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Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Kosciol Niepokalanego Serca Najswietszej Maryi Panny
Jezu, ufam Tobie

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 "Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and kindle in them the fire of Your love.  Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created and You shall renew the face of the earth."     Amen.     
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"We turn to you for protection, Holy Mother of God.  Listen to our prayers and help us in our needs.  Save us from every danger, glorious and blessed Virgin".    Amen.   

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"Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy.  Act in me, O Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy.  Draw my heart, O Holy Spirit, that I love but what is holy.  Strengthen me, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy.  Guard me, then, O Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy".   Amen    

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                                                                A Prayer for Ukraine:
                         "Loving God, we pray for the people of Ukraine, for all those suffering or afraid,
                          that You will be close to them and protect them.  We pray for world leaders,
                          for compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their choices.  We pray for the 
                          world that in this moment of crisis, we may reach out in solidarity to our brothers
                          and sisters in need.  May we walk in Your ways so that peace and justice become
                          a reality for the people of Ukraine and for all the world".   Amen

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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          May 18
                                 8:00 am           Living & Deceased of the Knapik Family
                                 4:00 pm   +      Stanislaw & Helena Wodzisz
                                                                            
SUNDAY              May 19
                                 8:00 am    +     Josephine Stepowski & Pauline Bostosky
                               10:00 am    +     Irena Szkarzewska
                               12:00 pm    +     Dale, Noreen, Chris & Cassie Tolar

MONDAY             May 20
                                 8:00 pm   +      Bronislawa & Tadeusz Potrzuski

TUESDAY            May 21
                                 8:00 am    +     Arron Winters

WEDNESDAY      May 22
                                 8:00 am           For Our Parish Family

THURSDAY         May 23
                                 8:00 am    +     Helen Malisiak
                                                                                   
FRIDAY               May 24
                                8:00 am     +    Chester, Hilda & Kenneth Zmija
                                6:00 pm     +    Wladyslaw Uloga
                                                                                                                                   
SATURDAY         May 25
                                8:00 am           Dave Cummings (Birthday Blessings)
                                4:00 pm    +     Wieslaw Pilipczuk

SUNDAY             May 26
                                 8:00 am    +    John Morselli
                               10:00 am    +    Irena & Jan Boc
                               12:00 pm    +    Daniel & Donna Biada



DECEASED


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Please Remember in Your Prayers - Sister Marjorie Szydlo, SSJ-TOSF, age 89, who died on May 11, 2024.  She was a former teacher and principal of Immaculate Heart of Mary School.  May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

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IHM Rectory Office Closed - The business office will be closed on Monday, Memorial Day, May 27th.  It will reopen on Tuesday, May 28th at 9:00 a.m.

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Parish Finance Council - will meet on Thursday, May 30th at 6:00 p.m. in the rectory.  If a member is unable to be present, please leave a message for Father Hudak at 216-341-2734.

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Pentecost Sunday is May 19th - on this day we celebrate how God the Holy Spirit was given as a gift to the disciples to strengthen them to go forth in the name of the Lord.  We have been baptized into one and the same Spirit, and many confirmed in the same Spirit.  You might consider giving witness to this joyful belief by wearing the liturgical color of the day which is RED as a piece of your clothing when you come to church for Mass on Pentecost Sunday.   The red color symbolizes the tongues of fire which came down upon the apostles and  Pentecost, and hopefully our own "burning desire" to give witness to our faith in the world today with all of its many challenges and temptations.

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Devotions in Honor of the B.V.M. During the Month of May - 
1) The Rosary will be prayed 20 minutes before our 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. weekend Masses.  
2) Father Andrzej Panek will celebrate a 6:00 p.m. Polish Mass followed by a Marian devotion on the Fridays in May.
3) During the Easter season, a traditional prayer to say is the "Regina Caeli, 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 spiritual enrichment, daily if possible.

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Morning Prayer for Women at the Jesuit Retreat Center - Monday, May 20th, 9:30-11:00 a.m.   Women from all walks of life are invited to pray together and learn more about the beauty of prayer.  Led by Sr. Mary Ann Flannery, 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!  Coffee and pastry are included.  Cost:  Free will offering.  Walk-ins welcome, registration is not required.  Located at 5629 State Road in Parma.  440-884-9300 or (https: //www.jesuitretreatcenter.org).

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Memorial Day Masses, May 27th - are scheduled at many of the Catholic Cemeteries in the Diocese of Cleveland.  A list is posted on our church bulletin board and in the pamphlet racks for you to see.  Saint Mary Cemetery, 4720 East 71st in Cuyahoga Heights will have a Mass at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, May 27th, celebrated by Father Ralph Hudak.  There will also be an 8:00 a.m. Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary church on the same day be Fr. Andrzej Panek.  Hopefully, you will be able to attend one of these two Masses, in order to, pray for our U.S. fallen veterans, and for former and active military personnel.

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Cinema & Conversation:  The Lady in the Van - Monday, May 27, 7:00-9:00 p.m., shown at the Jesuit Retreat Center.  Located at 5629 State Road in Parma.   For more information, call (440-884-9300) or go to (https://www.jesuitretreatcenter.org).  Registration is not required.  After the movie, there will be time for conversation and questions.  A free will offering will be accepted.

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The Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) is Sunday, June 2nd - in order to enhance the celebration and the outward sign of this solemnity, we will have Benediction after 4:00 p.m., 8:00 a.m. and Noon Masses.  The 10:00 a.m. Mass will have an outside procession (weather permitting) on our property with prayers at four altars.  We, the believing community, give witness to our faith through this public expression of our worship and ritual.  We do this because of our love for Jesus Christ's real presence in the gift of the Holy Eucharist.  This is part of our parish involvement with the Three-Year Nationwide Eucharistic Revival.

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District Pre-Baptism Class - for parents will be held at St. Stanislaus church, 3649 East 65th, on Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.  Call the parish office during regular business hours to register or for more information (216-341-9091).

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Drive-Thru Produce Distribution - On the 4th Wednesday of every month at Cleveland Clinic Marymount Hospital while supplies last.  Enter off 126th Street, follow the signs and cones.  Our mobile food pantry is FREE:  distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables to promote healthy eating in our community.  Please bring your photo ID, must have name, address, date of birth and phone number.  Make sure your trunk or rear seat is clear to receive items.  Dates:  May 22, June 26, July 24, August 28, September 25, October 23, November and December TBD.

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The Easter Season - this season is, in the words of the third century theologian Tertullian, "the most joyous space in the Church's year".   Today, and for the next fifty days until Pentecost Sunday, May 19th, we will celebrate and rejoice in the triumph of Christ over the power of death.  This time period has also been known as one "Great Sunday".   You may want to consider attending daily Mass in our convent as a way of participation more fully, and continuing the celebration of the Lord's resurrection in a very special and spiritual way.  The convent door opens at 7:30 a.m.

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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 27 years in this manner.  We have the class monthly in one of these five parishes, except for May and December.  IHM usually has it in February and August.

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The Catholic Cemeteries Association - offers free, safe and compassionate monthly Grief Support meetings in-person in six of our offices and virtually.   For more information or questions visit:  (https://www.clecem.org/information/Bereavement.aspx), or call Rhonda at 216-930-4866.

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​2024 Catholic Charities Appeal Update for Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish - as of the April 2024 report:  Goal is $10,963; pledged is $6,901; 63% has been reached; households are 344; Donors are 43, 13%.  Remember to fulfill your pledge during this appeal year.  If you would like to participate, envelopes can be found in the pamphlet racks by the confessional rooms.  Thank you to all participants.

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How Well is the Blue Envelope Doing? - You may recall my explanation about the Diocese of Cleveland's "Keeping the Faith" program on the weekend of November 19, 2023 at all of our Masses.  Parishes without schools have been asked by Bishop Malesic to partner with a parish with a school.  IHM parish is partnering with St. Stanislaus Elementary school through the use of the blue envelope.  A check was presented to the school principal, Deborah Ann Martin, on Tuesday, March 5, 2024 for $726.00.  This is the amount donated for January and February.   For the month of March, a check for $305.00 was presented April 9, 2024 for a total of $1,031.00.  Weekly in the church bulletin, we put the amount of money that has been donated through the blue envelope.    I will keep you posted each time we present the money to the school.  Thank you to all who have been able to participate.   Father Ralph Hudak

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Available Mass Dates Open for the Month of August, September and October - The following dates are open:  In August:  30 (8a) and 31 (8a); in September:  16 (8a), 19 (8a), 28 (8a);  In October:  9 (8a), 12 (8a) and 31 (6p Eng).    Please consider scheduling a Mass for your beloved dead or any other event.

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IHM Parishioners Support Catholic Education Through the Use of the Blue Envelope - The diocese program "Keeping the Faith" has been implemented in IHM parish by collaborating with St. Stanislaus Elementary School.  Through the use of the blue envelope in your mailed home packet, 24 parishioners have already contributed $450.00 towards the St. Stanislaus Elementary School.  You are encouraged to support Catholic education in this endeavor as the opportunity presents itself for you.   Thank you!

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2024 English and Polish Missalettes - They are NEW!   Both of these liturgical aides are used for one whole year.  Let's keep them in good condition.  An appropriate way to do so is by placing the Polish missalettes ONLY into the plastic racks attached to the back of the pew, and by placing the English missalette on the end of the pew seat near the aisle side.  The English missalette is too thick for many of the plastic racks.  This method will hopefully eliminate damage to the missalettes and more damage to the plastic book racks.  Many of the racks are already cracked.  Cost for the missalettes:  English - 224 @ $1,751.68 and Polish - 250 @ $2,711.00  Cost includes shipping and handling.

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Fr. Andrew Panek Will Celebrate Once-a-Week on Sunday the 8:30 a.m. Polish Mass at St. John Cantius Church Beginning January 7, 2024 - Fr. Jim Roach, pastor of St. John Cantius, requested Fr. Panek's help, because Fr. Andrew Knapik was granted early-retirement status for health reasons.  This took effect October 1, 2023.  Fr. Knapik will return to Poland in the near future.  The Bishop's office is aware of this situation, and it encourages priests help one another when the need arises.  This does not change Fr. Andrew Panek's assignment at IHM, and he will be back in time to celebrate the 10:00 a.m. Sunday Mass at IHM.  His living quarters will remain at IHM.  The location of St. John Cantius:  near Westside of Cleveland, 906 College Avenue.

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New Blue Envelope will be in your Monthly Mailed Home Envelope Packet Beginning in January 2024 - You may recall my explanation about the Diocese of Cleveland's "Keeping the Faith" program on the weekend of November 19, 2023 at all of our Masses.  Parishes without schools have been asked by Bishop Malesic to partner with a parish with a school.  IHM parish is partnering with St. Stanislaus Elementary school.  People can help in many ways, but IHM's Parish Pastoral Council has suggested that we try this envelope method.  The blue envelope is entitled:  "Future of Catholic Elementary Schools" - IHM Parish in collaboration with St. Stanislaus School - Cleveland.  You have an opportunity to assist our neighboring parish school financially through the use of this envelope whenever you so desire.  The money collected through this envelope will then be given to St. Stanislaus Elementary School to be used according to their discretion.  A periodic report will be given about how much money has been donated to the school.  This is a developing partnership between our two parishes and throughout the Diocese of Cleveland.  Therefore, more information will be forthcoming.   Fr. Ralph Hudak

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Dear City of Cleveland Senior - As a valued customer of the Cleveland Department of Water, you may be eligible for Cleveland Water's Homestead Program.  This program offers lower rates on your water and sewer bills.  To qualify, you must meet the following criteria:  1) For the Homestead Water Rate Application:  65 years or older, 2) For the Disability Water Rate Application:  Under the age of 65 years, 3) Own and live at the service address and 4) Meet current income guidelines, $39,000.  Homestead applications are available in our pamphlet racks near the confessionals.  If you have any questions, please contact Yolanda Walker, Department of Aging, Utility Liaison at 216-420-7656 (Tues., Thurs., & Fri.) or 216-664-2444 ex 37897 (Mon., & Wed.).  Mail applications to:  Department of Public Utilities, P.O.Box 94687, Cleveland, Ohio 44101-4687.

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​"Cleveland Catholic Diocese's Heart of a Shepherd Campaign" - began in the summer of 2019.  It is well underway in its efforts to raise $30 million for 1) $20 million to renovate the two seminaries:  St. Charles Borromeo and St Mary's major seminary both on the same campus in Wickliffe, Ohio:  2) $7 million to care for retired priests:  3) $3 million to support newly ordained clergy to help pay off college loans as needed:  and 4) gives parishes an opportunity to raise funds for their needs.  Immaculate Heart of Mary parish has contributed three of three towards this goal:  $8,704.66 on December 12, 2021, $8,704.66 on November 10, 2022, and $8,704.68 on November 12, 2023 for a total amount of $26,114.00.  We have completed our pledge with this third installment.  In the name of Bishop Edward Malesic and the seminary community "Thank You!"     Fr. Ralph Hudak

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Weekly Offering



                                                        04/28/2024 - $2,235.00  (R&R) - $244.00
                                                        05/05/2024 - $2,527.00  (R&R) - $342.00
                                                        05/12/2024 - $2,499.00  (R&R) - $220.00
                                                                Additional Easter - $170.00
                                                Keeping the Faith (St. Stanislaus School) - $155.00





Thank you for supporting IHM church!   Father Ralph Hudak

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The 2024 Mass Intention Book is opened!   To schedule in person, please come to the rectory on Monday & Friday, 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m..   The stipend for a Mass intention is the Diocesan recommended $10.  Only TWO weekend Masses will be permitted per every five intentions scheduled.  To accommodate those with a work-schedule, homebound or traveling a long distance conflict, we will accept requests in writing.  These may be mailed to the rectory (6700 Lansing Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44105) or place in the Sunday collection basket.  Please mark the envelope "Mass Intentions", include in it your name, phone number, the name for whom the Mass is intended, Mass date and time and stipend.  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!

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  Immaculate Heart of Mary's Polish Parish School of Religion (PPSR) - meets on Sundays at 11:00 am - Noon in the convent for grades K-8.  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 at this specified time period.

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Reminder About the Three-Year Nationwide Eucharistic Revival - In their November 2021 meeting, the U.S. bishops announced their intention to launch this revival.   This effort officially began on Corpus Christi Sunday, June 19,2022 and it includes a Eucharistic Congress in 2024.  The bishops' goal is to "rekindle Christ by embracing Truth, Beauty and Goodness of His Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist".  A diocesan focus will include Eucharistic processions and adoration events.  Beginning in 2023, the Parish year will emphasize what the Eucharist really means.   The third year, 2024, includes a Eucharistic Congress in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis from July 17-21.  Further developments of this revival will be forth coming.

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Standing with Moms in Need (for your information) - "The Catholic Church has a long history of service to those who are most vulnerable and remains the largest private provider of social services in the United States.  Through the sacrificial efforts of faithful Catholics, the Church serves millions through diocesan ministries and agencies.  Catholic hospitals and schools and parishes.  From religious communities to pregnancy care centers, from refugee resettlement services to foster care and adoption agencies, and from maternity homes to parish based ministries, the Church consistently bears witness in word and deed to the beauty and dignity of every human life - including both mother and child".  (U.S, Conference of Catholic Bishops)

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Information for Senior Age People - If you have an IRA retirement account and you are 70 1/2 years old or older, please consider an IRA Charitable Rollover to benefit your parish, Catholic Charities, Priestly Formation, Catholic Education or another ministry in the Diocese of Cleveland and/or a "Not for Profit" organization in the community.  For more information, read some of the material placed on the church bulletin board or in the two pamphlet racks near the confessionals.

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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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Catholic Cemeteries Association Grief Support/ "In-office" and "Virtual" - We continue to provide free monthly grief support groups in two formats:  In-office (3pm) and Virtually (5pm).  Our Grief Support Groups meet the 3rd Sunday of every month.  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 month 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 19th topic  is  "Father's Day and 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 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 Brook Park (office); Calvary Cemetery Cleveland (office); All Saints Cemetery Northfield (office) and All Souls Cemetery Chardon (office).
Virtual/ 5-6 pm via ZOOM follows the same monthly topic discussion as the in-office groups.  Sign-up at (http://bit.ly/ccavirtualgriefsupportgroup) to receive login information and the handout materials.  You can join virtually from any Wi-Fi enabled area via computer, laptop, smartphone or even without Wi-Fi (via audio only) from your analog phone.  If you do not have Wi-Fi or email, please contact Rhonda at 216-930-4866.
Your RSVP for both In-Person and Virtual Grief Support is appreciated but not required to attend.  For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Rhonda at 216-930-4866 or rabrams@clecem.org.

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​"A Closer Walk with Thee" - (CCA Monthly Grief Support E-Newsletter) - 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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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 of 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 216-334-299 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 Television Mass can be seen at 10:00 am on WUAB Channel 43 - This 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 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 airways 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 pm on Saturdays and 10:30 am on Sundays.  Also, radio station WINT-1330 AM airs the Mass each Sunday at 9:00 am and Cox Communications cable subscribers can view the Mass on Sunday at 11:30 am on channel 45 and cable station 18 EWTN has its own Sunday and weekday (8:00 am, Noon and 7:00 pm) 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 am and 9:30 pm and the Divine Mercy Chaplet:  5:00 am Monday thru Friday; 3:00 pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Please visit am1260therock.com for their full schedule.

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​The Mass is the Greatest 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.

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                                                                 MAGNIFICAT

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
My spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has
looked with favor on His lowly servant.
From this day, all generations will call me
Blessed:
The Almighty has done great things for me,
And Holy is His Name.
He has mercy on those who fear Him in 
Every generation.
He has shown the strength of His arm,
He has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
And has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things, 
And the rich He has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of His servant Israel 
For He remembered His promise of mercy,
The promise He made to our fathers, 
To Abraham and his children forever



                                                          Immaculate Heart of Mary

May the Immaculate Heart of Mary shine before the eyes of all Christians as the model of perfect love toward God and toward our fellow beings; may it lead them toward the Holy Sacraments by virtue of which souls are cleansed from the stains of sin and are preserved from it.  May it also stimulate them to make reparation for the innumerable offenses against the Divine Majesty.  Lastly, may it shine like a banner of unity and a spur to perfect the bonds of brotherhood among all Christians in the bosom of the one Church of Jesus Christ, which "taught by the Holy Spirit, honors her with filial affection and piety as a most beloved mother"