1st Sunday of Advent

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass 

Monday, December 4 – St. John Damascene
No Mass
Tuesday, December 5 – Weekday in Ordinary Time
6:00 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Mary Ricica by Mary
      Ann Tidswell
Wednesday, December 6 – St. Nicholas
No Mass – St. Isidore CCD Confessions at Marysdale – 
      6:45pm
Thursday, December 7 – Eve of Immaculate Conception Holyday
7:00 p.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – Rafael Alberti
      by Lisa Alberti
Friday, December 8 – The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Holyday of Obligation)
9:00 a.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Pat
      Conlon by Mary Batt
   Servers: Volunteers
7:00 p.m. Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – John Bernard 
      by Bob & Betty Singer 
Lord’s Day Masses
Saturday, December 9 – Vigil of the Second Sunday of Advent
3:30 p.m. – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend - Reconciliation
4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Deceased 
      Family & Friends by Greg & Geraldine Gause
   Servers: Elijah and Isaiah Goliver, Kinsey Dietrich
6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Karon Farber by
      Chris & Karen Newton
Sunday, December 10 – Second Sunday of Advent
8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Gerald & Ceal Steffel
10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Kenneth Wonderly
      by Family & Friends
   Servers: Eric, John, and Jimmy Shininger
St. Isidore Parish Stewardship – November 25/26, 2017 
Loose - $370.00
Regular Envelopes - $1,458.00 (62)
Initial Offering - $5.00 (1)
Campaign for Human Development - $20.00 (1)
Energy - $30.00 (2)
Total - $1,883.00  Thank you.  May God bless you!
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Upcoming Parish Events
1. St. Isidore Altar Rosary Society will again sponsor its “More than a Manger” project during Advent, beginning next weekend, December 2-3, and concluding Christmas Day.  All donations will benefit the Community Pregnancy Centers of Northwest Ohio.  Items may be placed in the baby crib at Marysdale or the pack-n-play at The Bend.  A “Needs List” is outlined on the back page of this bulletin.
2. St. Isidore Altar Rosary Society will sponsor a sale of kitchen items from both sites on Saturday, December 16, from 9:00am until 3:00pm in the Marysdale hall.  Items include plates, cups, saucers, glasses, kitchen utensils, small appliances, flatware, and other miscellaneous items.  There are a number of items stamped with the “Marysdale” name that will be priced, but all other items will be sold for a free will offering.  The profit from this sale will be used to purchase new items for both kitchens. 
A Family Perspective: Today’s gospel tells us to “Be watchful.”  This comes natural to families.  Parents are watchful of their children’s health, grades, and friends.  Children are watchful of parental moods.  Today’s gospel encourages us to use this ability to see God acting in the innocence, tenderness, love, and forgiveness of your family.  “Be watchful,” the Lord is already with you.
This Sunday: Rolls and coffee after 10am Mass at
            Marysdale benefiting Community Pregnancy Ctr.
Tuesday: St. Michael’s Ridge Altar Rosary Society
            Christmas Party after the 6pm Mass
Wednesday: Confessions at Marysdale for CCD Grades
            2-6 at 6:45pm
Thursday: Vigil of the Immaculate Conception Holyday-
            7pm Mass at St. Isidore, Marysdale
Friday: Immaculate Conception Holyday of Obligation -
            9am Mass at St. Isidore, Delaware Bend and 7pm
            Mass at St. Michael’s Ridge
Next Sunday: St. Isidore Family Christmas Breakfast
            after the 10am Mass at Marysdale
      Retirement for Religious Collection (envelope pack)
Rolls and Coffee on December 3 and 17 will be provided by the St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society with all monies given (not just the proceeds) to the Community Pregnancy Center in Bryan as part of the “More than a Manger” project.
 
Kindly remember in prayer all of our Priests serving in the Diocese of Toledo, as they gather on Monday, Dec. 4, for the annual Day of Prayer and Sanctification of Priests at the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey. Through our prayers, may the Lord grant them many blessings.
 
Communion to the Sick and Homebound - We would like to add to our team that takes Communion to the sick and homebound. If you are interested in joining us in this ministry, please call Deacon Scott at 419-518-0281 or email deacon_scott@metalink.net for more information. Thank you and God Bless.
Family Christmas Breakfast will be held after the 10am Mass next Sunday, December 10, in the Marys-dale hall.
The 2018 contribution envelopes are available to be picked up.  They will be at The Bend until Saturday, December 2.  Starting Sunday, December 3, they will be available for pick-up at Marysdale.  If you did not receive envelopes and wish to have some, please let Father Kill or Melissa Moninger know. 
World’s Greatest Dishcloths – The St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society has dishcloths for sale.  They are white with red, blue, green, or tan stripes and will be available December 3, 10, and 17 in the Marysdale hall after 10am Mass.  Cost is 3/$5.  Make great stocking stuffers!
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo thanks you for your generous donations to Hurricane Harvey (Texas) - $514,135.21; Hurricane Irma (Florida) - $37,883.60; Hurricanes (St. Thomas/US Virgin Islands) - $99,788.04; and Hurricane Maria (Puerto Rico) - $109,176.66 for a total of $760,983.51.  100% of your donations went to relief efforts.
 
Birthday Wishes:
Jasper Shininger, December 4
Natalie Parker, December 10
Tom Hug, December 10
 
Pray for the sick:
Cody Davis, Denny Fronk, Noah Garcia, Shirley Guilford, Danny Mekus, Marilyn Minck, Dennis Smith, Marianne Fleming, Don Meyer, Betty Adelman (sister of Anita Bertsch), and all who need our prayers.
Area Events
K of C Pancake Breakfast – This Sunday, December 3, 2017, at the K of C Hall on Elliott Road, Defiance, from 9am-11:30am.  Meal price: $7 for adults; $6 for senior citizens; $4 for children 6-12; free for children 5 and U.  
 
St. Augustine Parish, Napoleon –Dec. 2, 3 – Annual Christmas House.   Decorated Christmas trees and “glitzy” holiday gift items. Baked Steak Dinner (Saturday 5-7pm) Breakfast (Sunday 9am-12pm).  More details on the bulletin board at each site.
Upcoming Blood Drives – Since it’s the Christmas season, why not give the best gift of all – the gift of life!  There will be two blood drives in our area in the near future.  They are:
*St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
400 Wayne Avenue, Defiance, OH
Thursday, December 7; 2pm-7pm
*Fairview High School
Wednesday, December 13; 9am-2pm
 
2018 March for Life
Port Clinton/Marblehead parishes’ Respect Life Ministry is sponsoring a bus trip to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life.  Information and registration forms can be found on the bulletin board at each site.
 
Community Pregnancy Center “Needs” List
New baby clothing
  Winter outfits – all sizes
  Sleepers – all sizes
  Onesies – 6-9 mos. and 9-12 mos.
  Socks        
  Shoes, all infant & toddler sizes
  *Gently used baby coats/snowsuits
New baby items
  Crib sheets                       
  Diapers (sizes 2-5)
  Sippy cups                       
  Baby bath towels
  Baby bottles                      
  Pacifiers
  Dishes/snack carriers       
  Baby wipes
  Receiving blankets (flannel or fleece)
  Infant swaddlers
  Handmade quilts and crocheted blankets
Office supplies
  Postage stamps  
Cash donations are always appreciated and needed!
Make checks payable to Community Pregnancy Centers of Northwest Ohio.
 
Information the public should know about Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood 2015 annual report shows increases in abortion numbers and taxpayer funding in 2015, alongside decreases in contraception, breast exams and overall patient numbers.
Planned Parenthood continued to maintain its status as the largest abortion provider in the United States (and again, increased its market share of that industry). 
The abortion group performed 328,348 abortions on unborn babies, 4,349 more than the previous year, according to the report.
At the same time, it saw 2.4 million patients, about 100,000 fewer than the previous year and about 500,000 fewer than five years ago. Contraception services, which the abortion chain touts as its primary service, also dropped from 2.94 million to 2.8 million during the past two years.
Meanwhile, the abortion chain received more taxpayer funding. The report shows Planned Parenthood receiving $554.6 million, up from $553.7 million the previous year. 
This pattern is consistent with its annual reports from the past several years. Abortions and taxpayer funding keep going up, while patient numbers and other services go down.
Recent polls also indicate Americans support the defunding efforts. New polling found 56 percent of Americans in battleground states want Planned Parenthood defunded.
(From LifeSite News)
 
As we begin the penitential season of Advent, we ask everyone to take a moment to review the USCCB’s guidelines on reception of Communion and reflect on this amazing gift we have been given. 
“The Communion Procession is a profoundly religious action us that tells us something about the way in which we should participate in this procession. We are the Body of Christ, moving forward to receive the Christ who makes us one with himself and with one another. Our procession should move with dignity; our bearing should be that of those who know they have been redeemed by Christ and are coming to receive their God!
The General Instruction asks each country's Conference of Bishops to determine the posture to be used for the reception of Communion and the act of reverence to be made by each person as he or she receives Communion. In the United States, the body of Bishops determined that Communion should be received standing, and that a bow is the act of reverence made by those receiving. These norms may require some adjustment on the part of those who have been used to other practices, however the significance of unity in posture and gesture as a symbol of our unity as members of the one body of Christ should be the governing factor in our own actions.
Those who receive Communion may receive either in the hand or on the tongue, and the decision should be that of the individual receiving, not of the person distributing Communion. If Communion is received in the hand, the hands should first of all be clean. If one is right handed the left hand should rest upon the right. The host will then be laid in the palm of the left hand and then taken by the right hand to the mouth. If one is left-handed this is reversed. It is not appropriate to reach out with the fingers and take the host from the person distributing.
The person distributing Communion says audibly to each person approaching, "The Body of Christ."  This formula should not be altered, as it is a proclamation which calls for a response of faith on the part of the one who receives. The communicant should audibly respond, "Amen," indicating by that response his or her belief that this small wafer of bread, the wine in this chalice are in reality the body and blood of Christ the Lord.
When one receives from the chalice, the same proclamation is made by the person distributing Communion and the Communicant again responds, "Amen." It should be noted that it is never permissible for a person to dip the host he or she has received into the chalice. If, for some reason, the communicant is not able or willing to drink from the cup then that person should receive only under the form of bread.”