First Sunday of Lent

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass 

Monday, March 2 – Lenten Weekday

No Mass

Tuesday, March 3 – St. Katherine Drexel, Virgil

7:00 p.m. – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Cenacle, Reconciliation, Prayers to St. Philomena

7:45 p.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Jim Romes by Mr. & Mrs. Jim Lutz

Wednesday, March 4 – St. Casimir

6:00 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Holy Hour with Reconciliation & Adoration

7:00 p.m. – Mass–St. Michael’s Ridge – Holly Garmyn

Thursday, March 5 – Lenten Weekday

8:30 a.m. – St. Isidore, Marysdale – Reconciliation

9:00 a.m. – Mass-St. Isidore, Marysdale–Narcy Delgado by Bob & Monica Hearne

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

Friday, March 6 – First Friday; Lenten Weekday

8:00 a.m. – Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – John Dell by Adoration Chapel Coordinators


Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, March 7 – Vigil of the Second Sunday of Lent

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – William Weaner by Dan & Bennette Singer

6:30 p.m. St. Michael’s Ridge – Dick Coressel by Joyce & Wayne Grime

Sunday, March 8 – Second Sunday of Lent

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Marion & Albert Mekus by Christine Webb

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Mapha Schaadt by Joe & Diane Hammon

*********************************************Weekly collection for February 22/23, 2020

Loose - $526.25

Regular Envelopes - $1,528.00 (54)

Church in Central & Eastern Europe - $35.00 (3)

Maintenance Fund - $20.00 (1)

Total - $2,109.25  Thank you. May God bless you!


Upcoming Parish Events

*March 11 – Parish Penance Service – 6:45pm at MD

*March 21/22 – Parish Council Elections

*March 22-24 – Parish Mission at MD

*March 29 – St. Isidore Open Parish Council Meeting

*April 1 – Parish Penance Service – 7pm at SMR

*April 5 – St. Isidore Parish Easter breakfast

*April 18 – Sacrament of Confirmation during the 4:30pm Mass (to be held at the Marysdale site with no 4:30 Mass at The Bend site that weekend)

*April 26 – St. Isidore Mother-Daughter Breakfast


Needed at both St. Isidore sites: Volunteers are needed to be greeters and ushers.  Individuals AND families are encouraged to do this along with teenagers who have reliable transportation.  Please consider doing this as a ministry and/or to provide a service to the church. For more information, please call Deb Kolb at 419-658-2243 or text 419-438-3768.

A Family Perspective: In today’s gospel Jesus cautions it is not enough to provide food for our children; “one does not live on bread alone.”  Let Lent, 2020 be a time when you are “led by the Spirit” to explore new ways to be a moral guide to your children.

St. Isidore Mass Intentions – Contact Melissa Moninger at 419-789-3780 (call/text).  The donation can be given to her directly or put in an envelope with her name on it and placed in the collection basket.

St. Isidore Maintenance Contact – Greg Shininger –419-658-8811

Sacrament of Reconciliation  
St. Isidore, MD – Thursday 8:30-9am

St. Isidore, DB – Tues. 7:15-7:45pm; Sat. 3:30-4:25pm

St. Michael’s Ridge – Wednesday 6:00-7:00pm


“Around Our Parishes”

This Sunday: Rolls & coffee following 10am Mass at Marysdale, sponsored by the CYO      

Thursday: Stations of the Cross, 6:30pm at St. Mike’s


2020 Lenten Stations of the Cross Schedule

Thursday, March 5 – 6:30pm, SMR – Fr. Jake

Thursday, March 12 – 6:30pm, MD – Deacon Scott

Thursday March 19 – 6:30pm, SMR – Fr. Jake

Thursday, March 26 – 6:30pm, MD – Deacon Scott

Wed., April 1 – 6:45pm, MD – Children’s Stations of the Cross – Deacon Scott

Thursday, April 2 – 6:30pm, SMR – Fr. Jake 


St. Isidore Men’s Prayer Group will meet at 7am on Saturday, March 7, at Marysdale.  Discussion centers on gospel readings and how they apply in our lives.

The following individuals are candidates for the Parish Council: Jamie Singer, Joe Hammon, Brian Hammon, Terry Guilford, Holly Coolman, Andrew Shininger, Karah Shininger, Rose Mansel-Pleydell. Pictures and bio’s are in the vestibules of both sites. Elections will be March 21 and 22.

Leading the Flock – Copies of Bishop Daniel E. Thomas’ latest letter to the people of the diocese is available in the vestibule at each site.

Parish Mission - St. Isidore Parish’s 2020 Lenten Mission will be held March 22–24 at the Marysdale site for both parishes.  The Mission will feature Fr. Adrian Burke, OSB, a Benedictine Monk from St. Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad, Indiana.  The Mission will speak to the issue of “Intentional Christian Living” – i.e. being deliberate in forming a disciplined spiritual life and the important components of such.  Fr. Adrian will talk each evening from 7-8pm and confessions will follow immediately after the talk on Monday and Tuesday. 

Friendly Visitor Committee of the St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society would appreciate being informed of parishioners who are sick, homebound, or in the service and who would appreciate receiving greeting cards.  Please contact Christine Stuckey at 419-658-2012 with any names and addresses.


Birthday Wishes

Harold Kunesh, March 1

Debbie Slusser, March 1

Sue Sheets, March 2

Dave Clinker, March 4

Zachary Van Curen, March 5

Evan Shininger, March 5

Derrick Moninger, March 8

Bartholomew Seibert, March 8


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, Marilyn Minck, Roseann Nusbaum, and all who need our prayers. 


CCD News

The following students are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday, April 18, during 4:30 Mass at the Marysdale site: Jesse Coolman, Aicha Diaw, Miguel Garcia, Isaiah Goliver, Jeremiah Hammon, Alex Macsay, John Marlin, and Jude Shininger. Please keep them in your prayers.


Preparing for Marriage – Please pray for the following couples who are preparing for the Sacrament of Matrimony later this year:

June 13 – Alicia Little & Dustin Colvin – SMR

August 8 – Joe Macsay & Ashton Bauer – St. John’s

September 12 – Abby Parrot & Kurt Kahle – SMR

September 26 – Brett Dietrich & Anna Doctor – SMR

December 12 – Emily Culler & Brooks Grine - MD


Area Events

CELEBRATING SENIORS will meet on Tuesday, March 3.  Rosary 10:40; Mass 11:00; Lunch 11:30.

After lunch Father Eric will share pictures and memories from his Holy Land trip.  Everyone over 55—Join us!


K of C Fish Fry – On Friday, March 6, and Friday, March 13, 2020, at the K of C Hall on Elliott Road, Defiance, from 4-7pm. Eat In: Adult dinner - $10 with beverage; 6-12 yrs. - $4; 5 & under – Free. 

*St. Isidore youth attending the Steubenville Youth Conference this summer will be having bake sales at the K of C fish fries to raise funds for this year’s retreat.  Please support them in their efforts. 


First Friday Mass - First Friday Mass will be celebrated March 6, at 7:00pm 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, OH will be conducting a retreat on the topic “Prayer, Penance and Sacrifice !!!” on Saturday,  March 14.  The day begins with Mass at 8:30am with registration and Adoration following Mass. The day will conclude with Confession and Benediction at 3:00pm. Retreat leader will be Father Herman Scherger. Cost is $10 per person and please bring a packed lunch. All are welcome. 


St. John’s Men’s Renewal of the Heart Presents.... “Staying Connected.” Do you feel connected to God, Family, Community, and Church? “When you call me, when you pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me you will find me. Yes when you seek me with all your heart” Jeremiah 29:12-13. What God seeks is an open heart and mind. All men are invited to join us to explore how we are connected to God in our life. Which image best represents your relationship with God? How are you called to “Stay Connected” to Jesus to bear much fruit? The retreat will be held at St. John Catholic Church, Defiance, Friday evening March 6, 6pm –10pm. The theme for the evening is “A Stone’s Throw,” Saturday March 7, 8am –9:30pm. The theme for the day “Staying Connected with God and Our Purpose.” The weekend will include: fellowship, personal witness, group sharing, Mass, Reconciliation, and great food. For more information or to RSVP, please call George Westrick 419-784-3975 or Tom Boyers 419-439-2984. 

St. Michael’s Ridge 36th Annual Craft Show

Saturday, March 21, 2020, from 9am-3pm at the K of C Hall in Defiance.  Free admission, lunch stand, including sandwiches, soup, pies, & desserts, bake sale, and raffles.  For more info, contact Sandy Wagner @ 419-497-4551 or 419-769-7926.

Square Dancing - Bring you sweetheart or the whole family to Square Dancing nights at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Hicksville! Doors open at 6:30pm and dancing will begin at 7pm until 10pm on Saturday, March 21.  Pop, water, beer and wine will be sold, as well as raffles throughout the night. The caller for the night is Doug Michaelis from Bowling Green. Tickets are $5 per person, $10 a couple and $15 per family with minor children.

Retreat Helps Single Catholic Women Discern God’s Vocational Call 

Are you a single Catholic woman between the ages of 19 to 35 and feel that God might be calling you to a deeper life of service and love? The Adrian Dominican Sisters invite you to a special weekend, “A Time to Discern: Come and See for Yourself,” April 17-19, 2020, at Weber Retreat and Conference Center on the Motherhouse Campus.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet other women discerning God’s call; learn about the life of a Sister, and in particular Dominican life; tour the Motherhouse; engage in conversation with Sisters; and join in the Sunday Liturgy.  Because you are our guests, there is no charge for the weekend.

To register online, visit For more information, email Sister Tarianne DeYonker, OP, Vocation Co-director, at or call or text her at 517-920-1395.

Join Bishop Daniel E. Thomas for the pilgrimage of a lifetime to Spain and Italy!  October 11 – 23, 2020

Join Bishop Daniel Thomas on a pilgrimage to our sister city of Toledo, Spain! We will tour Toledo, Avila, Madrid, and Segovia, before departing for Rome, Italy! While in Italy, we will spend two nights in Assisi, the city of Sts. Francis and Clare, visit the Eucharistic Miracle of Orvieto, enjoy an excursion to Castel Gandolfo, and finally spend 5 nights in Rome, with a papal audience, tour of the Vatican and its Museums, the Major Basilicas and sites of Rome, and a trip to the North American College (home to our Toledo seminarians). LAND ONLY price starting at $3999, roundtrip airfare from Detroit will be added once the airlines publish the fares. This is an incredible opportunity to get to know our Bishop and to increase solidarity with our Sister Diocese of Toledo, Spain! In order to foster fellowship on pilgrimage, space is limited to one bus (50 seats), and registrations will be taken on a first-come-first-serve basis. We cannot hold seats without registration and deposit in hand. Visit or contact Maggie at 419-290-8782.