St. Michael’s Ridge Bulletin



05480 Moser Road, Defiance, OH 43512



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July 12, 2020

July 5, 2020

June 28, 2020

June 21, 2020






June 22, 2020 – June 28, 2020

Mon. – June 22, 2020 +St. Paulinus of Nola, St. Thomas More, St. John Fisher

*No Mass – Father Jake day off


Tues. – June 23, 2020


*No Mass – Father Jake Day off


Wed. – June 24, 2020 +The Nativity of St. John the Baptist

*Adoration – St. Isidore/Bend                                    8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

*Holy Hour with Adoration & Confession                                    6:00 PM                              

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

“Mass Intention” Louis & Mary Ricica


Thur. – June 25, 2020

*Confessions                                                                                       8:30 AM

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

“Mass Intention” Deacon Don Meyer by Judy Skinner


Fri. – June 26, 2020

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

“Mass Intention” Mike Keber by Chris & Karen Newton     


Sat. – June 27, 2020 +St, Cyril of Alexandria

*First Communion Mass – St. Michael’s Ridge                        11:00 AM

*Confessions                                                                                      3:45 PM

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

“Mass Intention” For the People of Our Parish


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

“Mass Intention” Paul Wagner by family


Sun. – June 28, 2020

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

 “Mass Intention” Larry Schafer by Ruth Schafer

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

“Mass Intention” Francis Singer by Jerry & Kathy Baumle


                        The Twelfth Sunday Ordinary Time June 21, 2020

Our commitment to Christ will be put to the test. We will hear whispered warnings and denunciations, as Jeremiah does in today’s First Reading. Even so-called friends will try to trap us and trip us up. For His sake we will bear insults and be made outcasts—even in our own homes, we hear in today’s Psalm. As Jeremiah tells us, we must expect that God will challenge our faith in Him, and probe our minds and hearts, to test the depths of our love. “Do not be afraid,” Jesus assures us three times in today’s Gospel. Though He may permit us to suffer for our faith, our Father will never forget or abandon us. As Jesus as-sures us today, everything unfolds in His Providence, under His watchful gaze—even the falling of the tiniest sparrow to the ground. Each one of us is precious to Him. Steadfast in this faith, we must resist the tactics of Satan. He is the enemy who seeks the ruin of our soul in Gehenna, or hell. We are to seek God, as the Psalmist says. Zeal for the Lord’s house, for the heavenly kingdom of the Father, should consume us, as it con-sumed Jesus (see John 2:17). As Jesus bore the insults of those who blasphemed God, so should we (see Romans 15:3). By the gracious gift of himself, Jesus bore the transgressions of the world, Paul tells us in today’s Epistle. In rising from the dead, He has shown us that God rescues the life of the poor, that He does not spurn His own when they are in distress. In His great mercy, He will turn toward us, as well. He will deliver us from the power of the wicked. That is why we proclaim His name from the housetops, as Jesus tells us. That is why we sing praise and offer thanksgiving in every Eucharist. We are confident in Jesus’ promise—that we who declare our faith in Him before others will be remembered before our heavenly Father.


Mass Reminders


·        One volunteer will be needed to lector both Readings and the Psalm.

·        Ushers are needed to assist with seating and passing out bulletins for parishioners.

·        Collections will be taken after Mass in the back of church.

·        You may turn in your Operation Rice Bowls in the boxes at each entrance from now through Sunday, June 21. Thank you for supporting this wonderful cause!




Update on Wedding Dates for St. Michael and St. Isidore Parishes Defiance County 2020-21 Please pray for these couples who are discerning the Sacrament of Marriage

1.     July 25– Alicia Little and Dustin Colvin, St. Mikes

2.     Aug 8 – Joe Macsay and Ashton Bauer, St. Johns

3.     Sept 12 - Abby Parrot and Kurt Kahle, St. Mikes

4.     Sept 26 – Brett Dietrich and Anna Doctor, St. Mikes

5.     Dec 12 - Emily Culler and Brooks Grine, Marysdale


Coming Up


·        St. Isidore Finance Council Meeting – Tuesday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Upper Hall at the Bend


·        Joint Parish Council Meeting for St. Mike’s and St. Isidore – Wednesday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the church basement of St. Mike’s


·        St. Mike’s Finance Council Meeting – Thursday, July 2 at 7 p.m. in the church basement of St. Mike’s



1. HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO ALL OUR DADS OF OUR PARISH FAMILIES!  Your commitment to the family is greatly appreciated and your witness in Christ brings new life to our parish families.  We live in era where dedicated commitment to the needs of the family are greatly challenged; thank you for the sacrifices you make for your loved ones.  May God bless and strengthen each of you in your vocations for God and family!

2.  CONGRATULATIONS TO ST ISIDORE FIRST COMMUNION RECIPIENTS: LILLY SHEETS, GRAHAM SCHROEDER, CANON SCHROEDER, AND WYATT COOLMAN!  God bless you and all your families!  Thanks be to God for gift of the Body and Blood of Jesus, and for the gift that each of you are to your families and to our parish!

3. COMMUNION SERVICES: Drive through Communion Services in our parishes will be discontinued after this weekend due to a new communication received from Bishop Daniel Thomas (Bishop Thomas 6-10-20 Update on the Gradual Restoration of Public Masses and Liturgies).  If you need individual confession or communion, please call Fr. Jake @ 419-980-5739 so that he may assist you.  Please note that there are opportunities to attend Mass during the weekday liturgies when the attendance is less than the weekends.  The dispensation from Mass still continues to all people who do not feel able to attend Mass due to the present pandemic. 

4.  MEETINGS:  Parish and finance council meetings for both parishes will be during the first week of July as follows:

St. Isidore Finance Council, Tue June 30, 7:30pm at Delaware Bend basement and/or hall.

Parish Councils for both parishes, Wed July 1, 7:30pm at St. Michael’s basement

St. Michael Finance Council, Thur July 2, 7pm at St. Michael’s basement

5. SCAM: There are people trying to scam our parishioners pretending to be Fr. Jake.  It is truly mind baffling to understand why someone would want to pretend to be Fr. Jake.  Please remember that his primary mode of communication is via phone call.  And if you get a request for any monetary gift, please ignore the scammers.  Let us pray that someday scammers will be able to focus time on prayer and service to other people instead of deceiving and stealing from their brothers and sisters.  May the Lord help us all to pray more.


7.  MESSAGE: We have all witnessed much bad news in recent weeks of bad things happening to good people.  Original sin, abuse, misuse of power, corruption, and malice have afflicted humanity since the beginning of creation.  We don’t like to hear how Cain killed his brother Abel.  Christ reveals to us the meaning of our lives and each man, woman, and child are made in God’s image and likeness.  The mystery of evil, which is an absence of love and good will towards another person, can seem to be prevalent today based on our access to a plethora of media.  It pains us to hear about the sufferings of people who are afflicted by racism, violence, indifference, and addiction.  It saddens us to know that children are growing up in dysfunctional environments, and that they must witness traumatic events at home or in the neighborhood while enduring the pain of great poverty.  And it is also painful to see the bigotry being conducted against people who serve in law enforcement.  These brave men and women were praised along with firefighters and medical personnel who gave their service and lives during the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001.  These brave men and women did not get to stay home when the COVID19 pandemic hit; they served.  The stress that law enforcement, firefighters, medical personnel, and military personnel are facing when serving in harm’s way is immense today.  The stress level does not justify the malpractice of a few.  And the malpractice of a few does not justify a witch hunt on the many faithful and conscientious servants of the public.  People who think that laws will teach morality need only look at the French Revolution, which was terrifying for its victims.  There’s a reason why people like the book Les Miserables by Victor Hugo which became a hit musical.  We like the story of Jean Valjean who reforms his life and protects and raises up Cosette after the tragic death of her mother, Fantine. The Church teaches on faith and morals for a reason, because we believe that Jesus Christ is the fullness of God’s revelation to all people.  Jesus did not seek to overthrow the Romans, he came to save us sinners from evil, the demons, sin, and death.  St. Francis of Assisi did not try to depose the Pope or overthrow the Italian government of his time.  He sought personal reform and living the Gospel, and this way of life had an effect on the people around him.  Just as Christ changes the bread, wine, and water into His Body and Blood at Mass, we can allow Him to change us.  True reform happens when we ask God to remove the plank from our own eyes before we try to remove the splinter from another’s eyes.  True change among people occurs when we respond to God’s active grace and initiatives reaching to the depths of our souls, calling us to truth, mercy, love, and peace.  It is paramount today to pray and allow God to show us the way.  Let us offer spiritual sacrifices and works of mercy for our brothers and sisters who face any affliction, in union with Christ, for our own continued conversion and for the conversion of all people in most need of God’s mercy and healing.  God bless you all, Fr. Jake


Thank You


Thank you to everyone who donated items for the residents at The Meadows of Leipsic and our homebound parishioners. The care packages were dropped off on June 18 and were much appreciated!




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2020 Church Year


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June 15 – June 21


Happy Birthday

Jaxson Hornish – June 18


Happy Anniversary


Erich & Jennifer Bailey – June 15

Eric & Kacee Weber – June 20


Happy Father’s Day to Father Jake and all

the fathers in our parish!



Virtual VBS


St. John’s Catholic Church in Defiance is putting on a Stay-vaction Bible School this year. The theme is Rocky Railway: Jesus’ Power Pulls Us Through and all activities can be done from home. The program begins June 22 and runs for 4 weeks. At the beginning of the week, all participating families will get a Track Pack of supplies. On Mondays, watch a short video to explain what you will be doing that week. On Fridays, enjoy Bible Adventures, Chew Chew Snacks, Locomotion Games, crafts and songs and dance. Parents who would like to register their kids can fill out the form found in the bulletin and mail it to:

St. John’s Catholic Church

510 Jackson Ave.

Defiance, OH 43512

Staycation Bible School registration form


St. John’s Job Opportunity

St. John the Evangelist in Defiance is seeking an Administration / Communication Minister. The successful candidate would provide administrative, secretarial, clerical duties, and maintain all forms of electronic communication. Daytime working hours of 35 per week with some alternating weekend hours. This is a full-time hourly position with benefits and health care. High School or GED required. Call St. John’s at 419-782-7121 for more information.


Attention St. Michael’s and St. John’s Campers

Our yearly camping weekend will be July 24th through July 26th, 2020 at Sauder Campground

To call for reservations, use ID# 9046

Phone: 1-800-590-9755 or 419-445-6408

If you have any questions call Jeff or Barb Weber @ 419-758-3272