St. Michael’s Ridge Bulletin



05480 Moser Road, Defiance, OH 43512














August 15, 2021

August 8, 2021

August 1, 2021

July 25, 2021






August 2, 2021 to August 8, 2021

Monday, August 2, 2021

     *No Mass


Tuesday, August 3, 2021

    *Confession                                                                              8:30 AM

    *Mass – St. Isidore / Delaware Bend                                   9:00 AM

                                  “Mass Intentions”

     Deceased Family & Friends by Dan & Teresa Dietrich


Wednesday, August 4, 2021

    *Adoration & Confession                                                       6:00 PM

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

                                  “Mass Intentions”

           Mrs. Fran Stehulak by Carl & Nancy Stehulak


Thursday, August 5, 2021

     *Confession                                                                            8:30 AM

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

                                   “Mass Intentions”

                       Ruth Fritz by Ron & Linda Kolb


Friday, August 6, 2021 (First Friday)

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

                                   “Mass Intentions”

                  Mary Eleanor Singer by Pat Timbrook


Saturday, August 7, 2021

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

                                    “Mass Intentions”

                Eugene & Joann Strable by Tom Schlosser

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

                                     “Mass Intentions”

                   For the success of St. Michael’s Festival


Sunday, August 8, 2021

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

                                     “Mass Intentions”

                   For the success of St. Michael’s Festival

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

                                     “Mass Intentions”

                    Deb Shininger by Jack & Mick Speiser



Liturgical Schedule

August 7 & 8, 2021

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


   6:30PM                                           8:30AM

   Extraordinary Minister:                 Extraordinary Minister:

   Linda Long                                         Jeff Weber


   Lector:                                               Lector:

   Karen Newton                                   Ron Clinger


   Servers:                                            Servers:

   Chris Newton                                    Rosalie May

                                                                  Karli Okuley


                                                             Minister to Shut-Ins

                                                               Jeff Weber






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, Mark Schafer, Eric Bennett, Thayer Herr, Brandi Mickelson, Jack Long, Chad Giesige, Betty Adelman and Jean Keller, (Sisters to Anita Bertsch), Dan Miller, Jackson Fortman, Shawn Fortman, R.J. Fortman, Rosanne Fisher, Fr. Bob Holden, Marisa Larimer, Fr. Bob Kill, and Lisa Speiser.


*Email Kacee Weber at to update prayer list*




18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear friends in Christ,

Following is the article that was published in this past week’s the Crescent Newspaper.

Courtesy: Tim McDonough the Crescent-News, Defiance   

Growing up on a farm in southwest India, Rev. Melwin Dsouza knew as a young boy he wanted to be a priest. While attending daily masses, he observed the priest at his church, whom he described as friendly, caring and concerned for the people of his parish and thought to himself, "Why can't I be like him?"

Dsouza, who was appointed pastor of St. Michael's, St. Isidore Marysdale, and St. Isidore The Bend Catholic churches in rural Defiance July 1, has done just that. He will be installed by Bishop Daniel Thomas of the Diocese of Toledo Saturday at 4 p.m. at St. Isidore Marysdale, and 7 p.m. at St. Michael's.

Although Dsouza's path to rural Defiance County may have started thousands of miles away, he knows it's a path God put before him.

"As a kid, I saw in my pastor a kind of heavenly Father's face," said Dsouza about the spark that got him thinking about being a priest. "In my family, my mom's brother was a priest, and when he talked about the celebration of mass it gave me, and some of my siblings, inspiration. My older brother became a priest, and my older sister became a nun. All of these things, along with morning prayers with my mother, helped lead me to become a priest."

At the age of 15, Dsouza left his family to attend seminary, where he spent the next 13 years. He earned a Bachelor of Theology degree, and was ordained a priest on April 23, 2008, in the Diocese of Mangalore, in the Ecclesiastical province of Bangalore, located on the southwestern coast of India.

He worked in different settings the next 11 years, and in 2019, Dsouza found himself discerning whether or not to accept an assignment to the Diocese of Toledo, after Bishop Daniel Thomas made a request to Dsouza's religious order to help fill a priest shortage in northwest Ohio.

"My religious order had already lent priests to the Diocese of Toledo, there was already a relationship there, so I was approached about going to the Diocese of Toledo. I said I needed some time to think about it, because it was a big challenge," explained Dsouza. "It's a challenge to leave your home, your friends, your family and sacrifice that part of your life to go to an unknown place.

"I strongly believe that when I do God's ministry, God's hand is always with me," continued Dsouza. "I knew God would be with me in a foreign land, so I said, 'yes,' applied for my visa, waited four months to get it, and came to the United States for the first time in my life. When I landed in Detroit, one of my friends from India was already a pastor in Toledo, so he came to pick me up and welcome me. That helped make my transition easier."

After his arrival, Dsouza was appointed associate pastor of Epiphany of the Lord Parish in Toledo, where he served from 2019 until his new appointment. Knowing there were many opportunities to move to a different parish in 2021, Dsouza shared he didn't apply to go to any particular parish in the diocese, because he was open to go anywhere Bishop Thomas wanted him to serve.

"I had no demands, I know I'm a missionary in a foreign country so whatever the Lord provides, you take it," said Dsouza. "I got a call from the bishop's office to meet with him, and when I met with him, he asked me if I had heard of St. Michael's Ridge Parish, and the St. Isidore churches in Defiance County. I told him I hadn't heard of them, then he told me he wasn't appointing me associate or parochial administrator, but as pastor."

Dsouza explained that prior to his arrival, some people from the churches sent him nice emails. Upon his arrival July 1, he shared the people were excited.

"It was a great welcome from the people, they were excited to see me, they asked me about India and about my culture, it's something very new to everyone," said Dsouza. "It was nice for me to come to a new place, it's been a great beginning and I appreciate how the people have embraced me.

"I've made a few changes to the rectory, some painting, I added some plants ... I love greenery and I love nature," added Dsouza. "I've gone to Defiance, I've looked around the area and seen a lot of wheat, beans and corn. It reminds of my childhood, growing up on a farm and helping my dad plant as a kid."

In India, Dsouza explained the priest signs off on everything that takes place at his church, while in the U.S. a priest is part of a team that makes a parish run smoothly. He shared he likes working as a team, because he sees how people come together to do God's work.

Now, the work of getting to know the people at his new assignment, and what's important to them, is underway.

"The main goal right now is to get to know the people, work with the parish council, get to know what their concerns are and address those concerns," said Dsouza. "It's not what I want, it's what the people want and when they have concerns, those are my concerns as well. When you do what people want, when it's in the best interest of the parish, and it's what God wants, that's the best approach."

Challenges Dsouza has learned that need attention include, completing a fundraising effort to build a new parish center at St. Michael's, as well as tear down the old rectory at St. Isidore Marysdale. He sees teaching the young people of the parish the catechism of the Catholic Church as another important issue.

"The young people are the future of the church, and there are a lot of young people here at the three churches," said Dsouza. "I think this parish has a great future and it has already brought me a lot of joy. There is a lot of energy here and many talented people here, it's amazing."

Worship at St. Michael's, located at 05480 Moser Road, is held Saturdays at 6:30 p.m., and Sundays at 8:30 a.m. Worship at St. Isidore The Bend, located at 16428 Speaker Road, Sherwood, is Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Worship at St. Isidore Marysdale, located at 06324 Ohio 15, Defiance, is Sunday at 10 a.m.

For more information, call 419-497-2161 or go, or

Written by Tim McDonough the Crescent- news, defiance   

It’s a joy and blessing to serve as your Pastor,

Fr. Melwin Dsouza SAC



Church Cleaning


St. Michael’s is looking for a replacement for Barb Weber who is retiring this year. Her job was to clean the church and keep the basement in order.  Please see Fr. Melwin for a list of responsibilities.  Please consider this job of approximately 5-6 hours a week.  A huge thanks to Barb for her many years of service to St. Michael’s faith community!



St. Michael’s Church Festival


August 8, 2021

11am – 5pm


Set up will be Friday, August 6th starting at 5:00 p.m.


The worker schedule has been mailed out.


Clean up will be Sunday evening immediately following the festival. 


We would still like you to consider making the chicken donation like previous years to offset chicken cost.


Please contact a festival committee member with any questions.


Eric Weber, Kevin & Jackie Hoschak, Jim Hall, Joan McBride, Bob & Chris Weber, Terry Wagner, Leslie Flory, Grace Mangas, Alicia Little


Rosary & Altar Society will also be having their bake sale and farmer’s market at the festival this year.  Please bring a donation of either a bake sale item or fresh produce.  Please contact Linda Long at 419-438-0976 or Janice Leopold at 419-439-1713.


Attention Parents of Preschoolers

(4- or 5-year-olds)


If you have a child that will be 4 years old as of September 1, 2021, and you would like to enroll him/her in our religious education preschool program for this coming school year, please fill out the registration form located in the back of church (or use the one that was in last week’s bulletin) and drop it in the collection basket or contact Mary Jo Beilharz at 419-783-1549.


faith: the next generation – pass it on!

Boldly go where many have gone before and help pass on the Good News of Jesus Christ and our Catholic faith! This fall, over 100 children and young people, preschool through grade 12, will be ready to learn more about Jesus and our Catholic religion. At this time, over 40 of these children and young people have no catechist to teach them. You can help by becoming a catechist for Faith Formation. As you nurture the faith of our young, you will learn and grow as well! As one long-time catechist put it, “I learn so much from the children!” Another one said, “I think I learn more from the children than they learn from me.” We provide you with training, materials, and support. Classes are on Sundays after Mass and begin September 19. If interested or for more information, contact Mary Jo Beilharz at 419-783-1549 or Mindy Smith at 419-980-1157.

Here are our current catechists and the open positions:


Jessica Stykemain

4-5 yr. old/Kindergarten

Jenny Weber

4-5 yr. old/Kindergarten

Christie Pace

Grade 1

Kent & Mary Jo Beilharz

Grade 2


Grade 3

Eric May

Grade 4


Grade 5


Grade 6

George Westrick

Grade 7 -8 Confirmation Class

Adam Homier

Grade 7 -8 Confirmation Class

Tracey Backhaus

Grade 7 -8 Confirmation Class


Grade 9-10

Kevin & Julie McCann

Grade 11-12


Celebrating Seniors


will meet on Tuesday, August 3.


Rosary 10:40

Mass 11:00

Lunch 11:30


All those 55 and older are welcome!



St. Michael’s Catholic Church, The Ridge

   Collection Recap – 7/25/21



2021-2022 Religious Education Registration Form

Parish Hall Pledge Form

St. Michael’s Ridge Volunteer List

2021 Church Year


Heart of the Nation Mass broadcast schedule




Happy Birthday!

Doug McBride                          August 5


Happy Anniversary!

Charlie Beck & Kim Smith      August 2