St. Michael’s Ridge Bulletin



05480 Moser Road, Defiance, OH 43512














May 9, 2021

May 2, 2021

April 25, 2021

April 18, 2021





May 3, 2021 to May 9, 2021


Monday, May 3, 2021

     *No Mass


Tuesday, May 4, 2021

    *Confession                                                                                    6:30 PM

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

                                  “Mass Intentions”

             Allen Shininger by Steven & Jayne Stuckey


Wednesday, May 5, 2021

    *Adoration & Confession                                                             6:00 PM

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

                                  “Mass Intentions”

                   William & Marjorie Siler by Family


Thursday, May 6, 2021

     *Confession                                                                                   8:30 AM   

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

                                   “Mass Intentions”

                         Dennis Fronk by Rita Tuohy


Friday, May 7, 2021 – First Friday

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

                                   “Mass Intentions”

    Deceased Family & Friends of Frances Wonderly Family


Saturday, May 8, 2021

    *Confession                                                                                3:45 PM

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

                                    “Mass Intentions”

  Norm & Lorraine Beattie by Adoration Chapel Coordinators

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

                                     “Mass Intentions”

                   Dick Coressel by Wayne & Joyce Grime


Sunday, May 9, 2021

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

                                     “Mass Intentions”

                                      Kathryn Bollock

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

                                     “Mass Intentions”

                Francis Singer by Louis & Char Shininger




Liturgical Schedule

May 9, 2021

Fifth Sunday of Easter

May Crowning Masses


   6:30PM                                           8:30AM

   Lector:                                               Lector:

   Mindy Smith                                      Mike Rieke


   Extraordinary Minister:                 Extraordinary Minister:

   Linda Wagner                                    Carl Stehulak


   Servers:                                             Servers:

   Dave Durham                                     Rose Billing

                                                                   Teagan Billing


                                                              Minister to Shut-Ins

                                                               Carl Stehulak






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. Michael and St. Isidore,

The swallows swirl through San Juan Capistrano like a mist from the sea every March 19th or so.  I remember the date because it is my feast day (St. Joseph).  The birds don’t always come that day.  In fact, the blue feathered birds sometimes reach California as early as mid-February and when they arrive at the end of their long trek from Argentina, they will infest the place like the mayflies do in the areas around Lake Erie.  They will plaster their gourd shaped nests among the crossbeams and crannies, anywhere they can get their colonies to stick to the old stucco of the mission founded by Fr. Junipero Serra in 1776.

Now I hear these wonderful birds do not return like they did in the past.  Their numbers have been diminished but I still think of them on March 19th.  I do so because of the song my mom used to sing because it must have been popular; “All the mission bells will ring/the chapel choir will sing/when the swallows come back to Capistrano.

I think back on that song and I think about Catholicism throughout the decades since I have been born.  Many may think that Vatican II and some leaders of the Catholic Church metaphorically took a stick and knocked down those swallow nests.  The decade of the fifties when I was young was filled with solidarities and perpetual adoration, May Days, Ember Days, Benediction and rosaries that actually used to be mumbled through the Latin Masses.  It was so tangled and confused and I liked some religious stuff and not so much other things.

What is the same today as it was yesterday is First Communion.  This is the day every Catholic remembers.  We may remember or not lighting candles for our grandparents when they died or remember the blessing of tractors on Ember Days, but all have a clear remembrance of their first communion day.  I had a man who recently came back to the Church and brought me his missal that he received that day in the late sixties.  It was worn and some pages were torn but it was his “First Communion Missal.” We got money and medals and prayer books and aunts and uncles came and there was jealousy of young siblings because they could not go to communion. It was special and I do think that it places a mark on our soul for life.  No matter what happens or how angry or disappointed one gets with the Church, communion or Eucharist is everything.  And it is.

Often our personal religious viewpoint nests in the crannies and crossbeams and nooks of the Church.  I don’t think the California mission, Capistrano, realized how much the swallows were needed until they diminished.  They provided beauty and life.  As I looked at the young eager faces a couple of weeks ago at St. Isadore and this weekend at St. Michael’s, there is still that excitement in my heart when I came to the altar for the first time.  In those days one received on the tongue and one could feel that cold paten against one’s throat.  Now for the most part we receive in the hand and also under both species (as long as he Covid scare abates).  But this coming to the altar still conjures up mystery and the love of God.  It says it like no other way can that we are totally welcome to God’s table.  We made it.   The missals and books are nice, but that feeling of being close to God is everything.

Pray for our First Communicants. Think of your first communion.  Let’s be a good example of what it means to be around God’s table.

I heat that in San Capistrano they use decoy nests and artificial puddles to lure back the birds.  Nothing has managed to call them home like it was in the past.  There are no decoys on First Communion Sunday.  All the mission bells will ring/the choir chapel will sing/when the swallows come back to Capistrano.” Let us pray for our First Communicants in our parishes this year.

In Him,

Fr. Joe



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 – 4/25/21





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.



Congratulations to the following 2nd graders who received Jesus for the first time

in the sacrament of the Eucharist.


Sunday, May 2 at 11:30 a.m.


St. Michael’s Ridge, Defiance, Ohio


Reverend Joseph Steinbauer, Celebrant

CCD Tuition Payments

Cameron Brown ........... son of Jay and Jennifer Brown

Kaiden Brown............... son of Jay and Jennifer Brown

Phillip Brown................ son of Jay and Jennifer Brown

Raelynn Dominique.... daughter of Randy and Connie Dominique

Noah Homier................. son of Adam and Amanda Homier

Jaxson Hornish............. son of Jay and Cara Hornish

Kash Lucas..................... son of Ben and Carla Lucas

Luci Maxwell................. daughter of Chris and Lisa Maxwell

Ava McCann................. daughter of Kevin and Julie McCann

Ella Stehulak.................. daughter of David and Lindsay Stehulak

Aubree Weber............... daughter of Eric and Kacee Weber


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.


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Happy Birthday!


Jace Bostelman                   May 5

Kacee Weber                       May 8



 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



Knights of Columbus 1039

111 Elliott Rd. Defiance, Ohio

Mother’s Day



“Net proceeds donated to Good Samaritan School

through the K of C Measure Up program”

Sunday May 9

Drive Through from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m.

(We’ll serve you at the double doors on the

west side of the building.)

Buttermilk Pancakes, Sausage Links,

Scrambled Eggs

and a freshly-­baked Cinnamon Roll

Free will offering will be accepted.

The Knights of Columbus

serving and supporting families,

churches, schools and communities