6th Sunday of Easter

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass

Monday, May 7 – Weekday during the Easter Season

No Mass

Tuesday, May 8 – Weekday during the Easter Season

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

7:45 p.m. Mass –St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Jim Sponsler by Chris & Christine Stuckey family

Wednesday, May 9 – Weekday during the Easter Season

No Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge Catechist Dinner

Thursday, May 10 – St. Damien de Veuster

9:00 a.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – Kenneth Wonderly by friends & family

Friday, May 11 – Weekday during the Easter Season

9:00 a.m. Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Patrick McCann by Jane & Jeff Meyer


Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, May 12 –Vigil of the Ascension of the Lord

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Jim Romes by Betty Romes

   Servers: Eric, John, and Jimmy Shininger

6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Living & Deceased members of the Jutte Singer family by Bob & Betty Singer

Sunday, May 13 – The Ascension of the Lord

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Mary Ricica by Frances Sankiewicny

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Living & Deceased Members of St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society by the Altar-Rosary Society

  Servers: Kinsey Dietrich, Miguel and Alex Garcia


St. Isidore Parish Stewardship – April 28/29, 2018

Loose - $371.00

Regular Envelopes - $1,320.00 (61)

Total - $1,691.00  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


CCD News

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

*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.

Thank You! Thank You!  Thank You!

I want to thank all the people who gave me money, gift cards & who remembered me in any way for my 83rd birthday last Sunday, April 29, 2018.  I surely appreciate your thoughtfulness.  Please keep me in your prayers.   May God bless you!  With love, Anita Bertsch

A Family Perspective: Today’s gospel challenges us to “love one another as I have loved you.”  Jesus is our model and he asks us to “lay down our life” (our time, attention, opinions, and needs) for each other.  This is a sacrament of the family, when God is made visible in our sacrificial love for one another.

“Around Our Parishes”

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

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

Tuesday: Vote!

Wednesday: St. Michael’s Year-End Catechist Dinner – 6pm

Thursday: Deanery Meeting – 2pm

Next Sunday: Happy Mother’s Day!

      St. Michael’s Ridge Parish Council & Cemetery Committee Election

“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:

Don Layman, May 7

Dean Layman, May 7

Jane Guilford, May 8

Brandon Kimpel, May 9

Tyler Hogan, May 9

Paul Speiser, May 9

Brett Dietrich, May 10

Greg Macsay, May 10

Holly Coolman, May 13

Katie Davis, May 13

Andrew M. Shininger, May 13


Anniversary Wishes:

Jim & Suzy Kline, May 12


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


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

Milestone Wedding Anniversary Celebration – If you are celebrating a milestone wedding anniversary in 2018 – 25, 40, 50, 60, or 60+ years - plan to join Bishop Daniel Thomas for the Order of Blessing Married Couples within Holy Mass.  Registered couples receive a commemorative certificate and are invited to a reception following Mass.  The celebration is scheduled for October 28, 2018, at 3pm at Our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral.  To register contact Luke Shininger at 419-770-1980 or e-mail him at lukeshininger@live.com.

2018 Century Farm Award Applications Available

Catholic Charities is now accepting applications for Century Farm Awards. This award designation honors

Catholic families who have maintained a farm or homestead within their family for at least 100 years,

with an emphasis on well-preserved working farms.

Applicants will be asked to submit a registration form, copies of old deeds, and pictures to support claims.

The information submitted must show family residence and ownership of a farm for at least 100 years.

Applications should be submitted no later than May 31, 2018. A Mass honoring award recipients will be celebrated by Bishop Daniel E. Thomas at St. Patrick

Church , 14010 South River Road (Old US 24), Grand Rapids, Ohio, at 9 a.m., Wednesday, September 19, 2018. For more information or to request the registration form, please contact Kate Pomrenke at (419) 214-4898 or kpomrenke@toledodiocese.org.

Reasons Why the Pro-Life Movement Will Win!

(Parts I and II)

One day, there will be an end of abortion in America. There are around 69 million Catholics in the U.S. and if more of us would be prepared to commit ourselves to assist and get involved, that day will be sooner rather than later. If so, fewer innocent, unborn babies will be victims and have to lose their lives.

We will outline the reasons why we are winning and why there is reason to be optimistic:-

(1). The most sure sign of our ultimate victory is the strong and ever-growing involvement of young people who are pro-life and fighting for an end to abortion. Today's generation have the benefit of being more scien­tific and so they know that life begins at conception and cannot be deceived that the child in the mother's womb is anything other than that----a child!

(2). The flow of conversions is virtually all in one direction ... that is, from death to life. Have you ever heard of a pro-life advocate become pro-abortion (other than possibly a few politicians who are notorious for abandoning principles in exchange for votes)? Yet there are thousands of doctors, nurses, technicians, security guards, etc. who have worked at abortion clinics and who have repented and who are now staunchly pro-life. (3). Another clear sign of progress is the wave of women who are speaking out about how they regret having had an abortion. The "Silent No More Awareness Campaign" provides an opportunity to share the testimo­nies of these brave women and they reveal that instead of "solving" a problem, abortion creates more problems of its own. Moreover, these testimonies put the pro-abortion lobby in a huge dilemma because for years, they have been saying, "Listen to the voices of women!" Now, those women's voices increasingly repudiate the lie of abortion.

(4). Over half of America's freestanding abortion clinics have closed since 1993. That is because no matter how much money and media access the abortion movement has built up, they cannot remove the stigma that is attached to abortion. In fact, the abortion industry's great­est fear is not that Roe v. Wade will be reversed, rather, it is that abortion will remain legal but there will not be any medical personnel to do abortions.

(5). In Constitutional history, the rights of oppressed groups, such as women and blacks, have eventually been vindicated. As more evidence was presented to the Courts, they reversed prior decisions. In recent cases, more evidence is being admitted showing not only the unborn child's humanity, but also the harm abortion does to women and the pain the child suffers during an abortion.

(6). There is a growing mountain of medical, psychological and sociological evidence that abortion harms women and families. There is also more research linking abortion to higher incidences of breast cancer, men­tal illnesses, infant mortality in subsequent pregnancies etc.

(7). Another sign of victory is that the other side has run out of arguments. In the years prior to Roe v Wade, abortion advocates assured everyone that legalized abortion would reduce child abuse, reduce teen and strengthen families. After four decades, it is clear that abortion has significantly compounded these problems.

(8). The last several years have seen unprecedented legislation for the unborn child. On the Federal level, for the first time, an abortion procedure (so-called partial-birth-abortion) has been declared illegal. Legislation has also been passed to protect the unborn after a botched abortion and to protect the unborn from acts of violence other than abortion.  On the state level, laws have also been passed to try to reduce the staggering number of abortions.

(9). The evil inner workings of abortion are being highlighted. Abortion advocates have said for years that they want abortion to be "safe and legal", but this is a lie. Crimes of abortion clinics are increasingly being exposed and include medical malpractice, sexual abuse, falsifying medical records etc. What's more, the abortion in­dustry creates a safe haven for sexual predators and statutory rape. For more details, see www.childpredator.com.

(10.) When pregnant women get out of their cars and walk nervously toward the abortion clinic, they increas­ingly encounter a "sidewalk counselor"---a regular person, armed with only love and with information the abor­tion clinic does not want them to know. Frequently, after a short conversation, the counselor will take them to a crisis pregnancy center, where the mother will see a crystal-clear, ultrasound image of her baby. Once expectant mothers see their babies, they invariably choose LIFE.

Finally, the reason why we will win is that by His Resurrection, Jesus conquered death. Thus, we do not cower before the culture of death; rather, we stand before it with victorious confidence!