26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass 

Monday –Sept. 30 – St. Jerome, Priest & Doctor of the Church

No Mass

Tuesday, October 1 – St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Virgin & Doctor of the Church

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

7:45 p.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Jim Romes by Greg & Barbara Romes

Wednesday, October 2 – The Holy Guardian Angels

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

7:00 p.m. Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge –Marion & Albert Mekus by Christine Webb

Thursday, October 3 – Weekday in Ordinary Time

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

9:00 a.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – G. Allan Fillman by Family & Friends

Friday, October 4 – St. Francis of Assisi (First Friday)

8:00 a.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Art Wonderly by Kevin, Julie, Alli & Colin


Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, October 5 – Vigil of the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time 

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Frances Wonderly by M/M Philip Steele

   Servers: Elijah & Isiah Goliver

6:30 p.m. St. Michael’s Ridge – Mary Ricica by Jack & Sharon Schliesser

Sunday, October 6 – Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Jenny Krueger

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Vivian Koontz by Sam & Debbie Slusser

   Servers: Isaac, Xavier, & Abram Shininger

*********************************************Weekly collection for September 21/22, 2019

Loose - $283.42

Regular Envelopes - $1,766.00 (68)

Total - $2,049.42  Thank you. May God bless you!


St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society members are asked to join in reciting the rosary for Shirley Guilford at Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home in Sherwood at 7:30pm this Sunday.  Please be there by 7:25pm.  


Altar Server Pizza/Bowling Party

The annual server's pizza/bowling party is scheduled for Nov. 3rd at Defiance Recreation Bowling.  Rides will be provided to and from the bowling alley. We will plan on leaving from the Marysdale Hall at 12:45pm and returning around 4pm.  Each Altar Server will need to fill out a permission slip to attend. These are available in the back of the churches. For more information, please call Doug Shininger at (419) 438-3723 or email at dougshininger@gmail.com


A Family Perspective: In today’s gospel, the rich man died and was condemned to “a place of torment” because he ignored the poor.  He asked Lazarus to go and warn his five brothers to change their ways. Evidently ignoring the poor was a family pattern.  Is your family sensitive to the poor?

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”

Next Sunday: Rolls & coffee after 10am Mass at MD, sponsored by the Altar-Rosary Society

Comments from Fr. Jake:

1.  Shirley Guilford went home to God this past week.  Please pray for her repose and for healing for her family.  May she and all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

2.  Parish and Finance Councils and Cemetery Committee have met over the past two weeks and the meetings went very well.  I am very grateful for the people who help in these ministries.  Thank you all!

3.  The young people preparing to receive Confirmation will be on retreat at Delaware Bend on Saturday, October 19.  Please keep them in your prayers.

4.   Fr. John Stites is recovering well at The Meadows of Kalida.  He thanks us all for the prayers offered and asks for continued prayers.  His address is 755 Ottawa Street, Kalida OH 45830.


Monday, October 7, is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.  The St. Isidore Altar Rosary Society will be leading the Rosary starting at 7pm at Marysdale.  All are invited to come and pray the Rosary.


A Mass honoring award recipients of the 2019 Century Farm Award 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.


Interested in being an Altar Server at Saint Isidore Parish?  Did I hear you say, “Yes?”  If so, that’s great! God is waiting for you! The Altar Servers Ministry is looking for new members to help during Holy Mass.

Each interested child should have received the Sacrament of Holy Communion.  Training will be provided.  The first Altar Servers’ training will be on Saturday, October 12, from 9-10:30am in the church at St. Isidore, The Bend.  The second Altar Servers’ training will be on Saturday, October 26, from 9-10:30am in the church at St. Isidore, Marysdale.

Please plan to attend both altar server training sessions.   Each session will last 1½ hours, so plan for pick-up at 10:30am.  For more information, please call Doug Shininger at (419) 438-3723 or email at dougshininger@gmail.com 


Respect Life Sunday - Each October the Church in the United States celebrates Respect Life Month, and the first Sunday of October is observed as Respect Life Sunday. As Catholics, we are called to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable, from the beginning of life to its end, and at every point in between. During the month of October, the Church asks us to reflect more deeply on the dignity of every human life and pray for an end to abortion.  


Prayer for Life by Pope John Paul II

O Mary, bright dawn of the new world, Mother of the living, to you do we entrust the cause of life. 

Look down, O Mother, upon the vast numbers of babies not allowed to be born, of the poor whose lives are made difficult, of men and women who are victims of brutal violence, of the elderly and the sick killed by indifference or out of misguided mercy.  Grant that all who believe in your Son may proclaim the Gospel of life with honesty and love to the people of our time.

Obtain for them the grace to accept that Gospel as a gift ever new, the joy of celebrating it with gratitude throughout their lives and the courage to bear witness to it resolutely, in order to build, together with all people of good will, the civilization of truth and love, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life.


Birthday Wishes

Marilyn Minck, October 1

Steve Coolman, October 3

DeVon Coolman, October 4

Elijah Shininger, October 4

Marie Nicely, October 5

Peter Coolman, October 6 


Anniversary Wishes

Jim & Chris Jacob, October 4


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. 


Area Events


Celebrating Seniors will meet Tuesday, October 1, at St. John Catholic in Defiance.  Rosary is at 10:40; Mass is at 11:00, followed by lunch for which there is a free will offering.  The Mass celebrant will be Rev. Jacob Gordon, pastor of St. Michael's Ridge and St. Isidore parishes.   He will also be the speaker following the luncheon.  Anyone 55 years and older is invited and welcome to attend.


First Friday Mass will be celebrated October 4, 2019, at 7:00pm at Domus Angelorum Retreat House, located at 21706 State Route 114, Cloverdale, OH. All are welcome. 


K of C Pancake Breakfast – Sunday, October 6, 2019, at the K of C Hall on Elliott Road, Defiance, from 9am-11am. Meal price are: $7.50 for adults; $6.50 for senior citizens; $4 for children 6-12; free for children 5 and U. 


The Domus Angelorum Retreat House, located at 21706 State Route 114, Cloverdale, OH will be conducting a retreat on the topic “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) on Saturday, October 12, 2019.  The day begins with Mass at 8:30am with registration and Adoration following Mass. The day will conclude with Confession and Benedictions at 3:00pm. Retreat leader will be Father Herman Scherger. Cost is $10 per person and please bring a packed lunch. All are welcome.


TRIP TO ARK ENCOUNTER & CREATION MUSEUM - A bus trip is being offered by the Defiance Knights of Columbus on November 6 & 7, 2019, to The Ark & Creation Museums.  Cost of this trip is $210 per person and includes: bus travel, one night hotel, breakfast plus two meals, admission to both museums and more.  This trip is open to anyone interested. For more information contact: Mike Boff @ (419)782-2405.

Diocesan Events

RU Called Event

Ever wonder what it is like to be called to religious life as a Sister, Brother, or Priest? Come join local women and men religious to find out!

Let us know if you can attend by September 30, 2019, by contacting Sister Tarianne at RUCalled19@gmail.com

WHEN: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 1

WHERE: Siena Heights  University Community Room, Second floor of the McLaughlin University Center, Adrian, MI

WHAT: A delicious homemade meal of soup, bread, apples, and dessert

WHO: Young Adults 18-39


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.