Fourth Sunday of Lent

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass

Monday, March 27 – Lenten Weekday

No Mass

Tuesday, March 28 – Lenten Weekday

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

7:45 p.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Cecelia Steffel by family     

Wednesday, March 29 – Lenten Weekday

6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge - Stations of the Cross  

7:00 p.m. – Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Kenneth M. Kryling by Mary Ann Kryling

Thursday, March 30 – Lenten Weekday

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

7:00 p.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – Barbara Layman by Jeff & Jane Meyer

Friday, March 31 – Lenten Weekday

9:00 a.m. Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Ted Garmyn by Tom & Mary Wetli


Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, April 1 – Vigil of the Fifth Sunday of Lent

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Ray & Betty Kuhn by Ralph Kuhn

   Servers: Josh, Dominic, and Michael Mansel-Pleydell

6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Rick Wilson by Grace Mangas

Sunday, April 2 – Fifth Sunday of Lent

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Glen Steffel

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Richard J. Sheets by Jim & Carol McCann

  Servers: Jeff Smith, Simon and Jeremiah Hammon

St. Isidore Parish Stewardship – March 18/19, 2017

Loose - $253.06

Regular Envelopes - $1,607.00

Votive Candles - $60.79

Energy - $40.00 (2)

Home Missions - $5.00 (1)

Total - $1,965.85  Thank you.  May God bless you!


Volunteers Needed - The Catholic Food Pantry at St. Mary’s has need of a few more volunteers who can put boxes on the counter for our visitors. The task does not require heavy lifting, but does require repeated lifting of moderate weights. If you can help us even part of the time please call and leave a message for Phyllis Newton at 419-782-2776. Also, we need a few people willing to be “on call” to fill in for regulars who are unable to work their scheduled shift. Thank you!


Dishcloths For Sale – It’s time to throw your old dish-cloths in the rag bag or use them for spring cleaning and get some new ones.  The St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society has the “world’s best dishcloths” for sale for $1.75 each or 3/$5.00.  White with tan, red, blue, or green stripes.  Contact Char Shininger if interested in purchasing some.



A Family Perspective: Failure to forgive blinds us to another’s goodness.  Lent provides an opportunity to wash away our blind-spots in the pool of forgiveness.  Listen to Jesus in today’s gospel:  “Go wash and see.”

 “Around Our Parishes”

This Weekend: Catholic Relief Services Collection (envelope pack)

Wednesday: St. Michael’s Ridge Lenten Stations of the Cross & Benediction at 6:30 p.m. followed by Mass

Thursday: St. Isidore Lenten Stations of the Cross at Marysdale – 6:30 p.m. followed by Mass

Saturday: St. Michael’s Ridge Confirmation at Rosary Cathedral, Toledo, at 11:00 a.m.

Next Sunday: St. Isidore Baptism of Riley Lyn Wagner, daughter of James & Lesley Wagner

Rolls and coffee after 10:00 Mass at Marysdale

Catholic Relief Services Collection - This week, we are taking up The Catholic Relief Services Collection to respond to Jesus in disguise. This collection helps six Catholic agencies to provide relief and support to struggling communities and to work toward peace and reconciliation among our marginalized brothers and sisters here and around the world. Please prayerfully
consider how you can support the collection. Learn more


CCD News

*CCD students are reminded to use your rice bowls during Lent.

*CCD students are still collecting aluminum cans to donate money to St. Mary's food pantry.

*Continue to pray for our 2nd grade class as they continue to study for their 1st Holy Communion.


Upcoming Events – Mark your calendars for these upcoming parish events:

            April 9 – Parish Easter Breakfast

            April 23 – Mother-Daughter Breakfast

            May 7 – First Communion

            June 4 – Graduation Mass


Annual Catholic Appeal – The 2017 goal for St. Isidore Parish is $9,250.  As of March 21, 2017:

Total pledged = $10,560

Total paid = $9,330

% of goal pledged = 114.16%

% of goal paid = 100.86%

Thank you for your generosity.  Please consider making a donation if you haven’t already done so.  There are envelopes in the vestibule at each site for your convenience.   


Birthday Wishes:

Gin Layman, March 27

Kateri Mansel-Pleydell, March 27

Sue Krukowski, March 30

Stanley Krukowski, March 31

Marjorie Wineland, April 1

Dan Singer, March 26

Bo Krukowski, March 26

Ed Speiser, March 26

Connie Wonderly, March 26

Pray for the sick:

Karen Brown, Cody Davis, Denny Fronk, Noah Garcia, Danny Mekus, Marilyn Minck, Dennis Smith, Marianne Fleming, Don Meyer, Betty Adelman (sister of Anita Bertsch), and all who need our prayers.


Area Events

K of C Fish Fry – Every Friday during Lent at the K of C Hall on Elliott Road, Defiance.  4:00-7:00 p.m.  Adult dinner - $9.75; 6-12 years - $4.00; 5 and under – free. 


St. John the Baptist, Continental Ohio Family Event

March 26th at Continental High School Auditorium, St. John’s Catholic Church, Continental welcomes one of the top Catholic recording artist, Michael O’Brien.  Come listen to his message about our Blessed Mother and hear his stories of transformation.  Bring the whole family to enjoy his life changing message.  Doors open at 6:30 pm; show starts 7:00 pm.  This will be a free-will donation concert!!!


Presentation on Vaccinations - On March 28 at St John’s, Defiance after 6:30 p.m. Mass at 7:00 p.m., Kelly Shininger will present information on vaccinations, including facts and scientific data.  Please join us to listen to Kelly to be more informed about vaccinations.  Sponsored by Mother Teresa Respect for Life.



Want a great way to increase your faith in the presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist? Defiance K of C Hall in the Members Room will host a Eucharistic Miracle Display on Saturday April 1, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 2, 12:30-5:00 p.m.  Then the following weekend, April 7, 4:00-7:00 p.m., April 8, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., and April 9, 12:30-5:00 p.m.

Come; read poster after poster of authentic proof that the host you consume is the Body and Blood of Jesus.

Pictures, places, and the history behind each miracle will inform and overwhelm you as you see scientific and documented proof that Jesus truly offers Himself in our tabernacles and on our altars.  He promised "I am with you always, until the end of time."Matthew 28:20   For more information, call Bill Wray 782-0847 or Michael Westrick 784-9125.


National Catholic Singles Conference - Join hundreds of single Catholics of all ages at the National Catholic Singles Conference, May 19-21, 2017 held at the DoubleTree Pittsburgh-Green Tree in Pittsburgh, PA. The weekend includes talks by dynamic speakers, music, social events, prayer, food, fellowship and more! Space is limited so register now! For more information and to register visit Use promo code NCSCPA to receive a special discount by registering before April 2. (Can’t find your question answered on the website? Call 888.267.8885 x4.)


Pancake and Sausage Breakfast – Sunday, April 2, 2017, from 7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., sponsored by the Tiffin Twp. Fire Department, 1258 Main St., Evansport, OH.

Menu includes sausage gravy, biscuits, pancakes, sausage, coffee, and milk.  Free will donation.  Money to be used for purchase of equipment.


Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast – Sunday, April 2, 2017, at the K of C Hall on Elliott Road, Defiance, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Menu includes fresh homemade buttermilk pancakes, scrambled eggs, ham, potato casserole, sausage links, biscuits & gravy, cinnamon rolls, orange juice, coffee, and iced tea.  Meal price: $7 for adults; $6 for senior citizens; $4 for children 6-12; free for children 5 and under.

Vocation Retreat - The Conventual Franciscans are offering a Vocation Retreat April 7-9, 2017 for single men, ages 18 - 40, who are interested in learning more about priesthood and brotherhood.  Come and experience our fraternity, our prayer life, and our mission as we live the Gospel in today's world.  The retreat is at Mount St. Francis Center for Spirituality (near Louisville, Kentucky).  It begins Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. and ends Sunday by noon.  There is no cost for the weekend.  For more information please contact: Friar John Bamman,, 800-424-9955.


Community Pregnancy Centers of Northwest Ohio Annual Benefit - Join us in celebrating at our annual benefit, Hope Restored!  Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Archbold High School, Archbold, OH.  This year, we will feature guest speaker Camille Cates.  Hors d’oeuvres begin at 5:30 and event will begin at 7:00.  Registration is free and requested by April 10, but is not required. There will be an opportunity during the event to donate.

Pro-Life Answers to False Pro-Choice Arguments

Part X

"Abortion is only used in certain unavoidable circumstances. Abortion is not used as birth control."

When the abortion lobby was originally selling the idea of making abortion legal, they ridiculed those who said it would one day be used as birth control. They said abortion would only be used in extreme and rare cases.

Today, even statistics submitted by pro-choice organizations prove this to be a lie. The data shows, (a) only a tiny percentage of abortions are done for the so-called "hard cases" such as rape (b) approximately half of all abortions are repeat abortions and (c) over 35% of all U.S. women will have at least one abortion by age 45.

When over 3,000 babies lose their life to abortion each and every day that can hardly be described as a "rare" occurrence! Given this fact, abortion apologists have switched gears and are now selling the idea that even if abortion is used as birth control, it's a private matter and no one else's business.

Of course, it most definitely is our business, because legalized abortion has proven to be not only morally indefensible, but also a financial disaster. Our tax dollars pay for abortions and since abortion has been legal, we have been forced to bear the financial burden of skyrocketing pregnancy rates of unmarried mothers.

Most importantly, before anyone can participate in any activity derived from his or her right to privacy, we must first ask, "The privacy to do what?" In the case of abortion, we are talking about the privacy to take the life of an innocent child. Thus, the only decent view is that when one individual's "choice" or "right to privacy" will cost another human being his or her life, that choice cannot be considered a matter of privacy.