St. Michael’s Ridge Bulletin



05480 Moser Road, Defiance, OH 43512














February 21, 2021

February 14, 2021

February 7, 2021

January 31, 2021






February 15, 2021 – February 21, 2021


Monday, February 15, 2021

*No Mass


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

*Confessions                                                                                               6:30 PM

*Mass – St. Isidore/Delaware Bend                                                            7:00 PM

 “Mass Intentions” Deceased Family & Friends

                              by Gregg & Geraldine Gause


Wednesday, February 17, 2021 *Ash Wednesday*

*Ashes & Communion Only – St. Michael’s Ridge     7:00 AM

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

 “Mass Intentions” Doris Antoine by Family & Friends

*Mass – St. Isidore/Marysdale                                                                12:00 PM

 “Mass Intentions” Mary Eleanor Singer by Jamie & Jackie Singer

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

“Mass Intentions” Frances Stehulak by Carl & Nancy Stehulak


Thursday, February 18, 2021

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

“Mass Intentions” John G. Singer by Cliff Beattie


Friday, February 19, 2021

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

“Mass Intentions”

Virginia & Robert Rath by Robyn Hawkins


Saturday, February 20, 2021

*Confessions                                                                                          3:45 PM

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

“Mass Intentions” Harold & Nancy Kunesh by Betty Romes

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

 “Mass Intention” Tom & Wetli by Galen & Tina Gerken


Sunday, February 21, 2021

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

“Mass Intentions” Deceased family members of the

               Gaeth, Reese, Wagner & Peterson Families

                                    by Terry & Janet Wagner               

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

 “Mass Intentions” Mary Lou Mandly by Ruben Garza Family


Liturgical Schedule

Ash Wednesday

February 17, 2021

           Lector:                                           Extraordinary Minister:

          Volunteer                                         Volunteer



           Chris Newton


First Sunday of Lent

Lectors for February 20/21, 2021


    Saturday 6:30pm                                                              Sunday 8:30am

    Karen Newton                                                              CCD Students








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, 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*




St. Mike’s – Reconciliation, Adoration and Benediction at Wednesday 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. Isidore and St. Michael Parishes,

“Rend your hearts not your garments” proclaims the prophet Joel on Ash Wednesday.  It is a reminder that Lent is upon us and this forty-day Church retreat deals with our hearts, not our outside performance of religious duties.

What Lent asks us to do is to intensify our existing religious practice so that our hearts can be authentic.  In doing so we can be in communion with God and each other. 

When we read the Gospels, are we not moved by how Jesus lives and acts?  He enters into a relationship with each person he meets.  ‘Will you come with me?”  I love you.  “Will you enter into communion with me?”

He calls each one of us into a personal, intimate relationship with Himself and he asks us to follow him.  If we follow, then we are called to make a choice.  If we choose one thing, it means refusing another.  If we choose to follow Christ and receive the gift of love and communion, then we must say no to the ways of the world and accept loss.  We must own our choice.

Communion does not come easy.  To have communion we have to change and to change radically.  What we have been taught by our culture is to be first, to always win, and then when you are called by Jesus to go down the ladder and to share your life with the poor and the marginalized, a real struggle breaks out within oneself.  We begin to see the hardness of our own heart and we don’t know how to respond because of the other forces within ourselves.

These are the forces of darkness and hatred that stop us from the good that is called from us.  Lent is a time to be honest and to face these forces and to realize that our worse enemy is inside our own hearts, not outside ourselves.

So Lent says return to God with all your heart.  We all need a center to which to return.  We all need a base point to which and from which we should be related.  If that center has wavered, lent says find that locus again.

If we haven’t prayed much, pray.  If we are not with the community in Church, go to Church.  If our senses control us, fast.  The parishes have a variety of programs and devotions to help in this regard.  The Sacrament of reconciliation is extremely helpful but so difficult to do for we have to fight the forces in our heart that say we do nothing wrong.  Scripture is wonderful.  The texts of the Bible are inherently powerful.  Don’t use scripture just as an object of intellectual study or as a handy adjunct to our ideology.  The monks of the Desert say that “Scripture or the Word of God becomes like a living force within them.”

Please don’t treat Lent like a self-improvement program or a chance to make sure I do a few things so that I can have the semblance of religion.  I like the prayer that the Episcopal Church says before communion.  It is a pointed reminder that religious faith is intended not only to confirm who we are, but also to affirm our desire to become something more; “Deliver us from the presumption of coming to this Table for solace only, and not for strength, for pardon only, and not for renewal.”

During Lent the earth is renewing itself.  Our hearts should match the season.  Jesus’ death brought about renewal and granted salvation to all.  Let us die this Lent to all the darkness in our spirit so that we can be the people God created and who Christ calls us to be.

On a different note, this is commitment Sunday for the annual Diocesan Appeal (ACA).  This collection does so much in the nineteen counties we call our diocese to fund ministerial programs that are so needed.  COVID-19 19 has made last year a different kind of year.  Much of what we took for granted was not done.  This year is hopefully different.  A major cost that this collection does is to help in the education of seminarians who are discerning priesthood.  There are also evangelization efforts that the diocese continues to put out and the Bishop with his staff have at the core of their efforts how to help parishes who are struggling because of the pandemic.  I would ask all parishioners to think about your level of sacrifice to this appeal and respond.  Many who have given before will have something coming from the diocese.  If you have never given there are envelops at the Church’s entrances.

Another item is that Ashes this Wednesday (February 17) will be just on Wednesday only.  It starts with an ash and communion service at 7 am at St. Michaels.  The 9 am Mass will be at the Bend.  Noon will be at Marysdale.  6:30 pm will be at St. Michael.  The last three will have a Mass.  The 7 am is just a service for those who want their ashes but do not have lots of time.  Let’s make it a good Lent.

In Him,

Fr. Joe

Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, February 17, 2021


Lenten Fasting & Abstinence


Fast on Ash Wednesday & Good Friday


Abstain from meat every Friday during Lent


Who may Fast: Ages 18 – 59


Who may Abstain from meat: Ages 14+


How do we fast?

When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal.


Am I excused from fasting and abstinence?

Those that are excused from fast and abstinence outside the age limits include the physically or mentally ill including individuals suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes.  Also excluded are pregnant or nursing women.


For more information on fasting and abstinence, visit



Collection Envelopes


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



St. Michael’s Catholic Church, The Ridge

   Collection Recap – 1/31/21

ATTENTION: Age 1 to 101


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There are 3 easy steps for parishioners to sign up on FORMED. 

1.       Visit

2.       Enter our parish zip or name

3.       Enter your name and email

All families, singles, retired persons, etc. will be blessed to take advantage of this FREE resource which can be the better alternative to the offerings of regular television viewing.



Parish Council


The next Parish Council meeting is Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.



St. Michael’s and St. John’s Campout


Campout for this year is cancelled due to Sauder Village Campground being full.  If you know of another campsite and would like to take over, please do!

                                       -The Webers




Sunday, February 14

*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 am

*Confirmation: Front room in basement – 9:30 - 11:30 am


Wednesday, February 17

Grades 6-7: Front room in basement – after Ash Wednesday mass until 7:30 p.m.

Parents are invited to attend this class.


Sunday, February 21

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

·         First Communion Rite of Blessing – during mass

·         Grade 2 Parent Meeting – 11:15 a.m. in front room of basement

*Grade 4: Balcony 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

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



First Communion Rite of Blessing


Next Sunday, Feb. 21, our 2nd graders will take part in the Rite of Blessing during mass.  First communicants and their parents are highly encouraged to attend this service as the children will receive a special blessing and a pin.


First Communion Parent Meeting


Next Sunday, Feb. 21, there will be an important parent meeting for first communicants and their parents at 11:15 a.m. in the main dining room of the basement.  Please plan to attend.


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


Saint Michael Easter Cookie Fundraiser


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.




Applications for the Lisa R. Yoder Memorial Scholarship are available on St. Michael’s website.  Applications must be postmarked no later than April 2, 2021.


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. 



Lisa Yoder Scholarship Fund 2021

Parish Hall Pledge Form

St. Michael’s Ridge Volunteer List

2021 Church Year


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!


Chris Maxwell        February 14

Shirley Deitrick      February 18