St. Michael’s Ridge Bulletin



05480 Moser Road, Defiance, OH 43512



419-497-2161         Email:











Feb. 18, 2018

Feb. 11, 2018

Feb. 4, 2018

Jan. 28, 2018





February 5, 2018 – February 11, 2018


Mon. – February 5, 2018                                   

*No Mass

Tues. – February 6, 2018

*St. Isidore / Delaware Bend

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

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

                                                    “Mass Intentions”    

                         Delmar Betz by Paul & Marilyn Doctor

Wed. – February 7, 2018                                           

*Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge                                                               7:00 PM

                                                    “Mass Intentions”    

                         Pat McCann by Ron & Lori Weber Family                           

Thur. – February 8, 2018

*Mass - St. Isidore / Marysdale                                                         7:00 PM

                                                    “Mass Intentions”    

                       Rita Shininger by Fred & Marj Shininger

Fri. – February 9, 2018

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

                                  Mass Intentions”

                     Marjorie Siler by Dick Kahle Family

Sat. – February 10, 2018

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

                                      “Mass Intentions”

                Dwight Shininger by Joe & Dorpha Bok

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

                                                             “Mass Intention” 

                                                       Louie & Mary Ricica

Sun. – February 11, 2018

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

                                                                  “Mass Intention”

                                                  Brian Sharp by Bob & Betty Singer

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

                              “Mass Intention”

                                  Joe Jacob by Mike & Tonya Jacob and Family

           LITURGICAL SCHEDULE               

                                      February 10/11, 2018 

            6th Sunday in Ordinary Time                                                       

   6:30 PM                                                                  8:30 AM

 Extraordinary Minister:                    Extraordinary Minister:

      Marcia Meyer                                                         Jim McCann

      Phil Meyer                                                               Carol McCann

      Chris Newton                                                          Deacon Scott Graham

                                                                                        Joan Harris

                                                                                        Amber Flory           

 Lector:                                                Lector:

        Linda Wagner                                                        Malinda Smith                     

 Servers:                                              Servers:

         Spencer Giesige                                                      Grayce Burkholder

                                                                                           Lily Burkholder

                                                                                          Keely Culler                                              

 Minister to Shut-Ins:                         Jim McCann       


 Collection Counters:                     Betty Schlegel and Barb Weber



Daily Prayers

Chad Giesige, Denny Fronk, Betty Adelman (Sister to Anita

Bertsch), Dan Miller, Joe Wagner, Jackson Fortman,

Laura Schindler, Grace Kallay, Shawn Fortman,

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

Bud Sailer, Deb Doan,  Holly Garmyn, Fr. Bob Holden,

Marisa Larimer, Betty Colvin, Brooke (Liska) Homier,

and Nathan Mekus.

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




February 3, 2018 – February 9, 2018

Rex Steffel

Robert & Nikki Guisinger and Family

Bill & Roxanne Burkhart

Matt & Stacy Coressel

Mike & Ashley Moser and Family




            PARISH FINANCES  January 28, 2018


Sunday Envelopes                                                                       $2218.00

Loose                                                                                                358.00

Janitorial                                                                                           74.00

Religious Education                                                                           5.00

Initial                                                                                                  10.00

Christmas                                                                                          30.00

Jan 1st (Mary Mother of God)                                                       30.00

Church in Latin America                                                              133.00

TOTAL                                                          $2858.00          

Collection counters:        Shelby Beck and Denise Hornish



      Parish Center Fund-Pledged to date:                  $285,145.00

     Parish Center Fund-Collected to date:                 182,038.00              

      Parish Center Fund-Goal:                                     750,000.00

      Parish Center-Remaining Fund Goal:                 464,855.00


 A letter from Bishop Thomas was sent out asking for your gift and/or pledge to support the ministries of the Diocese of Toledo. This letter gives all registered parishioners an opportunity to contribute to the Appeal, especially those who are unable to attend Mass. The Annual Catholic Appeal will be unbelievably successful if every member of our parish carefully considers their circumstances and truly strives to give a significant gift. Please give prayerful consideration to your level of support to help fund the essential ministries and services supported by the Appeal. To learn more about the appeal visit:


Next week, we will take up the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. This collection supports the Church in over 25 countries that are still struggling to recover in the aftermath of communist rule. Funds from this collection support pastoral care, catechesis, building renovations, and seminary formation. Your support restores the Church and builds the future in this region. Please prayerfully consider how you can support the collection next week. More information can be found at


Thank you for your generous support last week of the Collection for the Church in Latin America. As a parish, we collected $133.00, which will be used to share the faith with our brothers and sisters in Latin America and the Caribbean so that they in turn can share it with others. If you missed the collection, it's not too late to give! Just visit and click "How to Give" on the left. Your gift will certainly make a difference!




Sat/Sun February 3/4, 2018

*St. Blaise Blessings at all Masses

Wed February 7, 2018

*St. Michael’s Ridge Altar Rosary Society Mtg.

   - after 7:00 pm Mass

Thur February 8, 2018

*St. Isidore / Marysdale Holy Name Mtg. - after 7:00 pm Mass

Sat/Sun February 10/11, 2018

*Annual Catholic Appeal Bishop’s Video at all Masses

*St. Michael’s Parish Appreciation Dinner with

   pre-prandials at 5:00 pm & dinner at 6:00 pm


                    Coming Soon! 


A Lenten Bible Study. Make plans now to enrich your
knowledge of God through the Bible. If interested,

contact Chris Newton at 419-428-4585.



St. Michael’s Ridge Adult Appreciation Dinner Sunday, February 11, 2018

Please come and join us for “Good Fellowship” and especially, food!

Cocktail and appetizers:  5:00 – 6:00 pm

Dinner:     6:00 pm

Meat and drinks will be provided

Please bring a dish to share!

Tinora “Sensations”

will sing for us during dinner

Please sign up by February 4th.

Sign-up sheets are located at both entrances


The next meeting of the St. Michael's Ridge Altar and Rosary Society will take place on Wednesday February 7, 2018 following 7 pm Mass. We will be finalizing plans for the upcoming K of C Craft Show.

All the ladies of the Parish are welcome to attend. 



Start preparing for the

St. Michael’s Altar & Rosary Society


Saturday March 17th, 2018      9:00 am to 3:00 pm

K of C Hall - 111 Elliott Rd, Defiance, Ohio

For more information, contact:

Sandy Wagner: 419-497-4551 or 419-769-7926

We will need lots of pies for the lunch stand and also

baked goods for the Bake Sale Booth.

MUCH HELP will be needed and greatly appreciated!!


“Looking for someone (or “a special person”), to take over and run the Annual Spring Craft Show.

I stepped in temporarily as a chairman and it has now been over 5 years!

My schedule at this time of year has become very busy and I need to look for a replacement.

There is an awesome support team in place to help with the kitchen, bake sale and activities of the day!

I am willing to spend time with anyone who feels the calling to support this great fundraiser for the Altar & Rosary Society.

Please give this your thoughts and prayers.

Sincerely, Sandy Wagner






Sun. February 4, 2018

*Preschool – During 8:30 Mass

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

*Confirmation Class – 9:30-11:15 am

*High School Class – 9:30-11:00 am

Wed. February 7, 2018

*TEEN BIBLE STUDY 7-8:30 pm at the convent

Sun. February 11, 2018

*Preschool – During 8:30 Mass

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

Wed. February 14, 2018

*Ash Wednesday – No Confirmation Catchup

Sun. February 18, 2018


*First Communion Rite of Blessing

*First Communion Parent Meeting

*Preschool – During 8:30 Mass

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

*Confirmation Class – 9:30-11:15 am

*PRE Bakesale – Grades 7,8, & 9

Wed. February 21, 2018

*TEEN BIBLE STUDY 7-8:30 pm at the convent

Sun. February 25, 2018

*Preschool – During 8:30 Mass

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

*P.R.E. bowling party, 1-3



         Youth Group Breakfast

    Sunday, February 25th after Mass

Be there or be hungry!”



Since we are asked to make sacrifices during

Lent, the children of our Religious Education Program will be receiving their Rice Bowls this weekend and next weekend to donate to Catholic Relief Services. Please support your child with this chance to help others. There will also be extra Rice Bowls by the entrances of the churchy for anyone who wishes to donate to this worthwhile cause. Thank you!



ALL families and students of St. Michael's Parish are invited to our annual Bowling Party sponsored by the PRE. Join us on Sunday, February 25th, 1-3PM at Defiance Recreation.

 The PRE covers the cost of shoes and your first game, any other games you decide to bowl are $2.00 per person. There will also be pizza served with drinks and snacks provided by the students in Grades 4, 5, and 6.

We hope to see you there!!



Lisa Yoder Scholarship Fund 2018

Craft Show


The Most Unjust Situation

Critics of the pro-life movement often say that pro-lifers are too concerned with one social issue. Similarly, political commentators complain that pro-lifers are obsessed with just one political issue.
However, as Catholics, we must never forget three vitally important facts:
(1). All human beings are born "in the image and likeness of Christ" and therefore have innate and invaluable human dignity.
(2). Every child created by God is a tremendous gift from God. Moreover, God has a purpose for each and every one of us...and He does not make mistakes!
(3). The scale of the abortion issue is simply overwhelming. Each day in America, around 3,500 innocent babies are deprived of their right to life.
Pope John Paul II best summed up why abortion is so wrong when he said, "It is difficult to imagine a more unjust situation and it is very difficult to speak of obsession where we are dealing with a fundamental imperative of every good conscience---the defense of the right to life of an innocent and defenseless human being"

We Must Unite Our “House” Divided

Our Popes and Bishops have made it abundantly clear that abortion is "intrinsically evil" and the "preeminent issue" for Catholics. This means that Catholics must assign absolute top priority to oppose this evil: "....the obligation to oppose intrinsically evil acts has special claim on our consciences and our action." Cardinal Justin Regali

This brings to mind James 2:20: “... O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” The Catholic faith is not a social club; therefore we must accept all of her teachings or be complicit in breaking God’s rules. Aren’t we supposed to be “one holy, Catholic, and apostolic Church”?

This is America 2018 when we have many Catholic politicians who see and promote child-killing as "health care."

This is simply inexcusable! We, as faithful Catholics have a duty to replace these so-called leaders who are complicit in maintaining our "culture of death."


Lisa R. Yoder Memorial Scholarship Fund 2018

Application are available in the church entrances and on the St Michael’s Web Site

Lisa Yoder encouraged higher education. This fund, established through a trust in her name and maintained by the Defiance Area Foundation, is in memory of Lisa. Eligible applicant requirements: Have graduated from a public high school, attended St. Michaels Catholic Church as a member at the time of application and are continuing on as a full-time first year student at an accredited university or college pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. Applications must be postmark no later than March 24, 2018



A Catholic education is not out of reach with a scholarship from the Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund

Need-based Scholarships worth up to $1,500 per child are available for Catholic schools or $500 for homeschooling expenses for students who reside in Allen, Crawford, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood or Wyandot County for grades K-8th for the 2018-2019 school year . For example a family of five with a household income of $77,706 is eligible. To apply online or for more information about the program visit WWW.NOSF.ORG or contact the

Northwest Ohio Scholarship Fund office at (419) 720-7048. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 27, 2018.


More information is available in both of the church entrances.



Happy Birthday!

Karen Newton           February 4th


The next Northwest Ohio Men’s Fellowship Breakfast will be held on Saturday Feb. 10th at St. John Catholic Church, Defiance.  Mary and Victor Juarez, founders of “Drugs Awareness for Youth”, a faith based counseling and awareness ministry will share with us.  Mary and Victor have experienced the tragedy of drugs and the effects of the pain and loss in their immediate family.  They are on a God sent mission to share the emotional story of their loss in an effort to expose the consequences of addiction and that everyone is affected by this epidemic.  In this mission they have dedicated themselves to counseling, support groups, and witnessing to youth.  Their message is one of love, understanding, and support, but also of awareness and knowledge of this epidemic in our families, churches, and community.  This is sure to be an insightful sharing that all men and women and especially the youth need to hear.  Invite your family and friends.  This is an ecumenical effort to bring all Faith’s together to share fellowship in Christ’s love.  Coffee / Fellowship: 7:30 am – Program / Breakfast: 8:00 am   For more information contact George Westrick 419-784-3975 or email



Knights of Columbus

111 Elliott Rd. Defiance, OH

Sunday, February 4, 2018

“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-$7.00, Senior Citizen -$6.00, Age 6-12-$4.00,

Age 5 & Under-FREE”

*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, February 16, 2018

*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 $9.25

2lb “All Fish” $15.00 ($21 with any 3 Sides)

Side Dishes $3.00/pint