Sunday, November 28, 2021
First Sunday of Advent
Masses for the Week - Rosary is recited daily before Mass
Monday, November 29 – Advent Weekday
Tuesday, November 30 – St. Andrew, Apostle
9:00 a.m. Mass – St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Eugene
& Joann Strable by Sam Strable Family
Wednesday, December 1 – Advent Weekday
5:00 p.m. – Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge –Past & present
members of the St. Michael Altar & Rosary Society
Thursday, December 2 – Advent Weekday
9:00 a.m. – Mass -St. Isidore, Marysdale – Bernard &
Lillian Hesselschwardt by Family
Friday, December 3 – St. Francis Xavier, Priest
9:00 a.m. – Mass – St. Isidore, Marysdale – Jenny Kolb
by Chris Stuckey Family (First Friday)
Lord’s Day Masses
Saturday, December 4 – Vigil of the Second Sunday of Advent
4:30 p.m. - St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Frances
Wonderly by Margaret Keck & Chris Stuckey
Servers: Daniel & Jeremiah Hammon
6:30 p.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Marjorie & William
Siler by family
Sunday, December 5 – Second Sunday of Advent
8:30 a.m. – St. Michael’s Ridge – Gerald & Cecilia
Steffel by family
10:00 a.m. - St. Isidore, Marysdale – Paul & Judy
Nusbaum by Jamie & Jackie Singer & Family
Servers: Jesse Coolman, Alex Macsay, Michael M-P
************************************************Weekly collections from November 20/21, 2021:
Loose - $320.00
Regular Envelopes - $1,572.00 (51)
Maintenance Fund - $115.00 (3)
Candles - $79.15 (1)
Poverty and Injustice - $80.00 (5)
Feast of All Saints - $55.00 (3)
Total - $2,221.15 Thank you. May God bless you!
Adorers Needed – Anyone interested in becoming a regular or substitute adorer for Adoration in the chapel at the Bend site Monday evening through Thursday evening is asked to contact Steve Nicely at 419-439-1429 or email him at email@example.com.
“More than a Manger” Project – Advent begins this Sunday, which signals the beginning of the St. Isidore
Altar-Rosary Society’s “More than a Manger” project. A baby crib has been set up in the Marysdale hall and a pack-n-play has been set up in the Bend vestibule to receive donations for the Community Pregnancy Centers of NW Ohio. A list of needed items can be found in the vestibules at both sites. The event will run through Christmas weekend. Thank you for your continued support of this project.
Communion Breakfast Next Sunday – Rolls and coffee will be served next Sunday after 10am Mass at Marysdale. The St. Isidore Altar-Rosary Society will provide the breakfast with the free-will offering going toward the “More than a Manger” project. Come and enjoy good food and fellowship with your fellow parishioners while helping out a good cause.
St. Isidore Mass Intentions – Contact Laura Rushinsky at email firstname.lastname@example.org or (call/text) 260-710-
2977. 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: 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; First Friday, 8am
St. Michael’s Ridge – Wednesday, 8:30am
Eucharistic Adoration Hours
St. Isidore, Delaware Bend – Monday, 6pm through
St. Isidore, Marysdale – First Friday, 8:00am
St. Michael’s Ridge – Friday (except First Friday), 8:30am
RCIA & Religious Education: Carol Blanchard - email@example.com
Eucharistic Ministers for the Homebound:
Marysdale Site: Deacon Scott - (419) 518-0281
Delaware Bend Site: Chad Wonderly - (419) 576-9924
Youth Group Contact: Kevin Macsay - (419) 438-3632
“Around Our Parishes”
This Sunday: “More than a Manger” project begins
Wednesday: CCD Teachers photos taken at both sites
Next Sunday: Rolls & coffee after 10am Mass
Group pictures taken for the parish directory after
My Dear Friends in Christ,
I hope that you had an enjoyable and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday this week. What a blessing to sit around sharing memories of the past and looking with great joy to the future! Looking to the future with joyful anticipation is exactly what we are doing now.
This weekend begins the Season of Advent, a season filled with traditions that help us prepare for the Messiah’s birth. The Advent wreath is used in many homes as well as in our churches to help mark the Sundays until Christmas. The wreath is a circle that has no beginning and no end. It reminds us that Jesus came to give us a life that will never end, eternal life with God in heaven. Evergreen branches are often used to make the circle because they do not change color as do the leaves on other trees. The evergreen reminds us of that God never changes: God always has loved us and always will.
The four candles on the Advent wreath, (three purple and one Pink), one for each week in Advent. The Prophecy Candle, announcing the period of waiting, the Bethlehem Candle, symbolizing the preparations being made to receive the Christ child, the Shepherds’ Candle, which signifies the act of sharing Christ and the Angels’ Candle of love and final coming. They remind us that the Jewish people waited a long time for the savior to come. The burning candles remind us that Christ, the Light of the World, brightens the darkness around us. Each week we light one more candle, a sign that the more we let Christ into our lives, the brighter our lives will be.
The readings this week tell us to “Be vigilant at all times and pray.” We are to prepare ourselves for the coming of the Lord and conduct ourselves to please God.
Do not be tempted to gloss over Advent and only focus on Christmas. Advent, like Lent, is an important time of preparation. It is a time to pause, look at our lives, evaluate, and make some changes.
In this bulletin you will find a loose page of Advent Calendar to help you prepare your heart for Jesus. Please stick the page on your refrigerator to read every day during this holy season. I also urge you to view the special Advent and Christmas events advertised in the bulletin.
Let us commit together in the coming weeks to slow down and not get so caught up in the commercialism of the season that we lose sight of the reason for our celebration. I invite you to spend time reflecting on the scriptures and enjoying family and friends. May this season of Advent be filled with God’s grace and peace.
It is a joy and blessing to serve you as your pastor.
Fr. Melwin Dsouza SAC
Are you a handy-man or fix-it gal? If so, our parish needs you! Maintenance volunteers are needed for both church sites to make repairs and provide general upkeep. A variety of skills are needed in the areas of carpentry, painting, plumbing, electronics, electrical and mechanical work. Christ asks each one of us to share our gifts from God, so please let Father Melwin or Parish Council President, Jamie Singer, know at 419-899-4486 or 419-576-9439 how you plan to volunteer and use your gifts to keep our church going strong and looking good for years to come. Thank you in advance!
Christmas Decorating Coordinator Needed – We are in need of a volunteer to coordinate the decorating of the church at Marysdale the Sunday before Christmas. If you are interested, please contact Terry Guilford at 567-239-6342.
Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests:
Kindly remember in prayer all our priests serving in the
Diocese of Toledo, as they gather on Monday, November 29 for the annual Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of priests, at the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey. Through our prayers and the intercession of Saint Joseph, may the Lord grant them grace, peace, renewed fidelity, and the consolation of His presence.
The 2022 contribution envelopes are available to be picked up. They will be at The Bend until Saturday, November 27. Starting Sunday, November 28, they will be available for pick-up at Marysdale. If you have any questions, please contact Laura Rushinsky at 260-710-2977.
FAMILY PHOTOS FOR THE PARISH DIRECTORY will be taken on December 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, (Thurs. Fri. and Saturday) in the Parish Hall at Marysdale. Please remember to arrive at your scheduled time. If you have not scheduled an appointment for a photo, please do so today. Monday thru Friday, simply go to the Universal website, www.ucdir.com, click on the photography appointment scheduling login icon, enter "oh2505" in the Church Code field and enter "photos" in the Church Password field. If you are submitting a photo, please give it to Kelly Shininger by December 5th, so we can include it in our parish directory. Contact Kelly if you have questions at 419-899-3337.
Group Photos for the Parish Directory will be taken on December 5th after the 10am Mass at Marysdale. If you are a member of a group at our parish or volunteer in some way, please remain after Mass for a photo. Extraordinary Ministers, Altar Servers, Deacon, Bulletin Coordinator, Organists, Youth Choir, Lectors and Commentators, Rosary Leaders, Flower Committee, Funeral Committee, Sacristans, Adoration Chapel Coordinators, Collection Counters, Choir, Finance Committee, Custodians, Maintenance, Greeters, Homebound Ministers, Neophytes, and Christo Rey FCU please mark your calendar and plan to stay after Mass Dec. 5th. (Note: Parish Council, Altar Rosary, Holy Name photos have already been taken. CCD teacher photos will be taken on Dec. 1)
Altar Rosary Society Christmas Party – Please join us on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 6:30 pm for the rosary. Meeting is at 7pm with the Christmas party to follow. We will play Bingo and please bring a dish of your choice. In lieu of a gift exchange, please bring a gift for the More Than a Manger Project. Please join us for a night of fun! If you have any questions, please contact Terry Guilford 567-239-6342 or Diane Singer 419-769-0379.
Leah Shininger, November 29
Alan Bowers, November 29
Vaida Schroeder, November 30
Louis Simonis, December 1
Zachary Guilford, December 1
Adam Mack, December 1
Miguel Garcia, December 1
Irene Zipfel, December 2
Jacob (JB) Coolman, December 2
Kristen Shininger, December 3
Jasper Shininger, December 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, Jim Nusbaum, Jackie Singer and all who need our prayers.
Advent and Christmas Notes: Special Advent and Christmas Notes: An Advent Calendar has been provided to prepare our hearts, minds and souls for the coming of Christ during this Season of Advent. Remember to include extra prayers, holy acts and almsgiving during each of the four weeks of Advent. As we enjoy this season of giving, please also remember that missionaries, like our pastor, are best thanked for dedication and service to our parish family with a gift of cash or check to show our gratitude and love, which he could make best use of, for his personal needs.
December 8, Feast of the Immaculate Conception: 6pm Holy Mass, Guest Speaker, Confessions, and Adoration. All St. Isidore and St. Michael's Parishioners and CCD students and families are welcome to attend the Holy Day of Obligation Mass at 6:00pm at Marysdale, followed by a Talk on Advent and Family Prayer by guest speaker, Rayan Hobbs, from Toledo, OH. After the talk, Father Melwin and two visiting priests will offer Confessions and Silent Adoration. Light refreshments will be served in the hall afterward.
Rectory Christmas Open-House Party Dec. 12th: Fr. Melwin extends an invitation to all Saint Isidore Parishioners to attend an open house at the rectory at St. Michael's Ridge on Sunday, December 12 from 4pm-8pm. Please plan to come and enjoy Christmas decorations, music and a tour at the rectory. It will be a great way to visit Father Melwin and celebrate together, as we anticipate Christ's birth this Advent. Please drop off a potluck dish and/or dessert at Marysdale after the 10am Mass that day, to be transported to the rectory. Drinks and tableware will be provided. Mark your calendars to come and have some fun.
Congratulations to Rebecca Rose Meyer and Jared Thomas Roy, who received the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony on Saturday, November 20 at Marysdale.