St. Michael’s Ridge Bulletin



05480 Moser Road, Defiance, OH 43512














February 21, 2021

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February 22, 2021 – February 28, 2021

Monday, February 22, 2021

*No Mass

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

*Confessions                                                                                                      6:30 PM

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

“Mass Intentions” Lee Gecowets by Mary Lou Speiser


Wednesday, February 24, 2021

*Stations of the Cross – St. Michael’s Ridge                                                    6:00 PM

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

*St. Isidore (Marysdale) Parish Penance Service                                             6:45 PM


Thursday, February 25, 2021

*Confessions                                                                                                     8:30 AM

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

“Mass Intentions” William Weaner by Arline Iler

*Stations of the Cross – St. Isidore/Marysdale                                                 6:30 PM


Friday, February 26, 2021 *Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge                    9:00 AM

“Mass Intentions”

Frances Stehulak by Carl & Nancy Stehulak


Saturday, February 27, 2021

*Confessions                                                                                                    3:45 PM

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

“Mass Intentions”

Art Wonderly by Terry & Deb Kolb

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

“Mass Intention”

Marcia Meyer by Jeremie & Kimberly Meyer


Sunday, February 28, 2021

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

“Mass Intentions” Francis & Dorothy Minck, Troy Miller & Keith Hubbard

                              by Doug & Joan McBride

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

“Mass Intentions” Schindler/Kittle Family by George & Ruby Schindler


Liturgical Schedule

February 28, 2021

2nd Sunday of Lent

Saturday 6:30pm                                                Sunday 8:30am

Mike Rieke                                                           Malinda Smith

        Extraordinary Minister                                    Extraordinary Minister:

         Kris Lauber                                                           Katie Weber

         Servers                                                               Servers:

         Trinity Lauber                                                     Addison Smith

         Jarrett Lauber                                                      Mason Smith





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,

I remember any parish I have gone to there is always the question of why something is done this way or why it is there?  At Little Flower parish there was a basketball hoop that was probably fifty years old.  People didn’t even see it anymore, so we had the Boy Scouts get rid of it. Here I asked why we had a vigil Mass the day before Ash Wednesday. There may have been a good reason for it but when I was told this the way it was done; we did everything on Ash Wednesday.

We are never done renewing, redoing, reviving, revitalizing.  It is in our blood.  Our very body continually renews itself.  If you cannot change, dust, adapt, discard, then the first signs of death are at your door.

Too much change is not good.  It inhibits normal, healthy, growth in children, makes them rootless and uncommitted.  Too little change is stultifying and makes for intolerance, stubbornness and narrowness of mind.

So, our job is to maintain continuity with renovation.  It is the way of our Catholic Church and many of its institutions like monasteries.  And the Churches we have are significant because what goes on there is significant.  I had interviews with our eighth graders last Sunday at St. Michael Ridge.  They were wonderful and the two parishioners who helped me were touched by the answers and concerns of these young people.

So, as we begin Lent, we are really going on a period of renewal and renovation.  Thomas Merton, the great monk from Kentucky said it took him all of Lent to find out what he should be working on.  Lent may be the time in which you quell the inner storms that drown God.  It is not unusual that one can ponder the passion that rage, in whom strife and contention whip up a dust that hides the light and this pondering is what matters.

So, Lent says there is something more real than reality.  No words can capture this spirit for there are no words for it.  Even though it is very real it is yet undetectable, and in some ways undefinable.  So, Lent should not be some memoir that we do every year.  It has a purpose, and this purpose is important. Lent asks us to look at both the good of things and the bad of things.  Maybe this COVID-19 has robbed us of our vision.  Maybe Lent says get out of your old way of doing things or do them with intentionality.

I have always found that I got to know the land here best and my religion when we are free of the customary and the usual.  Reconciliation, the sacraments, rosary, a close examination of our motives, our commitment to our vocation, prayer, and the list goes on.

Doesn’t one occasionally have to get out of the kitchen, out of the house, out of town to taste something a little different so we may know who we are again.

It is in renewal, in the new, that we discover the old.  What is private becomes public.  What is secret, manifest and what is hidden revealed.  Have a great Lent. 

In Him,

Fr. Joe


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



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 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.

Sunday, February 28

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

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

   *Grade 5: (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.  Convent  


First Communion Rite of Blessing


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


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!

Donald Wagner February 21

Carol Wiemken February 22

Charlie Beck February 25

Happy Anniversary!

Jerry & Carol Wiemken February 22