St. Michael’s Ridge Bulletin



05480 Moser Road, Defiance, OH 43512



419-497-2161         Email:











January 20, 2019

January 13, 2019

January 6, 2019

December 30, 2018





Jan 7, 2019 – Jan 13, 2019


Mon. – Jan 7, 2019

* No Mass

Tues. – Jan 8, 2019

* St. Isidore / Delaware Bend

     Cenacle, Reconciliation, Prayers to St. Philomena          7:00 PM               

*Mass - St. Isidore / Delaware Bend                                          7:45 PM               

                                               “Mass Intentions”   

                                  Jim Sponsler by Joann Deitrick

Wed. – Jan 9, 2019                                          

* No Mass - St. Michael’s Ridge / Catechist Christmas Party                                             

Thur. – Jan 10, 2019

* Mass - St. Isidore / The Bend                                            7:00 PM                 

                              “Mass Intentions”

          James & Bertha Antoine by Marilyn Minck

Fri. – Jan 11, 2019

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

                                             “Mass Intention” 

                         Patrick McCann by John & Katie Mekus     

Sat. – Jan 12, 2019

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

                              “Mass Intentions”

            Kenneth Wonderly by Family & Friends

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

                                             “Mass Intention” 

                            Irene Steffel by Slagles & Brubakers

Sun. – Jan 13, 2019 

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

                                                  “Mass Intention”

                      Marian B. McBride by Doug & Joan McBride

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

                                “Mass Intention”

   Deceased Family of the Singer, Linder, Hug and

        Miller Families by James & Jackie Singer



                        January 12/13, 2019

                            The Baptism of the Lord

   6:30 PM                                                                  8:30 AM

 Extraordinary Minister:                       Extraordinary Minister:

      Deacon Scott Graham                                        Deacon Scott Graham

      Bob Weber                                                          Barb Krugh

      Jerry Moser                                                         Kent Beilharz

                                                                                   Joe Konecny

                                                                                   Jeff Weber               

 Lector:                                                  Lector:

       Bobbi Johnson                                                   Ron Clinger


 Servers:                                                Servers:

        Karen Newton                                                 Karli Okuley

                                                                                          Kylee Okuley

                                                                                Reagan Beilharz

 Minister to Shut-Ins:                       Jeff Weber


 Collection Counters:                    Betty Schlegel and Barb Weber





Daily Prayers

Rosemary Meyer, 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, Holly Garmyn, Fr. Bob Holden,

Marisa Larimer, Brooke (Liska) Homier, Nathan Mekus

and Fr. Bob Kill (surgery recovery)

**Call Fr. Bob @ 497-2161 or Dan Weber @ 438-5841 to update prayer list.**




January 5th – January 11th, 2019

Jack & Linda Long

Rusty & Crystal Slattman and Family

Georgiana Wagner

Doug & Laura Moser and Family

Margaret Sheets



Sat/Sun Jan 5/6, 2019

* Pro-Life Signature Ad Campaign after all Masses

Wed Jan 9, 2019

* St. Michael’s Catechist Christmas Party – 6:30 pm

Thur Jan 10, 2019

* St. Isidore Holy Name mtg. after the 7:00 pm Mass

   at Delaware Bend

Fri Jan 11, 2019

* St. Michael’s Staff Christmas Party at 6:30 pm at

   Stefano’s Restaurant, Defiance


     My Dear Parishioners:

       It has come to my attention that someone is

   trying to scam other parishioners of our parish

   using my name. They are doing this vie an e-mail

   or text from another phone number other than my

   own, whether it be the phone number of the

   Rectory or my personal cell number.

           Rest assured, I would never contact any one

   of you in any manner requesting monetary funds

   of any form, whether it be cash, check, account

   numbers, gift cards, etc. If you are contacted in

   such a manner, HANG UP - DON’T RESPOND!!


Fr. Bob Kill / Pastor


Snow Removal

A Sign-Up sheet is in the back of church. If you are available and willing, your efforts would be greatly appreciated!


Thank You!  Thank You!


Thanks to St. Michael’s Altar Rosary Society who arraigned to have parishioners bring delicious food during the months of November & December to Fr. Bob & myself. We certainly appreciate your thoughtfulness. We also appreciate all the prayers & cards for healing from both St. Michael & St. Isidore parishioners. May God’s blessings be upon you for your kindness!

Also, we truly are thankful to the many, many people from both St. Michael & St. Isidore parishes who have volunteered to help ferry

Fr. Kill to his radiation therapy in Bryan, Ohio. May God bless you for your kindness.

I also want to thank you for your prayers for me in preparation for cataract surgery in a couple months. 

Thank you and God bless you,


                                               Anita Bertsch


PARISH FINANCES                Dec 23, 2018


Sunday Envelopes                                                 $2088.00

Loose                                                                           323.84

Janitorial                                                                       88.00

Christmas                                                                   450.00

Retirement for Religious                                           20.00 

TOTAL                                                                      $2969.84     

 Collection counters:        Denise Hornish and Shelby Beck


                Parish Center Fund Drive      

Cash Collected to Date:                                 $441,248.51 

Uncollected Pledges to Date:                         211,654.85

Total Toward Goal:                                           652,903.36

Remaining to Meet Goal:                              $307,096.64


PARISH FINANCES                Dec 25, 2018


Sunday Envelopes                                                  $826.00

Loose                                                                         1572.50

Janitorial                                                                         2.00

Initial                                                                               5.00

Christmas                                                                 7569.00

TOTAL                                                                     $9974.50       

 Collection counters:        Betty Schlegel and Barb Weber


PARISH FINANCES               Dec 30, 2018


Sunday Envelopes                                               $1910.00

Loose                                                                          161.00

Janitorial                                                                      65.00

Initial                                                                            10.00

Christmas                                                                  485.00

Jan 1st (Mary Mother of God)                                 20.00

Upkeep Parish Cemetery                                         20.00

Retirement for Religious                                          25.00

TOTAL                                                                    $2696.00         

 Collection counters:        Tom & Sue Beck

                  Parish Center Fund Drive      

Cash Collected to Date:                                 $457,133.87

Uncollected Pledges to Date:                         205,269.49

Total Toward Goal:                                           662,403.36

Remaining to Meet Goal:                              $297,596.64



Sun. Jan 6, 2019

* Preschool: During 8:30 Mass

*Grades 1-6: 9:30-10:45

*7th grade- back room of basement – dismiss at 11:00

*Confirmation Class – 9:30–11:15 am

Wed. Jan 9, 2019

*Catechist Christmas Party, 6:30 pm

Sun. Jan 13, 2019

* Preschool: During 8:30 Mass

*Grades 1-6: 9:30-10:45

*High School Class – back room of basement, 9:30 – 11:00

Sat. Jan 19, 2019

* First Reconciliation-Following 6:30 pm Mass

Sun. Jan 20, 2019

* Preschool: During 8:30 Mass

*Grades 1-6: 9:30-10:45

*7th grade- back room of basement – dismiss at 11:00

*Confirmation Class – 9:30–11:15 am

*PRE Bakesale – Grades 4,5, and 6

Sun. Jan 27, 2019

* Preschool: During 8:30 Mass

*Grades 1-6: 9:30-10:45

*High School Class – back room of basement, 9:30 – 11:00


Fellow Parishioners,


       The members of the “Faith in Our Future” fundraising committee, which is currently raising funds for a new parish center to house CCD classes, would like to extend a sincere thank you to the St. Michael’s community. Over the past year over $650,000.00 has been raised in pledges and monetary donations towards the $960,000.00 goal. It is with much faith and determination that we plan to continue these fundraising efforts into 2019.


       The goal of this building project is to re-energize our parish by developing a space that inspires and provides resources for our youth and parishioners to grow and re-discover the beauty of our Catholic faith. Please continue to pray and thoughtfully reflect on your family’s ability to join in the fundraising effort. Together, we can make this project a reality and ensure a prosperous future for the current and future generations of St. Michael’s parish.


        God bless you and your family and have a blessed Christmas Season and Joyful New Year!


               St. Michael’s Building Committee




Parish Hall Pledge Form

Heart of the Nation Mass broadcast schedule


January 5th – January 11th

Happy Birthday!


Don Steele                         January 6th


Doris Mekus                      January 11th


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


                      Dan Weber / editor




St Michael’s Altar & Rosary Spring Craft Show

March 16, 2019

9AM to 3pm

Contact:  Sandy Wagner at 419-497-4551



Northwest Ohio Men’s Fellowship

2019 Kick-Off Breakfast


    All area men and women and their families and friends are invited to the Northwest Ohio Men’s Fellowship 2019 Kick-Off Breakfast on Saturday Jan. 12th. Guest Speaker will be Sam Hornish Jr.  Along with sharing about his racing career, Sam will share about his personal faith and how God is calling him today. The Men’s Fellowship Breakfast is an ecumenical effort of men in our community to bring men/families together to share fellowship and show support for one another. In the love of Christ, we will share great insights, music, and the love of sister/brotherhood. Location:  St. John Catholic Church, Defiance – Coffee & Donuts 7:30 am – Program & Breakfast 8:00 am. Hope you can join us for this special Breakfast Event. 

RSVP preferred at



                          News from Holy Cross Catholic School


Holy Cross is in need of strong philanthropic support to achieve our vision of serving a growing student population. As a private school focused on public good, we must increase our support for scholarships, leadership development, classroom enhancements and new programs. The Coressel Foundation has challenged HCCS to raise more money by providing a generous matching gift opportunity. There is still time to make a matching gift donation to Holy Cross Catholic School. When you make an online donation by noon Monday December 31st, the Corressel Foundation will match dollar-for-dollar your gift. You will be helping your parish and your Catholic School to continue to provide one of the best educational opportunities available to PreK - 5th graders in Defiance county. Please visit to make an online gift. Thank you! 

Merry Christmas from Holy Cross Catholic School
One of the liberties we have as a Catholic School is to freely share our love for Christ and one another. We LOVE leading and learning through Christ. The Advent and Christmas season are particularly special at HCCS. You can feel the love spilling from the classrooms to the hall, through the cafeteria and car pick-up lines alike and every place in between. HCCS is a rich part of our Catholic Community because of the love and support with which the Catholic Community provides. On behalf of Holy Cross Catholic School’s 134 students, 26 employees, parents and guardians, thank you for your ongoing support. Merry Christmas! May your family be blessed in a special way this season.

*What goals do you have for your child(ren) in 2019?
Anytime is a good time to establish goals and make positive changes in the faith and academic habits of your child(ren) and your family. Holy Cross Catholic School is here to help you enrich the faith journey of your child(ren). If you desire more love and prayer and an individualized education plan for your child(ren), now is the time to explore HCCS. Great Happens at Holy Cross! Children can be enrolled beginning at age 3 through the fifth grade.

*For children currently enrolled in public school: Transferring your student to Catholic School
Students transfer from public school or from homeschool to HCCS every year and are warmly welcomed! If you are considering transferring your child to HCCS, rest assured that the process is easy and our teachers and students LOVE when their classroom family grows! Any time is a great time to join HCCS and Second grade is an exceptional time for students to begin Catholic education, as this is an exciting and important year in their faith development.  Our classrooms are small by design so we have limited space available in most classes for 2019. Seats are filled on a first-come basis and you are encouraged to inquire early to explore the opportunities. Tuition scholarships are available for transferring students.

To schedule a tour, classroom visit or just learn more, please call our school office Monday – Friday, 8AM – 4PM at 419-784-2021. 


Aileen Meyer, CFRM

Marketing Director

Holy Cross Catholic School of Defiance



The Defiance County Furniture Bank, ministering

to those in need from Defiance, Henry and Paulding

Counties. Your help is needed! The Defiance County

Furniture Bank, managed by St, Mary Parish, Defiance,

is in need of good usable basic furniture (couches chairs,

dressers, etc.) beds (queen size and smaller, mattresses,

box springs, bed frames), bed linens, working electrical

appliances (stoves, microwaves, toaster ovens, washers

and dryers, etc.) and house wares (pots, pans, dishes etc.).

All donations can be made by calling (419)782-2776.

Volunteers to pick up and deliver in each county also

are needed. Cash donations are always welcomed.

Your support of this project is greatly appreciated!



Knights of Columbus

111 Elliott Rd. Defiance, OH

Sunday, January 6, 2019

“First Sunday of the Month”

Serving from 9:00-11:00AM

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 18, 2019

*Alaskan Pollock (fried in peanut oil), Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Scalloped Potatoes, Green Beans, Baked Potato, Applesauce, Roll & Butter and

Until Lent starts we have Baked Chicken Breast!

Carry-out meals available at 4:00PM Dining Room from 4:00PM-7:00PM

Eat in: Adult Dinner $10.00 (With Beverage) 6-12 Years $4.00,

5 and Under Eat for FREE!! (We have High Chairs)

Carry Out: Regular Dinner $9.50

2lb “All Fish” $16.00 ($22 with any 3 Sides)

Side Dishes $3.00/pint