Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass 

No Masses – February 10-14 – Father Jake on retreat


Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, February 15 – Vigil of the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Mass of Thanksgiving & Special Intention (Fr. Stites)

6:30 p.m. St. Michael’s Ridge – Darwin Beck by Jerry & Alma Westhoven (Fr. Stites, celebrant)

Sunday, February 16 – Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – For the People of our Parish (Fr. Stites, celebrant)

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Francis Singer by  Jim & Dianne Baker (Fr. Stites, celebrant)

*********************************************Weekly collection for February 1/2, 2020

Loose - $519.00

Regular Envelopes - $1,441.00 (59)

Energy - $35.00 (3)

Church in Latin America - $20.00 (1)

Maintenance Fund - $48.00 (1)

Total - $2,063.00  Thank you. May God bless you!


Upcoming Parish Events

March 11 – Parish Penance Service – 6:45pm at MD

March 20/21 – Parish Council Elections

March 22-24 – Parish Mission at MD

March 29 – St. Isidore Open Parish Council Meeting

April 5 – St. Isidore Parish Easter breakfast

April 18 – Sacrament of Confirmation during the    4:30pm Mass (to be held at the Marysdale site with no   4:30 Mass at The Bend site that weekend)

April 26 – St. Isidore Mother-Daughter Breakfast


Parish Mission - St. Isidore Parish’s 2020 Lenten Mission will be held March 22–24 at the Marysdale site for both parishes.  The Mission will feature Fr. Adrian Burke, OSB, a Benedictine Monk from St. Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad, Indiana.  The Mission will speak to the issue of “Intentional Christian Living” – i.e. being deliberate in forming a disciplined spiritual life and the important components of such.  Fr. Adrian will talk each evening from 7-8pm and confessions will follow immediately after the talk on Monday and Tuesday. 


THANK YOU to all that have contributed to the maintenance fund for the maintenance, upkeep and future projects of both The Bend and Marysdale!  We currently have a maintenance fund balance of $27,391.41.  Any donations made to the maintenance fund are not taxed by the Diocese.  There will be envelopes in the pews at both sites as well as in the vestibule for parishioners to give on a monthly/quarterly basis as they so desire.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Father Jake, Steve Coolman or Melissa Moninger.


A Family Perspective: Today’s gospel challenges us to be a “light” to our family.  Parents shine their guiding light, not in front but behind them, inviting their children to follow their “good deeds.”

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 – Thursday 8:30-9am​
St. Isidore, DB – Tues. 7:15-7:45pm; Sat. 3:30-4:25pm​
St. Michael’s Ridge – Wednesday 6:00-7:00pm

“Around Our Parishes”
This Sunday: Parish Council Nominations
Monday through Friday: Fr. Jake on retreat


Dear Parishioners of St. Isidore & St. Mike’s Ridge:

It has come to my attention that someone is trying to again scam members of our parishes using my name.  They are doing this via an e-mail or text from another phone number other than my own, whether it be the phone number of the Rectory or my personal cell number.  Rest assured, I would never contact anyone of you in any manner requesting monetary funds of any form, whether it be cash, check, account numbers, gift cards, etc.  If you are contacted in such a manner, please HANG UP AND DON’T RESPOND!  Father Jake


Confirmation Choir – If you are interested in singing for the Confirmation Mass on Saturday, April 18, at Marysdale, there will be an informational meeting this Sunday, February 9, in the choir loft immediately following Mass.  Any questions, call or text Deb Kolb at 419-438-3768.


The monthly Christo Rey Federal Credit Union meeting will be Monday, February 10 at 7:30pm in the Upper Hall at Delaware Bend.


CCD News

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


Preparing for Marriage – Please pray for the following couples who are preparing for the Sacrament of Matrimony later this year:

June 13 – Alicia Little & Dustin Colvin – SMR

September 12 – Abby Parrot & Kurt Kahle – SMR

September 26 – Brett Dietrich & Anna Doctor – SMR

December 12 – Emily Culler & Brooks Grine - MD


Birthday Wishes

Jamie Jesse, February 10

Luke Kuhn, February 11

Emily Singer, February 11

Ruby Schindler, February 12

Tyke Moninger, February 12

Phil Jackson, February 13

Grace Wilhelm, February 14

Jacob Elston, February 14

Janis Layman, February 15

Jill Speiser, February 15

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

Area Events

K of C Fish Fry – On Friday, February 14, and Friday, February 21, 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).  


Square Dancing - Bring you sweetheart or the whole family to Square Dancing nights at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Hicksville! Doors open at 6:30pm and dancing will begin at 7pm until 10pm on Saturday, February 15 and Saturday, March 21.  Pop, water, beer and wine will be sold, as well as raffles throughout the night. The caller for the night is Doug Michaelis from Bowling Green. Tickets are $5 per person, $10 a couple and $15 per family with minor children.


Save the Date!! Rekindle the Fire - Annual Men's Conference in Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese - is celebrating 10 years this year. This year's conference will be Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne. This year's conference speakers will be Jesse Romero, Father Mike Schmitz & Marcus Grodi. For more information and to register, please visit


Josh Blakesley Concert - St. Rose Parish, 479 N. West Street, Lima 45801, welcomes contemporary composer and Oregon Catholic Press artist, Josh Blakesley, on March 1, 2, 3 (Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday) from 7 to 8 pm each evening.  These song-filled programs will empower your Lenten journey of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Attend one or all for a more meaningful Lent!  The evenings are free and open to the public.

Even in This, Josh Blakeley’s fifth and latest album, features songs co-written by Farren, Mia Fieldes, Marc Byrd, and Sarah Hart. Josh collaborated with his guitar player, Grae McCullough, to write a new mass setting, Mass of Restoration, paying homage to the hymns of the past and the culture of modern worship.  Josh travels widely giving concerts, speaking at youth rallies, and leading praise and worship. He is a veteran of many major events, including World Youth Day, NCYC, NCCYM, and Steubenville Youth Conference. 


St. John’s Men’s Renewal of the Heart Presents.... “Staying Connected.” Do you feel connected to God, Family, Community, and Church? “When you call me, when you pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me you will find me. Yes when you seek me with all your heart” Jeremiah 29:12-13. What God seeks is an open heart and mind. All men are invited to join us to explore how we are connected to God in our life. Which image best represents your relationship with God? How are you called to “Stay Connected” to Jesus to bear much fruit? The retreat will be held at St. John Catholic Church, Defiance, Friday evening March 6, 6pm –10pm. The theme for the evening is “A Stone’s Throw,” Saturday March 7, 8am –9:30pm. The theme for the day “Staying Connected with God and Our Purpose.” The weekend will include: fellowship, personal witness, group sharing, Mass, Reconciliation, and great food. For more information or to RSVP, please call George Westrick 419-784-3975 or Tom Boyers 419-439-2984. 


Silent Retreat - Are you a young adult who is looking for some peace and quiet?  Some vacation time with Jesus?  The Sisters of Notre Dame invite young adults (women and men) to step away from their regular schedule to spend some time in the quiet of their hearts!  Lial Renewal Center, in Whitehouse, OH, has 10 spots available for 1, 2, or all 3 nights between March 12-15, 2020.  Retreatants will have the opportunity for personal prayer, adoration, journaling, optional spiritual direction and time to enjoy the 94 acres of wooded walking trails and outdoor space!  Please contact Sister Jenny Zimmerman, SND at for more information or to reserve your spot!  Suggested donation of $20/night.


A Woman's Right to "Choose"?

The word "choice" (as used on the subject of abortion) is probably the most misleading and deceptive term in the English language. 

While it might sound good to say that government should allow people to make all their own choices; that is neither practical nor desirable. Some choices are crimes. All crimes are choices. 

Once a woman is pregnant, barring a miscarriage or an induced abortion, she will have a baby. Therefore, her only "choice" is, "How is the baby going to come out?" Will he or she come out alive and crying, or dead and in pieces? Truly, her choice is between life and death---a live baby, or a dead one. 

Pro-Life Articles


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

Do you have good usable basic furniture:  beds,
bed frames, bed linens, house wares (pots, pans,
dishes, etc.), or working electrical appliances you
do not need anymore? The Defiance County
Furniture Bank, managed by St. Mary Parish, 

Defiance can help you. Please call (419)782-
2776 to see how you can donate to the needy
persons of our area. Volunteers are needed to
help with the pick-up and delivery of items in
each county. Cash donations are always
welcomed. What better way to help victims of
fire, domestic violence, and/or extreme poverty.
Your support is much appreciated.