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

"Father in heaven, all creation rightly gives You praise, for all life and all holiness comes from You.  In the plan of Your wisdom, she who bore the Christ in her womb was raised body and soul in glory to be with Him in heaven.  May we follow her example in reflecting Your holiness and join her in her hymn of endless love and praise.  We ask this through Christ our Lord."  Amen.


  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."



SATURDAY  August 13
  8:00 am  +  For Our Parish Family
  1:00 pm      Wedding:  Jeremy Wisniewski and Alaynna Galka
  4:00 pm  +  Edward Sobczynski

SUNDAY      August 14
  8:00 am       Holy Name Society
  10:00 am +  Maria, Feliks & Stanislaw Dziemian
  12:00 pm +  Leonard May
​                             The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
MONDAY     August 15
  8:00 am       Holly & Jarred Nichols (Wedding Anniversary Blessings)  
​ 11:00 am      Danuta & Waclaw Kraszewski (63rd Wedding Anniversary Remembrance)
  6:00 pm       Zofia & Zygmunt Panek (65th Wedding Anniversary)

TUESDAY    August 16
  8:00 am  +   Catherine and Clarence Knapik

WEDNESDAY   August 17
  8:00 am  +   Therese & Angelo Gentile

THURSDAY    August 18
  8:00 am  +   Ben & Dorothy Stryczny
FRIDAY        August 19           
  8:00 am       Adam Cesen (Birthday Blessings)
  6:00 pm  +   Catherine & Clarence Knapik 

SATURDAY   August 20
  8:00 am  +   Irene Kapusta
  4:00 am   +  Rita & Don Cowling 

SUNDAY       August 21
  8:00 am  +   Robin & Don Phillips
  10:00 am +  Stanislaw Konkalo
  12:00 pm +  Argenia Bularin

(+) Deceased

Immaculate Heart of Mary SVDP Society - We are temporarily suspending the collection of canned foods and paper products for our parish St. Vincent de Paul Society.  Our volunteers need some necessary time-off.  We hope to resume the collection for Thanksgiving.  The food containers near the doors have been removed.

The Silent Carnival Raffle is Underway - As of August 6, 2022, 84 parishioners out of 252 have returned their 5 envelopes with $50.00.  The next raffle is July 24th at the 10 a.m. Mass.  The sooner you turn-in all 5 envelopes, the more chances you will have to win a prize.  The drawing of the winning tickets will take place in church at our Sunday Masses after the vocal announcements have been read.  The schedule will be:
                                                                        Aug. 14 - 8:00 a.m.
                                                                        Aug. 21 - 10:00 a.m.

                                   Winners of the Silent Carnival:  Congratulations!
                                       Week 4 (8-6-22, 4:00 pm Mass, $25.00 each)
                                       Mr. & Mrs. Tadeusz Chmara and  Mrs. Adeline Lipiec
                     Let's all send in our envelopes and make this a GREAT FUNDRAISER!

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven - is celebrated Monday, August 15th.  This year it is NOT a Holy Day of Obligation.  The bishops of the United States have dispensed with obligation of attending Mass when the Holy Day falls on a Monday or Saturday.  You are still strongly encouraged to participate in Mass in order to give witness to our belief in this event in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  It is the oldest feast honoring Mary, our Mother.  It began to be celebrated as early as the 5th century.  We believe that her body and soul together were literally taken into heaven.  This feast assures us that someday, through the grace of God, we will have the opportunity to join our Blessed Mother in heaven.  Finding a new way to celebrate this summertime feast can help to emphasize the significance of this Catholic belief in our lives.  Masses are on Monday, August 15th at 8:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. in English and 6:00 p.m. bilingual.

St. Josaphat Festival, August 27-28 - with a parade and fundraising for Ukraine.  Parade:  Saturday at 11:00 am, Festival Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm.  The St. Josaphat Ukrainian Cathedral is located at 5720 State Road in Parma, (www.stjosaphatcathedral.com).

District Pre-Baptism Class - for parents will be held at Holy Name Church, 8328 Broadway Avenue on Sunday September 4th at 1:00 p.m.   Call the parish office during regular business hours to register or for more information (216-271-4242). 

Fr. Andrzej Panek Will Be Away - He will be in Poland from July 29th until September 6th.  All Polish Masses will be celebrated by Fr. Ralph Hudak and they will be bilingual.  Polish confessions are available at St. Stanislaus Church on Saturdays at 4:00 p.m.  Located at 3649 East 65th , 216-341-9091.

​​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.

August Morning Prayer for Women - at the Jesuit Retreat Center, 5629 State Road in Parma on Monday, August 159:30-11:00 am.  Women from all walks of life are invited to pray together and learn more about the beauty of prayer.  Led by Sister 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 will be accepted.  Walk-ins welcome.  Registration is no longer required.

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:  August 28, September 18, October 16 and November 20.   To register or for more information call 440-884-9300 or visit jesuitretreatcenter.org (Parma, OH).

"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.

The Next Cleveland Retrouvaille Weekend is August 26-28, 2022 - The Retrouvaille program is a Lifeline for Troubled Marriages.  Has your marriage become unloving or uncaring - your relationship cold, distant- thinking about a separation or divorce?  Are you already separated/divorced but both of you want to try again?  Then the Retrouvaille program may help you rediscover each other again.  RETROUVAILLE, which means rediscovery, is supported by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, but is opened to couples of all faiths.  This program consists of a weekend experience and six follow up sessions.  A registration fee of $200.00 is required to confirm your reservation.  More information concerning the program, or to register, please call Marce or Liz Gliha at 440-357-6580 or 1-800-470-2230, or go online to (www.helpourmarriage.org).

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.

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.

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)

​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.

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.

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.

Weekly Donations: 

​  07/31/22   $1,884.00 (R&R) $200.00
  08/07/22   $4,416.00 (R&R) $1,272.00

"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

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)

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.

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!

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.

"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.

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 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.

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.