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DivineMercyHutShovelCharcoalStone 2Voice of the Gardener
Newsletter of St. Joseph's Holy Family, Inc.
Vol. IV No. 2, March 2014
The truth about humanity:
servants and handmaids of the Gardener
by Dr. Mark Ginter
Head Coordinating Servant

   Last issue, we identified briefly the truth of marriage to which every disciple of Christ must bear witness. The ontological truth is that marriage is between one man and one woman, even if a government redefines its legal meaning. To equip the Handmaids and Servants of the Gardener with the truth about marriage and family, we will identify briefly below some basic principles. In subsequent issues of VOG, we will identify briefly the truth about man, woman, children, and the family.
     First principle: sex refers to male and femServants_and_Handmaids_of_the_Gardener_All_Saints_Day 2013ale, the two manifestations of humanity created by God (Gen. 1:27; Mt. 19:4). Unfortunately, pornographers have stolen “sex,” and decent people avoid saying it because it is now almost exclusively associated with sinful carnal activity. Consequently, we are cornered into “gender” as the only distinction between the sexes, but this tactic is merely a temporary ploy until we become unaware of its artificial meaning and must, as “nice” people, accept numerous other genders: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, etc. This linguistic shell game is intended to confuse a true distinction between man and woman. The goal of this confusion is to destroy marriage and the family. The mission of this destruction is rejection of God (Rom. 1:18-32).
     Second principle: reason, also, has been so rejected that most persons no longer recognize self-evident truths. For example, a rule applies generally whereas an exception to the rule is just that, without changing the rule. So, what a man is or what a woman is applies generally, while exceptions, that might exist, do not change the rule. God “is not the God of disorder but of peace” (1 Cor. 14:33). So, the Church must safeguard reason.
     Third principle: a man is more like a woman than a man is like any other creature. Yet, by his physical constitution, a man is sexually different and complimentary to a woman. This is true diversity, and it is unknowable except by their complimentarity. Thus, there is unity in human nature, but duality in sex.  Behold, the servants (men) and handmaids (women) of the Gardener, Jesus Christ, Our Lord, Brother, and Redeemer, whose divinized human nature redeems both. God’s PEACE!

Holy Family - St. Joseph, Jasper, IN Confirmation Retreat
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   Eager for a deeper Life in the Spirit, 28 Confirmation Candidates, adult catechists, and chaperones made a pilgrimage to God’s Country on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. They prayed in the Gardener’s House and left their “sins” behind in the Old Rugged Cross.

We are booking retreats now for summer and fall 2014. Contact us as soon as possible for your school, parish, men's, women's, youth, Cursillo, or CHRP group. Daylong retreats are perfect for school groups. Our retreats and facilities are family-friendly.

Mission Statement

logo 4The Mission of St. Joseph’s Holy Family, Inc., is the renewal of Catholic family life through the inspired and natural beauty of God’s Country for those already pursuing a vocation as a domestic church, for youth discerning their vocation to service in communion, and for all of Christ’s disciples who have a common vocation to holiness and to the mission of evangelizing the world.

Pillars:    To Learn  -  To Pray  -  To Work  -  To Play

St. Joseph's Holy Family, Inc.

is a 501(c)(3) Indiana non-profit
operating as an apostolate within the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

Voice of the Gardener Newsletter,
Vol. 4, No. 2, March 1, 2014

©2014 Gardener’s Servant Productions.
All Rights Reserved.


Print this and mail it along with your tax deductible donation and prayer requests.


Testimony: A Way to Bring the Family Together

Jim, Margaret, Spencer, Jared Baugh

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     Hello. We are the Baugh Family from Jasper, IN. We had known about God’s Country through friends at church, but never took time to visit the grounds until recently. Margaret had a friend who attended the 2013 Women’s Retreat. She was going on and on about how beautiful and peaceful it was, even during the winter time. We were even invited by some friends to attend a Friday night event last year, but didn’t take the time to drive over. We thought that the kids wouldn’t find it interesting enough going to a “church like” event on Friday night.
     Time passed and one thing led to another. Margaret met Mark at the America Needs Fatima Rosary Rally. I enjoyed listening to Mark’s depth of history concerning the rosary. My wife had known of his knowledge of the Church and its teachings from a panel discussion she attended earlier that Spring. Mark and others kept asking us to attend the “All Saints’ Day Party and Fall Family Fest” in October.  We carved out the time and made the kids’ costumes. They were so excited to attend the party!
     When we arrived we saw this wide open area with God’s beauty everywhere. The kids loved the horses, Rosary trail, carved statues, Jesus’s tomb, and Saints’ Day activities. When we asked my oldest son what he liked about the day, his initial comment was, “The food was amazing!” They both want to come back. My youngest especially loved riding the horses.  Margaret & I found that it was a peaceful place with lots of great scenery to enjoy.  There is so much more to tell, but you just have to come out and see for yourself what God’s Country has to offer your family and your soul.
     We definitely felt a spiritual presence with the scenery and surroundings. There were a lot of new people from around the area whom we met that day. Through meeting Mark and visiting God’s Country, we all now pray as a family before we put our boys to bed at night. The boys do remind us if we forget to say our nightly prayers. They also tell us their prayer intentions. This also reinforces how prayer is so powerful. If you are looking to get away from it all, God’s Country is that place. If you are looking for a way to bring the family together, God’s Country is that way. Take the time to experience God in nature in a very spiritual atmosphere.

Your Needs Placed Before God's Mercy

DivineMercyWindow1 copy 2We invite you to send us your prayer requests. A binder rests below the Divine Mercy stained glass window in the Gardener’s House.  God’s Country is America’s most blessed 32 acres. God answers prayers here. We want the whole world to know it and to receive the blessings from a visit.


First Joy of the Gospel Conference

We are so excited that we can build upon the momentum created by Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (Joy of the Gospel) that we arPope Francis kissing baby1e inaugurating a new series of conferences to forward the New Evangelization. Our first will be keynoted by one of our state's most faithful handmaids, Sr. Diane Carollo, S.G.L.

Sister Diane Carollo, S.G.L., has organized hundreds of pro-life and pro-family events in Indiana. For 12 years, she served the Archdiocese of Indianapolis as Director of the Office for Pro-Life Ministry while part -time Director of Religious EducatioSister Diane Carollon (D.R.E.) at Holy Rosary Parish, Indianapolis. Presently, she is D.R.E. at St . Luke the Evangelist Parish, Indianapolis. She is the author of The Final Choice (2006) and The Final Destination (2012). She holds the M.A. in Biblical Studies from Providence College, RI. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, she served as a religious among the poor at St. Brigid Parish in New York City, St Malachy Parish in Brooklyn, NY, and in the Mission and Vocations Offices for the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ.

March 29, 2014 Proposed Schedule

(central time)

8:30 Registration, Introduction in the Welcome Center by Dr. Mark

8:45 MASS celebrated in Cabin by Fr. Dennis Duvelius, V.F., Dean of the Tell City Deanery

9:30 Continental Breakfast and Networking in the Cabin

10:00 Conference 1 and Group Discussion in the Welcome Center. Sr. Diane Carollo, S.G.L.,

The New Evangelization

11:00 Break

11:15 Sorrowful Mysteries on the Trail and, simultaneously, in the Welcome Center

12:00 Angelus & Lunch (provided) in Cabin

1:00 Conference 2 and Group Discussion in the Welcome Center. Sr. Diane Carollo, S.G.L.

The Family within the Context of the New Evangelization

2:00 Divine Mercy Chaplet at Gardener's Hut or in the Welcome Center

2:15 Break

2:30 Conference 3 and Group Discussion in the Welcome Center. Sr. Diane Carollow, S.G.L.

The Spiritual Life of Missionary Disciples in the Midst of the New Atheism

3:30 Concluding Prayer for the Work of Families in the New Evangelization and Departure


RSVP BY MARCH 22, 2014 TO or 812-357-2119.

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The following are scheduled showings of the Ignatius Press film, Mary of Nazareth, in:
Owensboro, KY:
Malco Theater, 5333 Frederica Street;
March 17, 20, 24 at 6:00 p.m.
All tickets are $7 at the door.

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Evansville, IN (in conjuction with the Knights of Columbus):
Showplace Cinemas East, 1801 Morgan Center Dr.;
April 5, 6, 12, 13 at 1:00 p.m.

Please contact our cinema servant, Gavin Steckler <>, for more information.
May Mary, the Mother of God, be honored, loved.

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Readers' Theater Rosary Contest

We introduced our booklets of Readers' Theater Rosary(TM) at the Mid-South Catholic Leadership Conference at Lake Barkley, KY in Nov., 2013. They are becoming an exciting way to introduce this revered prayer to a younger generation in a new evangelization.

COMING SOON!!!  Before the end of the month, we will announce the details of an online video contest in which YOU will choose the most reverent and clearest video in Readers' Luminous_Mysteries_Readers_TheaterTheater of one of the 20 Mysteries of the Marian Rosary. The prize will be a very desirable family-friendly gift.

To participate in this contest, though, you and your group need to donate for copies of the Readers' Theater Rosary(TM).

If you send us an e-mail, then we will send you a donation form/order form from Gardener's Servant Productions for your copies of Readers' Theater Rosary(TM).


IMG_0552- to all of our benefactors.
    Due to your generous gifts, this apostolate serves families, youth, parishes, men’s and women’s groups and the Particular Churches in Indiana, Kentucky, and Illinois.
    Thanks especially to Greg and Elizabeth Haas, Newburgh, IN for their generous gift.

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Winter Schedule
(Central Time):

9:30 Registration in the Welcome Center

The Message of Fatima at the Grotto of Our Lady of Grace

Examination of Conscience at Ten Commandments

10:30 – 11:15
Confessions in the Cabin

10:30 – 11:15
Stations of the Cross on the Trail

Mass in the Welcome Center

Angelus before Pitch-in Meal in the Pole Barn

Rosary on Trail or in the Welcome Center

Teaching on Image of Mary

Divine Mercy Chaplet at Gardener’s House
Afterwards, families are welcome to play and to cook out. To arrange a visit or to request a group retreat, contact the Welcome Center (812.357.2119).


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March 1, 9:30 a.m. – First Saturday
Devotions with teaching on “Mary Thrice Admirable” of Schoenstatt.

March 7, 6:00 p.m. - Lenten Soup with Substance and Speakers’ Series with Steve Schockley, M.A.

March 8, 8:30 p.m. - 2nd Annual Women’s Conference with Joan Stromberg.

March 13, 6:30 p.m. – 2nd Thursday
Holy Hour at St. Boniface’s Grotto.

March 14, 6:00 p.m. - Lenten Soup with Substance and Speakers’ Series with Steve Luegers.

March 21, 6:00 p.m. - Lenten Soup with Substance and Speakers’ Series with TBA.

March 28, 6:00 p.m. - Lenten Soup with Substance and Speakers’ Series with Dcn. Chris Borowiecki.


March 29 - First "Joy of the Gospel" Conference - The Spiritual Response to the New Atheism

8:30 Registration and Introduction at Welcome Center

8:45 MASS with Fr. Dennis Duvelius in the Cabin.

9:30 Continental Breakfast and Networking

10:00 Conference 1 and Group Discussion with Sr. Diane Carollo, S.G.L., "The New Evangelization"

11:00 Break

11:15 Sorrowful Mysteries on the Rosary Trail or in the Welcome Center

12:00 Angelus and Lunch (provided) in Cabin

1:00 Conference 2 and Group Discussion by Sr. Diane Carollo, S.G.L., "The Family within the Context of the New Evangelization."

2:00 Divine Mercy Chaplet at Gardener's Hut or in the Welcome Center

2:15 Break

Conference 3 and Group Discussion with Sr. Diane Carollo, S.G.L., "The Spiritual Life of Missionary Disciples in the Midst of the New Atheism"

3:30 Concluding Prayer for the Work of Families in the New Evangelization and Departure


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2nd Thursday Holy Hour
My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love you. I ask pardon of you for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love you.
-prayer taught to the Fatima children by the Angel of Peace in 1916

Please join us for the St. Joseph's Holy Family, Inc. Holy Hour every 2nd Thursday at the St. Boniface Catholic Church Grotto in Evansville.

We would love to expand our Holy Hours for the renewal of Catholic family life to a parish or chapel in the Archdiocese of Louisville or the Diocese of Owensboro  on a different Thursday evening. Permanent Deacons are especially encouraged to contact us for more details.

Parishes & Mass Times in the Tell City Deanery

St. Paul, Tell City
Rev. Dennis Duvelius, V.F., Pastor
5:30 p.m. Sat.
9:30 a.m. Sun.
11:30 a.m. Sun.

St. Mark, Perry County
5:30 p.m. (Summer)/
4:00 p.m. (Winter) Sat. 8:00 a.m. Sun.


St. Augustine, Leopold

Rev. Brian Esarey, Pastor
4:00 p.m. Sat.
10:30 a.m. Sun.

Holy Cross, St. Croix
9:00 am. Sun.

St. Martin of Tours, Siberia
7:30 a.m. Sun.


St. Michael, Cannelton

Fr. Sengole Thomas Gnanaraj, Admin.
8:00 a.m. Sun.

St. Pius V, Troy
10:30 a.m. Sun.

St. Isidore the Farmer, Perry County

6:00 p.m. Sat.
9:30 a.m. Sun.


St. Meinrad, St. Meinrad

Rev. Anthony M. Vinson, OSB, Pastor
8:00 a.m. Sun.

St. Boniface, Fulda
5:00 p.m. Sat.
6:00 a.m. Sun.


St. Joseph, Crawford County

Rev. Joseph Villa, Admin.
9:15 a.m. Sun.

Little Flower in the Garden of the Lord Blog

Kate Bittner background imageKate Bittner shares her creative and spiritual writing as a handmaid of the Gardener on her blog. Check out her profound meditations here.

Also be nourished by the "Notes, Thoughts, and Reflections" of Dennis Hankins.

Look for SJHF at these Upcoming Events:

•  March 14-15, 2014, Source & Summit Retreat, Evansville, IN

•  March 19, 2014, St. Luke's MVPs, Indianapolis, IN.

•  March 22, 2014, Lexington, KY Men's Conference

•  March 22, 2014, Indianapolis Women's Conference.

•  March 25, 2014, 33 Days to Morning Glory Total Consecration, Evansville, IN

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Donations may be given for your loved one.

Let us know if you want memorial envelopes for SJHF at the funeral home of your choice.


Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.

May all of the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

May their memory be eternal!
We need you!
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  • Chausibles for visiting priests to celebrate Mass. 3 albs ($100) DONATED!!! - God bless our donors.
  • Late model, used car or minivan with low mileage to replace our company vehicle (2001 Sable).
  • 2 grass trimmers ($500) 1 grass trimmer ($150) DONATED!!! - God bless our donors.
  • Pick-up or Box truck for hauling Gardener's Servant Productions
  • Pop up canopy tents [e.g., 10x20, 12x12, 10x10] ($1000)
  • 6 Picnic Tables ($1200)
  • ZTR lawn mower ($6000) DONATED!!! - God bless our donors.
We need more saint posters to hang in the Pole Barn / Classroom / Dining Hall to create a retreat atmosphere.
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