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Kosciol Niepokalanego Serca Najswietszej Maryi Panny


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On December 8, 2020, the 50th Anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, Pope Francis proclaimed a Year of Saint Joseph from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021.

                                                                      Prayer to St. Joseph
"Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man. Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father, and guide us in the path of life. Obtain for us, mercy and courage, and defend us from every evil. Amen."

March 19th - St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary 
May 1st - St. Joseph the Worker

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                                                                       MASS SCHEDULE
                        (8:00 AM DAILY MASS IS IN THE CONVENT CHAPEL MONDAY THRU SATURDAY. DOORS OPEN AT 7:30 AM)

SATURDAY       September 18             
                              8:00 am          For Our Parish Family
                              4:00 pm      + Daniel & Donna Biada

SUNDAY            September 19          
                             8:00 am       + Josephine Stepowski and Pauline Bostosky
                           10:00 am       + Stanley & Wladyslawa Blaut
                           12:00 pm       + Jim Oryl (Birthday Remembrance)

MONDAY          September 20                   
                             8:00 am           Scott Cesen - Birthday Blessings

TUESDAY          September 21             
                             8:00 am        + Jack Hudak

WEDNESDAY   September 22
                             8:00 am        + Sean Henderson

THURSDAY      September 23
                             8:00 am        + Stephen, Bertha and James Latran

FRIDAY             September 24          
                             8:00 am           Health & Blessings for the Stryczny Fanily

SATURDAY       September 25
                              8:00 am          For Our Parish Family
                              4:00 pm      + Deceased of the Sadar and Struna Families

SUNDAY            September 26           
                             8:00 am          Blessings for the Adamczak and Kuznik Families
                            10:00 am      + Irena Szularzewska
                            12:00 pm      + Lind Grabowski

(+) DECEASED

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Daily Mass is very comfortable - Please join us for weekday Mass in our air-conditioned chapel in the convent at 8:00 a.m. Monday thru Saturday. The door opens at 7:30 a.m.

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Change in IHM's Annual Eucharistic Devotion Day - Traditionally, the parish set aside a whole day to give special devotion to our Lord in His Eucharistic Presence at this time of the year. We had an 8:00 & 11:00 morning Mass and a solemn bilingual 7:00 p.m. Mass with adoration in church throughout the day. As the years have gone by the attendance has decreased to the point that a change was necessary. Then, COVID-19 came which would probably amplify the lack of attendance. Therefore, this year, because we did this in 2020, we will have a benediction service after each of our four Masses on the weekend of September 25-26 . This additional prayer time will last approximately 20 minutes. This will be similar to what we have done on the feast of Corpus Christi. Fr. Ralph Hudak & Fr. Andrzej Panek

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Present Members of IHM Pastoral Council -  Fr. Ralph Hudak, Fr. Andrzej Panek, Denise Calvert (chairperson), Donna Forestall, Ken Knapik, Diane Morselli, Carol Orzech, Marge Phillipp, Ania Potrzuski and Glenn Sobola. Feel free to speak with one of these members to find out more information about the Pastoral Council and its activities for the parish.

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New Members for IHM Parish Pastoral Council are needed - We meet once a month on the second Monday at 7:00 p.m. in the rectory. The meeting lasts for about 1 & 1/2 hours followed by light refreshments. There are nine meetings per year. This body of parishioners is an advisory group for the pastor according to Canon Law. If you would like to become a member or find out more about it please contact Fr. Ralph Hudak (216-341-2734) or speak to him after a Sunday Mass. We have nine members on the council.

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The 35th Annual Blanket Sunday Collection - The appeal is sponsored by the Diocesan St. Vincent de Paul Society and kicks off the weekend of October 9-10, 2021. Last year funds from the appeal were used to purchase 4,500+ new winter blankets that were provided to the homeless and 179 beds/mattresses for low-income individuals and families throughout Northeast Ohio. The need is great and donations can be made through the collection basket or securely online: https://donate.svdpcle.org/blanket-sunday-donations/. Checks may be may also be mailed to St. Vincent de Paul Society Blanket Sunday, 1404 East 9th Street, 3rd Floor, Cleveland, OH  44114. Thank you for helping us "blanket" neighbors in warmth and compassion!

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St. Stanislaus Polish Festival will be held October 8, 9, & 10, 2021 in the Parish Social Center at 6601 Baxter Avenue in Slavic Village. Plenty of good homemade Polish food, polka bands, Polish dancing groups and Polish bakery will be available. There will also be games of chance, a grand raffle and much more! Each day features different orchestras, dancing and contests. The Polish foods available for purchase are pierogi, kielbasa, czarnina (duck soup) and many other Polish favorites. There will be a variety of Polish crafts and imports for purchase as well as tours of the church. There is ample parking and free admission. In order to get more information on the Festival, please contact the Parish Office at 216-341-9091 or go online at ststanislaus.org.

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We keep in our prayers Leonard Golembiewski and Bernadette Hrouda who have died. May their souls and those of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

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Immaculate Heart of Mary's Polish Parish School of Religion (PPSR) meets on Sundays at 11:00-Noon in the convent for grades K-8. It began September 12th. For more information or to register contact Fr. Andrzej Panek at 216-341-2734 , Beata Pierzynski at 216-355-7424 or come to the convent on Sunday.

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Catholic Communication Campaign is September 26th - This campaign connects people with Christ, here and around the world in developing countries, through the internet, television, radio and print media. Fifty percent of the funds collected remains in the Cleveland Diocese to fund local communication efforts. Your support helps spread the Gospel message! To learn more, visit www.usccb.org/ccc. There is an envelope in your monthly mailed packet for this purpose.

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Our Silent Carnival Raffle has ended.  94 parishioners out of 320 returned their 5 envelopes with $50.00. The final raffle was Sunday, August 15th at the end of the 10:00 a.m. Mass in church. Thank you to ALL who participated in our Silent Carnival Raffle.  Congratulations to all the winners! The monies raised through this fundraiser will help IHM parish. (More information will be forthcoming.) Fr. Ralph Hudak


Week #1 Bonus Drawing winners - Mrs. Adeline Lipiec and Mr. & Mrs. John Morselli, who won $50 each.

Week #2 Drawing winners - Beverly Bennett and Amy Oryl, who won $25 each.

Week #3 Drawing winners - Irene Cheracci and Richard Grabowski, who won $25.00 each.

Week #4 Drawing winners - Mr. & Mrs. Wladyslaw Dabrowski and Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Natoli, who won $25 each.

Week #5 Drawing winners - Lawrence Mahnke and Roy Calvert (*) who won $25.00 each.

Week #6 Final Drawing prizewinners are Mr. & Mrs. Waldmar Suskiewicz - 1st prize $250; the Zmija Family (**) - 2nd prize $100; Mr. & Mrs. Jacek Maczka - 3rd prize $50 and Mr. & Mrs. Enrique Mendizabal - 4th prize $50.


(*) Roy Calvert donated his winnings of $25 back to IHM.

(**) Alan Zmija has donated his prize of $100 back to IHM in memory of his parents Hilda and Chester Zmija

WE THANK THEM FOR THEIR GENEROSITY TO OUR PARISH.

(In case you have been wondering about these parish activities, the Summer Social at Klima Gardens held in August, and a Reverse Raffle held in our hall during the fall are cancelled this year 2021 because of COVID-19. The Parish Pastoral Council has resurrected the "Silent Carnival" as a parish fundraiser.) 

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The Mass Book for 2021 is closedAll of the Mass dates have been taken for the year. No Masses available in 2021

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                                                 "The Mass Intention Book for 2022 is Open"
To schedule in person, please come to the rectory, WEDNESDAYSTHURSDAYS OR FRIDAYS9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. At this time, only two weekend Masses will be permitted per every five intentions scheduled. To accommodate those with a work-schedule conflict, homebound, traveling a long distance, or due to the coronavirus, WE WILL ACCEPT REQUESTS IN WRITINGThese 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 intendedMass dateMass time and stipend. The stipend for a Mass intention is the diocesan recommended $10. Please make checks 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.
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Weekly Donations
                                 09/05/21 - $2,756.00 (R&R - $437.00)
                                 09/14/21 - $2,191.00 (R&R - $368.00)

Earthquake & Tropical Storm Grace Calamities in Haiti Collection - $968.75

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

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"LED" Light Bulb Project is in process - All the lights bulbs in our parish buildings: rectory convent, school and church are being changed to "LED" light bulbs. The Harrington Electric Company is doing the work. There was no cost upfront for this project, and it will pay for itself as the years go by. Using these light bulbs will cost the parish less in our electricity bill, and they are better for the environment. Other parishes in our diocese have already participated in this project and changed their light bulbs; some of them are Sagrada Familia in Cleveland, St. Raphael in Bay Village, St. Gabriel in Concord Township Communion of Saints (former St. Ann) in Cleveland Heights. This light project is starting to creep into our diocese and other parishes and are undertaking the change. The large 40-foot metal container in the parking lot on the Worley Avenue side of the rectory is the storage place for the Harrington Electric supplies. Fr. Ralph 

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District Pre-Baptism Class for parents will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 3396 East 55th Street  on Sunday, October 3rd at 11:00 a.m. Call the parish office during regular business hours to register or for more information (216-641-2829). Those who are unvaccinated or at risk, please consider wearing a face covering.

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The City of Cleveland has launched a COVID-19 Vaccination Program for individuals who are homebound - For individuals who have not received a COVID-109 vaccination yet due to being homebound or bedridden, Cuyahoga County and the City of Cleveland have a vaccination program to vaccinate individuals in their home. A homebound person includes those who need the help of another person, a walker or a wheelchair to leave their home, or their medical provider believes that their health or illness could get worse if they leave their home, therefore, they do not typically leave their home. To check eligibility and register yourself or a loved one, please contact the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging as they are providing screening for eligibility at 216-621-0303.

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Are you in the process of moving? - In order to serve you the best way possible, we need your current information. 
Any changes in your family information should be updated with the Parish Office. Thank you!
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2021 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal - As of July 31, 2021 over 33,000 faithful individuals have donated more that $12.4 million to Catholic Charities Annual Appeal. Here at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish52 parishioners have pledged $7,391 toward our parish goal of $10,436. That is 70.82% of our overall goal. Your financial support makes a difference and transforms lives. Thank you! 

If you have not had a chance to make a gift, please visit CatholicCommunity.org/Donate, text CCHOPE to 44114, or mail your donation to the Catholic Community Foundation at 1404 E. 9th Street, Cleveland, OH  44114. Your support of the Appeal helps us to carry out the mission that Jesus entrusted to us: "I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me." 

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BBQ & Boutique - The Sisters of Notre Dame invite you to attend their barbecue and boutique on SundaySeptember 26th from Noon-5:00 p.m. For $15, enjoy barbecued chicken, chips, apple pie, coleslaw or applesauce and beverages. Select the Sisters' handmade items in the boutique or try your luck at the raffle. Held in the Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin Gymnasium on the Notre Dame Education Center Campus, 13000 Auburn Road, Chardon (South of Mayfield Rd., Rt. 322). Rain or Shine. Handicapped accessible. For more information or to order tickets online visit www.sndusa.org/bbq.

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Catholic Cemeteries Association Sunday, September 19th Grief Support / "In-Office" and "Virtual" - We continue to provide free monthly grief support groups in two formatsIn-Office (3 p.m.) and Virtually (5 p.m.). Our Grief Support Groups meet the 3rd Sunday of every month, except June, where we meet on the 4th Sunday. Meetings are open discussion format, surrounding a monthly topic or whatever is on your heart. They do not build off each other so you can stop in any monthly and fit right in. If you are not yet able to talk about your grief, just come to listen and be in the presence of those who understand. 

The September topics are "Different Types of Griefand "Grieving after a Suicide Death". We offer a comfortable, private, and safe environment where you are free to explore your grief. Come and be in the presence of those who understand.

Catholic Cemeteries Association follows the guidelines set by the CDC, the State of Ohio and the Diocese of Cleveland regarding COVID-19 protocols. We do however strongly suggest that those not yet vaccinated or who are otherwise vulnerable, continue to wear a facemask. CCA will continue to follow strong hygiene practices and encourage all who are ill to stay at home. Our Virtual Grief Support Group and our monthly grief support e-newsletter are excellent alternatives for individuals who are not able to join us in person for Grief Support.

In-Office / 3-4 pm at 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). Participants are required to RSVP. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Rhonda at 216-930-4866. 

Virtual / 5-6 p.m. Via Zoom - Signup at http://bit.ly/ccavirtualgriefsupportgroup to receive login information and the handout materials please contact Rhonda at rabrams@clecem.org or at 216-930-4866.

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"A Closer Walk with Thee(CCA Monthly Grief Support E-Newsletter) - Subscribe to the Catholic Cemeteries Association's monthly grief support e-newsletter, "A Closer Walk with Thee"." This e-newsletter is emailed the first Tuesday of each month to any family/individual who has expressed an interest in our bereavement programs. To subscribe to this valued grief support resource, visit https://www.clecem.org/Information/Bereavement.aspx and click the tan signup box on the right side, contact Rhonda rabrams@clecem.org or at 216-930-4866. You can also click this link and go directly to the signup https:.//bit.ly/ccabereavementbulletin.

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Age Successfully. We can help! Services for adults age 60 an over (or age 18-59 with disabilities). Cuyahoga County's Division of Senior and Adult Services (DSAS) empowers seniors and adults with disabilities to age successfully, by providing resources and support that preserve their independence. DSAS is the mandated provider Adult Protective Services (APS) in Cuyahoga County, and provides home-based care services, benefits assistance, meal delivery, and senior center programming. DSAS strives to keep seniors safe, supported and independent, so they can live their best lives. Call today to learn about the programs and services we offer (216-420-6700) or go online dsascuyahogacounty.us.

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Does someone you know need help because of addiction? The Absolute House located at Holy Name Parish (8328 Broadway Avenue) in Cleveland is men's residential recovery living community for drugs and alcohol addictions. This is an intensive 12-step program that includes daily Mass in the former convent chapel. The men participate in Holy Name parish activities, and several of them who were involved in the eight-month program made their First Holy Communion or Confirmation. For an "Intake Interview" call 216-862-5014.

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Catholic Nursing Home: The sisters are in need of Nurses - House of Loreto is hiring nurses for all three shifts, full time, or part time, RNs or LPNs. Want to work for a ministry that values your talent and ability? Grow your career with the best support, resources, and team. Call today (330-453-8137) or email loreto1955@neohio.twcbc.com.

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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.

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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."

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THE SUNDAY TV MASS HAS MOVED TO A NEW TV CHANNEL AND A NEW TIME - The weekly television Mass produced by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland has moved. The Sunday television Mass can be seen at 10:00 a.m. on WUAB Channel 43, the CW43. This change provides viewers with an opportunity to take part in the weekly celebration of the Mass at a much more convenient time. In addition, WUAB  43 is an over-the-air station that is accessible even to those without cable TV. Those with cable TV need only to check their local cable system listing to determine where WUAB is located on their local channel line-up.

The weekly TV Mass is produced by the Diocese of Cleveland it originates from the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland. The televised Mass has been a staple of religious programming on Northeast Ohio airwaves for decades, cultivating a dedicated and faithful following. It is hoped that viewers will continue to tune in on this new station at this new, more convenient time.

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.

Also, 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 MassAM 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.

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Mass Book - The Mass is the greatest of of prayers. Some reasons for Mass intentions are an expression of our faith, belief in life after death, belief in the power of prayer to help the deceased during their time of purification (souls in purgatory), for a particular person or persons who have died, for an anniversary of death, wedding anniversary, for health, alcohol-drug addiction, financial help, peace in the world, for our government, a happy death, respect for life, Devotion to Mary or other special intentions.

To schedule in person, please come to the rectory, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY or FRIDAY (9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.). 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.

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Jezu, ufam Tobie