Autumn Mums Available…


Thank you, Walnut Ridge, for helping us with our mums sale HSA fundraiser! Orders are due by Wednesday, September 24th.

You can buy one of these large mums in five colors (Orange, Purple, Yellow, White, or Dark Red) for $8, or five for $35!

Here is the order form. Fall into Autumn!

Rosary Under the Skies – Oct. 3, 2014

shareasimage (6)Join us on Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, for the parish/community Rosary,

led by the Holy Family Legion of Mary. We will gather in the parish garden at 6:30 p.m., pray the rosary, and have a cookie social afterwards.

Rosaries and snacks will be supplied.

Registration not necessary but appreciated for planning purposes.

If you would like to sponsor a neighborhood/family rosary in your own backyard, please contact Kathy Wilt in the parish office at (812) 944-8283 ext. 223 or at

Parishioner Miriam M. Thornton, 92, passes

c2a1f449-6eef-4838-b50c-074d358de57fA funeral Mass for Miriam M. Thornton, 92, New Albany, will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at Holy Family Catholic Church, New Albany, with entombment in Kraft-Graceland Memorial Park, New Albany. She died, going to be with her heavenly Father, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014.

The daughter of the late Julius and Irma Moser, New Albany, she graduated from Loretto High School, Louisville and attended St. Mary’s of Notre Dame and the University of Louisville. She was the loving wife of James M. Thornton and devoted mother of James J. Thornton (Dee), Louisville and Mary Anne Thornton, Louisville. She was the grandmother of James A. Thornton (Stephanie) and Wendee Walker. Her great grandchildren included Audrey and Katie Thornton and Aidan Walker.


Do you love music?

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 8.56.28 AMMr. Paul Stiller, our Director of Liturgical Music, is looking for cantors, a pianist, youth choir members for the September 20th Mass on the Grass and Adult choir members for Christmas.

Here is a flyer explaining how you can be involved (PDF).



Adult Choir – We are getting ready to start rehearsals with the adult choir for the Christmas season. If you are a singer, or someone who just loves to sing and wants to be in a choir, then our adult choir will be a wonderful opportunity for you. No formal music training is needed. This year we will sing at the midnight Christmas mass, as well as the 8:30am masses on the four Sundays of Advent. We will sing at mass during Lent and Easter as well. Rehearsals will be on Wednesday evenings at 6pm. Our first rehearsal will be on September 24th.
Cantors – Holy Family Church is looking for individuals who may be interested in being a cantor. Our cantors are individuals who graciously volunteer their time and talent to provide us with a leading voice in our music. Cantors will typically sing 2-4 times per month. Some formal training and experience in singing is encouraged, but isn’t at all necessary.
Pianist – Holy Family is seeking to hire an additional pianist to play at our Masses. In this position, the individual can expect to play at least 2-4 times per month. Additional opportunities to play may occasionally be available as well. This individual is required to be proficient in piano and/or organ (preferably both). This individual must also have experience in accompanying a vocalist and/or an instrumentalist.
Holy Family Church Children and Youth (TEEN) Choirs – A new choral opportunity for our youth is becoming available here at Holy Family. The Holy Family Church Children and Youth choir is an opportunity for both the students at Holy Family school, and our youth who attend public schools as well. This choir will be offered to those in grades 3-8, as well as to those who are in high school. Any friends and/or family who do not attend Holy Family Church are also more than welcome to join. Bring a buddy! Our first mass will be the Mass on the Grass; Saturday, September 20th at 5:00pm. We will have a rehearsal before mass beginning at 3:30pm. This choir will also normally sing twice a month, usually at the 6:00pm, or 5:00pm mass. More details regarding the schedule will be posted soon!
Please contact Paul Stiller, Director of Liturgical Music at or (812) 944-6090, ext. 4, if you or someone you know is interested, or if you have any questions.

Fall house project? Consider buying SCRIP to support the School!

Shopping with gift cards is an easy way to support our organization every time you shop. We offer a great variety of brands in addition to your weekly gas and grocery purchases. From dining and entertainment to home improvement and beyond, we have all your shopping needs covered! Buy gift cards from these best-selling national retailers:

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Download the form to order, here, or visit the School Office 9 a.m.-2 p.m. most days, Monday – Friday.

Mass Announcements – September 14, 2014

  • Screen Shot 2014-09-04 at 9.08.53 AMThis weekend Catholic parishes of the United States are being invited to come to the aid of those who have fled the persecutions and religious cleansing in Iraq. Thousand of Christians and Shiite Muslims have fled north to escape ISIS. If you would like to help Catholic Relief Services in responding to emergency needs there will be a second collection after Holy Communion.
  • We’re looking forward to next Saturday’s Mass on the Grass and Pitch in Picnic to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of our parish. The extended forecast looks beautiful – let’s pray for a nice evening, but if not, we have a backup plan to continue indoors.
    Setup has been moved to Saturday morning at 10 a.m.  If you have 30 – 45 min and are able to lend a hand, that would be great.  We would like to reserve to small parking lot for the handicapped and elderly, but if you would like to drop off your dish and chairs, we’ll have folks there to assist.
    Otherwise, we hope you’ll be able to come celebrate Mass and stay for the meal and fellowship afterward.  Jacob Resch, parishioner and musician,  is a great talent and will be providing some wonderful music – and I just might join him some, too.
  • There is a Youth Ministry Service (SMASH) Day on Saturday, September 20th, for all parish youth grades 5-12. Earn service hours, if you need them. It will begin at 9 a.m. in the Day Activities Center.
  • Next weekend, Sept. 20 & 21, Fr. Paul Wilderotter, a visiting priest will be with us to explain the work of Food for the Poor.  There will not be a special collection, only an explanation of the ministry.
  • There is a picnic for St. Michael’s Charlestown on Sept. 21.
  • Attention men of all ages: Saturday, Sept. 20th, the Indiana Catholic Men’s Conference will be held at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. Archbishop Tobin will be there as well as nationally known speaker, Fr. Michael Gaitley. Visit for more information.

Parishioner Bill Grantz, 87, passes

Screen shot 2014-09-15 at 9.03.12 AMFuneral liturgy for William L. “Bill” Grantz, 87, New Albany, will be at 11:30 am Wednesday at Holy Family Catholic Church in New Albany with burial in Holy Trinity Cemetery. He died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at Azalea Hills Assisted Living in Floyds Knobs.

Bill was born March 5, 1927, in New Albany to the late Edward and Catherine (Weinmann) Grantz and was the widower of Mary Edith Grantz.  He was a U.S. Army veteran, and retired as Vice-President after 39 years with National City Bank in Louisville. He was a graduate of St. Meinrad high school, a life-long, very active and involved member of Holy Family Catholic Church and past president of the Serra Club and Men’s Club of Holy Family Church. He was a member of L.I.F.T. and a 4th degree member of the Cardinal Ritter Council K of C in New Albany.  Bill will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by his family and all who knew him. He was preceded in death by two infant sons Edward and Lawrence, nine siblings, his parents and his wife of 59 years.

Survivors include three children, Raymond Grantz and wife Nancy; Therese Beal and husband, Jim; Diane Hauswald and husband, Steve; seven grandchildren, Erik, Katie, Jeff, Emily, Michelle, Matt and Vickie; 10 great-grandchildren, Ava, Cooper, Bree, Nathaniel, Abby, Kellen, Karoline, Annabelle, Alexander and Chase.

Reception of family and friends will be noon until 8 p.m. Tuesday and after 9 a.m. Wednesday at Kraft Funeral Service, Spring Street Chapel. There will be a rosary service at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Holy Family Catholic Church or Hosparus of Southern Indiana.

Online condolences may be made to


Homily on the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross – Sept. 14, 2014

The precious and life-giving cross that takes us up

On this day—September 14—in the year 326, a woman named Helen was tired from a journey.  She had journeyed over 800 miles, from her home in modern-day Turkey to Jerusalem, to the very place where Jesus had died on Calvary, and there she organized a dig. She wanted to find the cross of Jesus.

And she did find that cross, but it took some doing. The diggers uncovered the remains of three crosses buried beneath a pagan temple to Venus, not far from the site of Jesus’ death—two for the thieves that were buried with Jesus and then one for Jesus himself.  They couldn’t tell which was which—the inscription had faded—but then a sick woman happened to be stumbling by…

To read the full homily, we invite you to visit Deacon Michael Keucher’s Blog, here.

Indiana Catholic Men’s Conference – Sept. 20, 2014

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Eighth Annual Indiana Catholic Men’s Conference
September 20, 2014 8:30 – 4:30
Indianapolis Marriott Downtown
350 West Maryland Street

Register and learn more at this link.

Parish Activities – September 14 – 21

Sunday, Sept. 14

  • 11:30am High School CFF
  • 4:30pm THAT meeting
  • 7pm Confirmation Class

Monday, Sept. 15

  • 8:30am Legion of Mary
  • 8:30am Quilters

Tuesday, Sept. 16

  • 8:30am Bible Study
  • 7pm RCIA

Thursday, Sept. 18

  • HFS Walkathon

Friday, Sept. 19

  • HFS Faculty Retreat –
    no students

Saturday, Sept. 20

  • 9am SMASH Day
  • 5pm HOLY FAMILY 60th Celebration Mass on the Grass and Parish Picnic with Entertainment

Sunday, Sept. 21

  • 11:30am High School CFF
  • 7pm Confirmation Class