23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Monday, September 10–14

No Masses – Fr. Bob on vacation

Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, September 15 – Vigil of the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – James Van

      Curen, Sr. by Jim & Rose, Zach & Bella Van Curen

   Servers: Jesse Coolman, Elijah and Isaiah Goliver

6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – In Thanksgiving 50th

      Anniversary Roger & Angela Durham & Roger

      Durham’s 75th birthday

Sunday, September 16 – Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Pat McCann by Nick

      & Mary Ann Steffel

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Jim Sponsler by

      Bob & Stella Shininger

Servers: Dominic & Michael Mansel-Pleydell, Miguel Garcia

St. Isidore Parish Stewardship – September 1/2, 2018

Loose - $345.00

Regular Envelopes - $1,715.00 (63)

Catholic University of America - $75.00 (5)

Assumption - $20.00 (1)

Total - $2,155.00  Thank you.  May God bless you!


Please note – Fr. Bob’s Vacation

For the next 12 days, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018

through Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, I will be taking some time for a Fall vacation.  Please welcome Fr. Al Ceranowski, a priest who will be taking all the weekend Masses & Confessions on Sept. 15 & 16, 2018.

In case of emergency while I am on vacation, please contact one of the area priests including:

Fr. Fred Duschl (419-272-2475) or

Fr. John Stites (419-345-5999) or

Deacon Scott Graham (419-518-0281).

Also Ronda Fabiano at the CCD office (419-497-3122) would be happy to assist you.

Please keep me in your prayers – as I will you also!!

Adoration on the Feast of the Exultation of the Cross  Bishop Thomas has asked the faithful of the diocese to participate in periodic “spiritual initiatives” to intentionally combat the evil that has wounded victims of abuse, Christ and His Church. For the first of these, He has asked that parishes of the diocese offer extended hours of adoration on the Feast of the Exultation of the Cross (Friday, September 14). He has asked for adoration, prayer, penance, and fasting for the healing of the Body of Christ.  The intention for that day with be the healing of victims, the reform of the hierarchy and clergy, and for the purification and holiness of the Church. On Friday September 14, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed from 11am until 6pm at Marysdale. Deacon Scott will lead the Rosary at noon, the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3pm, evening prayer at 4:30pm and Benediction at 5:45pm. All are invited and encourage to spend some part of their day in prayer.

Christo Rey Federal Credit Union Meeting will be Monday, September 10, at 7:30pm in the Marysdale hall.

A Family Perspective: Because the deaf man in today’s gospel recognized his disability, he could seek help from Jesus.  Deafness abounds in families: in our children (“Oh, Dad, not that again”), in parents (“It is just a stage”), and in spouses (“Are you listening?”).  Before Jesus can enter your home and heal, you must first recognize your deafness.

“Around Our Parishes”

This Weekend: St. Isidore Annual Picnic

      St. Michael’s Ridge Catechetical Sunday with installation of CCD teachers at the 8:30am Mass

No Masses Monday thru Friday – Fr. Bob on vacation

Thursday: 9:00am Communion Service at Marysdale led by Deacon Scott Graham

Friday: 9:00am Communion Service at St. Michael’s Ridge led by Deacon Scott Graham

      Eucharistic Adoration 11am-5pm for the Feast Day of the Exultation of the Holy Cross at Marysdale led by Deacon Scott Graham

Next Weekend: Please welcome Fr. Al Ceranowski, celebrant at all Masses & Confession

      Rolls & coffee after the 10am Mass at Marysdale,sponsored by the CYO

The St. Isidore Annual Parish Picnic will be held next Sunday, September 9, at The Bend site. At 12:30pm there will be a potluck lunch; please bring a dish to share. The parish council will provide a 5:00pm meal including hot dogs, brats, watermelon, and chips. Please come and enjoy food, games, and fun for all.

Special Thanks - I want to thank Fr. Bob Kill for the beautiful picture of the Holy Father with his Papal Blessing for my 40 years as Fr. Bob Kill’s housekeeper.  And for the people of St. Isidore (The Bend and Marysdale): Thanks for all who sent cards, gifts, and for the delicious cake & donuts after the 10:00 a.m. Mass.  Thank you for all the blessings & years I was there.  Please keep me in your Masses & prayers.  May God bless you!   Love & Prayers, Anita Bertsch

St. Isidore Altar Rosary Society Members - You are needed to share your talents! By doing so, you enrich our parish life, encourage a spirit of community, and benefit yourself through that self-giving. Please consider donating time to at least one of the activities sponsored by the Altar Rosary Society.  There is an activities sign-up sheet to view with an officer after Mass. WHAT? Not a member? One of the benefits of membership is spiritual grace obtained through two Masses said each year for living and deceased members. Upon a member’s death, the Society prays the Rosary together for the deceased member and has a Mass celebrated for the deceased member.  Another benefit is enjoying the company of and praying with the other Catholic ladies of our parish.  Annual dues can be paid through the parish envelopes.  Society booklets are now available in the church vestibules.  Please join us!


Birthday Wishes:

Richard Sheets, September 10

Eric Macsay, September 11

Joseph Fisher, September 12

Andy Mack, September 12

Sara Hammon, September 14

Veronica Hastedt, September 15

David Kunesh, September 15

Josiah Shininger, September 16


Pray for the sick:

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


Area Events

Join us for the 4th Annual Divine Mercy Wine Tasting and Beer Tasting on Saturday, September 8, 2018, 7–10 pm in Antwerp, OH.  Join us at Grant’s Reception Hall in Antwerp for an evening of wine and beer tasting.  We’ll have 12 wines and 8 varieties of beers available as well as appetizers, music, 50/50 raffle, and a silent auction.  Tickets are $25 per person and are available through the Parish Office (419-399-2576)

* Non-alcohol tickets are available for $15. All proceeds benefit Divine Mercy Rectory Project.

Redhead Run 5K Run/Walk - Saturday, September 15, 2018.  Registration begins at 7:45am. Race begins at 9:00am.  St. Peter Lutheran Church, Florida, Ohio.

Register online at www.runsignup.com and search for Redhead Run or contact Jen Schwiebert at kjschwiebert@gmail.com or 419-777-5356.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME!  The Redhead Run 5K is a fundraiser for the Kevin R. Schwiebert Memorial Fund, a 501(c)3 fund operated through the Henry County Community Foundation. We raise money for grants for fire departments throughout Henry, Fulton, Defiance, Williams, and Wood Counties.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

We want to encourage anyone who is interested in learning about the Faith and becoming Catholic to take the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults).  The program will begin on Thursday, September 20, 2018, at 7:00pm at St. John’s, Defiance in their St. Luke’s Room.  A special thanks to Mrs. Janice Elliott and the RCIA team who welcomed St. Michael’s Ridge and St. Isidore parishes to join their RCIA classes.  Please contact Fr. Kill 419-497-2161 or Mrs. Janice Elliott 419-782-7121 if interested.

Come Hold My Son Parish Mission will be held at Immaculate Conception in Ottoville on Sunday, September 23 at 7:00pm. This event promises to be an inspiring, life-changing mission for all parishes and communities, especially FAMILIES OF ALL AGES!  The presenter of this mission, Daniel Oberreuter, will make the Blessed Sacrament the main focus.  Inspired by the song he wrote, “Come Hold My Son,” he will take us on a journey through the mysteries of the rosary. Daniel will then reveal his soul through his testimony and his music. Join us at 5:30pm at the gazebo next to church for free ice cream and entertainment before the mission. Visit the website www.Comeholdmyson.com or call the Parish Office at (419) 453-3513.


October 2, 2018, cost $30.00 (includes meal).  Departing from St. John on Jackson Ave. at 9am.  Register by September 17, 2018. All registrations are being accepted at St. John Parish Office 419-782-7121.

Trip will include visits to:  Window Creations, Ottoville, where stained glass windows are made and restored, Immaculate Conception Church – Ottoville, St. Joseph Church - Fort Jennings, and St. John the Evangelist Church – Delphos.

Empowered for Discipleship Conference: Join engaging speakers Dave VanVickle and Mark Mussman as they share How God empowers me to live as a disciple of Jesus? OCTOBER 5-6, 2018 at St. Jerome Parish Center Gym, 300 Warner St., Walbridge, OH 43465. For more information, visit www.mccrholyspirit.org, call the Ministry to Catholic Charismatic Renewal at 419-691-6686, or email mccrholyspirit@gmail.com  Information and registration form are available on the bulletin board at each site.


Diocesan Events

USCCB Call to Prayer – Week 6

Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's announcement that he will retire has catapulted Roe v. Wade (the Supreme Court's landmark abortion case) into the news. Pro-abortion groups are pulling out all the stops to urge the U.S. Senate to reject any nominee who does not promise to publicly endorse Roe. And they are misrepresenting the legal and social reality of Roe and what would happen if it is overturned.

The upcoming Supreme Court vacancy provides us with yet another occasion requiring focused prayer. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops does not support or oppose the confirmation of any presidential nominee. However, given this historic moment, the U.S. bishops are urging all people of good will to pray that a change in the U.S. Supreme Court may move our nation closer to the day when every human being is protected in law and welcomed in life.

To participate in this novena, choose one day a week for the next nine weeks to:

May a change in the U.S. Supreme Court move our nation closer to the day when every human being is protected in law and welcomed in life.

Our Father..., Hail Mary..., Glory Be...


Offer a sacrifice for the intention.

Pro-life laws can and do reduce the abortion rate.
Most people on both sides of the abortion debate agree that reducing the number of abortions is a desirable outcome. While some argue that contraception is the key to reducing the abortion rate, real-world evidence does not back that up. Instead, research shows that even when women were provided with free "emergency contraception" ahead of time, the pregnancy and abortion rate remained statistically equivalent with those who were not provided with it.  In fact, the availability of contraception and abortion can increase the rate of unintended pregnancies (as well as sexually transmitted infections) as studies show that people engage in more frequent and riskier behavior if they believe their risk has been lowered. 

On the other hand, evidence suggests that laws restricting the funding of abortion (like the Hyde amendment preventing Medicaid funds from going to abortion) or limiting its availability, involving parents, and providing women with more information lower the rate of abortion. Unfortunately, Roe, its companion case Doe, and some subsequent rulings have been used to invalidate many laws meant to lower the rate of abortion.