7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass

Monday, February 25 – Weekday in Ordinary Time

No Mass

Tuesday, February 26 – Weekday in Ordinary Time

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

7:45 p.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Teresa Fisher by Joseph Fisher (rescheduled from 2/12/19)

Wednesday, February 27 –Weekday in Ordinary Time

7:00 p.m.  Mass - St. Michael’s Ridge – Mary Ricica by Eugene Westrick

Thursday, February 28 – Weekday in Ordinary Time

7:00 p.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – Deceased Family & Friends by Steve & Barb Coolman

Friday, March 1 – First Friday

8:00 a.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Marcus & Margaret Becher by Mary Batt


Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, March 2 – Vigil of the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Rafael Alberti by Lisa Alberti

  Servers: Dominic and Michael Mansel-Pleydell

6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Robert & Reta Weber by Dick & Bobbie Johnson

Sunday, March 3 – Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Jim & Mary Rose Haley by Mary Rose

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Kathryn Schindler by Dan Schindler

  Servers: Jeffrey Smith, Noah Shininger, Jesse Coolman


St. Isidore Parish Stewardship – February 16/17, 2019

Loose - $359.87

Regular Envelopes - $1,552.00 (66)

Total - $1,911.87  Thank you. May God bless you!


Sacrament of Reconciliation – Confessions will be heard at Marysdale following the 9am Mass on Thursdays whenever a Mass is scheduled at that time.  


Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe - Next week at Ash Wednesday services, we will take up the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. This collection supports the Church in more than 20 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.orglccee.


Diocese of Toledo Strategic Plan 2019-2022 – Please read the two attachments to this week’s bulletin: a letter from Bishop Thomas about the plan and a visual of the mission, core values, goals, and actions of the plan.

A Family Perspective: In studying the effects of religion upon family relationships, researchers inform us hostility and prayer can’t coexist.  You cannot be hostile toward someone for whom you are praying. Today’s gospel encourages us: “Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who treat you badly.”

“Around Our Parishes”

This Sunday: St. Michael’s Ridge PRE Bowling Party – 1-3pm

     St. Michael’s Bible Study – 6:30pm

Wednesday: St. Michael Altar Rosary Society Mtg. at 7:30pm

Thursday: St. Isidore Parish Council Meeting – after the 7pm Mass at Marysdale

First Friday: Communion calls

Next Weekend: Annual Catholic Appeal at all Masses

     St. Michael Bingo Party–1:30-4pm  All are welcome

     St. Michael’s Bible Study – 6:30pm Sunday

With Gratitude - The Society for the Propagation of the Faith gratefully acknowledges your generous gift received. Thank you for your gift of support of the mission work of the Church carried out through contributions to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Along with those who will receive the benefits of your contribution in foreign lands, I am very grateful for your generous offering of $383.10 for the support of the Church's missionary work.  Sister Maria Lin, R.S.M., Coordinator of Mission Appeals and Awareness


Birthday Wishes

Diana Singer, February 28

Harold Kunesh, March 1

Deb Slusser, March 1

Sue Sheets, March 2

Dave Clinker, March 4

Evan Shininger, March 5

Zachary Van Curen, March 5


Pray for the sick:

Fr. Bob, June Coolman, Cody Davis, Marianne Fleming, Denny Fronk, Noah Garcia, Rhett Jesse, Danny Mekus, Don Meyer, Marilyn Minck, Roseann Nusbaum, Betty Adelman (sister of Anita Bertsch), and all who need our prayers.


Area Events

K of C Fish Fry

Knights of Columbus Council #1039, 111 Elliott Road, Defiance, OH (419-782-3536) Friday, March 1, 2019. Carry-out meals available at 4:00pm; dining room from 4:00pm-7:00pm.  Eat in: Adult Dinner $10.00 (with beverage) 6-12 Years $4.00, 5 and under eat for FREE!! Carry Out: Regular Dinner $9.50, 2lb “All Fish” $16.00, ($22 with any 3 Sides), side dishes $3.00/pint.

First Friday Latin Mass - Latin Mass will be celebrated March 1, 2019, 7:00pm at Domus Angelorum Retreat House, located at 21706 State Route 114, Cloverdale, OH. All are welcome.

K of C Pancake Breakfast – Sunday, March 3, 2019, at the K of C Hall on Elliott Road, Defiance, from 9am-11am.  Meal price are: $7.50 for adults; $6.50 for senior citizens; $4 for children 6-12; free for children 5 and U. French toast has been added to the menu.  

Annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast – Ridgeville Township Fire Department is hosting its annual event on Sunday, March 3, 2019, from 7am-1pm at the Ridgeville American Legion on County Road 19, one mile east of Ridgeville Corners.  Carry-outs available. All proceeds go toward fire and rescue equipment.

St. Patrick Catholic School Showcase & Open House for 2019-2020 Registration – Monday, March 4, 2019, 5:50-7:00pm.  610 South Portland Street, Bryan, OH. Preschool programs for 3-5 year old children, all-day kindergarten, and grades 1-8.  Call 419-636-3592 for more details or visit www.saintpatrickschoolbryan.org.

CELEBRATING SENIORS will be meeting on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Defiance.    Rosary is at 10:40am, Mass at 11:00, with a free will offering lunch to follow. We will play BINGO this month with donated prizes. Anyone 55 years and older are invited and welcome to attend. Come and meet new friends.


35th Annual St. Michael’s Ridge Craft Show – Saturday, March 16, 2019, from 9am-3pm at the K of C Hall in Defiance.  Sponsored by the Altar Rosary Society. Free admission, lunch stand, sandwiches, soup, pies, desserts, bake sale, and raffles.


St. Mary Catholic Church Mission – Monday, March 25, 2019 – From Faith to Family: Putting on God’s Armor; Tuesday, March 26: Answering the Call to Serve; Wednesday, March 27: Dedicating Our Talents and Our Time to Go. Guest Speaker – Matt Allner.  All sessions start at 7pm at 715 Jefferson Avenue, Defiance.


Diocesan Events

1-on-1 Lenten Faith-Sharing - a joint effort by the Sisters of Notre Dame, the Franciscans from Tiffin, Sylvania and in Carey, the Precious Blood and Mercy Sisters, the IHM and Adrian Dominicans. How are you planning to dive in and get the most out of our Lent? Consider letting a religious Sister or Brother be your faith sharing partner. You don't need to go anywhere special. Just commit to connecting with your partner 3-4 times during Lent by means of Facetime, Whatsapp, Video Instant Messenger or by telephone.  Share what it stirring in your heart as you pray the Lenten Scripture readings. This opportunity is available for those age 20-39, male or female, single or married. Register at 1on1Sharing@snd1.org. by Feb. 27. 

‘Come and See’ Event - The Adrian Dominican Sisters invite Catholic women, ages 25-35, to “come and see” what life as an Adrian Dominican Sister could be like for them. A weekend gathering, “A Time to Discern: Come and See for Yourself,” is offered at Weber Retreat and Conference Center the weekend of March 1-3, 2019 from dinner at 5:00 p.m. on Friday through the noon meal on Sunday. Participants have the opportunity to meet other women who are discerning God’s call in their lives, celebrate Sunday Liturgy with the Sisters, tour the Motherhouse campus, and engage in conversation with the Sisters. The weekend also allows for time for prayer, reflection, silence, sharing, and fun while participants discern God’s call in their lives and how they can discover that call.

The weekend is free of charge – you are our guests. Please register online at http://www.adriandominicans.org/BecomeaSister/ComeandSee.aspx.

Weber Center is on the campus of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan. Enter the Eastern-most driveway of the complex and follow the signs to Weber Center. For further information, please contact Sister Tarianne DeYonker, OP, Co-Director of Vocations, at 517-266-3532 or tdeyonker@adriandominicans.org.


Divorced-Separated Retreat

Do you know someone who is divorced or separated?  Someone who is hurting from a split, whether it be marriage or any relationship you thought was going to be a lifelong commitment?  Even if someone is in a good relationship now or remarried, there may still be healing needed from a past break up.

A Divorced-Separated Retreat will be held Saturday, March 16, from 8 am-8 pm, at Hicksville St. Michael Catholic Church. Come for all or any part of the day.  For questions or to register, call Susie Smalley at 419.487.2652 or Mary Daniel at 419.630.4957.  This program is put on by Catholics-everyone is welcome.


Young Adults’ Retreat - What would you say if asked, "Why are you Catholic?" Unsure because you've always been Catholic?  Come join other young adults aged 22-39 for the "Choosing to be Catholic Retreat" with Charis ministries on March 23-24 at the Parish Center in Ottoville.   Ponder who Jesus Christ is to you. Hear young adults share what being Catholic means to them and experience Christian community. This retreat is for any young adult in the diocese.  For information send a message to CharisDioceseOfToledo@gmail.com.


Abortion and Child Abuse

Abortion teaches us that violence is an acceptable way to deal with difficult life problems. It teaches us that human beings are only valuable if they meet certain criteria, and it teaches us that the strong have a legal right to kill the weak and defenseless. When the unique value of individual human life is trampled upon, society inevitably suffers.

Abortion advocates argue just the opposite. They purport that aborting "unwanted" children will reduce child abuse, neglect, poverty and violence and will generally lead to happier families. However, our experience since 1973 proves that this theory does not work. During that time, over 60 million "unwanted" babies have been denied the right to live, yet we have more crime, more violence, more dead-beat dads, and more gangs. The list goes on.

Abortion advocates even argue that abortion is an effective way to prevent crime since it eliminates those who are "most likely" to commit crimes, more specifically the babies of poor mothers. Dianne Glass wrote an article supporting this radical idea. It is hard to believe that in this age, people could argue that human beings should be executed for crimes they may commit in the future and that abortion is the answer to solving poverty. Indeed, it is a truly frightening social policy!

In the final analysis, it is only logical to conclude that societies who are willing to abort children before birth will be far more likely to abuse them after birth. Abortion is child abuse, and it is the most severe form of abuse in existence.