16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass 

Monday, July 20 – St. Apollinaris, Bishop & Martyr

No Mass

Tuesday, July 21 – St. Lawrence of Brindisi, Priest & Doctor of the Church

7:00 p.m. – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Rose Hanna by Chris & Christine Stuckey

Wednesday, July 22 – St. Mary Magdalene

7:00 p.m. – Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Armando Hernandez & Matteo Krueger

Thursday, July 23 – St. Bridget, Religious

9:00 a.m. – Mass - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Larry Becher by Bob & Monica Hearne

Friday, July 24 – St. Sharbel Makhluf, Priest

9:00 a.m. – Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Jerry Holek

 

Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, July 25 – Vigil of the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

4:30 p.m.-St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Deb Shininger by Irene Zipfel

6:30 p.m. – Saint Michael’s Ridge – Denny Coressel by Martha Coressel & family

Sunday, July 26 –Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Albert & Marion Mekus by Christine Webb

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Shirley Guilford by Chris & Christine Stuckey Family

*********************************************Weekly collections from July 11/12, 2020

Loose - $114.00

Regular Envelopes - $1,305.00 (39)

Silent Festival - $545.00 (7)

Total - $1,964.00  Thank you.  May God bless you!

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St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society’s Mother’s Day to Father’s Day Project – The Community Pregnancy Center has been saving babies in Northwest Ohio for 33 years.  By providing a place to turn for women facing an unplanned pregnancy, CPC gives women the know-ledge, resources, and support necessary for choosing life.  In lieu of the usual distribution and collection of baby bottles, we are asking parishioners who are interested in donating to the Center to write a check to the St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society and mail it in care of Melissa Moninger to St. Isidore Catholic Parish at 05480 Moser Rd, Defiance, OH  43512.  Donations can also be placed in the collection basket in a clearly marked envelope for Melissa Moninger until this Sunday, July 19.  If you have coins you have been saving, contact Char Shininger to make arrangements to get them to her.

 

Preparing for Marriage – Please pray for the following couples who are preparing for the Sacrament of Matrimony later this year:

July 25 - Alicia Little and Dustin Colvin – SMR

August 8 - Joe Macsay and Ashtyn Bauer, St. Johns

September 12 – Abby Parrot & Kurt Kahle – SMR

September 26 – Brett Dietrich & Anna Doctor – SMR

December 12 – Emily Culler & Brooks Grine - MD


 

St. Isidore Mass Intentions – Contact Melissa Moninger at 419-789-3780 (call/text).  The donation can be given to her directly or put in an envelope with her name on it and placed in the collection basket.

 

Maintenance Contacts: Steve Coolman, Russ Jesse, Louis Shininger, Barb Marlin, and Melissa Moninger

 

Sacrament of Reconciliation
St. Isidore, MD – Thursday 8:30-9am

St. Isidore, DB – Tues. 6:30pm; Sat. 3:45-4:25pm

St. Michael’s Ridge – Wednesday 6:00-6:40pm

 

“This Week’s Happenings”

Wednesday: Adoration at St. Isidore, DB, starting at 8am

            Closing Benediction at 6:45pm

      Holy Hour with Reconciliation, Adoration & Benediction at SMR beginning at 6pm

Thursday: Adoration at St. Isidore, DB, 8am-7pm

      St. Isidore Parish Council Meeting – 7pm at MD

 

Around Our Parishes:

1.    Please pray for the repose of my cousin, Tate Agnes Foran, who was murdered in Georgia recently.  She was a beautiful, faithful young woman who lived her Catholic faith with enthusiasm.  Please pray for her parents Bobby and Laura Foran and her siblings Trey, Tucker, and Tess.  Bobby is a retired fire chief for Douglasville, Ga.  Please pray for Edward Lee Cherry, who is alleged to have committed the homicide of my cousin while carjacking.  He is also wanted for two murders in Jacksonville, Florida.  May God bring healing to our families that are wounded by violence and death.  

2.   CCD books and materials are being ordered by Alison Garcia and Ronda Fabiano as we prepare for a new year of catechesis.

3.   Prayer intentions: Please keep the prayers for healing from the COVID pandemic and the need for rain on the crops in your daily intentions.

4.   St Mike’s Parish Center Meeting was held this past Wednesday and here is an update.  We met before the COVID19 lockdown and learned that the cost of the original plan went from 960,000 to 1.3 million dollars.  The architect, Jerry Overmyer, was asked to make a smaller, more affordable building for the ballpark of 800,000-900,000 dollars.  The council was in agreement that we cannot afford the original plan and we should gather another cost analysis for both buildings.  In the meantime, we are asking to draw up plans to submit to bidders for the smaller of the buildings.  4 people were chosen to assess the plans with Jerry before we submit them to the bidders: Nancy Stahulak, Sue Beck, Kevin McCann, and Eric Weber.  The committee is also in agreement to do sealed bids that will be mailed to the parish priest and opened with the committee and the need for a timeline was discussed too.  We presently have 609,403.98 cash on hand.  Thank you to all who have been giving to this cause.

God bless you all, Fr Jake 

 

Weekend Youth Retreat - It is with sadness that we have made the decision to postpone the Youth Retreat planned for July 24-26 at St. Isidore.  In light of the county Covid-19 level rising, we feel it is best for the safety of our youth, their families, & our community to wait until a better time for us to hold the retreat. Thank you all for your understanding. Stay safe, stay healthy, & may God’s favor shine upon you. 

 

SAVE THE DATE

2020 Diocesan Celebration of Wedding Anniversaries

Congratulations on your milestone wedding anniversary! The Diocese of Toledo will honor you and other couples celebrating 25, 40, 50, 60 and 60-plus years of marriage at a mass celebrated by Bishop Daniel E. Thomas on Sunday, October 25, at 3pm, at Rosary Cathedral, 2535 Collingwood Blvd, Toledo. Thank you for your witness to the Sacrament of Marriage.

Every registering couple is guaranteed an anniversary certificate.  For more information regarding this event and to register please visit www.toledoanniversarymass.org or contact Alice Jacobs ajacobs@toledodiocese.org 419-214-4978.

 

Birthday Wishes

Bennette Singer, July 22

Brian Kimpel, July 22

Levi Coolman, July 22

Lane Kolb, July 23

Leslie Culler, July 23

Lillian Warner, July 23

Caleb Shininger, July 24

Tara Shininger, July 25

Andy Kolb, July 25

Luke Nicely, July 25

 

Anniversary Wishes

Todd & Tara Shininger, July 20

Jake & Holly Coolman, July 22

Jerry & Cindy Hesselschwardt, July 26

Luke & Kelly Shininger, July 26

 

Pray for the sick:

Fr. Bob, Betty Adelman & Jean Keller (sisters of Anita Bertsch), Anita Bertsch, Cody Davis, Marianne Fleming, Denny Fronk, Noah Garcia, Jim Huebner, Rhett Jesse, Danny Mekus, Marilyn Minck, Roseann Nusbaum, and all who need our prayers. 

CCD News

*Students that will be attending CCD for the 2020-2021 academic year can register online at https://forms.gle/wAUCHWhYF67jLfZNA

RCIA - Curious about the Catholic Church and her teachings? Interested in becoming Catholic? Are you an adult that never received Confirmation? Contact Alison Garcia to inquire about the RCIA program at 419-399-0647 or email nachoalisongarcia@gmail.com. 

VBS - Divine Mercy in Paulding has extended an invitation for St Isidore to join them in a virtual VBS beginning July 20. It is free to join! Go to the following link at https://mailchi.mp/catchat.ca/marvelous-mystery-sample-sign-up to sign up. If you have questions or need help signing up contact Alison Garcia at nachoalisongarcia@gmail.com or 419-399-0647.

St. John the Evangelist, Defiance, Ohio is seeking an Administration/Communication Minister. The successful candidate would provide administrative, secretarial, clerical duties, and maintain all forms of electronic communication. Daytime working hours of 35 per week with some alternating weekend hours. This is a full-time hourly position with benefits and health care. High School or GED.  Contact Bonnie Nally at 419-782-7121 or bnally@stjohndefiance.org

It's Time for a Spiritual Audit!

In virtually every aspect of Life, corporate, athletic, education etc., there is a constant evaluation process to measure growth and improvement. Now it is a good time to assess our spiritual progress. Have we made a difference? If God were totally our "faith in action" would He be pleased with what we have done (or failed to do)?

Evils plague our society, such as abortion, pornography "comprehensive sex" education, tax funding of Planned Parenthood, and other anti-God, anti-life and anti-family issues. 

As Christians, we know that the Bible commands us to be active in serving God. Service is an action word, so we know that we cannot serve God by sitting on the sidelines, or being a "fence sitter". Are we as Catholics influencing our world, or is today's relativism and secularism influencing us much more? 

Are we setting an example to the next generation to protect marriage and to defend life, from conception until natural death, or are we just "passively" pro-life? Do we speak up when in a position to defend innocent life? Do we hold our elected representatives accountable? 

Obviously, we cannot do it all, but we can certainly do something! Literally, thousands of lives are at stake each and every day. If we do nothing we collude with the pro-aborts, the purveyor of pornography and those that wish to remove God from society. By doing nothing, we reap what they sow! 

''Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins" James 4:17 

By Pro-Life Articles Author

Of Wheat and Weeds: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings:
Wisdom 12:13, 16–19
Psalm 86:5–6, 9–10, 15–16
Romans 8:26–27
Matthew 13:24–43God is always teaching His people, we hear in today’s First Reading.

And what does He want us to know? That He has care for all of us, that though He is a God of justice, even those who defy and disbelieve Him may hope for His mercy if they turn to Him in repentance.

This divine teaching continues in the three parables that Jesus tells in the Gospel today. Each describes the emergence of the kingdom of God from the seeds sown by His works and preaching. The kingdom’s growth is hidden—like the working of yeast in bread; it’s improbable, unexpected—as in the way the tall mustard tree grows from the smallest of seeds.

Again this week’s readings sound a note of questioning: Why does God permit the evil to grow alongside the good? Why does He permit some to reject the Word of His kingdom?

Because, as we sing in today’s Psalm, God is slow to anger and abounding in kindness. He is just, Jesus assures us—evildoers and those who cause others to sin will be thrown into the fiery furnace at the end of the age. But by His patience, God is teaching us—that above all He desires repentance, and the gathering of all nations to worship Him and to glorify His name.

Even though we don’t know how to pray as we ought, the Spirit will intercede for us, Paul promises in today’s Epistle. But first we must turn and call upon Him, we must commit ourselves to letting the good seed of His Word bear fruit in our lives.

So we should not be deceived or lose heart when we see weeds among the wheat, truth and holiness mixed with error, injustice and sin.

For now, He makes His sun rise on the good and the bad (see Matthew 5:45). But the harvest draws near. Let’s work that we might be numbered among the righteous children—who will shine like the sun in the kingdom of the Father.

Scott Hahn, PhD.