4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass

Monday, January 29 – Weekday in Ordinary Time

No Mass 

Tuesday, January 30 – Weekday in Ordinary Time

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

7:45 p.m. Mass –St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Deceased Members of the Singer & Oliver Families

Wednesday, January 31 – St. John Bosco

7:00 p.m. Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – John Bernard by Bob & Betty Singer

Thursday, February 1 – Weekday in Ordinary Time

9:00 a.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – Deceased Family & Friends by Chris & Christine Stuckey

Friday, February 2 – The Presentation of the Lord (First Friday)

8:00 a.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Gil Coolman, Jenny McCreight by Geoff & Kim Warner


Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, February 3 – Vigil of the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Ted & Imelda Moninger by Tom & Diane Moninger

   Servers: Eric, John, and Jimmy Shininger

6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Ted Garmyn by Dave & Peggy Hiller

Sunday, February 4 – Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Terry Frank by Robyn Rath Hawkins

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – All Souls Intention by Madonna Wonderly

  Servers: Jeff Smith, Miguel and Alex Garcia


St. Isidore Parish Stewardship – January 20/21, 2018

Loose - $306.00

Regular Envelopes - $1,395.00 (57)

Energy - $95.00 (7)

Mary, Mother of God - $20.00 (1)

Initial Offering - $70.00 (4)

Votive Candles - $63.04

Total - $1,949.04  Thank you.  May God bless you!


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.


A Family Perspective: Today’s gospel reminds us “unclean spirits” still haunt our families.  These “spirits” thrive inside our grudges, punishing silence, impatience, and abruptness.  Today Jesus offers you the “authority” to cast out these spirits from your life and your family.

“Around Our Parishes”

This 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

Wednesday: St. Michael’s Ridge Building Committee Meeting – after the 7pm Mass

Friday: Communion Calls

Saturday: St. Isidore Penance Service for the Confirmation Class – 2:45pm at Delaware Bend

Next Weekend: St. Blaise Blessings at all Masses

      Rolls and coffee after the 10am Mass at Marysdale, sponsored by the Altar-Rosary Society

This weekend is the Collection for the Church in Latin America! Many people in Latin America and Caribbean do not have access to church programs and ministries because of rural terrain and a lack of ministers.  Your generosity makes it possible for them to share in the life of the Church and grow closer to Christ.  Please be generous to this collection! To learn more about the collection, please visit www usccb.org/latin-america.


A Note from the Community Pregnancy Centers of NW Ohio – We at the CPC’s are so thankful for you, our faithful friends, who have supported us throughout the year and helped us to make possible the programs we provide.  Because of your giving this year, we have seen babies saved from abortion in our counseling centers and through ultrasound, and have seen hundreds of clients take parenting classes to earn material assistance.  Thank you for your financial support, your many material gifts, and your prayers.  We count on all of these to help us continue our effective outreach.  Mark Pitman, Executive Director  (Final tally from the “More than a Manger” project is $772.35 in cash, plus crib, pac-n-play, many baby items, and office supplies.)


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.


Birthday Wishes:

Duane Hearne, January 29

Terri Singer, January 31

Bethany Shininger, January 31

Melinda Culler, February 1

Jesse Coolman, February 3


Anniversary Wishes:

Erv & Veronica Hastedt, January 31

Leslie & Melinda Culler, January 31


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

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.


First Friday Latin Mass

Latin Mass will be celebrated February 2 at 7:00pm at Domus Angelorum Retreat House, located at 21706 State Route 114, Cloverdale, OH at 7:00 pm. All are welcome.


K of C Pancake Breakfast – Next Sunday, February 4, 2018, at the K of C Hall on Elliott Road, Defiance, from 9am-11am.  Meal price: $7 for adults; $6 for senior citizens; $4 for children 6-12; free for children 5 and U.  Menu includes pancakes, hash brown potato casserole, scrambled eggs, ham, sausage links, biscuits & sausage gravy, cinnamon rolls, milk, juice, and coffee.


World Cancer Day Mass – Sunday, February 4, 2018, 12 noon 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.


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 Need for Penance’ on Saturday, February 10.  The day begins with Mass at 8:30am with registration and Adoration following Mass. The day will conclude with Confession and Benediction at 3:00pm.  Retreat leader will be Father Herman Scherger.  Cost is $10.00 per person and please bring a packed lunch.  All are welcome.


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 


The Bella House, Plano, TX - Part I

In 2012, two pregnancy counselors at the Birth Choice Women’s Center in Dallas, Texas, faced a dilemma.  Once a client had chosen life for her baby, then what?  Often she was without financial or medical resources to bring her baby to term.  Even more challenging, often she had no place to stay during her pregnancy and no one to support her life-affirming, but difficult, decision. Out of this dilemma came a vision, the vision of The Bella House. The word “bella” means beautiful, and as its name implies, The Bella House “celebrates the beauty of every life.” 

After nearly two years of prayer, fund-raising, and strategic planning, The Bella House in the suburb of Plano opened its doors as a transitional home, a safe haven of hospitality, loving care, and personal growth.  Its mission was to reach and support a largely underserved segment of our population, the homeless, pregnant woman.  Fundamental to the Bella House mission is the belief that true transformation can only occur in an atmosphere of authentic love, namely, the love of God reflected in the good works of a loving people.

Mothers can come to Bella House when they are newly pregnant, and can stay up to six months after their baby is born. To date, 19 women have come through its doors.  A few have left before giving birth because they have found permanent housing, or have reconciled with the baby’s father or their families. Every mother has said she is better for having been at The Bella House, even if her stay was not that long. See more about “The Bella House” in next week’s bulletin.

Patty Sherrod
Program Coordinator of The Bella House



40 Days for Life Campaign Begins February 14

Catholic Charities is hosting the ecumenical 40 Days for Life campaign in Northwest Ohio from February 14 through March 25. You can participate in three ways: prayer and fasting, community outreach, and peaceful vigil. We invite you to pray for an hour in front of Capital Care Network, the Toledo abortion clinic, located at 1160 W. Sylvania Avenue. Sign up at: www.40daysforlife.com/toledo. Since the international 40 Days for Life Campaign began in 2007, over 750,000 volunteers in over 40 nations have stood in prayerful witness at abortion clinics to witness to the dignity of human life. Through these prayerful campaigns, over 14,000 lives have been saved, 170 abortion workers have quit their positions, and 90 abortion facilities have shut down!  To learn more, email Peter Range at prange@toledodiocese.org. Join the movement, and help us end abortion in Northwest Ohio.