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

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. 

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.


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


                                                                       MASS SCHEDULE

SATURDAY        May 1             
                              8:00 pm         For Our Parish Family
                              4:00 pm      + Clarence & Catherine Knapik

SUNDAY             May 2             
                             8:00 am           Living & Deceased Members of St. Lawrence Parish
                           10:00 am           Members of the Rosary Group
                           12:00 pm        + Zdzislaw Wojciechowski

MONDAY           May 3             127th Anniversary of IHM Parish
                             8:00 am          For Our Parish Family

TUESDAY          May 4             
                             8:00 am        + Monika Jedrzejczak

                             8:00 am        + Florence Laske (Birthday Remembrance)

THURSDAY       May 6
                             8:00 am        + Stephen, Bertha and James Latran

FRIDAY              May 7               First Friday
                             8:00 am        + Louis Smolik
                             6:00 pm        + Harry Kolasinski

SATURDAY        May 8
                              8:00 am           Ron Burke "Birthday Blessings"
                              4:00 pm       + Robert Grzywaczewski, Jr.

SUNDAY             May 9               Mother's Day
                             8:00 am            Holy Name Society
                            10:00 am        + Helena & Stanislaw Wodzisz
                            12:00 pm        + Sr. Narcissa Blaszczak, SSJ-TOSF (13-yr. Anniversary of her Death)



Devotions in Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary during the Month of May

1. The Rosary will be prayed 20 minutes before the 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. weekend Masses.

2. Fr. Andrew Panek will celebrate a 6:00 p.m. Polish Mass followed by a Marian devotion on the Fridays of May.

3. During the Easter season, a traditional prayer to say is the "Regina Caeli the Queen of Heaven":

                                                       "Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
                                                         The Son whom you merited to bear, alleluia, 
                                                         has risen as he said, alleluia!
                                                         Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia"
                                                         For the Lord has truly risen alleluia."

4. Pray the Rosary for your own personal spiritual life, daily if possible.




Parish Pastoral Council meets Monday, May 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the rectory. If a member is unable to be present, please leave a message for Father Hudak at 216-341-2734.

Easter Collection information for 2021 and recent past years:

          2021   -   $17,714.00               2017   -   $16,959.00               2013   -   $14,179.00
          2020   -   $11,894.00               2016   -   $15,854.00               2012   -   $14,176.00
          2019   -   $16,427.00               2015   -   $12,395.00               2011   -   $13,057.00
          2018   -   $16,760.45               2014   -   $13,277.00               2010   -   $12,918.80

          Easter Collection   -   $17,714.00                Easter Flowers   -   $1,571.00
          Holy Land   -              $  1,529.00                Rice Bowl   -           $    431.10

Thank you to all who made this 2021 Easter collection possible. Your donations help to keep God's work vibrantly alive for the Church, our parish and community. COVID-19 has presented financial challenges for all. 2002 was the year when public Masses were cancelled, and therefore, a lower than usual amount was collected. 2021 was a comeback collection, and now we look forward to what the Easter collection will be for 2022. You are my prayers. Father  Ralph Hudak

Weekly Donations:  
                                      04/11/21   -   $2,277.00 (R&R - $455.00)
                                      04/18/21   -   $1,769.00 (R&R - $248.00)
                                      04/25/21   -   $2,025.75 (R&R - $346.00)
                                      05/02/21   -   $2,600.00 (R&R - $860.00)

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

Sunday Mass attendance during the Coronavirus Crisis: 

                                        4:00 p.m.                    8:00 a.m.                    10:00 a.m.                    12:00 p.m.                     
April 17/18                         40                               30                                101                                 32   
April 24/25                         41                               30                                100                                 28
May 1/2                                           

IHM's COVID-19 Expenses for Hand Sanitizer and Face Masks - These items were made available to all who entered IHM church beginning the weekend of May 30-31, 2020. They will continue to be placed on the card tables near the church doors indefinitely. These amounts are approximate, but close:

800 - Face masks purchased at $350.00
900 - Face masks donated (blue, black & white)
Variety of hand sanitizer bottle sizes and brands - $330.00
10 - Hand sanitizer bottles donated
Donation money received - $100.00

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.

2021 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal - 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." 

There is no District Pre-Baptism Class in the month of May - The parishes that share this responsibility in our district are Holy Name, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes, St. John Nepomucene and St. Stanislaus. These parishes have been conducting this class for well over 20 years in this manner. The next class will be at St. Stanislaus on Wednesday, June 2nd at 7:00 p.m.

Catholic Cemeteries Association Sunday, May 16th Grief Support "In-Office" at 3 p.m. (RSVP required) and "Virtual" at 5 p.m. - We continue with our free monthly grief support groups on May 16th in two formats: In-Office (3 p.m.) and Virtually (5 p.m.). 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 May topics are "Grief and Mental Health" and "Father's Day Grief"

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 so we can plan appropriate social distancing at each location. It is also required that participants wear protective facial coverings. To RSVP or for more information 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 or contact Rhonda at rabrams@clecem.org or at 216-930-4866.

May Morning Prayer for Women at the Jesuit Retreat Center, 5629 State Road in Parma on Monday, May 17th from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Women from all walks of life are invited to pray together and learn more about the beauty of prayers. Led by Sister Mary Ann Flanner, S.C., this prayer group will refresh your spirit and help you find strength in regular prayer habits. Just bring your Bible and come as you are. Price includes coffee and pastry. Registrations  are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Cost: $10. Call 440-884-9300 or https://www.jesuitretreatcenter.org.

Cinema & Conversation: "FATIMA" - On Monday, May 17th7:00-8:30 p.m., join us at the Jesuit Retreat Center for films that inspire and entertain. After each movie, there will be time for conversation and questions. We continue with the 2020 film "Fatima", based on the historical events of the three young shepherds in Fatima, Portugal, who reported visions of the Virgin Mary. Due to COVID-19, social distancing and the wearing of a mask are followed. A freewill offering will be accepted. Please make a reservation at 440-884-9300 or https://www.jesuitretreatcenter.org. (Located at 5629 State Road in Parma.)

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

Jezu, ufam Tobie