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

"Welcome Back!"

The weekday Masses will be held in the convent at the usual time of 8:00 a.m. For the weekend, the Mass schedule will be the usual schedule: 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. (Polish), and 12:00 Noon on Sunday. 

Returning to Public Worship:
The faithful are obliged to wear a mask (or other face covering) upon entering the church and during the celebration of Mass, except for the brief moment of receiving Holy Communion. 

There will only be two entry doors into the church; the front middle door and the door on the east side of the church with the ramp (convent side). In order to assure compliance with social distancing requirements, six feet of distance should be maintained at all times. Families may sit together but are to maintain six feet of distance between other families or individuals throughout the celebration of Mass. One or two pews should be left vacant in between congregants, such that six feet of distance can be maintained in all directions. Please observe social distancing. 

Hand sanitizer is available at each of the designated entrances of the Church for your use. Please sanitize your hands before entering, when exiting, and after contact with your face. 

All parishioners are encouraged to take their temperatures prior to coming to Mass. Any parishioner with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or more should stay home. Anyone not feeling well is encouraged to stay home.

The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains in effect for the Catholic faithful who reside in the Diocese of Cleveland and all other Catholics in the diocese until further notice.


SATURDAY         August 8
                              4:00 pm          + John Swiech

SUNDAY              August 9
                              8:00 am             Holy Name Society
                             10:00 am         + Harriet (Jadwiga) Bar (1-yr. Anniversary of Death)
                             12:00 pm         + Harriet (Jadwiga) Bar (1-yr. Anniversary of Death)

MONDAY             August 10
                               8:00 am          + Sr. Mary Deanna Lutch, SND

TUESDAY            August 11
                              8:00 am          + John Swiech

WEDNESDAY     August 12
                              8:00 am             Jarred Cesen - Birthday Blessings

THURSDAY         August 13
                              8:00 am             Holly & Jared - Wedding Blessings

FRIDAY                August 14         Vigil of the Assumption
                               8:00 am         + Catherine & Clarence Knapik
                               6:00 pm         + Andrew Zaloga

SATURDAY          August 15         Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
                               8:00 am            For Our Parish Family
                              11:00 am            Stanislawa Sobon - Health & Blessings
                               4:00 pm         + Tommy Swiech

SUNDAY               August 16
                               8:00 am         + Edward, Helen & Mike Romanowski
                              10:00 am        + Lucja & Boleslaw Skibinski)
                              12:00 pm        + Walter & Mary Hecmanowski

(+) deceased


Fr. Andrzej Panek will be away. He will be in Poland July 28th until September 1st. Fr. Michael Krupka, a retired priest of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma, will celebrate our Polish Masses until Fr. Panek returns.


Welcome Jan Bis to IHM Parish as our new organist - He began at our parish the weekend of August 1-2, 2020. He will be available to play and lead in song at all four of our Masses. He will have a flexible schedule with us, because he also plays the organ at St. Adalbert parish in Berea and St. Casimir - Polish parish in Cleveland. In order to let you know, the availability of organists seems to be very low. I only had two applicants. I put "want ads" through the Diocese Liturgical Office, which goes out to all the parishes, in our church bulletin for several weeks, and through personal contact with other parishes and your spread of this notice to other people. Father Ralph Hudak


The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven - is celebrated Saturday, August 15th. 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 without corruption. This feast assures us that someday, through the grace of God, we will have the opportunity to join our Blessed Mother in heaven. Finding new ways to celebrate this summertime feast during this COVID-19 pandemic can help to emphasize the significance of this Catholic belief in our lives and others. Masses are on Friday August 14 at 6:00 p.m. in Polish and on Saturday, August 15 at 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 in English.


Changes in our Parish Calendar due to the Pandemic follow:
1. The Parish Pastoral Council meeting originally scheduled for Monday, June 8th was cancelled and rescheduled to Monday, September 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the rectory.

2. Our Summer Social at Klima Gardens scheduled for Sunday, August 16, 2020 is canceled. This directive comes from our Diocesan Administrator, Rev. Donald Oleksiak who has informed the pastors in the Diocese of Cleveland to do this for all parish festivals, carnivals, picnics or other large group events for the summer of 2020. (There will be no raffle.)

3. A Fall Reverse Raffle will not be planned because of the probable possibility it would be difficult to sell 200 tickets, do social distancing in our gym, and implement all the other precautions necessary to make this event happen. Many of our parishioners who might attend this event are over the age of 60 and others have serious health issues which put them into the vulnerable bracket. Therefore, it would make it difficult for this to be a successful fund raiser and social event for our parish.

4. Instead of the Fall Reverse Raffle, we might consider a "Fall Fling Raffle".

Our parish life will continue, but for the foreseeable future these changes make it difficult for us to see in what fashion this will happen. We know with the eyes of faith that the presence of God the Holy Spirit will help us through these trying times. Our parish being named after the Immaculate Heart of Mary must meditate on the difficulties that Mary had to contend with in her life even though she was the Mother of God. She lived through it all and so will we. 
Father Ralph Hudak


Prayer of Healing and Protection to St. Rocco
"During your travels on earth,
God worked His miraculous healing through your intercession.
Many were cured of the plague from your prayers
and through the sign of the cross.
We beseech you to intercede before the throne of God,
and send us a blessing of protection from
contagious diseases and the Coronavirus.
Bless us Heavenly Father with your healing grace.
We ask this in the name of your Divine Son, Jesus. Amen."


Prayer for Good Humor
(The following is St. Thomas More's prayer, which the Holy Father, Pope Francis, recites each day.)

"Grant me O Lord, good digestion, and also something to digest.
Grant me a healthy body and the necessary good humor to maintain it.
Grant me a simple soul that knows to treasure all that is good
and that doesn't frighten easily at the sight of evil,
but rather finds the means to put things back in their place.
Give me a soul that knows not boredom, grumbles, sighs, and laments,
nor excess of stress, because of that obstructing thing called "I."
Grant me O Lord, a good sense of humor,
allow me the grace to be able to take a joke,
to discover in life a bit of joy, and to be able to share it with others.
Saint Thomas More, pray for us."

(Taken from the Vatican Weekly Newspaper ''OSSERVATORE ROMANO, June 26, 2020. St. Thomas More lived 1478-1535, Chancellor of England, martyred by King Henry VIII, Feast Day is June 22.) I though this would be a good prayer to recite during these challenging times that we all face each day. Humor is a fundamental Christian virtue. Fr. Ralph Hudak


Weekly Donations:

       6/28/20   -   $2,562.00 (R&R - $236.00)                   7/05/20   -   $2,557.00 (R&R - $444.00)
       7/12/20   -   $2,946.00 (R&R - $497.00)                   7/19/20   -   $2,291.00 (R&R - $413.00)
       7/26/20   -   $1,932.00 (R&R - $174.00)                   8/01/20   -   $2,352.00 (R&R - $209.00)

Donations to IHM - IHM Parish has received additional donations in memory of John Baranowski that bring the total to $1,505.00. Thank you to all who have made these donations.


As a reminder, for those still unable to attend Mass at church, your envelope donations are vital for the financial well-being of our parish. Please mail your envelope, or put it into the slot on the rectory office door (do not put it into the mailbox). The bills continue to come on a regular basis as you are personally aware of during this pandemic. IHM parish needs your regular donations during this difficult time to pay them too.

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


Information for our parishioners about work done on our church and school boilers during the past several months:
$   777.00 (12/03/19) - Church boiler: "y strainer" which works a supply valve was replaced 
$1,929.00 (01/08/20) - Planned Maintenance Agreement: inspection of all five boilers occurred and quicker service 
                                     when problems happen for a year
$   715.00 (01/28/20) - School boiler: replace vaporstat, pilot assembly, glass gauge
$1,968.50 (03/04/20) - Church boiler: replaced parts (wires and intermitten control, intermitten gas valve)
$   150.50 (03/13/20) - School boiler: technician examined the steam pipe leak & extent of the work
$1,010.50 (03/18/20) - School boiler: metal steam pipe 10' x 3" replaced in basement of school hallway
$   116.25 (03/30/20) - Church boiler: #2 shut-down completely major leaks in the castings

This work was done by Stack: Heating - Cooling - Electric.

Future work to be done on the school boiler:
$6,313.00 (date - ?) - Replace leaking pipe on the return line, and a large leaking valve on the ceiling of the 
                                   boiler room has to be replaced.

Our boilers are showing their age and on-going repairs must be done in order to keep them in working order. There is a possibility that the two church boilers may have to be replaced in the the near future. A cost which would be in the range 
of $33,604.00 to $45,174.00.


Sunday Mass attendance during the Coronavirus Crisis - I thought this information would be beneficial for our parishioners to be aware of, as you already are, with the Sunday donations being listed in the bulletin. This current information allows you to know statistically how well we are doing in our parish's financial and spiritual lives. Father Ralph Hudak

                                        4:00 p.m.                    8:00 a.m.                    10:00 a.m.                    12:00 p.m
July 11/12                           33                               32                                 75                                 24
July 18/19                           36                               33                                 71                                 24
July 25/26                           38                               30                               100                                 25
August 1/2                          31                               33                                 73                                 20


Dominion Energy offers several payment and assistance plans - This company has requested churches to publish their message to those who need special help at this time, it follows: Help for Dominion Energy Ohio Customers: If you are facing a financial hardship, Dominion Energy Ohio has several payment and assistance options for your unique situation. Dominion Energy recently increased its contribution to the "EnergyShare" program, making $400,000 available this year to residential customers struggling to pay their bills. You can learn more at DominionEnergy.com and search for the keywords "energy assistance." 

During these unprecedented times, the company encourages you to pay your bill as you normally would to avoid a large balance later. If you've fallen behind on your bill, please contact Dominion Energy Ohio at 800-362-7557, for help with payment arrangements. To view your bill or make a online payment, visit DominionEnergy.com.


Attention Cleveland Residents - The City of Cleveland, Department of Community Lead Hazard Control Program has grant funding available to remediate lead-based paint hazards in the homes of qualified Cleveland residents. This program is for families with children  years of age or younger who live or visit the property at least 20 hours a week. To apply please contact: Jonell Williamson, Community Housing Solutions: 216-651-0077, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


District Pre-Baptism Class for parents will be held at Holy Name Church Church on Sunday, September 6th at 
1:00 p.m. located at 8328 Broadway Avenue. Call the parish office during regular business hours to register or for more information (216-271-4242). Wearing of a face mask and social distancing will be followed in the meeting room.


Jesuit Retreat Center has a Pre-Baptism Class for Parents - Monday, August 10 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. This class meets Sacramental preparation requirements of the Diocese of Cleveland. Cost per couple: $20. Located at 5629 State Road in Parma. Register at 440-884-9300 or https://www.jesuitretreatcenter.org. COVID-19 precautions will be used in the meeting room.


The FEST - A day of hope and family when we need it most! We are excited and blessed to announce that FEST 2020 is not cancelled! Instead, it will come to you "live" from the comfort of your own home on Sunday, August 9, 2020. We will be streaming FEST day with messages of faith and inspiration, songs from national Christian bands and so much more! We will have an engaging and interactive website where you will be able to experience and do all the things you love to do on FEST day - from crafts and activities to sponsor bags and more! Visit www.theFEST.us for more information.


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 Catholic Diocese of Cleveland is live-streaming a Mass daily at 12:00 noon on the diocesan website,  www.dioceseofcleveland.org. The weekend TV Mass will be available on the diocesan website at 8:00 a.m. on Sundays. It can also be seen on Fox 8 WJW at 6:00 a.m. on Sundays. Those with Cox Cable can view the Mass at 11:30 a.m. Sundays on Channel 45. 

AM 1260 The Rock offers additional weekend Masses for the faithful. The Diocese of Cleveland Mass for the homebound will be broadcast at its regular time 10:30 a.m. Sunday and at 4:00 p.m Saturday. 

The Mass from EWTN will be broadcast at 8:00 a.m. Sunday and again at 5:00 p.m. Sunday. And, don't forget that weekday Masses are aired each weekday at 10:00 a.m. 

In addition to the Holy Mass, AM 1260 The Rock offers numerous opportunities for prayer throughout the day.
Holy Rosary: 5:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.
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 Intention Book for 2021 is 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 is designated for a particular person or persons who have died, for an anniversary of death, or a wedding anniversary, for health, etc.

To schedule in person, please come to the rectory, Monday - Friday (9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.). At this time, only two 
weekend Masses will be permitted per every five intention 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 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.

Mass Requests for 2020 - Many weekdays are still available.

Jezu, ufam Tobie