by Katie Wallin. Emily Schmid will lead us in praise & worship music; Stacy Halbach will serve as our emcee. Sara Huegerich opens our discussion on "Searching for and Maintaining Peace" sharing a personal witness, and Katie Patrizio is our keynote speaker. The morning will also include time for fellowship, quiet prayer, and reflection. Parking information here

Registration Process:

There are two ticket categories. The $30 level includes Fr. Philippe’s book Searching for and Maintaining Peace at a reduced rate. Thank you, Divine Treasures, for providing the discount! The $25 level does not include the book.

Included with both registration levels:

  • Mass
  • Breakfast – coffee/tea service available all morning, pastries available until they're gone 
  • Praise & worship music 
  • Encouraging witnesses by local women
  • Nationally esteemed keynote speaker
  • Handcrafted take-home gift
  • Prayer and reflection time
  • Fellowship
  • And, of course, The Well likes to throw in some fun surprises!  

***Guests must register by February 10, 2019 in order to receive a discounted book with registration fees. If you do not need or want to purchase the book, the registration deadline without the book is February 22, unless the event is already sold out.*** 

About the book ...  It's one of those highly recommended books all Christians should read and have in their home libraries. Thankfully, Divine Treasures is offering a discount to The Well. If you're looking for something to journey with throughout Lent, we are here to spiritually walk with you. Searching for and Maintaining Peace is a short book (could probably fit in your back pocket), readable, and most appropriate for the Lenten season. Throughout the six weeks of Lent, weekly podcasts will be shared on The Water Jar Podcast featuring a team of local women offering insight and encouragement on the suggested weekly reading. A reading guide will be provided to all women who wish to participate.

We look forward to spending time with you in faith, fellowship, and fun on Saturday, March 2! 


Is there an age requirement? 

Women of all ages are welcome. For moms wondering if teenage daughters can attend, we ask you to prayerfully make that decision. Please take a look at the agenda and discern if our theme and schedule might be beneficial to your daughter’s spiritual growth. Nursing babies under one are welcome.  

Is this just for Des Moines women? 

We've already heard of friends traveling from Nebraska. We also anticipate that the finest women in Des Moines will be there – a great chance to meet more women who see life the way you do! 

Is this just for Catholic women? 

Not at all! Any woman wishing to deepen her friendship with Jesus is welcome. We believe the theme of the morning is relevant for all women of faith. Actually, we would be tickled pink to see an ecumenical group of women gathered together at The Well on March 2. 

How should we dress?

This event is business casual. You may want to bring a sweater to accommodate for fluctuating temperatures.  

What’s on the menu?

Palmer’s is catering an egg quiche along with fruit and beverage service. Katie Wallin is preparing an array of pastries. A gluten-free and vegetarian quiche will be available. 

What should I bring?

Nothing is mandatory for you to bring. If you have a journal, feel free to bring it along. And maybe a friend, too! 

What are my parking options?

The Diocese of Des Moines has provided parking information and a map. Click here to view and print. 

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? 

Nope! We’ll be ready for you to simply share your name at the check-in table. 

What's the refund policy?

Tickets are non-refundable but absolutely transferable. If you’d like to transfer your ticket, email the name of the woman who is attending in your place to The Well cannot be responsible for the exchange of funds between individuals. 

How can I contact the organizer with questions?

Contact Lisa Schmidt at  

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Diocese of Des Moines Pastoral Center
601 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309

Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM (CST)

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The Well: An Encounter for Women

The Well is a vibrant women's ministry rooted in prayer, evangelization, and charitable action. We exist to gather women together, to foster spiritual friendships, and to build up the local Catholic community. Just as the Samaritan woman encountered Jesus at a well, we pray the work of this ministry opens doors to a deeper and sustained encounter with Jesus for those who gather with us.

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