Easter Sunday

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass

Monday, April 17 – Monday within the Octave of Easter

No Mass

Tuesday, April 18 – Tuesday within the Octave of Easter - No Mass                                            

Wednesday, April 19 – Wednesday within the Octave of Easter - No Mass                                 

Thursday, April 20 – Thursday within the Octave of Easter                                                          

7:00 p.m.–Mass-St. Isidore, Marysdale – Bernie Czartoski by family                                         

Friday, April 21 – Friday within the Octave of Easter

9:00 a.m. – Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Bernard Ryan by Hubbard Law Firm

Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, April 22 – Vigil of the Second Sunday of Easter

1:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Casey Haase & Jayci Steingass Wedding

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Vic Ramus by Jack & Mick Speiser

   Servers: Scott Graham, Elijah and Isaiah Goliver

6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Lois Nagel by John Robert Nagel

Sunday, April 23 – Second Sunday of Easter/Divine

Mercy Sunday

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Ramona Winterhalter by Kenny & Connie Blue

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – For the family of Robert, Sr. & Mildred Cromwell

  Servers: Kinsey Dietrich, Isaac and Abram Shininger

St. Isidore Parish Stewardship – April 8/9, 2017

Loose - $390.84

Regular Envelopes - $1,678.00 (79)

Holy Land - $2.00 (1)

Initial Offering - $5.00 (1)

Easter Flowers - $145.00 (11)

Total - $2,220.84  Thank you.  May God bless you!

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Annual Catholic Appeal – The 2017 goal for St. Isidore Parish is $9,250.  As of April 4, 2017:

      Total pledged = $13,585    Total paid = $12,755

      % of goal pledged = 146.86%   (highest % in the diocese)

      % of goal paid = 137.89%         

Thank you for your generosity.  Please consider making a donation if you haven’t already done so.  There are envelopes in the vestibule at each site for your convenience.  

St. Isidore Mother-Daughter Breakfast - The annual Mother/Daughter Breakfast will be held at the Marys-dale site next Sunday, April 23, after the 10:00 Mass.  Tickets can be reserved by calling Marilyn Oliver at (419) 658-2255.

Adoration Chapel Easter schedule: The Adoration Chapel will re-open Wednesday, April 19, at 6:00 a.m.  Have a blessed Easter!

Divine Mercy Sunday Service - There will be a prayer service at 3:00 p.m. at St. Isidore, Delaware Bend, on Divine Mercy Sunday.  No mass, just prayer service.  All are welcome. 

A Family Perspective: Today’s gospel instructs us Jesus “had to rise from the dead.”  The dying we experience with unmet expectations in marriage and parenting is normal to family life.  Families must rise above disappointments and be Easter people all year long.

 “Around Our Parishes”

Easter Sunday: Mass at St. Michael’s Ridge – 8:30 a.m.

      Mass at St. Isidore, Marysdale – 10:00 a.m.

      Baptism of Grace Deborah Shininger, daughter of Greg & Karah Shininger after 10:00 a.m. Mass

Thursday: St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Meeting after the 7:00 p.m. at Marysdale

Friday: St. Michael’s Wedding Rehearsal – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday: Wedding of Casey Haase & Jayci Steingass at St. Michael’s at 1:30 p.m.

Next Weekend: Catholic Home Missions Collection (envelope box)

      St. Isidore Mother-Daughter Breakfast after the 10:00 Mass

      Divine Mercy Ceremony at Delaware Bend site (no Mass) at 3:00 p.m. (led by Deacon Candidate Scott Graham)

Catholic Home Missions Collection - Next week, April 23, we will take up the Catholic Home Missions Appeal. Right now, over 40 percent of dioceses in the US are considered home missions because they are unable to fund essential pastoral work needed in their communities. Your support of this appeal helps ease the struggle of these dioceses. Please prayerfully consider how you can.support this appeal. More information can be found at unuuiusccb.org/home-missions.

Parish Directory Additional Photo Day - Lifetouch Photography will be at Marysdale on Friday, April 28, from 1-8 p.m. to take family portraits of any parish families who would still like their photograph to appear in the 2017 St. Isidore Parish Directory.  Each family photographed will receive a free 8x10 photograph and a free copy of the directory. To schedule an appointment, please contact Teresa Dietrich at (419) 658-8392.

 

CCD News

Continue to pray for our 2nd grade class as they continue to study for their 1st Holy Communion.  The students are Samantha Coolman, Edreanna Peck, Gabriel Rushinsky, Jonah Shininger, and Xavier Shininger.

Did You Know? All dioceses and eparchies have Victim Assistance Coordinators, assuring that victims of abuse will be heard.  In 2016, dioceses and eparchies provided outreach and support to 250 victims/survivors and their families who came forward to report abuse.  Continued support was also provided to 1,510 victims/ survivors and their families who reported abuse in prior years.

Birthday Wishes:

Mary Lou Mack, April 20

Lorraine Beattie, April 21

Katy Gaskill, April 21

Harmony Kunesh, April 21

Oakley Schroeder, April 22

Mary Helen Sheibley, April 23

Cindy Hesselschwardt, April 24

Lawrence Kunesh, April 24

Hannah Shininger, April 25

Jane Clark, April 26

 

Anniversary Wishes:

Jeff & Janet Smith, April 20

Justin & Suzy Sheets, April 21

 

Pray for the sick:

Karen Brown, Cody Davis, Denny Fronk, Noah Garcia, Shirley Guilford, 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 – Last fish fry until September at the K of C Hall on Elliott Road, Defiance.  4:00-7:00 p.m.  Adult dinner-$9.75; 6-12 years-$4.00; 5 and under–free. 

Red Cross Blood Drive - Our next blood drive is on Thursday, April 20 from 2:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. in the Fairview Middle School Gymnasium.  There is a shortage of blood right now due to over 250 drives being cancelled in the Northeast in the past month.  All blood types are needed but especially type O negative and AB. Donors can call 1-800- REDCROSS to schedule an appointment or walk-ins are always welcome!

Catholic Questions + Catholic Answers will meet in the St. Matthew Room of the Parish Life Center at St. John’s, Defiance immediately after the 6:30 p.m. Mass on Thursday, April 20.  We will look at the events of Resurrection Sunday and their meaning and impact upon the Church.  The Catholic Questions + Catholic Answers is an open session held every third Thursday of the month.  It was begun to help RCIA people after they entered the Church.  It became expanded to anyone who might want to learn more about our faith, or who has questions that they would like to have answered. 

Defiance Area Young Adult Ministry brings you Theology on Tap - Sister Teresita of the Sisters of Notre Dame speaking on the topic of The Joys of Belonging to a Big Family. Saturday, April 22, 2017,

7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. speaker at 7:30 p.m. in Kissner’s Upper Room, Defiance, Ohio.  RSVP to Sarah Diaw email: YAMdefiance@gmail.com.  Join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/yam2016/

Chicken Barbecue – Sacred Heart Catholic Church in New Bavaria will be holding a Chicken BBQ this Sunday, April 23, 2017, from 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Cost is $8.00 for adults, $4.50 for children, $6.00 for chicken only.  Carry-outs are available.  Menu includes ½ chicken prepared by Harlan’s BBQ, baked beans, potato salad, dessert bar, roll, punch, and coffee.

R U Called? – Ever wonder what it is like to be called to religious life as a sister, brother, or priest?  Come join local religious women and men and find out!  Monday, May 1, 2017, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at St. Michael Parish, Kalida, OH.  Free supper with a pressure-free present-ation.  Women and men ages 19-39.  RSVP needed by Tuesday, April 25 at Rucalled@gmail.com

Pro-Life Answers to False Pro-Choice Arguments

Part XIII

"The fetus may be human, but it is not "viable" without the mother."

Pro-abortion advocates increasingly have to admit that the unborn child is a human being (because they otherwise deny science) but they argue that the so-called "fetus" has no right to life because he/she is not "viable" and is dependent upon the mother. For the reasons outlined below, this argument has no merit, but if they were sincere in this view, they would at least support a limit being placed on abortions after the twenty second week of gestation, when the child can survive outside the mother's womb. Of course, they do not support such a restriction.

If the issue is that the unborn are not viable because they are dependent upon another individual in order to survive, that does not end at birth. By this standard, a two-year-old baby is no more viable than an unborn baby. In fact, if the guiding principle to the right to life is the ability to survive without others, many people in society would not be "viable" such as the handicapped and the aged. So why would this cruel and illogical "viability" standard only apply to the unborn.

Moreover, science has now produced proof that human beings are actually viable from the moment of conception. Because of in vitro fertilization (IVF), we now know that even at its earliest stages, human life is capable of surviving outside the womb, if given the proper environment. With IVF, the fertilized egg (or child) spends the first few days in a petri dish and is only placed inside the mother because medical science has not yet developed a substitute for the womb.

In other words, the viability issue is yet another smoke-screen because it is a function of medical technology and is wholly unrelated to the humanity of the child. That is further proven by the fact that premature babies are now routinely surviving at gestational ages that would have been unthinkable even 20 years ago (although children are biologically the same as ever).   

A Catholic education is not out of reach with a scholarship from the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund.  Did you know that your child may qualify for a Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund scholarship for the 2017-2018 school year? Need-based Scholarships worth up to $1,500 per child are available for Catholic schools
or $500 for home schooling expenses for students who reside in Allen, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton,
Hancock, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert,
Williams, Wood or Wyandot County for grades K-8.  For example, a family of five with a household
income of $76,788 is eligible. To apply online or for more information about the program visit
WWW.NOSF.ORG or contact the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund office at (419) 720-7048. The
deadline to apply is Friday, April 28, 2017.

If you are interested in helping students go to a private school, you can do it with a gift to NOSF. All gifts to
NOSF may be tax deductible to the extent of the law. Visit WWW.NOSF.ORG/Donate-now

The Defiance County Furniture Bank serves those.in need from Defiance, Henry and Paulding Counties.

Do you have items around your house you do not
need? The Defiance County Furniture Bank, managed by St. Mary Parish, Defiance, can help you. Good usable basic furniture, beds and bed frames, bed linens, house wares (dishes, pots and pans) or working electrical appliances are needed. Please call the Furniture Bank at
(419)782-2776 to make your donation. What better way to dispose of items in your home that you do not need and at the same time help the less fortunate of the greater Defiance County area. Volunteers to pick up and deliver in each county are needed. Cash donations are always welcomed. Thank you!