5th Sunday of Lent

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass

Monday, March 19 – St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

No Mass

Tuesday, March 20 – 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 – Hilda Bertsch by Anita Bertsch

Wednesday, March 21 – Weekday in Lent

10:00 a.m. Mass – Brookview Nursing Home

7:00 p.m. Mass - St. Michael’s Ridge – Louie & Mary Ricica

Thursday, March 22 – Weekday in Lent

7:00 p.m. Mass - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Martin Sheets by Ken & Deb Moninger

Friday, March 23 – St. Turibius of Mogrovejo

9:00 a.m. Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Marjorie Siler by Robert Hoschak

Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, March 24 – Vigil of Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Doris Antoine by M&M Rosalio Martinez

   Servers: Kevin, Andrea, and Alex Macsay

6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – John Beck by Jim Bakle

Sunday, March 25 – Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Jennifer Krueger by Paul & Joanne Westhoven

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Barb Layman, Lee Gecowets, & Ron Smith by Jeff Smith family

  Servers: Eli, Jude, and Noah Shininger


St. Isidore Parish Stewardship – March 10/11, 2018

Loose - $348.00

Regular Envelopes - $1,538.00 (63)

Energy - $75.00 (5)

Catholic Home Missions - $10.00 (1)

Catholic Relief Services - $235.00 (14)

ACA 2017 Rebate - $850.00

Total - $3,056.00  Thank you.  May God bless you!


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


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.

A Family Perspective: Relationships come with a price tag.  We must be willing to entrust ourselves to another, to let go of our autonomy, and die to our independence.  It is in dying to our independence that we find interdependence with others.

“Around Our Parishes”

Today: Rolls and coffee after the 10am Mass at Marysdale (MD), sponsored by the CYO

Tuesday: Confessions at St. Isidore, Delaware Bend (DB) – 7:00-7:40pm          

Wednesday: Brookview Nursing Home Mass at 10:00am

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

      St. Michael’s Ridge Finance Comm. Mtg. - 7:30pm

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

      St. Isidore Parish Council Mtg. at 7:30pm at Marysdale (MD)   

Friday: Confessions at St. Michael’s Ridge-7:00-7:40pm

Saturday: Confessions at St. Isidore, Delaware Bend (DB) - 3:30-4:15pm

Next Sunday: St. Isidore Parish Council Elections at both Masses

      St. Isidore Easter Breakfast after 10am Mass at Marysdale (MD)

Parish Council Nominations

The following parishioners have accepted the nomination for Parish Council for the 2018-2020 term: Deb Kolb, Greg Shininger, Mary Kurtz, Steve Coolman, Lisa Alberti, Jim Timbrook, Holly Coolman, Jamie Singer, Joshua Mansel-Pleydell, and Peter Coolman. Elections for Council will be held before Masses on March 24 and 25 where we will elect 5 council members and one alternate. More information on these candidates is available on the posters in the entryway at both sites.

Good Friday Collection

Pope Francis has asked our parishes to support the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, which helps Christians in the Holy Land.  Your support helps the church minister in parishes, provide schools, and offer religious education.  The Pontifical Good Friday Collection also helps to preserve the sacred shrines.

The wars, unrest and instability have been especially hard on Christians. In these times of crisis, the Pontifical Good Friday Collection provides humanitarian aid to refugees.  When you contribute to the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, you become an instrument of peace and join with Catholics around the world in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land.  Please be generous!   For more information about Christians in the Holy Land, visit www.myfranciscan.org/good-friday

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.


Birthday Wishes:

Brayden Kolb, March 21

Pat Fronk, March 22

Michelle Speiser, March 22

Jack Speiser, March 23

Nichole Mickelson, March 25


Anniversary Wishes:

Mary Lou and Lavon Speiser


Pray for the sick:

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 23 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 this Sunday, March 18.

RALLY- On Sunday, March 18, at 3pm there will be a rally at Diehl Park on Ralston Avenue (changed from Promedica) 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.


Please join us to listen to Kelly Tong, who is a supervisor at Kaitlyns Cottage, speak about what happens there, how great love is shown there, and how the most vulnerable family members are cared for in a warm home environment.  March 27 at 7 pm.  This event will be held at St John’s, Defiance, where Mass will be offered at 6:30pm sponsored by Mother Teresa Respect for Life. 

DIVORCED & SEPARATED—So many are hurting from the pain of divorce.  Separation was never a part of God’s plan.  There are many too who don’t understand their place in the Church after a divorce.  A team has come together to help these people, to bring together a community of people to help one another.  It doesn’t matter your age, how long you were married, how long since your divorce, if you’re married again, or even if you’re not Catholic… You are welcome!  The team will be going around to a few of the parishes in our area to talk to people after Masses.  Then all are invited for a one-day Retreat on Sat., April 21, at St. Michael, Hicksville.  Our goal is God’s Healing and community.  Contact Deacon Rod at 419-542-6473 or rodconkle@live.com for more information.  You can go to https://drive.google.com/open?id=1bEY5B-6PN0y-DW3ZGv_KUip6LRPJtFusUp7mJBJGkJI to fill in the form to get registered for the retreat.  The cost of the Retreat is a free will donation.  Please spread the word to any divorced or separated people you may know.  Also, we are recruiting Table Leaders for the Retreat—if you would like to help at the Retreat, please register and indicate so on your registration.

This is a Catholic program, SO ALL ARE WELCOME!

Parish Visits will be:

March 17-18   St. Augustine, Napoleon AND St. Michael’s Ridge, Defiance

March 24-25               Divine Mercy, Paulding

April 7-8                     St. Michael, Hicksville

April 14-15                 St. John, Defiance

Abortion and Adoption

The number of would-be adoptive parents (of newborn babies) far outstrips the supply in America.

Each year in the United States, about 135,000 American children are placed for adoption.

Experts estimate somewhere between one and two million couples seek to adopt yearly. Every year, there are about 1.3 million abortions. Sadly, only 4% of women with unwanted pregnancies give their children up for adoption.

Every child is wanted, and wanted desperately!

By Pro-Life Articles Author  www.pro-lifearticles.org

Billy Graham's Prayer For Our Nation at age 95 
 'Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from sin and set us free. Amen!'


Mass for shut-ins

There is a Catholic Mass on Toledo WTOL Channel 11 at 5:00 a.m., WNWO Channel 24 at 6:30 a.m., and WTVG Channel 13.2 at 8:30 a.m. Brought to you by Heart of the Nation.