First Sunday of Lent

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass 

Monday, February 22–The Chair of St. Peter the Apostle

No Mass

Tuesday, February 23 – Lenten Weekday 

7:00 p.m. – Mass - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Lee Gecowets by Mary Lou Speiser

Wednesday, February 24 – Lenten Weekday

6:00 p.m. – Stations of the Cross – St. Michael’s Ridge

6:30 p.m. – Communion Service – St. Michael’s Ridge

6:45 p.m. – St. Isidore Parish Penance Service - MD

Thursday, February 25 – Lenten Weekday

9:00 a.m. – Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – William Weaner by Arline Ilier

6:30 p.m. – Stations of the Cross - Marysdale

Friday, February 26 – Lenten Weekday

9:00 a.m. – Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Frances Stehulak by Carl & Nancy Stehulak


      Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, February 27 – Vigil of the Second Sunday of Lent

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Art Wonderly by Terry & Deb Kolb

6:30 p.m. – Saint Michael’s Ridge – Marcia Meyer by Jeremie & Kimberly Meyer

Sunday, February 28 – Second Sunday of Lent

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Francis & Dorothy Minck, Troy Miller & Keith Hubbard by Doug & Joan McBride

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Schindler/Kittle Family by George & Ruby Schindler

   Servers: Andrea and Alex Macsay

*********************************************Weekly collections from February 13/14, 2021

Loose - $295.00

Regular Envelopes - $1,350.00 (39)

Initial Offering - $5.00 (1)

Church in Eastern Europe - $25.00 (2)

Maintenance Fund - $1,200.00 (7)

Total - $2,875.00  Thank you.  May God bless you!


Please remember in your prayers the soul of Tom Moninger, who passed away on Thursday, February 11, and his family.  May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.  Amen.

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. 

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. Michael’s Ridge locations as well as the ability to watch from home.  More information will be available in the coming weeks.


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: Gary Seibert, Dan Dietrich, Greg Kolb, and Jim Meyer

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, Delaware Bend – Wednesday, 8am-7pm; Thursday, 5am-7pm ending with Benediction

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


 “Around Our Parishes”

Wednesday: Stations of the Cross – SMR - 6pm

      Communion Service – St. Michael’s Ridge – 6:30pm

      St. Isidore Parish Penance Service - MD at 6:45pm

Thursday: Stations of the Cross – Marysdale at 6:30pm


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

I remember any parish I have gone to there is always the question of why something is done this way or why it is there.  At Little Flower parish there was a basketball hoop that was probably fifty years old.  People didn’t even see it anymore, so we had the Boy Scouts get rid of it. Here I am asked why we didn’t have a vigil Mass the day before Ash Wednesday. There may have been a good reason for it but when I was told this is the way it was done; we did everything on Ash Wednesday.

We are never done renewing, redoing, reviving, revitalizing.  It is in our blood.  Our very body continually renews itself.  If you cannot change, dust, adapt, discard, then the first signs of death are at your door.

Too much change is not good.  It inhibits normal, healthy, growth in children, makes them rootless and uncommitted.  Too little change is stultifying and makes for intolerance, stubbornness and narrowness of mind.

So, our job is to maintain continuity with renovation.  It is the way of our Catholic Church and many of its institutions like monasteries.  And the Churches we have are significant because what goes on there is significant.  I had interviews with our eighth graders last Sunday at St. Michael Ridge.  They were wonderful and the two parishioners who helped me were touched by the answers and concerns of these young people.

So, as we begin Lent, we are really going on a period of renewal and renovation.  Thomas Merton, the great monk from Kentucky, said it took him all of Lent to find out what he should be working on.  Lent may be the time in which you quell the inner storms that drown God.  It is not unusual that one can ponder the passion that rage, in whom strife and contention whip up a dust that hides the light and this pondering is what matters.

So, Lent says there is something more real than reality.  No words can capture this spirit for there are no words for it.  Even though it is very real it is yet undetectable and in some ways undefinable.  So, Lent should not be some memoir that we do every year.  It has a purpose, and this purpose is important.

Lent asks us to look at both the good of things and the bad of things.  Maybe this COVID-19 has robbed us of our vision.  Maybe Lent says get out of your old way of doing things or do them with intentionality.

I have always found that I got to know the land here best and my religion when we are free of the customary and the usual.  Reconciliation, the sacraments, rosary, a close examination of our motives, our commitment to our vocation, prayer, and the list goes on.

Doesn’t one occasionally have to get out of the kitchen, out of the house, out of town to taste something a little different so we may know who we are again.  It is in renewal, in the new, that we discover the old.  What is private becomes public.  What is secret, manifest and what is hidden revealed.  Have a great Lent.  

In Him,

Fr. Joe


Rice Bowls are available in the back of church for anyone who would like to participate this year. 25% of all Rice Bowl donations stay in the diocese to address hunger needs within our diocese. Rice Bowls are due back at Easter. 


Upcoming Events at St. Isidore

February 24 – Parish Penance Service – 6:45pm at MD

February 28-March 2 – Lenten Mission – 7-8:30pm MD

March 20 and 21 - Parish Council Elections

April 25 - Open Parish Council Mtg. – after 10am Mass


2021 Annual Catholic Appeal:  We would like to thank all of our Parishioners who joined together in pledging their gift to the 2021 Annual Catholic Appeal. If you have not made your commitment, we encourage you to do so today to help us reach our parish goal of $6,869.  Pledge envelopes and pencils are available in pews. Once completed, kindly place your pledge card in the offertory. Every gift is very important. Thank you for your generosity. For more information on the impact of your support for the appeal or to make a gift online, visit 


Birthday Wishes
Alex Garcia, February 24
Jeremiah Hammon, February 26
Delilah Seibert, February 27
Diana Singer, February 28


Pray for the sick

Fr. Bob, Betty Adelman & Jean Keller (sisters of Anita Bertsch), Anita Bertsch, Ruth Ann Czartoski, Cody Davis, Marianne Fleming, Denny Fronk, Noah Garcia, Jim Huebner, Danny Mekus, Julie Meyer, Marilyn Minck, Jim Nusbaum, Jr., Roseann Nusbaum, Becky Rhodes, and all who need our prayers. 


Wake Up America
We are all appalled by the gun violence, opioid epidemic, school shootings and massacres in our country - as well we should be! But what about the millions of babies that have been killed by our own country’s law of abortion? Since abortion was made legal, all life has been devalued.
We live in the United States of America - the greatest country on Earth! How could we have allowed this to ever become a law of our land? It is evil! It is murder of little, helpless, innocent babies!
Absolutely no one person nor one of our fifty States has the right to kill a baby!
Wake up America!
Ruth Weber
Davenport Iowa


The New Creation: Scott Hahn Reflects on the First Sunday of Lent

Genesis 9:8–15 1 Peter 3:18–22
Psalm 25:4–9 Mark 1:12–15

Lent bids us to return to the innocence our baptism. As Noah and his family were saved through the waters of the deluge, we were saved through the waters of Baptism, Peter reminds us in today’s Epistle.

And God’s covenant with Noah in today’s First Reading marked the start of a new world. But it also prefigured a new and greater covenant between God and His creation (see Hosea 2:20; Isaiah 11:1–9).

We see that new covenant and that new creation begin in today’s Gospel.

Jesus is portrayed as the new Adam—the beloved son of God (see Mark 1:11; Luke 3:38), living in harmony with the wild beasts (see Genesis 2:19–20), being served by angels (see Ezekiel 28:12–14).

Like Adam, He too is tempted by the devil. But while Adam fell, giving reign to sin and death (see Romans 5:12–14, 17–20), Jesus is victorious.

This is the good news, the “gospel of God” that He proclaims. Through His death, resurrection, and enthronement at the right hand of the Father, the world is once again made God’s kingdom.

In the waters of Baptism, each of us entered the kingdom of His beloved Son (see Colossians 1:13–14). We were made children of God, new creations (see 2 Corinthians 5:7; Galatians 4:3–7).

But like Jesus, and Israel before Him, we have passed through the baptismal waters only to be driven into the wilderness—a world filled with afflictions and tests of our faithfulness (see 1 Corinthians 10:1–4, 9,13; Deuteronomy 8:2, 16).

We are led on this journey by Jesus. He is the Savior—the way and the truth we sing of in today’s Psalm (see John 14:6). He feeds us with the bread of angels (see Psalm 78:25; Wisdom 16:20), and cleanses our consciences in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

As we begin this holy season, let us renew our baptismal vows—to repent and believe the gospel.

Yours in Christ,

Scott Hahn, PhD


In the Year of St. Joseph, we pray:

O St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in thee all my interests and desires.

O St. Joseph, assist me by thy powerful intercession and obtain for me all spiritual blessings through thy foster son, Jesus Christ Our Lord, so that, having engaged here below thy heavenly power, I may offer thee my thanks-giving and homage.

O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating thee and Jesus asleep in thine arms.  I dare not approach while He reposes near thy heart.  Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me, and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath.

St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for me.