2nd Sunday of Advent

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass

Monday, December 11 – St. Damasus I

No Mass

Tuesday, December 12 – Our Lady of Guadalupe

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

7:45 p.m. Mass –St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Millie Weaner by Barbara Homrich

Wednesday, December 13 – St. Lucy

No Mass – St. Isidore CCD Confessions at Delaware Bend – 7:00pm

Thursday, December 14 – St. John of the Cross

7:00 p.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – Karen Brown by St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society

Friday, December 15 – Advent Weekday

9:00 a.m. Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Pat McCann by Ron & Lori Weber family

Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, December 16 – Vigil of the Third Sunday of Advent

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Bernard & Irene Kuhn by Tom & Diane Moninger family

   Servers: Kevin, Andrea, and Alex Macsay

6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Cindy Steffel by Janice Steffel

Sunday, December 17 – Third Sunday of Advent

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Anthony Gazarek Family by Joe Konecny

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Gene & Jenny Kolb & Tim Kolb by family

   Servers: Jesse Coolman, Eli and Jude Shininger

St. Isidore Parish Stewardship – December 2/3, 2017

Loose - $310.02

Regular Envelopes - $1,467.00 (56)

Immaculate Conception - $50.00 (1)

Campaign for Human Development - $20.00 (1)

Christmas Flowers - $257.00 (22)

Total - $2,104.02  Thank you.  May God bless you!


Upcoming Parish Events

Family Christmas Breakfast will be held after the 10am Mass this Sunday, December 10, in the Marys-dale hall.


St. Isidore Altar Rosary Society will sponsor a sale of kitchen items from both sites on Saturday, December 16, from 9:00am until 3:00pm in the Marysdale hall.  Items include plates, cups, saucers, glasses, kitchen utensils, small appliances, flatware, and other miscellaneous items.  There are a number of items stamped with the “Marysdale” name that will be priced, but all other items will be sold for a free will offering.  The profit from this sale will be used to purchase new items for both kitchens.


Rolls and Coffee on December 17 will be provided by the St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society with all monies given (not just the proceeds) to the Community Pregnancy Center in Bryan as part of the “More than a Manger” project.

A Family Perspective: Why is it so hard to forgive, yet so easy to get even?  Listen to John the Baptist in today’s gospel and repent of the anger and ugly feelings which block your ability to forgive.  This Christmas give a gift which make a difference.  Give forgiveness.

This Weekend: St. Isidore Family Christmas Breakfast after the 10am Mass at Marysdale

      Retirement for Religious Collection (envelope pack)

Wednesday: St. Isidore CCD Confessions at Delaware Bend for Grades 7-12 at 7pm

Thursday: St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society Meeting at Marysdale after the 7pm Mass

Next Weekend: Decorate all churches for Christmas

      Rolls and coffee after the 10am Mass at Marysdale benefitting the Community Pregnancy Center

Christo Rey Federal Credit Union Meeting will be Monday, December 11, 2017 at 7:30pm in the Upper Hall at Delaware Bend.


Retirement Fund for Religious Collection – Help religious communities.  “Your generous contribution helps us to care for our retired sisters and enables our younger sisters to continue in active ministry,” writes a religious sister.  Your gift to today’s collection for the Retirement Fund for the Religious helps provide medications, nursing care, and more for thousands of senior sisters, brothers, and religious order priests.  It also helps ensure younger members can continue the good works of their elders!


Fundraiser for Youth going to the Steubenville Youth Conference:  Christmas canvas painting class -

Sunday, December 17, 1-3pm. Cost is $25.  We will be painting Baby Jesus in the manger with a personal-ization. (See flyers posted on the doors).  Perfect for ages 16-??.  There are 25 spots available so you will want to sign up ASAP.  All supplies will be provided including light snacks.  You may want to bring a smock or apron and your own drink.  Babysitting will be provided upon request free of charge.  Contact Sarah Diaw to sign up and pay. 419-438-8011


Communion to the Sick and Homebound - We would like to add to our team that takes Communion to the sick and homebound. If you are interested in joining us in this ministry, please call Deacon Scott at 419-518-0281 or email deacon_scott@metalink.net for more information. Thank you and God Bless.


The 2018 contribution envelopes are available to be picked up.  They are now available for pick-up at Marysdale.  If you did not receive envelopes and wish to have some, please let Father Kill or Melissa Moninger know. 


World’s Greatest Dishcloths – The St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society has dishcloths for sale.  They are white with red, blue, green, or tan stripes and will be available December 10 and 17 in the Marysdale hall after 10am Mass.  Cost is 3/$5.  Make great stocking stuffers!


Birthday Wishes:

Rose Hanna, December 11

Doug Shininger, December 11

Anna Shininger, December 11

Robert Hearne, December 12

Graham Schroeder, December 14

Canon Schroeder, December 14

Clara Kunesh, December 17


Pray for the sick:

Cody Davis, Denny Fronk, Noah Garcia, Shirley Guilford, Danny Mekus, Marilyn Minck, Dennis Smith, Marianne Fleming, Don Meyer, Betty Adelman (sister of Anita Bertsch), and all who need our prayers.


Area Events

Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit – A travelling exhibit of Eucharistic miracles from around the world will be on display from December 9-28 at Divine Mercy Catholic Church.  Viewing hours in the Paulding Church Base-ment will be Saturday, December 9 from 4-7pm; Sundays from 8am-6pm; and weekdays from 8am-6pm.  Divine Mercy Parish is located at 315 N Main Street, Paulding, OH.  For more information, call the parish office at 419-399-2576.  Check out the flyer on the bulletin board at each site.

Upcoming Blood Drives – Since it’s the Christmas season, why not give the best gift of all – the gift of life!  There will be two blood drives in our area: (1) Fairview High School on Wednesday, December 13; 9am-2pm. (2) Knights of Columbus Bryan, 1216 Buffalo Road, Bryan, on December 14, 2017, from 11am-5pm.


Christmas Cantata – St. John Lutheran, Openlander Road, Sherwood, presents its annual Christmas Cantata, entitled “And on Earth Peace,” on Sunday, December 17, 2017, at 10:15am and 7pm.


2018 March for Life

Port Clinton/Marblehead parishes’ Respect Life Ministry is sponsoring a bus trip to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life.  Information and registration forms can be found on the bulletin board at each site.


“More than a Manger” Project - St. Isidore Altar Rosary Society is again sponsoring its “More than a Manger” project throughout Advent, concluding Christmas Day.  All donations will benefit the Community Pregnancy Centers of Northwest Ohio.  Items may be placed in the baby crib at Marysdale or the pack-n-play at The Bend.  A “Needs List” is outlined below.

Community Pregnancy Center “Needs” List

New baby clothing

  Winter outfits – all sizes

  Sleepers – all sizes

  Onesies – 6-9 mos. and 9-12 mos.


  Shoes, all infant & toddler sizes

  *Gently used baby coats/snowsuits

New baby items

  Crib sheets                       

  Diapers (sizes 2-5)

  Sippy cups                       

  Baby bath towels

  Baby bottles                      


  Dishes/snack carriers       

  Baby wipes

  Receiving blankets (flannel or fleece)

  Infant swaddlers

  Handmade quilts and crocheted blankets

Office supplies

  Postage stamps 

Cash donations are always appreciated and needed!

Make checks payable to Community Pregnancy Centers of Northwest Ohio.


4th Sunday of Advent & Christmas Masses at St. Isidore

Saturday Dec. 23  4:30 p.m. Bend

Sunday   Dec. 24  9:00 a.m. Marysdale

Sunday   Dec. 24 Christmas Eve  4:30 p.m. Marysdale

Sunday   Dec. 24 Christmas Eve  9:00 p.m. Bend

Monday  Dec. 25 Christmas Day  9:00 a.m. Marysdale


(Catholics should attend 2 Masses this weekend. One to celebrate the 4th Sunday of Advent liturgy and the second to celebrate the Christmas Eve or Christmas Day liturgy.)


4th Sunday of Advent & Christmas Masses at St. Michael’s Ridge

Saturday Dec. 23  6:30 p.m.

Sunday   Dec. 24  No Morning Mass

Sunday   Dec. 24  4:00 p.m.

Sunday   Dec. 24  11:00 p.m.


Dec. 30 & 31 Masses – regular weekend schedule.

January 1 is not a holyday of obligation this year.

Only one Mass is scheduled for Monday, January 1 at Marysdale 7:00 p.m.


Witnessing to the Sanctity of Human Life: The Example of Jerome Lejeune, M.D.

In 1959 Lejeune discovered the cause of Down’s Syndrome.        

He committed himself to the pro-life cause when he discovered that children with Down’s Syndrome were being aborted in ever greater numbers.

In 1991, he wrote a summary of his reflections on medical ethics:

1). Christians, be not afraid. It is you who possess the truth.  Not that you invented it but because you are the vehicle for it.   To all doctors, you must repeat: "you must conquer the illness, not attack the patient."

2). We are made in the image of God. For this reason alone all human beings must be respected.

3). Abortion and infanticide are unspeakable crimes.        

4). Objective morality exists.   It is clear and it is universal.

5). In so-called pluralistic societies, they shout it down our throats: "You Christians do not have the right to impose your morality on others."   Well, I tell you, not only do you have the right to try to incorporate your morality in the law but it is your democratic duty.

In 1993, Blessed Pope John Paul, his close friend, appointed Lejeune as the first president of the Pontifical Academy for Life.        

French bishops have introduced his cause for canonization.

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