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 12, 2018 – February 18, 2018


Mon. – February 12, 2018 

No Mass

Tues. – February 13, 2018

Vigil of Ash Wednesday

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

                                                    “Mass Intentions”    

                      Gil Coolman by Tony & Terri Singer Family

Wed. – February 14, 2018

Ash Wednesday

*Mass – St. Isidore / Delaware Bend                                             9:00 AM

                                                    “Mass Intentions”    

                           Jim Romes by Greg & Barbara Romes

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

                                                    “Mass Intentions”    

                            Pam Wagner by Mary Ellen Arend                                  

Thur. – February 15, 2018

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

                                                    “Mass Intentions”    

                        Art Wonderly by Greg & Lynn Wonderly

         Fri. – February 16, 2018

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

                                  Mass Intentions”

                     Ted Garmyn by Roxana Timbrook

Sat. – February 17, 2018

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

                                      “Mass Intentions”

                     Special Intentions by Davis Family

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

                                                             “Mass Intention” 

                                           Doug Mack by Harley Burkholder

Sun. – February 18, 2018

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

                                                                  “Mass Intention”

                                                  Pat McCann by Ron & Lori Weber

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

                              “Mass Intention”

                                        John Dell by Chris & Chris Stuckey




           February 14th, 2018 Ash Wednesday

  7:00 PM

 Extraordinary Minister:

      Tom Beck, Sue Beck, Deacon Scott Graham


       Tom Elberson


        Chris Newton                                 

                     February 17/18, 2018 

                        1st Sunday of Lent

   6:30 PM                                                                  8:30 AM

 Extraordinary Minister:                  Extraordinary Minister:

      Grace Mangas                                                         Chris Newton

      Jerry Moser                                                             Brad Sines

      Angie Durham                                                         Mary Ann Benecke

                                                                                         Joan Harris

                                                                                         Kent Beilharz                                                                                    

 Lector:                                              Lector:

        Chris Newton                                                          CCD Students                                                                                

 Servers:                                            Servers:

         David Durham                                                       Karli Okuley

         Karen Newton                                                          Kylee Okuley

                                                                                          Cody Moser                                                                           

 Minister to Shut-Ins:                         Chris Newton       


 Collection Counters:                     Kevin & Jackie Hoschak



FEBRUARY 18, 2018




OLD TESTAMENT READING: Gabby Fabiano      



USHERS: Joe Bartz, Devin Flory, Luke Harris, Tony Pahl 

OFFERTORY GIFTS: Hailey Rau, Remington Speiser, Jack Leppelmeier, Makenna Burkhart, Karli Okuley

GREETERS: Ella Homier, Connor Hornish, Jarrett Lauber, Jacob Pace

SONG LEADERS: Reagan Beilharz, Rose Billing

** Reminder: We ask all parish families to please bring one item for food pantry donation**



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 10, 2018 – February 16, 2018

Mark & Stephanie Sattler and Family

Bob & Chris Weber

Ed & Dorothy Singer

Nathan & Sarah Gerencser and Family

Steven & Melissa Billing and Family


Ash Wednesday begins February 14th



Lent will begin with Ash Wednesday.  To review the fast and abstinence rules, they are as follows: Complete abstinence from meat - Ash Wednesday & ALL Fridays of Lent.  Days of fasting are: Ash Wednesday & Good Friday.  The law of abstinence applies to all Catholics 14 years and older; the law of fasting binds Catholics 18 years old up to their 59th birthday (Canons 97 & 1252)


PARISH FINANCES  February 4, 2018


Sunday Envelopes                                                                   $2310.00

   Loose                                                                                          524.00

  Janitorial                                                                                          9.00

   Initial                                                                                                5.00

  TOTAL                                                               $2848.00          

           Collection counters:        Dave Keber, Jim & Joan Harris


Parish Center Fund-Pledged to date:          $308,645.00

Parish Center Fund-Collected to date:          184,122.07

Parish Center Fund-Goal:                              750,000.00

Parish Center-Remaining Fund Goal:           441,355.00


Pledge Forms Received to date:                            34


Average Pledge:                                                 $9077.79


        This week, Ash Wednesday, our collection will be for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. Your donation today helps restore the Church and build the future in over 25 countries still struggling to recover in the aftermath of communist rule. Funds from this collection help support reconstruction, education, formation, and poverty outreach. For more information, please visit

                     Thank you for your generosity.



A Lenten Bible Study Offering for our St. Michael Church

“A Biblical Walk through the Mass”

by Edward Sri

As Catholics, the Mass is the center of our Faith. We celebrate it every
day. We know all the responses. We know all the gestures.

But do we know what it all means?

In A Biblical Walk through the Mass, Dr. Edward Sri
takes us on a unique tour of the Liturgy.
We will explore the biblical roots of the words and gestures we experience
in the Liturgy and learn their profound significance.

This Study will be held on Sunday evenings beginning February 18th and will continue through Lent.

Studies will begin at 6:30pm and will be in the Church basement.
To sign up call Chris Newton at 419-428-4585 for planning purposes. 

 Thank you and may the Peace of the Risen Lord be with you Always!





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

Tue February 13, 2018

Vigil of Ash Wednesday – Blest Ashes will be given during 7:00 pm Mass at St. Isidore - Marysdale

Wed February 14, 2018

Ash Wednesday – Blest ashes will be given during

  9:00 am Mass – the Bend & 7:00 pm Mass - The Ridge

*St. Michael’s Ridge Parish Council Mtg. – after 7:00 pm Mass

   Collection for churches in Eastern Europe Collection during

  all Masses for Ash Wednesday - envelope pack

Thur February 15, 2018

*St. Isidore Altar Rosary Society Mtg. - after 7:00 pm Mass

Sat/Sun February 17/18, 2018

*Black & Indian Collection – envelope pack

*RCIA Rite of Election at 6:30 pm Mass at St. Michael’s Ridge

*St. Michael’s 1st Communion Rite of Blessing at 8:30 am Mass

*St. Michael’s Ridge Baptisms – 1:30 pm

      Everette Michael Keel, son of Taylor & Jessica Keel

     Merman Cy Keel, son of Justin & Aaren Keel


The ministries of the Diocese of Toledo affect hundreds of thousands of lives each year. Traditionally the participation in the Annual Catholic Appeal has fallen short of the necessary financial support needed to provide support to ensure impactful ministries. This year, the goal is $2.8 million with a secondary goal of increasing parishioner participation. 


So today, I would like to take a few minutes to share the work the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal is doing for our Diocese of Toledo.


Did you know that when an engaged couple receives education and counseling in preparation for marriage, the Appeal is at work? When a catechist receives training to teach religious education, the Appeal is at work. When a baby’s life is saved from abortion or a homeless person receives a warm bed and a meal, the Appeal is at work. These are examples of ministries at work every day throughout the Diocese of Toledo supported by your donations to the Annual Catholic Appeal. You know many of them—Helping Hands of St. Louis, La Posada Emergency Family Shelter, H.O.P.E. Food Pantry, Young Adult and Campus Ministry, and support for those men who have been called to the Priesthood.


It is your donation that makes possible the continuation of these ministries. If you have already made a pledge to the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal, I thank you for answering the call to show mercy to others.


If you have not yet made a pledge, I would like to remind you of the theme for this year—Giving With Faith, Hope and Love. “Evangelize the poor; this is the mission of Jesus; this is also the mission of the Church, and of all baptized in the church.” (Pope Francis Angelus address 1-24-16). Being Catholic is much more than being a member of a parish and going to Mass on weekends—it is about living our faith and following Jesus. I have seen some of the amazing ways that our Diocese has reached out to help those in greatest need—that is what it means to be Catholic.


If you have never pledged before, a pledge of $1 for each day of the year, $365, or $1 for each week of the year, $52, would go a long way toward helping us to serve the people throughout our diocese. Any gift you can give will be truly appreciated. No amount is too small. 


There are pledge envelopes and pencils available at the end of each pew. Please use the envelopes provided to you to make your donation or pledge today.


Please take a moment to consider this question. Could you sacrifice the price of a soft drink a day or a cup of coffee a week to further the work of the Church and serve those in need? Those dollars would go a long way to benefit the Catholic community in our Diocese.

Countless lives are touched by every contribution to the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal. Children, seminary students, the sick and aged, the needy—they all depend on our generosity. Faith, hope and love come alive through the Annual Catholic Appeal, which in turn fosters the Holy Disciples, Holy Families and Holy Vocations. Thank you for pledging today to help meet our parish goal of $9,000   and assure the continuation of these programs and services. For more information on ministries funded by the appeal visit: 

Rev. Robert J. Kill, Pastor / St. Michael's Ridge Church / St. Isidore (Marysdale) Church
05480 Moser Rd. / Defiance, Ohio 43512

419 497 2161 /



*Parishioners willing to volunteer for the Parish Center Fund Raising Sub-Committee

If interested, please contact Kevin McCann, / 419-957-4384


*Parishioners willing to volunteer for the Parish Center Media / Communications Sub-Committee, if interested, contact Ron Clinger, / 419-956-7085




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 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

Wed. February 28, 2018

*Confirmation Catch Up 7-9:00 pm at the convent

Sun. March 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


Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  The sixth grade CCD class would like to thank our parish community for participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring!  Together we collected many bags of non-perishable food items and $159!  The class donated the collection to St. Mary’s Food Pantry in Defiance.   Since 1990 when the Souper Bowl of Caring began, young people have been leading the charge and inspiring others to collect dollars and food; changing the nation's largest weekend of football into a large weekend of caring.



         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



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.



February 10th – 16th

Happy Birthday!

Chris Maxwell           February 14th


Next Northwest Ohio Men’s Fellowship Breakfast will be held Saturday Feb. 24th at St. John’s Catholic Church, Defiance. We are very excited to have Ann and Darrell Branham join us to share their Spiritual experiences and their love of Christ through music. This will be an uplifting sharing of how their personal relationship with Christ has grown and led them to share this overwhelming revelation of Christs love with others. God has inspired them to use the gift of Gospel music by sharing this music at different senior facilities and events, bringing back great memories and lifting up praise to God.  Come and join us as they lead us in some great Gospel music that will warm your heart. Hear how God has walked with them on their spiritual journey. We feel the greatest message they have to share is how God takes ordinary people and moves them to minister in simple ways to bring joy and his presence in our hearts. We encourage all mem/women/families from all Faiths’ to join us to share fellowship as brothers and sisters in Christ. Be part of this ecumenical effort to build unity and support for each other in our community. Enjoy a great breakfast. Coffee/Fellowship: 7:30a – Breakfast/Program: 8 00a. For more information call George Westrick 419-784-3975 or email



Catholic Questions + Catholic Answers will be after the 6:30 Mass on Thursday 15 February in the St. Matthew room, St. John’s Defiance.  If there is time after the questions and discussions we will continue to look at the Doctors of the Church. We will look at St. Ephrem 306-343.



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



Knights of Columbus

111 Elliott Rd. Defiance, OH

Sunday, March 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*