St. Michael’s Ridge Bulletin



05480 Moser Road, Defiance, OH 43512



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September 20, 2020

September 13, 2020

September 6, 2020

August 30, 2020






Sept. 14, 2020 – Sept. 20, 2020

Mon. – Sept. 14, 2020 +The Exultation of the Holy Cross

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

“Mass Intention” Holly Garmyn


Tues. – Sept. 15, 2020 +Our Lady of Sorrows

*No Mass – Father Jake day off


Wed. – Sept. 16, 2020 +Sts. Cornelius and Cyprian, martyrs

*Confessions/Adoration                                                                      6:00 PM

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

“Mass Intention” Carmen Wagner

Thur. – Sept. 17, 2020+St. Robert Bellarmine

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

*Confessions                                                                                         8:30 AM

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

“Mass Intentions” Deceased Members of Sheets, Zipfel Families

    by Irene Zipfel


Fri. – Sept. 18, 2020

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

“Mass Intention” Virginia & Robert Rath by Robyn Hawkins


Sat. – Sept. 19, 2020 +St. Januarius

*Confessions                                                                                        3:45 PM

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

 “Mass Intentions” Harold & Nancy Kunesh

      by Dennis & Anita Fracassi

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

“Mass Intention” Jim Wagner by Family


Sun. – Sept. 20, 2020 Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

“Mass Intention” Mary Ricica by Nick & Mary Ann Steffel

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

“Mass Intention” Mindy Smalley by Melody Stevens



Daily Prayers


Mike Ricica, Val Barber, Anita Bertsch,

Tom Ricica, Mark Schafer, Connie Flory, Thayer Herr,

Brandi Mickelson,

Mary Wagner, 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,

Brooke (Liska) Homier, and Fr. Bob Kill


*Email Claudia Burkholder at to update prayer list*



          Confession Times


·        St. Mike’s – Wednesday 6:00 pm Holy Hour with Adoration & Confession

·        Bend – Tuesday 6:30 pm; Saturday 3:45 pm

·        Marysdale – Thursday 8:30 am


Eucharistic Adoration


·        St. Isidore/Bend: Wednesdays 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

·        St. Michael’s: Wednesdays 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

·        St. Isidore/Bend: Thursdays 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Preparing for Marriage


Please pray for the following couples who are preparing for the Sacrament of Matrimony later this year:

September 12 – Abby Parrot & Kurt Kahle, St. Michael’s

September 26 – Brett Dietrich & Anna Doctor, St. Michael’s

December 12 – Emily Culler & Brooks Grine, St. Isidore



From Fr. Jake

The election results are:

 Parish council: Bill Burkhart, Nathan Gerencser, Mindy Smith and Jeff Weber

 Maintenance: Jay Hornish

 Cemetery: Adam Homier

 I have contacted all of the newly elected except Mindy Smith.  I asked Karen Mekus to contact Mindy.  And I told the new parish council members about the meeting Thursday.

 Larry McCann




Karen Newton’s cell phone is temporarily out of service. She can be reached at 419-576-0728 in the meantime. A notice will be posted in the bulletin when her old number is restored.

Thank you for your patience!



From Fr. Randy Giesege on Deanery Meeting Schedule

I hope this finds all of you in good health and spirits as we continue to navigate during these uncertain times.  As your new Dean I thought I would just touch base and discuss the plan to move forward with our meetings.  I’ve been able to discuss the possibilities with most of the priests and we have decided to continue to meet at the same time (2:00 p.m.) and at the same place (St. Michael’s Ridge).  With that said, we have decided to wait until October to have our first meeting.  We will practice social distancing the best we can.  It was also decided that at this time we wouldn’t be providing food at the meetings but that will hopefully change in the near future.  Here is the Meeting schedule for 2020-2021: Thursday, October 22; Thursday, January 28; Thursday, March 11; and Thursday, May 27.  Again, all of the meetings are at 2:00 p.m.  Any of your parish’s staff is welcome to attend.  If you notice someone missing from this email list please share this email with them.  If you have any agenda items that you would like to include for the Oct. 22 meeting please email them to me no later than October 15.  We also will need a secretary to take Minutes.  If you feel called to do fulfill this role please email me and let me know.  If no one volunteers, we will discuss who will be willing to do so at our first meeting.  Thanks, and if you have any questions just let me know.  Hope to see you there.  Take Care & God Bless.


Fr. Randy Giesege









If you have a child who will be new to our Religious Education Program this year, please fill out a New Student Registration Sheet. They can be found in the front entrance of the church, they are green. You may put it back in the Religious Education box.


Tentative: Sept. 13: Catechist Meeting 9:30 a.m. right after Mass. The CCD schedule and registration is being discussed this week, with a decision on when to start the year expected to be released next week. Father Jake hopes to start CCD on time, and is working with educators to make that happen. More information will be in the bulletins in the next couple of weeks.

Thank you for your patience!


Sept. 13: Catechist Meeting 9:30 a.m. right after Mass

Sept. 20: Catechetical Sunday – Commissioning of Catechists during Sunday Mass

-           Classes for Grade 1-6: 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

-           High School class – 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Sept. 27 – Preschool begins during 8:30 a.m. Mass

-           Grade 1-6: 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.

-           7th grade: 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

-           Confirmation class: 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.


RCIA Classes


Are you or someone you know curious about the Catholic Church and her teachings? Interested in becoming Catholic? Are you already a Catholic adult but you never received Confirmation? You are invited to join us for RCIA classes! There are yellow sign-up sheets at the entrance of the church. More information to follow. 



Question of the Week


What does Eucharist mean?


How many approved Marian apparitions have there been?

Answer: 9




Parish Hall Pledge Form

St. Michael’s Ridge Volunteer List

2020 Church Year


Gloria and Credo

Heart of the Nation Mass broadcast schedule






John Hoshock – Sept. 14

Roger Durham – Sept. 14

Ron & Barb Krugh – Sept 19


Diocese Information

Baptismal Registers (Letter-Decree-Policy) Sep 2020


October 31 2020 Discernment Retreat Flyer

Lesson Plans on Christian Vocations





"In the Catholic tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and

participation in political life is a moral obligation."

Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, 13


In the current environment of extraordinary polarization and having been prompted by many Catholics

of good will for guidance in this election year, I am pleased to present to you "Conscience and the Catholic

Voter," (click to view)a series of eight outlines with a view to the upcoming election, prepared by the Director of the Office for Life and Justice of Catholic Charities, Peter Range. These outlines are offered in a spirit of encouragement to provide insight into Catholic Social Teaching regarding issues of consequence in this year's election. I am asking that these outlines together with this introduction be broadly distributed and be made available for placing in parishes bulletins and on parish and diocesan websites.


As these outlines examine the many life issues affecting the dignity of the human person in this upcoming election, we are committed to defending and protecting life in the full spectrum of areas of intense disagreement including Euthanasia, Religious Freedom, Marriage and Family, Human Trafficking, Immigration, Prisoners, Racism, Socialism and the Environment. That said, it is critical for Catholics to recall that the destruction of innocent human life through abortion is not simply one among many issues but the foundational and preeminent life issue facing our nation. "No human law can validly contradict the Commandment: "Thou shalt not kill."" (USCCB, Living the Gospel of Life: A Challenge to American

Catholics [1998J, no. 31).


In this election year, there is no doubt that we are faced with a choice between two deeply flawed

candidates, and that neither party perfectly aligns with our Gospel values. As Catholics, we do not cast votes

based on whether we like or dislike the personality of the candidates; we do not cast votes based on whether

the candidate does or does not have the same color of skin as us; we do not cast votes based on the age or

gender of the candidates; we do not cast votes based on the political party a family has or has not endorsed

in the past; we do not cast votes based on whether the person does or does not share our religious affiliation.


Instead, as Catholics, we need to ask ourselves which party platform, which evident actions and voting

records of candidates are more closely aligned to what we hold to be true and just, and whether any of these

are directly opposed to the consistent fundamental moral teachings of the Church. With the Democratic and

Republican Conventions now in the rear view mirror, their candidates endorsed and their platforms published, it now falls to us to realize that, no matter whether we are affiliated with this or that political party or no party at all, it is our responsibility as Catholic citizens of our nation to exercise our civic duty to vote - for the sake of the common good of society - and that we do so with minds and hearts informed by what the Church herself teaches, not what this or that person says the Church teaches or what this or that person holds, mindful that ultimately we are called first to be citizens of heaven.


As Catholics, it is imperative that we form our consciences from the heart of the Church. I pray these

outlines will aid in helping you to form your conscience through understanding Catholic teaching and I

encourage you to approach these issues with prayer, charity and fidelity. Please share these outlines broadly

in your parishes and schools and invite discussion using these documents. May the Lord guide us and our

nation at this critical time.


Sincerely yours in Christ Jesus,


Most Reverend Daniel E. Thomas



2020 Diocesan Celebration of Wedding Anniversaries

Congratulations on your milestone wedding anniversary! The Diocese of Toledo will honor you and other couples celebrating 25, 40, 50, 60 and 60-plus years of marriage at a mass celebrated by Bishop Daniel E. Thomas on Sunday, October 25, at 3pm, at Rosary Cathedral, 2535 Collingwood Blvd, Toledo. Thank you for your witness to the Sacrament of Marriage.

Every registering couple is guaranteed an anniversary certificate.  For more information regarding this event and to register please visit or contact Alice Jacobs 419-214-4978.

Seating at the Mass is limited to the first 100 couples who register and one guest for each couple. There will be a live stream of the Mass for those who can’t attend.


    The Andrew Dinner schedule is set for the upcoming year. Join Bishop Daniel Thomas and other local priests for dinner, prayer, and an opportunity to learn more about the diocesan priesthood.  Participants should be accompanied by their parish priest.  This event is for young men who are high school juniors and seniors and men in college.  Contact Father Phil Smith in the Office of Diocesan Priestly Vocations at (419) 244-6711 ext. 4945 or for more information:

Sunday, November 1, 2020 from 6 PM - 8 PM at Ottoville, Immaculate Conception Parish

Sunday, November 22, 2020 from 6 PM - 8 PM in Sandusky