Fifth Sunday of Lent

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass

Monday, April 3 – Lenten Weekday

No Mass

Tuesday, April 4 – St. Isidore

No Mass – due to St. Michael’s Bldg. Committee Mtg.         

Wednesday, April 5 – St. Vincent Ferrer

6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge - Stations of the Cross  

7:00 p.m. – Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Living & Deceased members of the Coressel by Sandy Coressel Phelps family

Thursday, April 6 – Lenten Weekday

6:30 p.m. – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Stations of the Cross

7:00 p.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Mary Hoene by Virgil & Janice Hoene

Friday, April 7 – St. John Baptist de LaSalle

8:00 a.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Lola Boff by George & Ruby Schindler

Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, April 8 – Vigil of Palm Sunday

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Robert Arend, Sr. by family & friends

   Servers: Scott Graham, Lane Kolb, Austin Meyer

6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Cindy Steffel by Janice Steffel

Sunday, April 9 – Palm Sunday

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Marjorie Siler by Dick Kahle family

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Deb Shininger by Dad, Mom, Simone, and family

  Servers: Scott Graham, Miguel Garcia, Tim Meyer

St. Isidore Parish Stewardship – March 25/26, 2017

Loose - $467.01

Regular Envelopes - $1,398.00 (62)

Catholic Relief Services - $201.00 (14)

Easter Flowers - $1000 (1)   Energy - $5.00 (1)

Total - $2,081.01  Thank you.  May God bless you!


Remove Cemetery Decorations - Please remove all cemetery decorations from Marysdale cemetery before Palm Sunday, April 9. Confirmation candidates will be performing this cemetery cleanup as a service project the following Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. weather permitting.

Annual Catholic Appeal – The 2017 goal for St. Isidore Parish is $9,250.  As of March 28, 2017:

      Total pledged = $12,115    Total paid = $10,885

      % of goal pledged = 130.97%

      % of goal paid = 117.68%

Thank you for your generosity.  Please consider making a donation if you haven’t already done so.  There are envelopes in the vestibule at each site for your convenience.   

Catholic Relief Services Collection - Thank you for your generous support of The Catholic Relief Services Collection and for helping Jesus in disguise. Your contributions will make a difference for the poor and marginalized around the world. If you missed the collection, it's not too late to give! Just visit, and click on the "How to Give" link on the left.

A Family Perspective: Our families can become wrapped up chasing things we perceive will make us happy.  Jesus’ words to Lazarus, He says to us; “Come out” from what entombs you.  In this fifth week of Lent “untie” yourself and be free from unnecessary possessions.

 “Around Our Parishes”

This Weekend: Welcome Fr. Jerry Knueven, celebrant at 4:30 p.m. Mass & 3:30 p.m. Confessions only

      Welcome Fr. Bob Holden, celebrant at 6:30 p.m. Mass only

      St. Isidore Baptism of Riley Lyn Wagner, daughter of James & Lesley Wagner

      Rolls and coffee after 10:00 Mass at Marysdale

      Open Parish Council Meeting after 10:00 Mass at Marysdale

Tuesday: St. Michael’s Ridge Building Committee Mtg. 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday: St. Michael’s Ridge Lenten Stations of the Cross at 6:30 p.m. followed by Mass

      St. Michael’s Ridge Lenten Confessions after Mass

Thursday: St. Isidore Lenten Stations of the Cross at Delaware Bend – 6:30 p.m. followed by Mass

      St. Isidore Holy Name Society Meeting following Mass at Delaware Bend

Friday: Communion calls

Next Weekend: St. Michael’s Ridge 2nd Collection for The benefit of the Amanda Mangas family

      St. Michael’s Ridge Parish Council Nominations

      St. Michael’s Ridge Reception for the Confirmation Class after the 8:30 a.m. Mass

      St. Isidore Easter Breakfast after the 10:00 a.m. Mass

      Palm Sunday Blessing of Palms

CCD News

*CCD students are reminded to use your rice bowls during Lent.

*CCD students are still collecting aluminum cans to donate money to St. Mary's food pantry.

*Continue to pray for our 2nd grade class as they continue to study for their 1st Holy Communion.  The students are Samantha Coolman, Edreanna Peck, Gabriel Rushinsky, Jonah Shininger, and Xavier Shininger.

St. Isidore Holy Name Society Meeting – Thursday, April 6 at Delaware Bend site following the 7:00 Mass. This will be our last meeting until the fall.

The Name Society will be cooking the parish Easter breakfast April 9 following the 10:00 a.m. Mass. Those who attend the vigil mass at Delaware Bend can come at 10:30 and start eating before the rush of the morning mass.

We would like to thank everyone who helped and supported the pancake and sausage supper recently. We hope you enjoyed the meal.

           The St. Isidore Holy Name Society

Upcoming Events – Mark your calendars for these upcoming parish events:

            April 2 – Open Parish Council Meeting in Marysdale Hall following 10:00 Mass

            April 9 – Parish Easter Breakfast

            April 23 – Mother-Daughter Breakfast

            May 7 – First Communion

            June 4 – Graduation Mass

Did You Know? The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People was established by the United States Council of Catholic Bishops in June, 2002.  It is a comprehensive set of procedures for addressing allegations of abuse of minors.  The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability, and prevention of future acts of abuse.


Birthday Wishes:

Norm Beattie, April 3

John Mack, April 5

Robert Kunesh, April 6

Jean Shininger, April 6

Terry Guilford, April 7

Sherrell Meyer, April 8

Greg Gause, April 8

Steve Nicely, April 9

Andrea Macsay, April 9


Anniversary Wishes:

Father Kill, April 3 (46th)

Dave & Connie Clinker, April 6

Francis & Mary Alice Singer, April 7

Joe & Diana Singer, April 9


Pray for the sick:

Karen Brown, Cody Davis, Denny Fronk, Noah Garcia, Shirley Guilford, Danny Mekus, Marilyn Minck, Dennis Smith, Marianne Fleming, Don Meyer, Betty Adelman (sister of Anita Bertsch), and all who need our prayers.

Area Events

Celebrating Seniors will meet April 4, St. John Parish, Defiance. Rosary at 10:40 a.m. and Mass at 11:00 with Fr. Stites.  Lunch will follow. Please bring suggestions as how to move forward with this program. Bring a friend.

First Friday Latin Mass - Latin Mass will be celebrated April 7 at 7:00 p.m. at Domus Angelorum Retreat House, located at 21706 State Route 114,

Cloverdale, OH.  All are welcome.

Retreat at Domus Angelorum Retreat Center - The Domus Angelorum Retreat House, located at 21706 State Route 114, Cloverdale, will be conducting a retreat on the topic of ‘The Passion.’ on Saturday, April 8. The day begins with Mass at 8:30 a.m. with registration and Adoration following Mass. The day will conclude with Confession and Benedictions at 3:00 p.m. Retreat leader will be Father Herman Scherger.  Costs is $10.00 per person and please bring a packed lunch.  All are welcome.

K of C Fish Fry – Every Friday during Lent at the K of C Hall on Elliott Road, Defiance.  4:00-7:00 p.m.  Adult dinner - $9.75; 6-12 years - $4.00; 5 and under – free. 


Want a great way to increase your faith in the presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist? Defiance K of C Hall in the Members Room will host a Eucharistic Miracle Display this Sunday, April 2, 12:30-5:00 p.m.  Then the following weekend, April 7, 4:00-7:00 p.m., April 8, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., and April 9, 12:30-5:00 p.m.

Come; read poster after poster of authentic proof that the host you consume is the Body and Blood of Jesus.

Pictures, places, and the history behind each miracle will inform and overwhelm you as you see scientific and documented proof that Jesus truly offers Himself in our tabernacles and on our altars.  He promised "I am with you always, until the end of time." Matthew 28:20.    For more information, call Bill Wray 782-0847 or Michael Westrick 784-9125.

National Catholic Singles Conference - Join hundreds of single Catholics of all ages at the National Catholic Singles Conference, May 19-21, 2017 held at the DoubleTree Pittsburgh-Green Tree in Pittsburgh, PA. The weekend includes talks by dynamic speakers, music, social events, prayer, food, fellowship and more! Space is limited so register now! For more information and to register visit Use promo code NCSCPA to receive a special discount by registering before April 2. (Can’t find your question answered on the website? Call 888.267.8885 x4.)

Pancake and Sausage Breakfast – This Sunday, April 2, 2017, from 7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., sponsored by the Tiffin Twp. Fire Department, 1258 Main St., Evansport, OH.  Menu includes sausage gravy, biscuits, pancakes, sausage, coffee, and milk.  Free will donation.  Money to be used for purchase of equipment.

Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast – This Sunday, April 2, 2017, at the K of C Hall on Elliott Road, Defiance, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Menu includes fresh homemade buttermilk pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, potato casserole, sausage links, biscuits & gravy, cinnamon rolls, orange juice, coffee, and iced tea.  Meal price: $7 for adults; $6 for senior citizens; $4 for children 6-12; free for children 5 and under.

Pro-Life Answers to False Pro-Choice Arguments

Part XI

"I am opposed to abortion, but I don't believe I have the right to impose my personal beliefs on others."

You will sometimes hear this stated by members of the general public, but it is more commonly said by politicians who are trying to "finesse" the abortion issue. The trick is to appear philosophically pro-life so they do not have to defend the reality of abortion, and functionally, pro-abortion so they do not upset the abortion lobby. They think that this is a shrewd view, when in fact it is just a cowardly one. Unfortunately, for political expediency, many of our "Catholic" politicians take this hypocritical and shameful position!

Understand that the only logical basis for someone to be "personally opposed to abortion" is because they realize that abortion terminates the life of an innocent human being. While claiming to believe that however, they say it should be legal. So what they are really saying is, "Abortion is the intentional killing of a helpless child, but I wouldn't do anything to stop it. I am willing to look the other way while someone else takes the life of a child."

That is a smoke screen. Only a coward and/or a hypocrite would concede that unborn children are living human beings but that it is none of his (or her) business if someone wants to abort them.

It is no different than saying that they are opposed to rape but it is none of their business if men want to rape women, or that rape is not an area in which the government should be involved.

We live in a nation where over 3,000 innocent children lose their lives each and every day to the intentional act of abortion. If this is not an area of legitimate govern-mental interest, then the government has no legitimate interest at all!