23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass 

Monday –Sept. 16 – Sts. Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs

No Mass

Tuesday, Sept. 17 – St. Robert Bellarmine

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

7:45 p.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Anna Shininger by Greg & Geraldine Gause

Wednesday, Sept. 18 – Weekday in Ordinary Time

6:00 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Holy Hour with Confessions & Adoration

7:00 p.m. Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge –Carmen Wagner

Thursday, Sept. 19 – St. Januarius

8:30-9:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale - Reconciliation

9:00 a.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – Francis Schindler by Family & Friends

Friday, Sept. 20 – Sts. Andrew Kim Tae-gon, Paul Chong Ha-sang and Companions, Martyrs

9:00 a.m. Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – For the Sick of St. Michael’s Ridge Parish

Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, Sept. 21 – Vigil of the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time 

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Doris Antoine by Ed Antoine

   Servers: Noah and Jonah Shininger

6:30 p.m. St. Michael’s Ridge – G. Dennis Coressel by Steven & Karen Martin

Sunday, Sept. 22 – Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Rosemary Meyer by Bob & Connie Flory

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Barbara Layman by Richard & Sue Sheets 

   Servers: Eric, John, and Jimmy Shininger

*********************************************Weekly collection for September 7/8, 2019

Loose - $369.00

Regular Envelopes - $1,693.00 (58)

Bend Rectory Silent Auction Proceeds - $1,801.52

Total - $3,863.52  Thank you. May God bless you!


Scam Alert - parishioners are being contacted by telephone and email requesting monetary gifts, eBay gift cards, and other items by someone using Father Jake’s name. This is a scam. Do not respond to these calls or emails.  If you have received a call or email, please contact Steven Mueller at the Defiance County Sheriff’s Office at 419-784-1155. He is in charge of computer crimes.

St. Isidore Parish Picnic 

We will have our annual Parish Picnic on September 15, starting at 12:30pm with a Potluck in the upper hall at The Bend site. Please bring a dish or two to share. Tableware and drinks will be provided. Games, fun, and fellowship will follow along with a 5pm supper provided by the Parish.  Please contact Doug Shininger, 419-438-3723 or dougshininger@gmail.com, with any questions. Thank you and hope to see you there!

A Family Perspective: Parents are like that shepherd in today’s gospel, for they don’t give up and can’t rest if one of their children has wandered away.  A parent’s persistent love provides a glimpse of the unconditional love for each of us by God, Our Father. A parent is a window to the divine.

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.

Mass intentions for St. Michael’s – Please contact Karen Newton to schedule a Mass intention at St. Michael’s Ridge at 419-428-4585 or cell (419-576-0727) or cknewton@defnet.com. The donation can be given to Kent Beilharz directly or put in an envelope with his name on it and placed in the collection basket.

“Around Our Parishes”

This Sunday: St. Isidore Parish Picnic at 12:30pm at DB

Tuesday: Staff Meeting with Fr. Jake at 5pm at St. Mike’s Rectory

Wednesday: St. Michael’s Ridge Parish Council Mtg.- 7:30pm

Thursday: St. Isidore Altar Rosary Society Mtg.–6:30pm at DB

      St. Isidore Parish Council Mtg. – 7pm at MD

Friday: Anointing of the Sick during the 9am Mass at St. Michael’s Ridge (SMR)

Next Sunday: Rolls & coffee after 10am Mass at MD

Message from Fr. Jake

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The story of the Prodigal Son brings us hope.  It starts out pretty bad because the son does three things that are downright wicked or smacks of poor decision making.  First, he treats his dad as if he were dead and wants his inheritance. Then he leaves his family home for a far off land, squandering his money on partying and debauchery.  Then he ends up working on a pig farm, a servant for unclean animals according to Jewish tradition. He hits rock bottom, and then a miracle happens. He comes to his senses.  This is crucial for conversion. He acknowledges that he has sinned against God and his father and family. Then he says “I will arise and go to my father.” This verb for arising in Greek is the same verb used for the Resurrection.  There is threefold movement to coming back to life from death for the son: in his conscience he spiritually acknowledges the evil he has done and knows that it needs healing, he rises from the depths of sorrow and contrition and resolves to make amends, and he physically goes back to his father to be reconciled so that the relationship with his dad, his God, and himself can be healed.  When the dad catches sight of the son, he does not wait on the porch with arms folded to upbraid him. He runs off the porch to the dirt road and embraces and kisses his son before the young man can reach the family homestead. The father lavishes his son with gifts and a feast, to celebrate his son coming back from death to life. This parable is so precious a gem that Jesus gives us to teach us.  Where do we stand today? In the pigpen with a hunger that can never be satisfied by worldly pleasures and wealth? Are we compassionate to the suffering of others? Do we desire to let go of the choices that lead us to spiritual death? Do we receive spiritual life in confession and in making amends to the people we have wounded with sin? Do we teach our children the distinction between lies and truth?  Christ gives the peace and healing the world cannot give. He gives eternal life to us. Each time we say Yes to God is another step towards eternal life—a moment when heavenly grace shines through our souls to bring life to us and other people we serve in charity and mercy.

* The Weekend Mass and Confession schedule remains the same.  The basic format of Confessions, Mass, and Adoration for the St. Isidore and St. Michael Parishes for the Weekdays is as follows:

Monday: Offices closed.  Fr. Jake out of office on Mondays.

Tuesday: 7pm Confessions; 7:45pm Mass at DB

Wednesday: 6pm Eucharistic Adoration & Confessions; 7pm Mass at St. Michael’s (SMR)

Thursday: 8:30pm Confessions; 9am Mass at MD 

Friday: 9am Mass at St. Michael’s (SMR)

* If you have someone in your family who is home-bound, please call Fr. Jake with the name, phone, address, and contact person who is the caretaker.  We are trying to update the homebound parishioner list.

CYO News

*CYO meeting-September 15 at 2pm during the church picnic. Grades 7-12 and parents are welcome to come discuss and plan events for this school year. 

*CYO will have coffee and rolls September 22 instead of September 15 due to the church picnic. 

The monthly meeting of the Christo Rey Federal Credit Union will be held Monday, September 16, 2019 at 7:30pm in the Marysdale Hall.

St. Isidore Altar Rosary Society Meeting - Thursday, September 19, 2019, beginning at 6:30 with the Rosary. Meeting will be held in the basement at the Bend site since the Marysdale fellowship hall is not available. 

Birthday Wishes

Josiah Shininger, September 16

Josh Mansel-Pleydell, September 17

Augustine Stuckey, September 18

BJ Kline, September 18

Kelly (Luke) Shininger, September 19

Mary Lou Speiser, September 20

Nick Meyer, September 21

Elijah Goliver, September 22

Pray for the sick:

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

Diocesan Events

2019 Century Farm Award Applications Available Catholic Charities is now accepting applications for Century Farm Awards. This award designation honors Catholic families who have maintained a farm or homestead within their family for at least 100 years, with an emphasis on well-preserved working farms. Applicants will be asked to submit a registration form, copies of old deeds, and pictures to support claims. The information submitted must show family residence and ownership of a farm for at least 100 years. Applications should be submitted no later than September 20, 2019.

A Mass honoring award recipients will be celebrated by Bishop Daniel E. Thomas at St. Isidore Parish, Marysdale Location, 6324 St. Rt. 15, Defiance, Ohio, at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 10, 2019.

For more information or to request the registration form, please contact Melissa Tontiat (419) 214-4898 or mtonti@toledodiocese.org.  Award eligibility and registration form are located on the bulletin board at each site.

Stir into Flame Road Trip: Defiance – Experience community, be refreshed, grow and exercise god’s gifts, and receive personal prayer.  You are invited to Stir into Flame Around the Diocese at Defiance area-wide Prayer Gathering on Monday, September 23, 2019 at the K of C Hall, 111 Elliott Road, Defiance.  Fellowship from 6:30-7pm – bring your brown bag meal; praise and worship from 7-9pm. More details on the bulletin board at each site.

2019 Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary – Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, Archbishop of New York, will celebrate a Holy Mass at Rosary Cathedral on Monday, October 7 at 7pm with the Rosary led by Cardinal Dolan beginning at 6:30pm.  More details on the bulletin board at each site.

In marriage, communication is more than just talking.

At some point, did you stop sharing about the things that were important to you?  Did your spouse? 

Improving a marriage takes time and a conscious effort to learn about your spouse.  Growing closer in a marriage does not happen automatically. Retrouvaille is a marriage program dedicated to helping couples grow closer and develop a stronger bond.  You give your heart and soul to everything you do, between your work and your family. Are you giving your heart and soul to your marriage? Sometimes the distance between a husband and a wife can seem so wide that it cannot be repaired. Retrouvaille is a marriage program designed to bring couples closer together. The next weekend in our area is October 25 – 27, 2019.

2019 Diocesan Celebration of Wedding Anniversaries

Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral October 27, 2019 | 3:00 p.m.

If you are celebrating a milestone wedding anniversary in 2019 – 25, 40, 50, 60, or 60+ years – plan to join Bishop Daniel Thomas for the Order of Blessing Married Couples within Holy Mass. Registered couples receive a commemorative certificate and are invited to a reception following mass. To register please contact Zac Carder at zcarder93@gmail.com or 419-799-0323.

Hurricane Dorian Appeal: Our prayers go out to all who perished, their families, and untold numbers of people who are injured, displaced from their homes, homeless, or facing future evacuation in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. Recovery efforts are expected to take months. Your financial support will help with long-term recovery efforts, including needed pastoral care and support, case management to assist disaster victims, and direct assistance to people unable to get insurance coverage or sufficient government support from FEMA. As in past disasters, Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo is collecting and forwarding donations dollar for dollar to Catholic Relief Services for use in the Bahamas and sister Catholic Charities agencies in affected areas in the United States. Checks should be made out to Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, with a Bahamas Recovery OR United States Recovery notation and sent to Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo, OH 43604.