Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass 

Monday, January 4 – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious

No Mass

Tuesday, January 5 – St. John Neumann, Bishop

7:00 p.m. – Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Pauline Ramus by Jack & Michelle Speiser

Wednesday, January 6 – St. Andre Bessette, Religious

6:30 p.m. – Mass –St. Michael’s Ridge – Louie & Mary Ricica

Thursday, January 7 – St. Raymond of Penysfort, Priest

9:00 a.m. – Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – Dennis Smith by Mary Ann Smith

Friday, January 8 – Christmas Weekday

9:00 a.m. – Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Frances Stehulak

      Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, January 9 – Vigil of the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Dave Mohr by Barb Mann

6:30 p.m. – Saint Michael’s Ridge – Darwin Beck by Jerry & Alma Westhoven

Sunday, January 10 – Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Mariam McBride by Doug & Joan McBride

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale –Deceased Members of the Gause & Arend families by Gregg & Geraldine Gause

*********************************************Weekly collections from Dec. 26/27, 2020

Loose - $220.05

Regular Envelopes - $775.00 (29)

Christmas - $710.00 (8)

Total - $1,705.05  Thank you.  May God bless you!


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.

CCD News

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.

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.


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


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

A week or so ago I was called to anoint someone who may not make it through the night.  COVID-19 was the suspect and I got there with oils in hand.  I suited up and anointed the poor fellow and also said a prayer for his wife who was across the hall in the ICU.  This was no great sacrifice for me, but the nurse I encountered was marvelous.  She was so attentive to her patient and wanted the best for him and I sensed a love for her work, dare I say ministry.

As I left, I prayed for the couple and I thought about this nurse.  I wondered how she made the choice to be a nurse.  Did she understand the sacrifices she may be called to respond to?  Did she have a family?  Did she have kids?  When did she make that choice to be a nurse?

One may say she made the choice when she was so young.  A person who is forty is not the same person as one who is twenty.  Often, we think those who are twenty seem hardly to know what they are doing.  After all, to a person who is twenty the world looks inviting.  At forty we know better, but it is at twenty that God speaks and that one’s vocation is normally settled.  Young people may not settle until their twenties or thirties and it is precisely in that time when one’s delusions are strongest that one must make a choice.  That is part of the beauty of the choice.  One learns to grow into a vocation or a career and they find something.

It is not automatic.  It’s like a good marriage.  It is only the husband and wife who love their spouse every day that as they get older, they love each other dearly.  One cannot play fast or loose with your spouse all your life and then settle down into the quiet haven of true joy.  It doesn’t work out that way.

I thought about this as I saw families taking pictures in front of the crib set or in the Church in front of the trees.  I thought about it when I saw the children all dressed up for Christmas and one mom said it was one of the few days they would allow themselves to be dressed that nicely.  I thought about the love those children have.  As people of God, we share all the weaknesses and fragilities of our days.  Persons are wounded and hurt by the loveless world that is ours.  Some children are not loved and they grow up with a dreadful wound in their depths.

It was a hard Christmas no doubt for many. Much had to be done virtual and get-togethers were done with caution, if at all.  But at the Masses of Christmas, love seemed real and tangible.  It is a good start for those young people who will depend on that love as they grow and make decisions.

I have a feeling that that young nurse knew she was loved.  Even if she wondered about her calling to be a nurse and even if she questioned the risk, she took it. Especially at this time with the COVID-19, her intent was to do all she could for her patient.  Her love in that ICU was tangible and she was doing God’s work.

As we enter 2021, may we be reminded that God loves us more than we can possibly imagine to be true.  And on the other side, our love for him is so dear to him that we could not possibly believe it.  This is our task: to live in love, to accept God’s love for us, to give him our love and day by day to live under the eye of God, true to my inmost being.  True to the self God created me to be. And that self is attainable at any moment. At any moment:  you need go nowhere, you need do nothing, you only have to accept God’s love and accept yourself which is the object of God’s love.  You will never know how beautiful is his love until you sense how unworthy of it you are.  No wonder when people wake from their COVID-19 comas they have a renewed appreciation of nurses.  May 2021 be a year we quit running from God’s love.

In Him, Fr. Joe


Thank you from the Community Pregnancy Center of NW Ohio in Bryan and the St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society for the contributions of $690 in cash and three carloads of baby items donated to the Center during the group’s “More than a Manger” project. The generosity

of our parish is very much appreciated by so many.


Adoration Resumes – The schedule before Christmas continues: Wednesday–8am-7pm; Thursday–5am–7pm Benediction, due to extended Governor’s curfew.


Birthday Wishes

Sawyer Jesse, January 4

Sam Slusser, January 5

Barbara Coolman, January 6

Russ Jesse, January 6

Amber Hancock, January 7

Jeffrey Schindler, January 8

Brice Elston, January 9


Anniversary Wishes

Sara & Jason Elston, January 7


     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. 


Start the New Year with A Mindful Pause

Begin the New Year with a healthy new practice: mindfulness. Participate in directed online mindfulness sessions that help you calm your mind and open your heart. 

Sister Esther Kennedy, OP, offers four half-hour virtual sessions of A Mindful Pause at 4:00 p.m. EST on Thursdays, January 7, 14, 21, and 28. A Dominican Sister of Adrian, retreat leader, and spiritual director, Sister Esther has facilitated monthly Mindfulness Days at Weber Center for years.

Sessions can be accessed through live stream, https://webercenter.org/mindful-pause/.

Recordings can be found at the same link on the day after each session.  

A Mindful Pause is open to all people free of charge; donations are appreciated.


The following message is required to be published in our bulletin once every quarter:

The Diocese of Toledo remains committed to ensuring the protection of children and providing a safe environment for all young people.  If you have any knowledge of abuse that has been committed by a cleric, or any employee or volunteer of the Catholic Church, please report the abuse to your local police department, Child Protection Services, and Mr. Frank DiLallo, Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator.  Mr. DiLallo can be reached at (419) 214-4880 or by mail at 1933 Spielbusch Avenue, Toledo, Ohio  43604.


Scott Hahn Reflects on the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord


Isaiah 60:1–6
Psalm 72:1–2, 7–8, 10–13
Ephesians 3:2–3, 5–6
Matthew 2:1–12
Today the child born on Christmas is revealed to be the long-awaited king of the Jews.

As the priests and scribes interpret the prophecies in today’s Gospel, He is the ruler expected from the line of King David, whose greatness is to reach to the ends of the earth (see Micah 5:1–3; 2 Samuel 5:2).

Jesus is found with His mother, as David’s son, Solomon, was enthroned alongside his Queen Mother (see 1 Kings 2:19). And the magi come to pay Him tribute, as once kings and queens came to Solomon (see 1 Kings 10:2,25).

His coming evokes promises that extend back to Israel’s beginnings.

Centuries before, an evil king seeking to destroy Moses and the Israelites had summoned Balaam, who came from the East with two servants. But Balaam refused to curse Israel, and instead prophesied that a star and royal staff would arise out of Israel and be exalted above all the nations (see Numbers 22:21; 23:7; 24:7, 17).

This is the star the three magi follow. And like Balaam, they too refuse to be tangled in an evil king’s scheme. Their pilgrimage is a sign—that the prophesies in today’s First Reading and Psalm are being fulfilled. They come from afar, guided by God’s light, bearing the wealth of nations, to praise Israel’s God.

We celebrate today our own entrance into the family of God, and the fulfillment of God’s plan that all nations be united with Israel as co-heirs to His Fatherly blessings, as Paul reveals in today’s Epistle.

We too must be guided by the root of David, let us renew our vow to serve Him, placing our gifts—our intentions and talents—on the altar in this Eucharist. We must offer to Him our very lives in thanksgiving. No lesser gift will suffice for this newborn King.

Yours in Christ,
Scott Hahn, PhD