1st Sunday of Lent

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass

Monday, February 19 – Weekday in Lent

No Mass 

Tuesday, February 20 – Weekday in Lent

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

7:45 p.m. Mass –St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Audrey Walk by Davis Family

Wednesday, February 21 – St. Peter Damian

10:00 a.m. Mass – Brookview Nursing Home – Jeannette Wannemacher by Edie Wannemacher

No Mass – St. Isidore CCD Confessions Grades 2-6

Thursday, February 22 – The Chair of St. Peter the Apostle

7:00 p.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – Anna Shininger by Glen Steffel

Friday, February 23 – St. Polycarp

9:00 a.m. Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Irene Steffel by Slagle’s & Brubaker’s


Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, February 24–Vigil of the Second Sunday of Lent

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – William Weaner by Paula DeCola

   Servers: Simon, Daniel, and Jeremiah Hammon

6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Cindy Steffel by Janice Steffel family

Sunday, February 25 – Second Sunday of Lent

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Francis & Dorothy Minck, Keith Hubbard, Troy Miller by Doug & Joan McBride

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Rosa Hanna by Deb Kolb

  Servers: Isaac and Abram Shininger, Kinsey Dietrich


St. Isidore Parish Stewardship – February 10/11, 2018

Loose - $369.00

Regular Envelopes - $1,369.00 (56)

Energy - $60.00 (5)

Church in Eastern Europe - $45.00 (3)

Initial Offering - $5.00 (1)

Baptism Stipend - $40.00 (1)

Total - $1,888.00  Thank you.  May God bless you!


CCD News

Please pray for the Confirmation students and their teachers as they continue to prepare to receive the sacrament on March 3: Michael Betz, Elijah Goliver, Jackson Grine, Emma Kolb, Rachel Layman, Michael Mansel-Pleydell, MaryAnn Meyer, Abram Shininger, James Shininger, Elijah Shininger, Jeffrey Smith - 7th grade class.  Ashley Betz, Kaycie Betz, Riley Bowers, Daniel Hammon, Sydney Kunesh, Adam Mack, Andrea Macsay, Amanda Meyer, Isaac Shininger, and Kyle Vandemark - 8th grade class.

Please pray for the 2nd graders as they continue to prepare for their 1st Holy Communion on May 6:  Hunter Bauer, Jake Vandemark, and Lily Warner.



A Family Perspective: Jesus went to the desert to put his life in perspective.  This Lent take a fresh look at a difficult relationship in your life.  Concentrate on the positive things that person does, not just the negatives.  Try to understand why their behaviors “bug” you.  Can you honestly share your feelings with them without attacking them?  Make Lent a time to MEND and FORGIVE!

“Around Our Parishes”

This Weekend:Black & Indian Collection (envelope box)

      RCIA Rite of Election at 6:30pm Mass at St. Michael’s Ridge

      St. Michael’s Ridge 1st Communion Rite of Blessing at 8:30am Mass

      Rolls and coffee at St. Isidore, Marysdale after the 10am Mass, sponsored by the Altar-Rosary Society

      St. Michael’s Ridge Baptisms at 1:30pm – Everett Michael Keel, son of Taylor & Jessica Keel and Merman Cy Keel, son of Justin & Aaren Keel

Wednesday: Mass at Brookview Nursing Home – 10am

      St. Isidore CCD Confessions at 6:45pm-Grades 2-6

St. Michael’s Ridge Stations of the Cross & Benediction at 7pm led by Deacon Scott

Thursday: St. Isidore, Marusdale Stations of the Cross at 6:30pm followed by Mass

      St. Isidore Parish Council Mtg.-7:30pm at Marysdale

Next Weekend: 2nd Collection for St. Vincent de Paul Society at all Masses

      St. Isidore Confirmation practice after 10am Mass

      St. Michael’s Ridge PRE Bowling – 1:00-3:00pm at Defiance Recreation Center


Lent began on Ash Wednesday.  To review the fast and abstinence rules, they are as follows: Complete abstinence from meat - Ash Wednesday & ALL Fridays of Lent.  Days of fasting are: Ash Wednesday & Good Friday.  The law of abstinence applies to all Catholics 14 years and older; the law of fasting binds Catholics 18 years old up to their 59th birthday (Canons 97 & 1252).


Upcoming Parish Events – March 3 – Confirmation at Rosary Cathedral in Toledo – 11am

March 5, 6, & 7 – Parish Mission

March 25 – Parish Easter Breakfast

May 6 – First Communion at 10am Mass at Marysdale


Congratulations to Terry & Theresa Miller on the Baptism of their son, Emmett James Miller, at St. Isidore on Sunday, February 4.  God’s blessings to you always.


Dessert Sale - The St. Isidore group going to Steubenville this summer is having a dessert sale at the Defiance Knights of Columbus fish fry March 2 and 23.  Free will donation for desserts. 


Lenten CD Available for Purchase - Growing Pains: The Demands of Our Lenten Journey is a musical trilogy with dramatic interpretations of Biblical characters who walked the Passion with Jesus and turned the demands of their pain into crucial testimony for the Kingdom.  View Christ's Passion through the eyes of Claudia Procula (the wife of Pontius Pilate), Mary Magdalene, and the Blessed Virgin Mary with original musicals by Carol & Kristen Kurivial of Luminous Ministries, Bryan, OH.  Experience the distinct perspectives of the women of the cross. Cost is $20. Visit www.luminourministries.com for more information.


On the bulletin board at each site is some information for our parish families regarding need-based scholarships for private schools and homeschooling for grades K-8 available through the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fundwww.nosf.org  Included is an Am I Eligible to Apply information sheet.  Deadline for applications for the 2018-2019 school year is Friday, April 27, 2018.


Birthday Wishes:

Rose Ann Mack, February 20

Ali Diaw, February 20

Lisa Wonderly, February 21

Nancy Kunesh, February 22

John G. Singer, February 25


Pray for the sick:

Brian Davis, Cody Davis, Denny Fronk, Noah Garcia, Pauline Goliver, 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 Fish Fry – Friday, February 23, from 4pm-7pm at the K of C Hall on Elliott Road, Defiance.  Cost for adult dinner - $10; 6-12 years - $4; 5 and under – free.  Carry out dinner - $9.25 fish and two sides; 2 lb. “all fish” - $15 ($21 with any 3 sides); all side dishes - $3/pint.  No chicken on the menu since Lent has begun.


K of C Pancake Breakfast – Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the K of C Hall on Elliott Road, Defiance, from 9am-11am.  Meal price: $7 for adults; $6 for senior citizens; $4 for children 6-12; free for children 5 and U.  Menu includes pancakes, hash brown potato casserole, scrambled eggs, ham, sausage links, biscuits & sausage gravy, cinnamon rolls, milk, juice, and coffee.


Pancake & Sausage Breakfast – Sunday, March 4, 2018, at Ridgeville Legion Hall from 7am-1pm.  Menu includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, and beverage.  Free-will donation.  Sponsored by Ridgeville Township Fire & Rescue with proceeds going toward fire and rescue equipment.


Future Blood Banks – There is a crucial need for blood due to the flu season and inclement weather.  Please consider giving the “gift of life” at one of these future blood drives:

March 8 – Bryan High School – 7:30am-1:30pm

March 9 – Eagles, Defiance – 10:30am-4L30pm

March 17 – Wesley UMC, Bryan – 10:00am-2:00pm


“Come and See” Retreat

Come away to listen, pray, and reflect on how God is calling you to be a disciple. Join other single, Catholic women, ages 18-45, to explore this question and to learn about contemporary religious life. This free Columbus area retreat is a great opportunity for personal reflection