Women's Faith Council

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Women of the Well Retreat Series 

The Women of the Well Retreat Series is a spiritual day-long retreat for adult women. It is a time to strengthen your individual relationship with the Lord and to develop friendships and fellowship with other women in our faith community. Be welcomed into Mary's heart and Martha's hands by guest speakers from the Pilgrim Center of Hope. Sponsored by St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church Women's Faith Council.

Written by one of our retreatants. What a wonderful testament!

Remembering the Women of the Well Retreat

Today,
From various places in neighborhoods and down highways
By different routes and alternate byways,
We, the Marthas and the Marys came.
Though diverse in origins, our purpose was the same.

We came to find respite from the busyness of life —
Of being a caregiver—a mother—a wife.
We came to pray, to praise, to sing, and to realize
We didn’t need a lucky number to win the sacred prize.

Together
When we read and pray, we learn and grow.
And when we’re silent long enough, we begin to know
We are either Martha or Mary, or a combination of the two.
To Jesus, though, it matters not; He wants the better part of you.

Then
Walking in silence to a space dimly lit,
We prayed, each of us to privately commit
To contemplating the mercy Jesus shows —
His likeness our focus mid shaded windows.

Afternoon came
When food and minds began to settle
We came to know the impact of Mary’s miraculous medal.
We also learned that in our spiritual lives grace begets grace
And like us, our dear mother notes intricacies — even of lace.

Then
A GIFT of moving “JOY” (after dessert, we were “sugared up”)
Music so beautiful and uplifting, it was a blessing cup.
A time for sharing brought insights to us all:
Prayer through our trials helps us to live our personal call.

Mary’s heart, Martha’s hands working through life’s this and that.
(And just for the record: I don’t care if my belly’s not flat.)
We’ll leave remembering to let our lights shine
And pray that God’s will be done not yours or mine!

J. M. Waddy
© 11/16/19

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A council of St. Peter's women who serve by building the community through faith-based relationships, fellowship and spiritual growth for adult women in the parish. They frequently host social and spiritual events, as well as an annual one-day Women of the Well Retreat that centers around different women in Scripture.

Chair Cindy McCorkle - [email protected]
Co-Chair Dorene Oesterreicher - [email protected]