Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass 

Monday, February 8 – Weekday in Ordinary Time

No Mass

Tuesday, February 9 – Weekday in Ordinary Time

7:00 p.m. – Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Joe Caserta by Bob & Heather Miller

Wednesday, February 10 – St. Scholastica, Virgin

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

Thursday, February 11 – Our Lady of Lourdes

9:00 a.m. – Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – Nelson & Bonnie Carder by Zach & Kyla Carder

Friday, February 12 – Weekday in Ordinary Time

9:00 a.m. – Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Holly Garmyn


      Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, February 13 – Vigil of the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Audrey Walk by LaVon & Mary Lou Speiser

6:30 p.m. – Saint Michael’s Ridge – Darwin Beck by the McConnells

Sunday, February 14 – Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Larry Schafer by Irene Zipfel

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Clara Kunesh by Shirley Fry Family

   Servers: Abram & Xavier Shininger

*********************************************Weekly collections from January 30/31, 2021

Loose - $74.00

Regular Envelopes - $1,470.00 (35)

Church in Latin America - $10.00 (1)

Initial Offering - $5.00 (1)

Energy - $30.00 (2)

Maintenance Fund - $285.00 (9)

Total - $1,874.00  Thank you.  May God bless you!


Meeting to update parishioners on mid-year financial and maintenance status: After both masses on Feb. 6 in the upper hall at the Bend site and Feb. 7 in the parish hall at Marysdale, the parish finance council invites all parishioners to attend a short meeting to receive an update on the financial status and maintenance status of St. Isidore Parish. 

Mystery at the Marysdale Site – There is a box of tea bags and a jar of sauerkraut in the vestibule at MD.  Whoever is responsible for putting them there or taking them out, please do so soon or they will be removed.


2021 Annual Catholic Appeal:  Commitment weekend is next weekend (February 13th and 14th).  Attached to this week's bulletin is an envelope for you to use to place your contribution to the diocesan appeal.  This envelope can be placed in next weekend's collection.  You will also be receiving a letter from Bishop Thomas as well in the mail.


The Christo Rey Federal Credit Union monthly meeting will be Monday, February 8, at 7:30pm at Jim Timbrook’s house.


St. Isidore Mass Intentions – Contact Melissa Moninger at email 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. Isidore – Wednesday, 8am-7pm; Thursday, 5am-7pm Benediction

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


“Around Our Parishes”

This Weekend:  St. Isidore Finance Council’s report to parishioners after both Masses


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

I came across this story some years back.  In June 2014 Beverly Mitchell, a 66-year-old woman who lived in Cheshire, Connecticut was found dead in her home after neighbors reported that she was not seen for several days.  When police investigators inspected her home, they discovered that the top floor of the house had collapsed into the basement level, crushing Ms. Mitchell under its weight.  But even more disturbing, investigators discovered that the cause of the collapse was the sheer volume of possessions and collectibles stacked four to five feet high throughout the first floor living space.  Beverly Mitchell was a hoarder, unable to resist accumulating and storing more and more stuff, until every corner of her home was literally stuffed to the ceiling.  How tragic that the very things that she thought gave her life, actually cost her life.

Of course, this story made the news because it is so bizarre.  But it is still a cautionary tale for all of us.  Maybe we are not classic hoarders but most of us have a drawer in the kitchen that is hopelessly stuffed with an assortment of old keys and dead batteries and we might have a cluttered garage or attic, but our clutter is not close to threatening the structural integrity of our homes.  And yet, most of us are prone to the temptation to want more, to spend more, to buy more, to store more than we really need.  This yearning for “more” is the secret sauce that fuels and rewards advertising campaigns.  

Also, as we buy more and more stuff, we need places to store more stuff.  40 years ago, the average size home in America was 1600 square feet.  Today the average American home is 2600 square feet which is a 165% increase.  This is not because families have more children.  In fact, the average family in 1960 was 3.3 per household and is 2.5 today.  So, we don’t need larger houses to cradle our growing families, we need larger houses to cradle our growing collection of clutter.

I use these examples to show that there is a problem with our morbid craving for more.  The problem is that it is never satisfied. If we follow that path, we can easily become misers or hoarders or the incarnations of Ebenezer Scrooge or King Midas.

The other way to live is what is outlined in the Gospels.  Jesus said to his disciples that he was headed to the cross to die and he told them that they likewise be willing to sacrifice their own desires, their own egos and appetites, even their own lives if necessary, in order to know the way of the Kingdom.

This teaching sounds so contradictory to everything we think about how to live a full and abundant life.  We think collecting and conquering is the way to security, that dominance and accomplishment is the path to glory, that self-preservation is the highest value.  But Jesus knew better.  When our primary goal is to protect ourselves, we are prone to selfishness.

Jesus says the antidote to this materialist thinking is sacrificial love.  Instead of living for ourselves, we live for others.  Instead of thinking of our abundance as something to be hoarded or stored or protected at all cost, we think it as an opportunity to share with others, to enrich the lives around us. We then discover that the world is populated by neighbors and colleagues, instead of competitors and potential threats.  That kind of generosity opens the way to friendship and relationship.

This is the mindset of stewardship.  It becomes a way of life and there is a sharing of time, talent, and treasure for a higher purpose.  I can go on and on about stewardship but I think most of you know it and most of you live it.  As this weekend a report from the financial committee at St. Isidore’s given after the ten o’clock Mass, that committee has as its goal the purpose of being good stewards with the assets given them.  At St. Michael’s the building committee is again meeting and starting on the facility plan for a new building.  This is much needed and it will be a testament of that parish’s concern for the young people coming up. Also, there are so many in the parishes who give their time in so many ways.  Also, the worship during COVID-19 has not been packed but many parishioners who are staying home (thoughtfully so) can’t wait to get back with the community.

I write this as a gentle reminder of stewardship being a way of life.  Jesus once said, “What good would it be for a person to gain the whole world yet forfeit their soul?”  The way of stewardship is the way of Jesus.  To be of service to others, to be generous and self-sacrificial may seem counterintuitive for our culture, but it actually leads to a life that is both abundant and eternal.

In Him,

Fr. Joe


World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life:

This Sunday, February 7, 2021, Bishop Daniel Thomas will celebrate the 10:00 a.m. Mass at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, to mark the celebration of the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. This is a great occasion to pray for our religious sisters, priests and brothers, as well as to pray that more young people will respond to a vocation to consecrated life.  All are invited to attend in person at the Cathedral or to view a livestreamed broadcast of the Mass at


Parish Council Nominations will take place the weekend of February 13/14. A paper ballot will be handed out at the beginning of the Masses that weekend and collected at the end of Mass in a basket. If you would prefer to have the ballot delivered and returned electronically due to Covid 19 concerns, please contact Doug Shininger at

CCD News
The Culture Project will be speaking on Social Media next Wednesday, February 10, at The Bend for students grades 7-12. The presentation starts at 7pm and will be finished by 8:30. Any students, even if you are not regularly attending CCD, are invited to attend. You can bring a friend. 

Parish Wide Penance Service - There will be a parish wide penance service on Wednesday, February 24, at 6:45pm at Marysdale. All parishioners are invited to attend. CCD students, after you and your family receive reconciliation you are free to go. There will not be further class that evening. 

Altar Rosary Society Meeting – Thurs. Feb. 18, at Marysdale, beginning with the Rosary at 7:00pm. We will be postponing the assembly and distribution of fruit baskets for our shut-in parishioners at this time. The ARS is accepting nominations for officers for next year during this February meeting. Election of officers will take place during the April 15 meeting. Please consider donating your time and talent as an ARS officer. All members are encouraged to attend. 

Lenten Mission: Please join us for the 2021 Lenten Mission with Fr. Adrian Burke from St. Meinrad Archabbey.  He will be discussing "Christ in the Chaos" on February 28, March 1 and March 2 from 7:00-8:30 pm.  This will be an online streamed event but there will be options to watch at both the Marysdale and St. Michae’ls Ridge locations as well as the ability to watch from home.  More information will be available in the coming weeks.


Birthday Wishes

Luke Shininger, February 8

Tim Grine, February 8

Jamie Jesse, February 10

Emily Singer, February 11

Luke Kuhn, February 11

Ruby Schindler, February 12

Tyle Moninger, February 12

Phil Jackson, February 13

Jacob Elston, February 14


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. 


Upcoming ‘Zoom and See’ Helps Single Catholic Women Discern Call to Religious Life
Are you a single Catholic woman, age 19-35, trying to discern your call in life? Are you feeling called to give your life to God? The Adrian Dominican Sisters invite you to spend the weekend with them and with other young Catholic women discerning their future.

The virtual Zoom and See for Yourself weekend is Friday and Saturday, February 12-13, 2021. It will include time for prayer, silence, faith-sharing, and fun, as well as the opportunity to learn about the life of a Sister and the Dominican life.

Please register online at For information, contact Sister Tarianne DeYonker, OP, Vocation Co-director, at or call or text her at 517-920-1395.