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


                                                       "A blessed, healthy and happy New Year to all!"

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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       January 15              
                               8:00 am     + Walter & Marie Jozefkowicz
                               4:00 pm     + Tim Shannon (Anniversary of Death)       

SUNDAY            January 16      
                             8:00 am       + Donald Jeric
                           10:00 am       + Stanley Bieniecki
                           12:00 pm       + Anne Rayha (Birthday Remembrance)

MONDAY          January 17                        
                             8:00 am       + Edward Wisniewski

TUESDAY         January 18        
                             8:00 am       + Chester & Agnes Jozefkowicz

WEDNESDAY  January 19      
                             8:00 am          For Our Parish Family

THURSDAY     January 20   
                            8:00 am       + Stanley Gutfranski (Birthday Remembrance)

FRIDAY            January 21            
                            8:00 am       + Chester, Hilda and Kenneth Zmija
                            6:00 pm       + Fr. Anthony Zepp (Birthday Remembrance)

SATURDAY      January 22   
                             8:00 am      + Henrietta Kubalski
                             4:00 pm         Good Health & God's Blessings for Mary Ann & Jim Trzaska and Family

SUNDAY           January 23              
                            8:00 am       + Peter Latarski (5-Year Anniversary of his Death)
                           10:00 am         Blessings for Krystyna Jankowska
                           12:00 pm      + Stanislaw & Helena Wodzisz

(+) Deceased

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We keep in our prayers Malgorzata KackiJason G. Cowling and Frank Traska who have died. May their souls and those of al the faithful departed rest in peace. 

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IHM Parish Welcomes Millie Jean Jedrey into the Catholic Church. Millie, baptized on December 27, 2021 is the daughter of Kristine and Richard Jedrey and granddaughter of Sabina and Walter Jedrey.

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Catholic Charities Annual Appeal for 2022 kicks off in January with the theme "Be the Light." During the week of January 25th, close to 100,000 households will receive a letter from Bishop Malesic encouraging support for the Appeal and asking each of us to "be the light to those stuck in the dark." The Appeal goal is $14 million and is needed to continue to serve more than 400,000 people in need. Donations can be made (online) by texting CCHOPE to 41444. All parishes of the diocese will conduct the In-Pew Appeal the weekend of February 19-20.

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Thank you from Womankind - We were overwhelmed with the generosity of the parishioners of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish and so grateful for your collection at your 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass for Womankind. The infant gifts that you presented to our organization will be helpful for the mothers and be enjoyed by the children. This is our 47th year of service, because of the support of so many individuals, organizations and churches like IHM who support the work of Womankind. Your help allows us to continue to offer free prenatal care and a full range of support services to women from all over Northeast Ohio ensuring that no woman has to face a pregnancy without hope of help. For more information contact 216-662-5700 or go online www.womankindcleveland.com. We are located at 5350 Transportation Blvd., Suite 18 in Garfield Heights. 

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District Pre-Baptism Class for parents will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Sunday, February 6th at 1:30 p.m. in the rectory, 6700 Lansing Avenue. Call the parish office during regular business hours (9-2 p.m., Monday - Friday) to register or for more information (216-341-2734). Please use the south entrance (Worley Avenue side) to enter the rectory. Wearing of a facemask and social distancing is still strongly encouraged while in the meeting room.

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Contribution Statements for 2021 - Parishioners who need a tax statement of their 2021 contributions for tax purposes may request one by calling the rectory at 216-341-2734 during office hours (Monday-Friday, 9-2 p.m.), sending a note through the mail, or put a note in the collection basket. Please include in this note your NAMEADDRESSPHONE NUMBER and ENVELOPE CONTRIBUTION NUMBER. Thank you!

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Epiphany House Blessings - Blessed house blessing packets are located in baskets on the steps of our parish nativity scene. They are printed in English and Polish. Please take one home for your private home blessing this "2022 Year of the Lord." Feel free to pass it on to a person of another household, too. This would make you an active member of the evangelization ministry our Holy Father, Pope Francis, speaks to us about so frequently. This type of work makes Christ more present in our world. it is a wonderful and unique short prayer service. The Parish Worship Commission prepared these packets for your use. Please take one home.

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Art & Environment Committee will take down the Christmas decorations on Saturday, January 15 at 8:30 a.m. You are invited to help in this task. Christmas season ends with the Baptism of the Lord on Saturday January 9. Ordinary Time begins for the Church's liturgical calendar on Monday, January 10. Green vestments will be worn by the priest during this period.

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

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The Mass Intention Book for 2022 - To schedule in person, please come to the rectory WEDNESDAYTHURSDAY  or FRIDAY9:30 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
                                 12/19/21 - $3,002.00 (R&R - $522.00)
                                 12/26/21 - $1,870.00 (R&R - $302.00)
                                 01/02/22 - $2,884.00 (R&R - $347.00)
                                 01/09/22 - $2,065.00 (R&R - $426.00)

(CHRISTMAS COLLECTION NOT AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.)

"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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Second Collection for the Victims of the recent Tornado in Kentucky will be January 30, 2022

Two options are available:

1) You can send your donation directly to Catholic Charities USA at http://www.catholiccharities.us/campaign/ccusa-disaster-relief/c35305 

2) Or you can wait until the parish has its own second collection on January 30Please make your check out to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church so that we can send one check to the Cleveland Diocese office. Please put "Kentucky Tornado Victims" on the memo line of your check.

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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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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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Catholic Cemeteries Association Sunday, January 16th 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 January topic is "Facing the New Year with Hope and Love". We offer a comfortable, private, and safe environment where you are free to explore your grief. Come and be in the presence of those who understand.

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

In-Office / 3-4 pm at St. Joseph Cemetery, Avon (new office); Holy Cross Cemetery, Akron (office); Holy Cross Cemetery, Brook Park (office); Calvary Cemetery, Cleveland (office); All Saints Cemetery, Northfield (office) and All Souls Cemetery Chardon (office). 

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

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

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

To schedule in person, please come to the rectoryWEDNESDAY, 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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                  "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer." (Romans 12:12)


Jezu, ufam Tobie