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 11, 2019 – March 17, 2019


Mon. – March 11, 2019

* No Mass

Tues. – March 12, 2019

* St. Isidore / Delaware Bend    

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

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

                                               “Mass Intentions”   

        Deceased members of the Kunesh Family by Lawrence Kunesh

Wed. – March 13, 2019

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

                                             “Mass Intention” 

                      Patrick McCann by Jim & Lonnie Raimonde

Thur. – March 14, 2019

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

                              “Mass Intentions”

Deceased Family and Friends by Bob & Mary Kurtz

Fri. – March 15, 2019

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

                                             “Mass Intention” 

                        Irene Steffel by Chris & Karen Newton

Sat. – March 16, 2019

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

                              “Mass Intentions”

Bernard & Irene Kuhn by Tom & Diane Moninger

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

                                             “Mass Intention” 

                        Ted Garmyn by Robert & Diane Thornell

Sun. – March 17, 2019 

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

                                                  “Mass Intention”

                                                      Pam Wagner

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

                                “Mass Intention”

         Bernard & Lillian Hesselschwardt by Family







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**


                  March 16/17, 2019

                                     2nd Sunday of Lent

   6:30 PM                                                                  8:30 AM

 Extraordinary Minister:                       Extraordinary Minister:

      Linda Wagner                                                        Deacon Scott Graham

      Angie Durham                                                       Jim McCann

      Bob Weber                                                             Carol McCann

                                                                                       Mary Ann Benecke

                                                                                       Joan Harris                                                                                  

 Lector:                                                    Lector:

       Malinda Smith                                                      Ed Singer     

 Servers:                                                 Servers:

       Betty Schlegel                                                      Morgan Leppelmeier

                                                                                        Max Leppelmeier

                                                                                      Reagan Beilharz

 Minister to Shut-Ins:                       Jim McCann


 Collection Counters:                    Kevin & Jackie Hoschak




Daily Prayers

Larry Schafer, 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 9th – March 15th, 2019

Dick & Edna Kahle

Frank & Shelby Beck

Jodi Young

Scott & Beth Smiddy and Family

Dick & Veronica Neuwirth



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


Lunch Stand:

Sandwiches, Soup,

Pies & Desserts

Bake Sale

NO Admission Charge


Plans are being finalized for the Craft Show. We need volunteers to work,

sign-up sheets are 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!! 


Each lady in the parish is asked to donate one large pie or any type of dessert for the lunch stand and also baked goods for the bake sale.


Food items need to be at the church basement NO LATER than 8:15 am on Saturday, March 16, 2019 or can be brought to the K of C Hall by 8:30 am.

PLEASE sell the raffle tickets for our Craft Show!   For extra tickets check the entrances for more forms.

Don’t forget to turn in your raffle tickets at the K of C Hall or give them to:

Sandy Wagner, Janice Leopold,

Denise Hornish or Shelby Beck




 “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

Session Four     Sunday March 10    6:30 pm
The Nativity
Luke 2:1-20
Topics include
Reason for travel to Bethlehem: Roman census
The place of Jesus’s Birth in Bethlehem
Inn verses Home of a relative verses Cave with manger
Mary’s response
The Significance of “Keeping” and “Pondering”
Dogma of Mary’s Perpetual Virginity
Ways to Imitate Mary
(She carried Jesus in Womb, Bore Him to the World)
Bible Study is held in back dining hall of the church

Thank you for your generous contributions last week to the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe! If you missed the collection, it's not too late to give. Visit  and click on the "How to Give" link on the left.


Countless lives are touched by every contribution to the 2019 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 $10,000 and assure the continuation of these programs and services. For more information on ministries funded by the appeal visit 

2019 ACA Goal


         *** The goal for St. Mike’s Ridge this Year = $10,000

         *** The rebate for any amount over the paid goal = 100%


PARISH FINANCES     March 3, 2019


Sunday Envelopes                                             $2768.00

Loose                                                                       363.50

Janitorial                                                                  23.00

Church in Eastern Europe                                    62.00

TOTAL                                                                 $3216.50        


Collection counters:        Dave Keber, Jim & Joan Harris     

             Parish Center Fund Drive

Cash Collected to Date:                                $471,488.73

Uncollected Pledges to Date:                        200,374.63

Total Toward Goal:                                         671,863.36

Remaining to Meet Goal:                             $288,136.64



Annual Catholic Appeal Computer Glitch

Some of you may have noticed an error on the ACA donation card you received in the mail last week.

At least on some cards, above your name was listed St. Joseph (North Creek) or St. John the Baptist Parish.  I called the Diocesan ACA Office last Monday and apprised them of the computer glitch.  They were aware of the situation & were in the process of correcting it. 

They assured me that all donations are tied to the proper ID number and family number.  The only thing that was wrong was the parish listing.

I would suggest that when making an ACA donation with those cards:

          Cross-out the wrong parish name & write in the correct parish name.

Sorry for this error from the company that sent out these cards to our parishioners.

Fr. Robert Kill



Thank You to St. Michael’s parishioners who gave food thru-out the months of November & December during Fr. Bob’s recovery from surgery. Also I thank all the parishioners of St. Isidore and St. Michael’s Ridge for taking Fr. Bob to the Bryan Oncology Center for his 37 radiation treatments.  I surely appreciate your thoughtfulness. Please continue to keep Fr. Bob in your prayers.   I also ask your prayers for a successful cataract surgery on my right eye sometime in April.  Thank you for all your prayers!


May God bless you!  Anita Bertsch


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

Wed March 13, 2019

* St. Isidore CCD Confessions Grades 2-6 (Fr. Jake)

* St. Michael’s Stations of the Cross & Mass–6:30pm (Fr. Bob)

Thur March 14, 2019

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

   6:30 pm, (Deacon Scott)

* St. Isidore /Delaware Bend Mass at 7:00 pm (Fr. Jake)

* St. Isidore /Delaware Bend Holy Name mtg.

Sat March 16, 2019

* St. Michael’s Craft Show at K of C Hall, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Sun March 17, 2019

* St. Michael’s Confirmation Rite of Blessing & Retreat

   following the 8:30am Mass

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



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


Sun. March 31, 2019

* Preschool: During 8:30 Mass

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

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

* CONFIRMATION – 2:00 pm (Reception following





The confirmation class along with their parents

and sponsors will be having a ceremony practice

immediately following Mass on Sunday, March 17.

We will need to use the entire front half of the church.

Please be aware that you may be asked to move if you

are visiting in an area we need to use. Thank you for 

your cooperation as we prepare for their Confirmation, 

and please keep these very special young people in

your prayers!  Ronda Fabiano



 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

St. Michael’s Ridge Volunteer List

Lisa Yoder Scholarship Application

Heart of the Nation Mass broadcast schedule


March 9th – March 15th

Happy Birthday!


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.


This year’s annual church campout will

once again be held at Huggy Bear Campground

in Middle Point Ohio. Dates this year are July

12 – 14th. 19 campsites are being held on a 1st come,

1st served basis.

A Catholic Mass will be held on Saturday

evening at the campground, followed by a potluck.

Reservations can be made on Tuesday’s &

Thursday’s between the hours of 3:00pm &

8:00pm by calling 419-968-2211.

If you need additional information,

please call Carol McCann at 419-351-6727.










MARCH 17, 2019

FROM 7am to 1pm

Proceeds to help purchase new equipment to

serve our community


St. Augustine Catholic Church

(722 Monroe St. ~ Napoleon)

Will be having weekly Fish Fries each Friday during Lent (March 8 – April 12), serving from 5:00 p.m.  – 7:00 p.m. in the school gym.  The menu includes all you can eat fried or baked fish (wish rosemary sauce), baked or cheesy potatoes, seasoned green beans, homemade macaroni & cheese, homemade coleslaw, coffee, ice tea or punch, & delicious desserts. 

Carry out is available. 

$8.00 (65+), $9.00 (13-64), $5.00 (5-12),

FREE under 5.



Knights of Columbus Council #1039

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

Friday, March 15, 2019

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

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



Knights of Columbus

111 Elliott Rd. Defiance, OH

Sunday, April 7, 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*