Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass 

Monday, December 28 – The Holy Innocents, Martyrs

No Mass

Tuesday, December 29 – St. Thomas Becket, Bishop & Martyr

No Mass

Wednesday, December 30 – 6th Day within the Octave of the Nativity of the Lord

6:30 p.m. – Mass –St. Michael’s Ridge – Nan Fisk by Dave & Karen Mekus

Thursday, December 31 – Vigil of the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God (Not an obligation)

4:30 p.m. – Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – For the People of the Parish 

6:30 p.m. – Mass –St. Michael’s Ridge – For the People of the Parish

Friday, January 1 – Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God (Not an obligation this year) (First Friday)

8:00 a.m. – Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – For the People of the Parish 

      Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, January 2 – Vigil of the Epiphany of the Lord

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Vera Breckler by Robert & Rebecca Kawiecki

6:30 p.m. – Saint Michael’s Ridge – Tom Wetli by Steve & Sis Wetli

Sunday, January 3 – Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Albert & Marion

      Mekus by Donald Wagner

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Nelson & Bonnie Carder by Zach & Kyla Carder

*********************************************Weekly collections from Dec. 19/20, 2020

Loose - $125.00

Regular Envelopes - $1,637.00 (32)

Christmas - $25.00 (1)

Christmas Flowers - $10.00 (1)

Immaculate Conception - $20.00 (1)

Retirement Fund for Religious - $100.00 (1)

Initial Offering - $10.00 (1)

Votive Candles - $64.16

Total - $1,991.16  Thank you.  May God bless you!

Christmas Collection

Loose - $220.00

Regular Envelopes - $410.00 (9)

Christmas Envelopes - $3,125.00 (31)

Christmas Flowers - $10.00 (1)

Retirement Fund for Religious - $75.00 (2)

Energy - $20.00 (1)

Immaculate Conception - $10.00 (1)

Maintenance Fund - $6,500.00 (2)

Total - $10,370.00  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.

Adoration Schedule – There will be no Adoration this week (Dec. 30-31) due to the holiday. 

Jan. 2 First Saturday Mass at St. John the Evangelist in Defiance has been CANCELLED. 

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 Parish”

Thursday & Friday: Vigil and Solemnity of Mary, the

            Holy Mother of God – a Holyday, but not an

            obligation to attend Mass due to the pandemic

          *Please note the Mass schedule for those two days

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

I would first of all like to thank you for all the goodies and gifts I have received from you.  You all are too nice.  God bless. (and I write this on the day before Christmas Eve.)

No doubt it has been a rough year for some families especially as we have had to deal with COVID-19.  This may have affected some families from getting together and may even have caused some to have misunderstandings and disagreements that may have strained the bonds of the family.

This is the Feast of the Holy Family.  I lately heard the Bob Dylan song titled Desolation Row.  It is a song about love’s failure and the admission of failure in love is the beginning of the healing and the way to genuine love. The verses describe various characters, some from history, some literary allusions, and some simple types who failed in love.  But what happens to those people when they begin to discover that they have failed in love?  They look for someone to blame, to someone to punish for their own failures.  Dylan would say that is not the answer. The answer is rather the admission that you yourself failed in love, and that the desolation you think is the characteristic of someone else’s heart is really your own. You too realize that you live on Desolation Row.  To admit this is to shed pretense and to open the way to a genuine understanding of what love is.

So, Desolation Row is not only the name of a song, but the street we live on. So often the discovery of it causes not liberation, but flight. People flee from marriage, from their own vows from society, from the Church.  They want to escape and they think they are escaping all that is phony, but they are mistaken.  It is not the marriages, society, church, vows, priests that are phony.  It is humanity and humanity is not delivered from the phony by taking a trip.  We have to know we are all part of it.

This is partly what the Holy Family is about.  Joseph could have taken off once he found that he wasn’t the father of the pregnant Mary and Mary herself could have said no to the angel’s plea and Jesus, growing up, could have been disobedient to Joseph and Mary since he was the Son of God, but they were family and that may be the message of this weekend.

No family is perfect, but it is in the family that healing and growth happen.  It is also the message of the Christmas season.  God came to live with us.  He is part of our family and Christ’s death and rising for us was not an adjustment or tune-up, but our complete and entire rebirth.  I think he was taught well by his mom and dad about what it means to be a member of a community, a family.  He just loved and aren’t we glad that he did.  Happy Holy Family weekend.  And may the Christmas season be filled with joy and peace for all.

In Him, Fr. Joe

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.

Altar Rosary Society winner of the outdoor Nativity raffle is Judith Kuhn! Thank you to all who generously donated towards this fundraiser for the benefit of the Society and its charitable works. A special thank-you to Kevin Macsay for crafting the prize.  

 

Birthday Wishes

Melissa Moninger, January 1

Shawn Goliver, January 1

Shawn Jackson, January 1

Erin Jacob, January 3

 

     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. 

Consider a Year-end Gift to Your Parish

WHY IS DECEMBER SO IMPORTANT FOR ANNUAL GIFTS?

Did you know that 31% of all annual giving happens in December? Did you know that 12% of all annual giving happens in just the last three days of December? According to research, December 31 is deemed "the most generous day of the year." 

HOW DOES THE CARES ACT IMPACT YEAR-END GIFTS?

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has established a temporary change to how charitable donations are treated this year on an individual’s tax return.

The CARES Act will allow a taxpayer who takes the standard deduction to claim an additional deduction up to $300 for charitable gifts made in cash. This means that married families filing jointly will get a deduction of up to $600.  Please consider making a charitable contribution before December 31.

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.

Our True Home: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Feast of the Holy Family

Readings:

Sirach 3:2–6, 12–14 Colossians 3:12–21
Psalm 128:1–2, 3, 4–5 Luke 2:22–40
Why did Jesus choose to become a baby born of a mother and father and to spend all but His last years living in an ordinary human family? In part, to reveal God’s plan to make all people live as one “holy family” in His Church (see 2 Corinthians 6:16–18).

In the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, God reveals our true home. We’re to live as His children, “chosen ones, holy and beloved,” as the First Reading puts it. The family advice we hear in today’s readings—for mothers, fathers, and children—is all solid and practical. Happy homes are the fruit of our faithfulness to the Lord, we sing in today’s Psalm. But the Liturgy is inviting us to see more, to see how, through our family obligations and relationships, our families become heralds of the family of God that He wants to create on earth.

Jesus shows us this in today’s Gospel. His obedience to His earthly parents flows directly from His obedience to the will of His heavenly Father. Joseph and Mary aren’t identified by name, but three times are called “his parents” and are referred to separately as his “mother” and “father.” The emphasis is all on their familial ties to Jesus. But these ties are emphasized only so that Jesus, in the first words He speaks in Luke’s Gospel, can point us beyond that earthly relationship to the Fatherhood of God.

In what Jesus calls “My Father’s house,” every family finds its true meaning and purpose (see Ephesians 3:15). The Temple we read about in the Gospel today is God’s house, His dwelling (see Luke 19:46). But it’s also an image of the family of God, the Church (see Ephesians 2:19–22; Hebrews 3:3–6; 10:21).

In our families we’re to build up this household, this family, this living temple of God. Until He reveals His new dwelling among us and says of every person: “I shall be his God and he will be My son” (see Revelation 21:3, 7).

Yours in Christ,
Scott Hahn, PhD