St. Michael’s Ridge Bulletin



05480 Moser Road, Defiance, OH 43512














May 9, 2021

May 2, 2021

April 25, 2021

April 18, 2021





April 26, 2021 – May 2, 2021


Monday, April 26, 2021

     *Funeral Mass for Doris M. Beck                                      11:00 AM


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

    *Confession                                                                            6:30 PM

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

                                  “Mass Intentions”

               Lorraine Beattie by Altar Rosary Society


Wednesday, April 28, 2021

    *Adoration & Confession                                                    6:00 PM

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

                                  “Mass Intentions”

              Phyllis Newton by Chris & Karen Newton


Thursday, April 29, 2021

     *Confession                                                                         8:30 AM

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

                                   “Mass Intentions”

                       Karen Brown by Don Layman


Friday, April 30, 2021

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

                                   “Mass Intentions”

                                    Mrs. Terry Frank


Saturday, May 1, 2021

    *Confession                                                                         3:45 PM

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

                                    “Mass Intentions”

          Deceased Family & Friends of Madonna Wonderly

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

                                     “Mass Intentions”

                      Norbert Mangas by Grace Mangas


Sunday, May 2, 2021

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

                                     “Mass Intentions”

                 Virginia & Robert Rath by Robyn Hawkins

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

                                     “Mass Intentions”

                Martin Sheets by Chris & Christine Stuckey

  *First Communion Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge          11:30 AM

                                     “Mass Intentions”

               First Communicants of St. Michael’s Church


Liturgical Schedule

May 2, 2021

Fourth Sunday of Easter


   6:30PM                                           8:30AM

   Lector:                                               Lector:

   Janet Wagner                                     Ron Clinger


   Extraordinary Minister:                 Extraordinary Minister:

   Angie Durham                                   Chris Newton


   Servers:                                             Servers:

   Dryden White                                    Wesley Maxwell

   Chris Newton                                     Karen Newton



                                                              Minister to Shut-Ins

                                                              Chris Newton




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 know you will welcome with open arms the new pastor of the parishes.  His name is Fr. Melwin Dsouza.  He is a priest from India and from my conversations with him, he speaks English well. I asked him to write a biography of himself by way of introduction.  He begins July 1st.  I will be here till then.

I was thinking about all the changes the parishes have had to made and changes they will make in some staffing.   Also budgets for the coming year are being produced and there is a fury of activity around First Communions and graduations.  Covid is lessening its hold on all of us and the festival committee at St. Michael’s is wondering how to do it this year and the children’s summer Bible school is also in full swing.  By the way if you haven’t yet supported the Annual Catholic Appeal from the diocese, I would ask you to do so and thanks for all the support of the parishes during these difficult days.

As I think about all that is going on, all that is being planned, all the precautions from Covid, and not to mention all that is being dealt with as a nation with trials and police and other challenges, I think about those disciples whose days after the Resurrection. I bet they thought, “it’s just one thing after another!”

I am sure the first disciples of Christ said this phrase.  We, who are at a safe distance, know the full story so we cannot know what it must have been like.  First of all, to come in contact with this man, to be called by him, to be enthralled with him as a person.  Then struck by his teaching-new and dramatic and with power.  And how could they have coped with his miracles?  Not one but many, perhaps more than we know of.  And in some ways the miracles growing more astounding like the rising of Lazarus from the dead toward the end.  There was also, at least for three of them, the Transfiguration, his moment of glory on the mount that so overwhelmed the three they lost consciousness.  Who can imagine how the disciples first sensed trouble, suspected all was not well and heard his words about the coming death?  They could not believe wat they heard.  Subsequent actions revealed one betrayed him, the rest retreated into sleep, all eventually left, save John.

The ghastly death on the cross ruined all, ended all. If it was “one thing after another,” that was the limit. He had led them forward in bold steps onto ever-new country, challenging them to move on, move forward, press on into the new and the unknown.

To cap all this with the Resurrection is to expect a great deal.  Judas did not get that far, but collapsed under the overwhelming experience of this man of God.  It is no wonder that the disciples did not believe. It would-be natural, human response to what they simple could not deal with.

His leave-taking and the sending of the Holy Spirit were the climax. Even that extraordinary event, one that forever change life on earth was so surprising.  All this, within two, possibly three years makes it easy to believe that the disciples might well have said, “It is one thing after another.”

Is that the way it is with us?  If it is, what is the relationship which we have with Christ and the work he came to do?  Such concerns may well raise more problems than we can manage, but will at least direct attention to what may be central to our lives.

We are called to life, death, and Resurrection the most real ways and in union with Christ.  We are to share in a most genuine way the redemptive work of Christ, the salvation of the world.  Our share in all of that drama, however we may assess it, is in Christ’s eyes most significant.  We are deeply involved in the world’s redemption and like the disciples, we are tempted not to see, not to hear, not to believe.  We may sleep in an unconsciousness that never lets on any awareness of what we are dealing with.

If “one thing after another” in life with Christ was for the first disciples an enormous challenge to their spirit as a call to faith, ours is no less.  Forgetting God in our context is as easy for us as it was for the disciples and just as likely.  Easier to forget God than to remember him, easy to sleep.  The more so when it is “one thing after another.”  But we are called to wake.


In Him,

Fr. Joe


My dear People of God,

Praised be in Jesus Christ! In the midst of the challenges, we face we can still praise Jesus because He is truly Lord of all; He is in control and has defeated hatred, sin, division, fear, anxiety and death through the victory of His passion, death, and resurrection. He is our life, He is our hope, He is our all.

Since I was appointed to serve as your pastor this past weekend (04.17.2021) I have been praying for you all. I humbly ask that you keep me in your daily prayers that God would guide, bless, and strengthen me to be a good shepherd for you all. I have heard so many good things about you all already. I am looking forward to meeting you and getting to know you to better follow Jesus with you. I would like at least to introduce myself to all of you, my new family.

I grew up in the small village of Mangalore county in the state of Karnataka in India. (Southwest of India) as the fifth of five kids. (no doubt that I’m the baby) My parents by God’s grace still live. I have two older brothers (Ronald is married and has three kids- a boy and two girls) Wilfred a religious priest belonging to congregation of SVD fathers ministering in Ghana in faraway West Africa. I also have two older sisters (Jyothi is married and lives in my hometown, India; Gretta a religious nun belongs to Pallottine Sisters is in India. By God’s grace our family is blessed with three vocations for which are thankful to God always. My parents, Baptist and Elize continue to reside in their home back in India and chasing around their grandchildren.

I was blessed to grow up in a God-fearing family. My memories go back to my childhood days when I used to go to church every day for masses. Looking at my pastor celebrating masses, his devotion, holiness and moreover my family prayer and values instilled in me a desire to be a priest. When I completed my 10th grade (16 years of age) I felt God’s call to be His priest. I joined the seminary to begin my priestly and religious life in the year 1995. Having gone through the priestly training for 13 long years, I was ordained a priest in the year 2008. After my ordination I worked in different capacities in India as Pastor in two parishes: a formator to seminarians and a teacher in school for three years. Then was the surprise news: I was contacted by my religious superior asking my consent to go to the land unknown to me. I never imagined that one day I will land in the US to minister to the people of the diocese of Toledo. I came to the diocese two years back and Bishop appointed me the associate pastor of The Epiphany of the Lord Parish, Toledo. Now he promoted me to be your pastor. I am now humbled to be able to love, serve, and walk with you.

I hope to meet you all soon. Let’s pray for one another, our church and our world. I am joyful and delighted to be part of your vibrant community, to give my service as a spiritual father.


God bless you all!

Fr. Melwin Dsouza


Parish Center Update


The Faith in Our Future parish center team is excited to share that progress continues to be made on plans for the new Parish Center.  The team met recently to review building plans with the architect.  A lot of input was given to select a design that will meet the needs of the parish, offer an inviting and attractive look, and stay within our budget.  Once updated, the plans will be shared with the parish.


A meeting is scheduled to present plans to the Diocese in June. (The Diocese building approval team only meets once every two months). After approval, construction bids will be sought.


Additional funds are still needed for this project.  There may also be an opportunity for parish members with particular skill sets to help with the building.


Thank you to all of the generous parish members who have supported this project. 



Thank You!


Thank you for the many cards, gifts, and notes you sent for my 50th Anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood. Thank you for reminding me of the many blessings and good times you graced Anita & I over those years. God’s blessings to you for remembering me in your prayers and thoughts!


Peace & Joy,

Fr. Bob Kill



Congratulations to Melissa Wagner and Michael Wells on the occasion of their marriage on April 17, 2021. Through the grace of the sacrament, may God deepen your love for each other and the Church.  May you enjoy the fruitfulness of God’s blessings and many years!



Attention Students

Training will begin soon for any students who would like to Altar Serve who are in 4th grade and older, including high school.

If you would like to Serve at Mass (Altar Servers assist at Holy Mass), you may contact either Chris or Karen Newton to set a date and time for training.
You may call or text at 419-576-0728 (Chris) or 419-576-0727 (Karen) or email

What it means “TO SERVE”




Thank you for your willingness to serve Jesus and the people of St. Michael’s.


Top Ten Reasons to Become an Altar Server



Learn the fancy church lingo for the things you wear, like “alb” and “cincture”



Get the best seats



Wear cool white robes



Close enough to hear all the whispered prayers of the priest that they never told you about in 1st Communion class



Get to Light candles



Get to handle sacred vessels



Holding up the “book” (Sacramentary) builds upper-body strength



Service hours



It can lead to a deeper relationship with Christ, something for which we are all trying



Serving the Lord!





Please know that the scam in email, text messaging and other electronic communications is going on once again. The scam states that Fr. Joe is requesting gift cards, etc.  This is NOT true. Fr. Joe will ask for prayers but he is not asking for any rewards, monies, gift cards, etc.  Please delete these messages!  Thank you!


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 – 4/18/21 and March 21 Financial Report





Sunday, April 25

*Grade 2: Back room in basement – 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

*Grade 4: Balcony 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.

*High School: Front room in basement 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. (Last Class)


Wednesday, April 28

Grade 2 – Retreat for 2nd graders and parents

Grades 6-7 – NO CLASS due to retreat


Sunday, May 2

First Communion – NO CLASSES



First Communion Mass


Due the higher number of people returning to regular mass on Sundays and the high number of expected attendees at the First Communion mass, it was decided that the First Communion mass on Sunday, May 2, for our 2nd graders should be separate.  Fr. Joe and Mary Jo felt this was in the best interests for the safety of our parishioners, guests and 2nd graders.  The new time for First Communion is 11:30 AM on Sunday, May 2.


First Communion Retreat


On Wednesday, April 28, there will be a retreat for 2nd graders and their parents.  The retreat will take place in the basement from 6:00-8:30 PM.  This is a special one-on-one time with your 2nd grader so we ask that ONLY the 2nd grader and their parents attend this retreat and that other siblings be left in the care of others.



Rice Bowls


The time has come to return the rice bowls that you were given at the beginning of Lent.  You have made sacrifices, offered prayers, and placed your offering in your bowl.  We will be collecting these bowls over the next few weeks.  The deadline for turning in rice bowls is April 25th. We will place the collection box at the entrance of the church.  You may also return it to your teacher or Mrs. Beilharz.


Thank you for contributing to this worthwhile cause!




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.




Parish Hall Pledge Form

St. Michael’s Ridge Volunteer List

2021 Church Year


Heart of the Nation Mass broadcast schedule


Annunciation Radio 2021 Spring Sharathon


Annunciation Radio’s Spring Sharathon is coming up! Listen and pledge April 27th-30th and help us continue providing Catholic programming to listeners throughout our Toledo Diocese. In these difficult times, we need to make sure we have the operating funds to carry us to the fall.  Call during the Sharathon, or make a secure online donation now at or on our mobile app.  Annunciation Radio serves listeners throughout the diocese of Toledo.


89.7 Toledo, 88.1 Sandusky, 89.9 Bryan, 89.5 Mansfield, 90.9 Willard





 St. Michael’s & St. John’s Campout


This year’s campout will be held June 4-6 at Hickory Acres Campground in Edgerton, Ohio.  We have 16 spots reserved and your deposit must be paid by April 1.  Please mention “Stykemain” as our reservation group name. 


Hickory Acres Campground

1240 Ridenour Rd.

Edgerton, Ohio 43517




Drive Thru Fish Fry


Knights of Columbus Council #1039

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


April 23, 2021

Carry Out Only


Dinner served 4pm – 7pm


Fish, scalloped potatoes, and green beans


Drive through for contactless delivery.

Sorry, no ALL-FISH dinners

No pints of side dishes