Fourth Sunday of Advent

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass 

Monday, December 23 – St. John of Kanty 

No Mass

Tuesday, December 24 – Christmas Eve

4:00 p.m. – Children’s Christmas Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – For Our Parish (Father Stites, celebrant)

4:30 p.m. – St. Isidore, Marysdale – For Our Parish (Father Jake, celebrant)

   Servers: Daniel Hammon, Andrea & Alex Macsay

9:00 p.m. – Mass - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – For Our Parish (Father Stites, celebrant)

   Servers: Eric, John, & Jimmy Shininger

11:00 p.m. – Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – For Our Parish (Father Jake, celebrant)

Wednesday, December 25 – The Nativity of the Lord

9:00 a.m. – Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – For Our Parish (Father Jake, celebrant)

   Servers: Simon & Jeremiah Hammon, Jonah Shininger

Thursday, December 26 – St. Stephen, First Martyr

9:00 a.m. - Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – For the Parish

Friday, December 27 – St. John, Apostle & Evangelist

9:00 a.m. – Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Special Intention by Deb Snyder


Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, December 28 – Vigil of the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph (The Holy Innocents)

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Dave Mohr by Bob & Mary Kurtz

   Servers: Jesse Coolman & Ali Diaw

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

Sunday, December 29 – Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary & Joseph

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – James D. Preston by Chris & Karen Newton

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Clara Kunesh by Shirley Fry Family

   Servers: Andrea & Alex Macsay, Michael M-P

*********************************************Weekly collection for December 14/15, 2019

Loose - $541.00

Regular Envelopes - $1,420.00 (58)

Maintenance Fund - $1,060.00 (2)

Immaculate Conception - $20.00 (1)

Christmas Flowers - $25.00 (4)

Retirement Fund for Religious - $13.00 (1)

Initial Offering - $5.00 (1)

Funeral Stipend - $120.00 (1)

Votive Candles - $6.00

Total - $3,210.00  Thank you. May God bless you!


The 2020 contribution envelopes are available to be picked up at MD.  If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Moninger at 419-789-3780.


Adoration Chapel Christmas Schedule - The Chapel is closed for the Christmas holiday.  It will re-open Sunday, January 5, at the normal time. Have a blessed Christmas!

A Family Perspective: The child born to Joseph and Mary was named Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.”  Every child is EMMANUEL, reminding us “God is with us.” Children are signs of God’s continuing presence in our lives.

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


“Around Our Parishes”

Tuesday: Children’s Christmas Program begins at 3:30 pm at St. Michael’s Ridge

       Children’s Christmas Program begins at 4:00 pm at St. Isidore, Marysdale


A Message from Father Jake – I wish everyone a very blessed Christmas!  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 at St. Isidore and St. Michael parishes for all the cooperation and good will you have shown me for the past year.  It has truly been a joy being able to serve you. I would also like to thank everyone who sent Christmas cards, notes of support, gifts, plates of cookies, and food of all kinds.  They are greatly appreciated! Peace & Joy! Fr. Jake


Retreat for Catechists - St. Isidore and St. Michael parishes will be holding a retreat for our catechists (those who teach our youth, work with the youth group and CYO, sacrament prep and adult formation) on January 11 from 10am to 3pm at Marysdale. Luminous Mysteries will be facilitating the retreat, so it will be a great time to renew and reignite yourself for your ministry in the new year.  Anyone who has been thinking about becoming involved with youth or adult formation is also invited. Even if you aren’t sure yet, come and take some quality time with God to discern if you are being called. Please let Deacon Scott, Alison Garcia, Ronda Fabiano or Sara Diaw know if you plan to attend by January 5 so we can have a count for food and material.


CYO News

The youth going to Steubenville are having a raffle until December 22 for a Wendell August Forge miniature pewter, 10-piece Nativity Set, crafted by artist Kyle Gercken and packaged in a signed wooden box. The set will be on display after Mass. Entries are $1 each. You can get entered after each Mass at St. Isidore, by contacting a youth attending the conference, or by contacting Sarah Diaw 419-438-8011. 

STEUBENVILLE REGISTRATION: Registration for Steubenville has been changed to January, 2020.  Conference date is June 26-28. This is different from previous years. Cost is $212 for the conference and $10 for a T-shirt. We usually cover transportation costs & part of the conference cost through fundraising & donations. Only a $40 deposit per youth is needed to register.  RSVP with deposit to Sarah Diaw by January 6, 2020. If you have questions contact Sarah Diaw 419.438.8011


CCD News

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

*Teaching safety- Empowering God's Children program, a Diocesan provided sexual abuse prevention program, will be presented to our students on January 8 for grades 1 through 6 and January 15 for grades 7 through 12.  If you have any questions, please contact Alison Garcia at 419-399-0647. 


2019 contribution statements will not be mailed unless requested.  If you wish to have a contribution statement for 2019, 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.


 “More than a Manger” Project – The St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society continues its “More than a Manger” project through Christmas Day.  A crib is set up in the hall at MD and a pack-n-play in the vestibule at DB to accept baby items for the Northwest Ohio Community Pregnancy Center in Bryan.  All new baby items can be donated, but especially needed are baby wash, bath towels and wash-cloths, burp cloths, new clothes, combs and brushes, crib sheets, diapers (sizes 5 & 6), diaper rash ointment, dish/snack carriers, fleece blankets, forks/spoons, lotion, shampoo, sippy cups, sleepers, thermometers, and quilts for boys.  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.  


Book Display - Please check out the display of great religious books on the rack in the church entrance.  Please take whatever ones you like and as many as you like. They would make great reading material for you this Advent Season as you prepare for the coming of our Lord and Savior.  These books are being offered FREE to you from the Defiance Knights of Columbus.


Birthday Wishes

Tiffany Hogan, December 24

Mary Lou Demland, December 25

Riley Bowers, December 26

Nathan Arend, December 27

Simon Hammon, December 27

Brian Mack, December 29


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. 


Area Events

K of C Fish Fry – On Friday, January 3, 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. Carry Out: Regular dinner - $9.50 (Fish with 2 sides but no fries); 2 lb. “All Fish” - $16.00 ($22 with 3 sides (no fries)); all side dishes - $3/pint (no fries).  Menu includes Alaskan Polluck (fried in peanut oil), coleslaw, baked beans, corn, green beans, baked potato, French fries, mac & cheese, applesauce, cooked cabbage, salad bar, roll & butter, & beverage. Beer - $2. And until Lent starts, we have baked chicken strips. 


K of C Pancake Breakfast – Sunday, January 5, 2020, at the K of C Hall on Elliott Road, Defiance, from 8:30am-11am. Meal prices are: $7.50 for adults; $6.50 for senior citizens; $4 for children 6-12; free for children 5 and U. Menu includes buttermilk pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage links, ham, cheesy potato casserole, biscuits & sausage gravy, cinnamon rolls, orange juice & coffee.     


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. The next weekend in our area is January 24 – 26, 2020.
for more information, contact registration team: 

Joe & Arlene 419-481-1116 or visit our website:


March for Life in Washington, DC. Thurs., Jan. 23 -Sat., Jan. 25, 2020.  Two busses of college students, young adults and their families will leave St. Thomas More Parish in Bowling Green, OH, on Thurs., Jan. 23 and return Sat., Jan. 25. Catholic Charities Office for Life and Justice is leading the trip which includes two nights in a Washington D.C. hotel. For registration and pricing info, email Peter Range, Catholic Charities Director of Life and Justice at Join us as we march for the dignity of all human life, born and unborn!