Saint Isidore Parish is Born
On Saturday July 2nd 2005, the first Mass was celebrated by Fr Dave Tscherne. It was announced that Bishop Leonard Blair had decided the new parish would be called St Isidore (The Farmer) since the closing of St Isidore’s Cuba in 2004 had left the diocese without a church named in honor of the patron saint of farmers.
With the combination of the two parishes, it was decided to have 16 members on the first parish council. In subsequent years the number was reduced to the present number of 10 counselors.
In 2008 the CCD classes were combined with the elementary grades meeting at Marysdale and the Middle/High schoolers at the Bend.
May of 2008 saw the passing of Fr William Martin at age 83. He had been living in the rectory at the Bend since his retirement in 2002.
A large funeral Mass was held at Marysdale with over 30 priests concelebrating. He was laid to rest in the Delaware Bend cemetery.
In July 2009 Fr Robert Kill was appointed to be the pastor of St Michael Ridge and St Isidore’s parishes. Fr Kill had served prior to this at the old Immaculate Conception and St Stephens parishes as pastor from 1978-1988.
June 2013 after many months of planning, meetings and consultation with the Diocese of Toledo, a major roof project was undertaken at the Marysdale site. The flat roofs of both the sacristy and parish hall were replaced with a new pitched roof similar in design to the roof of the main part of the church. The work was completed in mid August with the relocation of the air conditioning units off the roof and onto pads adjacent to the bell tower.
In November of 2018 Fr Kill let us know that he had begun treatment for cancer. During his treatment, the parish had a series of visiting priests that handled the weekend Masses. In December it was announced that Fr Jake Gordon would be assisting Fr Bob with the Masses at both St Michael Ridge and St Isidore.
In June of 2019 it was announced that Fr Jake Gordon has been appointed the pastoral administrator of both St Michael Ridge and St Isidore parishes. Fr Jake assumed duties on July 1st 2019.
In July 2020 it was announced that Fr Jake Gordon had been removed by the Bishop of Toledo as parochial administrator.
In October it was announced that Fr Joe Steinbauer has been appointed Parochial Administrator for St Michael Ridge and St Isidore parishes.
In March 2021 the parish received notice from the Diocese that a new pastor has been appointed to St Isidore and St Michael Ridge parishes. Father Melwin d'Souza will take up his appointment on July 1st 2021.