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Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Kosciol Niepokalanego Serca Najswietszej Maryi Panny

"Welcome Back!"

The weekday Masses are held in the convent at the usual time of 8:00 a.m. For the weekend, the Mass schedule is the usual schedule: 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. (Polish), and 12:00 Noon on Sunday. 


Returning to Public Worship:
The faithful are obliged to wear a mask (or other face covering) upon entering the church and during the celebration of Mass, except for the brief moment of receiving Holy Communion. 

There will only be two entry doors into the church; the front middle door and the door on the east side of the church with the ramp (convent side). In order to assure compliance with social distancing requirements, six feet of distance should be maintained at all times. Families may sit together but are to maintain six feet of distance between other families or individuals throughout the celebration of Mass. One or two pews should be left vacant in between congregants, such that six feet of distance can be maintained in all directions. Please observe social distancing. 

Hand sanitizer is available at each of the designated entrances of the Church for your use. Please sanitize your hands before entering, when exiting, and after contact with your face. 

All parishioners are encouraged to take their temperatures prior to coming to Mass. Any parishioner with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or more should stay home. Anyone not feeling well is encouraged to stay home.

The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in effect for the Catholic faithful who reside in the Diocese of Cleveland and all other Catholics in the diocese until further notice.

The period of time in which to fulfill the obligation to receive Holy Communion annually has been extended by one year from the end of the Easter Season, 2020. This is the directive from the bishops in the six dioceses of the Province in the State of Ohio. (Cleveland Catholic Diocesan Memorandum, August 2020)


                                                                            MASS SCHEDULE

SATURDAY         October 31
                              4:00 pm          + Don Neiman

SUNDAY              November 1      All Saints Day
                              8:00 am          + Deceased of the Kmet and Struna Families
                             10:00 am         + Harriet (Jadwiga) Bar
                             12:00 pm         + Jim Oryl

MONDAY            November 2       All Souls Day    
                              8:00 am          + All Souls Day Intentions (English)
                             11:00 am         + All Souls Day Intentions (English)
                               6:00 pm         + All Souls Day Intention (Polish)

TUESDAY           November 3
                              8:00 am             For Our Parish Family

WEDNESDAY    November 4
                              8:00 am          + Lucyna Wawer

THURSDAY        November 5     
                              8:00 am          + Josephine Bogucki

FRIDAY              November 6       First Friday  
                              8:00 am         + Deceased of the Anderson & Stryczny Families
                              6:00 pm         + Slawomir Uszynski and Jozef Wyszynski

SATURDAY       November 7        
                             8:00 am          +  Leo & Pauline Sobolewski
                             4:00 pm          + All Souls Day Intentions / Bereavement Mass

SUNDAY            November 8       
                               8:00 am           Holy Name Society 
                             10:00 am        + Stanislaw Maj (Birthday Remembrance)
                             12:00 pm        + Helen Hudak

(+) deceased




                                                                                   (Romans 12:12)

Prayer Against Coronavirus
"Lord Jesus Christ, our Divine Physician, we ask you to guard and protect us from 
Coronavirus COVID-19 and all serious illness. For all that have died from it have mercy; 
for those that are ill now, bring healing. For those searching for a remedy, enlighten them; 
for medical caregivers helping the sick, strengthen and shield them. For those working 
to contain the spread, grant them success; for those afraid, grant peace. May your 
precious blood be our defense and salvation. By your grace may you turn the evil of 
disease into moments of consolation and hope. May we always fear the contagion 
of sin more than any illness. We abandon ourselves to your infinite mercy. Amen"

Prayer of Healing and Protection to St. Rocco
"During your travels on earth,
God worked His miraculous healing through your intercession.
Many were cured of the plague from your prayers
and through the sign of the cross.
We beseech you to intercede before the throne of God,
and send us a blessing of protection from
contagious diseases and the Coronavirus.
Bless us Heavenly Father with your healing grace.
We ask this in the name of your Divine Son, Jesus. Amen."

Prayer for Good Humor
(The following is St. Thomas More's prayer, which the Holy Father, Pope Francis, recites each day.)

"Grant me O Lord, good digestion, and also something to digest.
Grant me a healthy body and the necessary good humor to maintain it.
Grant me a simple soul that knows to treasure all that is good
and that doesn't frighten easily at the sight of evil,
but rather finds the means to put things back in their place.
Give me a soul that knows not boredom, grumbles, sighs, and laments,
nor excess of stress, because of that obstructing thing called "I."
Grant me O Lord, a good sense of humor,
allow me the grace to be able to take a joke,
to discover in life a bit of joy, and to be able to share it with others.
Saint Thomas More, pray for us."

(Taken from the Vatican Weekly Newspaper ''OSSERVATORE ROMANO, June 26, 2020. St. Thomas More lived 1478-1535, Chancellor of England, martyred by King Henry VIII, Feast Day is June 22.) I though this would be a good prayer to recite during these challenging times that we all face each day. Humor is a fundamental Christian virtue. Fr. Ralph Hudak


Weekly Donations:  
                                10/04/20   -   $2,575.50 (R&R - $239.00)
                                10/11/20   -   $2,816.00 (R&R - $494.00)
                                10/18/20   -   $2,474.00 (R&R - $149.00)
                                10/25/20   -   $2,230.00 (R&R - $161.00)  
                                Eucharistic Devotions - $526.00  
                                Mission Sunday - $265.00

As a reminder, for those still unable to attend Mass at church, your envelope donations are vital for the financial well-being of our parish. Please mail your envelope, or put it into the slot on the rectory office door (do not put it into the mailbox). The bills continue to come on a regular basis as you are personally aware of during this pandemic. IHM parish needs your regular donations during this difficult time to pay them too.

"THANK YOU" to all who have donated to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in these very difficult times! You remain in my prayers. Fr. Ralph Hudak


We keep in our prayers Harry Kolasinski who has died. May his soul and those of all the faithful departed rest in peace.


Annual Blanket Sunday Appeal (2020) - If you have not had a chance to contribute to this year's annual Blanket Sunday appeal, please consider doing so. The need is greater than ever this fall/winter as many more people experience financial hardship during the pandemic. The need is still great. Donations can be made securely online at https://www.svdpcle.org/donate-today/blanket-sunday. Checks may also be mailed to St. Vincent de Paul Society Blanket Sunday, 1404 East 9th Street, 3rd Floor, Cleveland, OH  44114.


Sunday Mass attendance during the Coronavirus Crisis: 

                                        4:00 p.m.                    8:00 a.m.                    10:00 a.m.                    12:00 p.m.
October 3/4                        41                               36                                 87                                 17
October 10/11                    39                               30                                 89                                 25
October 17/18                    40                               37                                 94                                 21
October 24/25                    41                               24                               134                                 30                                       


All Saints Day, Sunday, November 1st - This is the day when we pray, celebrate and give witness to our belief that the faithful departed live eternally in heaven with God. This is a day of motivation for us, because it encourages us to follow the holy path of those deceased people, some of whom we might have known. Hopefully, one day, we will join them in eternal happiness. Masses for this celebration is the usual Sunday weekend schedule.


All Souls Day is Monday, November 2nd - This day is known by several other names: Commemoration of the Faithful Departed, the Souls in Purgatory, and the Poor Souls. During the month of November, the Universal Church encourages us to pray for these deceased people through a concentrated effort, and on this day in a particular way. We remember them through our Mass intentions, various prayers, good actions and the sacrifices we offer for them. We are able to help them during their time of purification, since they are unable to help themselves as taught us to us by the Church (see the "Catechism of the Catholic Church" canons #1030, 1031 and 1032). Fathers Ralph Hudak and Andrzej Panek invite you to use the envelope included in your monthly packet for your intentions. Return it through the Sunday Offertory collection basket with the names of your beloved dead and others on it or put their names on a sheet of paper inside the envelope. Extra envelopes are available in the church bulletin racks. We will remember them at our parish Masses on Monday, November 2nd (8:00 & 11:00 a.m. in English and 6:00 p.m. in Polish), at monthly Mass throughout 2021, and during the Rosary prayed before the Sunday vigil 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. Masses during November. Your envelope intentions will remain on the Altar of Sacrifice throughout the month of November. The theology of the Catholic Church teaches that the Church is composed of the souls in heaven, in purgatory, and the people on earth. Some of you may be familiar with the past terminology used to describe this reality: the Church Triumphant (in heaven), the Church Suffering (in purgatory), and the Church Militant (on earth).


Mass scheduled at St. Mary Cemetery for November 1st is cancelled - Because of the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Diocese of Cleveland has cancelled the Masses at all the Catholic cemeteries that would normally host these Masses.


Fulfill your Civic Duty - If you are a registered voter, then be a faithful citizen and vote on the "Presidential General Election" day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020, if you have not already voted.


Bereavement Mass (The Mass of Remembrance) - will be celebrated on Saturday, November 7th at the 4:00 p.m. vigil Mass. We will remember the people who were buried from Immaculate Heart of Mary Church since November 2, 2019. Their families have been invited to this Mass, and a representative of the family will be asked to come forward in order to receive ONE flower from our parish in memory of their loved one. All are welcome.


IHM Holy Name Society's "Remembrance Service" - will be Sunday, November 8th during their 8:00 a.m. Mass for its deceased members.


Parish Pastoral Council - meets on Monday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the rectory. If a member is unable to be present, please leave a message for Father Hudak, 216-341-2734.


Informative material about IHM Parish that our registered parishioners should have received through the mail this past week - Because of the Coronavirus Pandemic many parishioners are unable to attend Mass at our church. This makes it difficult for me to communicate with you about our parish life. Therefore, I decided to mail to all of our registered parishioners the following information which you would have normally received as a church bulletin insert when you came for Mass: 1) The annual financial statement; 2) The statement of assets, liabilities and fund balance for our parish; 3) The annual October count that the Chancery office requests for the Cleveland Diocese; 4) Summary of parish statistics and 5) Weekend Mass attendance at IHM during the Covid-19 era from May 31 thru September 13, 2020. Hopefully, you received this information at your home this past week, if you did not, it will be available in the church bulletin and pamphlet racks or call the office and we can mail it to you (216-3541-2734). Father Ralph Hudak


Catholic Cemeteries Association Monthly Grief Support - The next meeting is Sunday, November 15th from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the following locations: St. Joseph Cemetery, Avon (new office); Holy Cross Cemetery, Akron (office); Holy Cross Cemetery, Brook Park (office); Calvary Cemetery, Cleveland (office); All Saints Cemetery, Northfield (office) and All Souls Cemetery Chardon (office). We offer a comfortable, private and encouraging environment where you do not have to hide what you are really feeling. The topic for this session is "Thanks-giving Grief/Preparing for the Holidays", but discussions follow whatever is in your heart. You do not even have to talk, but come and listen and be in the presence of those who understand. Meeting sites are sanitized and seating is arranged so everyone is at a safe distance. Participants are required to RSVP so we can plan appropriate social distancing at each location. Participants must wear protective facial coverings. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Rhonda at 216-930-4866.


PSR Registration at St. John Nepomucene Parish School of Religion is accepting registration for students in grades 1 thru 8 for the 2020-2021 school year. Because of all the uncertainties during this time and for the health and safety of all, we are using a homeschool model for PSR classes this year. We accept and serve children from Slavic Village and Southeast Cleveland parishes. So invite a friend, relative or neighbor to learn more about our faith. Classes start September 14th. Please call Judy Lasecki at 216-641-8444 extension 29 for more details and to register for homeschool classes. 


Register for "Good Shepherd Classes" at St. Stanislaus - The Good Shepherd catechesis provides a rich environment and instruction based on scripture and the Mass, to give children the opportunity to deepen their personal relationship with Jesus and to prepare them for full participation in the Church. The program begins with children at age three, and includes First Communion and First Penance preparation for older children. Classes are on Sunday (9:30 am - 11:30 am) on the third floor of St. Stan's social center, and parishioners are encouraged to observe classes at any time. Covid -19 health measures will be followed.

Open to children of the diocese from 3 to 9 years old, no matter which parish they are registered in. Printed information and registration forms are in the vestibule of the church. For any questions, contact Jane Bobula 
(text & voice 216-288-0294, email jane.bobula@gmail.com. Go to www.cgsusa.org to learn more about the Good Shepherd program.


District Pre-Baptism Class - for parents will be held at St. Stanislaus Church, 3649 E. 65th Street on Wednesday,  November 4th at 7:00 p.m. Call their parish office during regular business hours to register
or for more information (216-341-9091). Wearing of a face mask and social distancing will be followed
in the classroom.


Protecting God's Children - The Diocese of Cleveland's "Protecting God's Children" program is a continuing effort to instruct and inform everyone about the protection of children from sexual abuse. To report any past or present suspected inappropriate behavior toward children by priests, deacons, religious, lay ecclesial ministers or personnel associated with the Church, please contact the Diocesan response Service Office at 216-334-2999 or via email at responseservices@dioceseofcleveland.org. You are also asked to immediately inform local authorities about inappropriate behavior.


Practicing Spiritual Communion - When the faithful are unable  physically to attend Mass, they should be recommended 
to practice "spiritual communion", an act to which the saints have given a consistent witness. Spiritual communion is a traditional practice of expressing to the Lord our longing for him and our desire for him to enter our hearts. St. Theresa 
of Avila (1515-82) said: "When you do not receive Communion and you do not attend Mass, you can make a spiritual communion, which is a most beneficial practice; by it the love of God will be  greatly impressed on you." While there is no formula prescribed by the Church to make an act of spiritual communion, prayers composed by various saints are part of the Church's rich treasury of devotions. One of the more popular acts of spiritual communion comes from St. Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787):
"My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. 
I love you above all things and I desire to receive you into my soul. 
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. 
I embrace you as if you were already there, and unite myself wholly to you. 
Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen."


Fox 8 televised Mass broadcast time has been changed - The weekly television Mass produced by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland has been changed to 5:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings, instead of 6:00 a.m. According to Fox 8, this change has been made so they can comply with federal mandates involving children's programming. The Catholic televised Mass on Fox has been a staple of religious programming in Northeast Ohio for decades, cultivating a dedicated and faithful following. It is hoped that faithful viewers will continue to tune in at this new, earlier time. Remember to record the Mass and view it at a convenient time for yourself.

The TV Mass can also be accessed on demand starting Saturday evening and running throughout Sunday on the Diocese of Cleveland website, www.dioceseofcleveland.org. In addition, the Mass can be heard on the radio, on AM 1260 The Rock at 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 10:30 a.m. on Sundays.

Radio station WINT-1330 AM airs the Mass each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and Cox Communications cable subscribers can view the Mass on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. on channel 45, and cable station 18 EWTN has its own Sunday and weekday (8:00 a.m., Noon & 7:00 p.m.) schedule of Masses. 

In addition to the Holy Mass, AM 1260 The Rock offers numerous opportunities for prayer throughout the day. The
Holy Rosary at 5:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. and the Divine Mercy Chaplet: 5:00 a.m. Monday through Friday; 3:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please visit am1260therock.com for  their full schedule.


The Mass Intention Book for 2021 is open - Some reasons for Mass intentions: 1) An expression of our faith, 2) Belief in life after death, 3) Belief in the power of prayer to help the deceased during their time of purification, 4) Belief that the Mass is the greatest of prayers, and 5) The intention is designated for a particular person or persons who have died, for an anniversary of death, or a wedding anniversary, for health, etc.

To schedule in person, please come to the rectory, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday (9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)

At this time, only two weekend Masses will be permitted per every five intention scheduled. To accommodate those with a work-schedule conflict, homebound, traveling a long distance or due to the Coronavirus, we will accept requests in writing. These may be mailed to the rectory (6700 Lansing Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio  44105) or put into the slot on the rectory office door (do not put it into the mailbox). You may also place it in the Sunday collection basket. Please mark the envelope, "Mass Intentions" and include in it your namephone number, the name for whom the Mass is intended, Mass dateMass time and stipend. The stipend for a Mass intention is the Diocesan recommended $10. Please make check out to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. If you have a special anniversary to celebrate do not wait until the last minute to schedule it. Thank you.

Jezu, ufam Tobie