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Kosciol Niepokalanego Serca Najswietszej Maryi Panny


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The General Obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and the Holy Days of Obligation has been reinstated - This was decided by the Bishops of Ohio and took effect in each of the six Dioceses of Ohio the weekend of June 5-6, 2021 (the Feast of Corpus Christi). Those who are ill or have significant health risks are still dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass. Most of the restrictions that were put into place for our health protection from COVID-19 will now be removed. This comes from Bishop Edward Malesic's letter dated May 21, 2021. This is a summary of the letter.

     Facemasks are no longer required, but are strongly suggested for those who have not yet received the vaccine or       are other wise vulnerable.

     Social distancing is no longer required.

     The sign of peace is permitted. It should be exchanged without physical contact between persons who are not of         the same family or household.

     Holy Communion: The distribution of the Precious Blood (wine) remains suspended until further notice.

     Hand sanitizers and facemasks will continue to be available near the church doors.

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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        July 31             
                              8:00 am      + Rita Drabek
                              4:00 pm      + Richard Brzezowski

SUNDAY             August 1           
                             8:00 am       + Robin Phillips (1-year Anniversary of Death)
                           10:00 am       + Eugene Barcikowski (Birthday Remembrance)
                           12:00 pm       + Steve Latran

MONDAY           August 2                       
                             8:00 am          Crystal Cesen - Birthday Blessings

TUESDAY          August 3             
                             8:00 am       + Harry Kolasinski

WEDNESDAY   August 4
                             8:00 am       + Norman Plasek

THURSDAY       August 5
                             8:00 am       + All Souls Day Intentions

FRIDAY              August 6         First Friday         
                             8:00 am          Fr. Ralph, Fr. Andrew and the Parish Staff
                             6:00 pm          Grzegorz Moszczynski

SATURDAY        August 7
                              8:00 am          For Our Parish Family
                              4:00 pm      + Benedict Siemborski (Birthday  Remembrance)

SUNDAY             August 8                
                             8:00 am           Holy Name Society
                            10:00 am       + Leon Klejna
                            12:00 pm       + Dorothy Zepp (Birthday Remembrance)

(+) 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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We keep in our prayers Stanley Bieniecki. who has died. May his soul and those of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

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Parish Finance Council will  meet Thursday, August 5th at 6:00 p.m. in the rectory. Please leave a message for Father Hudak at 216-341-2734, if you are unable to attend the meeting.

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Fr. Andrzej Panek will be away. He will be in Poland from August 1st until September 6th. Priests from St. Stanislaus Parish (Fr. Eric Orzech, pastor and Fr. Steve Kosinski, visiting priest) will celebrate our Polish Masses while Fr. Andrzej is away.)

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Pilgrimage Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa is Sunday, August 15, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. Located at 12215 Granger Road in Garfield Heights. In the tradition of the feast of the Assumption of Mary, flowers will be blessed. Father Gerald Keller will be the celebrant for the Mass. You are invited to bring lawn chairs. In case of rain, the Mass will be in the Convent Chapel. As our world struggles with tensions and disasters, our need for God grows more and more evident. You are invited to unite in prayer and pilgrimage at this celebration. It is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis.

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Capital Repairs Projects to IHM's School Building & Church - Currently our parish is renting our school building to Constellation Charter Schools. The parish has done so since July 2011. In order to keep Constellation Schools in our school building major repairs had to be done to the school. The school was built in 1924. In order to make this happen, I consulted with our Parish Pastoral Council, Parish Finance Council, Diocese Facilities Service Committee, Diocese Temporal Goods Committee, Diocese Finance Office, Diocese Legal Office and a letter of request was sent to Bishop Edward Malesic who legally owns all the property in the Diocese of Cleveland. A list of the work follows with the cost in a summary fashion:

          SCHOOL MASONRY: $13,550. Kapton Caulking
          FIVE SCHOOL ROOFS: $183,580. Absolute Roofing
          NEW SCHOOL BOILER: $106,375. Stack Heating & Cooling
          NEW CHURCH BOILER: $47,379. Stack Heating & Cooling
          SCHOOL INTERIOR WORK: Will be determined at a later date.

Our parish has in the Diocese of Cleveland's Parish Investment Fund in PNC Bank as of May 28, 2021 - $444,3320.98. A loan through the Diocese of Cleveland is also available.

I make a request to all of our parishioners and friends of IHM to attempt, in these challenging times, to increase your Sunday donation amount and to use the green envelope: "Repairs and Renovation Fund" more often and with an increased amount. Our parish has not undertaken such a project in many years, but with your involvement financially, through your prayers and the watchful eye of the Blessed Virgin Mary and her Immaculate Heart I am sure this will be a successful opportunity for IHM. In my prayers, Father Ralph Hudak.

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The Silent Carnival Raffle is underway -  As of July 28th, 88 parishioners out of 320 have returned their 5 envelopes with $50.00. The sooner you turn in all 5 envelopes, the more chances you will have to win a prize. The drawing of the winning tickets will take place in church at our Sunday Masses after the vocal announcements have been read.

                                           July 31         -       4:00 p.m.
                                           August 8      -       8:00 a.m.
                                           August 15    -     10:00 a.m.

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

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

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

Let's all pitch in and make this a great fundraiser! Thank you for your support!

(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 closed. All of the Mass dates have been taken for the year. No Mass dates available. 
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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: 07/04/21   -   $2,945.00 (R&R - $460.00)
                                 07/11/21   -   $2,006.50 (R&R - $549.00) 
                                 07/18/21   -   $1,899.00 (R&R - $460.00)
                                 07/25/21   -   $2,533.00 (R&R - $1,316.00)

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

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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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The FEST - One Week Away! - The FEST will take place on Sunday, August 8, 2021 at a new location (Brookside Reservation of the Metroparks, 3900 John Nagy Blvd., Cleveland 44144) with both in-person and virtual componentsYou will enjoy a day full of messages of faith and inspiration, songs from national Christian bands (For King & Country, Danny Gokey, Tauren Wells, and We Are Messengers), meaningful displays, great giveaways, delicious food, inspiring kids' crafts, activities, fun inflatables and so much more. 

Join Bishop Malesic for a beautiful outdoor Mass at 8:00 p.m. with thousand of others coming together to find grace, strength and courage from the Lord. 

In-person attendance is limited to 15,000. Tickets are $10 for anyone 6 years or older, and will be required to enter the event. Each attendee must have a ticket, either digital or physical, that will be scanned at the entrance. Limited on-site parking can be purchased for $15 online. If any parking spots are available on FEST Day, the cost is $20 (first come, first serve basis). Free parking spots are available near the park. Shuttle service will be available through the day. To purchase tickets or get more information, go to www.theFEST.us.

The FEST will be streamed LIVE. You can find out all the details on our website: TheFEST.us. Spread the word! You can literally tell everyone you know to join us for The FEST streamed live into your home. No matter which experience you and your family choose, you will be able to do all of the things you love to do non The FEST day.

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District Pre-Baptism Class for parents will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, on Sunday, August 1st at 1:30 p.m. Call the parish office during regular business hours (9-2 p.m., Monday-Friday) to register or for more information (216-341-2734). Please us the south entrance (Worley Avenue side) to enter the rectory. Those who are unvaccinated or at risk, please consider wearing a face covering.

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Outdoor Flea Market at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish will beheld on Sunday, August 1st, located at 3395 East 53rd Street in Cleveland. For information contact: Gladys Johanovic (216-396-8419) or Bertha Musto (216-894-1213).

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2021 Mayoral Candidate Forum - Wednesday, August 18th at 7:00 p.m. outdoors at the Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus, 3649 East 65th Street. If it rains, it will be held inside St. Stanislaus' Social Hall. Candidates present: Justin BibRoss DeBelloBasheer JonesKevin KelleyDennis KucinichZack Reed and Sandra Williams. For more information, please call St. Stanislaus' rectory office (216-341-9091).

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Ukrainian Festival - You are invited to this festival on Saturday, August 21, and Sunday, August 22 at the St. Josaphat Cathedral, 5720 State Road in Parma. For more information, call 440-886-2108. Menu and activities follow: cabbage & noodles, pyrohy, stuffed cabbage, shish-kabobs, kolbasi, borsch, beer, dancing, children's games, petting zoo, live music, FREE entertainment and parking.

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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 April 30, over 28,600 faithful individuals have donated more that $10.9 million to Catholic Charities Annual Appeal. Here at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish47 parishioners have pledged $6,611 toward our parish goal of $10,436. That is 63.35% 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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Catholic Cemeteries Association Sunday, August 15th 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 July topics are "Planning for Special Days/Memorialsand "Family Dynamics in Grief". 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, in accordance with guidelines set by the CDC, the State of Ohio and the Diocese of Cleveland regarding COVID-19 protocols will no longer require masks/facial coverings of our office visitors and our In-Office Grief Support attendees. 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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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 - 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.). 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