St. Michael’s Ridge Bulletin



05480 Moser Road, Defiance, OH 43512



419-497-2161         Email:












January 19, 2020

January 12, 2020

January 5, 2020

December 29, 2019






Jan. 6, 2020 – Jan. 12, 2020


Mon. – January 6, 2020 +Memorial of St. Andre Bessette

* No Mass

Tues. – January 7, 2020 +Memorial of St. Raymond of Penyafort

* No Mass

Wed. – January 8, 2020

* Mass - St. Michael’s Ridge                                                                   6:00 PM

“Mass Intention” Bernice Westrick

Thur. – January 9, 2020

* Confessions                                                                                             8:30 AM

* Mass – St. Isidore/Marysdale                                                             9:00 AM

“Mass Intention” Bruce Hearne by Grandparents

Fri. – January 10, 2020

*Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge                                                                   9:00 AM

“Mass Intention” Sarah Gordon by Fr. Jake

Sat. – January 11, 2020

* Mass - St. Isidore / Delaware Bend                                                   4:30 PM                 

“Mass Intention” James & Frances Wonderly by Family

* Mass - St. Michael’s Ridge                                                                   6:30 PM                 

“Mass Intention” Those hurting from

      separation & divorce and their families

Sun. – January 12, 2020 +The Baptism of the Lord

* Mass - St. Michael’s Ridge Ridge                                                       8:30 AM

“Mass Intention” Louie & Mary Ricica

*Mass - St. Isidore / Marysdale                                                          10:00AM

“Mass Intention” Mary Elanor Singer

 by Chris Stuckey and Sarah Diaw



      Jan. 11/Jan. 12

    The Baptism of the Lord


Saturday 6:30 PM                     Sunday 8:30 AM

Extraordinary Minister:           Extraordinary Minister:

Linda Wagner                                   Jeff Weber

Janice Leopold                                 Mary Jo Beilharz

Linda Long                                        Barb Krugh

                                                            Corey Weber

                                                            Mary Rose                               


Lector:                                       Lector:

Bobbi Johnson                                Malinda Smith


Servers:                                     Servers:

Dave Durham                                 Lauren Slatter  

                                                          Nathan Slatter

                                                          Rose Billing


 Minister to Shut-Ins:                Jeff Weber



Daily Prayers

Mike Ricica, Cathy Weber, Val Barber, Anita Bertsch,

Tom Ricica, Mark Schafer, Thayer Herr,

Frances Stehulak, Larry Schafer, Brandi Mickelson,

Mary Wagner, Chad Giesige, Denny Fronk, Betty

Adelman and Jean Keller, (Sisters to Anita Bertsch),

Dan Miller, Joe Wagner, Jackson Fortman, Shawn

Fortman, R.J. Fortman, Rosanne Fisher, Michael

Grieselding, Fr. Bob Holden, Marisa Larimer,

Brooke (Liska) Homier, and Fr. Bob Kill


*Call or text Claudia Burkholder @ 419-980-5559 to update prayer list*



Please Keep the Following in your Prayers This Week


Jack & Linda Long

Rusty & Crystal Slattman and family

Georgiana Wagner

Doug & Laura Moser and family

Margaret Sheets


PARISH FINANCES   Dec. 25, 2019


  Sunday Envelopes                                       $360.00

  Janitorial                                                           2.00

  Initial                                                               25.00

  Christmas - Loose                                      1,725.72

  Christmas                                                   7,780.00

  Flower Fund - Christmas                               20.00

  TOTAL                                                      $9,912.72


PARISH FINANCES   Dec. 29, 2019


  Sunday Envelopes                                   $2,181.00

  Loose                                                             587.00

  Janitorial                                                        62.00

  Initial                                                               10.00

  Christmas                                                      660.00

  Jan. 1st                                                             20.00

  Immaculate Conception                                10.00

  Retirement for Religious                               50.00

  TOTAL                                                     $3,580.00



Parish Center Wall of Giving               $1,315.00

Wall of Giving Accumulative Total   $12,839.00


Parish Center Fund Drive

  Cash Collected to Date:                       $567,334.42

  Uncollected Pledges to Date:                 184,209.94

  Total Toward Goal:                               751,544.36

  Remaining to Meet Goal:                    $208,455.64




     In January, St. Michael’s will be holding a couple of fundraising events for the new Parish Center.

      Wednesday, January 15th and Tuesday, January 28th

       have been scheduled with a couple of local restaurants who have graciously agreed to donate

a portion of the food proceeds on these days in

support of our fundraising efforts.

We will be providing coupons for

parishioners to distribute to friends and relatives

to use on these days.


Wall of Giving

The Parents for Religious Education, (PRE), and students who attend St. Michael’s parish

have prepared a “Wall of Giving” fundraiser to raise money for the new Parish Center.

The wall can be found in the back of the church off on the left as you enter.

With a little support from a lot of people, (you and me), we all can make this a reality!

Please give generously!


Save the Date


The Catechist Christmas Party will be held on Wednesday, January 8th following 5:30 p.m. confessions and 6 p.m. Mass.


The staff Christmas party will be held at Stephano’s on Jan. 10th at 6:30 p.m.


Did you know?

The word “epiphany” comes from the Greek epiphainen, a verb that means "to shine upon," "to manifest," or “to make known.” Thus, the feast of the Epiphany celebrates the many ways that Christ has made Himself known to the world, mainly the three events that manifested the mission and divinity of Christ:  the visit of the Magi (Matthew 2:1-12), the baptism of Jesus (Mark 1:9-11), and the miracle at Cana (John 2:1-11).



Thank you to all the St. Michael's Parish family and friends for making my craft show in church on Dec. 21-22 a success.  I appreciate all of you for supporting the idea I had to have a craft show in church and have all the money donated go to the Parish Hall Fund.  Thanks also for all the comments and encouragement I received from doing this craft fair.

 Thanks goes to Father Jake for his encouragement and support in this endeavor.


Janet Wagner





Sun. Jan. 5

*Preschool: during 8:30 a.m. Mass

*Grades 1-6: 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

*Confirmation Class: 9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

 Student helper for Pre-K class: Trinity Lauber

Wed. Jan. 8

*Catechist Christmas Party: 6:30 p.m.

Sun. Jan. 12

*Preschool: during 8:30 a.m. Mass

*Grades 1-6: 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

*High School Class: 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Student Helper for Pre-K class: Reagan Beilharz

Sun. Jan 19

*Children’s Liturgy

*Preschool: during 8:30 a.m. Mass

*Grades 1-6: 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

*Confirmation Class: 9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

*PRE Bake Sale – Grades 4, 5, & 6

*Student Helper for Pre-K class: Emma Bailey



Retreat for Catechists

St. Michael’s and St. Isidore’s will be holding a retreat for our catechists (those who teach our youth, work with the youth group and CYO, sacrament prep and adult formation) on January 11th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Marysdale. Luminous Mysteries will be facilitating the retreat, so it will be a great time to renew and reignite yourself for your ministry in the new year. Anyone who has been thinking about becoming involved with youth or adult formation is also invited.

Even if you aren’t sure yet, come and take some quality time with God to discern if you are being called. Please let Deacon Scott, Alison Garcia, Ronda Fabiano or Sara Diaw know if you plan to attend by January 5th so we can have a count for food and material.



 Mark your calendars to attend the Steubenville Catholic Youth Conference June 26-28, 2020!

This is an awesome experience where young people get to praise the Lord with thousands of kids their own age! This conference can by life changing! Sign up to go and see how the Holy Spirit can work in YOU!!!!!  Go to   for more information and to see what you missed out on last year!

Cost: $40 deposit due by January 6, 2020. Total cost is $212, with fundraisers being done to offset the rest of the cost.

Contact Sara Stuckey-Diaw, St. Isadore Youth Leader at 419-438-8011 or Mary Rose, 419-769-4277 to sign up!




As stated last week, we will focus on the Corporal Works of Mercy this week which help us to be more Christ-like to others! A lot of these suggestions take very little time, but they can also grow into bigger opportunities if you get your family involved.


  1. Feed the hungry- As a family, volunteer to serve dinner at the Path Center. Our parish takes a turn on Monday nights. Watch the bulletin for our Monday. Make a meal for a family going through a rough time. Don’t know anyone? Ask other parishioners if they know someone who needs help. Bring food to donate to the food pantry when we have a Children’s Liturgy Mass.
  2. Give drink to the thirsty- Donate cases of bottled water to the Path Center, bring one at Children’s Liturgy Mass to donate to the food pantry. Donate to a charitable organization that digs wells in an impoverished country.
  3. Clothe the naked- Clean out those closets and donate to a family who loses their house to a fire, take them to Goodwill or The Hope Chest here in town.
  4. Visit the imprisoned- If you can’t physically visit, send encouraging letters to area jails and CCNO. Advice: do not mention names or our parish. You can write on the back for it to go to an inmate who needs encouragement.
  5. Shelter the homeless- Donate to the Path Center or Ravens in town. Call and ask what they are needing which could include money, furniture, or clothing. Volunteer to help!
  6. Visit the sick-If you have thought of becoming a Eucharistic Minister to the shut-ins of our parish, now is the time! That 1-2 hours once a month can really strengthen the faith of those who cannot get here. It is also a great experience to do as a family.
  7. Bury the dead- Help the grieving family any way you can. Pray the Rosary at the memorial service or before the funeral, learn to serve at the Mass, prepare a dish for the funeral dinner, or send a sympathy card.





January 4th – January 10th

Happy Birthday!

Don Steele                    Jan. 6

Brock Bostelman         Jan. 10

Happy Anniversary!

Terry & Janet Wagner     Jan. 8 – 48 years


Birthday/Anniversary List


If you would like to have your name or the name of a family member added to the list of anniversaries and birthdays, send me an email or drop a note in the “Editor” slot at the main entrance of the church.


Claudia Burkholder



Parish Hall Pledge Form

St. Michael’s Ridge Volunteer List

2020 Church Year

Heart of the Nation Mass broadcast schedule


Spanish Masses in our area:

* Napoleon-Spanish Mass 2nd Sunday of every

month at 1:00 p.m.

* Paulding-Spanish Mass 1st Thursday of every

month at 7:30p.m., Confessions start at 7:00p.m.

* Wauseon-Spanish Rosary every Sunday at 5p.m.


The Diocese of Toledo remains committed to ensuring the protection of children and providing a safe environment for all young people.  If you have any knowledge of abuse that has been committed by a cleric, or any employee or volunteer of the Catholic Church, please report the abuse to your local police department, Child Protection Services, and Mr. Frank DiLallo, Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator.  Mr. DiLallo can be reached at (419) 214-4880 or by mail at 1933 Spielbusch Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43604.


Attention St. Michael’s and St. John’s Campers

Our next year’s camping weekend will be July 24th through July 26th, 2020 at Sauder Campground

To call for reservations, use ID# 9046

Phone: 1-800-590-9755 or 419-445-6408

If you have any questions call Jeff or Barb Weber @ 419-758-3272


SAVE THE DATE - The Altar Rosary Society Spring Craft Show date is March 21, 2020


  Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference

Ladies, register now for the 2020 Columbus Catholic Women’s conference in February!

Learn more about what it means to be Catholic and how to actively live your Catholic faith with women from all over the country.

The day will be filled with speakers, Mass, Confession and Adoration and so much more. Bring a friend and deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ!

The conference is from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Ohio Expo Center – Kasich Hall on Saturday, February 15, 2020. Register online at



 The St. John’s Men’s Renewal of The Heart Retreat

 Is scheduled for March 6th & 7th   2020. This years’ retreat theme is “Staying Connected”.

Mark Your Calendar. Thus, faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ- Romans 10, 17.  

  Stay Tuned For More Information.


Retreat for those separated/divorced

We are pleased and excited to announce that St. Michael's will be hosting a Separated/Divorced Retreat on March 14, 2020.  Please help us prepare for this extraordinary event by sharing this information with family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. Your help to bring healing to the hurting is greatly appreciated.


We continue to hold our 12-week video discussion group for Separated/Divorce on Saturdays at 4:30 here at the church. Mass intentions are another way to increase our parish's empathy, (defined as attitude, and behavior).


Our next Mass is Saturday, January 11th at 6:30 p.m.  A potluck in the church basement will follow this Mass and we welcome anyone wanting to work through emotional upheavals.  We offer personal healing while serving up hope in an atmosphere of God's love. Please continue to keep the separated and divorced in your daily prayers. It is an act of Mercy.


Please contact Patty (419-906-1972) or Big Al (419-576-7731) if you would like to know more about this ministry.


Opportunities for Plenary Indulgence


The Sisters of the Monastery of the Visitation of Holy Mary have been granted a Jubilee Year for the 100th anniversary of the canonization of Saint Margaret Mary. This means you can gain a plenary indulgence by visiting the chapel on any one of these days:

·         January 24, 2020 - Solemnity of Saint Francis de Sales

·         May 13, 2020 - date of 100th anniversary of the canonization of

·         Saint Margaret Mary

·         May 31, 2020 - Solemnity of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary

·         June 19, 2020 - Solemnity of the Sacred Heart

·         August 12, 2020 - Solemnity of Saint Jane de Chantal

·         The First Friday of each month 

and under the usual conditions:

·         To be in the state of grace

·         To go to Confession and to receive Holy Communion 20 days preceding and following

·         To pray for the intentions of the Holy Father

The Sisters invite you to visit the Monastery chapel at 1745 Parkside Blvd., Toledo, Ohio.




Knights of Columbus

111 Elliott Rd. Defiance, OH

Sunday, January 5, 2020

“First Sunday of the Month”

Serving from 8:30-11:00AM

Pancakes, Ham, Sausage,

Potato Casserole, Biscuits & Gravy,

Cinnamon Rolls, Scrambled Eggs, and

Beverages-Coffee, Ice-Tea, Juice

Adult-$7.50, Senior Citizen -$6.50, Age 6-12-$4.00,

Age 5 & Under-FREE”

Rolls-to-go (if we have them) .75 cents each

*The Knights of Columbus serving and Supporting families, churches, schools, and communities*



Knights of Columbus Council #1039

111 Elliott Road, Defiance, OH (419-782-3536)

Friday, January 17, 2020

Alaskan Pollock (fried in peanut oil), Cole Slaw, Baked Beans,

Corn, Green Beans, Baked Potato, French Fries, Mac & Cheese,

Applesauce, Cooked Cabbage, Salad Bar, Roll & Butter and until

Lent starts, we have Baked Chicken Strips!

Carry-out meals available at 4:00 p.m. Dining Room from 4:00 p.m.

until 7:00 p.m.


Adult dinner………..$10.00 (with beverage) Beer available for $2

6 to 12 years………….$4.00

5 and under Eat For Free! (We have high chairs.)


Regular dinner……….$9.50 (fish comes with 2 sides but no fries)

2 lb. “All Fish” ……….$16.00 ($22 with 3 sides (no fries)

All side dishes (except French Fries)………… $3.00/pint