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





March 12, 2018 – March 18, 2018


Mon. – March 12, 2018                                   

             *No Mass

Tues. – March 13, 2018

          *St. Isidore / Delaware Bend

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

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

                                                    “Mass Intentions”    

                            Vic Ramus by Dr. Robert Ramus

Wed. – March 14, 2018                                           

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

                                                    “Mass Intentions”    

                           Doug Mack by Harley Burkholder                                    

Thur. – March 15, 2018

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

                                                    “Mass Intentions”    

                   Rose Hanna by St. Isidore Altar Rosary Society

Fri. – March 16, 2018 

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

                                  Mass Intentions”

                     Brian Sharp by Bob & Betty Singer

Sat. – March 17, 2018

* 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” 

                                             Irene Steffel by Susan Walker

Sun. – March 18, 2018

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

                                                                  “Mass Intention”

                                                                     Pam Wagner

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

                              “Mass Intention”

        Deceased members of Bernard & Lillian Hesselschwardt by Bob & Monica Hearne




                     March 17/18, 2018 

                   5th Sunday of Lent                                                       

   6:30 PM                                                                  8:30 AM

 Extraordinary Minister:                 Extraordinary Minister:

      Carol Wiemken                                                       Chris Newton

      Linda Wagner                                                          Brad Sines

      Anita Bertsch                                                           Janet Wagner

                                                                                         Joe Konecny

                                                                                         Joan McBride                      

 Lector:                                            Lector:

        Bobbi Johnson                                                      CCD Students                  

 Servers:                                          Servers:

         Karen Newton                                                    Annie Rose

                                                                                         Ellie Rose

                                                                                      Cody Moser                

 Minister to Shut-Ins:                         Chris Newton      


 Collection Counters:                     Kevin & Jackie Hoschak




                  MARCH 18, 2018






USHERS:  Jacob Bailey, Kevin Keber,  Tony Pahl, Nicholas Rohrs

OFFERTORY GIFTS: Easton Sines, Emma Gerenscer, Ian Tong, Brock Bailey,  Trinity Lauber, Alex Homier

GREETERS: Abby Bidlack, Teagan Billings, Rosalie May, Hailey Rau

SONG LEADERS: Lauren Sattler, Joey Guisinger


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


PARISH FINANCES  March 4, 2018


Sunday Envelopes                                                                  $2335.00

Loose                                                                                           568.08

Janitorial                                                                                          6.00

Initial                                                                                                5.00

Flower Fund - Easter                                                                  290.00

Baptismal Stipend                                                                        80.00

TOTAL                                                               $3302.08          


 Collection counters:        Dave Keber, Jim & Joan Harris


Parish Center Fund-Pledged to date:           $377,181.65

Parish Center Fund-Collected to date:           200,459.22

Parish Center Fund-Goal:                               750,000.00

Parish Center-Remaining Fund Goal:            372,818.35

Pledge Forms mailed to parishioners:                 268

Pledge Forms Received to date:                             46


Average Pledge:                                                 $8199.60


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


Good Friday Collection: Pope Francis has asked our parishes to support the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, which helps Christians in the Holy Land. Your support helps the church minister in parishes, provide schools and offer religious education.  The Pontifical Good Friday Collection also helps to preserve the sacred shrines. The wars, unrest and instability have been especially hard on Christians. In these times of crisis, the Pontifical Good Friday Collection provides humanitarian aid to refugees. When you contribute to the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, you become an instrument of peace and join with Catholics around the world in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land. Please be generous!   For more information about Christians in the Holy Land, visit



*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



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.**



March 10, 2018 – March 16, 2018

Dick & Edna Kahle

Frank & Shelby Beck

Scott & Beth Smiddy and Family

Dick & Veronica Neuwirth




Sat / Sun March 10/11, 2018

*St. Michael’s Ridge 2nd collection benefiting the Defiance

   Area D.A.R.E. Program

*Catholic Relief Services collection (box envelopes)

Wed March 14, 2018

* St. Michael’s Ridge Lenten Stations of the Cross at 6:30 pm

   followed by Mass

Thur March 15, 2018

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

   6:30 pm followed by Mass

*St. Isidore Altar Rosary Society Mtg. at 7:30 pm at

  Delaware Bend

Sat March 17, 2018

*St. Michael’s Ridge 34th Annual Craft Show at the

  K of C Hall, Defiance, Ohio, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm




The Cemetery Committee request that all decorations in the cemetery be removed by Sunday March 18th so that they may perform the spring clean-up during the following two weeks as weather permits.






Deacon Scott Graham has been assisting Fr Bob since his ordination to the permanent diaconate at the Toledo Cathedral on September 16.  Among the duties of a permanent deacon are/or can be, visiting the sick, giving
homilies, counseling individuals, working on committees or parish council, etc.  Deacons can baptize, witness marriages as well as distribute Communion and other important functions.

With that, there are things the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Eucharist, Lectors and Altar Servers should know.
 Deacon Graham will not always be at St. Michael's on all weekend Masses. When he is assisting Fr Bob, he will:
 *Join the Altar Servers and Fr. Bob in processing to the altar, at the
   beginning of Mass, with the Book of the Gospels.
 *He will also read the petitions. This difference pertains to the Lectors, only, when Deacon Graham is
   ministering at Mass here.

 The difference for Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Eucharist will be that, after distributing they will take their vessels to the Deacon at the altar, rather than to the credence table.

 When the music for offertory starts, the altar servers should bring the book (Sacramentary) (from their pew)

 to the altar and then bring all the vessels to the deacon including the chalice and the purificators (linens).
 Altar Servers (after Communion) should bring the deacon the water and remove vessels as they're purified.

 All of you are doing well and it may take time to get into a routine since Deacon Scott is not here at St. Michael every weekend.  If you have any questions, you can ask Deacon Scott, Chris or Karen Newton.

 We are happy to have permanent Deacon Scott Graham at our celebration of Holy Mass and wish him many good years of service to God and His people.
 As always, I know you will do an excellent job!! Thanks from Karen!





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



Saturday March 17th, 2018      9:00 am to 3:00 pm

K of C Hall, 111 Elliott Rd

Defiance, Ohio

Lunch Stand:

Sandwiches, Soup, Homemade Pies & More

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 for the lunch stand and also baked goods for the bake sale.



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



Food items need to be at the church basement NO LATER than 8:15 am on Saturday, March 17, 2018 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 (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





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

Wed. March 21, 2018

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

Sun. March 25, 2018


Sun. April 1, 2018

*No Class – Easter Sunday





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.



Logic and Life

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.


DIVORCED & SEPARATED—So many are hurting from the pain of divorce.  Separation was never a part of God’s plan.  There are many too who don’t understand their place in the Church after a divorce.  A team has come together to help these people, to bring together a community of people to help one another.  It doesn’t matter your age, how long you were married, how long since your divorce, if you’re married again, or even if you’re not Catholic… You are welcome!  The team will be going around to a few of the parishes in our area to talk to people after Masses.  Then all are invited for a one-day Retreat on Sat., April 21, at St. Michael, Hicksville.  Our goal is God’s Healing and community.  Contact Deacon Rod at 419-542-6473 or for more information.  You can go to    to fill in the form to get registered for the retreat.  The cost of the Retreat is a free will donation. 

Please spread the word to any divorced or separated people you may know.

Also, we are recruiting Table Leaders for the Retreat—if you would like to help at the Retreat, please register and indicate so on your registration.

This is a Catholic program, SO ALL ARE WELCOME!

Parish Visits will be:

March 10-11         St. Patrick, Bryan

March 17-18         St. Augustine, Napoleon AND St. Michael Ridge, Defiance

March 24-25         Divine Mercy, Paulding

April 7-8                  St. Michael, Hicksville

April 14-15             St. John, Defiance


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)


Our next and last N.W.O. Men’s Fellowship Breakfast for this season will be Saturday, March 24th at St. John’s Catholic Church, defiance. This is our annual tribute to the veterans in our community. We are much honored to have James Gillis, a veteran of the Korean War. Jim was a Corporal 1st Division of the U.S. Marine Core, and involved in the campaign of Chosen Reservoir where they drove back the North Koreans to the China border and rescued thousands of Korean people to freedom. He recently was invited to return to South Korea where he received a special recognition from the President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in for his valor. In 1976, Jim and his family moved to Defiance where he became a prominent business man, volunteering in many community services, and extremely involved in many Ministries at St. John’s church. He has been a great servant, not only to our country but to our community as well. We want to personally invite all veterans, their families and friends to come and be recognized for their services. Also, we invite all men and women and their families of all Faiths and denominations to come and join us in fellowship to share in the brother/sisterhood sharing in the love of Jesus Christ.

Coffee/fellowship: 7:30 am – Breakfast/speaker: 8:00 am.  For more information call George Westrick 419-784-3975 or email


Catholic Questions + Catholic Answers will not meet this month. The RCIA
members and team have invited the group to attend the Seder meal.  If
you are planning to attend please inform St. John at 419.782.8121 on or
before Monday 12 March. Those attending the Seder Meal must meet in the St.
Luke room at 6:30 P.M. on March 15th.


We will resume our monthly meetings on April 19th
following the 6:30 P.M. Mass at St. John.




Knights of Columbus

111 Elliott Rd. Defiance, OH

Sunday, April 8, 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*




Knights of Columbus Council #1039

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

Friday, March 16, 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