The Baptism of the Lord

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass 

Monday, January 13 – St. Hilary, Bishop & Doctor of the Church

No Mass

Tuesday, January 14 – Weekday in Ordinary Time

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

7:45 p.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend–Deceased Family & Friends by Jim & Agnes Timbrook

Wednesday, January 15 – Weekday in Ordinary Time

6:00 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Holy Hour with Reconciliation & Adoration

7:00 p.m. – Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Bob & Ginny Rath by Robyn Hawkins

Thursday, January 16 – Weekday in Ordinary Time

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

9:00 a.m. – Mass - St. Isidore, Marysdale – June Coolman by Dan & Bennette Singer

Friday, January 17 – St. Anthony, Abbot

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

Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, January 18 – Vigil of the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Jim Sponsler by Gregg & Geraldine Gause

6:30 p.m. St. Michael’s Ridge – Holly Garmyn by Roma B. Stronach

Sunday, January 19 – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Marion & Albert Mekus by Christine Webb

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Deceased members of the Kunesh Family by Lawrence Kunesh

*********************************************Weekly collection for January 4/5, 2020

Loose - $496.00

Regular Envelopes - $2,029.00 (69)

New Year's Day Envelopes - $90.00 (5)

Maintenance Fund - $150.00 (2)

Hall Rental - $50.00 (1)

Christmas - $170.00 (3)

Initial Offering - $111.00 (18)

Total - $3,096.00

New Year's Day Collection

Loose - $303.04    Envelopes - $453.00 (21)

Total - $756.04  Thank you.  May God bless you!


2019 contribution statements will not be mailed unless requested.  If you wish to have a contribution statement for 2019, please put a self-addressed stamped envelope in the weekly collection and one will be mailed to you. If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Moninger at 419-789-3780.

Birthday/Anniversary List – If you would like to add or delete any names from the birthday/anniversary calendar printed in the bulletin every week, please contact Char Shininger. 

The next meeting of the Christo Rey Federal Credit Union will be Monday, January 13, 2020 at Marysdale at 7:30pm.

A Family Perspective: The words in today’s gospel, “This is my beloved, with Him I am pleased,” are words every child needs to hear often.  Affirmation is important to raise happy and confident children.

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

Greetings All,

1.    On behalf of Fr Bob, Anita, and myself, thank you to all of you for your kindness, gifts, and prayers.  I ask you to continue to pray for Fr Bob’s and Anita’s wellbeing.  Please also pray for Fr Steve Stanberry who serves Archbold St Peter and Fayette Our Lady of Mercy Parishes; he is fighting cancer.  Fr John Stites thanks you all for your prayers and support.  Thank you to all who helped at Christmas: the children and teachers and parents who helped with the pageants, all who helped to decorate, the people who sang carols, all who gave for the Giving Tree and Parish Center and other charitable works.  Thank you to our musicians for excellent music and all who helped in any way to celebrate the gift of Christ.  

2.    Thank you to Jeff Weber and Pete Kime who helped fix the water tank issue in the basement of St Mike’s Rectory at Christmas time.  

3.    Thank you to the catechists who participated in the Luminous Ministries Retreat at Marysdale on Jan 11.

4.    Staff Meeting with Fr Jake is scheduled for Tuesday, January 14 @ 5pm at St Mike’s Rectory.  

God bless you all, Fr Jake


Thank You – Thank you so much for all the beautiful baby items, crib, pack-n-play, and $851 in cash donated to our center in Bryan.  We really appreciate it!!  God Bless You! Bryan Community Pregnancy Center. St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society also thanks everyone for their generous donations to its “More than a Manger” project.

Lighthouse Catholic Media kiosk at all three churches has been updated with new CD's.  Steve Nicely has posted on the bulletin board reviews given by people who have availed themselves of these, so you can decide beforehand if you would like to view them.

CCD News

*The following students are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday, April 18, during 4:30 Mass: Jesse Coolman, Aicha Diaw, Miguel Garcia, Isaiah Goliver, Jeremiah Hammon, Alex Macsay, John Marlin, and Jude Shininger. Please keep them in your prayers. 

CYO News

*Steubenville deposits due by January 15, 2020. 

*CYO is planning its annual ski trip to Mad River Mountain Ski Resort on January 19. Anyone in 7-12 grades is invited to join us. 



Birthday Wishes

Scarlett Stotler, January 13

Jim Van Curen, January 13

Kinsey Dietrich, January 14

Freda Meyer, January 14

Karen Graham, January 16

Aaron Layman, January 16

Megan Singer, January 16

Isabella Van Curen, January 18

Zachary Shininger, January 18


Anniversary Wishes

Robert & Monica Hearne, January 19


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 – This Friday, January 17, 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. Carry Out: Regular dinner - $9.50 (Fish with 2 sides but no fries); 2 lb. “All Fish” - $16.00 ($22 with 3 sides (no fries)); all side dishes - $3/pint (no fries).  

March for Life - Please join us in the March for Life which will be January 22 starting at noon at the Defiance Courthouse ending at St John Catholic Church basement where there will be many speakers and students speaking on the importance of life in different ways. There will be Mass celebrated at Holy Cross Catholic School at 9:30am for life with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at St Johns’s ending with Benediction at 4:45pm. The March is sponsored by Mother Teresa Respect for Life 


In marriage, communication is more than just talking.

At some point, did you stop sharing about the things that were important to you?  Did your spouse? 

Improving a marriage takes time and a conscious effort to learn about your spouse.  Growing closer in a marriage does not happen automatically. Retrouvaille is a marriage program dedicated to helping couples grow closer and develop a stronger bond.  The next weekend in our area is January 24 – 26, 2020.
for more information, contact registration team: Joe & Arlene 419-481-1116 or visit our website:


Save the Date!! Rekindle the Fire - Annual Men's Conference in Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese - is celebrating 10 years this year. This year's conference will be Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne. This year's conference speakers will be Jesse Romero, Father Mike Schmitz & Marcus Grodi. For more information and to register, please visit

March for Life in Washington, DC. Thurs., Jan. 23 -Sat., Jan. 25, 2020.  Two busses of college students, young adults and their families will leave St. Thomas More Parish in Bowling Green, OH, on Thurs., Jan. 23 and return Sat., Jan. 25. Catholic Charities Office for Life and Justice is leading the trip which includes two nights in a Washington D.C. hotel. For registration and pricing info, email Peter Range, Catholic Charities Director of Life and Justice at Join us as we march for the dignity of all human life, born and unborn!

Private Issue...Government Should Not Interfere
Many pro-choice people believe that abortion does not belong in the realm of government and is a "woman's private issue". This raises a fundamental question. Should we, as a nation, protect all human beings, or should we discriminate based on age, race and place of residence---in this case, the mother's womb.
To say that government should let people make all their own choices is neither practical nor desirable. We should not, for example, let people commit rape, steal or drive drunk.
Given the biological fact that the unborn are living human beings, the question is not whether the government has the right to prohibit abortion, but whether it has the right not to. The pertinent question is not whether a woman has a right to privacy, but whether her right to privacy supersedes her innocent child's right to life.

Pro-Life Articles

Christmas Flowers 2019

Our thanks to the parishioners who donated to the Christmas flower fund in memory/honor of their loved ones.

Deceased Family & Friends by Mary Batt

Deceased Family & Friends by Innocenio & Alison Garcia

Deceased Family & Friends by Gregg & Geraldine Gause

Deceased Family & Friends by Gary & Terry Guilford Family

Gib & Pauline Hesselschwardt by Mary Gustwiller

Deceased Family & Friends by Robert & Monica Hearne

Deceased Family & Friends by Barbara Homrich

Deceased Members of the Singer & Huebner Families by Jim & Rita Huebner

Deceased Family & Friends by Jim & Suzy Kline

Deceased Family & Friends by Greg & Karri Kolb

John & Ida Kunesh by Lawrence Kunesh

Deceased Family & Friends by Mark & Connie Kunesh

Deceased Family & Friends by Robert & Marilyn Kunesh

Deceased Family & Friends by Bob & Mary Kurtz

In Memory of Seibert & Mack Families by Herb & Rose Anne Mack

Deceased Family & Friends by John & Becky Mansel-Pleydell

Deceased Family & Friends by John & Barb Marlin

Deceased Family & Friends by Dave & Judy Meyer

Deceased Family & Friends by Colleen Rosebrock

Deceased Family & Friends by George & Ruby Schindler

Francis Schindler & Bruce Hearne by Patsy Schindler

Deceased Family & Friends by Gary & Marsha Seibert

Living & Deceased of the Sheets, Boff, Kuhn, and Pfhaler Families by Richard & Sue Sheets

Deceased Family & Friends by Alan & Mary Helen Sheibley

Deceased Family & Friends by Doug & Kelly Shininger

Deceased Family & Friends by Tony & Terri Singer

Deceased Family & Friends by Dan & Bennette Singer

Deceased Family & Friends by Jamie & Jackie Singer

In honor of our Grandparents by Jeff Smith Family

Deceased Family & Friends by Mary Ann Smith

John Shininger by Mary Lou Speiser

Deceased Family & Friends by Dan & Pat Stevenson

Deceased Family & Friends by Jim & Agnes Timbrook

Deceased Family & Friends by Geoff & Kim Warner

Deceased Family & Friends by Greg & Lynn Wonderly

Deceased Family & Friends by Madonna Wonderly

Deceased Family & Friends by Mark Wonderly

Deceased Family & Friends by Irene Zipfel