3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass

Monday, January 22 – Friday, January 26

Fr. Bob on vacation


Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, January 27 – Vigil of the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Deceased Family & Friends by Sherrell Meyer

   Servers: Elijah and Isaiah Goliver, Adam Mack

6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Gerald & Cecilia Steffel families

Sunday, January 28 – Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Louie & Mary Ricica by Joe Konecny

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – All Souls Intention by Jim & Suzy Kline

  Servers: Jesse Coolman, Isaac and Abram Shininger


St. Isidore Parish Stewardship – January 13/14, 2018

Loose - $281.00

Regular Envelopes - $1,348.00 (60)

Christmas - $15.00 (1)

Mary, Mother of God - $34.00 (3)

Initial Offering - $30.00 (3)

Funeral Stipend - $125.00 (1)

Total - $1,833.00  Thank you.  May God bless you!



Through Friday, January 26, 2018, I will be taking some time for a winter vacation.  Please welcome Fr. John Fischer, a visiting priest who will be speaking on behalf of the poor through Cross Catholic Outreach at all the weekend Masses this weekend.  In case of emergency while I am on vacation, please contact one of the area priests including:

Fr. Fred Duschl (419-272-2475) orFr. John Stites (419-345-5999).

Deacon Scott Graham (419-518-0281) or Gary Seibert (419-438-9375 would be happy to assist you.  Please keep me in your prayers – as I will you also!!


Father John P. Fischer of Cross Catholic Outreach We welcome Father John P. Fischer of Cross Catholic Outreach who is speaking this weekend at all the Masses on behalf of the poor in developing countries. This ministry was founded to create a meaningful link between parishes in America and the priests and nuns working in the Church overseas in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Central and South America. Please be generous in your response to Father's appeal. Brochures will be provided if you wish to support this worthy Catholic ministry.


2017 contribution statements will not be mailed unless requested.  If you wish to have a contribution statement for 2017, please put a self-addressed, stamped envelope in the weekly collection and one will be mailed to you.  If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Moninger.


A Family Perspective: It must have been difficult for Zebedee to watch his sons walk away and follow Jesus.  It was the end of “Zebedee and Sons Fishing, Inc.”  Our children were never ours.  They are only on loan to us.  We raise them to let them go.

“Around Our Parishes”

This Weekend:  Please welcome Fr. John Fischer, celebrant at all Masses

      Rolls and coffee after the 10am Mass at Marysdale, sponsored by the CYO

Monday-Friday: Fr. Bob on vacation through Jan. 26

      Diocesan Conference on Human Dignity at Sawmill Creek, Huron, OH (2 representatives from each of our parishes attending)

Next Weekend: 1st Reconciliation at St. Michael’s Ridge after the Saturday 6:30pm Mass

      Collection for churches in Latin America (env. pack)

      St. Isidore Baptism of Scarlett Acelynn Stotler, after 10am Mass

Reminder:  January 21 is set aside this month as the Sanctity of Human Life (SOHL) commemoration Sunday, for remembering the over 58 million babies which have been aborted in America since the Roe VS Wade Decision in 1973.  Pope Francis said in a post on Twitter, “We are called to defend and safeguard human life, especially in the mother’s womb, in infancy, old age, and physical and mental disability.”

CCD News

Please pray for the Confirmation students and their teachers as they continue to prepare to receive the sacrament on March 3: Michael Betz, Elijah Goliver, Jackson Grine, Emma Kolb, Rachel Layman, Michael Mansel-Pleydell, MaryAnn Meyer, Abram Shininger, James Shininger, Elijah Shininger, Jeffrey Smith - 7th grade class.  Ashley Betz, Kaycie Betz, Riley Bowers, Daniel Hammon, Sydney Kunesh, Adam Mack, Andrea Macsay, Amanda Meyer, Isaac Shininger, and Kyle Vandemark - 8th grade class.

Please pray for the 2nd graders as they continue to prepare for their 1st Holy Communion on May 6:  Hunter Bauer, Jake Vandemark, and Lily Warner.

Plenary Indulgence Available – March for Life

By special grant of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, the Major Penitentiary of the Catholic Church, has informed the Bishops of the United States that a plenary indulgence can be obtained by the Christian faithful by taking part in the sacred celebrations of the 2018 March for Life (18-19 January 2018).  Those that are unable to attend or participate in the March for Life due to age, sickness, or other grave reason, may also obtain the plenary Indulgence, provided that they have the disposition of detachment from any kind of sin and have the intention of fulfilling, as soon as they are able, the three customary conditions of the Indulgence if they spiritually unite themselves to the sacred events of the March for Life, and also having offered prayers and their sufferings or the ailments of their own life to the merciful God.”

The three customary conditions for receiving the plenary indulgence include: sacramental Confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayers for the intentions of Pope Francis.


Expired Missalettes - After the missalettes expire, they are gathered and eventually taken to be recycled. If you would like to take one home after they have expired, feel free to do so.


Next week, we will have the Collection for the Church in Latin America. For many in Latin America and Caribbean, rural terrain and a lack of ministers are obstacles to practicing their faith. Your support to the collection provides lay leadership training, catechesis, priestly and religious formation, as well as other programs to help share our faith with those who long to hear the Good News of Christ To learn more, please visit www usccb org/latin-america.


Birthday Wishes:

Dan Dietrich, January 22

Eric Culler, January 23

Gemma Mansel-Pleydell, January 24

Daniel Clinker, January 25

Isaiah Goliver, January 25

Helen Simonis, Januarry 26

Chayse Singer, January 26

Johnny Marlin, January 27


Pray for the sick:

Brian Davis, 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


Please join us for our annual march for life in Defiance on January 22 where the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered at St Mary’s at 8am.  Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament will be all day ending with Benediction at 4:45 pm. The March will start at noon at the Defiance County Courthouse where we will walk with police escort to the unborn monument for prayer. Then in St John’s church basement there will be a variety of speakers where hot chocolate will be offered. Please join us to pray and walk for the unborn who cannot speak for themselves united with all others in the nation.  Sponsored by Mother Teresa Respect for Life.
K of C Fish Fry – Friday, February 2, from 4pm-7pm at the K of C Hall on Elliott Road, Defiance.  Cost for adult dinner - $10; 6-12 years - $4; 5 and under – free.  Carry out dinner - $9.25 fish and two sides; 2 lb. “all fish” - $15 ($21 with any 3 sides); all side dishes - $3/pint.


Does your marriage need a tune up? Or even a major overhaul?
Sometimes a marriage can run along fine and then things change. They may need your time and attention.  Some-times lines of communication break down and they need repair.  Sometimes our focus moves away from our marriage and family and needs a little redirection.  Sometimes a fair or average marriage is just not enough.  Have you ever thought to yourself, "How can I make my marriage better?"  If so, Retrouvaille can help.  Retrouvaille is marriage program for couples whose marriage has become off course.  It begins with a weekend program that can help get your relationship back on track.  It is an effective program that has worked for thousands of couples and it can work for your marriage. For more information about our January 26-28th Retrouvaille Weekend program for couples, contact registration team: ​Joe & Arlene @ 419-841-1116 or visit our website:  HelpOurMarriage.com.

World Cancer Day Mass – Sunday, February 4, 2018, 11am Mass at St. Vincent Medical Center Chapel, 2213 Cherry St., Toledo.  On this day organizations and individuals around the world unite to raise awareness about cancer and work to make it a global health priority.  Please join us as we pray with and for those involved in research, diagnosis, and treatment.  A cake and beverage reception will follow Mass at noon in the St. Vincent Conference Center.

A Mid-Winter Retreat weekend for Women and Men will be held February 9-11, 2018.  The theme of the retreat will be “Mysticism – The Heartbeat of God.”  We all have mystical experiences, but we’re not all mystics.  How can we learn how to live a mystically driven life?  We will explore this topic, gleaning some insights from Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI and from the “mystical” gospel of John. 

     The Retreat will be led by Father Marty Nassr, a senior status priest of the Diocese.  The retreat starts early Friday evening February 9 and ends with a closing late morning Mass on Sunday, February 11.  For more information about this retreat please see Our Lady of Consolation Retreat House web site at www.olcshrine.com and click on RETREAT or call for a brochure.  The cost for the weekend will be $150.00 for overnight guests and $95.00 for commuters, which includes 4 hot meals and your program materials.  Call Brother Randy for info at 419-396-7970 or email at retreats@olcshrine.com 

America's Deadly Silence!

Abortion is the most common, least regulated medical procedure and the number one killer in America.

More lives are lost each year through abortion than all deaths due to cancer, heart attacks, accidents, AIDS, natural disasters, wars, illness and diseases combined.

The savagery of war, the atrocities of the Nazi holocaust, graphic violence, natural disasters and critical and bloody medical procedures are routinely shown on the media. But never an abortion!

Women are denied critical information on the risks of an abortion, including increased risk of breast cancer, Post Abortion Syndrome, the sale of body parts etc.

The truth about abortion has been censored by the media, silenced by our courts, politicized by our politicians, and even silenced in our churches and schools. Babies in the womb have no voice except yours and mine. We cannot remain silent any longer!

Pro-Life Articles Author


IMMEDIATE MINISTRY POSITION OPENINGS: CPC Women’s Health Resource has several employment openings within their Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) education program called Project Respect.  SRA education teaches that avoiding sexual activity before marriage is the only way to avoid its risks.  The program encourages youth to pursue good decision-making skills. Project Respect is in need of Classroom Presenters as well as a Program Coordinator.  The positions have flexible hours and is based out of the Bryan CPC Office.  If you or someone you know have an interest in teaching middle and senior high school students and want to make a difference in lovingly speaking truth, please contact Mark at mark@cpcnwo.org or call 419.636.5692.