27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass 

Monday, October 5 – Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, Priest - No Mass

Tuesday, October 6 – St. Bruno, Priest; Blessed Marie Rose Durocher, Virgin

7:00 p.m. – Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Healing for Jim Nusbaum, Jr. & Becky Rhodes by Family

Wednesday, October 7 – Our Lady of the Rosary

6:30 p.m. – Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Jerry Holek

Thursday, October 8 – Weekday in Ordinary Time

9:00 a.m. – Mass - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Bonnie & Nelson Carder by Zach &Kyla Carder

Friday, October 9 – St. Denis, Bishop, & Companions, Martyrs; St. John Leonardi, Priest

9:00 a.m.–Mass–St. Michael’s Ridge – Albert & Marion Mekus by Roseanne Meyer

Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, October 10 – Vigil of the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Mapha Schaadt by Dan & Bennette Singer

6:30 p.m. – Saint Michael’s Ridge – Frances Stehulak by May Ann Bator

Sunday, October 11 – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Virginia & Robert Rath by Robyn Hawkins

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Gil & June Coolman by Larry Mick Family

*********************************************Weekly collections from September 26/27, 2020

Loose - $135.00

Regular Envelopes - $1,208.00 (36)

Maintenance Fund - $10.00 (1)

Priests' Retirement Fund - $100.00 (1)

Total - $1,453.00  Thank you.  May God bless you!


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.


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


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 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, 6:00-6:20pm

Eucharistic Adoration Hours
St. Isidore, DB – Wednesday, 8am - Thursday, 6:45pm; Closing Benediction at 6:45pm Thursday 

St. Michael’s Ridge – Wednesday, 6-6:20pm with Reconciliation, Adoration & Benediction 


A Few Immediate Changes :Mass at SMR on Wednesday evenings will now be at 6:30pm with Adoration beginning at 6pm. There will be no 7am Mass on Sunday mornings at SMR.


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. 


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 #5 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! 

12th Annual Rosary Rally at Defiance County Court House – Come and join area Catholics October 10 at noon for our 12 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.  For more information call Michael Westrick at 419-784-9125 or www.americaneedsfatima.org.


Birthday Wishes

Marie Nicely, October 5

Peter Coolman, October 6

Suzy Sheets, October 8

Kiley Timbrook, October 8

Noah Garcia, October 8

Gary Guilford, October 9

Marilyn Kunesh, October 10

Averie Carder, October 11


Anniversary Wishes

Tom & Jane Guilford, October 8

Russ & Deb Jesse, October 8

Eric & Jami Jesse, October 8

Shawn & Andrea Goliver, October 11


    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.


World Mission Sunday will be celebrated October 17-18, 2020.  The theme for this year’s Mission Sunday is “Here I am, Send Me.”  World Mission Sunday is a global effort for the entire Church.  All Catholics of the world join into one community of faith to provide for the building up of over one thousand local churches in Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe, an area that covers more than half of the territory of the globe.  Through the work of these churches and their witness to Christ, the poor receive practical help and experience God’s love and mercy, His hope and peace.  Please support the missionary work of the Church by your prayers and financial assistance.  On Sunday, October 18, Bishop Daniel E. Thomas will celebrate the 10am Liturgy at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral.  All are invited to attend.


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!

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).


Living on the Vine: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Isaiah 5:1–7 Philippians 4:6–9
Psalm 80:9, 12–16, 19–20 Matthew 21:33–43

In today’s Gospel Jesus returns to the Old Testament symbol of the vineyard to teach about Israel, the Church, and the kingdom of God.

And the symbolism of today’s First Reading and Psalm is readily understood.

God is the owner and the house of Israel is the vineyard. A cherished vine, Israel was plucked from Egypt and transplanted in a fertile land specially spaded and prepared by God, hedged about by the city walls of Jerusalem, watched over by the towering Temple. But the vineyard produced no good grapes for the wine, a symbol for the holy lives God wanted for His people. So God allowed His vineyard to be overrun by foreign invaders, as Isaiah foresees in the First Reading.

Jesus picks up the story where Isaiah leaves off, even using Isaiah’s words to describe the vineyard’s wine press, hedge, and watchtower. Israel’s religious leaders, the tenants in His parable, have learned nothing from Isaiah or Israel’s past. Instead of producing good fruits, they’ve killed the owner’s servants, the prophets sent to gather the harvest of faithful souls.

In a dark foreshadowing of His own crucifixion outside Jerusalem, Jesus says the tenants’ final outrage will be to seize the owner’s son, and to kill him outside the vineyard walls.

For this, the vineyard, which Jesus calls the kingdom of God, will be taken away and given to new tenants—the leaders of the Church, who will produce its fruit.

We are each a vine in the Lord’s vineyard, grafted onto the true vine of Christ (see John 15:1–8), called to bear fruits of the righteousness in Him (see Philippians 1:11) and to be the “first fruits” of a new creation (see James 1:18).

We need to take care that we don’t let ourselves be overgrown with the thorns and briers of worldly anxiety. As today’s Epistle advises, we need to fill our hearts and minds with noble intentions and virtuous deeds, rejoicing always that the Lord is near.

Yours in Christ,
Scott Hahn, PhD