Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass 

Monday, January 25 – The Conversion of St. Paul, the Apostle

No Mass

Tuesday, January 26 – Sts. Timothy & Titus, Bishops

7:00 p.m. – Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – David Douglass by Zach & Kyla Carder

Wednesday, January 27 – St. Angela Merici, Virgin

6:30 p.m. – Mass –St. Michael’s Ridge – Frances Stehulak

Thursday, January 28 – St. Thomas Aquinas, Priest & Doctor of the Church

9:00 a.m. – Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – Deb Shininger by Phyllis Betz

Friday, January 29 – Weekday in Ordinary Time

9:00 a.m. – Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Albert & Marion Mekus by David & Karen Mekus

      Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, January 30 – Vigil of the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Jerry Laker by Bob & Heather Miller

6:30 p.m. – Saint Michael’s Ridge – Marcia Meyer by Jeremie & Kimberly Meyer

Sunday, January 31 – Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Mary Wagner by Paul & Bonnie Moser

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Gil & June Coolman by Tim & Anne Shininger

*********************************************Weekly collections from January 16/17, 2021

Loose - $179.00

Regular Envelopes - $1,208.00 (38)

Initial Offering - $5.00 (1)

Energy - $110.00 (5)

Votive Candles - $45.86

Total - $1,547.86  Thank you.  May God bless you!


St. Isidore Mass Intentions – Contact Melissa Moninger at email 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: Steve Coolman, Russ Jesse, Louis Shininger, Barb Marlin, and Melissa Moninger

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

2020 contribution statements will not be sent out unless requested.  If you wish to have a contribution statement for 2020, please put a self-addressed stamped envelope in the weekly collection and one will be mailed to you.  You can also send an email to and one will be emailed to you.  If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Moninger at 419-789-3780 or finance@saintisidoreparishorg


“Around Our Parishes”

Next Weekend: The blessing of throats for St. Blaise at all Masses


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

The last couple of weeks the readings at Mass have highlighted the call to vocation.  The early disciples followed John the Baptist direction and followed Jesus and we witness Jesus calling the disciples today.  I came across last night the passage in 1 Peter “you, however, are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people He claims for His own, to proclaim the glorious works of the one who called you from darkness into His marvelous light.  Once you were no people, but now you are God’s people; once there was no mercy for you, and now you have found mercy.”

In a day when interest in the order of priesthood seems not great, when numbers entering are modest, when needs are really serious, it is worth asking ourselves what is the thought of the character given the people of God as a “chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation.”  It would seem that a developed awareness of such priesthood would be reflected in a high regard for those who are specifically ordained.  If there has been an undeveloped grasp of this, would it be any surprise if it were evident.  And it is evident.  We know, for example, that there has been a great falling off in attendance at Sunday Mass even before the COVID-19 days.  This has even happened in the sacramental life, for that matter.  For if priest’s roles pertain to “worship” and “teaching” and “leading” by the very term “priest,” public prayer is priority.  So, a certain coolness in participating in worship reflects a lessening of regard for the priest.

On the other hand, such marvelous developments are at work that any conclusion is hesitant.  The enormous interest in the spiritual life, an involvement with ministries of all sorts, the engagement with serious social issue, is so intense that one cannot be other than grateful to God and profoundly impressed.

Yet the truth remains: lay priesthood is not merely secular but also sacred.  Ordained priesthood is not only sacred but oriented toward the secular.  The prime stance must look beyond its locus.  Lay priesthood totally secular is barren.  Ordained priesthood articulates the sacred in the secular.

It follows that a contribution we could make to the common good is to rediscover and reshape the entire notion of priest, asserting in our lives an emphasis on worship as prime.  Nothing whatever is preferred to the work of God: a keen appreciation of the role of evangelizing by our love for the Gospel and by living it, a sharing in pastoral building of the community, rather than any passive indifference that leaves it to others.

Our position is superb.  We are both cleric and lay, we are “priests and people,” in one sense of the terms, and “all priests” in another.  The dynamics are stimulating.  It is perhaps a rather important function for us to contribute to a healthier love for any priesthood in all senses and counteract a certain disenchantment born of the exigencies of our faith.

For let it be said, Christianity is not easy.  And when we find this so, it is no small matter to stay on course.  Disenchantment is as common as rain and not nearly so fruitful.  A coolness to any priesthood is self-defeating for we are all royal priesthood with Christ.  Any coolness is thus demeaning.

I guess the oft used term nowadays is that we are in this together.  It will be nice to get people back to Church where we can worship again together.  It will be great together to do ministry, show our love for each other.  I believe the climate of positive love will make prosper the works the future.  No one knows the shape of things to come, what forms priests and people will assume, how worship and teaching and ruling will take place.  The new is not evident.  It is stressful but it is also necessary as part of growth.  There are ordained priests and there are people and this is of divine origin and the people of God are themselves “a royal priesthood, a chosen race, a holy nation, a people he claims as his own.”  That, too, is divine origin.

I think Jesus would root our significance in our priesthood with him, our engagement in full measure with the drama of salvation.  He would never demean nor rate our importance on anything less.

In Him, Fr. Joe

Statement of the Diocese of Toledo Regarding Vandalism at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral: In the early hours of Monday morning, January 18, a neighbor alerted the police and fire departments of vandalism which took the form of graffiti on the walls and doors and igniting the church doors on fire at the main entrance on Collingwood Boulevard of Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral. We are alarmed and heartsick by what occurred at the mother church of the Diocese of Toledo, a sacred building, a house of worship and an historical, architectural and spiritual treasure.

We are very grateful for the vigilance of our neighbors and the rapid response of our first responders, and that no one was injured. 

As the damage to the Cathedral is assessed, there is an ongoing investigation to determine whether the acts were religious, racial or ethnic in nature and we will continue to cooperate with authorities. If you have any information, please contact the Toledo Police Depart-ment. Together with all Catholics, Christians and people of faith we denounce any such acts of vandalism.

Bishop Daniel Thomas expresses his thanks to all the members of the community for their concern and support and requests ongoing prayers for protection, healing and forgiveness.

Statement of Bishop Daniel E. Thomas Regarding the Death of Officer Brandon Stalker: With the most profound sorrow we mourn the tragic death of Officer Brandon Stalker, the 24-year-old who was shot and killed in the line of duty while protecting residents from a gunman during a standoff. We stand in prayerful solidarity with Officer Stalker’s family and friends, with Chief George Kral and the family of the Toledo Police Department, and with our entire community.  

Together with all people of good will, I am deeply grateful for the selfless generosity of the men and woman in uniform who daily risk their own lives to protect and serve us all. Together, may we all commit ourselves to increased prayer and action to bring about an end to violence and all its underlying causes.

May Officer Brandon Stalker rest in the arms of our loving Father.

Birthday Wishes

Daniel Clinker, January 25

Isaiah Goliver, January 25

Gemma Mansel-Pleydell, January 25

Helen Simonis, January 26

Karen Graham, January 26

Chayse Singer, January 26

Johnny Marlin, January 27

Duane Hearne, January 29

Trenton Timbrook, January 29

Terri Singer, January 31

Bethany Shininger, January 31


Anniversary Wishes

Erv & Veronica Hastedt, January 31

Leslie & Melinda Culler, Jannary 31


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

Upcoming ‘Zoom and See’ Helps Single Catholic Women Discern Call to Religious Life Are you a single Catholic woman, age 19-35, trying to discern your call in life? Are you feeling called to give your life to God? The Adrian Dominican Sisters invite you to spend the weekend with them and with other young Catholic women discerning their future. The virtual Zoom and See for Yourself weekend is Friday and Saturday, February 12-13, 2021. It will include time for prayer, silence, faith-sharing, and fun, as well as the opportunity to learn about the life of a Sister and the Dominican life. Please register online at For information, contact Sister Tarianne DeYonker, OP, Vocation Co-director, at or call or text her at 517-920-1395.

The Adrian Dominican Sisters, a Congregation of about 500 vowed women religious and more than 200 Associates, traces its roots back to St. Dominic in the 13th century. The Sisters minister in 22 states and in the Dominican Republic, Norway, and the Philippines. The Congregation’s Vision is to “seek truth, make peace, reverence life.”

Christo Rey Federal Credit Union announces the second half 2020 dividend rate will be based on the daily share savings account balance and will be paid on balances as of December 31, 2020.  Please give your passbooks to Cindy Siler for posting after January 1. The interest dividends rates are:

Account balances up to $1,000.00             .75%

Account balances between $1,000.01 and $2,500.00       .80% 

Account balances between $2,500.01 and $10,000.00     .85% 

Account balances between $10,000.01 and $25,000.00   .90%

Account balances $25,000.01 and over           1.00%

Christo Rey is a great place for savings accounts for children and grandchildren, your emergency (rainy day) fund or as a way to earn a high rate of return with daily access to your money.  Compare the rate you are currently receiving on your passbook savings account to the rates shown above.  Funds are insured up to $250,000 per account by the NCUA.  All parishioners of St. Isidore are eligible to become Credit Union members. Please contact Cindy Siler at (419) 658-2707 with questions or to open an account. 

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

2021-2020 Cars & Trucks 3.0%

2019-2018 Cars & Trucks 3.5%

2017-2016 Cars & Trucks 4.0%

All other secured loans 4.5%

Signature loans ($6,000.00 maximum)        11.0%

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

From NWO Community Pregnancy Center in Bryan: Thank you for your monetary donation ($690) as well as the crib, mattress and many baby supplies.  All of these items will be put to good use by our clients.  Your partnership with CPC is deeply valued.  Thank you for helping encourage people with the message of life.