St. Isidore Parish                                    Announcements

Today we are voting for a Treasurer Trustee to serve on St. Isidore’s corporate board.  Ballots will be distributed after Communion.  Every parish member 18 years of age or older is eligible to vote.  Ballots can be deposited in the ballot box at the rear of the church after Mass.  Even though there is only one candidate, the election result will not be announced until approval by Bishop Hying is obtained.  Please vote!


During Advent, Fr. Michael will be offering Confessions and a Holy Hour of Adoration following the regularly scheduled 4:00 Mass on Tuesday evenings in Argyle until 5:30.


On December 12th, Hollandale will be celebrating Bambinelli Sunday.  All parishioners are welcome to bring the Baby Jesus from their nativity to be blessed by Fr. Michael.

Thank You to the Apostolate for Persons with Disabilities
The Apostolate for Persons with Disabilities has generously approved St. Isidore’s grant application for $12,460 to install an automatic door opener at the handicap entrances of St. Joseph’s, Immaculate Conception, and St. Patrick’s.  The installation of the automatic door openers will allow our parishioners and any visitors with disabilities to enter our churches without assistance.  We are very grateful to the Apostolate for approving this request as well as the applications we have previously submitted.  In particular, we thank Bishop Hying, Rev. Msgr. Bakke, Director of the Apostolate, and Administrative Coordinator Kayla Schiesser for their assistance and approval.

The religious education children will be participating in Mass at Hollandale during the Advent season.

  Nov. 28th – K-1st and 6th-7th grades

  Dec. 5th – 5th grade

  Dec. 12th – 4th grade

  Dec. 19th – 2nd and 3rd grades


On December 12th, Hollandale will be celebrating Bambinelli Sunday.

All parishioners are asked to bring the Baby Jesus from their nativity to be blessed by Fr. Michael.


St. Isidore will elect a treasurer trustee on the weekend of December 4th and 5th.  There will be one candidate on the ballot – Jim Zimmerman of Immaculate Conception, who is the current treasurer trustee.  His candidate statement will be in next weekend’s bulletin.

As we continue to look at prayer, we must talk about Eucharistic Adoration, another one of the greatest blessings of being a Catholic.  Adoration is any time spent in prayer with God in the form of the Blessed Sacrament, but most specifically we talk about Adoration as time with the Eucharist present in the Monstrance.  There is a long tradition of Adoration in the Church, dating back to at least the 13th Century.  As devotion to Adoration spread in Europe, the Church established the Feast of Corpus Christi in 1264.  Adoration was further strengthened, especially perpetual adoration chapels, or chapels set aside for Adoration 24/7, during the Protestant Reformation.  Today, there are various churches and chapels around the world that host perpetual adoration.  You may know that Queen of All Saints Parish in Fennimore has had perpetual adoration for over

25 years!

A perpetual adoration chapel in Grand Rapids was central to my vocation story.  My pastor told me I had to spend a Holy Hour there once a week, every week, and it changed my life.  It was there that I was able to quiet the noise of my life and actually hear God calling me.  So many other priests, religious, and holy laypeople will tell the same story.

Unfortunately, Adoration, like so many other devotions, waned in popularity following the Second Vatican Council (through no fault of the Council itself).  Thus, many Catholics today do not have much experience and may feel intimidated by Adoration.  There’s no reason to be!  The prayers at the beginning and end are almost always found in the Missalettes in the churches.  Many people don’t know what to do during that time of quiet prayer.  There are so many options.  Many people will pray a rosary or the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.  Some read the Bible or other spiritual books.  Some journal, writing down what is going on in their lives and their prayers.  Some will just sit and silently talk to God.  There are plenty of things to do, we simply have to try it and see what works for us.


St. Isidore uses a program called Flocknote to communicate with parishioners, via e-mail and text message, regarding cancellations that are weather related, etc. If you are not receiving these communications, it is because either Flocknote does not have your correct e-mail address, or cell phone number, or does not have either listed. Please contact Sue Madson at with your updates

Safe Haven Sunday—Equipping the Family: Having Critical Conversations

A Big Thank You to Everyone Who Helped Make Safe Haven Sunday a Success! Thank you also to the parish community for your openness to the topic of pornography awareness and internet safety. Safe Haven Sunday provided us with the opportunity to give focused time and resources to address the harmfulness of pornography and other online threats to marriage and family life. Even though Safe Haven Sunday is over for this year, our efforts to support you in making your homes safe havens will continue. We invite you to stay informed at and learn more about how to protect and guide your family in the internet age.

                    Food For Thought


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My Prayer.  My Pitch.

Every day early morning, this little girl would come to the church and stand before the Lord, close her eyes and with folded hands, murmur something for a couple of minutes.

Then open her eyes, bow down, smile at Christ's statue and go out running. This was a daily affair.


The Priest was observing her and was curious about what she was doing. He thought, she is too small to know the deeper meanings of religion, she would hardly know any prayers. But then what was she doing every morning in the Church? Fifteen days passed and Father now couldn’t resist but to find out more about her behavior.


One morning, Father reached the church before the girl and was waiting for her to complete her ritual. He placed his hand on her head and said, “My child, I have seen since the last fifteen days that you come here regularly. What do you do?”


“I pray, father.” She said spontaneously.

“Do you know any prayers?” asked the father with some suspicion in his voice.  “…No father.” Replied the girl.

“Then what are you doing closing your eyes, every day?” Father smiled.


Very innocently the girl said, “Father, I do not know any prayer, but I know a,b,c,d….up to z. I recite it five times and tell God that I don’t know your prayer, but it cannot be outside of these alphabets. Please arrange the alphabets as you wish and that is my prayer.” And she ran, jumping her way out of the Church.


Priest stood there dumbstruck, staring at her for a long time as she disappeared running in the wilderness.


Do we have such unconditional belief in our prayers or in our pitches?


Most importantly, can we stop judging others based on our belief systems?

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Apostolate to the Handicapped WISC-TV Channel 3, Sundays at 6:00am and Channel 3.2 at 7:00am.



Mass in Spanish is now offered at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Darlington, Wisconsin every weekend on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.  This replaces the Mass that was offered in Mineral Point.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

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Para un fin de semana en español por favor llamen a Candelario y Emilia al 815-375-4250. 

KCs Now Have Tables/Chairs/Tents for Rent

For Rent: The KCs now have 8 tables and 72 chairs that are available for rent.  These will go along with he 3 tents they already rent out. Any of these can be rented for birthday parties, graduations, First Communions, picnics,  Confirmations, garage sales, a sales presentation, weddings, shade on a hot summer event, or any other thing you might need any of these items for.  Contact Gary Gruenenfelder 214-6743  

 “God always leads us to where we need to be, not where we want to be.”

Pray For!

Our Church, the Pope, our Diocese, Bishop Hying, Priests, Conversions, the Sick, the Suffering & Dying, Jobs for our area, Religious freedom, Judges, Healing of abortion, Family & children, Mary’s Intensions, Valley of Our Lady.

Irma Collins

Paul Davis

Gerald Norton

Dennis Bartow

Dan Tracy

Larry Murphy

Russell Moen

Rose Silver

Trina Williams

Jack Smith

Scarlett Rae Wyss

Sean Leary

Julia Arneson

Lorna Gillespie

Pat Flannery

Kane Burton

Matthew Keller

Mary Jane Yedinak

Tim Sutter

Riley Sigg

Walter “Doug” Chrism

Maggie Hillson

Caden Thiel

Teresa Swenson

Roger Tourdot

Max Fox

Bob Ihm

Steve Zipsie

Lynn Hendrickson

Jim Green

Tom Murphy

Mary Botsford

Mary Thill


Marty Bellich

Deb & Jerry Bruneg


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