Second Sunday of Easter/Divine Mercy Sunday

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass

Monday, April 24 – St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen

No Mass

Tuesday, April 25 – St. Mark

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

7:45 p.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Betty Meyer by Ruth Ann Czartoski

Wednesday, April 26

No Mass – First Communion Retreat at St. Mike’s                                 

Thursday, April 27

7:00 p.m.–Mass-St. Isidore, Marysdale – Doris Antoine by M/M Rosalio Martinez

Friday, April 28 – St. Peter Chanel; St. Louis Grignion de Montfort

9:00 a.m. – Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Greg & Adele Parrish by Chris & Karen Newton       

Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, April 29 – Vigil of the Third Sunday of Easter

2:00 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Anthony Cruz and Haley Franz Wedding

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Anita & Rita Bertsch by Anita Bertsch

   Servers: Eric and Jimmy Shininger, Jesse Coolman

6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Irene Steffel by Janice Steffel

Sunday, April 30 – Third Sunday of Easter

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Mary Ricica by Irene Steffel

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – John & Mary Dell by Craig & Catherine Sheets

  Servers: Ashley Betz, Eli and Jude Shininger


St. Isidore Parish Stewardship – April 15/16, 2017

Holy Land - Good Friday

Loose - $356.00   Holy Land Envelopes - $314.00 (20)

Total - $670.00

Easter Collection

Loose - $725.25    Regular Envelopes - $882.00 (46) 

Easter Flowers - $12.00 (2)

Baptism Stipend - $100.00 (2)

Holy Land - $40.00 (5)

Easter Envelopes - $1,705.00 (56)

Votive Candles - $30.75

Total - $3,495.00  Thank you.  May God bless you!


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

      Total pledged = $14,765    Total paid = $13,855

      % of goal pledged = 156.92%   (both %’s highest in the diocese)

      % of goal paid = 150.11%         

Thank you for your generosity. 


A Family Perspective: “Whose sins you forgive, are forgiven” means the grudges we carry only make us miserable.  The Kingdom of God begins in your home where children learn the paths to peace promised in today’s gospel through merciful and forgiving demonstrations by their parents.

 “Around Our Parishes”

This Weekend: Catholic Home Missions Collection (envelope box)

      St. Isidore Mother-Daughter Breakfast after the 10:00 Mass

      Divine Mercy Ceremony at Delaware Bend site (no Mass) at 3:00 p.m. (led by Deacon Candidate Scott Graham)

Wednesday: Last CCD class at St. Isidore

      First Communion Retreat at St. Michael’s

      St. Michael’s Parish Council Meeting at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday: St. Isidore Parish Council Meeting after the 7:00 p.m. Mass at Marysdale

Friday: St. Michael’s Wedding Rehearsal – 6:00 p.m.

      St. Isidore LifeTouch Photo Sessions – 1:00-8:00 pm at Marysdale

Saturday: Wedding of Anthony Crus and Haley Franz at St. Michael’s at 2:00 p.m.

Next Weekend: St. Isidore 2nd Collection for the Mission Trip to Athens, Ohio

      St. Michael’s First Communion Sunday

      St. Isidore 10:00 Mass only – Celebrant. Fr. Al Ceramowski

Divine Mercy Sunday Service - There will be a prayer service at 3:00 p.m. at St. Isidore, Delaware Bend, this Sunday, Divine Mercy Sunday.  No mass, just prayer service.  All are welcome. 

CCD News

Continue to pray for our second 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.

Youth Mission Trip - Fourteen youth and 5 adults from St. Michael’s Ridge and the surrounding area are attending a mission trip July 2-8, 2017 in Athens, Ohio. This mission trip is organized through Good Works, Inc.  During this week long camp, the teenagers and adults will live in the homeless shelter run by Good Works. The participants will perform a variety of services during the week, including being mentors to homeless children, repairing homes of low income families in the area, assisting with meal preparation for those in need, as well as assisting with maintenance of the homeless shelter.  Each day begins and ends in prayer, allowing time for personal reflection on the day’s tasks.  The cost to attend this week of service is $4,300.  The youth have been doing a variety of fundraisers to help pay for this trip.  Along with paying for the trip, the group is also responsible for providing and preparing food for 120 low income people while they are on the trip.  St. Isidore parishioner Becky Singer, along with Ashton Gessner, will be two of the attendees on this trip.  Any assistance that can be given in the second collection next weekend would be greatly appreciated!  Thank you in advance for supporting the youth to do service, just as Jesus taught us to do.


CD’s Available for Viewing – A number of CD’s are available for St Isidore parishioners to view from the display rack at both sites.  There are 18 different titles.  A free will offering is requested after each viewing.

Catholic Home Missions Collection – Support the Catholic Home Missions Appeal today! Right now, over 40 percent of dioceses in the United States are considered home missions because they are unable to fund essential pastoral work needed in their communities. Your support funds programs such as religious education, seminary formation, and lay ministry training to build vibrant faith communities right here in the United States. Please be generous. More
information can be found at

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.

Did You Know? There is no statute of limitations for removing a cleric who has sexually abused a minor from public ministry in the Catholic Church.  A cleric against whom there is an established or admitted act of child sexual abuse is permanently removed from the priest-hood, regardless of when the abuse occurred.

Birthday Wishes:

Cindy Hesselschwardt, April 24

Lawrence Kunesh, April 24

Hannah Shininger, April 25

Jane Clark, April 26

Nadine Leithauser, April 27

Jim Kunesh, April 27

Jim Leithauser, April 28

Kevin Macsay, April 28

Christine Stuckey, April 29

Anita Bertsch, April 29

Char Shininger, April 30

Dennis Smith, April 30

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

Chicken Barbecue – Sacred Heart Catholic Church in New Bavaria will be holding a Chicken BBQ this 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.

Divine Mercy Film - The Knights of Columbus, Monsignor Lang Council No. 1039 will show The Face of Mercy DVD on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the K of C Hall, 111 Elliott Road, Defiance, Ohio. The public is invited to watch this 70-minute film produced by the Knights of Columbus and narrated by Jim Caviezel from The Passion of the Christ.  From St. Faustina to St. John Paul II to the baseball player who joined a monastery, come find out how divine mercy has changed the course of history and is having a real effect on the faithful today.

Blessings of the Bikes (Motorcycles) at St. Michael’s Catholic Church parking lot in Hicksville, OH at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 29.  Everyone welcome.  Rain or shine.  “Unescorted Scenic Ride” is planned afterwards to Defiance, Napoleon HD, and Grand Rapids, OH.  Sponsored by Hicksville Knights of Columbus Council #10043.  For more information, contact Mike Brown (740)837-0687 or email

R U Called? – Ever wonder what it is like to be called to religious life as a sister, brother, or priest?  Come join local religious women and men and find out!  Monday, May 1, 2017, from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at St. Michael Parish, Kalida, OH.  Free supper with a pressure-free present-ation.  Women and men ages 19-39.  RSVP needed by Tuesday, April 25 at

Celebrating Seniors will meet at St. John’s, Defiance May 2 with Rosary at 10:40 and Mass at 11:00.  Pot luck lunch will follow with meat provided.  Please bring a dish to share.

Study World Religions in Weber Center Series

An in-depth study of world religions is being offered during May at the Weber Retreat and Conference Center, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, on the Mother-house campus of the Adrian Dominican Sisters.

Adrian Dominican Sister Susan Van Baalen, OP, is presenting the five-part series from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in May. The series is set up for participants to attend one or more of the programs: Hinduism, May 3; Buddhism, May 10; Confucianism/ Daoism, May 17; Judaism, May 24; and Islam, May 31. Christianity is not discussed in this series because of the assumption that many people in our culture are Christian or familiar with that religion.  Sister Susan will introduce each religion with a survey of its deities, historical development, sacred writings, beliefs, practices and rituals, and ethics and belief system.  The cost is $25 per session, with a $10 deposit required for each day. The cost includes lunch. To register, visit or call 517-266-4000

K of C Pancake Breakfast –Sunday, May 7, 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.

Service & Retreat Opportunity for Single, Catholic Women 18-45
May 18 -21, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio

The Dominican Sisters of Peace are sponsoring a four-day service and retreat opportunity for single Catholic women between the ages of 18 to 45 who are discerning a possible call to religious life or lay ministry in the church. This experience is scheduled for May 18-21, 2017 in Columbus, OH and includes prayer, service, community, and fun! Participants will live together in one of our small community houses and serve at an ecology farm—Shepherd’s Corner--and at a local soup kitchen. We will have group prayer and reflection time on these service experiences to explore the connection between service and justice. You will have time also for individual reflection and to journal your experiences. Space is limited, so register now! Free room and board provided. Some travel funds to Columbus are available on a need basis. Visit our website at to register or for more information contact Sr. Pat Dual, OP by phone or text at 614.216.7688 or email at 

      A Catholic education is not out of reach with a scholarship from the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund.  Did you know that your child may qualify for a Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund scholarship for the 2017-2018 school year? Need-based Scholarships worth up to $1,500 per child are available for Catholic schools
or $500 for home schooling expenses for students who reside in Allen, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton,
Hancock, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert,
Williams, Wood or Wyandot County for grades K-8.  For example, a family of five with a household
income of $76,788 is eligible. To apply online or for more information about the program visit
WWW.NOSF.ORG or contact the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund office at (419) 720-7048. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 28, 2017.

If you are interested in helping students go to a private school, you can do it with a gift to NOSF. All gifts to NOSF may be tax deductible to the extent of the law. Visit WWW.NOSF.ORG/Donate-now

Catholic Pilgrimage to Italy - Michael Milano from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish will be leading a Catholic pilgrimage to Italy in September.  Sites include Italy/ Rome/Monte Cassino/Naples/Pompeii/Amalfi Coast September 11 - 20, 2017, $3,799.00 per person including air from Toledo, breakfast & dinner daily. Mass daily at the Holy Shrines.  For a Flyer or more detailed information please call Cathie or Michael Milano at 1-800-773-2660.

Actions Do Not Coincide With Marketing

Planned Parenthood (PP) often argues that increased funding will enable them to reduce the numbers of abortions, but their own reports contradict their marketing and talking-points.

The amount PP has received from federal, state and local governments has been increasing steadily and has more than tripled since 1998.  During the same period, the number of abortions carried out by PP has risen quite dramatically.  Revenue received from government has increased from $165m in 1998 to $541m in 2012 and the number of abortions at PP has risen from 165,509 in 1998 to 327,166 in 2012.

While PP talks about reducing abortions, its actions speak volumes and negates its claims.  In fact, PP has mandated that every affiliate must carry out abortions in all its facilities nationwide.

Clearly, abortion is big business for PP.  However, if abortion is not "the business of government," why are taxpayers funding it?