First Sunday of Advent

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass 

Monday, November 30 – St. Andrew, Apostle

No Mass

Tuesday, December 1 – Advent Weekday

7:00 p.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Clarice Shininger by Phyllis Murphy

Wednesday, December 2 – Advent Weekday

6:30 p.m. – Mass–St. Michael’s Ridge–Albert & Marion Mekus by Harold Steffel

Thursday, December 3 – St. Francis Xavier, Priest

9:00 a.m. – Mass - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Living & Deceased Members of the Altar Rosary Society

Friday, December 4 – First Friday

8:00 a.m. – Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Jim Sponseler by Jean Ewers

      Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, December 5 – Vigil of the Second Sunday of Advent

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Frances Wonderly by Cindy Baxter Family

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

Sunday, December 6 – Second Sunday of Advent

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Deceased Steffel family members by living Steffel family members

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Lucille Sheets by Keith Bercaw

*********************************************Weekly collections from Nov. 21/22, 2020

Loose - $101.00

Regular Envelopes - $1,652.00 (54)

Energy - $60.00 (2)

All Saints - $10.00 (1)

Campaign for Human Development - $10.00 (1)

Maintenance Fund - $3,671.99 (1)

Total - $5,504.99  Thank you.  May God bless you!

*********************************************  The 2021 contribution envelopes are available to be picked up.  They will be at The Bend until Saturday, November 28.  Starting Sunday, November 29, they will be available for pick-up at Marysdale.  If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Moninger at 419-789-3780 or

Christmas Raffle – St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society is raffling an outdoor wooden Nativity scene hand-crafted by Kevin Macsay.  Tickets are $5 each and will be sold after both Masses each weekend, until the drawing on Sunday, December 13.  If you are unable to get to Mass and would like a ticket, please contact Barb Coolman–567-239-1784; Diane Hammon – 419-542-8936; Barb Marlin–419-769-1652; or Mary Batt–419-658-2274.  Thank you.

WANTED and NEEDED: Someone to set up for Mass and clean up and put away after Mass from December through March, 2021.  Please contact Richard Sheets at 419-956-2849 after 4:30pm if you can help out for these few months. 

Preparing for Marriage – Please pray for the following couple who is preparing for the Sacrament of Matrimony later this year: December 12 – Emily Culler & Brooks Grine - MD


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, MD – Thursday 8:30-9am; St. Isidore, DB – Tues. 6:30pm; Sat. 3:45-4:25pm; St. Michael’s Ridge – Wednesday 6:00-6:50pm

Eucharistic Adoration Hours: St. Isidore, DB – Wednesday, 8am–7pm; Thursday, 5am-7pm, Closing Benediction at 6:45pm; St. Michael’s Ridge – Wednesday, Holy Hour with Adoration & Reconciliation at 6-6:20pm

“Around Our Parish”

This Weekend: St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society Raffle Ticket Sales after Mass at each site


Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Isidore and St. Michael parishes,

I would first like to thank you for your warm welcome last weekend.  Also, so many of you have been so helpful as I learn about the parishes and how things are done.  My schedule will be that I will be around most of the week except Mondays.  If there is anything I can do for you or pray for, please let me know.  I know there is an answering machine at St. Michael’s which I will learn to use and also my cell number is 419-346-1890.

This is the first Sunday of Advent.  Advent means arrival and the operative word is waiting.  What are we waiting for?  How are we supposed to wait?  In our culture we usually ask “Why Wait?”

There are different kinds of waiting too.  In Clyde, Ohio where I grew us, there was a lady always looking down Route 20.  My dad once told me she was looking for her son who was killed in the war.  Obviously, something snapped in her brain and the war was long over but she waited.

Another waiting would be akin to wives waiting for their husbands’ return from the sea.  Many houses have “widow walks” where they could see and wait for their husbands’ return.  

The first kind of waiting is futile.  It’s done in love but in vain.  The second can end happily or it may not.  This kind of waiting may end in heartbreak or may end rejoicing.

There is a third kind of waiting and this waiting involves a past, present, and what is to come.  For Christ has come, He is coming, and He will come again.  It is all mixed up.  This is Advent waiting.  We wait for the one who has already arrived.  We exult in His presence. We dream of His return for He will come again.

This is a relationship to reality that is quite other.  Here is mystery and we are dealing with mystical sense of reality.  Here we contradict what some see as common sense and yet beyond sense to a different and deeper reality.

How healthy and nurturing such a waiting, for it is an entry into the world of time meeting eternity.  It is because we have immortal spirits that we can make such leaps of faith.  In this waiting we touch the deepest parts of our humanity and awaken to the world of time and eternity, earth and heaven.  While some dismiss this thinking as pure fantasy, we as believers refuse to live where we only believe what is in front of us, what practically makes sense, what we think adds up.

Besides we are rooted in history.  Christ fulfilled the promises: born of woman, in Bethlehem of Judea, in the reign of King Herod.  We who are into Advent waiting are not like a distraught mother waiting for a child to return from war.  Nor are we some lonely sea-wife scanning the horizon for sight of her husband’s ship.  Rather we await the promise who is coming and we witness His coming in time, His coming on earth, His coming to each of us, His coming at the end in glory of the New Earth, the New Heaven.

Come Lord Jesus.

Let’s have a wonderful Advent.

Fr. Joe


Change in Adoration Schedule at DB – For the weeks of Dec. 2-3 and 9-10, Adoration will be Wednesdays from 8am to 7pm and Thursdays from 5am to 7pm to comply with the Governor’s new curfew.  

“More than a Manger” Project – For twenty-one years the St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society has sponsored its “More than a Manger” project during Advent.  A crib will be placed in the hall at MD and a collection box in the vestibule at DB beginning this weekend to accept baby items for the Northwest Ohio Community Pregnancy Center in Bryan.  All new baby items can be donated, but especially needed are booties & socks, NB-3mons., bottles, 9-10 oz., fleece blankets, NB hats and mitts, nasal aspirators, receiving blankets, NB sleepers, baby shampoo, comb/brush, crib sheets, diaper rash ointment, thermometers, nail clippers, and diapers, sizes 2, 3, 4, 6.  There are printed lists for your convenience in the vestibule at each site. Donations will be accepted through Christmas Day.  If you prefer to make a donation by check, please make the check out to St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society or NWO Community Pregnancy Center.  CPC has been saving babies in NW Ohio for 33 years.  By providing a place to turn for women facing an unplanned pregnancy, CPC gives women the knowledge, resources, and support necessary for choosing life.  Thank you for your continued support.


Birthday Wishes

Vaida Schroeder, November 30

Louis Simonis, December 1

Zachary Guilford, December 1

Adam Mack, December 1

Miguel Garcia, December 1

Irene Zipfel, December 2

Kristen Shininger, December 3

Jasper Shininger, December 4


   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. 


ACA Update – Goal for St. Isidore - $12,000

Total gifts - $10,418.25

Percent of goal – 86.82%

Number of donors – 77

Thank you to everyone who has already donated.  Any amount over our goal received by year-end will be returned to the parish as a 100% rebate.


Watch for Him: Scott Hahn Reflects on the First Sunday of Advent


Isaiah 63:16–17, 19
Psalm 80:2–3, 15–16, 18–19
1 Corinthians 1:3–9
Mark 13:33–37
 The new Church year begins with a plea for God’s visitation. “Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,” the prophet Isaiah cries in today’s First Reading.

In today’s Psalm, too, we hear the anguished voice of Israel, imploring God to look down from His heavenly throne—to save and shepherd His people.

Today’s readings are relatively brief. Their language and “message” are deceptively simple. But we should take note of the serious mood and penitential aspect of the Liturgy today—as the people of Israel recognize their sinfulness, their failures to keep God’s covenant, their inability to save themselves.

And in this Advent season, we should see our own lives in the experience of Israel. As we examine our consciences, can’t we, too, find that we often harden our hearts, refuse His rule, wander from His ways, withhold our love from Him?

God is faithful, Paul reminds us in today’s Epistle. He is our Father. He has hearkened to the cry of His children, coming down from heaven for Israel’s sake and for ours to redeem us from our exile from God, to restore us to His love.

In Jesus, we have seen the Father (see John 14:8–9). The Father has let His face shine upon us. He is the good shepherd (see John 10:11–15) come to guide us to the heavenly kingdom. No matter how far we have strayed, He will give us new life if we turn to Him, if we call upon His holy name, if we pledge anew never again to withdraw from Him.

As Paul says today, He has given us every spiritual gift—especially the Eucharist and penance—to strengthen us as we await Christ’s final coming. He will keep us firm to the end—if we let Him.

So, in this season of repentance, we should heed the warning—repeated three times by our Lord in today’s Gospel—to be watchful, for we know not the hour when the Lord of the house will return.

Yours in Christ,
Scott Hahn, PhD


All Souls Day Remembrance 2020

Marcus, Margaret & Laurence, Pat Conlon by Mary Batt

Deceased Family & Friends by Gregg & Geraldine Gause

Deceased Family & Friends by Barbara Hancock

Joe Homrich, Eric Hjort, Jean Droner, Aborted Babies by Barb Homrich

Deceased Members of the Kunesh Family by Lawrence Kunesh

Deceased Family & Friends by Bob & Mary Kurtz

Phillip & Karen Brown, Thomas Marlin, James Kroa, Bernard & Vivian Weidenhamer, John & Constance Brown by John & Barb Marlin

Deceased Members of Singer & Oliver Families by Marilyn Oliver

Deceased Members of the Schindler & Kittle Families by George & Ruby Schindler

Richard J. & Martin Sheets, Charles, Annabelle & Daniel Boff, Misty Sheets, Jim Dell, John Guilford, Mike Oskey, Deb Shininger by Richard & Sue Sheets

Francis Singer, Deceased Members of the Singer & Hug Families by Jamie & Jackie Singer

Continued next week