8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass 


Monday, March 4 – St. Casimir
No Mass
Tuesday, March 5 – Eve of Ash Wednesday
7:00 p.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – Deceased Family & Friends by Dan & Teresa Dietrich
   Servers: Kevin, Andrea, and Alex Macsay
Wednesday, March 6 –Ash Wednesday
9:00 a.m. Mass–St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Deceased Family & Friends by Gregg & Geraldine Gause
   Servers: Volunteers
7:00 p.m.  Mass - St. Michael’s Ridge – Mary Ricica by Eugene Westrick   
Thursday, March 7 – Sts. Perpetua & Felicity, Martyrs
9:00 a.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – All Souls Intention by Barb Homrich
9:30 a.m. – Reconciliation at St. Isidore, Marysdale
Friday, March 8 – St. John of God
9:00 a.m. Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Robert & Virginia Rath by Robyn Hawkins

Lord’s Day Masses
Saturday, March 9 – Vigil of the First Sunday of Lent
3:30 p.m. – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend - Reconciliation
4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Deceased Family & Friends by Tom & Sandy Hug
   Servers: Elijah Goliver and Jude Shininger
6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Friends & Relatives of Fran Stehulak
Sunday, March 10 – First Sunday of Lent
8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Louie & Mary Ricica by Joe & Chris Ricica
10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – All Souls Intention by Jim & Suzy Kline
   Servers: Simon & Jeremiah Hammon, Michael M-P

St. Isidore Parish Stewardship – February 23/24, 2019
Loose - $406.56
Regular Envelopes - $1,704.00 (61)
Energy - $5.00 (1)
Total - $2,115.56  Thank you.  May God bless you!
St. Isidore Mother-Daughter Breakfast – Sunday, March 31, following the 10am Mass at Marysdale. While no tickets will be sold, a free will offering will be collected at the beginning of the breakfast. Ladies of the parish are welcome and may invite their female family members to join them. Mark your calendars now as this date is earlier than usual this spring. 

Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe - This week on Ash Wednesday our special collection supports the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. Your donation today helps restore the Church and build the future in more than 20 countries still struggling to recover in the aftermath of communist rule. Funds from this collection help support reconstruction, education, formation, and outreach to alleviate poverty. Please be generous to the collection today. For more information, please visit wwwu.sccb.orglccee. 

A Family Perspective: Today Jesus tells us: “Why do you see the speck in someone else’s eye but miss the log in your own eye?”  It’s always easier to try to change someone else than face the things in ourselves which need change.  What a waste of time, for we can’t change anyone but ourselves.

“Around Our Parishes”
This Weekend: Annual Catholic Appeal at all Masses
      Rolls & coffee after 10am Mass at St. Isidore, MD
      St. Michael Bingo Party–1:30-4pm  All are welcome
      St. Michael’s Bible Study – 6:30pm Sunday
Tuesday: Blessed Ashes given at the 7pm Mass at MD
Wednesday: Blessed Ashes given at both the 9am Mass at DB & 7pm Mass at St. Michael’s Ridge
Next Weekend: Parish Council Elections at St. Isidore
      Black & Indian Collection (envelope pack)
      St. Michael’s Bible Study – 6:30pm Sunday
Sacrament of Reconciliation – Confessions will be heard at Marysdale following the 9am Mass this Thursday.  

CCD News
Our CCD students will again be participating in the Lenten Rice Bowl Campaign for Catholic Relief Services. Rice Bowls went home with each student 2/27/2019 and are due back the Wednesday after Easter, April 24. We welcome members of the parish to participate in the Rice Bowl Campaign with us. Rice Bowls can be found in the vestibule at each site.

There will no CCD on Wednesday March 6 so families can attend Ash Wednesday services. 

Annual Catholic Appeal - A letter from Bishop Thomas was sent out asking for your gift and/or pledge to support the ministries of the Diocese of Toledo. This letter gives all registered parishioners an opportunity to contribute to the Appeal, especially those who are unable to attend Mass. The Annual Catholic Appeal will be unbelievably successful if every member of our parish carefully considers their circumstances and truly strives to give a significant gift. Please give prayerful consideration to your level of support to help fund the essential ministries and services supported by the Appeal. To learn more about the appeal visit Toledodiocese.org/ACA.  

Birthday Wishes
Dave Clinker, March 4
Evan Shininger, March 5
Zachary Van Curen, March 5
Bartholomew Seibert, March 8
Derrick Moninger, March 8
Kevin Coolman, March 10

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 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.

K of C Fish Fry
Knights of Columbus Council #1039, 111 Elliott Road, Defiance, OH (419-782-3536) Friday, March 8, 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.

Retreat at Domus Angelorum Retreat Center
The Domus Angelorum Retreat House, located at 21706 State Route 114 Cloverdale, will be conducting a retreat on Saturday, March 9. The theme for this retreat is taken from Matthew 5:20: “Unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and the Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”  The day begins with Mass at 8:30am with registration and Adoration following Mass. The day will conclude with Confession and Benedictions at 3pm. Retreat leader will be Father Herman Scherger. Cost is $10 per person and please bring a packed lunch. All are welcome. 

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. Augustine Catholic School Pre-K/Kindergarten Open House – Sunday, March 24, 11:30am-1pm at 722 Monroe Street, Napoleon, OH.  Kindergarten Clinic is Tuesday, March 26, at 9am.  For more information, see the flyer on the bulletin board at each site.

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
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 Removes the Unloved and Unwanted
I was saddened when I read a letter which appeared to justify abortion because "it does away with the unwanted and unloved." What a callous, selfish and inhumane mentality!
Are we to value life only if it is "productive" or "useful" to us, or happens to be "in favor" at any given time? What about children who become "unwanted" after birth? Should we allow mothers or fathers to murder such children, just because they are considered a "burden?"
After all, this is precisely the reason given by Susan Smith for drowning her two young sons -- because they were coming between her and her lover and had therefore become "unwanted."
But what makes the crime any different had she been eight months pregnant with her twins and aborted them to keep her boyfriend? Presumably, ardent pro-abortionists would have applauded her for making a sensible, morally-correct decision based on her own best interests.
The truth is that there is no justice in a system that allows innocent people to be harmed at the whim of others. Just as government has the responsibility and the right to prevent armed robbery, slavery and rape, it has the same responsibility and right to prevent the killing of innocent human beings, including those waiting to be born.