Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass 

Monday, December 30 – Sixth Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord 

No Mass

Tuesday, December 31 – Seventh Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord (New Year’s Eve)

4:30 p.m. –Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – All Holy Souls    

6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Darwin Beck

Wednesday, January 1 – Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God (Holyday of Obligation)

9:00 a.m. – Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – All Holy Souls

   Servers: Michael M-P, John & Jimmy Shininger

Thursday, January 2 – Sts. Basil the Great & Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops & Doctors of the Church

No Mass

Friday, January 3 – The Most Holy Name of Jesus (First Friday)

8:00 a.m. – Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – John G. Singer by Pat Timbrook


Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, January 4 – Vigil of the Epiphany of the Lord

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Shirley Guilford by Jim & Rita Huebner

   Servers: Elijah & Isaiah Goliver

6:30 p.m. St. Michael’s Ridge – M/M Louis A. Moser by Paul & Bonnie Moser

Sunday, January 5 – The Epiphany of the Lord

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – John Newton

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Deb Shininger by James & Jackie Singer

   Servers: Alex & Miguel Garcia, Eric Shininger

*********************************************Weekly collection for December 21/22, 2019

Loose - $383.00

Regular Envelopes - $1,888.00 (70)

Christmas - $220.00 (3)

Immaculate Conception - $80.00 (3)

Christmas Flowers - $35.00 (3)

Initial Offering - $10.00 (1)

Retirement Fund for Religious - $30.00 (1)

Maintenance Fund - $30.00 (1)

Total - $2,676.00  

Christmas Collection

Loose - $443.00

Christmas Envelopes - $2,602.00 (50)

Regular Envelopes - $370.00 (3)

Initial Offering - $120.00 (2)

Mary, Mother of God - $20.00 (1)

Maintenance Fund - $25.00 (1)

Total - $3,580.00  Thank you. May God bless you!


The 2020 contribution envelopes are available to be picked up at MD.  If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Moninger at 419-789-3780.


Adoration Chapel Christmas Schedule - The Chapel is closed for the Christmas holiday.  It will re-open Sunday, January 5, at the normal time. 

A Family Perspective: Today’s gospel says Joseph “made his home in Nazareth.”  A “home” is built on the foundation of love, commitment, and a shared history and is decorated with forgiveness, acceptance, rituals, discipline, and mutual support.  The Holy Family challenges us today: Don’t live ‘anyplace,’ live at HOME!

St. Isidore Mass Intentions – Contact Melissa Moninger at 419-789-3780 (call/text).  The donation can be given to her directly or put in an envelope with her name on it and placed in the collection basket.

St. Isidore Maintenance Contact – Greg Shininger –419-658-8811

Sacrament of Reconciliation – St. Isidore, MD – Thurs. 8:30-9am

                                                 St. Isidore, DB – Tues. 7:15-7:45pm; Sat. 3:30-4:25pm

                                                 St. Michael’s Ridge – Wed. 6:00-7:00pm


“Around Our Parishes”

Next Sunday: Rolls and coffee after the 10am Mass at Marysdale, sponsored by St. Isidore CYO


2019 contribution statements will not be mailed unless requested.  If you wish to have a contribution statement for 2019, please put a self-addressed stamped envelope in the weekly collection and one will be mailed to you. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Moninger at 419-789-3780.


Retreat for Catechists - St. Isidore and St. Michael parishes will be holding a retreat for our catechists (those who teach our youth, work with the youth group and CYO, sacrament prep and adult formation) on January 11 from 10am to 3pm at Marysdale. Luminous Mysteries will be facilitating the retreat, so it will be a great time to renew and reignite yourself for your ministry in the new year.  Anyone who has been thinking about becoming involved with youth or adult formation is also invited. Even if you aren’t sure yet, come and take some quality time with God to discern if you are being called. Please let Deacon Scott, Alison Garcia, Ronda Fabiano or Sara Diaw know if you plan to attend by January 5 so we can have a count for food and material.


CYO News

*Barb Coolman won the nativity scene. Thank you to all who bought tickets. We appreciate your support. A total of $150 was added to our fundraising efforts. 

*Steubenville deposits due by January 15, 2020. 

*CYO is planning its annual ski trip to Mad River Mountain Ski Resort on January 19. Anyone in 7-12 grades is invited to join us. We will have an informational meeting after CCD January 8. 


CCD News

*The following students are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday, April 18, during 4:30 Mass: Jesse Coolman, Aicha Diaw, Miguel Garcia, Isaiah Goliver, Jeremiah Hammon, Alex Macsay, John Marlin, and Jude Shininger. Please keep them in your prayers. 

*Teaching safety- Empowering God's Children program, a Diocesan provided sexual abuse prevention program, will be presented to our students on January 8 for grades 1 through 6 and January 15 for grades 7 through 12.  If you have any questions, please contact Alison Garcia at 419-399-0647. 


Birthday Wishes

Melissa Moninger, January 1

Shawn Goliver, January 1

Sawyer Jesse, January 4

Sam Slusser, January 5


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, Marilyn Minck, Roseann Nusbaum, and all who need our prayers. 


Area Events

K of C Fish Fry – This Friday, January 3, 2020, at the K of C Hall on Elliott Road, Defiance, from 4-7pm. Eat In: Adult dinner - $10 with beverage; 6-12 yrs. - $4; 5 & under – Free. Carry Out: Regular dinner - $9.50 (Fish with 2 sides but no fries); 2 lb. “All Fish” - $16.00 ($22 with 3 sides (no fries)); all side dishes - $3/pint (no fries).  Menu includes Alaskan Polluck (fried in peanut oil), coleslaw, baked beans, corn, green beans, baked potato, French fries, mac & cheese, applesauce, cooked cabbage, salad bar, roll & butter, & beverage. Beer - $2. And until Lent starts, we have baked chicken strips. 


K of C Pancake Breakfast – Next Sunday, January 5, 2020, at the K of C Hall on Elliott Road, Defiance, from 8:30am-11am. Meal prices are: $7.50 for adults; $6.50 for senior citizens; $4 for children 6-12; free for children 5 and U. Menu includes buttermilk pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage links, ham, cheesy potato casserole, biscuits & sausage gravy, cinnamon rolls, orange juice & coffee.     


In marriage, communication is more than just talking.

At some point, did you stop sharing about the things that were important to you?  Did your spouse? 

Improving a marriage takes time and a conscious effort to learn about your spouse.  Growing closer in a marriage does not happen automatically. Retrouvaille is a marriage program dedicated to helping couples grow closer and develop a stronger bond.  You give your heart and soul to everything you do, between your work and your family. Are you giving your heart and soul to your marriage? Sometimes the distance between a husband and a wife can seem so wide that it cannot be repaired. Retrouvaille is a marriage program designed to bring couples closer together. The next weekend in our area is January 24 – 26, 2020.
for more information, contact registration team: 

Joe & Arlene 419-481-1116 or visit our website: HelpOurMarriage.com


March for Life in Washington, DC. Thurs., Jan. 23 -Sat., Jan. 25, 2020.  Two busses of college students, young adults and their families will leave St. Thomas More Parish in Bowling Green, OH, on Thurs., Jan. 23 and return Sat., Jan. 25. Catholic Charities Office for Life and Justice is leading the trip which includes two nights in a Washington D.C. hotel. For registration and pricing info, email Peter Range, Catholic Charities Director of Life and Justice at prange@toledodiocese.org. Join us as we march for the dignity of all human life, born and unborn!


The New Year and Doing Our Part to End Abortion

As we look forward to a New Year, may we not forget the plight of many unborn babies over the past years?  It would be a blessed and wonderful New Year's resolution if we as Christians and as a Parish would commit to do more for the unborn. 

Prayer to End Abortion:

Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life, and for the lives of all my brothers and sisters.

I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion, yet I rejoice that you have conquered death by the birth, death and Resurrection of Your Son.

I am ready to do my part in ending abortion. 

Today I commit myself never to be silent, never to be passive, and never to be forgetful of the unborn. 

I commit myself to be more active in the pro-life movement, and never to stop defending precious life until all my brothers and sisters are protected, and our nation once again becomes a nation with liberty and justice not just for some, but for all, through Christ our Lord. Amen!

Unknown Author of the Prayer