St. Michael’s Ridge Bulletin



05480 Moser Road, Defiance, OH 43512














February 21, 2021

February 14, 2021

February 7, 2021

January 31, 2021






February 1, 2021- February 7, 2021


Monday, February 1,2021

*No Mass


Tuesday, February 2, 2021

*Confessions                                                                                     6:30 PM

*Mass - St. Isidore Delaware Bend                                                  7:00 PM

"Mass Intentions" Francis Borton, Jr. by George and Ruby Schindler


Wednesday, February 3, 2021

* Confessions                                                                                     6:00PM

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

"Mass Intentions" Barrett Charles Burkholder


Thursday, February 4, 2021

*Mass- St. Isidore Marysdale                                                           9:00AM

"Mass Intentions" Marcia Meyer by Freda Meyer Family


Friday, February 5, 2021 *First Friday*

*Mass - St. Isidore Delaware Bend                                                  8:00AM

"Mass Intentions" Julie Timbrook by Jim & Agnes Timbrook


Saturday, February 6, 2021

* Confessions                                                                                   3:45PM

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

"Mass Intentions" Deacon Don Meyer by Judy Skinner

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

 "Mass Intention" Virginia & Robert Rath by Robyn Hawkins


Sunday, February 7, 2021

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

"Mass Intentions" Callie & Everly Bostelman

                       by Dan & Bennette Singer

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

"Mass Intentions" Larry Becher by Mary Batt



Ministry Schedule

Lectors for February 6/7

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saturday 6:30pm                                Sunday 8:30am

                                       Linda Wagner                                    Tom Elberson





St. Mike’s – Reconciliation, Adoration and Benediction at 6 p.m.


St. Isidore/The Bend – Reconciliation on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 3:45 p.m.


St. Isidore/Marysdale – Reconciliation at 8:30 a.m. on Thursdays           






Mike Ricica, Val Barber, Anita Bertsch, Cathy Farber, Mark Schafer, Eric Bennett, Thayer Herr, Brandi Mickelson, Jack Long, 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 and Fr. Bob Kill.

*Email Kacee Weber at to update prayer list*



Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Michael and St. Isidore Parishes,

This weekend we anticipate St. Blase Day and bless throats for those who want their throats blessed . It's

an ancient ritual dating from when St. Blase blessed the throat of a child who was choking on a chicken


It's a nice thing and its one of the Catholic devotions that pop up periodically. Like the day before St.

Blase day (Feb. 3rd) is Candlemas Day. We now know it as Groundhog Day. It was the traditional Day in

which candles were blessed for the year. Of course, that was the only source of light in the old days.

We have ashes on February 17th which is the beginning of Lent. Its also nice that before the Masses we

have the rosary recited and prayed.

Periodically I am questioned about the Rosary or throat blessings or ashes. I know times have changed

and some think why. Why the rosary or ashes or blessing of throats etc. Not that the rosary is all that

much. I mean these rituals are not the faith, the Gospel, the liturgy. They are just pious customs. They

are something like a fireplace in a living room. Who needs it? Yet who will dent-y the charm of a hearth

and a fire and a quiet evening at home some winter night. Maybe fireplaces, too, have gone although I

see them even in some new construction.

Times do change. A Princeton based testing service reported that 80 million American adults are

functionally illiterate. I find that hard to believe. About one million children a year see their parents

split up. "Split" being a rather cool term for a tragic event. I remember when Senator Daniel Moynihan

called this time in our history a post-marital society. There are about 4000 abortion each American day

and about 60percent are from teenage mothers. One baby out of four born in the United states is born

out of wedlock. All these statics may be false, who knows? The fact is that times have changed and

they will continue to change.

I always wonder how long a society can last with these bedrock values changing. How long do you think people will put up with it? I guess only as long as they want to. And once the appalling amount of

suffering comes home to them, once they experience the devastation of a violent society without grace

or beauty, they will arise and say, "We can do better than this." And they can and they will.

The evident lies in the very nature of things. I do not speak of a spiritual revolution, but a natural one, a

human one. There are laws built into human nature, and when these laws are violated, then we will pay

for this violation here on earth.

I look at primitive societies and how they arrive at a way of living. They learned the hard ~ way . That it

must be one man with one woman for keeps. Nothing else works. The children must be reckoned a

treasure. Nothing else works. That bothering another's wife is taboo. Nothing else works. That

marrying within your kin is taboo and doing harm to children. There is no thieving in a primitive village

for its share-and-share alike in all tings. And all this was surrounded by spirits that added another worldly


Now this sounded like paradise but it wasn't. The love of Christ wasn't there. Christianity is the love of

Christ and one another in Christ, not a code of ethic, a body of law, a cultural program. Christianity is

the fear of hell, the love of heaven, to be one with Christ and His Father in the Spirit. It is human nature

graced, for the good life here and the better life to come.

Therefore, we have hope. "There lives the dearest freshness deep down things" (Hopkins). Humankind

has an amazing capacity for doing better, for beginning again, for renewing and staring over. It is given

by God and we praise God for it.

And God in Christ blesses and prospers such efforts. His Church promotes, supports, inspires, and

motivates all such movement.

So, mope not and do not ring our hands that things are not as they once were for, they need not be as

they are either. They can be better. Our faith, our hope, our love can help. Meanwhile have a little

mercy with people overwhelmed by a plastic society that has betrayed them. They have been cheated,

sold shoddy goods, been had. Let us help them in prayer and sacrifice to begin anew.

In Him,


Fr. Joe



Please pray for the repose of the souls of Catherine (Cathy) Farber who passed away January 18. She is the daughter of Mike Farber and sister of Melissa Billing. Pray also for the repose for Richard (Dick) Kahle who

passed away January 25. His spouse is Edna and sons are David and Kevin who are St. Michael's

parishioners. May the Lord in His great love console and heal the hearts of these family members who have experienced their loss. May these souls rest in peace in the arms of Jesus.


Also please keep in prayer these souls who went home to God late last year.

They are as follows:

Callie & Everly Bostelman - twin daughters of Sarah and Brock Bostelman of St. Michael's

Virgil Bellman - brother of Edna Kahle of St. Michael's

Mary Wagner - wife of John Wagner, mother of Terri Stykemain, and grandmother of Ethan Stykemain

 - all of St. Michael's

Parish Center Update

The Faith in Our Future Parish Center team met recently and is pleased to announce that we are pursuing final drawings from an architect. Once finalized, these will go to the Diocese for review and approval. After approval is received, we will be ready to obtain bids for construction. The team, along with the full support of Father Joe, is very excited to make this long awaited dream a reality. Monetary donations are still being accepted. Be sure to check out the thermometer near the church entrance to see the progress toward our fundraising goal. Thank you to all who have supported this project. More updates will be shared as the next steps in the process are completed.


Christmas Book


You will find the book "Signs of Life" by Scott Hahn at the entrances of the church. Please take a copy for your household as a gift from the St. Michael's Parish Council. Merry Christmas from St. Michael's Catholic Church!


Collection Envelopes


The 2021 Collection Envelopes are available for pick up at the main entrance of the church.



Blessing of Throats

     The blessing of throats for St. Blaise will held at all masses on January 30th and 31st. 


St. Michael’s Catholic Church, The Ridge

   Collection Recap – 1/24/21





Sunday, January 31

*Grade 1: Balcony 9:30-10:45 a.m.

*Grade 3: Back room in basement 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

*Grade 5: Convent (please meet your teacher, Ms. Pahl in the front of church near the organ to walk over as a group) 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

*Confirmation: Front room in basement 9:30 - 11 :30a.m.

Wednesday, February 3

Grades 6-7: Front room in basement 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 7

*Grade 2: Back room in basement 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

*Grade 4: Balcony 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.

*High School: Front room in basement 9:30 - 11 :00a.m.


Upcoming Youth Events and Dates

Vacation Bible School

Planning for Vacation Bible School is underway. Handouts will be sent home with all CCD students 1st through 4th grade. Pre-K/Kindergarten handouts, as well as additional handouts for

anyone with family/grandchildren who would like to attend, will be at the entrances of church.

Please kindly respond by February 15th so we can gauge space and supplies as this will be our

first VBS in several years. Questions/concerns or if you would like to volunteer, please contact:

Julie McCann (

Religious Easter Egg Hunt

A religious egg hunt for ages Pre-K through 4th grade is being scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Holy

Saturday, April 3rd. Sign-up sheets will be at the entrances. Deadline for sign up is February

15th. Please contact Kendra Vittorio with questions/sign-up at

Live Stations of the Cross

Since we were unable to do our traditional Christmas Program this year, we are looking to start a

Living Stations of the Cross with our youth. Our hope is that this will bring the stations to life

and allow us to truly appreciate the Easter Season. This will take place on Good Friday. We are

looking for VOLUNTEERS to help us with the planning and execution!!!! Please contact Mary

Jo ( if you would be able to offer some assistance.





CCD Tuition Payments

Tuition payments for children in Religious Education are $25 per child (up to 3 children). The 4th child and beyond are free. Please make checks payable to St. Michael’s Catholic Church and place your check in an envelope clearly marked with the name of your child(ren) and grade(s). You may give the envelope to your child’s teacher or place it in the collection basket at the back of church. Thanks to all who have paid so far!


Remind App Reminder


This is a gentle reminder to parents to sign up for the Remind notifications. This app will be used to communicate any changes regarding updates, closings, class schedules, etc. Parents may also use the app to communicate with their child’s catechist. Contact Mary Jo Beilharz at 419-783-1549 for help signing up.




Parish Hall Pledge Form

St. Michael’s Ridge Volunteer List

2021 Church Year


Gloria and Credo

Heart of the Nation Mass broadcast schedule


2021 Lenten Mission

Please join us for the 2021 Lenten Mission with Fr. Adrian Burke from St. Meinrad

Archabbey. He will be discussing "Christ in the Chaos" on February 28th, March 1st and March 2nd from 7:00-8:30 pm. This will be an online streamed event but there will be options to watch at both the St. Michael's Ridge and St. Isidore - Marysdale locations as well as the ability to watch from home. More information will be available in the coming weeks.


Happy Birthday!

Linda Wagner     Karen Newton

                                                   February 1st         February 4th