27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass 

Monday –October 7 – Our Lady of the Rosary

7:00 p.m. – Rosary led by Deacon Scott Graham in honor of Mary on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary at Marysdale

Tuesday, October 8 – Weekday in Ordinary Time

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

7:45 p.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Francis Singer by Adoration Chapel Coordinators

Wednesday, October 9 – St. Danis and Companions, Martyrs; St. John Leonardi

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

7:00 p.m. Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge –Louie & Mary Ricica

Thursday, October 10 – Weekday in Ordinary Time

10:00 a.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – Century Farm Award Recipients – Mass with Bishop Thomas followed by lunch in the hall

   Servers: Jude Shininger, Jesse Coolman, Jeremiah Hammon

Friday, October 11 – St. John XXIII

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

Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, October 12 – Vigil of the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time 

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – John Dell by Gean & Carolyn Westrick

   Servers: Kinsey Dietrich and Jeremiah Hammon

6:30 p.m. St. Michael’s Ridge – Amanda Mangas & Norbert Mangas by Grace Mangas

Sunday, October 13 – Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – 50th Anniversary of Bob & Connie Flory

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Phil & Karen Brown by John & Barb Marlin Family

   Servers: Elijah, Jude, and Jonah Shininger

*********************************************Weekly collection for September 28/29, 2019

Loose - $399.00

Regular Envelopes - $4,684.00 (62)

Total - $5,083.00  Thank you. May God bless you!


Upcoming Parish Events

Oct. 10 – Mass with Bishop Thomas at Marysdale at 10am honoring Century Farm Award recipients

Oct. 12 – First new altar servers’ practice at DB at 9am

Oct. 18 – Confirmation Retreat at DB at 10am

Oct. 26 – Second new altar servers’ practice at MD at 9am

Oct. 27 – Father-son Breakfast after 10am Mass at MD

Nov. 3 – Annual servers’ pizza/bowling party at Defiance Recreation Bowling, 12:45-4pm

Nov. 10 – Annual Feather Party at MD at 2pm


ACA Update – St. Isidore Parish is now at 105.17% of its $12,000 goal with a total of $12,620 donated or pledged by 83 donors as of 09/27/19.  Thank you. 

A Family Perspective: Faith in one of those things we just can’t get enough of!  In today’s gospel, the apostles asked Jesus to “Increase our faith.”  It is faith in ourselves, our spouse, our children, and our parents which equips us to overlook annoyances, helps us to forgive, and urges us to ask forgiveness.  “Lord, increase our faith!”

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.

St. Isidore Maintenance Contact – Greg Shininger –419-658-8811


“Around Our Parishes”

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

Monday: Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary – Rosary will be recited at 7pm at Marysdale led by Deacon Scott

Comments from Fr. Jake:

1.  Let us pray for the repose of the souls of Shirley Guilford, Francis Borton, and Graeme Lauber.  May they know God's eternal love at the heavenly wedding feast and may the Lord bring healing to their families.  

2.  Please pray for the continued healing of Fr John Stites and Fr Steve Stanberry.  They are ever grateful for your prayers and support.  

3.  In addition to our regular Mass schedule, there will be additional Mass offered on Sunday, October 20, at noon, Latin Low Mass offered at St Michael Parish (Ridge).  This is to help with the ministry of St Peter's, Archbold, which will be holding 40 hours devotions to the Blessed Sacrament that same weekend.  

4.  Bishop Daniel Thomas will offer a Mass @ 10am on October 10 at St Isidore Parish in Marysdale, to honor the Century Farms of the Diocese.  A luncheon will follow @ 1130am @ the parish hall.  All are welcome to attend.

5.  If you are interested in joining the Catholic Church or you have questions regarding Sacraments or an Annulment, please call Fr Jake @ 419-980-5739.

Adorers Needed:  Please pray & consider spending an hour with Jesus.  Ask your friends and neighbors to consider becoming substitute or regular adorers.  We are in need of adorers at various times and especially during the night time hours.  Contact Steve Nicely at 419-439-1429 for additional information or to schedule or substitute for an hour of adoration.  May God continue to bless our Parish, Chapel, and adorers.

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

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 this Sunday 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

Suzy Sheets, October 8

Gary Guilford, October 9

Marilyn Kunesh, October 10

Averie Carder, October 11

Marie Nicely, October 5

Peter Coolman, October 6 


Anniversary Wishes

Russ & Deb Jesse, October 8

Tom & Jane Guilford, October 8

Eric & Jami Jesse, October 8

Shawn & Andrea Goliver, October 11

Dan & Teresa Dietrich, October 12

Duane & Melinda Hearne, October 13

Andy & Dawn Mack, October 13


Pray for the sick:

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

Area Events

K of C Pancake Breakfast – This 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. 

HALLOWEEN COSTUMES WANTED! Holy Cross Catholic School is collecting gently used Halloween costumes to offer to families at their costume swap, taking place during Book Bingo on October 11th.  Costumes can be dropped off at HCCS between 8am-4pm Monday - Friday.  

11th Annual Rosary Rally at Defiance County Court House - Come and join area Catholics October 12 at noon for our 11th annual Rosary Rally at the Defiance County Court House. This Public Square Rally, sponsored by America Needs Fatima, will be one of over 22,000 rallies taking place across America. Join us to counter the advancement of the destructive secular agenda:  abortion, immorality, attacks against marriage and family life. As human efforts continue to fail to solve America’s key problems we ask God, through His Blessed Mother, to guide every aspect of our society. Through prayer, and specifically the Rosary, we will be a part of the solutions to our nation’s many problems. 

For more information call Michael Westrick 419-784-9125 or www.americaneedsfatima.org 

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

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.