First Sunday of Lent

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass

Monday, March 11 – Lenten Weekday

No Mass

Tuesday, March 12 – Lenten Weekday

7:00 p.m. – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Cenacle, Reconciliation, Prayers to St. Philomena

7:45 p.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend–Deceased members of the Kunesh Family by Lawrence Kunesh

Wednesday, March 13 – Lenten Weekday

7:00 p.m.  Mass - St. Michael’s Ridge – Patrick McCann by Jim & Lonnie Raimonde

Thursday, March 14 – Lenten Weekday

7:00 p.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend–Deceased family & friends by Bob & Mary Kurtz

Friday, March 15 – Lenten Weekday

9:00 a.m. Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Irene Steffel by Chris & Karen Newton

Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, March 16–Vigil of the Second Sunday of Lent

3:30 p.m. – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend - Reconciliation

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend–Bernard & Irene Kuhn by Tom & Diane Moninger

  Servers: Andrew and John Shininger

6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Ted Garmyn by Robert & Diane Thornell

Sunday, March 17 – Second Sunday of Lent

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Pam Wagner

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Bernard & Lillian Hesselschwardt by family

  Servers: Isaac, Abram, and Xavier Shininger


St. Isidore Parish Stewardship – March 2/3, 2019

Loose - $404.00

Regular Envelopes - $2,063.37 (73)

Initial Offering - $20.00 (1)

Church in Eastern Europe - $36.00 (4)

ACA Rebate - $1,503.00

Total - $4,026.37  Thank you. May God bless you!


Annual Catholic Appeal Computer Glitch

Some of you may have noticed an error on the ACA donation card you received in the mail last week.

At least on some cards, above your name was listed St. Joseph (North Creek) or St. John the Baptist Parish.  I called the Diocesan ACA Office last Monday and apprised them of the computer glitch. They were aware of the situation & were in the process of correcting it.  

They assured me that all donations are tied to the proper ID number and family number.  The only thing that was wrong was the parish listing. I would suggest that when making an ACA donation with those cards: Cross-out the wrong parish name & write in the correct parish name. Sorry for this error from the company that sent out these cards to our parishioners.

Fr. Robert Kill, Pastor


St. Isidore Mother-Daughter Breakfast – Sunday, March 31, following the 10am Mass at Marysdale. While no tickets will be sold, a free will offering will be collected at the beginning of the breakfast. Ladies of the parish are welcome and may invite their female family members to join them. Mark your calendars now as this date is earlier than usual this spring.

A Family Perspective: Jesus “was led by the Spirit in the wilderness.”  What is the wilderness in your life to which the Holy Spirit is leading you this Lent?  Perhaps there are uncharted areas in your marriage or family relationships. Spend this Lent in your “wilderness” with God.  Where is the Spirit leading you this Lent?

“Around Our Parishes”

This Weekend: Black & Indian Collection (envelope pk.)       

     St. Michael’s Bible Study – 6:30pm Sunday

Wednesday: St. Isidore CCD Confessions Grades 2-6 (Fr. Jake)

     St. Michael’s Lenten Stations of the Cross & Mass- 6:30pm (Fr. Bob)

Thursday: St. Isidore, DB Lenten Stations of the Cross- 6:30pm (Deacon Scott); Mass at 7pm (Fr. Jake)

     St. Isidore Holy Name Mtg. after Mass at DB

Saturday: St. Michael’s Craft Show at K of C Hall – 9am-3pm

Next Sunday: St. Michael Confirmation Rite of Blessing & Retreat following 8:30am Mass; St. Michael’s Bible Study – 6:30pm      


The monthly meeting of the Christo Rey Federal Credit Union will be Monday, March 18, 2019 at 7:30pm in the Upper Hall at Delaware Bend.


Upcoming Parish Events:

March 23/24 – Parish Council Elections

March 31 – Mother-Daughter Breakfast

April 7–Open Parish Council Mtg. after 10am Mass

April 14 – Palm Sunday and Parish Breakfast

April 21 – Easter


Thank You to St. Michael’s parishioners who gave food thru-out the months of November & December during Fr. Bob’s recovery from surgery. Also I thank all the parishioners of St. Isidore and St. Michael’s Ridge for taking Fr. Bob to the Bryan Oncology Center for his 37 radiation treatments.  I surely appreciate your thoughtfulness.  Please continue to keep Fr. Bob in your prayers. I also ask your prayers for a successful cataract surgery on my right eye sometime in April.  Thank you for all your prayers! May God bless you!  Anita Bertsch

Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe - Thank you for your generous contributions last week to the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe! If you missed the collection, it's not too late to give. Visit www.usccb.orglnationalcollections, and click on the "How to Give" link on the left.

CENACLE - Anyone interested in praying a family cenacle rosary for priests weekly please call Deb Snyder at 419-782-7778. 


CCD News

Our CCD students will again be participating in the Lenten Rice Bowl Campaign for Catholic Relief Services. Rice Bowls went home with each student 2/27/2019 and are due back the Wednesday after Easter, April 24. We welcome members of the parish to participate in the Rice Bowl Campaign with us. Rice Bowls can be found in the vestibule at each site.

Annual Catholic Appeal - Countless lives are touched by every contribution to the 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal. Children, seminary students, the sick and aged, the needy—they all depend on our generosity. Faith, hope and love come alive through the Annual Catholic Appeal, which in turn fosters the Holy Disciples, Holy Families and Holy Vocations. Thank you for pledging today to help meet our parish goal of $12,000 and assure the continuation of these programs and services. For more information on ministries funded by the appeal visit  


Birthday Wishes

Eric Jesse, March 11

Grace Shininger, March 13

Mike Mack, March 13

Emily Culler, March 15

Ben Kimpel, March 17


Pray for the sick:

Fr. Bob, June Coolman, Cody Davis, Marianne Fleming, Denny Fronk, Noah Garcia, Rhett Jesse, Danny Mekus, Don Meyer, Marilyn Minck, Roseann Nusbaum, Betty Adelman (sister of Anita Bertsch), and all who need our prayers.


Area Events

K of C Fish Fry

Knights of Columbus Council #1039, 111 Elliott Road, Defiance, OH (419-782-3536) Friday, March 15, 2019. Carry-out meals available at 4:00pm; dining room from 4:00pm-7:00pm.  Eat in: Adult Dinner $10.00 (with beverage) 6-12 Years $4.00, 5 and under eat for FREE!! Carry Out: Regular Dinner $9.50, 2lb “All Fish” $16.00, ($22 with any 3 Sides), side dishes $3.00/pint.

Fish Fry - St. Augustine Catholic Church (722 Monroe St., Napoleon) will be having weekly Fish Fries each Friday during Lent (March 8 – April 12), serving from 5pm– 7pm in the school gym.  The menu includes all you can eat fried or baked fish (with rosemary sauce), baked or cheesy potatoes, seasoned green beans, homemade macaroni & cheese, homemade coleslaw, coffee, ice tea or punch, & delicious desserts.  Carry out is available.  $8.00 (65+), $9.00 (13-64), $5.00 (5-12), FREE under 5.

35th Annual St. Michael’s Ridge Craft Show – Saturday, March 16, 2019, from 9am-3pm at the K of C Hall in Defiance.  Sponsored by the Altar Rosary Society. Free admission, lunch stand, sandwiches, soup, pies, desserts, bake sale, and raffles.

Pancake & Sausage Breakfast – Jewell Volunteer Fire Dept. from 7am-1pm.  Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 08125 Independence Road, Defiance, OH.  Proceeds to help purchase new equipment.

Rosary Rally for Traditional Marriage

Join us and other communities throughout America who are conducting a Rosary Rally for Traditional Marriage. We will meet on the front steps of St. Mary’s, Defiance on Saturday, March 23 from Noon to 1pm. Never in history was there a more urgent time than NOW to spread our public action in defense of God’s gift of Traditional Marriage. Come and pray with us:  for God, for America and for our children. For more information contact Michael Westrick 419-784-9125.

St. Augustine Catholic School Pre-K/Kindergarten Open House – Sunday, March 24, 11:30am-1pm at 722 Monroe Street, Napoleon, OH.  Kindergarten Clinic is Tuesday, March 26, at 9am. For more information, see the flyer on the bulletin board at each site.

St. Mary Catholic Church Mission – Monday, March 25, 2019 – From Faith to Family: Putting on God’s Armor; Tuesday, March 26: Answering the Call to Serve; Wednesday, March 27: Dedicating Our Talents and Our Time to God. Guest Speaker – Matt Allner.  All sessions start at 7pm at 715 Jefferson Avenue, Defiance.


Diocesan Events

Divorced-Separated Retreat

Do you know someone who is divorced or separated?  Someone who is hurting from a split, whether it be marriage or any relationship you thought was going to be a lifelong commitment?  Even if someone is in a good relationship now or remarried, there may still be healing needed from a past break up.

A Divorced-Separated Retreat will be held Saturday, March 16, from 8 am-8 pm, at Hicksville St. Michael Catholic Church. Come for all or any part of the day.  For questions or to register, call Susie Smalley at 419.487.2652 or Mary Daniel at 419.630.4957.  This program is put on by Catholics-everyone is welcome.

Young Adults’ Retreat - What would you say if asked, "Why are you Catholic?" Unsure because you've always been Catholic?  Come join other young adults aged 22-39 for the "Choosing to be Catholic Retreat" with Charis ministries on March 23-24 at the Parish Center in Ottoville.   Ponder who Jesus Christ is to you. Hear young adults share what being Catholic means to them and experience Christian community. This retreat is for any young adult in the diocese.  For information send a message to


Babies In The Womb Are “Pre-Born”… Not Unborn

Well-chosen words have power. 

Consider how the pro-abortion advocates marketed and sold their endorsement of abortion.  It is not called pro-murder.  It is called pro-choice. They appealed to the current culture’s mentality; a mentality that we have been exhibiting since the 1960s.  We live in a cafeteria culture.  Everyone wants choices. We want to pick and choose our morality. Everyone wants to feel empowered in making their own decisions, right or wrong; moral relativism.  Thus, the Madison Avenue advertising gurus cleverly chose pro-choice in promoting death, but also in concealing the truth; pro-murder.  As for images?  Oh, they definitely don’t want you to see those, and refuse to show them in any of their promotions or campaigns. 

The term "unborn” creates a problem, because it is somewhat vague. It gives the reader or listener an image of someone who is not born and perhaps, never will be. For example, a couple might talk about their future "unborn children” they are planning to have one day, but do not exist as of yet.  Pre-born, on the other hand, gives an image of someone who is already in existence, and is waiting to be born. It gives a more human and realistic description of the baby developing right here and now. It describes a very real person who is living and breathing in the present – not the future.

Therefore, with the knowledge and scientific understanding that life begins at fertilization, and that we are living human beings in the womb, why don’t we all use the reference preborn? If we support life, and acknowledge that a child deserves our respect, support and protection while waiting comfortably in the womb until the birth process, why not give them the dignity they deserve and refer to them as preborn?  Let’s proclaim life accurately. Because now that we know the truth, referring to them as anything less is not only unkind, it is also uninformed.