3rd Sunday of Lent

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass

Sunday, March 4

7:00 p.m. - Parish Mission at St. Isidore, Marysdale

Monday, March 5 – Weekday in Lent

7:00 p.m. – Parish Mission at St. Isidore, Marysdale with Mass – For the Parishes

Tuesday, March 6 – Weekday in Lent

7:00 p.m. – Parish Mission at St. Isidore, Marysdale, with Mass – For the Parishes

Wednesday, March 7 – Sts. Perpetua & Felicity

7:00 p.m. – Parish Mission at St. Isidore, Marysdale, with Benediction

Thursday, March 8 – St. John of God

6:30 p.m. – Lenten Stations of the Cross - Marysdale

7:00 p.m. Mass - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Living & Deceased of the Holy Name Society

Friday, March 9 – St. Frances of Rome

9:00 a.m. Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Patrick McCann by Stephen & Marie Nicely


Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, March 10–Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Lent

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Richard Minck by Cindy Baxter & family

   Servers: Andrew, Eric, and John Shininger

6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Ted Garmyn by Garmyn grandchildren

Sunday, March 11 – Fourth Sunday of Lent

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Frank & Elizabeth Konecny family by Joe Konecny

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Living & Deceased members of the Carol & Agnes Singer family by the Singer family

  Servers: Simon, Daniel, and Jeremiah Hammon


St. Isidore Parish Stewardship – February 24/25, 2018

Loose - $271.01

Regular Envelopes - $1,430.00 (64)

Catholic Home Missions - $10.00 (1)

St. Vincent DePaul Society - $618.00

Total - $2,329.01  Thank you.  May God bless you!


CCD News

All CCD students have been asked to attend the mission with your families on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. You may sit with your class or with your family. Congratulations to the 2nd grade class (Hunter Bauer, Lilly Warner and Jake Vandemark) who recently  received the Sacrament of Penance for the 1st time. Please continue to pray for these 2nd graders as they prepare for their 1st Holy Communion on May 6.


Dessert Sale - The St. Isidore group going to Steubenville this summer is having a dessert sale at the Defiance Knights of Columbus fish fry on March 23.  Please support them with a free will donation.


St. Isidore Holy Name Society Meeting – Thursday, March 8, after 7:00pm Mass at Delaware Bend.


A Family Perspective: Today’s gospel says Jesus chased the merchants out of the temple; it doesn’t say He was angry.  Jesus teaches us to act from conviction and not from anger.  He didn’t condemn the merchants, only their business practice.  Attack the behavior, not the person.

“Around Our Parishes”

Today: Recognition of the newly Confirmed at the 10am Mass

      Rolls and coffee following the 10am Mass at St. Isidore, Marysdale, sponsored by the CYO        

      Parish Mission begins at 7pm at St. Isidore, Marysdale site, led by Dr. Denis Wilde, O.S.A., Ph.D. of the Priests for Life (All are welcome!)

Monday: Parish Mission at 7pm with Mass & Mission Talk at Marysdale site

Tuesday: Parish Mission at 7pm with Mass & Mission Talk at Marysdale site

Wednesday: Parish Mission at 7pm with Benediction and Mission Talk at Marysdale site, followed by dessert potluck

Thursday: Deanery Meeting – 2pm

      St. Isidore, Marysdale Lenten Stations of the Cross 6:30pm, followed by Mass at 7pm

      St. Isidore Holy Name Society Meeting - 7:30pm at Marysdale

Next Sunday: St. Michael’s Ridge 2nd Collection for the benefit of the Defiance area D.A.R.E. Program

      Catholic Relief Services collection (box envelopes)

Upcoming Parish Events

March 4, 5, 6, & 7 – Parish Mission – 7pm each night

March 25 – Parish Easter Breakfast after 10am Mass

April 15 – Open Parish Council Meeting

April 22 – Mother-Daughter Breakfast after 10am Mass

May 6 – First Communion at 10am Mass

May 27 – Graduation Mass at 10am Mass

Congratulations to the 7th & 8th grade classes who were confirmed at Most Holy Rosary Cathedral by Bishop Thomas last Saturday, March 3. They are: Ashley Betz, Kaycie Betz, and Michael Betz, children of Delmar & Tiffany Betz; Riley Bowers, daughter of Alan & Kim Bowers; Elijah Goliver, son of Shawn & Andrea Goliver; Jackson Grine, son of Timothy & Cynthia Grine; Daniel Hammon, son of Joseph & Diane Hammon; Emma Kolb, daughter of Greg & Karri Kolb; Sidney Kunesh, daughter of David Kunesh & Tina Kunesh; Rachel Layman, daughter of Donald & the late Barbara Layman; Adam Mack, the son of Andrew &  Dawn Mack; Andrea Macsay, daughter of Greg & Sarah Macsay; Michael Mansel-Pleydell, the son of John & Rebecca Mansel-Pleydell; Amanda Meyer and MaryAnn Meyer, daughters of James & Melissa Meyer; Isaac and Abram Shininger, sons of Greg & Karah Shininger; Elijah Shininger, son of Luke & Kelly Shininger; Jimmy Shininger, son of Doug & Kelly Shininger; Jeffrey Smith, son of Jeff & Janet Smith; and Kyle Vandemark, son of Dan & Lenora Vandemark.

Lenten CD Available for Purchase - Growing Pains: The Demands of Our Lenten Journey is a musical trilogy with dramatic interpretations of Biblical characters who walked the Passion with Jesus and turned the demands of their pain into crucial testimony for the Kingdom.  View Christ's Passion through the eyes of Claudia Procula (the wife of Pontius Pilate), Mary Magdalene, and the Blessed Virgin Mary with original musicals by Carol & Kristen Kurivial of Luminous Ministries, Bryan, OH.  Experience the distinct perspectives of the women of the cross. Cost is $20. Visit www.luminourministries.com for more information.


Birthday Wishes:

Zachary Van Curen, March 5

Evan Shininger, March 5

Bartholomew Seibert, March 8

Derrick Moninger, March 8

Kevin Coolman, March 10

Eric Jesse, March 11


Pray for the sick:

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


Area Events


K of C Fish Fry – Friday, March 9 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. 


Future Blood Banks – There is a crucial need for blood due to the flu season and inclement weather.  Please consider giving the “gift of life” at one of these future blood drives:

March 8 – Bryan High School – 7:30am-1:30pm

March 9 – Eagles, Defiance – 10:30am-4:30pm

March 17 – Wesley UMC, Bryan – 10:00am-2:00pm


“Come and See” Retreat

Come away to listen, pray, and reflect on how God is calling you to be a disciple. Join other single, Catholic women, ages 18-45, to explore this question and to learn about contemporary religious life. This free Columbus area retreat is a great opportunity for personal reflection and to explore Dominican life, meet our Sisters, and share in our community life.

The retreat begins at 5:30pm Friday, March 9, 2018, and concludes at 1pm, Sunday, March 11, at the Dominicans Sisters of Peace Motherhouse, 2320 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH 43219. For more information, call or text Sister Pat Dual at 614-216-7688 or email pdual@oppeace.org. (We can offer some travel assistance on a need basis.)


Retreat at Domus Angelorum Retreat Center

The Domus Angelorum Retreat House, located at 21706 State Route 114 Cloverdale, will be conducting a retreat on the topic of “The Mercy of God” on Saturday, March 10.  The day begins with Mass at 8:30am with registration and Adoration following Mass. The day will conclude with Reconciliation and Benedictions at 3:00pm. Cost is $10.00 per person and please bring a packed lunch. All are welcome. Retreat leader will be Father Herman Scherger.


Looking for an intimate and inspiring Lenten experience?  Join us at our home (116 Brown Drive, Bryan, OH) for “The Demands of Truth” (Sunday, March 11), “The Demands of Courage” (Monday, March 12), “The Demands of Love” (Tuesday, March 13).  Each evening will feature a different Lenten theme and musical and will last from 7:00 - 8:30pm with light snacks and fellowship following.  The cost is $20.00 per person.  Recommended for all men and women ages 13 and up.  For further details and to register visit http://www.luminousministries.com/home-retreat-registration and/or call Carol (419.630.6410) or Kristen (419.553.9207).  Commit now to joining us on your Lenten Journey!


St. Augustine Catholic School Pre-K/Kindergarten Open House – Sunday, March 11, 2018, from 11:30am-1:00pm.  You and your pre-school/kindergarten age child are invited to visit our classrooms.  Come and experience our safe, faith-based environment that emphasizes Christian values while providing a learning environment preparing your child for excellence.  The school is located at 722 Monroe Street, Napoleon, Ohio.


High School Men’s Discernment Group – Open to any high school men of Divine Mercy Parish and surrounding parishes.  Each gathering will include prayer, food, and discussion.  We will use the book “To Save a Thousand Souls” (provided).  We will start in the church for prayer, and then move across the street to the Rectory for food and discussion.  Please RSVP to 419-399-2576 or office@divinemercycatholic.com. Held from noon-2pm on the 3rd Sunday of the month at Diving Mercy Parish, 417 North Main Street, Paulding, OH, beginning March 18.


We Must Unite Our “House” Divided

Our Popes and Bishops have made it abundantly clear that abortion is "intrinsically evil" and the "preeminent issue" for Catholics.

This means that Catholics must assign absolute top priority to oppose this evil:

"....the obligation to oppose intrinsically evil acts has special claim on our consciences and our action." Cardinal Justin Regali

This brings to mind James 2:20: “... O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” The Catholic faith is not a social club; therefore we must accept all of her teachings or be complicit in breaking God’s rules. Aren’t we supposed to be “one holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church”?

This is America 2018 when we have many Catholic politicians who see and promote child-killing as "health care."

This is simply inexcusable! We, as faithful Catholics have a duty to replace these so-called leaders who are complicit in maintaining our “culture of death.”