Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass 

Monday, February 15 – Weekday in Ordinary Time

No Mass

Tuesday, February 16 – Weekday in Ordinary Time

7:00 p.m. – Mass -St. Isidore, Delaware Bend–Deceased Family & Friends by Gregg & Geraldine Gause

Wednesday, February 17 – Ash Wednesday

7:00 a.m. - St. Michael’s Ridge – Ashes & Communion Only – No Mass

9:00 a.m. – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Doris Antoine by Family & Friends

Noon – St. Isidore, Marysdale – Mary Eleanor Singer by Jamie & Jackie Singer

6:30 p.m. – Mass –St. Michael’s Ridge – Frances Stehulak by Carl & Nancy Stehulak

Thursday, February 18 – Thursday after Ash Wednesday

9:00 a.m. – Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – John G. Singer by Cliff Beattie

Friday, February 19 – Friday after Ash Wednesday

9:00 a.m. – Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Virginia & Robert Rath by Robyn Hawkins

 

      Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, February 20 –Vigil of the First Sunday of Lent

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend–Harold & Nancy Kunesh by Betty Romes

6:30 p.m. – Saint Michael’s Ridge–Tom Wetli by Galen & Tina Gerken

Sunday, February 21 – First Sunday of Lent

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Deceased Family Members of the Gaeth, Reese, Wagner & Peterson Families by Terry & Janet Wagner

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale–Mary Lou Mandley by Ruben Garza Family

   Servers: John & Eric Shininger

*********************************************Weekly collections from February 6/7, 2021

Loose - $375.00

Regular Envelopes - $1,688.00 (48)

Church in Latin America - $20.00 (1)

Energy - $10.00 (1)

Initial Offering - $15.00 (3)

Mary, Mother of God - $25.00 (2)

Maintenance Fund - $295.00 (9)

Total - $2,428.00  Thank you.  May God bless you!

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Altar Rosary Society Meeting – Thurs., Feb. 18, at Marysdale, beginning with the Rosary at 7:00pm. We will be postponing the assembly and distribution of fruit baskets for our shut-in parishioners at this time. The ARS is accepting nominations for officers for next year during this February meeting. Election of officers will take place during the April 15 meeting. Please consider donating your time and talent as an ARS officer. All members are encouraged to attend. 

 

Rosary Rally on Saturday, February 20, at noon at the Defiance County Courthouse, conducted for our nation and for our leaders.  Please come and ask our Blessed Mother to present our country to her son’s merciful heart.

 

St. Isidore Mass Intentions – Contact Melissa Moninger at email finance@saintisidoreparish.org or (call/text) 419-789-

3780. The donation can be given to her directly or put in an envelope with her name on it and placed in the collection basket.

Maintenance Contacts: Gary Seibert, Dan Dietrich, Greg Kolb, and Jim Meyer

Sacrament of Reconciliation: St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Tues. 6:30pm; Sat. 3:45pm; St. Isidore, Marysdale – Thursday, 8:30am; St. Michael’s Ridge – Wednesday 6:00pm

Eucharistic Adoration Hours: St. Isidore – Wednesday, 8am-7pm; Thursday, 5am-7pm Benediction
St. Michael’s Ridge – Wednesday, 6pm - Holy Hour with Adoration & Reconciliation

 

“Around Our Parishes”

This weekend: Annual Catholic Appeal Commitment Weekend

      St. Isidore Parish Council nominations

Wednesday: Ash Wednesday (not a holyday)

Thursday: St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society Meeting beginning with the Rosary at 7pm at MD

 

Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Isidore and St. Michael’s Ridge,

“Rend your hearts not your garments” proclaims the prophet Joel on Ash Wednesday.  It is a reminder that Lent is upon us and this forty day Church retreat deals with our hearts, not our outside performance of religious duties.

What Lent asks us to do is to intensify our existing religious practice so that our hearts can be authentic.  In doing so we can be in communion with God and each other.  

When we read the Gospels, are we not moved by how Jesus lives and acts?  He enters into a relationship with each person he meets.  ‘Will you come with me?”  I love you.  “Will you enter into communion with me?”

He calls each one of us into a personal, intimate relationship with Himself and he asks us to follow him.  If we follow, then we are called to make a choice.  If we choose one thing, it means refusing another.  If we choose to follow Christ and receive the gift of love and communion, then we must say no to the ways of the world and accept loss.  We must own our choice.

Communion does not come easy.  To have communion we have to change and to change radically.  What we have been taught by our culture is to be first, to always win, and then when you are called by Jesus to go down the ladder and to share your life with the poor and the marginalized, a real struggle breaks out within oneself.  We begin to see the hardness of our own heart and we don’t know how to respond because of the other forces within ourselves.

These are the forces of darkness and hatred that stop us from the good that is called from us.  Lent is a time to be honest and to face these forces and to realize that our worse enemy is inside our own hearts, not outside ourselves.

So Lent says return to God with all your heart.  We all need a center to which to return.  We all need a base point to which and from which we should be related.  If that center has wavered, Lent says find that locus again.

If we haven’t prayed much, pray.  If we are not with the community in Church, go to Church.  If our senses control us, fast.  The parishes have a variety of programs and devotions to help in this regard.  The Sacrament of Reconciliation is extremely helpful but so difficult to do for we have to fight the forces in our heart that say we do nothing wrong.  Scripture is wonderful.  The texts of the Bible are inherently powerful.  Don’t use scripture just as an object of intellectual study or as a handy adjunct to our ideology.  The monks of the Desert say that “Scripture or the Word of God becomes like a living force within them.”

Please don’t treat Lent like a self-improvement program or a chance to make sure I do a few things so that I can have the semblance of religion.  I like the prayer that the Episcopal Church says before communion.  It is a pointed reminder that religious faith is intended not only to confirm who we are, but also to affirm our desire to become something more; “Deliver us from the presumption of coming to this Table for solace only, and not for strength, for pardon only, and not for renewal.”

During Lent the earth is renewing itself.  Our hearts should match the season.  Jesus’ death brought about renewal and granted salvation to all.  Let us die this Lent to all the darkness in our spirit so that we can be the people God created and who Christ calls us to be.

On a different note, this is commitment Sunday for the annual Diocesan Appeal (ACA).  This collection does so much in the nineteen counties we call our diocese to fund ministerial programs that are so needed.  COVID-19 has made last year a different kind of year.  Much of what we took for granted was not done.  This year is hopefully different.  A major cost that this collection does is to help in the education of seminarians who are discerning priesthood.  There are also evangelization efforts that the diocese continues to put out and the Bishop with his staff have at the core of their efforts how to help parishes who are struggling because of the pandemic.  I would ask all parishioners to think about your level of sacrifice to this appeal and respond.  Many who have given before will have something coming from the diocese.  If you have never given, there are envelops at the Church’s entrances.

Another item is that Ashes this Wednesday (February 17) will be just on Wednesday only.  It starts with an ash and communion service at 7am at St. Michael’s.  The 9am Mass will be at the Bend.  Noon will be at Marysdale.  6:30pm will be at St. Michael.  The last three will have a Mass.  The 7am is just a service for those who want their ashes but do not have lots of time.  Let’s make it a good Lent.

In Him,

Fr. Joe

 

2021 Annual Catholic Appeal:  A letter from Bishop Thomas was sent out asking for your gift and/or pledge to support the ministries of the Diocese of Toledo. This letter gives all registered parishioners an opportunity to contribute to the Appeal, especially those who are unable to attend Mass. The Annual Catholic Appeal will be unbelievably successful if every member of our parish carefully considers their circumstances and truly strives to give a significant gift. Please give prayerful consideration to your level of support to help fund the essential ministries and services supported by the Appeal. To learn more about the appeal visit Toledodiocese.org/ACA.

Parish Council Nominations will take place this weekend, February 13/14. A paper ballot will be handed out at the beginning of the Masses and collected at the end of Mass in a basket. If you would prefer to have the ballot delivered and returned electronically due to Covid 19 concerns, please contact Doug Shininger at pcpresident@saintisidoreparish.org

Parish Wide Penance Service - There will be a parish wide penance service on Wednesday, February 24, at 6:45pm at Marysdale. All parishioners are invited to attend. CCD students, after you and your family receive reconciliation you are free to go. There will not be further class that evening. 

Lenten Mission Please join us for the 2021 Lenten Mission with Fr. Adrian Burke from St. Meinrad Archabbey.  He will be discussing "Christ in the Chaos" on February 28, March 1 and March 2 from 7:00-8:30 pm.  This will be an online streamed event but there will be options to watch at both the Marysdale and St. Michael’s Ridge locations as well as the ability to watch from home.  More information will be available in the coming weeks.

 

Birthday Wishes

Janis Layman, February 15

Jill Speiser, February 15

Bob Vetter, February 16

Rose Ann Mack, February 20

Ali Diaw, February 20

Lisa Wonderly, February 21

 

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, Danny Mekus, Julie Meyer, Marilyn Minck, Jim Nusbaum, Jr., Roseann Nusbaum, Becky Rhodes, and all who need our prayers. 

Made Clean: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Readings:

Leviticus 13:1–2, 44–46      1 Corinthians 10:31–11:1
Psalm 32:1–2, 5, 11             Mark 1:40–45
In the Old Testament, leprosy is depicted as punishment for disobedience of God’s commands (see Numbers 12:12–15; 2 Kings 5:27; 15:5).

Considered “unclean”—unfit to worship or live with the Israelites, lepers are considered “stillborn,” the living dead (see Numbers 12:12). Indeed, the requirements imposed on lepers in today’s First Reading—rent garments, shaven head, covered beard—are signs of death, penance, and mourning (see Leviticus 10:6; Ezekiel 24:17).

So there’s more to the story in today’s Gospel than a miraculous healing. 

When Elisha, invoking God’s name, healed the leper, Naaman, it proved there was a prophet in Israel (see 2 Kings 5:8). Today’s healing reveals Jesus as far more than a great prophet—He is God visiting His people (see Luke 7:16).

Only God can cure leprosy and cleanse from sin (see 2 Kings 5:7), and only God has the power to bring about what He wills (see Isaiah 55:11; Wisdom 12:18).

The Gospel scene has an almost sacramental quality about it.

Jesus stretches out His hand—as God, by His outstretched arm, performed mighty deeds to save the Israelites (see Exodus 14:6; Acts 4:30). His ritual sign is accompanied by a divine word (“Be made clean”). And, like God’s word in creation (“Let there be”), Jesus’ word “does” what He commands (see Psalm 33:9).

The same thing happens when we show ourselves to the priest in the sacrament of penance. On our knees like the leper, we confess our sins to the Lord, as we sing in today’s Psalm. And through the outstretched arm and divine word spoken by His priest, the Lord takes away the guilt of our sin.

Like the leper we should rejoice in the Lord and spread the good news of His mercy. We should testify to our healing by living changed lives. As Paul says in today’s Epistle, we should do even the littlest things for the glory of God and that others may be saved.

Yours in Christ,
Scott Hahn, PhD