5th Sunday of Easter

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass

Monday, April 30 – St. Pius V

No Mass

Tuesday, May 1 – St. Joseph, the Worker

No Mass (Priests’ Jubilee Mass & Dinner)

Wednesday, May 2 – St. Athanasius

7:00 p.m. Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Mark Bakle by Grace Mangas

Thursday, May 3 – Sts. Philip and James, Apostles

9:00 a.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – Bill Fillman by Randal & Judy Robinett

Friday, May 4 – First Friday

8:00 a.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Cletus Vetter by Tony & Beth Shininger

Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, May 5 –Vigil of the Sixth Sunday of Easter

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Jane Schroeder by Bob & Stella Shininger

   Servers: Elijah and Isaiah Goliver, Adam Mack

6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Doug Mack by Harley Burkholder

Sunday, May 6 – Sixth Sunday of Easter

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Jerry & Ceal Steffel by Vic & Rita Steffel

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – For the Deceased members of Robert, Sr. & Mildred Cromwell family

  Servers: Jeff Smith, Dominic & Michael Mansel-Pleydell


St. Isidore Parish Stewardship – April 21/22, 2018

Loose -$267.05

Regular Envelopes - $2,039.00 (73)

Easter - $20.00 (2)

Total - $2,326.05  Thank you.  May God bless you!


Upcoming Parish Events

May 6 – First Communion at 10am Mass

May 12/13 – May Crowning at both sites

May 12/13 – Altar-Rosary Society’s “Mother’s Day to Father’s Day Project” begins with baby bottle distribution at both sites

May 27 – Graduation Mass at 10am Mass


Prayer Partner Reveal Party - May 2, 7pm at Marysdale. Grades 9-10 bring a snack. Grades 11-12 bring a 2-liter drink. 


CCD News

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

*We are still collecting aluminum cans & coins for a donation to St. Mary's food pantry.  There is a blue barrel in the hall for them. If you need us to pick them up, call Chris Stuckey @ 419-658-2012. Also collecting aluminum can pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House in Toledo.

*If you have a child who will be in 1st grade next year and will be attending our CCD program, please let us know by calling Alison Garcia 419-399-0647 or Christine Stuckey 419-658-2012.

A Family Perspective: Like the vine grower in today’s gospel, parents must “prune and cleanse” the branches in their family if their children are going to be rooted.  Discipline, limits, and setting goals are a necessary part of parenting so our children will grow and "bear fruit.”

“Around Our Parishes”

This Sunday: First Communion Sunday at St. Michael’s Ridge at the 8:30am Mass

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

Tuesday: Priests’ Jubilee Mass & Dinner at All Saints Church, Rossford, Ohio, at 5pm

Wednesday: Prayer Partner Mtg. at St. Isidore, MD, 7pm

      St. Michael’s Building Committee Mtg. after 7pm Mass

Friday: First Friday Communion Calls

      St. Michael’s Ridge Baptism of Lanie Luella Weber, daughter of Eric & Kacee Weber at 6pm

Next Sunday: First Communion at St. Isidore, MD, at the 10am Mass

      Rolls & coffee after the 10am Mass, sponsored by the CYO

“Mother’s Day to Father’s Day Project” – The St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society will again be sponsoring this project to benefit the Defiance Community Pregnancy Center.  Baby bottles will be distributed on May 12-13 at both Masses for the collection of coins to be used for a new copy machine ($600); an exterior security light ($200); mulch ($165); with any remaining funds to be put toward a brick patio area with a pergola outside where volunteers/staff/clients could have additional space to connect.  The bottles will be collected on June 16/17.  Your participation is greatly appreciated.


Birthday Wishes:

Dennis Smith, April 30

Char Shininger, April 30

Ken Singer, May 1

Keaton Singer, May 2

Tony Kunesh, May 3

Dawn Mack, May 3

Mason Moninger, May 4

Mary Ann Smith, May 6


Anniversary Wishes:

Jeremy & Katie Schroeder, May 5


Pray for the sick:

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

Area Events


First Friday Latin Mass

Latin Mass will be celebrated May 4, 2018, at 7pm at Domus Angelorum Retreat House, located at 21706 State Route 114, Cloverdale, OH. All are welcome.

K of C Pancake Breakfast – Sunday, May 6, 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.

Retreat at Domus Angelorum Retreat Center

The Domus Angelorum Retreat House, located at 21706 State Route 114, Cloverdale, OH will be conducting a retreat on the topic of “Personal Responsibility” on Saturday, May 12.  The day begins with Mass at 8:30 am, with registration and Adoration following Mass. The day will conclude with Confessions and Benediction at 3pm. Retreat leader will be Father Herman Scherger.

Costs is $ 10.00 per person and please bring a packed lunch. All are welcome.

Diocesan Events

The Diocese of Toledo is GOING TO IRELAND!
World Meeting of Families with Pope Francis!
August 16 - 27, 2018

We need 28 confirmed registrants by May 1 or the trip will be cancelled! Don’t delay!! Invite your friends!

Join the Diocese of Toledo and spiritual director Fr. Joseph Poggemeyer on pilgrimage to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families 2018. Includes visits to the site of Our Lady’s Apparition in Knock, Bunratty Castle, Cliffs of Moher, beautiful sites in County Clare and County Galway, Kylemore Abbey, Silverstream Priory, and, of course, the World Meeting of Families in Dublin! The theme is “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World.” Families from around the world will come together for prayer, speakers, celebrations, and activities for all ages. All are welcome! Cost starts at $4,439 per person including roundtrip airfare from Detroit. If you have questions about traveling or would like to register, contact Maggie McDaniel at 419-290-8782 or visit ireland2018.org. If you have questions for the Diocese Marriage and Family Coordinator (or if you would be interested in sponsoring a pilgrim or family trip) contact Nick De La Torre at 419-214-4918.

Diocesan Election Policy

It is the policy of the Diocese of Toledo that the only election materials to be shared through the parishes and diocesan institutions are those that come directly from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Ohio Catholic Conference or our own diocesan Chancery. Information left in our buildings or on windshields that is not from the abovementioned sources is not endorsed by the Diocese of Toledo, its parishes, or institutions.


Ohio Ballot Issue May 2018


There is one statewide issue on the May 8, 2018 ballot.  Issue 1 is a constitutional amendment creating a bipartisan, public process for drawing Ohio congressional Districts. A somewhat similar amendment addressing redistricting for Ohio legislative districts passed in 2015.


As in 2015, the Catholic Conference of Ohio has taken a supportive position on this issue. We offer these reflections as an aid to one’s discernment process. 

Prudential Discernment

This issue requires prudential discernment.  “Prudence shapes and informs our ability to deliberate over available alternatives, to determine what is most fitting to a specific context, and to act decisively….”

“…Catholics may choose different ways to respond to compelling social problems, but we cannot differ on our moral obligation to help build a more just and peaceful world through morally acceptable means, so that the weak and vulnerable are protected and human rights and dignity are defended.” 

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship #20, USCCB, 2015

Reflection Questions


  1. Will passage of an issue promote the value and dignity of the human person and advance the common good of persons in the state, especially the poor and vulnerable?


  1. Is the issue needed?


  1. Is the issue well-conceived and clearly stated?


  1. Is this an issue that belongs in Ohio’s Constitution?  


  1. Does the Issue appear to have a good chance of being implemented and enforced?


  1. Are the proponents and opponents of the issue being fair, clear, and transparent in their advocacy around the issue? 


State Issue 1 Creates a bipartisan, public process for drawing Congressional districts 

The proposed Constitutional Amendment would:

  • End the partisan process for drawing congressional districts and replace it with a process with the goals of promoting bipartisanship, keeping local communities together, and having district boundaries that are more compact.


  • Ensure a transparent process by requiring public hearings and allowing public submission of proposed plans.


  • Require the General Assembly or the Ohio Redistricting Commission to adopt new congressional districts by a bipartisan vote for the plan to be effective for the full 10- year period.


  • Require that if a plan is adopted by the General Assembly without significant bipartisan support, it cannot be effective for the entire 10-year period and must comply with explicit anti-gerrymandering requirements.


  Catholic Conference of Ohio Position

We appreciate that this issue was well debated in the Ohio General Assembly, and that it was placed on the ballot with strong bipartisan support. 


Legislative districts should be fairly established, facilitate active citizen participation, assure effective accountability and accessibility to both voters and elected officials, and ensure the common good of all in society.  Issue 1 provides a prudentially viable process for achieving these goals.

The Catholic Bishops of Ohio support passage of Issue 1. The Catholic Conference of Ohio is the official representative of the Catholic Church in public matters affecting the Church and the general welfare of the citizens of Ohio.9 E. Long St, Columbus, Ohio 43215 614-224-7147          www.ohiocathconf.org