Third Sunday of Lent

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass 

Monday, March 16 – Lenten Weekday

No Mass

Tuesday, March 17 – St. Patrick, Bishop

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

7:45 p.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Clarice Shininger by Denise Arend

Wednesday, March 18 – St. Cyril of Jerusalem, Bishop & Doctor of the Church

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

7:00 p.m. – Mass–St. Michael’s Ridge–Holly Garmyn

Thursday, March 19 – St. Joseph, Spouse of the BVM

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

9:00 a.m. – Mass - St. Isidore, Marysdale – James Mack by Adoration Chapel Coordinators

6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge–Stations of the Cross

Friday, March 20 – Lenten Weekday

9:00 a.m. – Mass – SMR – Virginia & Robert Rath byRobyn Hawkins


Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, March 21 – Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Lent

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

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Bernard & Irene Kuhn by Tom & Diane Moninger

   Servers: Jeffrey Smith and Jesse Coolman

6:30 p.m. SMR – Victor & Marceile & John Tuohy & Deceased members of the Tuohy family by Carol Birkemeier

Sunday, March 22 – Fourth Sunday of Lent

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

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Margaret Becher by Mary Batt

   Servers: Isaac, Abram, and Xavier Shininger

*********************************************Weekly collection for March 7/8, 2020

Loose - $372.00  

Regular Envelopes - $1,729.00 (62)

Mary, Mother of God - $20.00 (1)

Initial Offering - $20.00 (1)

Catholic Home Missions - $45.00 (3)

Energy - $105.00 (8)  

Baptism Stipend - $50.00 (1)

Funeral Stipend-$100.00 (1)  

Maintenance Fund-$27.00 

Total - $2,468.00  Thank you. May God bless you!


Upcoming Parish Events

*March 21/22 – Parish Council Elections

*April 5 – St. Isidore Parish Easter breakfast at MD

*April 18 – Sacrament of Confirmation during the 4:30pm Mass (to be held at the Marysdale site with no 4:30 Mass at The Bend site that weekend)

*April 26 – St. Isidore Mother-Daughter Breakfast


Choir Practice: Practice for the Confirmation choir will be Wednesday, April 1, at 6pm at Marysdale.

A Family Perspective: Our children are like the Samaritan woman in today’s gospel.  They need more than material things. They need the “living water” only the adults can give.  It will teach them how to make decisions, take responsibility, respect themselves and others, and live their commitments.  With this “living water” they will “never thirst.”

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”

Thursday: Stations of the Cross, 6:30pm at SMR

Next Sunday: High School Retreat - cancelled     Parish Mission scheduled for March 22-24-cancelled

Diocesan Memo - As has been the diocesan policy during times of public health concerns, Fr. Jake has chosen to exercise the option to omit the invitation to the sign of peace and to temporarily discontinue the reception of the Precious Blood from the chalice until such time as the health concern has subsided.

Coronavirus Update from the Catholic Bishops of Ohio dated March 12, 2020

This afternoon Governor Mike DeWine issued an executive order regarding the avoidance of large mass gatherings to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in Ohio.

Even though religious gatherings are expressly excluded in the order, the Catholic bishops of Ohio, out of concern for the common good and the physical as well as spiritual well-being of all of the people of Ohio, have agreed to cooperate with the governor’s direction to create “social distance”.

To that end, we dispense the Catholic faithful who reside in Ohio and all other Catholics currently in Ohio from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass for the weekends of March 14-15, March 21-22 and March 28-29. 

Out of charity and concern for our brothers and sisters in Christ, we encourage all the faithful, in particular those who are sick, experiencing symptoms of illness, or are at risk of illness seriously to consider refraining from Mass attendance. 

As much as possible, we would like to see parish Mass schedules remain unchanged to allow the faithful to offer worship to almighty God and receive the great grace of the sacraments during this trying time; however, we recognize that this may not be possible because many of our senior priests may themselves be at risk. We ask for understanding and flexibility in this regard.

Please join us in praying for all who are suffering from illness or disease of any kind, and for an easing of the tension caused by this situation. May Our Lady of Lourdes, Health of the Sick and Mother of Mercy, intercede for us, and may the Holy Spirit continue to guide and protect us all.



Most Rev. Dennis M. Schnurr, Chairman

Catholic Conference of Ohio

Archbishop of Cincinnati       

Most Rev. Joseph R. Binzer

Auxiliary Bishop Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Most Rev. Robert J. Brennan

Bishop of Columbus                     

Most Rev. Jeffrey Monforton

Bishop of Steubenville                                  

Most Rev. George V. Murry, S.J

Bishop of Youngstown

Rev. Donald P. Oleksiak 

Diocesan Administrator of Cleveland

Most Rev. Daniel E. Thomas

Bishop of Toledo              


St. Isidore Parish Mission scheduled for March 22-24 has been cancelled.

K of C Fish Fries – all remaining scheduled fish fries have been cancelled.

Adoration Chapel Closed:  Due to the coronavirus health concern, the adoration chapel will be closed until further notice.


2020 Lenten Stations of the Cross Schedule

Thursday March 19 – 6:30pm, SMR – Fr. Jake

Thursday, March 26 – 6:30pm, MD – Deacon Scott

Wed., April 1 – 6:45pm, MD – Children’s Stations of the Cross – Deacon Scott

Thursday, April 2 – 6:30pm, SMR – Fr. Jake 

The following individuals are candidates for the Parish Council: Jamie Singer, Joe Hammon, Brian Hammon, Terry Guilford, Holly Coolman, Andrew Shininger, Karah Shininger, Rose Mansel-Pleydell. Pictures and bio’s are in the vestibules of both sites. Elections will be next weekend.

Needed at both St. Isidore sites: Volunteers are needed to be greeters and ushers.  Individuals AND families are encouraged to do this along with teenagers who have reliable transportation.  Please consider doing this as a ministry and/or to provide a service to the church. For more information, please call Deb Kolb at 419-658-2243 or text 419-438-3768.

RCIA/Adult Formation

*Please pray for Eric May (St. Michael's Ridge) and Jacob Thompson (St. Isidore) who will be receiving Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation on Holy Saturday. 

*Please pray for Susanne Bailey who is preparing to be accepted into the church in May. 

*Please pray for Robert Bailey who is preparing for Confirmation on Pentecost. 


CCD News

*The Parent information session for parents of First Communicants is Wednesday, March 18, at 6:45pm in the choir loft at Marysdale. 

Operation Rice Bowl – Catholic Relief Services is again sponsoring Operation Rice Bowl during Lent.  There are rice bowls available in the vestibule at each site for those who wish to donate to this worthy cause.

Holy Thursday Volunteers Needed: 12 volunteers are needed for the apostles’ foot washing on Holy Thursday. Please call Deb Kolb at 419-658-2243 or text 419-438-3768 by Tuesday, March 24 if you are willing to do this.

St. Mary's Food Pantry in Defiance is available with supplies for families in need. They are open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2:30-4:30. All that is required is an ID and birthdates of those in the household. If you would like to donate to the Food Pantry, they are in need of food items (perishable or nonperishable) and toiletries. They are also currently requesting Easter candy to give an Easter basket to all children whose parents visit the Food Pantry before April 10. Donations can be made during St. Mary's regular business hours. Both donations and pick up are at the Parish Ministry Center.


Birthday Wishes

Ben Kimpel, March 17

Brayden Kolb, March 21

Pat Fronk, March 22

Michelle Speiser, March 22


Anniversary Wishes

Mary Lou & Lavon Speiser, March 20


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 – all remaining scheduled fish fries have been cancelled.

St. Michael’s Ridge Altar Society Craft Show set for March 21 has been cancelled.


The "Choice" is Ours at the Ballot Box
As Catholics we have a duty to assist and promote all social justice issues, e.g. helping the poor and destitute, improving health care, etc. There are some Catholics who argue that we should be free to prioritize the various social justice orders and act according to our individual consciences.

However, the Church has made it abundantly clear that not all these issues carry equal weight----some issues, such as abortion are defined by the Church as "intrinsically evil," and can never be morally justified. Thus, our consciences are not ours to form as we think best; they must be formed by the Laws of God and the teachings of the Church, not personal political preference.

Pope John Paul II called abortion "an unspeakable crime' and "an attack against God Himself." The Pope also made it clear that all other rights and social justice issues are irrelevant if the right to LIFE is denied, "The first right of the human person is his life. He has others but this one is fundamental - the condition of all the others." 

Similarly, Cardinal Egan and the Catholic bishops of New York released a statement (Our Cherished Right, Our Solemn Duty) urging voters to make pro-life issues their first priority when voting. They say the destruction of 60 million children and the injury of countless millions of women eclipses any other political issue. 

The bishops warn against voting solely out of party loyalty or self-interest and say voters should be guided by the pro-life teachings of the Catholic Church. "The inalienable right to life of every innocent human person outweighs other concerns where Catholics may use prudential judgment, such as how best to meet the needs of the poor or to increase access to health care for all," they add.

“The right to life is the right through which all others flow,” they wrote. “To the extent candidates reject this fundamental right by supporting an objective evil, such as legal abortion, euthanasia or embryonic stem cell research, Catholics should consider them less acceptable for public office.”