Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass 

Monday, January 11 – Weekday in Ordinary Time

No Mass

Tuesday, January 12 – Weekday in Ordinary Time

7:00 p.m. – Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Ed Vetter by Family & Friends      

Wednesday, January 13 – St. Hilary, Bishop & Doctor of the Church

6:30 p.m. – Mass –St. Michael’s Ridge – Holly Garmyn

Thursday, January 14 – Weekday on Ordinary Time

9:00 a.m. – Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – Karen Brown by Mary Batt

Friday, January 15 – Weekday in Ordinary Time

9:00 a.m. – Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Nan Fisk

      Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, January 16 – Vigil of the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Deceased Family & Friends by Madonna Wonderly

6:30 p.m. – Saint Michael’s Ridge – Mark Kappen by Tim & Tammie Rettig family

Sunday, January 17 – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Donelda Wagner by sons & daughters

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Rose Hanna by George & Ruby Schindler

*********************************************Weekly collections from January 2/3, 2021

Loose - $100.00

Regular Envelopes - $1,140.00 (34)

Initial Offering - $105.00 (10)

Christmas - $1,775.00 (6)

Mary, Mother of God -$1,149.00 (10)

Total - $4,269.00  Thank you.  May God bless you!

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The 2021 contribution envelopes are available to be picked up at Marysdale.  If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Moninger at 419-789-3780 or finance@saintisidoreparish.org.

2020 contribution statements will not be sent out unless requested.  If you wish to have a contribution statement for 2020, please put a self-addressed stamped envelope in the weekly collection and one will be mailed to you.  You can also send an email to finance@saintisidoreparish.org and one will be emailed to you.  If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Moninger at 419-789-3780 or finance@saintisidoreparishorg.

Congratulations to Jake and Holly Coolman, whose baby boy, Jacob Benjamin (JB), was baptized on December 27.

You will find the book "Signs of Life" by Scott Hahn in the vestibules of the churches. Please take a copy for your household as a Christmas gift from the St. Isidore Parish Council. 

The Henry County Right to Life is once again sponsoring a Pro-Life ad in the Defiance Crescent News and the Napoleon NW Signal. Please sign up today in the vestibule to have your name added to the full page ad.  A $3 to $5 donation is requested per name to cover the cost of the ad.  Thank you!      

 

St. Isidore Mass Intentions – Contact Melissa Moninger at email finance@saintisidoreparish.org or (call/text) 419-789-

3780. The donation can be given to her directly or put in an envelope with her name on it and placed in the collection basket.

Maintenance Contacts: Steve Coolman, Russ Jesse, Louis Shininger, Barb Marlin, and Melissa Moninger

Sacrament of Reconciliation  

St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Tues. 6:30pm; Sat. 3:45pm

St. Isidore, Marysdale – Thursday, 8:30am

St. Michael’s Ridge – Wednesday 6:00pm

Eucharistic Adoration Hours

St. Michael’s Ridge – Wednesday, 6pm - Holy Hour with              

      Adoration & Reconciliation

“Around Our Parishes”

Thursday: St. Michael’s Finance Council Mtg. – 6pm 

      St. Michael’s Parish Council Mtg.–7pm 

 

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Isidore and St. Michael’s Ridge,

Last year I made it through the film “The Irishman.”  It is some three and a half hours long and stars DeNiro, Pacino and Pesci.  It is about Jimmy Hoffa but centers on the DeNiro character who is a friend of Hoffa.  It took me four sittings to get through the Netflix epic and like most of Scorsese films (the director) it is violent and sad.

Scorsese is a Catholic and was raised in New York City.  I remember when he directed the “Last Temptation of Christ” he was interviewed by a film critic.  Scorsese was very direct about the necessity and importance of divine revelation.  I remember when the film critic asked him about Jesus and said that he was half God and half man, Scorsese said no:  Jesus was fully man and fully God. The film critic said whatever, but Scorsese said that is the beauty of it.

The distinction seemed trivial to the film critic as does say, the NFL pass interference rule is to someone who doesn’t care about football, but to say that Jesus was half man and half God cued the red light for Scorsese and he pointed out that the statement was wrong.

To say that is the beauty of it suggests that for a Catholic artist, beauty actually resides in the incomprehensibility of the thing, in its complexity and contradiction.  That is what is nice about the Catholic way.  When the candles and other pieties have been peeled away, much of Catholic doctrine is very hospitable to paradox.  To accept Jesus as fully God and fully man requires an ironic mind and Scorsese has one.  It is probably the reason he is not as popular as other directors.

I see much isolation in his films.  I remember his films “Raging Bull” and “Taxi Driver” and I experienced in his latest film, “The Irishman” a seething isolation.  I felt it in “The Last Temptation” in Jesus also.  There are psychological tensions and narrative complexities that bring out the inner turmoil of the actors.

I would suggest that Scorsese understands the tragic.  The cross is brutal but glorious.  Christmas is a joy with a baby, but Mary is warned by an angel that her heart will be broken.  Joseph has all the joys of being newly married, but finds Mary pregnant.

What I am trying to say is that Scorsese upholds the tragic vision while our culture has expunged it.  Tragedy is inherent in the human situation and it makes audiences squirm.  This happens at Church sometimes when death and sin are spoken about.  In his directing of films Scorsese is not celebrating our human condition but more accurately recognizes what happens to men and women who are separated from God and are lost.

The great hope is that everyone can be saved through God’s grace.  The final scene of the “Irishman” is the elderly DeNiro is in a nursing home. All his friends are dead and a priest is talking to him. When the priest leaves, he wants the door to be left partially open.  It suggests the aloneness and isolation as well as hope and the possibility of faith.

With the feast of the Baptism of the Lord we end the Christmas season.  Some are glad it’s over.  Some are sad.  We are involved in the mystery of life, of hope and of suffering and there is a certain redemption that art can offer. We celebrate those mysteries each weekend at the holy sacrifice of the Mass.  It’s part of life and part of God and we almost lost words for it.  Even during this pandemic it’s nice and life-giving to worship and celebrate together.  For those who cannot be with us physically, the parish mass is now being streamed on St. Michael’s Facebook page.  It’s nice to be a community rooted in truth, in which both the pleasant and the unpleasant is recognized.

In Him, Fr. Joe

Birthday Wishes

Alex Layman, January 12

Scarlet Stotler, January 13

Jim Van Curen, January 13

Freda Meyer, January 14

Kinsey Dietrich, January 14

Aaron Layman, January 16

Megan Singer, January 16

Krew Jesse, January 16

 Pray for the sick

Fr. Bob, Betty Adelman & Jean Keller (sisters of Anita Bertsch), Anita Bertsch, Cody Davis, Marianne Fleming, Denny Fronk, Noah Garcia, Jim Huebner, Rhett Jesse, Danny Mekus, Julie Meyer, Marilyn Minck, Jim Nusbaum, Jr., Roseann Nusbaum, Becky Rhodes, and all who need our prayers. 

Prayer Partners & High School Youth: It took a little longer than usual to get all the HS youth assigned to an adult prayer partner this year. All have been assigned now. Parents, please mention to your HS youth that their prayer partner is only required to pray for them throughout the year. However, some also like to give gifts so keep an eye open when you see gifts on the tables in the vestibule or entrance of both church sites.

2021 March for Life will be held on Friday, January 22 at noon at the Defiance County Courthouse.  A police escort will lead participants from the Courthouse to the Monument of the Unborn at St. John’s Catholic Church. The purpose of the March for Life is for participants to walk and stand up for unborn children who cannot speak for themselves.  This year’s March for Life program is being sponsored by Mother Teresa Respect for Life and includes various pro-life speakers and musicians.  Mass will be celebrated at 9am by Fr. Doug Taylor at St. John’s, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will extend throughout the day until Benediction at 4:45pm with Deacon Mark Homier.  Masks are asked to be worn with distancing.

Christo Rey Federal Credit Union announces the second half 2020 dividend rate will be based on the daily share savings account balance and will be paid on balances as of December 31, 2020.  Please give your passbooks to Cindy Siler for posting after January 1. The interest dividends rates are:

Account balances up to $1,000.00             .75%

Account balances between $1,000.01 and $2,500.00       .80% 

Account balances between $2,500.01 and $10,000.00     .85% 

Account balances between $10,000.01 and $25,000.00   .90%

Account balances $25,000.01 and over           1.00%

Christo Rey is a great place for savings accounts for children and grandchildren, your emergency (rainy day) fund or as a way to earn a high rate of return with daily access to your money.  Compare the rate you are currently receiving on your passbook savings account to the rates shown above.  Funds are insured up to $250,000 per account by the NCUA.  All parishioners of St. Isidore are eligible to become Credit Union members. Please contact Cindy Siler at (419) 658-2707 with questions or to open an account. 

Current loan rates at the Christo Rey Federal Credit Union are:

2021-2020 Cars & Trucks 3.0%

2019-2018 Cars & Trucks 3.5%

2017-2016 Cars & Trucks 4.0%

All other secured loans 4.5%

Signature loans ($6,000.00 maximum)               11.0%

To obtain further information on financing through the Credit Union, contact Cindy Siler at (419) 658-2707 or Ted Czartoski, Loan Officer at (419) 769-6693.

The next meeting of the Christo Rey Federal Credit Union will be Monday, January 11, 2021 at 7:30pm at Jim Timbrook’s house, located at 18238 Buckskin Rd., Defiance.

The Anointing: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
Readings:

Isaiah 42:1–4, 6–7 Acts 10:34–38
Psalm 29:1–4, 9–10 Luke 3:15–16, 21–22 

The Liturgy last week revealed the mystery of God’s plan—that in Jesus all peoples, symbolized by the magi, have been made “co-heirs” to the blessings promised to Israel. This week, we’re shown how we claim our inheritance.

Jesus doesn’t submit to John’s baptism as a sinner in need of purification. He humbles Himself to pass through Jordan’s waters in order to lead a new “exodus”—opening up the promised land of heaven so that all peoples can hear the words pronounced over Jesus today, words once reserved only for Israel and its king: that each of us is a beloved son or daughter of God (see Genesis 22:2; Exodus 4:22; Psalm 2:7).

Jesus is the chosen servant Isaiah prophesies in today’s First Reading, anointed with the Spirit to make things right and just on earth. God puts His Spirit upon Jesus to make Him “a covenant of
the people,” the liberator of the captives, the light to the nations. Jesus, today’s Second Reading tells us, is the One long expected in Israel, “anointed . . . with the Holy Spirit and power.”

The word Messiah means “one anointed” with God’s Spirit. King David was “the anointed of the God of Jacob” (see 2 Samuel 23:1–17; Psalm 8:51; 132:10, 17). The prophets taught Israel to await a royal offshoot of David, upon whom the Spirit would rest (see Isaiah 11:1–2; Daniel 9:25).

That’s why people of the whole Judean countryside and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem were going out to John. But it isn’t John they’re looking for. God confirms with His own voice what the Angel earlier told Mary—Jesus is the Son of the Most High, come to claim the throne of David forever (see Luke 1:32–33).

In the Baptism that He brings, the voice of God will hover over the waters as fiery flame, as we sing in today’s Psalm. He has sanctified the waters, made them a passage—a way to healing and freedom—a fountain of new birth and everlasting life.

Yours in Christ, 

Scott Hahn, PhD