4th Sunday of Lent

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass

Monday, March 12 – Weekday in Lent

No Mass

Tuesday, March 13 – Weekday in Lent

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

7:45 p.m. Mass –St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Vic Ramus by Dr. Robert Ramus

Wednesday, March 14 – Weekday in Lent

6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Stations of the Cross followed by Mass – Doug Mack by Harley Burkholder

Thursday, March 15 – Weekday in Lent

7:00 p.m. Mass - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Rose Hanna by St. Isidore Altar Rosary Society

Friday, March 16 – Weekday in Lent

9:00 a.m. Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Brian Sharp by Bob & Betty Singer

Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, March 17 – Vigil of the Fifth Sunday of Lent

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Bernard & Irene Kuhn by Tom & Diane Moninger

   Servers: Lane Kolb, Tim Meyer, Kinsey Dietrich

6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Irene Steffel by Susan Walker

Sunday, March 18 – Fifth Sunday of Lent

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

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Deceased members of the Bernard & Lillian Hesselschwardt family by Bob & Monica Hearne

  Servers: Eric, John, and Jimmy Shininger


St. Isidore Parish Stewardship – March 3/4, 2018

Loose - $349.00

Regular Envelopes - $1,537.00 (66)

Church in Latin America - $50.00 (1)

Energy - $40.00 (1)

Catholic Home Missions - $50.00 (1)

Total - $2,026.00  Thank you.  May God bless you!


CCD News

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


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.


Birthday Wishes:

Grace Shininger, March 13

Emily Culler, March 15

Ben Kimpel, March 17


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.

A Family Perspective: Today’s gospel speaks of light and darkness.  Often a parent is deliberately “left in the dark.”  Darkness can be comforting for it makes no demands on us.  Light can be disturbing for it forces us to act.  Parents walk a delicate balance of when to “sit in the dark” and when to “turn on the lights.”

“Around Our Parishes”

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

      Catholic Relief Services collection (box envelopes)

Wednesday: St. Michael’s Ridge Lenten Stations of the Cross at 6:30pm followed by Mass

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

      St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society Meeting - 7:30pm at Delaware Bend

Saturday: St. Michael’s Ridge 34th Annual Craft Show at the K of C Hall, Defiance, from 9am to 3pm

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


Upcoming Parish Events

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

The 71st annual meeting of the Christo Rey Federal Credit Union will be held on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 7:00pm in the Marysdale Hall.  Following the business meeting there will be refreshments and a drawing for several cash door prizes.  All members are encouraged to attend.  Any member that is interested in running for a seat on either the Board of Directors, Credit Committee or Supervisory Committee should contact either Jeff Meyer at (419) 899-2839, Jim Timbrook at (419) 899-2959 or Cindy Siler at (419) 658-2707.

The regular monthly meeting will follow the annual meeting.

Current loan rates at Christo Rey are:

2018-2017 Vehicles                                        2.0%

2016-2015 Vehicles                                        2.5%

2014-2013 Vehicles                                        3.0%

All other secured loans                                   3.5%

Signature loans ($4,000.00 maximum)        11.0%

To obtain further information on financing through the Credit Union, contact Ted Czartoski at 419-769-6693 or Cindy Siler at 419-658-2707.

Area Events


K of C Fish Fry – Friday, March 16 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. 

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 next Sunday, March 18.

RALLY- On Sunday, March 18, at 3pm there will be a rally at Defiance Regional Medical Center to let ProMedica know that we want to keep our local hospital but are not willing to compromise our values by supporting a medical health system which includes killing unborn babies.  ProMedica recently decided to authorize the patient-transfer agreement with Capital Care Network, the only remaining abortion clinic in the metro Toledo area.  Without this agreement, the abortion clinic would have been forced to close.

The Most Unjust Situation
Critics of the pro-life movement often say that pro-lifers are too concerned with one social issue. Similarly, political commentators complain that pro-lifers are obsessed with just one political issue.
However, as Catholics, we must never forget three vitally important facts:
(1). All human beings are born "in the image and likeness of Christ" and therefore have innate and invaluable human dignity.
(2). Every child created by God is a tremendous gift from God. Moreover, God has a purpose for each and every one of us...and He does not make mistakes!
(3). The scale of the abortion issue is simply overwhelming. Each day in America, around 3,500 innocent babies are deprived of their right to life.
Pope John Paul II best summed up why abortion is so wrong when he said, "It is difficult to imagine a more unjust situation and it is very difficult to speak of obsession where we are dealing with a fundamental imperative of every good conscience---the defense of the right to life of an innocent and defenseless human being."