Second Sunday of Lent

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass 

Monday, March 9 – St. Frances of Rome

No Mass

Tuesday, March 10 – 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 – Audrey Walk by Delores Jacob

Wednesday, March 11 – Lenten Weekday

9:00 a.m. – Mass–St. Michael’s Ridge–Carmen Wagner

6:45 p.m. – St. Isidore Parish Penance Service

Thursday, March 12 – Lenten Weekday

8:30 a.m. – St. Isidore, Marysdale – Reconciliation

9:00 a.m. – Mass - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Anna Shininger by Chris & Christine Stuckey

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

Friday, March 13 – Lenten Weekday

9:00 a.m. – Mass – SMR – Louie & Mary Ricica

Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, March 14 – Vigil of the Third Sunday of Lent

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – For the People of our Parish

   Servers: Elijah & Isaiah Goliver

6:30 p.m. St. Michael’s Ridge – Those hurting from separation & divorce & their families

Sunday, March 15 – Third Sunday of Lent

8:30 a.m. – SMR – For the People of the Parish

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Living & Deceased Members of the Carl & Agnes Singer by Family

   Servers: Miguel & Alex Garcia, Ali Diaw

*********************************************Weekly collection for February 29/March 1, 2020

Loose - $719.04

Regular Envelopes - $1,993.00 (63)

Catholic Home Missions - $90.00 (7)

Church in Latin American - $20.00 (1)

Church in Eastern Europe - $30.00 (2)

Maintenance Fund - $256.00 (4)

Hall Rental - $100.00 (1)

ACA Rebate - $620.00 (1)

Total - $3,828.04  Thank you. May God bless you!


Upcoming Parish Events

*March 11 – Parish Penance Service – 6:45pm at MD

*March 21/22 – Parish Council Elections

*March 22-24 – Parish Mission at MD

*March 29 – St. Isidore Open Parish Council Meeting

*April 1 – St. Mike’s Parish Penance Service – 7pm

*April 5 – St. Isidore Parish Easter breakfast at MD

*April 18 – Sacrament of Confirmation during the 4:30pm Mass (to be held at the Marysdale site with no 4:30 Mass at The Bend site that weekend)

*April 26 – St. Isidore Mother-Daughter Breakfast


2020 Lenten Stations of the Cross Schedule

Thursday, March 12 – 6:30pm, MD – Deacon Scott

Thursday March 19 – 6:30pm, SMR – Fr. Jake

Thursday, March 26 – 6:30pm, MD – Deacon Scott

Wed., April 1 – 6:45pm, MD – Children’s Stations of the Cross – Deacon Scott

Thursday, April 2 – 6:30pm, SMR – Fr. Jake 

A Family Perspective: Transfiguration is a common occurrence in families.  When we commit to another, such as a spouse in marriage or a child in parenting, we are not committing to them only as they are today, but to the person they are becoming.

St. Isidore Mass Intentions – Contact Melissa Moninger at 419-789-3780 (call/text).  The donation can be given to her directly or put in an envelope with her name on it and placed in the collection basket.

St. Isidore Maintenance Contact – Greg Shininger –419-658-8811


Sacrament of Reconciliation
St. Isidore, MD – Thursday 8:30-9am

St. Isidore, DB – Tues. 7:15-7:45pm; Sat. 3:30-4:25pm

St. Michael’s Ridge – Wednesday 6:00-7:00pm


“Around Our Parishes”

Wednesday: St. Isidore Parish Penance Service at MD at 6:45pm      

Thursday: Stations of the Cross, 6:30pm at Marysdale

    St. Isidore Holy Name Mtg. following Stations at MD


Parish Mission - St. Isidore Parish’s 2020 Lenten Mission will be held March 22–24 at the Marysdale site for both parishes.  The Mission will feature Fr. Adrian Burke, OSB, a Benedictine Monk from St. Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad, Indiana.  The Mission will speak to the issue of “Intentional Christian Living” – i.e. being deliberate in forming a disciplined spiritual life and the important components of such.  Fr. Adrian will talk each evening from 7-8pm and confessions will follow immediately after the talk on Monday and Tuesday. 

The following individuals are candidates for the Parish Council: Jamie Singer, Joe Hammon, Brian Hammon, Terry Guilford, Holly Coolman, Andrew Shininger, Karah Shininger, Rose Mansel-Pleydell. Pictures and bio’s are in the vestibules of both sites. Elections will be March 21 and 22.

Needed at both St. Isidore sites: Volunteers are needed to be greeters and ushers.  Individuals AND families are encouraged to do this along with teenagers who have reliable transportation.  Please consider doing this as a ministry and/or to provide a service to the church. For more information, please call Deb Kolb at 419-658-2243 or text 419-438-3768.

RCIA/Adult Formation
*Please pray for Eric May (St. Michael's Ridge) and Jacob Thompson (St. Isidore) who were presented to Bishop Thomas on March 1st during the Rite of the Elect at Holy Rosary Cathedral. They will be receiving Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation on Holy Saturday. 
*Please pray for Susanne Bailey who is preparing to be accepted into the church in May. 

*Please pray for Robert Bailey who is preparing for Confirmation on Pentecost. 

CCD News

*There will be high school retreat after 10 am mass on Sunday March 22. Lunch will be provided. The theme of the retreat is “Practicing your Faith in the Real World.” Presentations by the Culture Project and Rose Mansel-Pleydell. Invite a friend! Please contact Alison Garcia with questions at 419-399-0647. 

*1st Communion Preparation classes start Sunday, March 8 at 8am. The Parent information session is Wednesday, March 18 at 6:45pm in the choir loft at Marysdale. 

*All classes, grades 2-12, are to participate in the parish- wide Reconciliation Service on Wednesday, March 11 at 6:45pm. 1st grade will not have class but are instead asked to bring their parents and any older siblings to the Reconciliation Service. 

Operation Rice Bowl – Catholic Relief Services is again sponsoring Operation Rice Bowl during Lent.  There are rice bowls available in the vestibule at each site for those who wish to donate to this worthy cause.

Holy Thursday Volunteers Needed: 12 volunteers are needed for the apostles’ foot washing on Holy Thursday. Please call Deb Kolb at 419-658-2243 or text 419-438-3768 by Tuesday, March 24 if you are willing to do this.

Choir Practice: Practice for the Confirmation choir will be Wednesday, April 1, at 6pm at Marysdale.

**If you know of someone who is a member of St. Isidore who is ill, had surgery, is homebound or in nursing care, please let me know so that I can send them cards from the Altar & Rosary Society. Also, if you know of anyone who needs prayers because of illnesses, injuries, surgeries or any other reason, please let me know so they can be placed on the prayer line. I can put them on by name or as a special intention, whichever is preferred.  419-658-2012 or Since people have donated cards for me to send out, I have a large box of birthday cards that I cannot use. I will put it in the vestibule for anyone who can use them. Please help yourself. Thanks for your help, Christine Stuckey

The 73rd meeting of the Christo Rey Federal Credit Union will be held Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 2:00pm in the Marysdale Hall.  Following the business meeting there will be refreshments and a drawing for several cash prizes.   All members are encouraged to attend. Any member that is interested in running for a seat on the Board of Directors, Credit Committee or Supervisory Committee should contact either Jim Timbrook (419) 899-2959 or Tony Singer (419) 658-2125.

The regular monthly meeting of the Christo Rey Federal Credit Union will be held on Tuesday, March 10 at 7:30pm in the Marysdale Hall. 


Birthday Wishes

Kevin Coolman, March 10

Eric Jesse, March 11

Mike Mack, March 13

Grace Shininger, March 13

Emily Culler, March 15

Pray for the sick:

Fr. Bob, Betty Adelman & Jean Keller (sisters of Anita Bertsch), Anita Bertsch, Cody Davis, Marianne Fleming, Denny Fronk, Noah Garcia, Jim Huebner, Rhett Jesse, Danny Mekus, Marilyn Minck, Roseann Nusbaum, and all who need our prayers. 

Area Events

K of C Fish Fry – On Friday, March 13 and Friday, March 20, 2020, at the K of C Hall on Elliott Road, Defiance, from 4-7pm. Eat In: Adult dinner - $10 with beverage; 6-12 yrs. - $4; 5 & under – Free. *St. Isidore youth attending the Steubenville Youth Conference this summer will be having bake sales at the K of C fish fries to raise funds for this year’s retreat.  Please support them in their efforts. 

Retreat at Domus Angelorum Retreat Center

The Domus Angelorum Retreat House, located at 21706 State Route 114, Cloverdale, OH will be conducting a retreat on the topic “Prayer, Penance and Sacrifice !!!” on Saturday,  March 14.  The day begins with Mass at 8:30am with registration and Adoration following Mass. The day will conclude with Confession and Benediction at 3:00pm. Retreat leader will be Father Herman Scherger. Cost is $10 per person and please bring a packed lunch. All are welcome. 

Pancake & Sausage Breakfast – Jewell Volunteer Fire Dept., 08125 Independence Rd., Defiance, on March 15 from 7am-1pm.  Also serving scrambled eggs. Proceeds to help purchase new equipment.

St. Michael’s Ridge 36th Annual Craft Show

Saturday, March 21, 2020, from 9am-3pm at the K of C Hall in Defiance.  Free admission, lunch stand, including sandwiches, soup, pies, & desserts, bake sale, and raffles.  For more info, contact Sandy Wagner @ 419-497-4551 or 419-769-7926.

Square Dancing - Bring you sweetheart or the whole family to Square Dancing nights at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Hicksville! Doors open at 6:30pm and dancing will begin at 7pm until 10pm on Saturday, March 21.  Pop, water, beer and wine will be sold, as well as raffles throughout the night. The caller for the night is Doug Michaelis from Bowling Green. Tickets are $5 per person, $10 a couple and $15 per family with minor children.

Mother Teresa on Abortion: “If a Mother Can Kill Her Child, How Can We Tell People Not to Kill One Another?”

Decades have passed since the death of one of the world’s best known patrons of the poor, Mother Teresa of Calcutta. In the years since her passing, she has been proclaimed a saint by the Roman Catholic Church, and numerous books have been written about her incredible life of self-sacrifice.

Perhaps less well known, but powerfully significant, is the role Mother Teresa played in rebuilding a culture of life. She did not see a wall between helping the poor and aiding the preborn—she saw it all as part of her mission to share God’s love with the world.

In the book Praying with Mother Teresa: Prayers, Insights, and Wisdom of Saint Teresa of Calcutta, author Susan Conroy, who knew Mother Teresa personally, includes some of the legend’s most noteworthy quotes on the issue of life.

“The greatest destroyer of peace in the world today is abortion, because it is a direct war, a direct killing,” Mother Teresa said.

“If we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell people not to kill one another?”

Those quotations seem especially prescient. In the 21st century—the century Mother Teresa did not live to see—violence seems ever-present. The failure to recognize the sanctity of innocent human life at its conception leads to a refusal to honor life at other stages of development.

Mother Teresa’s words were not hollow. She was willing to take on the responsibility of caring for and raising a child—if it would mean that a child’s life was spared: “Please don’t kill the child,” she said. “Give me the child.”

Mother Teresa’s indomitable spirit lives on…in the order of Sisters she founded…and in the hearts of all those who work to protect precious lives from abortion. Her legacy lies in the lives she saved…the souls she healed…and the people she inspired.

May we never forget the power of her life-affirming message.