6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass

Monday, February 12 – Weekday in Ordinary Time

No Mass 

Tuesday, February 13 – Weekday in Ordinary Time

7:00 p.m. – St. Isidore, Marysdale – Gil Coolman by Tony & Terri Singer Family

   Servers: Volunteers

Wednesday, February 14 – Ash Wednesday; St. Valentine’s Day

9:00 a.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Jim Romes by Greg & Barbara Romes

   Servers: Volunteers

7:00 p.m. Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Pam Wagner by Mary Ellen Arend

Thursday, February 15 – Thursday after Ash Wednesday

7:00 p.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – Art Wonderly by Greg & Lynn Wonderly

Friday, February 16 – Friday after Ash Wednesday

9:00 a.m. Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Ted Garmyn by Roxana Timbrook

Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, February 17–Vigil of the First Sunday of Lent

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Special Intention by the Davis Family

   Servers: Jesse Coolman, Dominic & Michael Mansel-Pleydell

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

Sunday, February 18 – First Sunday of Lent

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Pat McCann by Ron & Lori Weber

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – John Dell by Chris & Chris Stuckey

  Servers: Kevin, Andrea, and Alex Macsay


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

Loose - $314.00

Regular Envelopes - $1,349.00 (59)

Baptism Stipend - $20.00 (1)

Church in Latin America - $45.00 (2)

Total - $1,728.00  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.


Dessert Sale - The St. Isidore group going to Steubenville this summer is having a dessert sale at the Defiance Knights of Columbus fish fry February 16, March 2 and 23.  Free will donation for desserts. 

A Family Perspective: The apostles were “afraid” when Jesus was transfigured in front of them.  CHANGE is often frightening, especially in relationships, but inevitable.  The child grows up, a parent ages, and people mature.  The only constant is our commitment to one another.

“Around Our Parishes”

This Weekend: Annual Catholic Appeal Bishop’s video at all Masses

      St. Michael’s Parish Appreciation Dinner with pre-prandials at 5pm & dinner at 6pm

Tuesday: Vigil of Ash Wednesday - Blest ashes will be given during 7pm Mass at Marysdale

Wednesday: Ash Wednesday - Blest ashes will be given during 9am Mass at The Bend & at 7pm Mass at The Ridge

      St. Michael’s Ridge Parish Council Mtg. after 7pm Mass

      Churches in Eastern Europe Collection during all Masses for Ash Wednesday

Thursday: St. Isidore Altar Rosary Society Meeting after 7pm Mass at Marysdale

Next Weekend:Black & Indian Collection (envelope box)

      RCIA Rite of Election at 6:30pm Mass at St. Michael’s Ridge

      St. Michael’s Ridge 1st Communion Rite of Blessing at 8:30am Mass

St. Michael’s Ridge Baptisms at 1:30pm – Everett Michael Keel, son of Taylor & Jessica Keel and Merman Cy Keel, son of Justin & Aaren Keel

Christo Rey Federal Credit Union Meeting - Monday, February 12, 2018, at 7:30pm in the Upper Hall at Delaware Bend.

Lenten CD Available for Purchase - Growing Pains: The Demands of Our Lenten Journey is a musical trilogy with dramatic interpretations of Biblical characters who walked the Passion with Jesus and turned the demands of their pain into crucial testimony for the Kingdom.  View Christ's Passion through the eyes of Claudia Procula (the wife of Pontius Pilate), Mary Magdalene, and the Blessed Virgin Mary with original musicals by Carol & Kristen Kurivial of Luminous Ministries, Bryan, OH.  Experience the distinct perspectives of the women of the cross. Cost is $20. Visit www.luminourministries.com for more information.


This week, we will take up the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. This collection supports the Church in over 25 countries that are still struggling to recover in the aftermath of communist rule. Funds from this collection support pastoral care, catechesis, building renovations, and seminary formation. Your support restores the Church and builds the future in this region. Please prayerfully consider how you can support the collection next week. More information can be found at www.usccb.org/ccee.


On the bulletin board at each site is some information for our parish families regarding need-based scholarships for private schools and homeschooling for grades K-8 available through the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fundwww.nosf.org  Included is an Am I Eligible to Apply information sheet.  Deadline for applications for the 2018-2019 school year is Friday, April 27, 2018.


Birthday Wishes:

Ruby Schindler, February 12

Tyke Moninger, February 12

Grace Wilhelm, February 14

Lydia Hammon, February 14

Janis Layman, February 15

Jill Speiser, February 15

Bob Vetter, February 16


Anniversary Wishes:

Jim & Clara Kunesh, February 15

Ron & Barb Walker, February 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.

Area Events


K of C Fish Fry – Friday, February 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.  No chicken on the menu since Lent has begun.

The Courage to Speak and to Act Against Abortion

The mother's womb should be the very safest place for a child. Tragically, it has become the most dangerous location- more dangerous than any battlefield or terrorist target. In some cities, about 40 percent of pregnancies end in abortion.

To defend these innocent children and to speak and act on their behalf takes courage. Perhaps family and friends may not like our pro-life stance. Perhaps we may lose business. We all know people who have had an abortion so perhaps we do not want to offend a relative or loved one. It is all too easy to make excuses or make calculations in our minds and hearts, which often results in paralyzed inaction and apathy.

We are always told of reasons why we cannot speak up against abortion. If the priest speaks in Church, he will be rebuked by some who will try to argue it's too political; if we speak in the political arena, we are told it's too religious. If we speak in the media, we are told it's too disturbing; in our schools and colleges, it's too disruptive. On the public streets, it's too distressing for children; in the business world it's too 'controversial, in the family it's too divisive, and in social settings, it's too impolite or politically incorrect.

So, if abortion is plainly wrong and inhumane (which it most definitely is), how do we do what is right and where do we go to say so? The unambiguous answer is that we must stop looking for a risk-free place to fight abortion, and have the courage to speak up in all these arenas!

Let's stop counting the cost to ourselves if we speak up and start counting the cost to the innocent children, if we remain silent.

By Pro-Life Articles Author

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 atprange@toledodiocese.org. Join the movement, and help us end abortion in Northwest Ohio.

A Message to all Parishioners from Father Kill

The ministries of the Diocese of Toledo affect hundreds of thousands of lives each year. Traditionally the participation in the Annual Catholic Appeal has fallen short of the necessary financial support needed to provide support to ensure impactful ministries. This year, the goal is $2.8 million with a secondary goal of increasing parishioner participation. 

 So today, I would like to take a few minutes to share the work the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal is doing for our Diocese of Toledo.

Did you know that when an engaged couple receives education and counseling in preparation for marriage, the Appeal is at work? When a catechist receives training to teach religious education, the Appeal is at work. When a baby’s life is saved from abortion or a homeless person receives a warm bed and a meal, the Appeal is at work. These are examples of ministries at work every day throughout the Diocese of Toledo supported by your donations to the Annual Catholic Appeal. You know many of them—Helping Hands of St. Louis, La Posada Emergency Family Shelter, H.O.P.E. Food Pantry, Young Adult and Campus Ministry, and support for those men who have been called to the Priesthood.

It is your donation that makes possible the continuation of these ministries. If you have already made a pledge to the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal, I thank you for answering the call to show mercy to others.

If you have not yet made a pledge, I would like to remind you of the theme for this year—Giving With Faith, Hope and Love. “Evangelize the poor; this is the mission of Jesus; this is also the mission of the Church, and of all baptized in the church.” (Pope Francis Angelus address 1-24-16). Being Catholic is much more than being a member of a parish and going to Mass on weekends—it is about living our faith and following Jesus. I have seen some of the amazing ways that our Diocese has reached out to help those in greatest need—that is what it means to be Catholic.

If you have never pledged before, a pledge of $1 for each day of the year, $365, or $1 for each week of the year, $52, would go a long way toward helping us to serve the people throughout our diocese. Any gift you can give will be truly appreciated. No amount is too small. 

There are pledge envelopes and pencils available at the end of each pew. Please use the envelopes provided to you to make your donation or pledge today.

Please take a moment to consider this question. Could you sacrifice the price of a soft drink a day or a cup of coffee a week to further the work of the Church and serve those in need? Those dollars would go a long way to benefit the Catholic community in our Diocese.

Thank you for pledging today to help meet our parish goal of $10,000   and assure the continuation of these programs and services. For more information on ministries funded by the appeal visit: www.Toledodiocese.org/ACA

Rev. Robert J. Kill, Pastor