First Sunday of Advent

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass

Monday – Thursday, December 3-6

No Masses - Fr. Kill recovering from surgery

Friday, December 7 – First Friday

8:00 a.m. – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Richard J. Sheets by Dave & Doreen Mohr

4:30 p.m. – St. Isidore, Marysdale – Lola Boff by Irene Zipfel (Vigil of Holy Day Immaculate Conception)

6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Patrick McCann by John & Katie Mekus

Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, December 8 – Vigil of the Second Sunday of Advent – Celebrant Fr. Al Ceranowski

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Mary Hoene by Jean Lutz

   Servers: Jesse Coolman and Miguel Garcia

6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Irene Steffel by Slagle’s & Brubaker’s

Sunday, December 2 – Second Sunday in Advent - Celebrant Fr. Fred Duschl

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Matt Emmons by Chris & Karen Newton

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Bernie Czartoski

 Servers: Kevin, Andrea, and Alex Macsay


St. Isidore Parish Stewardship – November 24/25, 2018

Loose - $289.94

Regular Envelopes - $1,156.00 (51)

Campaign for Human Development - $15.00 (1)

All Saints' - $5.00 (1)      Energy - $90.00 (4)

Christmas Flowers - $60.00 (2)

Total - $1,615.94  Thank you.  May God bless you!


“More than a Manger” Project – For the 19th year the St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society is sponsoring its annual project called “More than a Manger.”  A baby crib will be placed in the Marysdale hall and a pac-n-play in the Delaware Bend vestibule to accept donations for the Community Pregnancy Centers of Northwest Ohio.  The event will begin this weekend, December 1-2, and continue through Advent. A needs list has been placed on the bulletin board at each site with extra copies on the table to take along while shopping.  If anyone would like to donate cash, please make your check out to Community Pregnancy Centers of NW Ohio or St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society.  Thank you for your continued generosity to this annual event.

Communion Breakfast – this Sunday, December 2, after the 10am Mass at Marysdale, sponsored by the St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society.  All monies collected will be donated to the Community Pregnancy Centers of NW Ohio as part of the “More than a Manger” Project.

World’s Greatest Dishcloths – The St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society has dishcloths for sale - $1.75 each or 3 for $5.  If interested, contact Char Shininger. 

St. Isidore Family Christmas Breakfast – next Sunday, December 9, following the 10am Mass at MD. The Holy Name Society will be cooking breakfast. Those who attend the vigil mass at DB may come at 10:30 and start eating before the rush after the morning mass.

A Family Perspective: At this time of the year, we are very conscious of our family as we prepare for Christmas.  Today’s gospel warns us not to be consumed by all the consumer activity.  This Advent, appreciate the gift of people in your life.  The best gift this season might be your appreciation of others.

“Around Our Parishes”

This Sunday: Rolls and coffee after the 10am Mass at MD, sponsored by the Altar-Rosary Society, with all donations going to the Community Pregnancy Centers of NW Ohio

Tuesday: St. Michael’s Ridge Altar Rosary Christmas Party – 6:30pm (6:15 gathering – no Mass)

Wednesday: St. Isidore, Marysdale Confessions (grades 2-6) – 6:45pm

Friday: First Friday Mass – 8am – St. Isidore, DB

      Vigil of Holyday – Mass at St. Isidore, MD–4:30pm

      Vigil of Holyday – Mass at St. Michael’s Ridge – 6:30 pm – Fr. Steve Blum celebrant for Friday

Next Weekend: Retirement for Religious Collection (envelope box)

Next Saturday: Fr. Al Ceranowski – celebrant at today’s Masses at 4:30pm & 6:30pm

Next Sunday: Fr. Fred Duschl – celebrant at today’s Masses at 8:30am & 10:00am

      St. Isidore Family Christmas breakfast–11am at MD

      St. Isidore Altar Servers’ Pizza Party-12:30-4:15pm    

December 8 Holyday of Obligation – Saturday, December 8, is a holy day of obligation.  Since the Immaculate Conception is the patroness of the United States, there will be no dispensation, as there would be for other holydays falling on Saturday.  Therefore, Catholics must attend one Mass for the holy day and another Mass for the Sunday obligation.  The two obligations cannot be combined.  St. Isidore will have Mass at 4:30pm at MD and St. Michael’s Ridge will have Mass at 6:30pm on Friday, December 7.  There will not be any Saturday morning Masses scheduled.  If you cannot attend one of the Friday evenings liturgies, there are Masses scheduled at nearby parishes as follows:

St. John, Defiance – 9am

St. Mary, Defiance – 9am at Holy Cross Catholic School

St. Patrick, Bryan – 9am

St. Mary, Edgerton – 9:30am at Edgerton

Divine Mercy, Paulding – 9am

The holy day obligation must be fulfilled after 4pm Friday and before the weekend liturgy begins at 4:30pm on Saturday.

St. Isidore Altar Servers’ Pizza Party - All St. Isidore Altar Servers are invited to a Free Bowling and Pizza Party on Sunday, Dec 9. We will be meeting at the Marysdale Church Hall at 12:30pm. Rides will be provided for everyone to the Defiance Recreation Bowling Alley for bowling, pizza, snacks, and fun. We are planning to be back at Marysdale Church at 4:15pm. Please RSVP by contacting Doug Shininger at or 419-438-3723 if you plan on attending. Permission slips will also be required and are available in the back of both churches. Thank you!


With the approval of Fr Kill and Deacon Scott Graham, the liturgy committee is instituting a change in the liturgy of the Mass at Marysdale in order to bring us more in line with the guidelines of the GIRM (General Instruction of the Roman Missal). This change allows the music during the reception of Holy Communion to begin when communion begins and end as close as possible to when the last parishioner receives. After that, a time of silence for private devotion and prayer is to be observed. In order to facilitate this change, the organist will be processing up to receive communion with the Eucharistic ministers at the altar and then returning to the choir immediately after receiving. The members of the choir will begin the communion song and stagger their own times to receive communion by filtering in among the general flow of the rest of the congregation, allowing the communion song to be sung continuously and as seamlessly as possible depending on the number of choir members present. The choir will no longer be receiving communion at the back of the church.

Support the Retirement Fund for Religious. A donor writes, "Your flyer touched my heart-seeing the retired religious, such memories surfaced." Do you remember the sisters, brothers, or religious order priests who made a positive difference in your life? Today many are elderly and need assistance. Their religious communities struggle to meet retirement needs while continuing to serve the People of God. Please give to next week's

The 2019 contribution envelopes are available to be picked up.  They will be at The Bend until Saturday, December 1.  Starting Sunday, December 2, they will be available for pick-up at Marysdale.  If you did not receive envelopes and wish to have some, please contact Melissa Moninger at 419-789-3780.

K of C Pancake Breakfast – This Sunday, December 2, 2018, at the K of C Hall on Elliott Road, Defiance, from 9am-11am.  Meal price are: $7.50 for adults; $6.50 for senior citizens; $4 for children 6-12; free for children 5 and U, $.75 for rolls-to-go (if we have them). 

K of C Fish Fry

Knights of Columbus Council #1039, 111 Elliott Road, Defiance, OH (419-782-3536) Friday, December 7, 2018. Carry-out meals available at 4:00pm; dining room from 4:00pm-7:00pm.  Eat in: Adult Dinner $10.00 (with beverage) 6-12 Years $4.00, 5 and under eat for FREE!! Carry Out: Regular Dinner $9.50, 2lb “All Fish” $16.00, ($22 with any 3 Sides), side dishes $3.00/pint.


Birthday Wishes

Jasper Shininger, December 4


Pray for the sick:

Fr. Bob, June Coolman, Cody Davis, Marianne Fleming, Denny Fronk, Noah Garcia, Danny Mekus, Don Meyer, Marilyn Minck, Roseann Nusbaum, Betty Adelman (sister of Anita Bertsch), and all who need our prayers.

Area Events

CELEBRATING SENIORS will meet at St. John Catholic on Tuesday, December 4, with Rosary at 10:40, Mass at 11:00, followed by a delicious lunch for a free will offering.   The program, "Come Christians!  Join to Sing!" will be presented by a quartet of singers/ musicians putting everyone in the spirit of Christmas.  

First Friday Latin Mass will be celebrated December 7, at 7pm 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 ‘The Theological Virtues” on Saturday, December 8.  The day begins with Mass at 8:30am with registration and Adoration following Mass. The day will conclude with Confession and Benedictions at 3:00pm. Retreat leader will be Father Herman Scherger.

Costs is $ 10.00 per person and please bring a packed lunch. All are welcome.

Right to Life Pilgrimage to Washington DC (night of January 16 - early morning January 20), leaving from Divine Mercy - Paulding. If interested in attending, please contact Christopher Bercaw at 419.769.2679 or for more information. 

Diocesan Events

2019 March for Life

Interested in attending the March for Life in Washington D.C. on January 18, 2019?  Join the College and Young Adult bus trip sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Toledo! The trip is only $192, but for college students there is a special discounted price of $132! Our trip includes two nights in the Marriott Hotel in Down-town Washington, D.C., as well as free time to tour the city. We depart Thursday, January 17, at 3pm and will return Saturday evening, January 19.  Payments by check can be made out and mailed to Catholic Charities, 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo with “March for Life” in the memo line. Be sure to include name, email, cell phone and rooming preferences. If you have any questions, contact Peter Range, Director of the Office for Life and Justice, at prange@toledodiocese.orgor call 419-214-4933. Deadline to register is Friday, December 14.

A Message from Fr. Kill:  My dear parishioners:

 I was wondering how long it has been since I had surgery & was surprised to learn that it has only been 4 weeks.  It seems like it has been 10 weeks or more!!   There has been so much happening in the recovery stage from surgery. I am still incontinent but it is getting somewhat better.  I still need to have a restroom quite nearby. Yesterday I had an appointment with the oncologist at Bryan to get paperwork done and to schedule a CT scan simulation for programing the CT machine & also to mark my body for future radiation therapy after Christmas.  I will need 7 weeks of radiation 5 days a week for radiation therapy.  That is a lot of driving back & forth to Bryan, and I will need some help with the driving.

  While at my appointment yesterday, they gave me a copy of a paper entitled “Getting Help for Fatigue.”   It said: “Fatigue is when your body and brain feel tired.  It means you don’t have the energy to do the things you want or need to do.   The fatigue that comes with cancer is different from the fatigue of daily life.  Every-day, normal fatigue is a short-term problem that gets better with rest.  Cancer-related fatigue is worse, and it causes more distress.  Rest does not make it go away, and even a little activity may exhaust you.  Cancer-related fatigue is one of the most common and distressing side effects of cancer and its treatment.”  As I read that, I thought – “That is exactly how I feel.”   A little activity makes me anxious & tired.

Please continue to keep me in your prayers.  I have been praying many, many rosaries and prayers for all those who have been remembering me in prayer.  God bless all of you.

Fr. Bob Kill