Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass

Monday, March 26 – Monday of Holy Week

No Mass

Tuesday, March 27 – 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 – Hilda Bertsch by Anita Bertsch (re-scheduled)

Wednesday, March 28 – Wednesday of Holy Week

No Mass

Thursday, March 29 – Holy Thursday

6:00 p.m. Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – John & Ann Clancy/J. Westley & Cecilia Limber by Dennis & Susan Clancy

8:00 p.m. Mass - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Francis Schindler by St. Isidore Holy Name Society

   Servers: Dominic & Michael Mansel-Pleydell, Tim Meyer

Friday, March 30 – Good Friday

1:30 p.m. Passion of the Lord/ Liturgy of the Word/Communion – St. Isidore, Marysdale

   Servers: Kevin, Andrea, and Alex Macsay

1:30 p.m. Passion of the Lord/Liturgy of the Word/Communion – St. Michael’s Ridge


Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, March 31 – Holy Saturday

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

   Servers: Andrew, Eric, John, and Jimmy Shininger

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

Sunday, April 1 – Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

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

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

  Servers: Simon, Daniel, and Jeremiah Hammon


St. Isidore Parish Stewardship – March 17/18, 2018

Loose - $285.00

Regular Envelopes - $770.00 (43)

Funeral Stipend - $100.00 (1)

Easter Flowers - $185.00 (14)

Energy - $70.00 (2)

Total - $1,410.00  Thank you.  May God bless you!


Upcoming Parish Events

March 25 – Parish Easter Breakfast after 10am Mass

April 15 – Open Parish Council Meeting

April 22 – Mother-Daughter Breakfast after 10am Mass

May 6 – First Communion at 10am Mass

May 27 – Graduation Mass at 10am Mass

Adoration Chapel Hours for Easter Triduum: The Adoration Chapel will close for Adoration at midnight on Tuesday, March 27. The Adoration Chapel will be open for Adoration at 6am on Wednesday, April 4.  Have a Blessed Easter!

CCD News

Please continue to pray for these 2nd graders as they prepare for their 1st Holy Communion on May 6: Hunter Bauer, Lilly Warner, and Jake Vandemark.

A Family Perspective: The Passion of Jesus makes it clear, no one escapes suffering.  Suffering is inevitable but no one should suffer alone.  That is one of the primary roles of families, to stand with and support each other in suffering.

“Around Our Parishes”

This Weekend: St. Isidore Parish Council Elections at both Masses

      St. Isidore Easter Breakfast after 10am Mass at Marysdale (MD)

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

            Confessions at St. Isidore, Delaware Bend (DB) - 7:00-7:30pm          

Wednesday: Confessions at St. Michael’s Ridge-5:30pm

      St. Michael’s Ridge Bldg. Committee Mtg.-7:30pm

      No CCD at St. Isidore

Thursday: Servers’ Practice at St. Michael’s Ridge-5:30

      Mass of the Lord’s Supper-St. Michael’s Ridge-6pm

      Agape Service following Mass

      Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – 7-11pm

      Servers’ Practice at St. Isidore, Marysdale-7:30pm

      Mass of the Lord’s Supper-St. Isidore, MD – 8:00pm

      Agape Service following Mass

      Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – 9-11pm

Friday: Servers’ Practice at St. Isidore, Marysdale (MD) 12:45pm

      Servers’ Practice at St. Michael’s Ridge - 12:45pm

      The Passion of Our Lord Service at St. Isidore, Marysdale (MD) – 1:30pm

      The Passion of Our Lord Service at St. Michael’s Ridge – 1:30pm (Fr. John Stites, celebrant)

      Holy Land Collection taken up at both services

Saturday: Servers’ Practice at St. Isidore, Delaware Bend (DB) – 10:00am

      Servers’ Practice at St. Michael’s Ridge - 12:30pm

      Easter Vigil Mass at St. Isidore, Delaware Bend (DB) – 8:00pm (Fr. Fred Duschl, celebrant)

      Easter Vigil Mass at St. Michael’s Ridge – 8:00pm

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

      Mass at St. Isidore, Marysdale (MD) – 10:00am

Good Friday Collection

Pope Francis has asked our parishes to support the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, which helps Christians in the Holy Land.  Your support helps the church minister in parishes, provide 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

Birthday Wishes:

Dan Singer, March 26

Ed Speiser, March 26

Connie Wonderly, March 26

Bo Krukowski, March 26

Gin Layman, March 27

Kateri Mansel-Pleydell, March 27

Sue Krukowski, March 30

Stanley Krukowski, March 31

Pray for the sick:

Cody Davis, Denny Fronk, Noah Garcia, Pauline Goliver, 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 – Friday, March 30 from 4pm-7pm at the K of C Hall on Elliott Road, Defiance.  Cost for adult dinner - $10; 6-12 years - $4; 5 and under – free.  Carry out dinner - $9.25 fish and two sides; 2 lb. “all fish” - $15 ($21 with any 3 sides); all side dishes - $3/pint. 


Please join us to listen to Kelly Tong, who is a supervisor at Kaitlyns Cottage, speak about what happens there, how great love is shown there, and how the most vulnerable family members are cared for in a warm home environment.  March 27 at 7 pm.  This event will be held at St John’s, Defiance, where Mass will be offered at 6:30pm sponsored by Mother Teresa Respect for Life. 

DIVORCED & SEPARATED—So many are hurting from the pain of divorce.  Separation was never a part of God’s plan.  There are many too who don’t understand their place in the Church after a divorce.  A team has come together to help these people, to bring together a community of people to help one another.  It doesn’t matter your age, how long you were married, how long since your divorce, if you’re married again, or even if you’re not Catholic… You are welcome!  The team will be going around to a few of the parishes in our area to talk to people after Masses.  Then all are invited for a one-day Retreat on Sat., April 21, at St. Michael, Hicksville.  Our goal is God’s Healing and community.  Contact Deacon Rod at 419-542-6473 or for more information.  You can go to to fill in the form to get registered for the retreat.  The cost of the Retreat is a free will donation.  Please spread the word to any divorced or separated people you may know.  Also, we are recruiting Table Leaders for the Retreat—if you would like to help at the Retreat, please register and indicate so on your registration.

This is a Catholic program, SO ALL ARE WELCOME!

Parish Visits will be:

March 24-25               Divine Mercy, Paulding

April 7-8                     St. Michael, Hicksville

April 14-15                 St. John, Defiance

First Friday Latin Mass

Latin Mass will be celebrated First Friday, April 6, at 7:00pm at Domus Angelorum Retreat House, located at 21706 State Route 114, Cloverdale, OH at 7:00 pm. All are welcome.

K of C Pancake Breakfast – Sunday, April 8, 2018, at the K of C Hall on Elliott Road, Defiance, from 9am-11am.  Meal price: $7 for adults; $6 for senior citizens; $4 for children 6-12; free for children 5 and U.  Menu includes pancakes, hash brown potato casserole, scrambled eggs, ham, sausage links, biscuits & sausage gravy, cinnamon rolls, milk, juice, and coffee.

Divine Mercy Sunday Activities

*St. Isidore, Delaware Bend (DB) – Sunday, April 8, at 3pm with Deacon Scott Graham.

*Divine Mercy Parish, Paulding – Sunday, April 8, beginning with confessions from 1-3pm, veneration of St. Faustina relic from 1-2:30pm, Chaplet of Mercy at 3pm, Mass following the Chaplet, guest homilist is Deacon Scott Perry.  Potluck supper following Mass in the basement of the Paulding church.

Retreat at Domus Angelorum Retreat Center

The Domus Angelorum Retreat House, located at 21706 State Route 114, Cloverdale, will be conducting a retreat on the topic of ‘God’s Justice and Our Justice’ on Saturday, April 14.  The day begins with Mass at 8:30am with registration and Adoration following Mass. The day will conclude with Confession and Benedictions at 3:00pm. Retreat leader will be Father Herman Scherger. Costs is $ 10.00 per person and please bring a packed lunch.  All are welcome.


If you look up the word "person" in your average dictionary, you will find something like this: "Person n. A human being."

When Roe v Wade was decided in 1973, the science of fetology was not able to prove, as it can now, that a living, fully human, and unique individual exists at the moment of fertilization and continues to grow through various stages of development until death.

However, the majority decision in Roe v Wade made a startling admission:

“If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant’s case, of course, collapses, for the fetus’ right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the Amendment.” Justice Harry Blackmun, Roe v. Wade

With modern science, it is now straightforward to prove that the unborn child is a human being: "After fertilization has taken place a new human being has come into being. It is no longer a matter of taste or is plain experimental evidence. Each individual has a very neat beginning, at conception." Dr. Jerome Lejeune, "Father of Modern Genetics"

Within the pro-life movement, there is now an important initiative to include the pre-born as "persons." This terrifies the pro-abortionists because "persons" are protected by a series of God-given rights and constitutional guarantees such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. They know that if we clearly define the preborn baby as a "person," they will have the same right to life as all Americans do!

Notice of Compliance

The Diocese of Toledo has been found to be in compliance with the articles of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
The compliance letter followed upon the submission of the documents and statistics related to maintaining a safe environment for our children and youth for the period July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.
The Diocese of Toledo is audited by an independent agency each year to ensure compliance with the Charter. The Diocese of Toledo remains committed to ensuring the protection of children and providing a safe
environment for all young people. If you have any knowledge of abuse that has been committed by a cleric or by any personnel or volunteer of the Catholic Church, you are urged to report the abuse to your local police
department, Children Services, and to contact Mr. Frank DiLallo, Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator at 419-214-4880; or to write to Mr. DiLallo at 1933 Spielbusch Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43604.