3rd Sunday of Advent

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass 


Monday, December 18 – Advent Weekday
No Mass
Tuesday, December 19 – Advent Weekday
7:00 p.m. – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Cenacle, Reconciliation, Prayers to St. Philomena
7:45 p.m. Mass –St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Pam (Wilhelm) Guiliani by Deisler family
Wednesday, December 20 – Advent Weekday
10:00 a.m. – Mass at Brookview Nursing Home Intentions of Tom & Betty Adelman family
No Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge Confessions – 7 p.m. 
Thursday, December 21 – St. Peter Canisuis
9:00 a.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – Bob Cromwell by Freda Meyer
Friday, December 22 – Advent Weekday
9:00 a.m. Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Jennifer Krueger by Paul & Joanne Westhoven

Lord’s Day Masses
Saturday, December 23 – Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Advent
3:30 p.m. – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend - Reconciliation
4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Paul Nusbaum by Jim & Roseann Nusbaum
   Servers: Elijah and Isaiah Goliver, Tim Meyer
6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Terry Frank by Robyn (Rath) Hawkins
Sunday, December 24 – Fourth Sunday of Advent
9:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – For the Intentions of the Tim & Anne Shininger family by John & Rebecca Mansel-Pleydell family
  Servers: Dominic & Michael Mansel-Pleydell, Riley Bowers 
4:00 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – For the Parishioners
4:30 p.m. – St. Isidore, Marysdale–For the Parishioners
   Servers: Isaac and Abram Shininger, Kinsey Dietrich
9:00 p.m. – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – For the Parishioners
   Servers: Andrew, Eric, and John Shininger
11:00 p.m. - St. Michael’s Ridge – For the Parishioners
Monday, December 25 – Christmas Day
9:00 a.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – For the Parishioners

St. Isidore Parish Stewardship – December 9/10, 2017 
Loose - $296.49
Regular Envelopes - $1,855.00 (72)
Retirement Fund for Religious - $255.00 (15)
Campaign for Human Development - $20.00 (1)
Christmas Flowers - $155.00 (10)
Immaculate Conception Loose - $201.50
Immaculate Conception Envelopes - $317.00 (25)
Total - $3,099.99  Thank you.  May God bless you!
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: Today’s gospel reports “there is one among you whom you do not recognize.”  It is hard to believe Christ is present in a family with crazy schedules, suppers that start too late and end too early, cars that don’t start, misunderstandings, frustrations, piles of laundry, unmatched socks, and stretched food budgets.  The list is endless.  The words spoken at Mass, “The Lord is with you,” are not a hope; they are a fact.
“Around Our Parishes”
This Weekend: Decorate all churches for Christmas
      Rolls and coffee after the 10am Mass at Marysdale 
            benefitting the Community Pregnancy Center
Wednesday: Brookview Nursing Home Mass – 10:00am
      St. Michael’s Ridge Pageant Practice - 5:30-7:00pm
      St. Michael’s Ridge Confessions – 7pm (No Mass)
Friday: St. Michael’s Ridge Confessions after 9am Mass
      St. Michael’s Ridge Confessions – 12:00 noon
Next Saturday: 4:30 & 6:30 Masses as usual
Next Sunday Morning: No Mass at St. Michael’s Ridge
      9:00am Mass at St. Isidore (Marysdale)
Next Sunday Evening: 4pm Mass at St. Michael’s Ridge
      4:30pm Mass at St. Isidore, Marysdale-Fr.Tom Oedy
      9am Mass at St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Fr. Kill
      11pm Mass at St. Michael’s Ridge – Fr. Tom Oedy
Christmas Day: 9am Mass at St. Isidore, Marysdale
4th Sunday of Advent & Christmas Masses 
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.
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.

Christmas Program Practice – Practice for the Christmas program at St. Isidore, Marysdale, will be held on Wednesday, December 20, at 6:45pm, and on Saturday, December 23, at 10:00am.  Both practices will be held at Marysdale.  The program is scheduled for 4pm on Sunday, December 24.

Adoration Chapel Christmas Hours: The Adoration Chapel will close for Christmas holidays on Friday, December 22, at 4pm. The Adoration Chapel will open after New Year's on Wednesday, January 3, at 6am. Have a Blessed Christmas and joy-filled New Year.

Religious give thanks.  A religious sister writes: “When we see the generous response of so many thousands of persons in order to help us, religious men and women, we are left speechless.”  Senior sisters, brothers, and religious order priests across the country send heartfelt thanks and prayers for your donation to last week’s Retirement Fund for Religious collection.

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

With grateful hearts, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, operating out of the Ministry Center of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, humbly thanks those of you who have donated to SVDP this past year.  Your contributions have made all the difference to those that need it the most by assisting families to keep their utilities from being disconnected as well as by avoiding being evicted from their homes.  May God bless you for your generous support.

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 17 in the Marysdale hall after 10am Mass.  Cost is 3/$5.  Make great stocking stuffers!

Birthday Wishes:
Mary Alice Singer, December 19
Connie Kunesh, December 20
James Shininger, December 20
Tiffany Hogan, December 24

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.

Christmas Cantata – St. John Lutheran, Openlander Road, Sherwood, presents its annual Christmas Cantata, entitled “And on Earth Peace,” this 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 wraps up its “More than a Manger” project 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.

It's Time for a Spiritual Audit!
In virtually every aspect of Life, ¬corporate, athletic, education etc., ¬there is a constant evaluation process to measure growth and improvement. Now it is a good time to assess our spiritual progress. Have we made a dif-ference? If God were totally our "faith in ac¬tion," would He be pleased with what we have done (or failed to do)?
Evils plague our society, such as abortion, pornography,  "comprehensive sex" education, tax funding of Planned Parenthood, and other anti-God, anti-life and anti-family issues. 
As Christians, we know that the Bible commands us to be active in serving God. Service is an action word, so we know that we cannot serve God by sitting on the sidelines, or being a "fence sitter." Are we as Catholics influencing our world, or is today's relativism and secularism influencing us much more? 
Are we setting an example to the next generation to protect marriage and to defend life, from conception until natural death, or are we just "passively" pro-life? Do we speak up when in a position to defend innocent life? Do we hold our elected representatives accountable?
Obviously, we cannot do it all, but we can certainly do something! Literally, thousands of lives are at stake each and every day. If we do nothing we collude with the pro-aborts, the purveyor of pornography, and those who wish to remove God from society. By doing nothing, we reap what they sow! 
''Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins" James 4:17 
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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.