24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass 

Monday, September 14–The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

7:00 p.m. – Mass- St. Michael’s Ridge – Holly Garmyn

Tuesday, September 15 – Our Lady of Sorrows

No Mass

Wednesday, September 16 – Sts. Cornelius, Pope, & Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs

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

Thursday, September 17 – St. Robert Bellarmine, Bishop & Doctor of the Church

9:00 a.m. – Mass - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Deceased Members of the Sheets & Zipfel Families by Irene Zipfel

Friday, September 18 – Weekday in Ordinary Time

9:00 a.m. – Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Virginia & Robert Rath by Robyn Hawkins

 

Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, September 19 – Vigil of the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Harold & Nancy Kunesh by Dennis & Anita Fracassi

6:30 p.m. – Saint Michael’s Ridge – Jim Wagner by Family

Sunday, September 20 – Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Mary Ricica by Nick & Mary Ann Steffel

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Mindy Smalley by Melody Stevens

*********************************************Weekly collections from September 5/6, 2020

Loose - $336.00

Regular Envelopes - $975.00 (38)

Hall Rent - $50.00 (1)

Catholic University - $30.00 (2)

Assumption - $20.00 (1)

Maintenance Fund - $80.00 (2)

Total - $1,491.00  Thank you.  May God bless you!

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St. Mary’s Food Pantry - If you have an excess amount of veggies from your garden, the Food Pantry will take them to give their clients fresh vegetables.  Drop-off hours are 8-30am-4pm, M-F at the parish center on Jefferson Avenue.  Just leave items at the front door.  Distribution times are M, W, and F, 2:30-4:30pm.

 

The monthly Christo Rey Federal Credit Union meeting will be held at Jim Timbrook’s house on Monday, September 14 at 7:30pm.

 

Per Bishop Thomas: The faithful are still dispensed from the Sunday obligation until further notice. Those who are elderly, sick, or high risk are strongly encouraged to refrain from attending Mass; all others are encouraged and welcome to attend.  Masks are required.




 

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.

Maintenance Contacts: Steve Coolman, Russ Jesse, Louis Shininger, Barb Marlin, and Melissa Moninger

Sacrament of Reconciliation
St. Isidore, MD – Thursday, 8:30-9am

St. Isidore, DB – Tuesday, 6:30pm; Sat. 3:45-4:25pm

St. Michael’s Ridge – Wednesday, 6:00-6:40pm

 

Eucharistic Adoration Hours
St. Isidore, DB – Wednesday, 8am - Thursday, 7pm 

St. Michael’s Ridge – Wednesday, 6-7pm Holy Hour with Reconciliation, Adoration & Benediction 

PLEASE NOTE: The Adoration Chapel hours at St. Isidore, Delaware Bend have changed to Wednesday, 8am through Thursday, 7pm.  There will be no closing Benediction on Wednesday evening.

 

Conscience and the Catholic Voter – Bishop Thomas has sent a cover letter and a series of eight articles for guidance for Catholics of good will in this election year.  Article #2 of the series is attached to the bulletin this week.  The materials are being forwarded to you at the request of Bishop Thomas and Peter Range of the Office for Life and Justice (Catholic Charities). Peter also invites you to view the following video series:  https://www.awakencatholic.org/election.

Bishop Thomas prays that these outlines will help us form our consciences through understanding Catholic teaching and hopes we will approach these issues with prayer, charity, and fidelity.

 

Preparing for Marriage – Please pray for the following couples who are preparing for the Sacrament of Matrimony later this year:

September 26 – Brett Dietrich & Anna Doctor – SMR

December 12 – Emily Culler & Brooks Grine - MD

 

Birthday Wishes

Sara Hammon, September 14

Veronica Hastedt, September 15

David Kunesh, September 15

Josiah Shininger, September 16

Josh Mansel-Pleydell, September 17

Calvin Kuhn, September 17

BJ Kline, September 18

Augustine Stuckey, September 18

Kelly (Luke) Shininger, September 19

Kennedy Kuhn, September 19

Mary Lou Speiser, September 20

    

Pray for the sick:

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


 

The Debt We Owe: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings:

Sirach 27:30–28:7
Psalm 103:1–4, 9–12
Romans 14:7–9
Matthew 18:21–35
 

Mercy and forgiveness should be at the heart of the Christian life.

Yet, as today’s First Reading wisely reminds us, often we cherish our wrath, nourish our anger, refuse mercy to those who have done us wrong. Jesus, too, strikes close to home in today’s Gospel with His realistic portrayal of the wicked servant who won’t forgive a fellow servant’s debt, even though his own slate has just been wiped clean by their master.

It can’t be this way in the kingdom, the Church. In the Old Testament, seven is frequently a number associated with mercy and the forgiveness of sins. The just man sins seven times daily; there is a sevenfold sprinkling of blood for atonement of sins (see Proverbs 24:6; Leviticus 16). But Jesus tells Peter today that we must forgive not seven times, but seventy times seven times. That means: every time.

We are to be merciful as our Father in heaven is merciful (see Luke 6:36; Matthew 5:48). But why? Why does Jesus repeatedly warn that we can’t expect forgiveness for our trespasses unless we’re willing to forgive others their trespasses against us?

Because, as Paul reminds us in today’s Epistle, we are the Lord’s. Each of us has been purchased by the blood of Christ shed for us on the Cross (see Revelation 5:9). As we sing in today’s Psalm, though we deserved to die for our sins, He doesn’t deal with us according to our crimes. The mercy and forgiveness we show to others should be the heartfelt expression of our gratitude for the mercy and forgiveness shown to us.

This is why we should remember our last days, set our enmities aside, and stop judging others. We know that one day we will stand before the judgment seat and give account for what we’ve done with the new life given to us by Christ (see Romans 14:10, 12).

So we forgive each other from the heart, overlook each other’s faults, and await the crown of His kindness and compassion.

 

Yours in Christ,

Scott Hahn, PhD