Fourth Annual Men's Retreat
at God's Country, LLC, in Perry County, IN
Saturday, March 28, 2014 (Retreat will be held, rain or shine.)
Love Is Our Mission:
Men Leading Their Families and Their Communities
with Deacon Greg Gitschier, St. Patrick Parish, Louisville, KY
Bodyguard to presidents, Pope John Paul II, celebrities, and the Mayor of Louisville, KY
NEED: Pope Francis will be closing the 8th World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September. The theme is: Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive. Catholic men need encouragement and tools to lead their families and their communities to fulfill this mission from God.
SOLUTION: Tell men how to achieve this mission. Show men how to achieve this mission. Work beside men to achieve this mission. This Fourth Annual Men's Retreat will identify a man's mission to love and to provide the direction for accomplishing it in his family and in his community.
Proposed Schedule (Central Time):
8:00 – 8:15 Welcome, Introductions, and Opening Prayer
8:15 – 9:00 Pancake and Sausage Breakfast (sponsored by Jasper K of C)
9:00 – 9:15 Examination of Conscience (at 10 Commandments)
9:15 – 10:00 Confessions with Fr. John Boeglin, K of C Chaplain (Gardener’s House or Welcome Center)
9:15 – 10:00 Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary (Front Lawn)
10:15 –11:00 Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (Sacred Heart Outdoor Chapel or Welcome Center)
11:00 – 12:00 Conference 1 – “A Man's Responsibility to Lead His Community in the Mission of Love”
11:00 – 12:00 Confessions (if necessary)
12:00 – 1:00 Angelus and Lunch (Blue Ribbon Quality “Texas” Chili and Franks)
1:00 – 3:00 Work Session (See below)
3:15 – 3:30 Divine Mercy Chaplet (Gardener’s House)
3:45 – 4:15 Conference 2 – “A Man's Responsibility to Lead His Family in the Mission to Love”
4:30 – Prayer for ourselves, our families, our Church, and our world. Departure.
Afternoon Work Project
In addition to the spiritual conferences, men will have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of families through St. Joseph's Holy Family, Inc. Men will remove a damaged roof on the cabin and prepare for a new steel covering.
Bring Tools: gloves, shingle removal shovels, demolition shovels, claw hammers, wheel barrows
FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE
All retreatants will receive a complimentary copy of Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.
This is the preparatory catechesis for the World Meeting of Families. It is an easy to read, 10 point summary of Catholic teaching on sex, marriage, and the family. With all of the confusion in our society about these matters, this is a very helpful answer to the hard questions.
By March 21, 2015, please register your council and the men who will be attending with:
Steve Luegers, Coordinating Servant for Men, at 812.634.0012 or firstname.lastname@example.org or
Mark Ginter, Ph.D., Head Coordinating Servant, 812.357.2119 or email@example.com
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A little about God's Country:
It is the 32 acres of Joseph Ubelhor’s 200 acre farm in Perry County with most of the religious items on it. Joseph worked his land to make it a retreat for his family. In the 1970s, he invited other people to his farm for retreat who were not part of his family. His grandson, Greg Haas, built most of the religious items on the farm. After Joseph died in 1997, his five children divided up the property. His daughter, Joanne Haas, was deeded 32 acres, and she incorporated it as “God’s Country, LLC.” Greg Haas and his wife, Elizabeth, started a non-profit in 2001 called St. Joseph’s Holy Family, Inc., to promote the Catholic faith by honoring the requests of Our Lady of Fatima for the observance of five First Saturdays in a row. In 2009, Greg asked Mark Ginter to take over St. Joseph’s Holy Family to promote its rich, natural beauty. Since then, thousands have visited “America's Most Blessed 32 Acres.”
A little about Deacon Gregory M. Gitschier, Retreat Director
Dcn. Greg Gitschier was a proud member of the U.S. Secret Service for over twenty-one years. He was assigned full time to protect President Ronald Reagan and his family as well as temporarily assigned to all the Presidents since President Nixon. He has protected many Heads of State, including the Queen of England, Emperor of Japan, as well as Pope John Paul II. He continues as a bodyguard for the Mayor of Louisville, KY.
He is the founding Grand Knight of Bishop Flaget Council #13053 that serves parishes in eastern Louisville. In the 14 years since its inception, Bishop Flaget Council has launched three (3) new Knights of Columbus Councils: Father William Diersen #13304 in LaGrange, Mount Mercy #14604 in Pewee Valley, and Saint Margaret Mary #15979 in Louisville.
He was born in Louisville, is married, and has three children who attend Louisville Catholic schools. On Aug. 21, 2010, he was ordained a permanent deacon of the Archdiocese of Louisville and was assigned to St. Patrick Parish while also assigned as a chaplain to the Louisville Metro Police Department. Presently, he also serves on the Board of Directors of the Kids Cancer Alliance and helps to run their summer camp. He has been an ardent defender of religious freedom in the face of assaults by the Obama Administration. His passion is Catholic apologetics, and he speaks to groups all over the region.
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