St. Michael’s Ridge Bulletin



05480 Moser Road, Defiance, OH 43512



419-497-2161         Email:











March 24, 2019

March 17, 2019

March 10, 2019

March 3, 2019





March 4, 2019 – March 10, 2019


Mon. – March 4, 2019

* No Mass

Tues. – March 5, 2019 *Eve of Ash Wednesday*

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

                                               “Mass Intentions”   

                Deceased Family & Friends by Dan & Teresa Dietrich

Wed. – March 6, 2019 *Ash Wednesday*

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

                                             “Mass Intention” 

     Deceased Family & Friends by Gregg & Geraldine Gause

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

                                             “Mass Intention” 

                              Mary Ricica by Eugene Westrick

Thur. – March 7, 2019

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

                              “Mass Intentions”

           All Souls Intention by Barb Homrich

Fri. – March 8, 2019

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

                                             “Mass Intention” 

                       Robert & Virginia Rath by Robyn Hawkins

Sat. – March 9, 2019

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

                              “Mass Intentions”

Deceased Family & Friends by Tom & Sandra Hug

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

                                             “Mass Intention” 

                        Friends and Relatives of Fran Stehulak

Sun. – March 10, 2019 

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

                                                  “Mass Intention”

                          Louie & Mary Ricica by Joe & Chris Ricica

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

                                “Mass Intention”

             All Souls Intention by Jim & Suzi Kline



          Ash Wednesday

     7:00 PM

 Extraordinary Minister:

       Carol Rieke, Barb Krugh, Deacon Scott Graham

 Lector: Tom Elberson                                                       

 Servers: Chris Newton, Volunteers 


          March 9/10, 2019

                    1st Sunday of Lent

   6:30 PM                                                                  8:30 AM

 Extraordinary Minister:                       Extraordinary Minister:

      Janice Leopold                                                        Jeff Weber

      Linda Long                                                               Barb Weber

      Anita Bertsch                                                          Barb Krugh

                                                                                        Joe Konecney

                                                                                        Deacon Scott Graham                                                                                  

 Lector:                                                     Lector:

       Linda Wagner                                                        CCD Students     

 Servers:                                                   Servers:

       Dave Durham                                                         Kylee Okuley

                                                                                          Karli Okuley

                                                                                         Keely Culler

 Minister to Shut-Ins:                       Jeff Weber


 Collection Counters:                    Betty Schlegel and Barb Weber







INTERCESSIONS: Morgan Leppelmeier

USHERS: Joe Bartz, Cody Moser, Tony Pahl

OFFERTORY GIFTS: Morgan Gerencser, Addison Dominique, Emma Gerencser, Jordyn Beilharz,

Brock Bailey, Dryden White

GREETERS: Kathryn Bidlack, Levi Guisinger, Kaed Merillat, Brody Meyer

SONG LEADERS: Reagan Beilharz, Trinity Lauber

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



Daily Prayers

Pam Kaiser, Brandi Mickelson, Rosemary Meyer,

Mary Wagner, 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, Holly Garmyn, Fr. Bob Holden,

Marisa Larimer, Brooke (Liska) Homier, Nathan Mekus and Fr. Bob Kill (surgery recovery)

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



March 2nd – March 8th, 2019

Adam & Amanda Homier and Family

Ray Slattman

Bob Polasek

Bob & Vicki Hoschak

Jeremy & Shonna Burkhart and Family


PARISH FINANCES      Feb 24, 2019


Sunday Envelopes                                             $2298.00

Loose                                                                        360.30

Janitorial                                                                 105.00

Religious Education                                                20.00

Initial                                                                           5.00

Stipend (Mass stipend)                                         10.00

2018 ACA Rebate                                                 805.00 

TOTAL                                                                 $3603.30        


Collection counters:        Shelby Beck and Denise Hornish


             Parish Center Fund Drive


Cash Collected to Date:                               $469,777.95

Uncollected Pledges to Date:                        201,185.41

Total Toward Goal:                                         670,963.36

Remaining to Meet Goal:                             $289,036.64



Sat/Sun March 2/3, 2019

* Annual Catholic Appeal at all Masses

* St. Michael Bingo Party, 1:30 – 4:00 pm, All Are Welcome!

* St. Michael’s Bible Study – 6:30 pm

Tue March 5, 2019

* Blessed Ashes given at the 7:00 pm Mass at Marysdale

Wed March 6, 2019

* Blessed Ashes given at both 9:00 am Mass at Delaware Bend

   and 7:00 pm Mass at St. Michael’s Ridge

Sat/Sun March 9/10, 2019

* Parish Council Elections at St. Isidore

* Black & Indian Collection (envelope packet)

* St. Michael’s Bible Study – 6:30 pm Sunday



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)


St. Michael’s Altar & Rosary Society 35th ANNUAL CRAFT SHOW

Saturday March 16th, 2019      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 need volunteers to work and we also need baked goods for the bake sale and pies or any type of dessert for the lunch stand. Note: All “homemade” baked items must contain a list of ingredients due to allergies. Please put your name on the sign-up sheets located at both entrances of the church for the hours you can work.  If you don’t know your schedule yet just pop in and check in we appreciate any help at any time thru the day!!  Food items are needed at the church basement not later than 8:15 am on Saturday, March 16, 2019 or can be taken to the K of C Hall by 8:30 am

Please sell the enclosed raffle tickets for our Craft Show

Return the tickets and money to the K of C Hall or give then to:

Sandy Wagner, Janice Leopold

Denise Hornish or Shelby Beck

Lunch Stand:

Sandwiches, Soup,

Homemade Pies & Desserts


 “Looking for someone willing to step up and help with the Altar & Rosary Society Spring Craft Show”

Please pray about it and if you think you would be willing to give it a try, please contact me.

              Thanks, Sandy Wagner


Adult Lenten Bible Study

Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother
by Edward Sri

All are welcome (young and older) BIBLE STUDY – Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother

In this session (March 3, 6:30pm), we will accompany Mary on her visit to Elizabeth in a scene known as the “Visitation” (Luke 1:39-56)

Topics of discussion:

Mary Goes “in Haste” to Visit Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-40)

Elizabeth Greets Mary with Titles of Honor (Luke 1:41-45)

Mary’s Journey Shows Her to Be the “New Ark of the Covenant”

The Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55)

Imitate Mary’s Humility



This week on Ash Wednesday our special collection supports the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. Your donation today helps restore the Church and build the future in more than 20 countries still struggling to recover in the aftermath of communist rule. Funds from this collection help support reconstruction, education, formation, and outreach to alleviate poverty. Please be generous to the collection today. For more information, please visit   



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    



Sun. March 3, 2019

* Preschool: During 8:30 Mass

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

* 7th Grade – back room of basement, 9:30 – 11:00

* Confirmation Class: 9:30 – 11:15

Wed. March 6, 2019

* Ash Wednesday

Sun. March 10, 2019

* Preschool: During 8:30 Mass

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

* High School Class – backroom of basement/ 9:30 – 11:00 am

Sun. March 17, 2019


* Preschool: During 8:30 Mass

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

* Practice for Confirmation after Mass, followed by

   Confirmation Retreat

Sun. March 24, 2019





 With the Lenten Season calling us to almsgiving, the children of our Religious Education classes will be receiving their Rice Bowls this weekend and next weekend to donate to Catholic Relief Services. Please support your child with this opportunity to help other children. There will also be extra Rice Bowls by the entrances of the church for anyone who wishes to donate to this worthwhile cause.

                 Thank you!


Attention St. Mike's 2019 Seniors


The Lisa R. Memorial Scholarship Fund Application - 2019 is available on St. Michael's web site, "see application for details".

Lisa Yoder encourage higher education. This fund established through a trust in her name and maintained by the Defiance Area Foundation, is in memory of Lisa.

Eligible applicants’ requirements:

* Will graduate from public high school

* Attended St. Michael's as a member

* Continuing on as a full-time first year student

* Applications must be postmarked by

    March 22, 2019




Parish Hall Pledge Form

Lisa Yoder Scholarship Application

Heart of the Nation Mass broadcast schedule


March 2nd – March 8th

Happy Birthday!

Shelby Beck                      March 2nd

Stacy Bailey                      March 5th

Lanie Weber                     March 13th


All men, women, and families are invited to the Northwest Ohio Men’s Fellowship Breakfast on Saturday March 16th at St. John Catholic Church in Defiance. Please join us for breakfast to experience fellowship with others in our community.  Guest Speaker Tim Wedge is an Associate Professor of Digital Forensic Science at Defiance College. Tim first encountered human trafficking while conducting digital forensic examinations for the US Army Intelligence as a military contractor in Iraq in 2009 and 2010. Tim will share on the research methods used to detect, investigate, and prosecute the crime of human trafficking. This is sure to be an insightful sharing that all men and women and the youth should hear. Invite your family and friends. We want to share the love of Christ to unify all people of faith.

We will share great insight, music, breakfast, and Christian Brotherhood / Sisterhood. Coffee & Donuts 7:30am – Breakfast & Program 8:00am.

For more information please call George Westrick 419-784-3975.


The Holy Name Society of St. Barbara/Cloverdale is sponsoring an All-You-Can-Eat Chicken & Fish Fry on Sunday, March 3rd from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the Parish Center (160 Main St. Cloverdale). Adults-$8.00, Children-$4.00. Carry-outs available.  Please join us!


CELEBRATING SENIORS will be meeting on Tuesday, March 5th. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Defiance. Rosary is at 10:40 A.M., Mass at 11:00, with a free will offering lunch to follow. We will play BINGO this month with donated prizes. Anyone 55 years and older are invited and welcome to attend. Come and meet new friends!!




Have you been considering Catholic Education for your child but are concerned about the costs? HCCS has the lowest tuition in the Diocese thanks to the support of our Catholic Churches and private supporters. New for 2019-20, HCCS will provide school supplies to all students. Parents will not be required to purchase classroom supplies, a substantial savings. Financial Aid, Scholarship and Grants are available. Please visit  for information on opportunities to lower tuition costs or call the school office for assistance. 

DEADLINE: April 12th, 2019

Any student in grades K-5 who meets verified income requirements should apply.  If your family fits into one of the categories below, you may be eligible for FREE TUITION through the EdChoice Expansion Scholarship. This is a full-ride scholarship for tuition only. Families are required to pay school fees. Visit  for more information. See the school office for an application.


NORTHWEST OHIO SCHOLARSHIP FUND – Maximum Scholarship is $1,500       
DEADLINE: April 26th, 2019
Visit  and follow the link to apply online. Applications are accepted online only. Find your income on NWOSF's  chart, and note the percentage of tuition for which you qualify, according to your household size (includes children ad adults in house). Each family must pay at least $500 towards tuition.  

Aileen Meyer, CFRM

Marketing Director

Holy Cross Catholic School of Defiance


Divorced-Separated Retreat

Do you know someone who is divorced or separated?  Someone who is hurting from a split, whether it be marriage or any relationship you thought was going to be a life-long commitment?  Even, if someone is in a good relationship now or remarried, there may still be healing needed from a past break up.


A Divorced-Separated Retreat will be held Saturday, March 16, from 8 am-8 pm, at Hicksville St. Michael Catholic Church. Come for all or any part of the day. 


For questions or to register, call Susie Smalley at 419.487.2652 or Mary Daniel at 419.630.4957. 


This program is put on by Catholics-everyone is welcome.



Ridgeville Twp. Fire Department is hosting its annual Pancake & Sausage Breakfast on Sunday, March 3, beginning at 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 pm. at the Ridgeville American Legion on County rd. 19, one mile east of Ridgeville Corners.  Carry-outs are available.  The proceeds will go towards fire and rescue equipment.


Do you have First Communicants asking where they can purchase a modest dress for First Communion?

 FIRST COMMUNION DRESSES AND VEILS!! Mustard Seed Gift Shop, located behind St John the Baptist Catholic Church in Glandorf, has a beautiful selection of First Communion Dresses and Veils in stock.  They will also be hosting a First Communion Dress Resale this year, with all donations from the sale Supporting HOLY FAMILY RADIO.  The sale will be Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - Saturday, March 9, 2019. For more information, Like Mustard Seed Gift Shop on Facebook or call 419-538-7220.




Knights of Columbus

111 Elliott Rd. Defiance, OH

Sunday, March 3, 2019

“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-$7.50, Senior Citizen -$6.50, Age 6-12-$4.00,

Age 5 & Under-FREE”

Rolls-to-go(if we have them) .75 cents each

*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, March 8, 2019

*Alaskan Pollock (fried in peanut oil), Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Scalloped Potatoes, Green Beans, Baked Potato, Applesauce, Roll & Butter and

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 $9.50

2lb “All Fish” $16.00 ($22 with any 3 Sides)

Side Dishes $3.00/pint