Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass 

Monday, February 1 – Weekday in Ordinary Time

No Mass

Tuesday, February 2 – The Presentation of the Lord

7:00 p.m. – Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Francis Borton, Jr. by George & Ruby Schindler

Wednesday, February 3 – St. Blaise, Bishop & Martyr

6:30 p.m. – Mass –St. Michael’s Ridge – Barrett Charles Burkholder

Thursday, February 4 – Weekday in Ordinary Time

9:00 a.m. – Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – Marcia Meyer by Freda Meyer Family

Friday, February 5 – St. Agatha, Virgin & Martyr, First Friday

8:00 a.m. – Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Julie Timbrook by Jim & Agnes Timbrook


      Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, February 6 – Vigil of the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Deacon Don Meyer by Judy Skinner

6:30 p.m. – Saint Michael’s Ridge – Virginia & Robert Rath by Robyn Hawkins

Sunday, February 7 – Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Callie & Everly Bostelman by Dan & Bennette Singer

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Larry Becher by Mary Batt

*********************************************Weekly collections from January 23/24, 2021

Loose - $210.45

Regular Envelopes - $1,181.00 (40)

Initial Offering - $25.00 (2)

Church in Latin America - $62.00 (4)

Energy - $105.00 (5)

Maintenance Fund - $4,864.92 (2)

Total - $6,448.37  Thank you.  May God bless you!


Meeting to update parishioners on mid-year financial and maintenance status: After both masses on Feb. 6th in the upper hall at the Bend site and Feb. 7th in the parish hall at Marysdale, the parish finance council invites all parishioners to attend a short meeting to receive an update on the financial status and maintenance status of St. Isidore Parish. 


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 28th, March 1st and March 2nd 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. Michaels 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: Steve Coolman, Russ Jesse, Louis Shininger, Barb Marlin, and Melissa Moninger


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 – Wednesday, 8am-7pm; Thursday, 5am-7pm Benediction
St. Michael’s Ridge – Wednesday, 6pm - Holy Hour with Adoration & Reconciliation


“Around Our Parishes”

This Weekend: The blessing of throats for St. Blaise at all Masses

Next Weekend:  St. Isidore Finance Council’s report to parishioners after both Masses


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

This weekend we anticipate St. Blasé Day and bless throats for those who want their throats blessed. It’s an ancient ritual dating from when St. Blasé blessed the throat of a child who was choking on a chicken bone.

It’s a nice thing and it’s one of the Catholic devotions that pop up periodically.  Like the day before St. Blasé day (Feb. 3rd) is Candlemas Day.  We now know it as Groundhog Day.  It was the traditional day in which candles were blessed for the year.  Of course, that was the only source of light in the old days.  We have ashes on February 17th which is the beginning of Lent.  It’s also nice that before the Masses we have the rosary recited and prayed.

Periodically I am questioned about the Rosary or throat blessings or ashes.  I know times have changed and some think why.  Why the rosary or ashes or blessing of throats, etc.  Not that the rosary is all that much.  I mean these rituals are not the faith, the Gospel, the liturgy.  They are just pious customs.  They are something like a fireplace in a living room.  Who needs it?  Yet who will deny the charm of a hearth and a fire and a quiet evening at home some winter night.  Maybe fireplaces, too, have gone although I see them even in some new construction.

Times do change.  A Princeton-based testing service reported that 80 million American adults are functionally illiterate.  I find that hard to believe.  About one million children a year see their parents split up.  “Split” being a rather cool term for a tragic event.  I remember when Senator Daniel Moynihan called this time in our history a post-marital society.  There are about 4000 abortion each American day and about 60 percent are from teenage mothers.  One baby out of four born in the United States is born out of wedlock.  All these statics may be false, who knows?  The fact is that times have changed and they will continue to change.

I always wonder how long a society can last with these bedrock values changing.  How long do you think people will put up with it?  I guess only as long as they want to.  And once the appalling amount of suffering comes home to them, once they experience the devastation of a violent society without grace or beauty, they will arise and say, “We can do better than this.”  And they can and they will.

The evidence lies in the very nature of things.  I do not speak of a spiritual revolution, but a natural one, a human one.  There are laws built into human nature, and when these laws are violated, then we will pay for this violation here on earth.

I look at primitive societies and how they arrive at a way of living.  They learned the hard way.  That it must be one man with one woman for keeps.  Nothing else works.  The children must be reckoned a treasure.  Nothing else works.  That bothering another’s wife is taboo.  Nothing else works.  That marrying within your kin is taboo and doing harm to children.  There is no thieving in a primitive village for its share-and-share alike in all things.  And all this was surrounded by spirits that added another-worldly quality.

Now this sounded like paradise but it wasn’t.  The love of Christ wasn’t there.  Christianity is the love of Christ and one another in Christ, not a code of ethic, a body of law, a cultural program.  Christianity is the fear of hell, the love of heaven, to be one with Christ and His Father in the Spirit.  It is human nature graced, for the good life here and the better life to come.

Therefore, we have hope.  “There lives the dearest freshness deep down things” (Hopkins).  Humankind has an amazing capacity for doing better, for beginning again, for renewing and staring over.  It is given by God and we praise God for it.

And God in Christ blesses and prospers such efforts.  His Church promotes, supports, inspires, and motivates all such movement.

So, mope not and do not ring our hands that things are not as they once were, for they need not be as they are either.  They can be better.  Our faith, our hope, our love can help.  Meanwhile have a little mercy with people overwhelmed by a plastic society that has betrayed them.   They have been cheated, sold shoddy goods, been had.  Let us help them in prayer and sacrifice to begin anew.

In Him,

Fr. Joe


Parish Council nominations will take place the weekend of February 13th and 14th. A paper ballot will be handed out at the beginning of the Masses that weekend and collected at the end of Mass in a basket. If you would prefer to have the ballot delivered and returned electronically, due to Covid 19 concerns, please contact Doug Shininger at


World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life:

On Sunday, February 7, 2021, Bishop Daniel Thomas will celebrate the 10:00 a.m. Mass at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, to mark the celebration of the World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. This is a great occasion to pray for our religious sisters, priests and brothers, as well as to pray that more young people will respond to a vocation to consecrated life.  All are invited to attend in person at the Cathedral or to view a livestreamed broadcast of the Mass at


Birthday Wishes

Melinda Culler, February 1

Jesse Coolman, February 3

Brianna Moninger, February 5

Kendal Peck – February 5

Pat Fillman, February 6

Aicha Diaw, February 6

Ladonna Scantlen, February 7


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. 


Upcoming ‘Zoom and See’ Helps Single Catholic Women Discern Call to Religious Life

Are you a single Catholic woman, age 19-35, trying to discern your call in life? Are you feeling called to give your life to God? The Adrian Dominican Sisters invite you to spend the weekend with them and with other young Catholic women discerning their future.

The virtual Zoom and See for Yourself weekend is Friday and Saturday, February 12-13, 2021. It will include time for prayer, silence, faith-sharing, and fun, as well as the opportunity to learn about the life of a Sister and the Dominican life.

Please register online at For information, contact Sister Tarianne DeYonker, OP, Vocation Co-director, at or call or text her at 517-920-1395.


From NWO Community Pregnancy Center in Bryan:

Thank you for your monetary donation ($690) as well as the crib, mattress and many baby supplies.  All of these items will be put to good use by our clients.  Your partnership with CPC is deeply valued.  Your generosity and support of life is a breath of fresh air in a culture of “me first.”  It is so wonderful to bless clients and their babies with your wonderful, generous gifts.  Most importantly, thank you for praying for clients to be drawn to God through His love and spiritual conver-sations.  CPC Staff & Volunteers


Life Begins At Conception

It is an error to claim, "It's not a human, it's a fetus." 

That would be like saying, "It's not a human, it's an infant," or, "It's not a human, it's an adolescent." These are category fallacies. 

The proper answer to these assertions would be, "Sure it's a fetus, sure it's an infant, and sure it's an adolescent. It's a human fetus, a human infant, and a human adolescent." These are simply stages of development in the human life cycle.
A human starts as an embryo, becomes a fetus, is born an infant, develops into a child, grows into an adolescent, matures into adulthood, and eventually dies. 

Scientifically and philosophically, there is no good reason to believe a human being is created at birth, because nothing is created at birth. At birth, a fetus simply changes location and changes its mode of acquiring food and dispensing waste, but at no point does the child become something entirely new or different. 

Life begins at conception and proceeds through its stages until death. From the moment of conception, the unborn are human beings.