Fourth Sunday of Advent

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass 

Monday, December 21 – St. Peter Canisius, Priest & Doctor of the Church

No Mass

Tuesday, December 22 – Advent Weekday

7:00 p.m. - Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Paul & Judy Nusbaum by Card Club

Wednesday, December 23 – Advent Weekday

6:30 p.m. – Mass –St. Michael’s Ridge–LeRoy Bischoff

Thursday, December 24 – Vigil of Christmas 

4:00 p.m. – Mass - St. St. Michael’s Ridge – For the People of the Parish (Fr. Joe, Celebrant)

4:30 p.m. – Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – For the People of the Parish (Fr. Brian Shininger, Celebrant)

9:00 p.m. – Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – For the People of the Parish (Fr. Brian, Celebrant)

11:00 p.m. – Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – For the People of the Parish (Fr. Joe, Celebrant)

Friday, December 25 – The Nativity of the Lord

9:00 a.m. – Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – For the People of the Parish (Fr. Joe, Celebrant)


      Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, December 26 – Vigil of the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Frances Wonderly by Jim Jacob Family

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

Sunday, December 27 – Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Deceased members of the Bostelman/Hornish families

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Shirley Guilford by Bob & Mary Sailor

*********************************************Weekly collection for December 12/13, 2020

Loose - $350.00

Regular Envelopes - $1,853.00 (41)

Silent Festival - $101.00 (1)

Christmas Flowers - $80.00 (6)

Christmas - $10.00 (1)

Immaculate Conception - $125.00 (6)

Retirement Fund for Religious - $195.00 (7)

Total - $2,714.00    Thank you! May God bless you!


The 2021 contribution envelopes are available to be picked up at Marysdale.  If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Moninger at 419-789-3780 or

“More than a Manger” Project – A crib remains set up in the hall at MD and a collection basket 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 and 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. Thank you for your continued support.

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, DB – Tues. 6:30pm; Sat. 3:45pm

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

Eucharistic Adoration Hours

St. Michael’s Ridge – Wednesday, Holy Hour with Adoration & Reconciliation at 6-6:20pm


“Around Our Parish”

This Weekend: Decorate the Marysdale site for Christmas after the 10am Mass


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

Here’s the way it is.  The length of daylight (measured from sunrise to sunset) is 9 hours four minutes on December 19th.  The length of day remains the same each day through December 23rd. Then, on December 24, the sun sets one minute later.  The length of day is 9:05.

So, it goes, the days slowly get longer, until June 26, when the fall starts off again (from 15 hours 17 minutes to 15;16, with the sun rising a minute later.

Usually, the way that I know that it has happened is that a car goes by and I hear the Silence.  It is a different sort of quiet that hushes everything in the world.  Even in the midst of all the hustle and bustle, there is a sense that something bigger is going on.  As Isaiah says “the people in darkness have seen a great light.”

It seems that is the way it is.  The Advent/Christmas season is the time of the great darkness, but it also is the time when the poor are cared for, the imprisoned visited and those on the fringe recognized.  Old animosities are put aside for at least a few weeks and the lion does lie down with the lamb.

With the birth of Christ, the Silence took flesh and things are very different.  The cry in the night was the Word made flesh. That Word was present from the dawn of creation. The Herald of new life was the bringer of light to dispel darkness, even as it made creation from chaos and parted day from night.

In the end, we know that sin, like the night it loves, will always keep us in the dark. But on Christmas we know that Christ is the firstborn of those who would no longer be bound to the darkness of sin.  We celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with the whole human family that God’s Son had become one of us and He brought down the reign of sin and death.

Because of the pandemic, many Christmases in our homes will not be like the past.  It may be virtual but no matter if there are fewer gifts around the tree, the bonds of love in our families and in the world is the greater gift.

The schedule for the Masses on Christmas is the same.  Please follow the quarantine protocol and wear masks if possible.  At St. Michael’s we are planning to use the basement for social distancing if all goes well.  Please be conscious of proximity to others and use your head.  Also, I ask that you to be generous with the parishes.  It’s been a hard year financially because of the COVID-19.

My prayers are with you during this holy season.  It is a privilege to be with you during this holy time.  It is the time that we most experience the Presence that is born among us.  Thanks for your generosity and ministry.  In the short time that I have been here your spirit of love and caring makes sure that Christmas is not just one day but is a living reality throughout the year.

Have a holy and blessed Christmas.

In Him,

Fr. Joe


Adoration Schedule – There will be no Adoration the weeks of Dec. 23-24 and 30-31 for the holidays.  Have a blessed Advent and Christmas!


Thanks for giving! “We are conscious of the great generosity of the many benefactors who support the Retirement Fund for Religious each year,” says a Catholic sister. “Support from the fund has been a tremendous blessing to our retired sisters.” Thank you for donating to last week’s collection.


Birthday Wishes

Shirley Breidenbaugh, December 21

Tiffany Hogan, December 24

Joseph Coolman, December 25

Riley Bowers, December 26

Simon Hammon, December 27


     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. 


CCD News

Decorating the Marysdale site for Christmas. Decorating the church will happen on Sunday, December 20th following the 10am Mass.  We will need at least 2 adults willing to go up ladders and 3 additional adults. Youth of any helpful age are welcome to help as well. Please contact Sarah Diaw with any questions. Otherwise just show up that morning to help. Thanks, S. Diaw 419.438.8011

Prayer Partners & High School Youth: It took a little longer than usual to get all the HS youth assigned to an adult prayer partner this year. All have been assigned now. Parents, please mention to your HS youth that their prayer partner is only required to pray for them throughout the year. However, some also like to give gifts so keep an eye open when you see gifts on the tables in the vestibule or entrance of both church sites.


Altar Rosary Society winner of the outdoor Nativity raffle is Judith Kuhn! Thank you to all who generously donated towards this fundraiser for the benefit of the Society and their charitable works.  


Jan. 2 First Saturday Mass at St. John the Evangelist in Defiance has been CANCELLED. 

The Mystery Kept Secret: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fourth Sunday of Advent


2 Samuel 7:1–5, 8–11, 16

Psalm 89:2–5, 27, 29

Romans 16:25–27

Luke 1:26–38 

What is announced to Mary in today’s Gospel is the revelation of all that the prophets had spoken. It is, as Paul declares in today’s Epistle, the mystery kept secret since before the foundation of the world (see Ephesians 1:9; 3:3–9).

Mary is the virgin prophesied to bear a son of the house of David (see Isaiah 7:13–14). And nearly every word the angel speaks to her today evokes and echoes the long history of salvation recorded in the Bible.

Mary is hailed as the “daughter Jerusalem,” called to rejoice that her king, the Lord God, has come into her midst as a mighty savior (see Zephaniah 3:14–17).

The One whom Mary is to bear will be Son of “the Most High”—an ancient divine title first used to describe the God of the priest-king Melchizedek, who brought out bread and wine to bless Abraham at the dawn of salvation history (see Genesis 14:18–19).

He will fulfill the covenant God makes with His chosen one, David, in today’s First Reading. As we sing in today’s Psalm, He will reign forever as highest of the kings of the earth, and He will call God “my Father.” As Daniel saw the Most High grant everlasting dominion to the Son of Man (see Daniel 4:14; 7:14), His kingdom will have no end.

He is to rule over the house of Jacob—the title God used in making His covenant with Israel at Sinai (see Exodus 19:3), and again used in promising that all nations would worship the God of Jacob (see Isaiah 2:1–5).

Jesus has been made known, Paul says today, to bring all nations to the obedience of faith. We are called with Mary today to marvel at all that the Lord has done throughout the ages for our salvation. And we too must respond to this annunciation with humble obedience—that His will be done, that our lives be lived according to His word.

Yours in Christ, Scott Hahn, PhD