The Epiphany of the Lord

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass 

Monday, January 6 – St. Andre Bessette, Religious

No Mass

Tuesday, January 7 – St. Raymond of Penyafort, Priest

No Mass

Wednesday, January 8 – Christmas Weekday

5:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge - Reconciliation

6:00 p.m. – Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Bernice Westrick

Thursday, January 9 – Christmas Weekday

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

9:00 a.m. – Mass - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Bruce Hearne by Grandparents

Friday, January 10 – Christmas Weekday

9:00 a.m. – Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Sarah Gordon by Fr. Jake


Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, January 11 – Vigil of the Baptism of the Lord

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – James & Frances Wonderly by Family

   Servers: Jonah Shininger and Jeffrey Smith

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

Sunday, January 12 – The Baptism of the Lord

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Louie & Mary Ricica

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Mary Eleanor Singer by Chris & Chris Stuckey & Sara Diaw

   Servers: Alex Macsay, Dominic & Michael M-P

*********************************************Weekly collection for December 28/29, 2019

Loose - $386.51

Regular Envelopes - $1,333.00 (46)

Christmas - $375.00 (7)

Silent Festival - $90.00 (1)

Initial Offering - $5.00 (1)

Maintenance Fund - $1,156.00 (3)

Total - $3,345.51  Thank you. May God bless you!


St. Isidore Holy Name Meeting – Thursday, January 9, at 7pm at Delaware Bend.


The 2020 contribution envelopes are available to be picked up at MD.  If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Moninger at 419-789-3780.


Adoration Chapel Christmas Schedule - The Chapel will re-open Sunday, January 5, at the normal time. 


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. 

A Family Perspective: Today’s gospel tells us “all Jerusalem” was upset because “King Herod was deeply troubled.”  A similar ripple effect happens in families; one person’s negative attitude can affect the whole family.  If you want a peaceful and joyful home, it must start with you. Be peaceful and joyful!

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”

This Sunday: Rolls and coffee after the 10am Mass at Marysdale, sponsored by St. Isidore CYO

Wednesday: St. Michael’s Ridge Catechists Party – 6:30pm

Thursday: St. Isidore Holy Name Meeting – 7pm at DB

Saturday: Catechists retreat 10am-3pm at MD


Retreat for Catechists - St. Isidore and St. Michael parishes will be holding a retreat for our catechists (those who teach our youth, work with the youth group and CYO, sacrament prep and adult formation) on January 11 from 10am to 3pm at Marysdale. Luminous Mysteries will be facilitating the retreat, so it will be a great time to renew and reignite yourself for your ministry in the new year.  Anyone who has been thinking about becoming involved with youth or adult formation is also invited. Even if you aren’t sure yet, come and take some quality time with God to discern if you are being called. Please let Deacon Scott, Alison Garcia, Ronda Fabiano or Sara Diaw know if you plan to attend by January 5 so we can have a count for food and material.


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. 

*Teaching safety- Empowering God's Children program, a Diocesan provided sexual abuse prevention program, will be presented to our students on January 8 for grades 1 through 6 and January 15 for grades 7 through 12.  If you have any questions, please contact Alison Garcia at 419-399-0647. 


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. We will have an informational meeting after CCD January 8. 


Birthday Wishes

Barbara Coolman, January 6

Russ Jesse, January 6

Amber Hancock, January 7

Jeffrey Schindler, January 8

Brice Elston, January 9

Alex Layman, January 12


Anniversary Wishes

Sara & Jason Elston, January 7


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 Pancake Breakfast – Next Sunday, January 5, 2020, at the K of C Hall on Elliott Road, Defiance, from 8:30am-11am. Meal prices are: $7.50 for adults; $6.50 for senior citizens; $4 for children 6-12; free for children 5 and U. Menu includes buttermilk pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage links, ham, cheesy potato casserole, biscuits & sausage gravy, cinnamon rolls, orange juice & coffee.     


K of C Fish Fry – 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).  Menu includes Alaskan Polluck (fried in peanut oil), coleslaw, baked beans, corn, green beans, baked potato, French fries, mac & cheese, applesauce, cooked cabbage, salad bar, roll & butter, & beverage. Beer - $2. And until Lent starts, we have baked chicken strips. 


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.  You give your heart and soul to everything you do, between your work and your family. Are you giving your heart and soul to your marriage? Sometimes the distance between a husband and a wife can seem so wide that it cannot be repaired. Retrouvaille is a marriage program designed to bring couples closer together. 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!


Our Policy on Life Defies Both Logic and Decency

"Life is beautiful. One's value is not contingent upon external features, such as one's bank account, one's successes or one's lineage. A human being's value is intrinsic, not earned. Without this basic moral understanding, few of our laws would make much sense. Laws against murder, for instance, would fail to make sense if we did not deem human life to be intrinsically valuable and worthy of protection. Rather than choose an arbitrary starting point for valuing human life, we should go to the point when life begins. For this, science gives us clear understanding of when a new human life begins. Science tells us that life begins at the moment of conception. From the moment of conception onward, a new human being is present until that life is ended in a laboratory, by an abortionist, or at some point after birth. Sadly, our current life-related policy in the United States ignores science, choosing capricious points at which to protect innocent human life. Our current policy is inconsistent, defying both logic and decency." 

Senator Sam Brownback


The following message is required to be published in our bulletin once every quarter:

The Diocese of Toledo remains committed to ensuring the protection of children and providing a safe environment for all young people.  If you have any knowledge of abuse that has been committed by a cleric, or any employee or volunteer of the Catholic Church, please report the abuse to your local police department, Child Protection Services, and Mr. Frank DiLallo, Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator.  Mr. DiLallo can be reached at (419) 214-4880 or by mail at 1933 Spielbusch Avenue, Toledo, Ohio  43604.