26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass 

Monday, September 28 – St. Wenceslaus, Martyr; St. Lawrence Ruiz & Companions, Martyrs

No Mass

Tuesday, September 29 – SS. Michael, Gabriel, & Raphael, Archangels

7:00 p.m. – Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – David Douglass by Zach & Kyla Carder

Wednesday, September 30 – St. Jerome, Priest

7:00 p.m. – Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Frances Stehulak by Jim & Carol McCann

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

9:00 a.m. – Mass - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Marcus, Margaret & Lawrence Becher by Mary Batt

Friday, October 2 – The Holy Guardian Angels (First Friday)

8:00 a.m.–Mass–St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Deceased Family & Friends of Louis & Helen Simonis

Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, October 3 – Vigil of the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Frances Wonderly by Terry & Deb Kolb

6:30 p.m. – Saint Michael’s Ridge – Darwin Beck by Jerry & Alma Westhoven

Sunday, October 4 – Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Louis & Mary Ricica

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

*********************************************Weekly collections from September 19/20, 2020

Loose - $67.00

Regular Envelopes - $1,818.00 (50)

Votive Candles - $38.00

Maintenance Fund - $29.00 (1)

Total - $1,952.00  Thank you.  May God bless you!


There will be a Drive-through Benefit for Beckett Hancock (recent surgeries for Larsen's Syndrome) at the K of C Hall, Sunday Sept. 27 from 12-2:30. He will turn 8 the following day, so please bring a birthday card and donation enclosed (if you cannot attend and wish to contribute, you can drop off donations at any of the Tinora School offices). Thank you for your prayers and support!

PLEASE NOTE: The Adoration Chapel hours at St. Isidore, Delaware Bend have changed to Wednesday, 8am through Thursday, 6:45pm.  Closing Benediction will now be on Thursday evening at 6:45pm. 


Men’s Bible Study Group will meet on Saturday, October 10, at 8am in the Marysdale hall.


Please join us to give public witness to lives of the babies to be saved from abortion through prayer October 4 at 1:30 pm in front of the Defiance County Courthouse. Thank you for loving the babies. God bless you. If you have questions call 419-782-7778

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, 6:45pm; Closing Benediction at 6:45pm Thursday 

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


St Michael Parish, Defiance, Ohio is in need of Coordinator of Religious Education (CRE).  The Coordinator would be required to work part time between 15-20 hours a week at an hourly rate that can be determined with the Parochial Administrator, Fr. Jacob Gordon. CRE responsibilities include the following: 

1. Supervise all aspects of Religious Education

2. Choosing texts for education

3. Recruiting and training catechists, aides, & volunteers

4. Providing leadership for all aspects of Pre-School, Kindergarten, Elementary, Junior High and High School Programs.

5. Helping with the Parish Youth Group

If you are interested in this job, please mail a resume to: Fr. Jacob Gordon, 5480 MOSER RD, DEFIANCE, OH 43512. Or you may send a resume via email to: fjgordon9@gmail.com  Thank you and God bless you, Fr J


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 #4 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.


Support Our Priests’ Retirement: Our priests have given their lives in service to us and our parish and we are most grateful! Please offer your gratitude for those who have faithfully served in the Diocese of Toledo by making a gift to the Perpetuate the Gift Appeal.  Your gift benefits our retired diocesan priests, enabling them to pay for their living expenses, such as medical, housing, car, clothing and food. All funds contributed now through December 31, 2020 assist our parish in its assessed contribution to the fund. A gift of cash or check can be sent to Perpetuate the Gift, PO Box 954, Toledo, OH 43697 or placed in the parish collection.  A gift may also be made online at www.toledodiocese.org under the Give tab.  THANK YOU for your support! 


A Life-Changing Study for the Whole Parish!

Join us for a 3-week, video-based study on formed.org.

Forgiven is a beautiful presentation of the transforming
power of Confession. No matter what you have done,
no matter how long you have been away, Jesus is waiting for you in the Sacrament of Reconciliation!

We will meet in the Marysdale Church on Wednesdays October 7th, 14th, and 21st at 6:45pm. 

2nd Grade CCD parents are required to attend and we welcome anyone from the parish who would also like to participate. Please park in the parking lot to the east of the church and enter through the east doors. Contact Alison Garcia with questions at 419-399-0647 or dre@stisidoreparish.org.


St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society News – Annual itinerary booklets are ready for pick up in the vestibules at both Bend and Marysdale sites. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Society was unable to hold officer elections last spring and will complete that at the October 15th meeting. Any member who would like to nominate themselves or another member for an office should contact president Barb Coolman by Oct. 11. COVID-19 restrictions also have postponed or canceled many of the social activities for our parish provided by A-R Society. Spiritual benefits of masses said for living and deceased members will continue as well as recitation of the rosary prior to meetings for our parish. 


Birthday Wishes

Cody Davis, September 28

Dominic Mansel-Pleydell, September 28

Tony Sheets, September 29

Katie Schroeder, September 29

Marilyn Minck, October 1

Steve Coolman, October 3

DeVon Coolman, October 4

Elijah Shininger, October 4


Anniversary Wishes

Jim & Chris Jacob, October 4


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. 


Holy Land Collection - at the request of Pope Francis, there will now be a special collection for the Holy Land that traditionally would have been on Good Friday.  Due to the churches being closed at that time, we were not able to facilitate this special collection.  If you would like to donate, please mark an envelope with Holy Land Collection and place in the offertory or mail to the parish office (05480 Moser Rd, Defiance, OH 43512).  Thank you for your generosity.


Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 6:30 p.m. Holy Rosary,

7:00 p.m. Holy Mass. Join all the faithful of the Diocese of Toledo in celebration of the feast of the patroness of the Diocese of Toledo - Our Lady of the Rosary!

Pray the novena in preparation of the feast day beginning on September 29. Sign up at toledoprays.org.

On October 7, Watch live (go to toledoprays.org) or join us in person at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral (2535 Collingwood Blvd, Toledo. 


We have reached our 100 limit capacity on August 31st for the Anniversary Mass Celebration at Rosary Cathedral. You will still receive an Anniversary Certificate so please continue with registration below. The Diocese of Toledo will honor you and other couples celebrating 25, 40, 50, 60 and 60-plus years of marriage at a mass celebrated by Bishop Daniel E. Thomas on Sunday, October 25th, at 3:00 pm, at Rosary Cathedral, 2535 Collingwood Blvd, Toledo. Thank you for your witness to the Sacrament of Marriage. We will be live streaming the event; to watch please visit: www.toledoanniversarymass.org


The Humble Path: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Ezekiel 18:25–28           Psalm 25:4–9
Philippians 2:1–11         Matthew 21:28–32

Echoing the complaint heard in last week’s readings, today’s First Reading again presents protests that God isn’t fair. Why does He punish with death one who begins in virtue but falls into iniquity, while granting life to the wicked one who turns from sin?

This is the question that Jesus takes up in the parable in today’s Gospel.

The first son represents the most heinous sinners of Jesus’ day—tax collectors and prostitutes—who by their sin at first refused to serve in the Lord’s vineyard, the kingdom. At the preaching of John the Baptist, they repented and did what was right and just. The second son represents Israel’s leaders—who said they would serve God in the vineyard, but refused to believe John when he told them they must produce good fruits as evidence of their repentance (see Matthew 3:8).

Once again, this week’s readings invite us to ponder the unfathomable ways of God’s justice and mercy. He teaches His ways only to the humble, as we sing in today’s Psalm. And in the Epistle today, Paul presents Jesus as the model of that humility by which we come to know life’s true path.

Paul sings a beautiful hymn to the Incarnation. Unlike Adam, the first man, who in his pride grasped at being God, the New Adam, Jesus, humbled himself to become a slave, obedient even unto death on the Cross (see Romans 5:14). In this He has shown sinners—each one of us—the way back to the Father. We can only come to God to serve in His vineyard, the Church, by having that same attitude as Christ.

This is what Israel’s leaders lacked. In their vainglory, they presumed their superiority—that they had no further need to hear God’s Word or listen to God’s servants.

But this is the way to death, as God tells Ezekiel today. We are always to be emptying ourselves, seeking forgiveness for our sins and frailties, confessing on bended knee that He is Lord, to the glory of the Father.

Yours in Christ,
Scott Hahn, PhD