Second Sunday of Lent

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass

Monday, March 18 – St. Cyril of Jerusalem

No Mass

Tuesday, March 19 – St. Joseph, Spouse of the BVM

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

7:45 p.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend–All Souls Intention by Jim & Agnes Timbrook

Wednesday, March 20 – Lenten Weekday

10:00 a.m. – Mass - Brookview Nursing Home

7:00 p.m.  Mass - St. Michael’s Ridge – Price Family by Bill Winterhalter

Thursday, March 21 – Lenten Weekday

7:00 p.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale–Kate Schindler by St. Isidore Altar Rosary Society

Friday, March 22 – Lenten Weekday

9:00 a.m. Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Carmen Wagner by John & Mary Wagner


Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, March 23–Vigil of the Third Sunday of Lent

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Deceased Members of George & Gertrude Schindler Family by George & Ruby Schindler

   Servers: Kinsey Dietrich and Jeffrey Smith

6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Larry Wagner by Kathy Seibert

Sunday, March 24 – Second Sunday of Lent

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Bob & Evie Gilgenbach by Phil & Kathy Wagner

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – All Souls Intention by John & Barb Marlin

   Servers: Kevin, Andrea, and Alex Macsay


St. Isidore Parish Stewardship – March 9/10, 2019

Loose - $436.00

Regular Envelopes - $4,079.00 (54)

Initial Offering - $20.00 (1)

Energy Expense - $60.00 (4)

Home Missions - $130.00 (9)

Ash Wednesday Collection for Central & Eastern Europes

Loose - $267.30

Envelopes - $145.00 (11)

Total - $5,137.30  Thank you.  May God bless you!


Dear St. Isidore Parishioners,

      The St. Isidore Parish Council has been monitoring the financial condition of our parish. We feel we need to bring to everyone’s attention that we are not meeting our day to day requirements with our current income. For quite some time we have been averaging a yearly deficit. The council is currently pursuing as many avenues as possible to decrease this loss, but there are very few discretionary expenses. We will have more details at the open parish council meeting. We invite you to attend the meeting April 7 after the 10:00 A. M. Mass at Marysdale.

Thank You, St. Isidore Parish Council



A Family Perspective: Jesus “went up the mountain to pray” and he was “changed.”  Prayer has the power to change us.  This Lent set aside a few minutes each day to pray for member of your family.  Pray before each meal and if you are married, spend five minutes in prayer together.

“Around Our Parishes”

This Weekend:  St. Michael Confirmation Rite of Blessing & Retreat following 8:30am Mass

      Rolls & coffee after the 10am Mass at Marysdale

      St. Michael’s Bible Study – 6:30pm Sunday

Wednesday: Brookview Nursing Home Mass (Fr. Jake)

      St. Isidore CCD Confessions Grades 7-12 (Fr. Jake)

      St. Michael’s Lenten Stations of the Cross & Mass- 6:30pm (Deacon Scott & Fr. Bob)

      St. Isidore Finance Committee Training Mtg. at I.C., Ottoville, OH – 6-8pm

Thursday: St. Isidore, MD Lenten Stations of the Cross- 6:30pm; Mass at 7pm

      St. Isidore Altar Rosary Mtg. after Mass at MD

Next Weekend: St. Isidore Parish Council Elections

      St. Vincent de Paul Society 2nd Collection at all Masses

      Girls’ Retreat for junior high, high school, & college girls after 10am Mass at Marysdale

      St. Michael’s Baptism of Crew Lawson Culler, son of John & Debra Culler at 1pm Sunday

      St. Michael’s Bible Study – 6:30pm Sunday

“Faith, Femininity, Fashion and Friendship – If you are a Junior High, High-School or College gal and want to grow in faithfulness to Christ, please come and attend our Catholic girls' retreat! During this retreat we will eat lunch, have prayer time, watch videos, listen to talks, learn make-up techniques and have group discussions. You will be given the tools to grow, live, and laugh with other young women as you strive for holiness. Suggested donation of $5.00 to attend. Contact Kelly Shininger at 419-438-1522 for details and permission slip.

The monthly meeting of the Christo Rey Federal Credit Union will be Monday, March 18, 2019 at 7:30pm in the Upper Hall at Delaware Bend.

Upcoming Parish Events:

March 23/24 – Parish Council Elections

March 24 – St. Isidore Girls’ Retreat

March 31 – Mother-Daughter Breakfast

April 7–Open Parish Council Mtg. after 10am Mass

April 14 – Palm Sunday and Parish Breakfast

April 21 – Easter

St. Isidore Mother-Daughter Breakfast – Sunday, March 31, following the 10am Mass at Marysdale. While no tickets will be sold, a free will offering will be collected at the beginning of the breakfast. Ladies of the parish are welcome and may invite their female family members to join them. Mark your calendars now as this date is earlier than usual this spring.

Annual Catholic Appeal - The 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal Campaign is underway. The campaign goal is $3 million and our parish goal is $12,000. We can assure the continued existence of many important programs that help tens of thousands in our Diocese each year; education of our seminary students, care of the sick and needy are among them. We ask you once again for your help; we have to work together. Please respond generously when you are asked to make your pledge. Thank you for your attention and thank you for being my parish family. For more information, visit the Diocesan website at 

Volunteers Needed - During the season of Lent, there are many opportunities to help with the beautiful liturgies leading up to Easter and gain the graces and the fruits of assisting for yourself and others! This is a great way to make an offering for Lent as well as helping out your parish. If you would like to volunteer in some way please speak to, call, or message Rebecca Mansel-Pleydell at 419-439-8660 or Deacon Scott at 419-518-0281. 

* Three adults are needed to accept the honor of attending the Chrism Mass at Holy Rosary Cathedral on April 16 to receive the holy oils/chrism for our parish. Many past participants have commented on the beauty of this Mass. 

* We are in need of volunteers to participate in the washing of feet on Holy Thursday. This is special sacrifice you could offer up for Lent since we typically struggle to find willing participants! 

* Volunteer servers are always appreciated for the Stations of the Cross. Please arrive 10 minutes early.

* We need readers and cantors for the Tenebrae Service on Wednesday April 17. You do not have to be a regular lector or cantor/choir member to volunteer! Anyone high school age and older who would like to read one of the 15 readings or sing one of the responses will be welcome and given instructions.

Thank you for your assistance! 


Birthday Wishes

Brayden Kolb, March 21

Pat Fronk, March 22

Michelle Speiser, March 22

Jack Speiser, March 23


Anniversary Wishes

Mary Lou & Lavon Speiser, March 20


Pray for the sick:

Fr. Bob, June Coolman, Cody Davis, Marianne Fleming, Denny Fronk, Noah Garcia, Rhett Jesse, Danny Mekus, Don Meyer, Marilyn Minck, Roseann Nusbaum, Betty Adelman (sister of Anita Bertsch), and all who need our prayers.


Area Events

K of C Fish Fry

Knights of Columbus Council #1039, 111 Elliott Road, Defiance, OH (419-782-3536) Friday, March 22, 2019. Carry-out meals available at 4:00pm; dining room from 4:00pm-7:00pm.  Eat in: Adult Dinner $10.00 (with beverage) 6-12 Years $4.00, 5 and under eat for FREE!! Carry Out: Regular Dinner $9.50, 2lb “All Fish” $16.00, ($22 with any 3 Sides), side dishes $3.00/pint.

Fish Fry - St. Augustine Catholic Church (722 Monroe St., Napoleon) will be having weekly Fish Fries each Friday during Lent (March 8 – April 12), serving from 5pm– 7pm in the school gym.  The menu includes all you can eat fried or baked fish (with rosemary sauce), baked or cheesy potatoes, seasoned green beans, homemade macaroni & cheese, homemade coleslaw, coffee, ice tea or punch, & delicious desserts.  Carry out is available.  $8.00 (65+), $9.00 (13-64), $5.00 (5-12), FREE under 5.

Pancake & Sausage Breakfast – Jewell Volunteer Fire Dept. from 7am-1pm.  Sunday, March 17, 2019 at 08125 Independence Road, Defiance, OH.  Proceeds to help purchase new equipment.

Pancake & Sausage Breakfast – Tiffin Twp. Volunteer Fire Dept. from 7am-1pm.  Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 1258 Main St., Evansport, OH.  Free will donation. Carryout available.  Pancakes, sausage, sausage gravy & biscuits. Proceeds to help purchase new equipment.

Rosary Rally for Traditional Marriage

Join us and other communities throughout America who are conducting a Rosary Rally for Traditional Marriage. We will meet on the front steps of St. Mary’s, Defiance on Saturday, March 23 from Noon to 1pm. Never in history was there a more urgent time than NOW to spread our public action in defense of God’s gift of Traditional Marriage. Come and pray with us:  for God, for America and for our children. For more information contact Michael Westrick 419-784-9125.

St. Augustine Catholic School Pre-K/Kindergarten Open House – Sunday, March 24, 11:30am-1pm at 722 Monroe Street, Napoleon, OH.  Kindergarten Clinic is Tuesday, March 26, at 9am.  For more information, see the flyer on the bulletin board at each site.

St. Mary Catholic Church Mission – Monday, March 25, 2019 – From Faith to Family: Putting on God’s Armor; Tuesday, March 26: Answering the Call to Serve; Wednesday, March 27: Dedicating Our Talents and Our Time to God. Guest Speaker – Matt Allner.  All sessions start at 7pm at 715 Jefferson Avenue, Defiance.


Diocesan Events

Young Adults’ Retreat - What would you say if asked, "Why are you Catholic?" Unsure because you've always been Catholic?  Come join other young adults aged 22-39 for the "Choosing to be Catholic Retreat" with Charis ministries on March 23-24 at the Parish Center in Ottoville.   Ponder who Jesus Christ is to you. Hear young adults share what being Catholic means to them and experience Christian community. This retreat is for any young adult in the diocese.  For information send a message to


Dr. Bernard Nathanson on Why He Stopped Doing Abortions

”I ran the largest abortion clinic in the world for 2 years. I had no conflicts whatsoever at the time I was doing the abortions. I changed my mind because the new scientific data which we were getting from advanced technology persuaded me that we could not indiscriminately continue to slaughter what was demonstrably a human being.”

Interview with Bernard Nathanson, M.D., 1986 (the most famous abortionist in history)

“In its seventh week [the unborn baby] bears the familiar external features and all the internal organs of the adult….The brain in configuration is already like the adult brain and sends out impulses that coordinate the functions of other organs….The heart beats sturdily. The stomach produces digestive juices. The liver manufactures blood cells and the kidneys begin to function by extracting uric acid from the child’s blood….The muscles of the arms and body can already be set in motion. After the eighth week….everything is already present that will be found in the full-term baby.”

Dr. Bernard Nathanson