St. Michael’s Ridge Bulletin



05480 Moser Road, Defiance, OH 43512



419-497-2161         Email:











March 18, 2018

March 11, 2018

March 4, 2018

Feb. 25, 2018





February 26, 2018 – March 4, 2018


Mon. – February 26, 2018                                   

*No Mass

Tues. – February 27, 2018

*St. Isidore / Delaware Bend

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

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

                                                    “Mass Intentions”    

                         Fr. G. Allan Fillman by Friends and Family

Wed. – February 28, 2018                                           

*St. Michael’s Ridge – Stations of the Cross & Benediction          7:00 PM

*St. Isidore CCD Confessions, Grades 7-12  

Thur. – March 1, 2018

*St. Isidore / Delaware Bend – Stations of the Cross & Benediction

                                                                                                             7:00 PM

Fri. – March 2, 2018 *First Friday*

* Mass – St. Isidore / Delaware Bend                                              8:00 AM

                                  Mass Intentions”

                        Mary Dell by Jim & Chris Jacob

Sat. – March 3, 2018

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

                                      “Mass Intentions”

                 Barbara Layman by Jim & Rita Huebner

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

                                                             “Mass Intention” 

                                           Doug Mack by Harley Burkholder

Sun. – March 4, 2018

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

                                                                  “Mass Intention”

                                              Pat McCann by Joe & Diana Hammon

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

                              “Mass Intention”

                                            Mary Dell by Virgil & Janice Hoene



                     March 3/4, 2018 

                   3rd Sunday of Lent                                                       

   6:30 PM                                                                  8:30 AM

 Extraordinary Minister:                 Extraordinary Minister:

      Anita Bertsch                                                          Jeff Weber

      Angie Durham                                                        Barb Weber

      Bob Weber                                                              Alicia Little

                                                                                        Katie Weber

                                                                                        Kris Lauber  

 Lector:                                            Lector:

        Karen Newton                                                     Kristen Lauber       

 Servers:                                          Servers:

         Chris Newton                                                     Trinity Lauber

                                                                                          Rose Billing

                                                                                      Gabby Fabiano        

 Minister to Shut-Ins:                          Jeff Weber      


 Collection Counters:                     Dave Keber, Jim & Joan Harris




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 24, 2018 – March 2, 2018

Walter (Butch) & Carmen Coy and Family

Fred & Lucy Moser and Family

Sally Schliesser

Jay & Cara Hornish and Family

Jerry & Charlene Liska and Family

Janice Steffel


PARISH FINANCES  February 18, 2018


Sunday Envelopes                                                                  $2525.00

  Loose                                                                                           905.00

  Janitorial                                                                                          2.00

  Christmas                                                                                      10.00

  Church in Eastern Europe                                                          189.00

  Home Missions                                                                            108.00

  TOTAL                                                               $3739.00          


 Collection counters:        Kevin & Jackie Hoschak


Parish Center Fund-Pledged to date:           $344,181.65

Parish Center Fund-Collected to date:          198,364.55

Parish Center Fund-Goal:                              750,000.00

Parish Center-Remaining Fund Goal:           405,818.35

Pledge Forms mailed to parishioners:                 268

Pledge Forms Received to date:                             44


Average Pledge:                                                 $7822.31


Parish Center Committee / SubCommittees

Rev. Robert J. Kill

Kent Beilharz, CoChair      4194387777

Rob Giesige, CoChair

Kevin McCann, Fund Raising Chair                               4199574384

Ron Clinger, Media/ Communications Chair    419-956-7085

Bill Krueger

David Kahle

Jon Fabiano

Ron Fisher

Ronda Fabiano




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)




Sat/Sun February 24/25, 2018

*2nd Collection for St. Vincent de Paul Society – at all Masses

*St. Isidore Confirmation practice after 10:00 am Mass

*St. Michael’s Ridge PRE bowling 1:00 – 3:00 pm at

  Defiance Recreation Center

Wed February 28, 2018

*St. Michael’s Ridge Stations of the Cross & Benediction at

  7:00 pm led by Deacon John Weber

*St. Isidore CCD Confessions at 7:00 pm – Grades 7 thru 12

Thur March 1, 2018

*St. Isidore / Delaware Bend Lenten Stations of the Cross at

 7:00 pm followed by Benediction by Deacon Scott Graham

*St. Isidore / Marysdale Parish Council mtg. at 7:30 pm

Fri March 2, 2018

*1st Friday Communion Calls

Sat March 3, 2018

*St. Isidore Confirmation held at Rosary Cathedral, Toledo

  at 11:00 am

Sun March 4, 2018

*Recognition of the newly Confirmed at the 10:00 am Mass

*Parish Mission begins at 7:00 pm at St. Isidore / Marysdale,

  led by Fr. Denis Wilde, O.S.A., Ph.D. of the Priest for Life,

                                **All are welcome**


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!




*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.

Note: All “homemade” baked items must contain a list of ingredients due to allergies.

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


 Christmas Flowers 2017

Our thanks to the parishioners who donated to the Christmas flower fund in memory of loved ones:


Mr & Mrs Mike Bailey in memory of Duke & Doris Maag, Vic Batt and Sylvia Stevens

Mr & Mrs Kent Beilharz in memory of Theresa Ricica and Kay Beilharz

Mr & Mrs Chuck Cary

Mr & Mrs Dennis Coressel

Mr & Mrs Jon Fabiano in memory of Ronald Deitrick and Joanne Fabiano

Julie Godfrey in memory of Dick & Imogene Wisda and Sally Widsa-Warner

Rosalie Harris in memory of Jerry Harris

Mr & Mrs Phil Hornish in memory of Herb & Francis, Jerry and John Hall and Lois Hornish

Mr & Mrs John Hoschak in memory of Bill & Frances Hoschak

Mr & Mrs Kevin Hoschak in memory of Richard & Frances Birkemeyer, Virgil & Lois Hoschak, Christine Pittman

Mr & Mrs Dennis Clancy in memory of Clancy and Limber Families

Mr & Mrs Doug Karr

Mr & Mrs Chuck Leopold in memory of Henry & Mary Leopold

Mr & Mrs Brian Leppelmeier

Grace Mangas

Mr & Mrs Doug McBride in memory of McBride and Minick Families

Mr & Mrs Jim McCann

Mr & Mrs Paul Moser

Tom Moser in memory of Louis & Rosemary Moser

Mr & Mrs Chris Newton in memory of Matt Emmons

Mr & Mrs Monte Nofziger in memory of Miller K. Merillat

Mr & Mrs Bobby Olashuk in memory of John & Leanora Olashuk

Mr & Mrs Mike Rieke in memory of Rieke and Wagner Families

Donald Wagner in memory of George Agnes and Pam Wagner

Mr & Mrs Phil Wagner in memory of Jim Wagner, Bob & Evie Gilgenbach

Mr & Mrs Bob Wagner in member of Malfon, Jean & Phillip Hall

Mr & Mrs Terry Wagner

Vivian Wagner in memory of Paul Wagner, Alice and Blake Wagner

Mr & Mrs Corey Weber in memory of deceased family members

Mr & Mrs Tom Wetli in memory of Eugene & Rosemary Wetli and Boyd & Fancis Litrell

William Winterhalter in memory of Ramon & Jean Winterhalter

Mr & Mrs Jerry Wagner in memory of Cletus & Martha Wagner

Mr & Mrs Terry Davis

Mr & Mrs Bob Flory in memory of Dan Meyer, Todd Johnson Jr., Hunter Johnson

Mr & Mrs Richard Johnson in memory of Weber and Johnson Families

Mr & Mrs Dave Kahle in memory of Betty Kahle, Lou Siebineck

Bob Nagel

Mr & Mrs Ken Moser

Mr & Mrs Wayne Grime in memory of Coressel-Grime Families

Robert Hoschak in memory of Gertride Hoschak

Mr & Mrs Todd McBride

Rex Steffel

Mr & Mrs Jerry Wiemken in memory of Cletus & Irene Baker



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 14, 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

Wed. March 7, 2018

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

Sun. March 11, 2018

*Preschool: During 8:30 Mass

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

Wed. March 14, 2018

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

Sun. March 18, 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



         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!!



A Presentation From Mary and Victor Juarez


On Sunday, March 18th after Mass, our Religious Education classes grades

7-12 will be attending a presentation hosted by Mary and Victor Juarez, founders of “Drugs Awareness for Youth”, a faith based counseling and awareness ministry. 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 to expose the consequences of addiction and to show that everyone is affected by this epidemic. They have dedicated themselves to counseling, support groups, and witnessing to youth.

All parents of students in our grades 7-12 classes are encouraged to attend along with any members of our parish who are interested.



Parish Mission  - St Isidore Defiance OH

Lisa Yoder Scholarship Fund 2018

Craft Show

Craft Show Raffle tickets



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.



Luminous Ministries

Looking for an intimate and inspiring Lenten experience?  Join us at our home (116 Brown Drive, Bryan, OH) for “The Demands of Truth” (Sunday, March 11), “The Demands of Courage” (Monday, March 12), “The Demands of Love” (Tuesday, March 13).  Each evening will feature a different Lenten theme and musical and will last from 7:00 - 8:30 PM with light snacks and fellowship following.  The cost is $20.00 per person.  Recommended for all men and women ages 13 and up.  For further details and to register visit and/or call Carol (419.630.6410) or Kristen (419.553.9207).  Commit now to joining us on your Lenten Journey!

Grace Upon Grace, 

Carol & Kristen


Co-Founders of Luminous Ministries
116 Brown Drive Bryan, OH 43506
419.630.6410 (Carol)
419.553.9207 (Kristen)




"Abortion kills twice. It kills the body of the baby and it kills the conscience of the mother. Abortion is profoundly anti-women. Three quarters of its victims are women: Half the babies and all the mothers."

~ Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta ~


“I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.”

Ronald Reagan




February 24th – March 2nd

Happy  Birthday!

Charlie Beck           February 25th

Shelby Beck             March 2nd



Our next N.W.O. Men’s Fellowship Breakfast will be held on Saturday March 10th at St. John’s Catholic Church, Defiance.  We are very excited to have Jim Hoops, State Representative of the 81st    Ohio House District.  Hoops is also Associate Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Northwest State Community College.  As a lifelong resident of N.W. Ohio, Hoops is committed to working on issues that are important to the families of N.W. Ohio.  Whether you are Democrat or Republican is not the focus of his sharing, but that Christ has called all of us to be united together on our Spiritual Journey to build up the Kingdom of God.  Come and join us as Jim shares on how his Christian values and principles have guided his own spiritual journey in life and what and how he feels God is calling him to share in building up the Kingdom of God. This is sure to be an insightful sharing and a great chance to hear how god is working in our community.  We want encourage all men, women, and 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 and to enjoy a great breakfast.  Coffee/Donuts: 7:30 am – Breakfast/Program: 8:00 am.  For more information call George Westrick 419-784-3975 or email



Knights of Columbus Council #1039

111 Elliott Road, Defiance, OH (419-782-3536)

Friday, March 2, 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*