Outside Our Parish

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Diocesan Retreat Centers and Spiritual Directors

The Christian Experience Weekend (CEW) 

This is a renewal weekend for adults, designed to enable them to more deeply “experience” themselves and their relationship to God and the Christian community. Women’s CEW will be held at Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Church beginning Friday evening January 18, and concluding Sunday afternoon, January 20. For more information, contact Nicole Vortherms at nicole.vortherms@gmail.com, 515-423-6040 or visit http://olih.org/cew-retreats/. Men’s CEW will be Friday evening, February 15 through Sunday afternoon, February 17. More details to come. 

Emmaus House Offerings                 See  www.theemmaushouse.org  for more information and to register.  
Four-Week Guided Retreat in Everyday Life:"Inner Peace in Divine Love"    

Two Available Sessions:  

​Tuesday Evenings: 6:00-7:30 p.m.

(1/22/19, 1/29/19, 2/5/19, 2/12/19, & 2/19/19)

Wednesday Mornings: 9:00-10:30 a.m. (1/23/19, 1/30/19, 2/6/19, 2/13/19, & 2/20/19)

Cost: $50.00 (including book)       $30.00 (if bringing own book)

Facilitator: Kevin O'Donnell

This retreat, "Inner Peace in Divine Love," from the book, The First Spiritual Exercises by Michael Hansen, S.J. is the first of four retreats Hansen offers us. These retreats are adapted from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. This retreat is a wonderful opportunity to grow in deeper intimacy with God, more fully experience Ignatian spirituality,  and journey with others who are also looking to grow in deeper relationship with God.

(This retreat is ideally suited for those who have not yet made the Spiritual Exercises)

An Introduction to Dreams & Spiritual Growth Workshop

For this two-part workshop, we will meet on successive Thursdays (January 31 & February 7) from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Cost: $25.00  Facilitator: Kevin O'Donnell

During this workshop, we will begin exploring the symbolic language of dreams, how God communicates with us through our dreams, how to work with our dreams, and how working with our dreams can help us grow in greater wholeness and in deeper relationship with God. We hope you will join us!

"To See With New Eyes"

Saturday, February 9, 2019          Arrive between 8:30 - 9:00 a.m.             Prayer & Program: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.         Cost: $25.00

Facilitator: Fr. Dan Krettek

God saw all that he created and saw that it was good. And St. Ignatius saw all as gift from God. Do we see things that Good News way? Using Dewitt Jones' TED talk about his mission as a National Geographic photographer to 'Celebrate What's RIGHT With the World!' Fr. Dan Krettek will lead this morning of prayer that will look at how we look upon things, and ask for the grace to see our 'same old same old' with new eyes. Coffee/Tea & Muffins provided.

Young Adult Ministry

Anyone in their 20s and 30s is invited to join Novos Young Adults for social, spiritual and service activities.  Events typically happen every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, with occasional weekend gatherings.  For more information on upcoming events visit our  Facebook page or email us

Want To Strengthen Your Marriage?

Join our marriage enrichment ministry The Third Option. This program is for all couples whether they are facing obstacles in their marriage or just trying to make a good thing better!  Couples will walk through 14 skills-based workshops to help them to grow in everything from understanding anger, cultivating respect, stopping a hurt spiral, understanding personality differences, restoring trust, and much more. For more info visit thethirdoption.com or www.dmdiocese.org/the-third-option.cfm  


We meet the first and third Mondays of the month from 7:00-9:00pm at Mercy College, 928 6th Avenue in Des Moines. Participants should use the north parking lot. A new session begins August 20.   

Creighton University Retreat Center

Griswold, Iowa         Website

Private/Individual Retreats

- Directed 8-day and 30-day Retreats based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and offered throughout the year in hopes of meeting individual schedules.


- Private retreats of any duration with Spiritual Direction are available by request. 

To register or request more information for any of our scheduled retreats, please call or email:

Phone:  712-778-2466      Email:  curc@netins.net