Nov 8 2020
32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
No weekday Masses this week
Tuesday, November 10 – St. Leo the Great, Pope & Doctor of the Church
7:00 p.m. – Communion Service – St. Isidore, DB
Lord’s Day Masses
Celebrant: Fr. John Curran at all weekend Masses
Saturday, November 14 – Vigil of the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Frances Wonderly by JR & Sue Grine
6:30 p.m. – Saint Michael’s Ridge – Tom Wetli by Chris & Karen Newton
Sunday, November 15 – 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Herb & Joan Miller
10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – 30th Wedding Anniversary of Sam & Debbie Slusser
*********************************************Weekly collections from Oct. 31/Nov. 1, 2020
Loose - $129.00
Regular Envelopes -$1,962.00 (39)
Priests' Retirement - $40.00 (2)
Catholic Communications - $30.00 (2)
All Saints - $225.00 (13)
Maintenance Fund - $50.00 (1)
Total - $2,436.00 Thank you. May God bless you!
********************************************* Official Announcement –
Bishop Daniel E. Thomas has made the following announcement and appointment:
Reverend Vicente A. Vera, who was appointed Parochial Administrator of St. Isidore Parish, Marysdale, and Saint Michael the Archangel Parish, The Ridge, effective 20 November 2020, after further prayer and reflection, has informed Bishop Daniel Thomas that he is unable to accept the responsibility of this new assignment. Bishop Thomas has accepted Father Vera’s decision. Father Vera remains in good standing and continues in his assignment as Parochial Vicar of Saint John the Evangelist Parish, Delphos, Saint John the Baptist Parish, Landeck, and Saint Patrick Parish, Spencerville. Reverend Joseph R. Steinbauer, Senior Status, is appointed Parochial Administrator, St. Isidore Parish, Marysdale, and Saint Michael the Archangel Parish, The Ridge, effective 20 November 2020.
The 2021 contribution envelopes are available to be picked up. They will be at The Bend until Saturday, November 28. Starting Sunday, November 29, they will be available for pick-up at Marysdale. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Moninger at 419-789-3780 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collection for Central Shares - St. Isidore Altar Rosary Society is assisting Central Shares by collecting cans of chicken for those in need in our community. Large or small cans of chicken may be placed in boxes located in the vestibule at both sites from now until Sun., Nov. 15. Since the annual Feather Party has been canceled, please consider using the money you would have spent on bingo cards to buy canned chicken to help Central Shares.
IN REMEMBRANCE OF:
Mary Eleanor Singer – 11/27/19 May the souls
Eugene Strable – 02/19/20 of the faithful
John Long – 02/29/20 departed, through
Harold Kunesh – 08/02/20 the mercy of God,
Pauline Ramus – 08/02/20 rest in peace.
Velma Clyburn – 08/23/20 Amen.
St. Isidore Mass Intentions – Contact Melissa Moninger at email email@example.com or (call/text) 419-789-3780. 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, DB – Sat. 3:45-4:25pm
Eucharistic Adoration Hours: St. Isidore, DB – Wednesday, 8am - Thursday, 6:45pm; Closing Benediction at 6:45pm Thursday
“Around Our Parish”
Tuesday: Communion Service at 7pm at St. Isidore, DB
Thursday: St. Michael’s Ridge Parish Council Mtg. – 7pm at SMR
Saturday: St. Isidore Men’s Prayer Group – 8am at MD
WANTED and NEEDED: Someone to set up for Mass and clean up and put away after Mass from December through March, 2021. Please contact Richard Sheets at 419-956-2849 after 4:30pm if you can help out for these few months.
St. Isidore Parish Council is scheduled to meet on Thursday, November 19, at 7pm at Marysdale.
Christmas Raffle – St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society is raffling a wooden Nativity scene designed and hand-crafted by Kevin Macsay. Tickets are $5 each and will be sold after both Masses beginning next weekend, Nov. 14 & 15. Drawing will be Sunday, December 13. If you are unable to get to Mass and would like a ticket, please contact Barb Coolman–567-239-1784; Diane Hammon – 419-542-8936; Barb Marlin–419-769-1652; or Mary Batt–419-658-2274. Thank you.
ACA Update – Goal for St. Isidore - $12,000
Total gifts - $9,968.25
Percent of goal – 83.07%
Number of donors – 74
Thank you to everyone who has already donated. Any amount over our goal received by year-end will be returned to the parish as a 100% rebate.
Preparing for Marriage – Please pray for the following couple who is preparing for the Sacrament of Matrimony later this year:
December 12 – Emily Culler & Brooks Grine - MD
Phyllis Betz, November 9
Jim Timbrook, November 11
Janice Smith, November 12
Karri Kolb, November 12
Doreen Mohr, November 13
Deb Jesse, November 14
Sara Elston, November 14
Melinda Hearne, November 15
Ryan Jacob, November 15
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, Julie Meyer, Marilyn Minck, Jim Nusbaum, Jr., Roseann Nusbaum, Becky Rhodes, and all who need our prayers.
St. Augustine Catholic Church 2020 Christmas House – Friday, Dec. 4 through Sunday, Dec. 6
Fabulous home-cooked meals via drive-thru:
Friday: Homemade Soup & Sandwich Lunch
11am – 1pm (free will offering)
Saturday: Baked Steak Dinner
5:30pm till gone ($10.00)
Sunday: Delicious Brunch
9-10am & 11:30-noon (free will offering)
Drive-thru on Monroe St. in front of the school
Pre-order: Homemade Frosted Sugar Cookies & Cheese Balls – Order form available @www.staugie.net
Pre-orders are due by Nov. 16.
Members of the Wedding: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Wisdom 6:12–16 1 Thessalonians 4:13–17
Psalm 63:2–8 Matthew 25:1–13
According to marriage customs of Jesus’ day, a bride was first “betrothed” to her husband but continued for a time to live with her family. Then, at the appointed hour, some months later, the groom would come to claim her, leading her family and bridal party to the wedding feast that would celebrate and inaugurate their new life together.
This is the background to the parable of the last judgment we hear in today’s Gospel.
In the parable’s symbolism, Jesus is the Bridegroom (see Mark 2:19). In this, He fulfills God’s ancient promise to join himself forever to His chosen people as a husband cleaves to his bride (see Hosea 2:16–20). The virgins of the bridal party represent us, the members of the Church.
We were “betrothed” to Jesus in Baptism (see 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:25–27) and are called to lives of holiness and devotion until He comes again to lead us to the heavenly wedding feast at the end of time (see Revelation 19:7–9; 21:1–4).
As St. Paul warns in today’s Epistle, Jesus is coming again, though we know not the day nor the hour.
We need to keep vigil throughout the dark night of this time in which our Bridegroom seems long delayed. We need to keep our souls’ lamps filled with the oil of perseverance and desire for God–virtues that are extolled in today’s First Reading and Psalm.
We are to seek Him in love, meditating upon His kindness, calling upon His name, striving to be ever more worthy of Him, to be found without spot or blemish when He comes.
If we do this, we will be counted as wise and the oil for our lamps will not run dry (see 1 Kings 17:16). We will perceive the Bridegroom, the Wisdom of God (see Proverbs 8:22–31, 35; 9:1–5), hastening toward us, beckoning us to the table He has prepared, the rich banquet that will satisfy our souls.
Yours in Christ,
Scott Hahn, PhD
A Prayer for Veterans Day
Father, bless our veterans and all who serve our nation defending our freedom.
For those who bravely gave their lives, grant them eternal rest.
For those who are serving, give them courage.
For those who served, we offer our gratitude.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
A Stewardship Reflection for November
The eleventh month is now upon us, drawing us closer to the end of the calendar year. It is a transition month, a month between autumn and winter, when the leaves get raked, and the crops have been harvested. We “fall back” from Daylight Savings Time and revert to Standard Time. Most of us prepare for rain, snow and winter storms. It is also a month that reminds us to be grateful which is so fundamental to Christian stewardship.
During the month of November we express our gratitude for the saints, witnesses to the Gospel who challenge us to find our own path to holiness. We are grateful for the lives of all who have gone before us to meet the Lord, especially those we know and hold dear. We thank our veterans who have offered their lives on our behalf. And of course, in the United States, there is Thanksgiving Day, a holiday that is all about gratitude.
The month of November is an ideal time of the year to focus our spiritual lives more intently on being grateful for the blessings of the Lord. Sacred scripture is a good place to start because it is filled with the themes of thanksgiving and gratitude. The psalmist sings: “Give thanks to God, bless his name” (Psalm 100:4). We can become more aware, too, of gratitude as it is expressed in the rhythm of the Eucharistic celebration. Other spiritual exercises, too, may help us to grow to be more grateful stewards of God’s love.
The month of November is an ideal time of the year to focus our spiritual lives more intently on being grateful for the blessings of the Lord.
Pray with gratitude. Set aside some time for prayer each day. If you are new to the habit of daily prayer, find 10 minutes in your daily schedule. Pray as a family as well. And begin with a prayer of gratitude.
Put gratitude into action. Do something in your parish or neighborhood to share your material blessings with those who might otherwise go hungry. Contribute to a food bank or help deliver food baskets.
Make gratitude a habit. Find ways to thank others for their generosity and kindness toward you every day. The late Catholic spiritual writer, Thomas Merton, once wrote that to be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything. Let us use the month of November as an opportunity to grow in stewardship which, simply put, means living a life of gratitude. And as the psalmist encourages us to do: “O give thanks to the Lord for he is good; for his love endures forever” (Psalm 107:1).