St. Michael’s Ridge Bulletin
05480 Moser Road, Defiance, OH 43512
WEEKLY MASS SCHEDULE
May 3, 2021 to May 9, 2021
Monday, May 3, 2021
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
*Confession 6:30 PM
*Mass – St. Isidore / Delaware Bend 7:00 PM
Allen Shininger by Steven & Jayne Stuckey
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
*Adoration & Confession 6:00 PM
*Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge 6:30 PM
William & Marjorie Siler by Family
Thursday, May 6, 2021
*Confession 8:30 AM
*Mass- St. Isidore/Marysdale 9:00 AM
Dennis Fronk by Rita Tuohy
Friday, May 7, 2021 – First Friday
*Mass – St. Isidore / Delaware Bend 8:00 AM
Deceased Family & Friends of Frances Wonderly Family
Saturday, May 8, 2021
*Confession 3:45 PM
*Mass - St. Isidore / Delaware Bend 4:30 PM
Norm & Lorraine Beattie by Adoration Chapel Coordinators
*Mass - St. Michael’s Ridge 6:30 PM
Dick Coressel by Wayne & Joyce Grime
Sunday, May 9, 2021
*Mass - St. Michael’s Ridge 8:30 AM
*Mass - St. Isidore / Marysdale 10:00 AM
Francis Singer by Louis & Char Shininger
AROUND OUR PARISH
May 9, 2021
Fifth Sunday of Easter
May Crowning Masses
Mindy Smith Mike Rieke
Extraordinary Minister: Extraordinary Minister:
Linda Wagner Carl Stehulak
Dave Durham Rose Billing
Minister to Shut-Ins
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.
PLEASE ADD THESE PEOPLE TO YOUR
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 email@example.com to update prayer list*
“AROUND OUR PARISH”
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.
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
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!
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.
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89.7 Toledo, 88.1 Sandusky, 89.9 Bryan, 89.5 Mansfield, 90.9 Willard
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
“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,
and a freshly-baked Cinnamon Roll
Free will offering will be accepted.
The Knights of Columbus
serving and supporting families,
churches, schools and communities