The Epiphany of the Lord

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass

Monday, January 8 – The Baptism of the Lord

No Mass 

Tuesday, January 9 – 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 – Joseph Homrich by Barbara Homrich

Wednesday, January 10 – Weekday in Ordinary Time

7:00 p.m. Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Pat McCann by Ron & Lori Weber family

Thursday, January 11 – Weekday in Ordinary Time

7:00 p.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Julie Timbrook, Deceased Family & Friends by Jim & Agnes Timbrook

Friday, January 12 – Weekday in Ordinary Time

9:00 a.m. Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Ted Garmyn by Joseph & Mary Deschryver

Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, January 13 – 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 Wonderly & Karen Wonderly by Frances Wonderly

   Servers: Lane Kolb, Elijah and Isaiah Goliver

6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Marjorie Siler by her family

Sunday, January 14 – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Marian McBride by Doug & Joan McBride

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Deceased family & friends by Dennis & Mary Ann Smith

  Servers: Miguel and Alex Garcia, Tim Meyer


St. Isidore Parish Stewardship – December 30/31, 2017

Loose - $1,492.00

Regular Envelopes - $988.00 (42)

Initial Offering - $135.00 (7)

Mary, Mother of God - $225.00 (7)

Christmas - $445.00 (7)

Total - $3,285.00  Thank you.  May God bless you!


There are still a few 2018 contribution envelopes to be picked up in the vestibule at each site.  If you did not receive envelopes and wish to have some, please let Father Kill or Melissa Moninger know. 

2017 contribution statements will not be mailed unless requested.  If you wish to have a contribution statement for 2017, 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.

Parishioner Pauline Ramus will be celebrating her 90th birthday on January 17. If you’d like to send her a card, her address is 1900 Randallia Avenue, Apt. 1030, Fort Wayne IN  46805.

“More than a Manger” – The St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society thanks everyone for their generous donations to their Christmas project, “More than a Manger.”  In addition to all the items, a total of $722.35 was donated in cash.  Amazing!!  Thank you!


A Family Perspective: The Magi in today’s gospel were led to Jesus by a star.  Who are the stars your children follow?  Don’t let it be the tabloid stars.  Resolve in this New Year to be the guiding star in the lives of your children.

“Around Our Parishes”

This Weekend: Rolls and coffee after the 10:00am Mass at Marysdale, sponsored by the CYO

      St. Michael’s Ridge Informational Meeting concerning St. Mike’s Parish Center – 1:00pm in church

            basement.  All parishioners are welcome!

Wednesday: St. Michael’s Parish Council Meeting– after 7pm Mass

Thursday: Deanery meeting – 2pm

      St. Isidore Holy Name meeting at Delaware Bend – after 7pm Mass

      St. Isidore Parish Council Meeting at Delaware Bend after 7pm Mass

Saturday: St. Isidore Retreat for CCD teachers

Next Weekend: St. Michael’s Ridge 2nd Collection for

            Brooke (Liska) Homier


Saint Isidore CCD students will be receiving instruction in lessons that are mandated by the Toledo Diocese as part of the Protecting God’s Children initiative on January 10th for 7th through 12th grades. These are age-appropriate lessons for our children that will take place during their regular class time. All parishes in the Diocese are presenting this program to their students.

Opt-out forms were mailed to each family this past week. New families also received a parent guide (which was provided to all families last year) explaining the program.  All families will need to return the opt-out form only if you choose NOT to have your child participate. The opt-out form must be received prior to the scheduled lesson (the night of is ok but a phone call or email giving a heads up is appreciated) for your child to do an alternative activity. If you have more than one child in our program, you will receive one opt-out form per child.

The safety of our children is a top concern and we want to work with families to create an open environment where children know there are safe support people in their lives. As such, parents are welcome to attend the class, though this is not required. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns by calling Christine Stuckey (658-2012) or Alison Garcia (399-0647).

St. Isidore Holy Name Meeting will be Thursday, January 11, after the 7pm Mass at Delaware Bend.

Plenary Indulgence Available – March for Life

By special grant of our Holy Father, Pope Francis, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, the Major Penitentiary of the Catholic Church, has informed the Bishops of the United States that a plenary indulgence can be obtained by the Christian faithful by taking part in the sacred celebrations of the 2018 March for Life (18-19 January 2018).  Those that are unable to attend or participate in the March for Life due to age, sickness, or other grave reason, may also obtain the plenary Indulgence, provided that they have the disposition of detachment from any kind of sin and have the intention of fulfilling, as soon as they are able, the three customary conditions of the Indulgence if they spiritually unite themselves to the sacred events of the March for Life, and also having offered prayers and their sufferings or the ailments of their own life to the merciful God.”

The three customary conditions for receiving the plenary indulgence include: sacramental Confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayers for the intentions of Pope Francis.


The next meeting of the Christo Rey Federal Credit Union will be Monday, January 8, 2018, at Marysdale at 7:30pm.

The Christo Rey Federal Credit Union announces that its second half 2017 dividend rate will be .55% to be paid on share savings account activity from July 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.  Please give your passbooks to Cindy Siler for posting after January 1.

Current loan rates at the Christo Rey Federal Credit Union are:

2018-2017 Cars & Trucks                              2.0%

2016-2015 Cars & Trucks                              2.5%

2014-2013 Cars & Trucks                              3.0%

All other secured loans                                    3.5%

Signature loans ($4,000.00 maximum)         11.0%

To obtain further information on financing through the Credit Union, contact Ted Czartoski at 419-769-6693 or Cindy Siler at 419-658-2707.


Birthday Wishes:

Jeffrey Schindler, January 8

Brice Elston, January 9

Alex Layman, January 12

Jim Van Curen, January 13

Kinsey Dietrich, January 14

Freda Meyer, Januarry 14


Pray for the sick:

Brian Davis, Cody Davis, Denny Fronk, Noah Garcia, Shirley Guilford, Danny Mekus, Marilyn Minck, Dennis Smith, Marianne Fleming, Don Meyer, Betty Adelman (sister of Anita Bertsch), and all who need our prayers.

Area Events


K of C Pancake Breakfast – This Sunday, January 7, 2018, at the K of C Hall on Elliott Road, Defiance, from 9am-11:30am.  Meal price: $7 for adults; $6 for senior citizens; $4 for children 6-12; free for children 5 and U.  Retreat at Domus Angelorum Retreat Center:  The Domus Angelorum Retreat House, located at 21706 State Route 114, Cloverdale, will be conducting a retreat on the topic of “The Communion of Saints”   on Saturday, January 13.  The day begins with Mass at 8:30am with registration and Adoration following Mass. The day will conclude with Reconciliation and Benediction at 3:00pm. Cost is $10.00 per person and please bring a packed lunch.  All are welcome.  Retreat leader will be Father Herman Scherger.

Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship for boys and girls, ages 9-14, on Sunday January 14, 2018 at 1:00pm at the Defiance Knights of Columbus Hall, 111 Elliott Road.  Please bring your birth certificate.

Please join us for our annual march for life in Defiance on January 22 where the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered at St Mary’s at 8am.  Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament will be all day ending with Benediction at 4:45 pm. The March will start at noon at the Defiance County Courthouse where we will walk with police escort to the unborn monument for prayer. Then in St John’s church basement there will be a variety of speakers where hot chocolate will be offered. Please join us to pray and walk for the unborn who cannot speak for themselves united with all others in the nation.  Sponsored by Mother Teresa Respect for Life.
Weber Center Announces Upcoming Events in New Year

Weber Center, on the Campus of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, offers special programs to bring joy and enlightenment to the New Year.

Lunch & Learn Series

If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to learn more about the world around you, Weber Center’s monthly Lunch & Learn Series might be a great place to start. One Tuesday each month, from 12:15 to 1:00pm, a different speaker will make a presentation on practical topics, while you enjoy your own lunch, with drinks and dessert offered by Weber Center.

The program for the next four months is as follows:

  • January 16, Julius Nagy, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Siena Heights University, on “Food and Chemistry – Know What You Eat.”
  • February 13: Sandy Price, RN, on “First Aid Tips for Handling Home Emergencies.”
  • March 13: Helen Miller, owner of Flowers and Such, on “Secrets to Arranging Flowers.”
  • April 12: Karin Barbee, Associate Professor of English at Siena Heights University, “Celebrate Poetry.”

The Lunch and Learn Series is free and open to the public; registration is not required.

Who Are You as a Christian?

As science brings to light ever more about the vastness of our universe and its evolution, how do we fit God and humanity into the picture? That is the question that Sister Sara Fairbanks, OP, PhD, will explore in her two-part series, “Who Are You as a Christian in an Evolving Universe?”

Sessions will be held from 1:30 to 3:00 pm on Wednesdays, January 17, 2018, and January 24, 2018.

Currently the Director of Vocations for the Adrian Dominican Sisters, Sister Sara served as Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Barry University in Miami.

The cost for each session is $5 and registration is required. To register, call Weber Center at 517-266-4000 or register online at  Weber Center is on the campus of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse Campus, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian. Enter the Eastern-most driveway of the complex and follow the signs to Weber Center. For information, call the Weber Center at 517-266-4000.
Did You Know, that after Conception, in:

18 days a baby’s heart begins to beat?

43 days its brain coordinates movement?

7 weeks a baby can hiccup?

8 weeks its organs can function?

9 weeks it has permanent, individual fingerprints?

10 weeks a baby can feel pain?

12 weeks a baby can smile, suck its thumb, and make a fist?

Over 2 million couples wait to adopt children, including

children of all races and those with special needs.

Any textbook will confirm what every doctor knows: LIFE BEGINS AT CONCEPTION


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