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

"Dear Mary, like a woeful child, I am in need of your motherly care.  Wrap your arms around me for comfort, dry my tears, take me by the hand and lead me to your Son, the source of all that is good.  For only He can cast out the shadows of my heart".  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  September 24
  8:00 am  +     Salvatore & Anna DeSimone
  4:00 pm  +     Stanley & Wladyslawa Blaut

SUNDAY      September 25
  8:00 am       Living & Deceased Members of the Adamczak & Kuznik Families
  10:00 am +  Stanley Zawda
  12:00 pm +  Irene Kapusta
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MONDAY     September 26
  8:00 am       Regina S. Hodlik
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 TUESDAY    September 27
  8:00 am       For Our Parish Family

WEDNESDAY   September 28
  8:00 am  +   Deceased Members of the Grams Family

THURSDAY    September 29
  8:00 am  +   Virginia (Ginny) Fortuna ( Birthday Remembrance)
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FRIDAY        September 30 
  8:00 am       Anne Galka (Health and Blessings)

SATURDAY   October 1
  8:00 am  +   Deceased Members of the Leonhardt Family
  4:00 am       Living and Deceased Members of the Grabowski Family

SUNDAY       October 2
  8:00 am       Living & Deceased of the Clarence & Catherine Knapik Family
  10:00 am +  Marian & Helena Fiszer
  12:00 pm +  Edward & John Galka

(+) Deceased

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Pray the Rosary - The month of October has traditionally been a time for us, as members of the Catholic Church, to concentrate more on praying the Rosary, daily if possible.  Praying the Rosary as a family helps its members to remain unified in a time when it faces may challenges from the secular society.  Fathers Ralph Hudak and Andrzej Panek encourage you to pray the Rosary.  Plus, they request the help of parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts and uncles to teach the younger members of the family (including teenagers and young adults) about this beautiful prayer.  Remember to meditate on one of the Mysteries of the Rosary (Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious and Luminous) as you pray it.  As a Parish family, we pray the Rosary before the 4:00 pm and 10:00 am Masses during the month of October.  Father Andrzej Panek has a 6:00 pm Polish Mass on all Fridays during October which includes a devotion in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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The 36th Annual Blanket Sunday Collection - The appeal is sponsored by the Diocesan St. Vincent de Paul Society and kicks off the weekend of October 8-9, 2022.  Last year, funds from the appeal were used to purchase 4,500+ new blankets that were provided to the homeless.  126 beds/mattresses for low-income individuals and families throughout Northeast Ohio.   White envelopes for this purpose are available in the church pews or you may want to use your own plain white envelope and write on it "SVDP Blanket Sunday".  Put it into the Offertory collection basket on that weekend.  Make checks out to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.  One check will then be forwarded to the SVDP Diocesan Office.  Donations can also be made securely online:  (http:/donate.svdpcle.org/blanket-sunday-donations/).  Thank you for helping us "blanket" neighbors in warmth and compassion.

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Immaculate Heart of Mary's Polish Parish School of Religious (PPSR) - meets on Sundays at 11:00- Noon in the convent for grades K-8.  It begins September 11th.  For more information or to register, contact Fr. Andrzej Panek at 216-341-2734 or Beata Pierzynski at 216-355-7424 or come to the convent on Sunday at this specified time period.                                                    .                                                             ******************************************************************************************************************************              St. John Nepomucene Regional Parish School of Religion - is accepting registration for the new students in grade 1-8 for the 2022-2023 school year.  We accept and serve children from Slavic Village and Southeast Cleveland parishes.  So invite a friend, relative or neighbor to learn more about our faith.  Classes are held using a homeschool model and begin Monday, September 26th, 2022.  Please call the rectory at 216-641-8444 ext. 10 for more information and to register.  Judy Lasecki is the principal.

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BBQ & Boutique - The Sisters of Notre Dame invite you to attend their 60th anniversary barbecue and boutique on Sunday, September 25th from Noon to 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 Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin Gymnasium on the Notre Dame Education Center Campus, 13000 Auburn Road., Chardon (South of Mayfield Road, Rt. 332).  Rain or Shine.  Handicapped accessible.  For more information or to pre-order BBQ tickets, visit: (www.sndusa.org/bbq).  Takeout available.  All meals will be boxed.

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St. Edward High School Open Houses For 8th Grade Families - Sunday, October 2nd from 11:00-1:00 pm, Mondays, October 17,24 and November 7 5:30-7:30 pm.  Pre-registration is required at (sehs.net/openhouse).  13500 Detroit Avenue Lakewood (216-221-4609).

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Catholic Communications Campaign is September 25th - 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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Projects That Have Been Completed to Our Parish Building - 1)  Five levels of the school roof have been replaced by the Absolute Roofing Co. for $195,000.00.  2)  We are waiting on a proposal for the church roof leaks.  3)  24 hour security cameras have been put into place by the Power Alarm Co. for $9600.00:  two for the front steps of the church, one for the church interior, two for the front yard of the rectory, and one for the alleyway by the rectory.  School cameras cover the two other parking lots.  These cameras were installed and paid for by the Constellation Charter School.  4)  Iron rails have been put into place by the Magic Iron Co. for $5,210.00:  front steps of the rectory and the east side exterior stairwell of the school.

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Zelie's Home Recruitment "Want Ad" - Zelie's home for homeless pregnant women and babies is looking for women to serve our residents.  We hire in partnership with NDMVA, Americorps and offer a stipend and benefits.  Part-time and full-time are available and paid hours include weeknights, weekends and overnights.  More information at (zelieshome.org/americorps).

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District Pre-Baptism Class - for parents will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes on Sunday October 2, 2022 at 11:00 a.m., 3396 East 55th Street.   Call the parish office during regular business hours to register or for more information (216-641-2829). 

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​St. Stanislaus Polish Festival, October 7, 8 & 9, 2022 - It is held in the Parish Social Center, 6601 Baxter Avenue in Slavic Village.  Plenty of good homemade Polish food (including czarnina!), desserts and drinks will be available along with raffles, games of chance and sideboards.  Admission is FREE!  Each day features different orchestras and dancing.  There will be a variety of Polish crafts and imports for purchase as well as tours of the historic Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus.  For more information, please call the parish office 216-341-9091 or visit (www.ststanislaus.org).

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"40 Days for Life" from September 26 To November 4 - you are invited to join other Christians for 40 Days for Life - 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion.  You are also invited to stand and peacefully pray anytime between 7 a.m. t0 7 p.m. during the 40-days vigil in the public right-of-way outside PRETERM - 12000 Shaker Blvd., Cleveland or PLANNED PARENTHOOD - 25350 Rockside Road, Bedford Hts., or FAMILY PLANNING - 54 South State St., Painesville.  Plan to join us at the Kickoff Rally at St. John Vianny 7575 Bellflower Road in Mentor on Monday, September 26th at 7:00 p.m.  The keynote speaker is Peter Range.  Contact John Noall for more information:  216-245-9744 or (clevelandpraysforlife@gmail.com)

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​​Polish Genealogical Society of Greater Cleveland - (PGSGC) focuses on helping members trace their Polish family ancestors and increase their knowledge of Polish history, heritage, customs and culture as well as Pole's contribution to Northeast Ohio.  Find out more information at PGSGC.org.  We offer members tips on searching Polish databases and archival materials along with monthly genealogy presentations and other resources.  If you have any questions please call 440-552-0452.

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Pre-Can Day is offered 12:45-7:30 p.m. for engaged couples at the Jesuit Retreat Center. 5629 State Road in Parma.  
Cost is $75/couple, including Mass and dinner.  This program meets diocesan marriage requirements.  Dates for 2022 are Sundays:  October 16 and November 20.   To register or for more information call 440-884-9300 or visit jesuitretreatcenter.org (Parma, OH).

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"Beloved and Blessed" With Kimberly Hahn - News from AM1260 The Rock.  Schools out for the summer...kids love it but how are you doing, MOM?  Here is a tip to help all WOMEN recharge their holy desire and be inspired by learning about the beauty of the Catholic faith and our loving God.  Tune into Kimberly Hahn, wife, mother, grandmother, author, and speaker who offers experience, hope and strength for women in all walks of life.  Her program, "Beloved and Blessed" airs on Sundays at 9:00 p.m. on AM1260 The Rock, and her focus is trust in God.  Couldn't we all use a little hope and trust in God during these tumultuous times!  Please tune into AM1260 The Rock, download our app or listen online (www.am1260therock.com) for Kimberly's program.

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Three-Year Nationwide Eucharistic Revival - In their November 2021 meeting, the U.S. bishops announced their intention to launch this revival. This effort is scheduled to officially begin on Corpus Christi Sunday, June 19, 2022 and it includes a Eucharistic Congress in 2024. The bishops' goal is to "rekindle a Eucharistic love and a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ by embracing Trust, 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 development of this revival will be forthcoming.

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Adult servers are needed for Sunday Mass and for Funeral Masses - If you attend Mass at IHM on a weekly/regular basis, you know that there is only one adult server for our Sunday Masses.  We definitely need more!  We have only 2 servers for funerals.  We need your help in this area.  Please contact Father Ralph at 216-341-2734 or speak with him after the Sunday Mass.  Prior experience is NOT necessary.

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Abortion Healing - "Many people know someone personally who is suffering because of an abortion.  If a friend confided in you tomorrow that she had and abortion, would be able to respond in a way that brings her closer to healing?"  United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities.  (respectlife.org)

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​Sacred Steps to Peace Divorce Recovery Program - Any person who is separated or divorced is invited to attend the Sacred Steps to Peace Program at St. Joseph Parish12700 Pearl Road in Strongsville.  Sacred Steps is a spiritual journey that helps heal the participants from the trauma and grief associated with divorce.  The group meets once a month, usually on the third Friday of the month from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Family Center.  If you are interested in taking this journey, please call Deacon Bob Lester at 440-238-5555 Ext 110.

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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 begins 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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The Mass Intention Book for 2023 - is now OPEN!  Some reasons for Mass intentions: 1) An expression of our faith, 2) Belief in life after death, 3) Belief in the power of prayer to help the deceased during their time of purification, 4) Belief that the Mass is the greatest of prayers, and 5) The intention designated for a particular person or persons who have died, for anniversary of death, or a wedding anniversary, for health, etc. To schedule in person, please come to the rectory during office hours, Monday - Friday , 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 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 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 name, phone number, the name for whom the Mass is intended, Mass date, Mass 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: 
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  09/04/22   $2,852.00 (R&R) $552.00
  09/11/22   $2,021.00 (R&R) $276.00
  09/18/22   $2,300.00 (R&R) $387.00
  
"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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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 ever 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 place on the church bulletin board and 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 Sunday, June 26th Grief Support / "In-Office" and "Virtual" - We continue to provide free monthly grief support groups in two formats: In-Office (3 p.m.) and Virtually (5 p.m.). 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 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. 

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). 

Virtual / 5-6 p.m. 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 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) - 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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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 television Mass can be seen at 10:00 a.m. 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 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 Mass, AM 1260 The Rock offers numerous opportunities for prayer throughout the day. The
Holy Rosary at 5:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. and the Divine Mercy Chaplet: 5:00 a.m. Monday through Friday; 3:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please visit am1260therock.com for their full schedule.

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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.

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 name, phone number, the name for whom the Mass is intended, Mass date, Mass 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.