Third Sunday of Advent

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass 

Monday, December 16 – Advent Weekday 

No Mass

Tuesday, December 17 – Advent Weekday

7:15 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 Madonna Wonderly  

Wednesday, December 18 – Advent Weekday

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

7:00 p.m. Mass –St. Michael’s Ridge – Mary Ricica by Ann Steffel

Thursday, December 19 – Advent Weekday

8:30 a.m. - Confessions

9:00 a.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – Margaret Ann Schindler by George & Ruby Schindler

Friday, December 20 – Advent Weekday

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


Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, December 21 – Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Advent (St. Peter Canisius)

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Brian Davis by Davis Family

   Servers: Jude and Noah Shininger

6:30 p.m. St. Michael’s Ridge – Jim Wagner

Sunday, December 22 – Fourth Sunday of Advent

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Phyllis Newton by Chris & Karen Newton

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale–Deceased Members of the Slusser Family by Sam & Debbie Slusser

   Servers: Eric, John, and Jimmy Shininger

*********************************************Weekly collection for December 7/8, 2019

Loose - $356.00 

Regular Envelopes - $1,458.00 (53)

Immaculate Conception - $224.00 (16)

Christmas Flowers - $110.00 (7)

Retirement Fund for Religious - $79.00 (7)

Total - $2,227.00  Thank you. May God bless you!


Christmas Mass Schedule:

4pm December 24 – Mass St. Michael’s Ridge

4pm December 24 – St. Isidore Children’s Program, MD

4:30pm December 24 – Mass St. Isidore, MD

9pm December 24 – Mass St. Isidore, DB

11pm December 24 – Mass St. Michael’s Ridge

9am December 25 – Mass St. Isidore, MD

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.

Leading the Flock – A copy of the latest message from Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, entitled “A Visit Unlike Any Other” is available in the vestibule at each site.

Adoration Chapel Christmas Schedule - The Chapel will close on Friday (12/20) at the normal time. The Chapel will open Sunday, January 5, at the normal time. Have a blessed Christmas!

A Family Perspective: The question put to Jesus in today’s gospel is also put to us today:  “Are you the one who will give guidance to the children in your life or must they look to TV sitcoms, films, videos, and music lyrics for direction? Are you the one? Will you be the one?

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


“Around Our Parishes”

This Sunday: Rolls & coffee after 10am Mass at MD, provided by the Altar-Rosary Society with all donations going to the NWO Community Pregnancy Center in Bryan

A Note from Father Bob & Anita: Father Bob and Anita will not be sending Christmas cards to St. Isidore parishioners.  Fr. Bob is sick and it is hard for him to write all the Christmas cards. A very Merry and Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year to you in 2020.  Please keep us in your prayers. We surely miss all of you. Love and prayers, Fr. Bob and Anita Bertsch


CYO News

The youth going to Steubenville are having a raffle until December 15 for a Wendell August Forge miniature pewter, 10-piece Nativity Set, crafted by artist Kyle Gercken and packaged in a signed wooden box. The set will be on display after Mass. Entries are $1 each. You can get entered after each Mass at St. Isidore, by contacting a youth attending the conference, or by contacting Sarah Diaw 419-438-8011. 

STEUBENVILLE REGISTRATION: Registration for Steubenville has been changed to January, 2020.  Conference date is June 26-28. This is different from previous years. Cost is $212 for the conference and $10 for a T-shirt. We usually cover transportation costs & part of the conference cost through fundraising & donations. Only a $40 deposit per youth is needed to register.  RSVP with deposit to Sarah Diaw by January 6, 2020. If you have questions contact Sarah Diaw 419.438.8011


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. 

*Christmas Program practice dates are Saturday, December 14, from 10-11am, Wednesday, December 18, from 6:45-8pm, and Saturday, December 21, from 10-11am. 

*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. 


 “More than a Manger” Project – For the twentieth year the St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society is sponsoring its “More than a Manger” project during Advent.  A crib will be placed in the hall at MD and a pack-n-play in the vestibule at DB beginning next weekend to accept baby items for the Northwest Ohio Community Pregnancy Center in Bryan.  All new baby items can be donated, but especially needed are baby wash, bath towels and wash-cloths, burp cloths, new clothes, combs and brushes, crib sheets, diapers (sizes 5 & 6), diaper rash ointment, dish/snack carriers, fleece blankets, forks/spoons, lotion, shampoo, sippy cups, sleepers, thermometers, and quilts for boys.  There are printed lists for your convenience in the vestibule at each site. Donations will be accepted through Christmas Day. If you prefer to make a donation by check, please make the check out to St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society or NWO Community Pregnancy Center. As in the past, the Society will provide the rolls and coffee on December 15 with all free will donations going to the center.  


World’s Greatest Dishcloths are available for purchase by the St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society for $1.75 each or 3 for $5.  The cloths are white with green or tan stripes. Contact Char Shininger if interested.


On behalf of the St. Vincent de Paul Society we thank the parishioners of St. Isidore for their continued support, which allows us to keep our doors open to the neediest of Defiance County.  (From Kathy Friedman, representative from St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Defiance.)


Book Display - Please check out the display of great religious books on the rack in the church entrance.  Please take whatever ones you like and as many as you like. They would make great reading material for you this Advent Season as you prepare for the coming of our Lord and Savior.  These books are being offered FREE to you from the Defiance Knights of Columbus.


Birthday Wishes

Matthew Meyer, December 17

Mary Alice Singer, December 19

Connie Kunesh, December 20

James Shininger, December 20

Shirley Breidenbaugh, December 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, Rhett Jesse, Danny Mekus, Marilyn Minck, Roseann Nusbaum, Fr. John Stites, and all who need our prayers. 


Area Events

Cathedral Concert Series - You’re invited to a free performance of the Cathedral Concert Series on Sunday, December 15, 2019, at 3:00pm. Join us for Christmas Carol Sing featuring The Cathedral Choir with Paul Monachino, director. Sing favorite Christmas carols in Rosary Cathedral accompanied by the historic E. M. Skinner organ, choir, strings, and brass. The evening light filters through stained glass as the cathedral is filled with the joyful sounds of Christmas!


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: Ken & Teresa Roof at 419-340-4886 or email at


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!


The Wonderful Work of Crisis Pregnancy Centers

There are about 3,000 crisis pregnancy centers in the United States funded and staffed almost entirely by pro-life people, many being unpaid volunteers. 

Each provides some or all of the following: counseling about abortion alternatives, information about what government help is available, pre-natal care, sonograms so that expectant mothers can see their babies, room and board during and after pregnancy, clothing, baby items, medical services, assistance for other children, assistance with adoption, post-natal instruction, help for moms to continue their education, post-abortion counsel and many other services --all of which are provided free of charge to women with unplanned pregnancies. 

These centers prevent thousands of abortions each year, assist and care for mothers who are feeling desperate and promote a culture of LIFE, instead of the culture of death. The centers and the people who work in them are truly a great blessing! 

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