This Week's Bulletin

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Feast of the Ascension

Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass

Monday, May 17 – Easter Weekday

No Mass

Tuesday, May 18 – St. John I, Pope & Martyr

7:00 p.m. – Mass–St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Living

& Deceased Members of the Altar-Rosary Society

Wednesday, May 19 – Easter Weekday

6:30 p.m. – Mass - St. Michael’s Ridge – Carmen

Wagner by siblings

Thursday, May 20 – St. Bernardine of Siena, Priest

9:00 a.m. – Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – Deb

Shininger by Ken & Jean Shininger

Friday, May 21 – St. Christopher Magallanes, Priest, &

Companions, Martyrs

9:00 a.m. – Mass - St. Michael’s Ridge – Birthday of

Carleen Emmons

Lord’s Day Masses

Saturday, May 22–Vigil of Pentecost Sunday

4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend–Harold & Nancy

Kunesh by Dennis & Anita Fracassi

Servers: Daniel & Jeremiah Hammon

6:30 p.m. – Saint Michael’s Ridge – G. Dennis “Denny”

Coressel by Steven & Karen Martin

Sunday, May 23 – Feast of Pentecost

8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Graduation Mass –

Brad McBride by Doug & Joan McBride

10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Clara Kunesh by

Shirley Fry Family

Servers: Jude & Noah Shininger

************************************************Weekly collections from May 8/9, 2021

Loose - $202.00

Regular Envelopes - $1,733.00 (63)

Easter - $50.00 (1)

Ascension - $30.00 (2)

Cemetery (Bend) - $30.00 (2)

Cemetery (Marysdale) - $15.00 (2)

Hall Rental - $50.00 (1)

Maintenance Fund - $30.00 (3)

Total - $2,140.00 Thank you. May God bless you!


Congratulations The Altar Rosary Society thanks everyone who bought quilt raffle tickets on the two quilts donated by Shirley Breidenbaugh and Cindy Hesselschwardt. Thanks also to the volunteers who sold tickets to make this a fundraising success! Congratulations to Jim Guilford and Laura Buchholz, who were the winners of these beautiful quilts.

Priests of the Day – Fr. Joe Steinbauer on Monday, May 17; and Fr. John Stites on Tuesday, May 18. Please keep these priests in your prayers.

Congratulations to St. Isidore’s Class of 2021: Please keep our graduating seniors in your prayers as they begin a new phase in their lives: Aaron Layman, Leah Layman, Clair Shininger, Hannah Shininger, Emily Singer, Carrie Smith. These seniors will be honored at a graduation Mass on Sunday, May 30 at Marysdale.

Youth News

May 30 - Graduation Mass for seniors. All graduates are asked to be at MD by 9:40.

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: Gary Seibert, Dan Dietrich, Greg Kolb, and Jim Meyer

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, Delaware Bend – Wednesday, 8am through

Thursday, 6:45pm ending with Benediction

St. Michael’s Ridge – Wednesday, 6pm - Holy Hour with

Adoration & Reconciliation

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

This morning I have been thinking about this month of Mary. I think about the May crownings and the first communions, and the rosaries before each Mass. I think about the baby bottles handed out for the support of the pregnancy centers and I wonder how Mary is here in our parishes, how her presence is special.

I was raised in a parish named after Mary in Clyde. There were statues aplenty of her that lined the altars and they were symbols of course as is the blue haze that is so much a part of the early landscape and the sweet earth of spring and the gentle rain and the air we breathe and the wind. Every flower, every harvest of corn, of wheat, of fruit is a sign of her womb. But what I mean is where is she in you? How do you know she is part of your life? Of your spirit? For she is here.

I remember these thoughts were with me back growing up. I wondered about faith and statues and the whole bit. Then one day at Church a dog came down the aisle. It was dirty, hungry, skinny, with a big chunk chewed out of one ear and the poor dog limped. It was obvious it was beaten brutally and it was frightened. Fr. Smeltzer stopped the Mass and had an usher take it outside. It stayed around the rectory and people brought food and petted her and slowly she put on a little weight and began to look alive. When she ate, she gulped the food down as if it were stolen or forbidden and bit by bit she got better. She started to play and run, bark now and again and began to love life. The priest found her a home in Fremont, Ohio but the next day she came back. He finally gave her to a couple across the road and I used to see the nuns walking her at times.

Now what impressed me is that a stray dog came into our church looking for love and got it. That made me glad for it was a sign of the Mother of God. St. Mary’s parish lived up to her name and Mary’s presence was powerful. The marks of the Virgin’s presence are tenderness, kindness, piety, a reverence for all living things, an ability to see God in all things made. It is the Mother of God and her presence among us in Clyde was manifest. The stray dog who wandered in simply manifested it and I knew, at my young age, it was a sign of God. This poor dumb creature knew the presence of love instinctively and came back to it again and again and again.

If people dedicated to the Lord’s way, who fasted and prayed, who said the rosary, and if such people are so tenderhearted as to fuss over a wandering dog, then God be praised in the heavens because his mother is present on earth. For Mary loves life and all living things and so must everyone who will be whole and complete. A person is not only head but also heart. If one is strong and not gentle, the one is not strong at all but weak. It is the Mother of God who teaches us these things in her presence among us. It is this love among ourselves that gives God glory and us joy. For is not each one of us in some way just like that wandering dog? Have we not been bruised and beaten by life? Been chewed up? Knocked around? Do we not all limp one way or the other? Has not the evil one left his mark on us all? And is not our gravest problem the fact that we do not believe in love, that we are suspicious and afraid and do not trust? And don’t we all have the need of fulfillment. This we learn from the Mother of God; to love life, to believe in love, and to enter into darkness. To look on pain, to bear suffering, to live with failure, not with bitterness but with hope, not with rancor and revenge but with faith in the ultimate victory of good. A person is a wandering dog, beaten up, hungry, lost, looking for a little love. And when love comes, one is afraid, one doubts. So, everyone needs Mary’s touch, her gentle hand, her quiet way, her benign presence. And she is here, in our land, in our hearts. So, watch her, listen to her, abide with her. Say nothing, do nothing, just let her be around you. After a while your fever will cool, your bitterness soften, your fears resolved, your courage restored. And you will be able to accept the world. I can think of nothing that the world needs more than the presence of the Mother of God.

In Him,

Fr. Joe

P.S. We will be taking up regular collections during the offertory starting Memorial Day Weekend

Father Jim Morman will speak at St John's Catholic, Defiance, May 25 at 7pm after the 6:30 pm Mass about respect for life from the vantage point of the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary as a person of faith, trust and hope, and of St. Joseph, a faithful support at her side, covering particular issues of identity, relationship, decision-making, social pressure, beliefs, emotions and prayer.

Fr. Jim Morman, TOR is a member of the Franciscan Friars, and is currently helping St Johns as a parochial administrator. Please join us. Sponsored by Mother Teresa Respect for life.

“Mother’s Day to Father’s Day” Project is again being sponsored by the St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society this spring. Baby bottles are available in the vestibules at each site and will be collected Father’s Day weekend. Parishioners are encouraged to collect change to be donated to the Northwest Ohio Community Pregnancy Center. No event was able to be held in 2020 due to COVID so the need is even greater this year. The society and the pregnancy center thank you for your continued support. Please do not leave bottles containing money unattended at either site.

Adoration at The Bend will be in the Adoration Chapel beginning Wednesday, May 19 at 8am through Thursday at 7pm and continuing in the Chapel at the same time for all weeks following. The Ohio Bishops have encouraged the following: “You are invited to continue to follow all the essential protocols of hand sanitizing, wearing face masks and social distancing.” We will have disinfectant spray and hand sanitizer for all adorers to use following their hour. Thanks for spending an hour with Jesus. God bless you!

Save the Date for the annual Homeschooling Graduation Mass. Bishop Daniel E. Thomas will be the main celebrant at 7pm on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral. More information will be distributed soon.

Birthday Wishes

Ryan Guilford, May 16

Jeffrey Smith, May 17

Baylee Grine, May 17

Teresa Dietrich, May 18

Greg Shininger, May 18

Rose Mansel-Pleydell, May 18

Brayden Dietrich, May 19

John Grine, May 19

Brenda Schlosser, May 19

Jacob Bowers, May 20

Sara Stuckey Diaw, May 21

Alex Stuckey, May 22

Anniversary Wishes

Alan & Kim Bowers, May 16

Jeffery & Samantha Meyer, May 21

Pray for the sick

Fr. Bob, Betty Adelman & Jean Keller (sisters of Anita Bertsch), Anita Bertsch, Ruth Ann Czartoski, Cody Davis, Marianne Fleming, Noah Garcia, Jim Huebner, Danny Mekus, Julie Meyer, Marilyn Minck, Jim Nusbaum, Jr., Roseann Nusbaum, Becky Rhodes, and all who need our prayers.

The new parish website is up and running and we need your help. We are looking for pictures that you might have of the two churches, inside and out that we can add to the website to make it as visually appealing as possible. Please email any pictures that you might have to John Mansel-Pleydell ( Checkout the new website at

Annual Catholic Appeal: St. Isidore has met its goal of $6,869 with 70 donors giving/pledging $11,894.69, 173.16% of the goal. As in the past, any amount over our goal will be returned to the parish as a rebate. For those who have not yet contributed to the Annual Catholic Appeal, please reflect upon the importance of your charitable involvement and prayerfully consider making a gift to the Appeal.

Youth Minister Position Opening

St. Mary Catholic Church and St. John Catholic Church, Defiance, Ohio, are announcing an opening of a part-time position for a High School Youth Minister. Applicants must have a heart for youth ministry, be an active Catholic who supports and is in compliance with all teachings of the Catholic Church, have some training, education, or experience as a catechist of youth minister, have good leadership skills and be available on Wednesday evenings as well as for come weekend outings and summer activities. Position begins in July. Ministry Description & Responsibilities available on request. Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, salary requirement, and list of at least three references to: Rev. Randy Giesige, 715 Jefferson Ave., Defiance OH 43512. Email:

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