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


                                                                    "HAPPY THANKSGIVING!"


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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       November 20             
                              8:00 am         For Our Parish Family
                              4:00 pm      + John Lippian

SUNDAY            November 21          
                             8:00 am       + Rosemarie Yako
                           10:00 am       + Jozef Dropia
                           12:00 pm       + Jessie Cornell

MONDAY          November 22                        
                             8:00 am       + John & Helen Hudak             

TUESDAY         November 23           
                            8:00 am           Donna Cesen - Birthday (Thanksgiving for Blessings)

WEDNESDAY  November 24
                            8:00 am        + Walter, Richarda and James Jasinski

THURSDAY     November 25    Thanksgiving Day
                            9:00 am            For Our Parish Family

FRIDAY            November 26           
                            8:00 am        + Don Eizember (Anniversary of Death)
                            6:00 pm        + Albert Plack

SATURDAY      November 27
                             8:00 am       + Katy Lorko
                             4:00 pm       + Chester, Evelyn and Richard Jasko

SUNDAY           November 28   First Sunday in Advent           
                            8:00 am        + Lucy Calvert (Anniversary of Death)
                           10:00 am       + Stanislaw Klacza & Family
                           12:00 pm       + Theofil Kumor

(+) Deceased

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Thanksgiving Day Mass at IHM - As we gather together as a parish family on Thanksgiving Day, November 25th, to give thanks for what the Lord has provided, we remember that there are still many who are not as blessed as we are. As a sign of commitment to the broader community at the 9:00 a.m. Mass we ask that as part of the Offertory procession those attending please consider bringing a non-perishable food item to be added to the parish St. Vincent de Paul Society food cupboards as preparation for the Christmas baskets. When the gifts of bread and wine are presented at the Offertory, each person is asked to present his/her food contribution to Father as well. This activity is planned by our parish Worship Commission and St. Vincent de Paul Society. Thank you!

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IHM Rectory Office will be closed after Thanksgiving Day, Friday, November 26 - The office will reopen on Monday, November 29 at 9:00 a.m. 

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Art & Environment Committee will decorate the church for Advent on Saturday, November 27th at 8:30 a.m. They will gradually decorate our church for Christmas on the following days and time: Saturdays - December 4, 11 & 18 at 8:30 a.m. Any interested person is welcome to join us in this pleasant parish project.

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Synod of Bishops - Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish has been called by the Universal Church to participate in the upcoming "Synod of Bishops." Guided by the Holy Spirit , members of the parish will be asked to take part in small-group listening sessions during this season of Advent. You will be asked to reflect on what it means to be a church and what its future role will be. To assist in this spiritual  exercise, we ask that you take home the informational flyer available in the bulletin racks. More information will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead.

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Oplatki are available after the Sunday Masses near the main entrance of the church or in the rectory during regular business hours: $1.00/small package and $2.00/large. They will be available beginning November 20-21 and throughout the Advent season while the supply lasts.

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​IHM Parish Advent Confessions are Sunday, November 28 at 1:00 p.m. It will consist of individual confession. Frs. Hudak and Panek will be available. Fr. Panek could hear them in English or Polish.

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A NEW Fundraiser at IHM - Beginning November 27-28, a variety of Malley's chocolate bars will be made available at a nominal price. The table will be near the main entrance of the church after Mass. This treat will be a pleasant treat for the holidays, and it will raise some extra funds for IHM parish. Stop by! The candy bars will be available in the rectory office (9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)

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Tuesday, November 30th is Giving Tuesday (#weGiveCatholic) - To celebrate the great community of Catholics in Northeast Ohio, the Catholic Community Foundation is once again hosting Northeast Ohio's Online Day of Catholic Giving, a global day of giving. With over 200 participating Catholic organizations: parishes, schools, ministries Catholic Charities sites/programs and other Catholic organizations affiliated with the Diocese of Cleveland will be accepting donations on #weGiveCatholic during a 24-hour period. For more information, see the detailed article found in the Diocese of Cleveland Magazine "Northeast Ohio Catholic" November/December 2021 issue. Many people of the diocese receive this magazine at home. 

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Immaculate Conception - The patronal feast of our country is Wednesday, December 8. IT IS A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION.  We are obliged to attend Mass in order to celebrate and profess our unified belief in this event of Mary's life when she was conceived free from all stain of Original Sin through the grace of her Son, Jesus. The Mass schedule for our parish follows Tuesday, December 7 at 6:00 p.m. in English; Wednesday, December 8 at 8:00 & 11:00 a.m. in English and 6:00 p.m. in Polish.

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IHM Parish Giving Tree for Christmas - Place your nonperishable food or paper products in the containers near the tree by the Sacred Heart of Jesus statue, then take an ornament from the basket provided and hang it on the tree. Your donation will help our neighbors in need, and brighten our church for this Christmas. We ask your help in checking all items for freshness, expiration dates, no dented cans, no items without labels, and open containers are unacceptable. No clothes or household items please.

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St. John Nepomucene Regional Parish School of Religion is accepting registration for any student in grades 1-8 for the 2021-2022 school year. They accept and serve children from Slavic Village and southeast Cleveland parishes. So invite a friend, relative or neighbor to join us in learning more about our faith. Classes will be done using a home school model. Please call Judy Lasecki at 216-641-8444 ext. 29 for more details and to register.

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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, WEDNESDAYSTHURSDAYS OR FRIDAYS9:30 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
                                 10/24/21 - $1,791.00 (R&R - $398.00)
                                 10/31/21 - $2,392.00 (R&R - $375.00)
                                 11/07/21 - $2,936.00 (R&R - $254.00)
                                 11/14/21 - $2,332.00 (R&R - $374.00)
                                 11/21/21 - $3,021.00 (R&R - $638.00)

"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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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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2021 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal - Thank you! As of October 31, 2021, here at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish52 parishioners have pledged $7,331 toward our parish goal of $10,436. That is 70.25% of our overall goal. Your financial support makes a difference and transforms lives. Thank you! 

If you have not had a chance to make a gift, please visit CatholicCommunity.org/Donate, text CCHOPE to 44114, or mail your donation to the Catholic Community Foundation at 1404 E. 9th Street, Cleveland, OH  44114. Your support of the Appeal helps us to carry out the mission that Jesus entrusted to us: "I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me." 

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Catholic Cemeteries Association Sunday, November 21st 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 November topics are "Thanks-giving Griefand "Preparing for the Holidays ". 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 TV MASS HAS MOVED TO A NEW TV CHANNEL AND A NEW TIME - The weekly television Mass produced by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland has moved. The Sunday television Mass can be seen at 10:00 a.m. on WUAB Channel 43, the CW43. This change provides viewers with an opportunity to take part in the weekly celebration of the Mass at a much more convenient time. In addition, WUAB  43 is an over-the-air station that is accessible even to those without cable TV. Those with cable TV need only to check their local cable system listing to determine where WUAB is located on their local channel line-up.

The weekly TV Mass is produced by the Diocese of Cleveland it originates from the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland. The televised Mass has been a staple of religious programming on Northeast Ohio airwaves for decades, cultivating a dedicated and faithful following. It is hoped that viewers will continue to tune in on this new station at this new, more convenient time.

The TV Mass can also be accessed on demand starting Saturday evening and running throughout Sunday on the Diocese of Cleveland website, www.dioceseofcleveland.org. In addition, the Mass can be heard on the radio, on AM 1260 The Rock at 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 10:30 a.m. on Sundays.

Also, radio station WINT-1330 AM airs the Mass each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and Cox Communications cable subscribers can view the Mass on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. on channel 45, and cable station 18 EWTN has its own Sunday and weekday (8:00 a.m., Noon & 7:00 p.m.) schedule of Masses. 

In addition to the Holy MassAM 1260 The Rock offers numerous opportunities for prayer throughout the day. The
Holy Rosary at 5:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. and the Divine Mercy Chaplet: 5:00 a.m. Monday through Friday; 3:00 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please visit am1260therock.com for  their full schedule.

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Mass Book - 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 rectory, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY or FRIDAY (9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.). To accommodate those with a work-schedule conflict, homebound, traveling a long distance or due to the Coronavirus, we will accept requests in writing. These may be mailed to the rectory (6700 Lansing Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio  44105) or put into the slot on the rectory office door (do not put it into the mailbox). You may also place it in the Sunday collection basket. Please mark the envelope, "Mass Intentions" and include in it your namephone number, the name for whom the Mass is intended, Mass dateMass time and stipend. The stipend for a Mass intention is the Diocesan recommended $10. Please make check out to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. If you have a special anniversary to celebrate do not wait until the last minute to schedule it. Thank you.

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Jezu, ufam Tobie