Palm Sunday

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass

Monday, April 10 – Monday of Holy Week

No Mass

Tuesday, April 11 – Tuesday of Holy Week

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

7:45 p.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Richard Minck by Mary Lou Speiser

Wednesday, April 12 – Wednesday of Holy Week

11:00 a.m. – Chrism Mass at Rosary Cathedral, Toledo  

No Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge Confessions at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 13 – Holy Thursday

6:00 p.m. – Mass - St. Isidore, Marysdale – For the Intentions of the Parish

   Servers: Scott Graham, Eric and Kevin Macsay

8:00 p.m. – Mass - St. Michael’s Ridge – For the Intentions of the Parish

Friday, April 14 – Good Friday

1:30 p.m. – Passion of the Lord Service – St. Isidore, Marysdale – Father John Stites, celebrant

   Servers: Scott Graham, Sam and Simon Hammon

1:30 p.m. – Passion of the Lord Service – St. Michael’s Ridge

Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, April 15 – Easter Vigil

8:00 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – For the Intentions of the Parish

   Servers: Scott Graham, Andrew, Eric, and John Shininger

8:00 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – For the Intentions of the Parish – Father Fred Duschl, celebrant

Sunday, April 16 – Easter Sunday

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – For the Intentions of the Parish

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – For the Intentions of the Parish

  Servers: Scott Graham, Josh and Dominic Mansel-Pleydell

St. Isidore Parish Stewardship – April 1/2, 2017

Loose - $306.05

Regular Envelopes - $1,203.00 (57)

Easter Flowers - $180.00 (15)

Catholic Relief Services - $5.00 (1)

Total - $1,694.05  Thank you.  May God bless you!


Remove Cemetery Decorations – Last day to remove all cemetery decorations from Marysdale cemetery is Palm Sunday, April 9. Confirmation candidates will be performing this cemetery cleanup as a service project the following Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. weather permitting.

Annual Catholic Appeal – The 2017 goal for St. Isidore Parish is $9,250.  As of April 4, 2017:

      Total pledged = $13,585    Total paid = $12,755

      % of goal pledged = 146.86%

      % of goal paid = 137.89%

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.  

The Christo Rey Federal Credit Union monthly meeting will be Monday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Upper Hall at Delaware Bend.

A Family Perspective: The cruel death of Jesus tells us bad things can and do happen to very good people.  It also tells us God is present during the suffering.  When bad things happen, God does not abandon us.

 “Around Our Parishes”

This Weekend: Palm Sunday

      No CCD at St. Michael’s

      St. Isidore Easter Breakfast after the 10:00 a.m. Mass

      St. Michael’s Ridge 2nd Collection for the Amanda Mangas family

      St. Michael’s Ridge Parish Council Nominations

      St. Michael’s Ridge Reception for the Confirmation Class after the 8:30 a.m. Mass

Wednesday: Chrism Mass at Rosary Cathedral–11:00 am

      Confessions at St. Michael’s Ridge – 5:30 p.m.

Holy Thursday: Servers’ Practice at St. Isidore, Marysdale - 5:30 p.m.

      Mass of the Lord’s Supper at St. Isidore, Marysdale- 6:00 p.m. followed by Adoration – 7:00-11:00 pm

      Servers’ Practice at St. Michael’s Ridge – 7:30 p.m.

      Mass of the Lord’s Supper at St. Michael’s Ridge – 8:00 p.m. followed by Adoration – 9:00-11:00pm

Good Friday: Holy Land Collection

      Servers’ Practice at St. Isidore, Marysdale–12:45 pm

      Passion of the Lord Service at St. Isidore, Marysdale - 1:30 p.m. with Fr. John Stites, celebrant

      Servers’ Practice at St. Michael’s Ridge – 12:45 p.m.

      Passion of the Lord Service at St. Michael’s Ridge – 1:30 p.m. with Fr. Bob Kill, celebrant

Holy Saturday: Servers’ Practice at St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – 10:00 a.m.

      Servers’ Practice at St. Michael’s Ridge – 12:30 p.m.

      Vigil Service & Mass at St. Isidore, Delaware Bend - 8:00 p.m. with Fr. Bob Kill, celebrant

      Vigil Service & Mass at St. Michael’s Ridge – 8 pm with Fr. Fred Duschl, celebrant

Easter Sunday: Mass at St. Michael’s Ridge – 8:30 a.m.

      Mass at St. Isidore, Marysdale – 10:00 a.m.

      Baptism of Grace Deborah Shininger, daughter of Greg & Karah Shininger after 10:00 a.m. Mass

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

Divine Mercy Novena starts on Good Friday to Divine Mercy Sunday, April 23.  There will be a prayer service at 3:00 p.m. at St. Isidore, Delaware Bend, on Divine Mercy Sunday.  No mass, just prayer service.  All are welcome. 

Adoration Chapel Easter schedule: The Adoration Chapel will close for Easter on Tuesday, April 11 at 11:59 p.m.  The chapel will open again Wednesday, April 19 at 6:00 a.m.  Have a blessed Easter!

Pontifical Good Friday Collection - Pope Francis has asked our parish to support the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, which helps Christians in the Holy Land.  Your support helps the church minister in parishes, provide Catholic schools and offer religious education. The Pontifical Good Friday Collection also helps to preserve the sacred shrines. The wars, unrest and instability have been especially hard on Christians. In these times of crisis, the Pontifical Good Friday Collection provides humanitarian aid to refugees. When you contribute to the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, you become an
instrument of peace and join with Catholics around the world in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land. PLEASE BE GENEROUS! For more information about Christians in the Holy Land, visit

Parish Directory Additional Photo Day - Lifetouch Photography will be at Marysdale on Friday, April 28 from 1-8 p.m. to take family portraits of any parish families who would still like their photograph to appear in the 2017 St. Isidore Parish Directory.  Each family photographed will receive a free 8x10 photograph and a free copy of the directory. To schedule an appointment, please contact Teresa Dietrich at (419) 658-8392.

St. Isidore Mother-Daughter Breakfast - The annual Mother/Daughter Breakfast will be held at the Marysdale site on April 23, 2017, after the 10:00 Mass.  Tickets will be available this weekend, April 8 and April 9, after Masses.  If you are unable to purchase tickets on these dates, please call Marilyn Oliver at 419-658-2255 to reserve seating.  Prices will be the same as last year; small children, 3 and under, are free; ages 4-10 - $2.00; ages 11 and older - $4.00.  The last sale date will be Friday, April 21.  Come and enjoy great food prepared and served by the Holy Name Society.

CCD News

Continue to pray for our 2nd grade class as they continue to study for their 1st Holy Communion.  The students are Samantha Coolman, Edreanna Peck, Gabriel Rushinsky, Jonah Shininger, and Xavier Shininger.

Did You Know? The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People calls for annual audits of dioceses and eparchies to ascertain compliance with USCCB guidelines.  Annual Audits have been conducted since 2003.  Results of the audits are published online in May for the public.

Thank you from the St. Vincent de Paul Society – To the parish members of St. Isidore Church, The St. Vincent de Paul Society would like to thank you for your generous support of our ministry at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Defiance, Ohio.  Your kind donations will reach many of the most needy in Defiance County.  May God Bless You.


Birthday Wishes:

Emily Macsay, April 14

Anniversary Wishes:

Don & Grace Wilhelm, April 14

Pray for the sick:

Karen Brown, Cody Davis, Denny Fronk, Noah Garcia, Shirley Guilford, 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. 


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 this Sunday, 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.

Defiance Area Young Adult Ministry brings you Theology on Tap - Sister Teresita of the Sisters of Notre Dame speaking on the topic of The Joys of Belonging to a Big Family. Saturday, April 22, 2017,

7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. speaker at 7:30 p.m. in Kissner’s Upper Room, Defiance, Ohio.  RSVP to Sarah Diaw email:  Join our Facebook group at

Chicken Barbecue – Sacred Heart Catholic Church in New Bavaria will be holding a Chicken BBQ Sunday, April 23, 2017, from 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Cost is $8.00 for adults, $4.50 for children, $6.00 for chicken only.  Carry-outs are available.  Menu includes ½ chicken prepared by Harlan’s BBQ, baked beans, potato salad, dessert bar, roll, punch, and coffee.


The next “Fill the Truck” at St. Michael’s Ridge will be May 7-11, 2017! Start saving all clothing items, linens, dishes, toys, and household items (no books please) to donate to this drive!  Most household items that can fit in a box will be accepted! Proceeds from this “Fill the Truck” drive will go the St. Michael’s Ridge youth attending the Mission trip in Athens, Ohio July 2-8, 2017. Thank you in advance for your support!!!

Pro-Life Answers to False Pro-Choice Arguments

Part XII

"It's the law of the land. Abortion should be safe, legal and rare."

As with slavery in early America, killing Jews in Nazi Germany, or aborting babies in America today, just because something is legal does not make it right.

Today, abortion is justified by claiming the termination of baby’s lives is "safe and legal." For example, Dr. Michael Jackson, an abortionist and clinic owner states, "I just go by what the courts say. I only do what's legal." It is no coincidence that this was the exact same justification used by "doctors" who participated in the massacre of millions of innocents at Auschwitz. Indeed, the defense of most of the Nazi doctors at the Nuremberg trials was, "we were only carrying out the laws of the land."

Moreover, if abortion is such an empowering thing for women (as pro-abortion advocates argue) why would we want it to be rare? If it is not the terminating of an innocent child's life, why should its use, even in high numbers, be a problem? And, if abortion advocates are really sincere in their desire to make abortion "rare," why do they oppose every constructive and common-sense proposal -----such as affording pregnant mothers the opportunity to see their babies on ultrasound and informing parents when their minor daughter is pregnant---- put forward to reduce the staggering number of abortions in this country each year?

Finally, if abortion is a Constitutional right, why shouldn't it be celebrated? We don't hear anyone saying that free speech or freedom of religion should be "rare." Why apply this illogical standard to abortion?

The truth, of course, is that with the advance of science and the images of ultrasounds, abortion advocates are now having to grudgingly concede the humanity of the unborn child. This gets them in trouble because they then feel obliged to pay lip-service to a desire for abortions to be "rare." Not only do their actions not support this, but increasing awareness of the humanity of the unborn child and the pain suffered by the child during an abortion, shows them to be callous and heartless.