Fourth Sunday of Advent

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass

Monday, December 24 – Christmas Eve

4:00 p.m. Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – For St. Michael’s Ridge Parish (Fr. Jacob Gordon)

4:30 p.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – For St. Isidore Parish (Fr. Tom Gorman)

   Servers: Elijah, Abram, and Isaac Shininger

9:00 p.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – For St. Isidore Parish (Fr. Jacob Gordon)

   Servers: Andrew, Eric, and John Shininger

11:00 p.m. Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – For St. Michael’s Ridge Parish (Fr. Tom Gorman)

Tuesday, December 25 – The Nativity of the Lord

9:00 a.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – For St. Isidore Parish (Fr. John Stites)

   Servers: Volunteers

Wednesday, December 26 – St. Stephen, Martyr

No Mass

Thursday, December 27 – St. John, Apostle and Evangelist - No Mass

Friday, December 28 – The Holy Innocents

9:00 a.m. Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Carmen Wagner by Irene Zipfel

Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, December 29 – Vigil of the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph (Fr. Steve Blum)

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Dave Densmore by Marilyn Oliver

   Servers: Jude and Jonah Shininger

6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Carl & Donelda Wagner by sons & daughters

Sunday, December 30 – Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph (Fr. Fred Duschl)

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Pam Wagner

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Clarice Shininger by Dave & Judy Meyer

   Servers: Dominic & Michael M-P, Jimmy Shininger

Monday, December 31 – Vigil of the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Fr. Steve Blum)

4:30 p.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – Robert Schindler by Terry & Deb Kolb

   Servers: Volunteers

6:30 p.m. Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Herb, Frances,

      Jerry & John Hall, Carol & Chloris Hall, Lois Hornish and Carl & Evelyn Mack by Phil Hornish

Tuesday, January 1 – The Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Fr. Fred Duschl)

9:00 a.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Jane Schroeder by Bob & Mary Kurtz

   Servers: Volunteers


St. Isidore Parish Stewardship – December 15/16, 2018

Loose - $413.00

Regular Envelopes - $1,630.00 (56)

Immaculate Conception - $40.00 (1)

Retirement Fund for Religious - $5.00 (1)

Christmas Flowers - $23.00 (3)

Christmas - $6,070.00 (3)

Votive Candles - $14.00

Total - $8,195.00  Thank you.  May God bless you!


A Family Perspective: December 23: Mary was excited about her pregnancy and rushed to tell her cousin.  Sadly, children are often seen as a liability, “another mouth to feed” or an “obstacle to my career.”  It is said “Christmas is for children.”  It is more accurate to say, “Christmas is for adults to appreciate the gift of children!”

December 25: Today’s gospel reminds us God chose to enter human history in a family.  By divine design the salvation of the world began in a family.  Family was the best God the Creator could do for his Beloved Son.  Jesus was our first Christmas gift.

“Around Our Parishes”

This Weekend: Fr. Steve Blum, celebrant at all Masses

      Decorate St. Michael’s Church for Christmas after 8:30am Mass

      Decorate St. Isidore, MD Church for Christmas after 10am Mass

Monday: Christmas Pageant at St. Michael’s Ridge-3:30

      Mass at St. Michael’s Ridge – 4pm (Fr. Gordon)

      Christmas Pageant at St. Isidore, MD – 4pm

      Mass at St. Isidore, MD – 4:30pm (Fr. Tom Gorman)     

      Mass at St. Isidore, DB – 9pm (Fr. Jacob Gordon)

      Mass at St. Michael’s Ridge – 11pm (Fr. Gorman)

Tuesday: Mass at St. Isidore, MD – 9am (Fr. John Stites)

Next Weekend: Fr. Steve Blum, celebrant at Sat. Masses

            Fr. Fred Duschl, celebrant at Sunday Masses

Monday, Dec. 31: Vigil of the Solemnity of the BVM

      4:30pm Mass at St. Isidore, MD – Fr. Steve Blum

      6:30pm Mass at St. Michael’s Ridge – Fr. Blum

Tuesday, Jan. 1: 9am Mass at St. Isidore, DB–Fr. Duschl

Our Advent preparations for Christmas are about over.  In just another day, it will be Christmas!  A very Merry and Blessed Christmas to one and all!  May the special graces of the Christ child come to be with you and your family this blessed and happy season.  I especially want to thank everyone of St. Isidore & St. Michael parishes for all the cooperation and good will you have shown me and Anita for the past 9½ years.  It has truly been a joy being able to serve you as pastor.  I would also like to thank everyone who sent Christmas cards, prayers of support & healing, gifts, plates of cookies & delicious food of all kinds.  They are genuinely appreciated!  Peace & Joy!   Fr. Bob

Adoration Chapel Christmas hours: The Adoration Chapel will re-open after New Year's on Wednesday, January 2, at 6am. Have a Blessed Christmas and joy-filled New Year.

A Special Christmas Gift for You!  We all want to be happy, but there is a single lie that is preventing billions of people from experiencing lasting happiness—and many don’t even realize it.  When you come to Mass this Christmas, you’ll receive a copy of the book, The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity, by Matthew Kelly.  This special gift from our parish will empower you to overcome the lie so that you can experience more happiness than you ever thought possible.

“More than a Manger” Project –accepting donations for the Community Pregnancy Centers of Northwest Ohio through Christmas Day.  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.

The 2019 contribution envelopes are available to be picked up at Marysdale.  If you did not receive envelopes and wish to have some, please contact Melissa Moninger at 419-789-3780.

Volunteers Needed to help decorate the church at Marysdale for Christmas after the 10am Mass this Sunday.

2018 contribution statements will NOT be mailed unless requested.  If you wish to have a contribution statement for 2018, please put a self-addressed stamped envelope in the weekly collection and one will be mailed to you.  If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Moninger at 419-789-3780.


Birthday Wishes

Tiffany Hogan, December 24

Mary Lou Demland, December 25

Riley Bowers, December 26

Simon Hammon, December 27

Nathan Arend, December 27

Brian Mack, December 29


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

St. John Lutheran Cantata - Sunday, December 23, 

Come and See, Go and Tell, created by Lee Black and Jason Cox, arranged by Marty Hamby, and directed by Lori Luderman.   St. John Lutheran Church, 09088 Openlander Road, Sherwood, OH.  Two performances:

10:15 am and 7 pm (reception following evening performance).

KARAOKE PARTY - OPEN TO EVERYONE!  MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  Come for the fun!  Come to sing (although no one HAS to sing)!  Come to celebrate with Guest Host Gary Meyer, of Honolulu, Hawaii.  Friday, December 28, 2018, 7-11pm, in the gym of St. Michael Catholic Church, 100 Antwerp Drive, Hicksville, Ohio.  Light snacks provided.  $$$$ Admission:  Donation for the Divorced-Separated Ministry.  This Fundraiser is sponsored by the Divorced-Separated community--EVERYONE IS INVITED!!!!  If you have questions, call 419-487-2652.

K of C Fish Fry

Knights of Columbus Council #1039, 111 Elliott Road, Defiance, OH (419-782-3536) Friday, January 4, 2019. 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.

K of C Pancake Breakfast – Sunday, January 6, 2019, 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. French toast has been added to the menu. 

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

Annual Catholic Appeal - Please consider a year-end gift for the ACA! Your generosity will help support our Seminarian formation, life-saving services at Catholic Charities and valuable Parish ministries through our Discipleship & Family Life Department.

Because of many of you, the ACA needs only $32,000 to reach our $2.8 million goal!  Send in your gift today to the Diocese of Toledo, 1933 Spielbusch Ave., Toledo, OH 43604. Thank you for your love, prayers, care, and support. May God bless you and your families this upcoming Christmas season! ~

Office of Stewardship and Development

In marriage, communication is more than just talking.  At some point, did you stop sharing about the things that were important to you?  Did your spouse? 

Improving a marriage takes time and a conscious effort to learn about your spouse.  Growing closer in a marriage does not happen automatically.  Retrouvaille is a marriage program dedicated to helping couples grow closer and develop a stronger bond.  You give your heart and soul to everything you do, between your work and your family.  Are you giving your heart and soul to your marriage?  Sometimes the distance between a husband and a wife can seem so wide that it cannot be repaired. Retrouvaille is a marriage program designed to bring couples closer together. For more information about our January 25-27th   Retrouvaille Weekend program for couples, contact registration team: Robin & Jeff @ 419-481-1116 or visit our website:

The Christo Rey Federal Credit Union announces that its second half 2018 dividend rate will be .65% to be paid on share savings account activity from July 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018.  Please give your passbooks to Cindy Siler for posting after January 1.


Christo Rey Federal Credit Union is accepting new members as well as deposits from current members for share savings accounts.  Share savings accounts operate similar to passbook savings accounts that are offered by other financial institutions.  There is daily access to your money, and the rate paid (.65%) is generally substantially higher than the rate offered for these types of accounts at other financial institutions.  There are no fees for small balance accounts and you may open an account with a minimum balance of $5.00.   These are great accounts for children or grandchildren, or to save money as an emergency fund.  Membership is open to all registered parishioners of St. Isidore Catholic Church.  Contact Cindy Siler at (419) 658-2707 for additional information or to open an account.

The next meeting of the Christo Rey Federal Credit Union will be Monday, January 14, 2019, at Marysdale at 7:30pm.

Current loan rates at the Christo Rey Federal Credit Union are:

2019-2018 Cars & Trucks                              3.0%

2017-2016 Cars & Trucks                              3.5%

2015-2014 Cars & Trucks                              4.0%

All other secured loans                                   4.5%

Signature loans ($4,000.00 maximum)         11.0%

To obtain further information on financing through the Credit Union, contact Ted Czartoski at 419-769-6693 or Cindy Siler at 419-658-2707.