St. Michael’s Ridge Bulletin



05480 Moser Road, Defiance, OH 43512














August 15, 2021

August 8, 2021

August 1, 2021

July 25, 2021





August 9, 2021 to August 15, 2021

Monday, August 9, 2021

     *No Mass


Tuesday, August 10, 2021

    *Confession                                                                                       8:30 AM

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

                                  “Mass Intentions”

                 Francis Borton, Jr. by Cecilia Cromwell


Wednesday, August 11, 2021

    *Adoration & Confession                                                                6:00 PM

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

                                  “Mass Intentions”

                                      Mary Wagner


Thursday, August 12, 2021

     *Confession                                                                                     8:30 AM

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

                                   “Mass Intentions”

    Norm & Lorraine Beattie by George & Ruby Schindler


Friday, August 13, 2021

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

                                   “Mass Intentions”

                                         Dick Kahle          


Saturday, August 14, 2021 (Fr. John Stites)

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

                                    “Mass Intentions”

    Healing for Jim Nusbaum, Jr. by Jim & Roseanne Nusbaum

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

                                     “Mass Intentions”

                   Mark Kappen by Chris & Karen Newton


Sunday, August 15, 2021 (Fr. John Stites)

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

                                     “Mass Intentions”

                    Rosalie Harris by Jim & Carol McCann

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

                                     “Mass Intentions”

       Francis & Mary Alice Singer by David & Mary Rubin



Liturgical Schedule

August 14 & 15, 2021

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary


   6:30PM                                           8:30AM

   Extraordinary Minister:                 Extraordinary Minister:

   Janice Leopold                                   Katie Weber


   Lector:                                              Lector:

   Linda Wagner                                    Janet Wagner


   Servers:                                            Servers:

   Karen Newton                                   Reagan Beilharz

                                                                  Jordyn Beilharz


                                                             Minister to Shut-Ins

                                                             Jim McCann







St. Mike’s – Reconciliation, Adoration and Benediction at Wednesday 6 p.m.


St. Isidore/The Bend – Reconciliation on Tuesday at 8:30 a.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, Lisa Speiser, and Jeanne Maxwell.


*Email Kacee Weber at to update prayer list*




Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

My dear friends in Christ,


This past Sunday, I was officially installed as Pastor of St. Isidore and St Michael the Archangel parishes. Bishop Thomas came to preside at the mass. From the presentation of church keys at the entrance door, through the renewal of my promises made at ordination, and welcome from parishioners, the Rite of Installation was a powerful experience. I thank Bishop Thomas, Dan Demski the liturgy coordinator, Deacon Scott, staff, choir, servers, and volunteers, all who worked together to make this a beautiful liturgy. It was wonderful to have so many at Mass. 


It is only a few weeks before school starts. Parents and students from preschool to college are preparing for their new school year. The summer weather is at its peak, inviting us outdoors to enjoy the gardens, summer activities, tennis or a round of golf!

The 117th St Michael the archangel parish annual festival is on Sunday, August 8th and is one of the highlights of the summer for our parish. Delicious meals will be available. Don’t miss them.


Elijah, in the Old Testament reading today, is on a long journey through the desert, when he despairs and gives up, prays to the Lord to take him. Instead, an angel comes and nudges him, feeds him a meal- not once, but twice- and Elijah is finally able to finish his journey to the mountain of God. Earthly food will only fuel us a little while, but Jesus offers us himself, “the bread come down from heaven.” The bread of Life will sustain us through the trails of our earthly journey and into eternal life. Participating in the Eucharist daily, or as often as possible keeps us strengthened for this journey of life.


I continue to keep all of you in my prayers and ask that you pray for me.

Blessing upon you always!


Fr. Melwin Dsouza SAC


Thank you to all who helped with the Installation Mass of Father Melwin Dsouza with Bishop Daniel Thomas as celebrant.

Altar Servers were:

Chris Newton – Thurifer

Nicholas Rohrs – Crucifer

Jarrett Lauber – Candle Bearer

Wesley Maxwell – Candle Bearer

Reagan Beilharz – Miter Bearer

David Durham – Crozier Bearer

Trinity Lauber – Book Bearer


To Nancy Stehulak – Lector

Nancy also helped to prepare light refreshments for the Bishop, Deacons, and Fr. Dsouza in between the Masses at St. Isidore and St Michael’s.  It was much needed sustenance on a busy day and very much enjoyed by those who partook of the bounty!


To Thom Singer for planning and providing the magnificent, instrumental music and vocals for the Mass!


To Deacon Dan Demski – Master of Ceremonies – who instructed Servers, Reader etc. and also to Deacon Scott Grahm – who assisted as Deacon


To the Congregation who joined in praise and worship


To the Sacristan


To Bishop Daniel E. Thomas for his resolution to celebrate Father Melwin’s installation


To the Knights of Columbus who escorted the Bishop in procession and recession


To the cleaning caretakers of the rectory, custodians and maintenance crews which made ready and beautified the grounds and the church. Who made construction and repairs to the Rectory for presentation for Diocesan guests.


To anyone who may have been inadvertently omitted, a very big Thank You!


Most importantly to God our Father who has blessed St Michael’s many times by providing us with wonderful, holy priests and now once again with our new pastor Fr. Melwin Dsouza!!

Thank you, Jesus!  We will Honor, Respect and Obey our new pastor!


Sacrament of Baptism


Congratulations to Taylor and Jessica (Hoschak) Keel, on the Baptism of their son, Wynn Russell Keel, on August 1, by Fr. Melwin Dsouza!

Welcome, Wynn, to the Catholic Christian Family of St Michael's and may you always be close to Jesus and the helps of the Catholic Church!  God bless the Keel family!




St. Michael’s Catholic Church, The Ridge

   Collection Recap – 8/1/21



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




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!

Reagan Beilharz      August 2


Happy Anniversary!

Ronald & Roseanne Fisher      August 11



St. Mary’s Parish Festival


Please join us for the St. Mary Parish Festival & Arabella Street Fest.


Saturday, September 11

6PM – 10PM

Enjoy the live band – New Frontiers, A Journey Tribute Band

Enjoy our food, spirits, and raffles during this 21 and older event.


Sunday, September 12

11:30AM – 5PM

Amusement rides, kid’s games, Bingo, silent auction, Salisbury steak dinner and SO much more.


For additional information, please call 419-782-2776 or visit our website: