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

"Welcome Holy Spirit, in the silence of a still night's fearful thought you come.  Comfort in the sleepless worries, gentle in the rising doubts, forgiving all our handmade hurts, patient in our pointless hurry, counseling as the waves come crashing.  "Be still and know that I am God".  You will never abandon us.  Your promises are sure.  Help us to give like you, forgive like you, live for you".    Amen.

"Dear Lord, we remember the fallen soldiers that have paid the ultimate price for our freedom.  On this Remembrance Day, we come to You and ask for healing for families of lost ones, protection over other military members and to help the rest of us make sure that Memorial Day is more than once a year, but a continual act of gratitude.  In Jesus' name".    Amen.

                                                          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.
                                                               MASS SCHEDULE

SATURDAY              May 27
                                        8:00 am        For Our Parish Family
                                        4:00 pm +     Donnie Neiman

SUNDAY                 May 28
                                         8:00 am        Living & Deceased Members of the Cockrell, Frizek & 
                                                              Kaczmarek Families
                                       10:00 am  +    Monica Jedrzejczak
                                       12:00 pm  +   Jessie Cornell (Birthday Remembrance)

MONDAY                 May 29
                                         8:00 am  +   Ben & Dorothy Stryczny

TUESDAY                May 30
                                         8:00 am   +   Sean Henderson

WEDNESDAY          May 31
                                         8:00 am        For Our Parish Family

THURSDAY             June 1
                                         8:00 am   +   Leonard May
FRIDAY                    June 2
                                         8:00 am   +   Ted Michols (Birthday Remembrance)
                                         6:00 pm  +    Franciszek Matys

SATURDAY             June 3                       
                                          8:00 am  +   Edward Wisniewski
                                          4:00 pm   +  Gene, Bertha & Dan Leonhardt

SUNDAY                  June 4       
                                          8:00 am  +   Lucy Calvert
                                        10:00 am   +  Krystyna & Bronislaw Sawicka
                                        12:00 pm  +   Evelyn Potrzuski & Family

(+)  Deceased

IHM Rectory Office Closed - The business office will be closed on Monday, Memorial Day, May 29th.  It will reopen on Tuesday, May 30th at 9:00 a.m.

Memorial Day Masses - are scheduled at many of the Catholic Cemeteries in the Diocese of Cleveland.  A list is posted on our church bulletin board for you to see.  Saint Mary Cemetery, 4702 East 71st in Cuyahoga Heights, will have a Mass at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, May 29th, celebrated by Father Ralph Hudak.  There will also be an 8:00 a.m. Mass celebrated in Immaculate Heart of Mary church on the same day by Father Andrzej Panek.  Hopefully, you will be able to attend one of these two Masses, in order to, pray for our U.S. fallen veterans, and for former and active military personnel.

District Pre-Baptism Class - for parents will be held at St. Stanislaus church, 3649 East 65th, on Wednesday, June 7, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.   Call the parish office during regular business hours to register or for more information (216-341-9091).

Pentecost Sunday is May 28th - on this day we celebrate how God the Holy Spirit was given as a gift to the disciples to strengthen them to go forth in the name of the Lord.  We have been baptized into one and the same spirit, and many confirmed in the same Spirit.  You might consider giving witness to this joyful belief by wearing the liturgical color of the day, which is RED as a piece of your clothing when you come to church for Mass on Pentecost Sunday.  The red color symbolizes the tongues of fire, which came upon the apostles on Pentecost, and hopefully our own "burning desire" to give witness to our faith in the world today with all of its many challenges and temptations.

The Feast of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) is June 11th - In order to enhance the celebration and the outward sign of this solemnity, we will have Benediction after the 4:00 p.m., 8:00 a.m. and Noon Masses.  The 10:00 a.m. Mass will have an outside procession (weather permitting) on our property with prayers at four altars.  We, the believing community, give witness to our faith through this public expression of our worship and ritual.  We do this because of our love of Jesus Christ's real presence in the gift of the Holy Eucharist.  This is part of our parish involvement with the Three-Year Nationwide Eucharistic Revival.

Reminder About the Three-Year Nationwide Eucharistic Revival - In their November 2021 meeting , the U.S. bishops announced their intention to launch this revival.  This effort officially began on Corpus Christi Sunday, June 19, 2022 and its includes a Eucharistic Congress in 2024.  The bishops' goal is to "rekindle Christ by embracing Truth, 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 developments of this revival will be forth coming.

Catholic Charities Follow-up Appeal Weekend, June 3-4, 2023 - This in-pew #2 appeal will take place at IHM Parish next weekend, June 3-4, during all four Masses.  In recognition of the one-year anniversary of the Dobbs decision, all gifts, including up to a $100k match, will go to assist Catholic Charities in strengthening services that care for women and children, including Adoption Services and a partnership with Zelie's Home.  Donate today - (https://www.catholiccommunity.org/human) or text (CCHUMAN to 41444).

Borromeo Seminary Challenge Scholarship Golf Outing - is Monday, June 19th, 2023 at Silver Lake Country Club, 1325 Graham Road, Silver Lake, Ohio (Located off Route 8 near Stow).  Registration and lunch (10:30 am-Noon), Shotgun start (Noon), Dinner, prizes, raffle (5:30 pm).  All proceeds to benefit first year seminarians at Borromeo Seminary.  More information and payment (440-943-7631) or (CLEpriesthood.org).  A brochure with completer information can be found on the church bulletin board near Fr. Hudak's confessional room.

The Silent Carnival - The five white envelopes have been mailed followed by a separate mailing with the letter of explanation about the Silent Carnival in English and Polish.  Hopefully, you have already received both of these mailings, which went to registered parishioners who are people receiving monthly donation envelopes through the mail from IHM church.  If you did not receive one or both of these mailings, please contact the rectory office (216-341-2734), 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

​​​Devotions in Honor of the B.V.M During the Month of May -​ 1) The Rosary will be prayed ​20​ minutes before the 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. weekend Masses, 2) Fr. Andrzej Panek will celebrate a 6:00 p.m. Polish Mass followed by a Marian devotion on the Fridays in May.  3) During the Easter season, a traditional prayer to say is the "Regina Caeli, the Queen of Heaven" :  "Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia!  The Son whom you merited to bear, alleluia! Has risen as He said, alleluia.  Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia!  For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia!"  4) Pray the rosary for your own personal spiritual life, daily if possible.

Senior Day in Cleveland -  The Cleveland Department of Aging presents the 33rd annual Senior Day, Thursday, May 25, 2023 at the Cleveland Public Hall 500 Lakeside Avenue.  
Activities include:  10:00 a.m. - Information Fair
                              11:00 a.m. - Program
                              12:00 p.m. - Lunch
                              12:30 p.m. - Entertainment
All seniors are invited to attend this FREE event.  This program will be both in person and live streamed on TV 20.   For more information, call 216-664-2833 or email (www.clevelandohio.gov/aging).  Older Americans Month - "Aging Unbound:  May 2023".

Immaculate Heart of Mary St. Vincent de Paul Society - A short explanation about how this group in our parish helps others through your donations in can, dry and paper goods.  Many of these items have been given to the Ozanam Center located on the grounds of Holy Name Church.   It is a food distribution center, which people visit on Saturday mornings to receive some help.  Volunteers come from a variety of city and suburban parishes to help at the Ozanam Center.  When IHM's shelves have too many can, dry and paper goods, we send some to this Center.  We are not busy with people coming to the rectory requesting these items.  It only happens periodically, and not on a regular basis.  Our society does not have many members (three and none are young) so we do what we can with our parishioners' donations.  Father Ralph Hudak.

Standing with Moms in Need (for your information) - "The Catholic Church has a long standing 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 healthcare systems, immigration clinics, shelters, and Catholic schools and parishes.  From religious communities to pregnancy care centers, from refugees' resettlement services to foster care and adoption agencies, and from maternity home to parish-based ministries, the Church consistently bears witness in word and deed to the beauty and dignity of every human life-including both mother and child".  (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops)

********************************************************************************************************************    The Catholic Cemeteries Association - offers free, safe and compassionate monthly Grief Support meetings in-person and virtually in six of our offices.  For details, visit:  (https://www.clecem.org/information/Bereavement.aspx).  For more information, call Rhonda at 216-930-4866.

​​​Help Protect the Dignity of Life in Ohio - Life in its earliest and most vulnerable stages is threatened by groups proposing an amendment to the Ohio Constitution for the November 2023 ballot to expand and enshrine abortion at the expense of protections for preborn children and women.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church proclaims that "human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception".  The Church accompanies and supports women facing unexpected pregnancies and mothers through programs like "Walking with Moms in Need" and the services of the Catholic Charities.  The bishops of Ohio strongly encourage Catholics statewide to unite in prayer and work to defeat this proposed amendment and its grave consequences for women and preborn children in Ohio.  More information will be forthcoming through our church bulletin.  Learn more about the proposed amendment and access resources online at:  (ohiocathconf.org/protect).​​​​​​ 

There are available Mass dates in September:   In September:   2 (8a),  4 (8a), 6 (8a),  9 (8a), 15 (8a), 24 (12p), 25 (8a), 27 (8a) & 30 (8a).   Include prayer time in your summer and autumn.  Thank you for your support!

For Those Celebrating 50 years of Marriage in 2023 - The 50th Anniversary Jubilee Mass is Saturday, June 24th, 9:30 am at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.  Visit our website for details about the day, including parking, pictures and certificates.  No registration is required.  However, the online request form does need to be submitted by the couple in order to receive a certificate and blessing in the mail.  Learn more at (stjohns@dioceseofcleveland.org).

Pre-Cana Day - is offered 12:45-6:30 pm for engaged couples at the Jesuit Retreat Center, 5629 State Road in Parma.  Cost is $75/couple, including Mass and dinner.  Topics to be covered include:  Communication, Sexuality, Everyday Living and the Sacrament of Marriage.  This program meets Cleveland Diocese marriage preparation requirements.  Dates for 2023 are Sundays:    June 4, no July date, August 20, September 17, October 8 and November 5.  To register or for more information, call 440-884-9300 or visit (jesuitretreatcenter.org) in Parma, Ohio.

Immaculate Heart of Mary's Polish School of Religion (PPSR) - meets Sundays at 11:00-12:00 pm in the convent for grades K-8.  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.

Mass Intention Book for 2023 is opened to schedule in person, come to the rectory during office hours, Monday thru Friday 9:00-3:00 pm.  The stipend for a Mass intention is the Diocesan recommended $10.  Only two weekend Masses will be permitted per every five intentions scheduled.  To accommodate those with a work-schedule, homebound or traveling long distance conflict, we will accept requests in writing.  These may be mailed to the rectory (6700 Lansing Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44105) or placed in the Sunday collection basket.  Please mark the envelope, "Mass Intention"include in it your name, phone number, the name for whom the Mass is intended, Mass date and time, and stipend.  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.

Weekly Donations
                                         04/30/2023 - $1,875.00  (R&R) - $355.00
                                         05/07/2023 - $2,788.00  (R&R) - $301.00
                                         05/14/2023 - $2,702.00  (R&R) - $400.00
                                         05/21/2023 - $2,554.00  (R&R) - $313.00

"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 

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 placed on the church bulletin board and in the 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 Grief Support/ In-Office and Virtual - We continue to provide free monthly grief support groups in two formats:  "In-office" 3pm and "Virtually" 5 pm.  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 of each other so you can stop in any month and fit right in.  If you are not able to talk about your grief, just come to listen and be in the presence of those who understand.  The May 21st topic is "Father's Day and Grief" and "Mental Health Awareness".  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 face mask.  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, Chardon (office).
Virtual/ 5-6 pm via Zoom  follows the same monthly topic discussion.  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 (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 any 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.  This e-newsletter is emailed the first Tuesday of each month to any family/individual who has experienced an interest in our bereavement program.  To subscribe to this valuable 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(htttps.//bit.ly/ccabreavementbulletin).

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 for sexual abuse.  To report any past or present suspected inappropriate behavior towards 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 responseservice@dioceseofcleveland.org.  You are also asked to immediately inform local authorities about inappropriate behavior.

Practicing Spiritual Communion - When the faithful are unable to physically 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 most 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 Mass can be seen on television at 10:00 am on WUAB Channel 43.  This provides the 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 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 to 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 at AM 1260 The Rock at 4:00 pm on Saturdays and 10:30 am on Sundays.  Also, radio station WINT 1330 AM airs the Mass each Sunday at 9:00 am and Cox Communications cable subscribers can view the Mass on Sunday at 11:30 am on channel 45, and cable station EWTN has its own Sunday and weekday (8:00 am, Noon & 7:00 pm) schedule of Masses.  In addition to Holy Mass, AM 1260 The Rock offers numerous opportunities for prayer throughout the day.  The Holy Rosary at 5:30 am & 9:30 pm and the Divine Mercy Chaplet:  5:00 am Monday thru Friday; 3:00 pm 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 any other special intention.


​   "Remember O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession was left unaided.  Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.  To thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful.  O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy, hear and answer me".   Amen. 

            "Lord, Jesus, You are never far away from those who call upon You with a sincere heart.  Today, we are gripped with fear and stumble in the darkness of sorrow.  Stay with us, too, we pray, in every part of our journey, no matter how full of doubt or fear and disappointed we may be, so that walking side by side with us and making Yourself our Guest, we may regain our wholeness and be filled with an unending joy of Your presence".    Amen

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