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Newsletter of St. Joseph's Holy Family, Inc.
Vol. IV No. 1, January-February 2014
“From the beginning,
the Creator ‘made them male and female’” (Mt. 19:4).
by Dr. Mark Ginter
Head Coordinating Servant

   How fast can a civilization destroy itself? As fast as it can redefine marriage and the family. In actuality, the modern redefinition of marriage has been developing for the past 100 years. One of the first goals of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia in 1917 was to replace marriage and the family with the government. It has been so successful that the present Russian Government is trying to reverse this destructive trajectory before the country no longer has any people. The average Russian woman has 7 abortions in her life, and most boys do not know their fathers. Yet, the rest of the world seems to be diving head-long into the shallow end of the pool with the embrace of all things homosexual through the forced redefinition of marriage as anything but one man to one woman.
Young_Couple1    Christ Jesus himself confronted a widespread confusion about marriage, family, and children when he answered the Pharisees’s question about divorce. He starts teaching this way: “...[F]rom the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female’ (Gen. 1:27). ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’ (Gen. 2:24). So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate” (Mt. 19:4-6).
     He continues to teach his disciples about the great dignity of marriage and children which he contrasts to the greater sacrifice of celibacy for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven. As a result, he raises the natural marital union between one man and one woman to the sanctified union of a baptized brother to a baptized sister through the sacrament of Holy Matrimony and, simultaneously, confirms the vocation of priestly celibacy and consecrated virginity as a superior witness to love. Christ, through His Church, never defines marriage differently than a total, fully human, faithful, exclusive unto death, and fruitful union between one man and one woman.
    Even if the whole world groans to be gay, as St. Jerome might observe today, we Catholics must not disown Christ and his teaching in the presence of others. Rather, we must rely on the Holy Spirit to speak now (see Lk. 12:8-12).  God’s PEACE!

St. Mary’s, Sullivan, IN Confirmation Retreat
Walking across the Front Lawn
   Eager for a deeper Life in the Spirit, ten Confirmation Candidates, their sponsors, and adult catechists, twenty-four persons in all, made a pilgrimage to God’s Country on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013.
   They were warmly received at the 10:30 a.m. Eucharistic Liturgy at Holy Family Parish in Jasper, IN. From there, they traveled to God’s Country for the afternoon retreat. Although Sullivan is over 100 miles from God’s Country, these Catholics were blessed beyond their imagining.

We are booking retreats now for spring and summer 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. 1, January 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: ...To the foot of the Cross fulfill the deepest desire of your heart...

Vince and Vicki Granacher

    We recently had the pleasure of visiting God’s Country for the Fourth Friday Free Family Flicks For Fun.  The movie that evening was about St. Vincent de Paul.  Before the movie, we had the opportunity to pray the rosary along the Sorrowful Mystery Trail.  As we went along, stopping at each meditation point, I could feel the presence of our Lord as we meditated on His passion and crucifixion.  When prayed this contemplatively, the Holy Spirit can truly come and rest in our hearts.  Such is the feeling I get every time I visit God’s Country.

Vince and Vicki Granacher    

     Visiting God’s Country has brought immeasurable solace to me. As one who came to the faith late in life and with a history of an abortion 36 years ago, I have felt compelled to participate in the reparation work days. Most often I end up pulling weeds at the Gardener’s Hut -- such appropriate symbolism for the remediation of our sins and bad habits. When I am there, I am able to unburden myself of the feelings of intense remorse and loss that I sometimes can not suppress. So I come here — transported as it were — to the foot of the cross — to conjoin this pain to His and to receive the Divine Mercy He offers.
     “God’s Country - America’s most blessed 32 acres”: is not a slogan but a promise for anyone open and searching for divine love, hope and healing. In this pristine and primitive environment, it is possible to experience the embrace of One who will give us all that we need, all that we ever hope for – and proved it — by sending His Son to die for us. Away from all the distractions of the world, this sacred place draws us nearer to Christ who never stops saying, “Come, come to me. I will fulfill the deepest desire of your heart. Trust in Me.”


     My wife and I have been to God’s Country both together and separately on a number of occasions. The Ginter Family and the Haas Family are remarkable people. Their love of God, nature and total commitment to sharing these gifts and their own gifts of the Spirit is palpable and real. So we invite all to witness and to know the pure joy “to learn, to pray, to work, to play.”

Your Needs Placed Before God's Mercy

DivineMercyWindow1 copy 2We invite you to send us your prayer requests. A binder rests below the only publicly available Divine Mercy stained glass window in the US 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.

Joel and Joshua


Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, 8:30-4:30

RSVP to or 812.357.2119 BY SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2014.

Join us for our Second Annual Women's Conference. Eternal Evangelizers: The Family’s Extraordinary Role is the theme of our Second Annual Women’s Conference. Mrs. Joan Stromberg will be our keynote speaker.

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Joan Stromberg is the author of the Glory of America series on American saints for Catholic youth and the owner of Behold Publications, LLC. Joan lives in La Grange, Kentucky with her husband of 30 years, Bob. They have ten children ages 5 to 27 and have been homeschooling them for 22 years. Joan is also a contributing author to: A Catholic Homeschool Companion (Sophia Institute Press); Catholic Parent (Our Sunday Visitor); mater et magistra; Literature Alive! among others. She is a frequent retreat and conference speaker on topics ranging from time and home organization and management to raising a large family in generosity and charity.

Look at the sidebar for the day's schedule.

Your comments from last year will make this conference even more Spirit-filled.
~ More quiet time for prayer, by yourself on God's Country or in the Welcome Center (We will announce on that day whether we will have the reserved Blessed Sacrament.)
~ More time for conversation and interaction among sisters in Christ.

Like last year, we are planning for Mass and for Confessions for as long as needed.

Lunch will be included. We gladly welcome any volunteer help to complete the preparations for the day. Please contact us at or 812-357-2119 as soon as possible.
Free Will Offering will be requested.
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We need $75,000 to replace the drafty, uninsulated Pole Barn with an insulated building that includes heated and air-conditioned conference room, office, bathrooms, kitchenette, workroom and storage. We have the floor plan. You can make it happen now. Just contact us for details and give us the name of the saint after whom you would like to memorialize this gift for the sake of holy, healthy, and wholesome families. Until that money is donated, we will use what God has provided to facilitate the most intimate encounter with Christ.

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    After sell outs of the acclaimed movie Restless Heart at Showplace Cinemas East in Evansville, IN and Maco Theater in Owensboro, KY, we will be sponsoring the showing of Mary of Nazareth in March and April at these theaters. In addition, look for us in Indianapolis and, possibly, Louisville and Nashville.
     We will announce full details before Lent begins. We could use volunteer help in all of these cities. Please contact our cinema servant, Gavin Steckler <gsteckler19>, for more information.

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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!!!  We will announce soon 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 Anthony and Johnette Wilson, Haubstadt, IN for their generous donated service.

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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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Jan. 4, 9:30 a.m. – First Saturday
Devotions with teaching on “Mother of God.”

Jan. 9, 6:30 p.m. – 2nd Thursday
Holy Hour at St. Boniface’s Grotto.

Jan. 24, 6:30 p.m. –  4th Friday Free
Family Flix For Fun, DOUBLE FEATURE: Love is a Choice: St. Gianna Molla (52 minutes) and Horton Hears a Who (86 minutes).

Feb. 1,  9:30 a.m. – First Saturday
Devotions with teaching on “Our Lady, Star of the Sea”


Feb. 8,  8:30 a.m. – 2ND ANNUAL WOMEN'S CONFERENCE: Eternal Evangelizers: The Family’s Extraordinary Role

8:30 Registration and Continental Breakfast at Welcome Center

8:45 Examination of Conscience at the Ten Commandments or in the Welcome Center

9:00 Confessions in the Cabin
9:00 Quiet Prayer Time in the Welcome Center

9:30 Mass in the Pole Barn with music provided by Colleen and Anna Buechler

10:15 Break with refreshments in the Pole Barn

10:30 Confessions in the Cabin
10:30 Quiet Prayer Time in the Welcome Center

11:00 Conference 1 and Group Discussion led by Joan Stromberg in Welcome Center

12:00 Angelus and Lunch (provided) in Cabin and Pole Barn with music provided by Colleen and Anna Buechler

1:15 Rosary on Trail or in the Welcome Center

2:15 Break with refreshments in Cabin or Pole Barn

2:45 Conference 2 and Group Discussion led by Joan Stromberg in Welcome Center

3:45 Divine Mercy Chaplet at Gardener's Hut or in Welcome Center

4:00 Question and Answer Discussion and Evaluation

4:30 Closing Prayer and Departure


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

Feb. 28, 6:30 p.m. –  4th Friday Free
Family Flix For Fun, Going My Way, (The 1940's Musical Comedy, starring Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman) Run time: 126 minutes.

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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:

•  Feb. 22-29, 2014, St. Mary's, Edwardsville, IL, Parish Mission, "From Missionary to Maintenance: Faith's New Way of Seeing Things."

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

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

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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!
Send us your testimony to include in the Voice of the Gardener Newsletter. E-mail your testimony and a photo to:

Can you help us with following material needs?
  • 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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