St. Michael’s Ridge Bulletin



05480 Moser Road, Defiance, OH 43512



419-497-2161         Email:











January 19, 2020

January 12, 2020

January 5, 2020

December 29, 2019






Dec. 30 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020

Mon. – December 30, 2019

* No Mass

Tues. – December 31, 2019

* Mass – St. Isidore/Marysdale                                                  4:30 PM                          

“Mass Intention” All Holy Souls

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

“Mass Intention” Darwin Beck

Wed. – January 1, 2020

 +Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

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

“Mass Intention” All Holy Souls

Thur. – January 2, 2020

* No Mass

Fri. – January 3, 2020

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

“Mass Intention” John G. Singer by Pat Timbrook

Sat. – January 4, 2020

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

                            “Mass Intention”

               Shirley Guilford by Jim & Rita Huebner

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

                              “Mass Intention”

Mr. & Mrs. Louis A. Moser by Paul & Bonnie Moser

Sun. – January 5, 2020 +The Epiphany of the Lord

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

“Mass Intention”  John Newton

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

                                “Mass Intention”

               Deb Shininger by James & Jackie Singer



   Jan. 1

Octave Day of Christmas: Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Tuesday 6:30 PM

Extraordinary Minister:

Phil Meyer

Marcia Meyer

Jeff Weber

Barb Weber

Adam Homier



Tom Elberson



Remmy Speiser

Karli Okuley

Kylee Okuley

Jan. 4/Jan. 5

Epiphany of the Lord


Saturday 6:30 PM                     Sunday 8:30 AM

Extraordinary Minister:         Extraordinary Minister:

  Sue Beck                                        Deacon Scott

  Tom Beck                                      Carol Rieke

  Ann Beck                                       Carl Stehulak

                                                          Kristen Lauber

                                                          Mary Ann Benecke


Lector:                                      Lector:

Karen Newton                                Nancy Stehulak


Servers:                                    Servers:

Chris Newton                                 Dryden White

                                                          Garrett Moser

                                                          Gabby Fabiano


 Minister to Shut-Ins:             Carl Stehulak




New Year’s Mass Schedule


We hope you had a blessed and Merry Christmas, and that those blessings continue into the New Year!

Remember, New Year’s Day is a holy day of obligation: The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. See the Mass schedule below:

Octave Day of Christmas: Mary, the Holy Mother of God

December 31 - 4:30pm at Marysdale: Fr. Stites

December 31 – 6:30pm at St Michael

January 1 – 9:00am at The Bend


PARISH FINANCES   Dec. 22, 2019


  Sunday Envelopes                                     $1977.00

  Loose                                                                649.95

 Janitorial                                                             77.00

  Initial                                                                  10.00

  Christmas                                                          20.00

  Flower Fund - Christmas                                20.00

  Retirement for Religious                               20.00

  Youth Group Breakfast                                806.25

  Parish Center Craft Sale                              342.00

  TOTAL                                                       $3,922.20


Parish Center Wall of Giving                      $954.00

Wall of Giving Accumulative Total     $11,524.00


Parish Center Fund Drive

  Cash Collected to Date:                       $545,781.47

  Uncollected Pledges to Date:               178,974.89

  Total Toward Goal:                                724,756.36

  Remaining to Meet Goal:                   $235,243.64




Daily Prayers

Mike Ricica, Cathy Weber, Val Barber, Anita Bertsch,

Tom Ricica, Mark Schafer, Thayer Herr,

Frances Stehulak, Larry Schafer, 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


*Call or text Claudia Burkholder @ 419-980-5559 to update prayer list*



Please Keep the Following in your Prayers This Week


Erich & Jennifer Bailey and family

Bob Hoschak

Terry & Judy Davis

Angela Commisso

Greg & Lisa Schafer and family


Mark Your Calendars


     In January, St. Michael’s will be holding a couple of fundraising events for the new Parish Center.

      Wednesday, January 15th and Tuesday, January 28th

       have been scheduled with a couple of local restaurants who have graciously agreed to donate

a portion of the food proceeds on these days in

support of our fundraising efforts.

We will be providing coupons for

parishioners to distribute to friends and relatives

to use on these days.


Wall of Giving

The Parents for Religious Education, (PRE), and students who attend St. Michael’s parish

have prepared a “Wall of Giving” fundraiser to raise money for the new Parish Center.

The wall can be found in the back of the church off on the left as you enter.

With a little support from a lot of people, (you and me), we all can make this a reality!

Please give generously!



Thank you to all St. Michael’s parishioners who participated in this year’s Giving Tree. All your gifts were gratefully received by all recipients. God bless you all and thanks again. The packages were beautiful!

On December 21st and 22nd there were ornaments, scarves, wreaths, towels and many more items provided by Janet Wagner.  All proceeds went towards the St. Michael's Church Parish Center. We are very grateful to Janet for sharing her God given talents and helping others with their Christmas shopping.




Sun. Dec. 29

*No Classes – Christmas Break

Sun. Jan. 5

*Preschool: during 8:30 a.m. Mass

*Grades 1-6: 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

*Confirmation Class: 9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

 Student helper for Pre-K class: Trinity Lauber

Wed. Jan. 8

*Catechist Christmas Party: 6:30 p.m.

Sun. Jan. 12

*Preschool: during 8:30 a.m. Mass

*Grades 1-6: 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

*High School Class: 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Student Helper for Pre-K class: Reagan Beilharz




Retreat for Catechists

St. Michael’s and St. Isidore’s will be holding a retreat for our catechists (those who teach our youth, work with the youth group and CYO, sacrament prep and adult formation) on January 11th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Marysdale. Luminous Mysteries will be facilitating the retreat, so it will be a great time to renew and reignite yourself for your ministry in the new year. Anyone who has been thinking about becoming involved with youth or adult formation is also invited.

Even if you aren’t sure yet, come and take some quality time with God to discern if you are being called. Please let Deacon Scott, Alison Garcia, Ronda Fabiano or Sara Diaw know if you plan to attend by January 5th so we can have a count for food and material.



 Mark your calendars to attend the Steubenville Catholic Youth Conference June 26-28, 2020!

This is an awesome experience where young people get to praise the Lord with thousands of kids their own age! This conference can by life changing! Sign up to go and see how the Holy Spirit can work in YOU!!!!!  Go to   for more information and to see what you missed out on last year!

Cost: $40 deposit due by January 6, 2020. Total cost is $212, with fundraisers being done to offset the rest of the cost.

Contact Sara Stuckey-Diaw, St. Isadore Youth Leader at 419-438-8011 or Mary Rose, 419-769-4277 to sign up!




Being a follower of Jesus and living in a close relationship with Him naturally leads to helping others. Not only do we gain a sense of purpose, but knowing that any little thing we do in service to another person can make their day - even change their life - can only make our own faith stronger. 

How do we teach our children to do that part of discipleship? Easy! The Catholic Church has not one, but two lists to help us! They are the Spiritual Works of Mercy and the Corporal Works of Mercy. This week we will focus on the Spiritual Works. Here they are with some simple suggestions on how to do them. It does not have to be hard to help someone in this area of their life!

  1. Admonish the sinner- even though it sounds like we are “punishing” someone, this Work of Mercy is about explaining to someone in a loving way a mistake they have made that turned into them committing a sin. A friend or loved one may tell you about an incident where they got in trouble and they do not see what they did something wrong or that it hurt someone. Talk them through the situation and help them to see how their actions caused the end result.

2.      Instruct the ignorant- if a friend or family member attends Mass, have your child walk them through the Missalette to help them know what is going on. After Mass, ask if they have any questions. Be sure to educate yourself on why we do the things we do. The only thing that can erase ignorance is education!

3.      Counsel the doubtful- it is okay to question our faith and have times of doubt in our lives, especially when something bad happens.  Give them biblical examples of those situations to show them they are not the only one who has ever backpedaled in their faith. Don’t just offer a parish program to check out, go with them!

4.      Comfort the sorrowful- send a card to someone who has recently lost a loved one. Just listen as they talk about what they are going through. Take a meal to a family going through a stressful or sad situation. These little things really make a difference.

5.      Bear wrongs patiently- most of our hurts from others are unintentional. Turning it into an argument to defend yourself is rarely the right way to handle it. Step away from the situation, pray about it and for them, and let God handle it from there. Saying the Our Father for them is a great tool! Just plug their name in…., “Fred’s Father, who are in heaven, hallowed be the name…”

6.      Forgive all injuries- How many times do we need to forgive someone for hurting us the same way? “Seventy times seven” was Jesus’s answer. It really means every time. Keep in mind that forgiveness is all about you releasing the hurt, not about forgetting what has happened.

7.      Pray for the living and the dead- Go to the Rosary service when someone has passed away, whether you were close to them or it is someone a friend or family member was close to. You can request a Mass intention for someone going through a hard time or for someone who has passed away. Ask someone if there is anything you can pray for them about.




Birthday/Anniversary List


If you would like to have your name or the name of a family member added to the list of anniversaries and birthdays, send me an email or drop a note in the “Editor” slot at the main entrance of the church.


Claudia Burkholder



Parish Hall Pledge Form

St. Michael’s Ridge Volunteer List

2019 Church Year

Heart of the Nation Mass broadcast schedule


Spanish Masses in our area:

* Napoleon-Spanish Mass 2nd Sunday of every

month at 1:00 p.m.

* Paulding-Spanish Mass 1st Thursday of every

month at 7:30p.m., Confessions start at 7:00p.m.

* Wauseon-Spanish Rosary every Sunday at 5p.m.



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

Our next year’s 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


SAVE THE DATE - The Altar Rosary Society Spring Craft Show date is March 21, 2020


  Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference

Ladies, register now for the 2020 Columbus Catholic Women’s conference in February!

Learn more about what it means to be Catholic and how to actively live your Catholic faith with women from all over the country.

The day will be filled with speakers, Mass, Confession and Adoration and so much more. Bring a friend and deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ!

The conference is from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Ohio Expo Center – Kasich Hall on Saturday, February 15, 2020. Register online at



 The St. John’s Men’s Renewal of The Heart Retreat

 Is scheduled for March 6th & 7th   2020. This years’ retreat theme is “Staying Connected”.

Mark Your Calendar. Thus, faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ- Romans 10, 17.  

  Stay Tuned For More Information.


Retreat for those separated/divorced

We are pleased and excited to announce that St. Michael's will be hosting a Separated/Divorced Retreat on March 14, 2020.  Please help us prepare for this extraordinary event by sharing this information with family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. Your help to bring healing to the hurting is greatly appreciated.

 We continue to hold our 12-week video discussion group for Separated/Divorce on Saturdays at 4:30 here at the church. Please keep all those hurting from loss, separation and divorce in your daily prayers.  The holidays can bring up a lot of emotions and can also be a reminder of many lost dreams.  Let us be kind to all.

Please contact Patty Pahl (419-906-1972) or Big Al (419-576-7731) if you would like to know more about this ministry.


Opportunities for Plenary Indulgence


The Sisters of the Monastery of the Visitation of Holy Mary have been granted a Jubilee Year for the 100th anniversary of the canonization of Saint Margaret Mary. This means you can gain a plenary indulgence by visiting the chapel on any one of these days:

·         January 24, 2020 - Solemnity of Saint Francis de Sales

·         May 13, 2020 - date of 100th anniversary of the canonization of

·         Saint Margaret Mary

·         May 31, 2020 - Solemnity of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary

·         June 19, 2020 - Solemnity of the Sacred Heart

·         August 12, 2020 - Solemnity of Saint Jane de Chantal

·         The First Friday of each month 

and under the usual conditions:

·         To be in the state of grace

·         To go to Confession and to receive Holy Communion 20 days preceding and following

·         To pray for the intentions of the Holy Father

The Sisters invite you to visit the Monastery chapel at 1745 Parkside Blvd., Toledo, Ohio.




Knights of Columbus Council #1039

111 Elliott Road, Defiance, OH (419-782-3536)

Friday, January 3, 2020

Alaskan Pollock (fried in peanut oil), Cole Slaw, Baked Beans,

Corn, Green Beans, Baked Potato, French Fries, Mac & Cheese,

Applesauce, Cooked Cabbage, Salad Bar, Roll & Butter and until

Lent starts, we have Baked Chicken Strips!

Carry-out meals available at 4:00 p.m. Dining Room from 4:00 p.m.

until 7:00 p.m.


Adult dinner………..$10.00 (with beverage) Beer available for $2

6 to 12 years………….$4.00

5 and under Eat For Free! (We have high chairs.)


Regular dinner……….$9.50 (fish comes with 2 sides but no fries)

2 lb. “All Fish” ……….$16.00 ($22 with 3 sides (no fries)

All side dishes (except French Fries)………… $3.00/pint



Knights of Columbus

111 Elliott Rd. Defiance, OH

Sunday, January 5, 2020

“First Sunday of the Month”

Serving from 8:30-11:00AM

Pancakes, Ham, Sausage,

Potato Casserole, Biscuits & Gravy,

Cinnamon Rolls, Scrambled Eggs, and

Beverages-Coffee, Ice-Tea, Juice

Adult-$7.50, Senior Citizen -$6.50, Age 6-12-$4.00,

Age 5 & Under-FREE”

Rolls-to-go (if we have them) .75 cents each

*The Knights of Columbus serving and Supporting families, churches, schools, and communities*