4th Sunday of Advent

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass

Monday, December 25 – The Nativity of the Lord

9:00 a.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – For the Parishioners

   Servers: Simon, Daniel, and Jeremiah Hammon

Tuesday, December 26 – St. Stephen

No Mass

Wednesday, December 27 – St. John

No Mass

Thursday, December 28 – The Holy Innocents

No Mass

Friday, December 29 – Fifth Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord

9:00 a.m. Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Robert & Virginia Rath by Robyn (Rath) Hawkins


Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, December 30 – Vigil of the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Vera Breckler by Michelle Kennedy

   Servers: Elijah and Isaiah Goliver, Lane Kolb

6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Carl & Donelda Wagner by sons & daughters

Sunday, December 31 – Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Pam Wagner

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Bruce Hearne by Bob & Monica Hearne

  Servers: Eli and Jude Shininger, Miguel Garcia


St. Isidore Parish Stewardship – December 16/17, 2017

Loose - $446.00

Regular Envelopes - $2,123.00 (62)

Christmas Flowers - $15.00 (2)

Donation - $3,500.00 (2)

Funeral Stipend - $100.00 (1)

Energy - $20.00 (1)

Priests' Retirement Fund - $100.00 (1)

Immaculate Conception - $20.00 (1)

Retirement Fund for Religious - $1.00 (1)

Total - $6,325.00  Thank you.  May God bless you!


A Note from Father Bob - On this day of Christmas, the Nativity of Jesus Christ, I wish everyone a very blessed Christmas!  May the special graces of the Christ child come to be with you and your family this blessed and happy season.  I especially want to thank everyone of St. Isidore & St. Michael parishes for all the cooperation and good will you have shown me and Anita for the past 8½ years.  It has truly been a joy being able to serve you as pastor.  I would also like to thank everyone who sent Christmas cards, notes of support, gifts, plates of cookies & food of all kinds.  They are genuinely appreciated!  Peace & Joy!   Fr. Bob


Adoration Chapel Christmas Hours: The Adoration Chapel will re-open after New Year's on Wednesday, January 3, at 6am. Have a Blessed Christmas and joy-filled New Year.


A Family Perspective: QUESTION: What do you call a family which began with an unmarried pregnant teen and had a twelve-year-old son who ran away from home and was eventually executed as a criminal?

ANSWER:  HOLY!  Two lessons in today’s gospel:  (1) No matter what is happening in your family, “The Lord is with you.”  (2) “Do not be afraid” for “nothing is impossible with God.”

“Around Our Parishes”

This Sunday Morning: No Mass at St. Michael’s Ridge

      9:00am Mass at St. Isidore (Marysdale)

This Sunday Evening: 4pm Mass at St. Michael’s Ridge

      4:30pm Mass at St. Isidore, Marysdale-Fr.Tom Oedy

      9pm 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

Next Weekend: all four Masses at the usual Mass times

New Year’s Day (Monday): Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God is not a Holy Day of Obligation this year as stated by the USCCB Mass is at 7pm 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.

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. 

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.


Saint Isidore CCD students will be receiving instruction in lessons that are mandated by the Toledo Diocese as part of the Protecting God’s Children initiative on January 3rd for 1st through 6th and January 10th for 7th through 12th grades. These are age-appropriate lessons for our children that will take place during their regular class time. All parishes in the Diocese are presenting this program to their students.

Opt-out Forms were mailed to each family this past week. New families also received a parent guide (which was provided to all families last year) explaining the program.  All families will need to return the opt-out form only if you choose NOT to have your child participate. The opt-out form must be received prior to the scheduled lesson (the night of is ok but a phone call or email giving a heads up is appreciated) for your child to do an alternative activity. If you have more than one child in our program, you will receive one opt-out form per child.

The safety of our children is a top concern and we want to work with families to create an open environment where children know there are safe support people in their lives. As such, parents are welcome to attend the class, though this is not required. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns by calling Christine Stuckey (658-2012) or Alison Garcia (399-0647).


Birthday Wishes:

Mary Lou Demland, December 25

Riley Bowers, December 26

Simon Hammon, December 27

Nathan Arend, December 27

Brian Mack, December 29


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

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.

K of C Fish Fry – Friday, January 5, 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.  Menu includes Alaskan Pollock, coleslaw, baked beans, scalloped potatoes, green beans, baked potatoes, applesauce, rolls and butter, and baked chicken breasts until Lent starts.

First Friday Latin Mass:  Latin Mass will be celebrated Friday, January 5at 7:00pm at Domus Angelorum Retreat House, located at 21706 State Route 114, Cloverdale, OH.  All are welcome.

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 Communion of Saints”   on Saturday, January 13.  The day begins with Mass at 8:30am with registration and Adoration following Mass. The day will conclude with Reconciliation and Benediction 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.

2018 March for Life Trip

Interested in attending the 2018 March for Life in Washington D.C. on January 20, 2018?  Join the College and Young Adult bus trip sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo! The trip is only $159, but for college students there is a special discounted price of $119! Our trip includes two nights in the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Washington, D.C., as well as free time to tour the city. We depart Thursday,

January 18, at 3pm and will return Saturday evening,

January 20. Payments by check can be made out and mailed to Catholic Charities, 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo with “March for Life” in the memo line. Be sure to include name, email, cell phone and rooming preferences. If you have any questions, contact Peter Range, Director of the Office for Life and Justice, at prange@toledodiocese.org or call 419-214-4933.

Deadline to register is Monday, January 1.


Resolution for the New Year

Jesus was born into a harsh world, where Herod was doing the unthinkable: killing babies.

Is there any doubt that our world today needs Jesus to come and dwell among us?

As a new year begins, let us resolve to be a more effective and dedicated instrument of Jesus. Let us do more to promote love and peace. Let us do more to help moms turn the unplanned into a loving plan that embraces innocent life.

Let us do more to change our culture of death.



Office: 715 Jefferson, Defiance         

Warehouse: 1941 East Second Street, Defiance

Who: The Defiance County Furniture Bank is a nondenominational faith based service ministry that provides basic furniture, sofas and chairs, beds, bed frames, bed linens, electrical appliances, and kitchen wares to families in need in the Defiance County area.

What: Donations of furniture, appliances, linens, and kitchen wares are accepted from individuals and businesses. Donations can be dropped off every Friday between 10:00 and 11:00am or by appointment at the warehouse at 1941 East Second Street or by calling St. Mary Parish at (419)782-2776. "When needed,” volunteers will pick up and deliver. Cash contributions are always welcome to help fund our overhead expenses.

Where: Any eligible individuals/families from the greater Defiance County area who meet the guidelines set by our local social service agencies are served.

How: All requests for assistance must come to the Bank from an appropriate social service agency serving the Defiance County area. All local social service agencies have Defiance County Furniture Bank Referral Forms and know the proper procedure for referring to the Bank.

Why: Many of the clients that are served typically are setting up housekeeping and have little more than the clothes on their back and a few personal items. Clients often are the victims of fire, domestic violence, and/or extreme poverty and need assistance.

*Items in constant demand include: Beds (queen size or smaller, mattresses, box springs and bed frames), bed linens, pots and pans, dishes, clean and working electrical appliances (stoves, microwaves, toaster ovens, washers and dryers), kitchen tables and chairs, and basic furniture (sofas, chairs, dressers, etc.). Cash donations are always welcome.

Your help is needed!!! Furniture and cash donations are much appreciated, but we are in constant need for volunteers to pick up and make deliveries. If you have time to give to this much needed ministry, please call the number below.  All donations of furniture, cash and offers to help with pickup and delivery can be made
by first contacting: The Defiance County Furniture Bank Phone: (419)782-2776  Fax: (419)782-1958.Your generosity is appreciated and greatly needed!!