Sunday, August 1, 2021
Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass
Monday, August 2 – St. Eusebius of Vercelli, Bishop; St. Peter Julian Eymard, Priest
Tuesday, August 3 – Weekday in Ordinary Time
9:00 a.m. – Mass–St. Isidore, Delaware Bend-Deceased
Family & Friends by Dan & Teresa Dietrich
Wednesday, August 4 – St. John Vianney, Priest
6:30 p.m. – Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge – Mrs. Fran
Stehulak by Carl & Nancy Stehulak
Thursday, August 5 – The Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major
9:00 a.m. – Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – Ruth Fritz
by Ron & Linda Kolb
Friday, August 6 – The Transfiguration of the Lord (First Friday)
8:00 a.m. -Mass–St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Mary
Eleanor Singer by Pat Timbrook
Lord’s Day Masses
Saturday, August 7 – Vigil of the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Eugene
& Joann Strable by Tom Schlosser
Servers: Abram & Xavier Shininger
6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – For the success of
St. Michael Festival
Sunday, August 8 –Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – For the success of St.
10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Deb Shininger by
Jack & Mick Speiser
Servers: Daniel & Jeremiah Hammon
************************************************Weekly collections from July 24/25, 2021
Loose - $358.00
Regular Envelopes - $1,778.00 (49)
Catholic Home Missions - $40.00 (2)
Silent Festival - $195.00 (4)
Maintenance Fund - $527.00 (12)
Hall Rental - $50.00 (1)
Total - $2,948.00 Thank you. May God bless you!
You're all invited to the St. Isidore Parish Hog Roast this Sunday, August 1 starting at 5pm. Pulled pork sandwiches, sides and drinks will be provided and parishioners are asked to bring a dessert to share. We will have a giant water slide, music and dancing, kids' barrel train rides, corn hole, and card playing. Please mark your calendar and bring your appetites, bathing suits, dancing shoes and desserts, and come prepared to have fun! If you have an outdoor tent to share, contact Teresa Dietrich.
Reminder to Register Your Child for the Saint Isidore Religious Education CCD program for 2021-22 School year. Please use the convenient online forms found on our parish website, https://www.saintisidoreparish.org/faith-formation/ccd-program. Please complete the CCD registration this week, if possible, to allow for class planning and supply purchases. Thank you.
St. Isidore Mass Intentions – Contact Melissa Moninger at email email@example.com 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 – Tuesday, 8:30am; 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
St. Michael’s Ridge – Wednesday, 6pm - Holy Hour with
Adoration & Reconciliation
“Around Our Parishes”
This Sunday: St. Isidore Hog Roast at Marysdale,
starting at 5pm
A Message from Father Melwin
Dear friends in Christ,
Following is the article published in this past week’s the Crescent-News newspaper.
Courtesy: Tim McDonough, the Crescent- News, Defiance
Growing up on a farm in southwest India, Rev. Melwin Dsouza knew as a young boy he wanted to be a priest. While attending daily masses, he observed the priest at his church, whom he described as friendly, caring and concerned for the people of his parish and thought to himself, "Why can't I be like him?"
Dsouza, who was appointed pastor of St. Michael's, St. Isidore, Marysdale, and St. Isidore, The Bend Catholic churches in rural Defiance July 1, has done just that. He will be installed by Bishop Daniel Thomas of the Diocese of Toledo Saturday at 4 p.m. at St. Isidore Marysdale, and 7 p.m. at St. Michael's.
Although Dsouza's path to rural Defiance County may have started thousands of miles away, he knows it's a path God put before him.
"As a kid, I saw in my pastor a kind of heavenly Father's face," said Dsouza about the spark that got him thinking about being a priest. "In my family, my mom's brother was a priest, and when he talked about the celebration of Mass it gave me, and some of my siblings, inspiration. My older brother became a priest, and my older sister became a nun. All of these things, along with morning prayers with my mother, helped lead me to become a priest."
At the age of 15, Dsouza left his family to attend seminary, where he spent the next 13 years. He earned a Bachelor of Theology degree, and was ordained a priest on April 23, 2008, in the Diocese of Mangalore, in the Ecclesiastical province of Bangalore, located on the southwestern coast of India.
He worked in different settings the next 11 years, and in 2019, Dsouza found himself discerning whether or not to accept an assignment to the Diocese of Toledo, after Bishop Daniel Thomas made a request to Dsouza's religious order to help fill a priest shortage in northwest Ohio.
"My religious order had already lent priests to the Diocese of Toledo, there was already a relationship there, so I was approached about going to the Diocese of Toledo. I said I needed some time to think about it, because it was a big challenge," explained Dsouza. "It's a challenge to leave your home, your friends, your family and sacrifice that part of your life to go to an unknown place.
"I strongly believe that when I do God's ministry, God's hand is always with me," continued Dsouza. "I knew God would be with me in a foreign land, so I said, 'yes,' applied for my visa, waited four months to get it, and came to the United States for the first time in my life. When I landed in Detroit, one of my friends from India was already a pastor in Toledo, so he came to pick me up and welcome me. That helped make my transition easier."
After his arrival, Dsouza was appointed associate pastor of Epiphany of the Lord Parish in Toledo, where he served from 2019 until his new appointment. Knowing there were many opportunities to move to a different parish in 2021, Dsouza shared he didn't apply to go to any particular parish in the diocese, because he was open to go anywhere Bishop Thomas wanted him to serve.
"I had no demands; I know I'm a missionary in a foreign country so whatever the Lord provides, you take it," said Dsouza. "I got a call from the bishop's office to meet with him, and when I met with him, he asked me if I had heard of St. Michael's Ridge Parish, and the St. Isidore churches in Defiance County. I told him I hadn't heard of them; then he told me he wasn't appointing me associate or parochial administrator, but as pastor."
Dsouza explained that prior to his arrival, some people from the churches sent him nice emails. Upon his arrival July 1, he shared the people were excited.
"It was a great welcome from the people; they were excited to see me; they asked me about India and about my culture; it's something very new to everyone," said Dsouza. "It was nice for me to come to a new place. It's been a great beginning and I appreciate how the people have embraced me.
"I've made a few changes to the rectory, some painting, I added some plants ... I love greenery and I love nature," added Dsouza. "I've gone to Defiance. I've looked around the area and seen a lot of wheat, beans and corn. It reminds of my childhood, growing up on a farm and helping my dad plant as a kid."
In India, Dsouza explained the priest signs off on everything that takes place at his church, while in the U.S. a priest is part of a team that makes a parish run smoothly. He shared he likes working as a team, because he sees how people come together to do God's work.
Now, the work of getting to know the people at his new assignment, and what's important to them, is underway.
"The main goal right now is to get to know the people, work with the parish council, get to know what their concerns are and address those concerns," said Dsouza. "It's not what I want, it's what the people want and when they have concerns, those are my concerns as well. When you do what people want, when it's in the best interest of the parish, and it's what God wants, that's the best approach."
Challenges Dsouza has learned that need attention include completing a fundraising effort to build a new parish center at St. Michael's, as well as tearing down the old rectory at St. Isidore, Delaware Bend. He sees teaching the young people of the parish the catechism of the Catholic Church as another important issue.
"The young people are the future of the church, and there are a lot of young people here at the three churches," said Dsouza. "I think this parish has a great future and it has already brought me a lot of joy. There is a lot of energy here and many talented people here. It's amazing."
Worship at St. Michael's, located at 05480 Moser Road, is held Saturdays at 6:30 p.m., and Sundays at 8:30 a.m. Worship at St. Isidore, The Bend, located at 16428 Speaker Road, Sherwood, is Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Worship at St. Isidore, Marysdale, located at 06324 Ohio 15, Defiance, is Sunday at 10 a.m.
For more information, call 419-497-2161 or go to saintmichaelridge.org, or saintisidoreparish.org.
Written by Tim McDonough the Crescent- news, Defiance
It’s a joy and blessing to serve as your Pastor,
Fr. Melwin Dsouza SAC
Please welcome Justin and Carol Blanchard and their children Sweetness-Marie and Gianna to our parish family.
First Saturday Mass at St. John, Defiance – August 7 at 8am, followed by video, rosary, and confession.
Desirae Mack, August 3
Lauren Shininger, August 4
Louis Shininger, August 6
Cooper Meyer, August 6
Susy Bailey, August 7
Zelie Carder, August 7
James Singer, August 8
John Marlin, August 8
Scott & Karen Graham, August 3
Greg & Karah Shininger, August 3
Christian & Christine Stuckey, August 4
Pray for the sick
Fr. Bob, Betty Adelman & Jean Keller (sisters of Anita Bertsch), Anita Bertsch, Cody Davis, Marianne Fleming, Noah Garcia, Jim Huebner, Danny Mekus, Julie Meyer, Marilyn Minck, Jim Nusbaum, Jr., Roseann Nusbaum, Becky Rhodes, Jackie Singer and all who need our prayers.
117th Annual St. Michael’s Festival
Sunday August 8th
St. Michael’s Catholic Church
05480 Moser Road
Defiance, Ohio 43512
11am to 5pm
$10.00 Half Chicken Dinners
Dinner Includes: Half a Chicken from Jacob’s Meats, Green Beans, Au Gratin Potatoes, Dinner Roll & Dessert. Packaged in Carryout Containers (While Supplies Last)
Serving: Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers, Hot Dogs, Chips, Ice Cream, Water and Beer
Kids Games & Inflatables
Plenty of outside Seating
Please join us for the St Mary Parish Festival & Arabella Street Fest.
Saturday September 11th 6pm – 10pm. Enjoy the Live Band – New Frontiers, A Journey Tribute Band.
Enjoy our food, spirits and raffles during this 21 and older event.
Sunday, September 12th – 11:30pm – 5pm will feature our amusement rides, kids’ games, bingo, silent auction, Salisbury steak dinner and SO much more.
For additional information please call 419-782-2776 or visit our website: stmarydefianceweconnect.com
Several Positions Open at St. Isidore & the Area
*If you are interested in learning how to be a sacristan, we are looking for people to train for this ministry to be substitutes when needed at the Marysdale site. There are many blessings that come with this beautiful ministry so please prayerfully consider calling Richard Sheets at 419-956-2849 (after 4 p.m. please) with any questions or to sign up to be trained!
*Coordinator of Religious Education/High School Youth Minister
The St. John the Evangelist and St. Mary Catholic Churches in Defiance, Ohio are welcoming communities of worship and service, dedicated to the faith formation of all its members. The two parishes share their Religious Education program and are seeking a full-time Coordinator of Religious Education/High School Youth Minister. As a member of both staffs the applicant must desire to work in a model of collaborative leadership and provide direction for an active Religious Education Program. The applicant must have some training, education, or experience as a catechist or youth minister. The applicant must also have a love of the Catholic faith and a love of youth. Position open immediately. Ministry Description and Responsibilities available on request. Send Resume and three references by July 30 to:
Rev. Randy Giesige
Address: 715 Jefferson Avenue, Defiance, OH 43512
* If you would like to volunteer to be an usher/greeter at the Bend and Marysdale sites for weekend Masses, please contact John Mansel-Pleydell to get put on the schedule.
Anniversary Mass - Thank you for your witness to the Sacrament of Marriage. The Diocese of Toledo will honor you and other couples celebrating 25, 40, 50, 60 and 60-plus years of marriage at a mass celebrated by Bishop Daniel E. Thomas on Sunday, October 24th, at 3:00 pm, at Rosary Cathedral, 2535 Collingwood Blvd, Toledo. To register, visit www.toledoanniversarymass.org. Every registering couple is guaranteed an anniversary certificate. Questions? Please contact Alice Jacobs at 419-214-4978 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Pregnancy Center of NW Ohio Golf Outing
Project Respect's 11th Annual Golf Outing will be held Aug. 21 at 8:00am at Eagle Rock Golf Club in Defiance. Registration includes 18 holes, golf cart, and lunch. To register as a team or as an individual, visit the events tab at https://projectrespectnwo.org/ or call Mark at 419-636-5692. Business sponsorship opportunities are also available. Proceeds from the event help fund positive character education in our local communities. Project Respect is the educational program of Community Pregnancy Center Women’s Health Resource.
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Endurance Test: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Exodus 16:2–4, 12–15 Ephesians 4:17, 20–24
Psalm 78:3–4, 23–25, 54 John 6:24–35
The journey of discipleship is a lifelong exodus from the slavery of sin and death to the holiness of truth on Mount Zion, the promised land of eternal life.
The road can get rough. And when it does, we can be tempted to complain like the Israelites in this week’s First Reading.
We have to see these times of hardship as a test of what is in our hearts, a call to trust God more and to purify the motives for our faith (Deuteronomy 8:2–3).
As Paul reminds us in this week’s Epistle, we must leave behind our old self-deceptions and desires and live according to the likeness of God in which we are made.
Jesus tells the crowd in this week’s Gospel that they are following Him for the wrong reasons. They seek Him because He filled their bellies. The Israelites, too, were content to follow God so long as there was plenty of food.
Food is the most obvious of signs—because it is the most basic of our human needs. We need our daily bread to live. But we cannot live by this bread alone. We need the bread of eternal life that preserves those who believe in Him (Wisdom 16:20, 26).
The manna in the wilderness, like the bread Jesus multiplied for the crowd, was a sign of God’s Providence—that we should trust that He will provide.
These signs pointed to their fulfillment in the Eucharist, the abundant bread of angels we sing about in this week’s Psalm.
This is the food that God longs to give us. This is the bread we should be seeking. But too often we don’t ask for this bread. Instead we seek the perishable stuff of our everyday wants and anxieties. In our weakness we think these things are what we really need.
We have to trust God more. If we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, all these things will be ours as well (Matthew 6:33).
Yours in Christ,
Founder and President