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


"O Glorious St. Blaise, who by thy martyrdom has left to the Church a precious witness to the faith, obtain for us the grace to preserve within ourselves this divine gift, and to defend, without human respect, both by word and example, the truth of that same faith, which is so wickedly attacked and slandered in these our times.  You who miraculously cured a little child when it was at the point of death by reason of an affliction of the throat, grant us our powerful protection in like misfortunes; and, above all, obtain for us the grace of repentance, together with a faithful observance of our Church, and avoidance from offending Almighty God".             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"

​                                                     Mass Schedule
       (8:00 AM DAILY MASS IS IN THE CONVENT CHAPEL MONDAY THRU SATURDAY.  DOORS OPEN AT 7:30 AM)


SATURDAY     February 4
                                      8:00 am      +     Zdzislaw Wojciechowski
                            4:00 pm     +   Robert Grzywaczewski

SUNDAY        February 5
                            8:00 am           Roman & Elzbieta Potrzuski (Anniversary Blessings)
                          10:00 am     +    Genowefa Linkowski
                          12:00 pm           For Our Parish Family

MONDAY          February 6
                            8:00 am      +   Jason Cowling

TUESDAY         February 7
                            8:00 am     +     Ann Kunas

WEDNESDAY   February 8
                            8:00 am     +     Gerry Scott (Birthday Remembrance)

THURSDAY       February 9
                            8:00 am      +    John Walendzik

FRIDAY              February 10
                            8:00 am      +     John Lippian, Jr.

SATURDAY        February 11
                            8:00 am       +     Lillian Tomalski
                            4:00 pm              Erika Alder

SUNDAY             February 12
                            8:00 am              Holy Name Society
                          10:00 am        +    Jan Tetke
                          12:00 pm              Special Intention

(+) Deceased

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There are numerous dates available for Mass intentions in the months of February and March, which is the Lenten season.  Please consider scheduling one for your beloved dead or any other special occasion.  The dates are as followed:  in February;  12 (12p) 14 (8a), 17 (8a & 6p), 18 (4p), 22 (11a & 7p-English), 23 (8a & 7p-English), 25 (4p) and 27 (8a).  In March, 4 (4p), 5 (8a), 23 (8a & 7p-English), 24 (8a - 7p-Polish), 26 (8a), 27 (6p-Polish), 28 (8a), 29 (8a), 30 (8a & 7p-English) and 31 (8a & 7p-Polish).  Thank You for our support of our church!

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Contribution Statements for 2022 - Parishioners who need a tax statement of their 2022 contributions for tax purposes may request one by calling the rectory at 216-341-2734 during office hours (Mon.-Fri. 9-2 p.m.), sending a note through the mail, or put a note in the collection basket.  Please include in this note your NAMEADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER and ENVELOPE CONTRIBUTION NUMBER.  Thank You!

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District Pre-Baptism Class - for parents will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Sunday, February 5th at 1:30 p.m. in the rectory, 6700 Lansing Avenue.  Call the parish office during regular business hours (9-2p.m., Mon-Fri.) to register or for more information (216-341-2734).  Please use the south entrance (Worley Avenue side) to enter the rectory.

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Parish Pastoral Council - meets Monday, February 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the rectory.  If a member is unable to be present, please leave a message for Father Hudak at 216-341-2734.

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Parish Finance Council - meets Thursday, February 16th at 6:00 p.m. in the rectory.  If a member is unable to be present, please leave a message for Father Hudak at 216-341-2734.

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40 Days For Life - From February 22-April 2, you are invited to join with other Christians for 40 Days for Life-40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion.  You are also invited to stand and peacefully pray anytime between 7a to 7p during the 40-day vigil in the public right-of-way outside:  Preterm- 12000 Shaker Blvd, Cleveland or Planned Parenthood - 25350 Rockside Road, Bedford Hts., or Family Planning - 54 South State St., Painesville.  Join us at the Kick-off Rally on February 19, 2023, 1:00-5:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Mount Carmel gym, 29850 Euclid Ave., Wickliffe.  The Keynote speaker is Sister Dierdre Byrne.  For more information, contact John Noall at 216-245-9744, or website (www.40daysforlife.com/cleveland) or (clevelandpraysforlife@gmail.com).

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139th National Black & Indian Mission Collection is February 5th - Your support of this collection helps build the Church in African America, Native America and Alaska Native communities from coast to coast.  Schools, parish religious programs, and diocesan ministries depend on your generosity to help them spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ!  There is an envelope for this purpose in your monthly mailed home packet.

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The World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life - will be celebrated in the Universal Church on Thursday, February 2nd, and in parishes over the weekend of February 4-5, 2023.  The Universal Church celebrates and gives thanks for those who have consecrated their lives to God and the Church through the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.  The consecrated life is one way that women and men live out their baptismal commitment as followers of Jesus.  In 1997, Pope Saint John Paul II initiated this celebration.  It offers the Church (us) to highlight the place of consecrated life.  Remember them in your prayers, and pray that more young people will enter this way of life in God's service.  For more information go to:  (www.churchvocations.com), (www.clevelandcatholicvocations.com), or call the Diocese of Cleveland's Vocation Office at (216-696-6525 ext. 2920).

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Saint Blaise Feast Day is Friday, February 3rd - The blessing of throats was popularized in the Middle Ages when diseases of all kinds spread through towns and villages.  This blessing on the feast of Bishop Blaise is a reminder of God's providence in our life.  It is believed that he was martyred in the persecution of Licinius in the 4th century.  He was the bishop of Sebaste Armenia.  He is venerated as well by the Eastern Catholic Church.  THE BLESSING OF THROATS WILL OCCUR AT OUR WEEKEND MASSES, FEBRUARY 4-5, 2023.

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Catholic Charities (Mobile Giving Instructions) - Catholic Charities is always evolving to meet the needs of the donors who make their programs and services possible.  They are excited to share with you the new platform that it has adopted, Text-to-go.  For mobile giving, all you need is a cell phone and a credit card.  To donate, you will be sending a text message.  You will be texting the phrase, CCHOPE to 41444.  1) Open your texting app to a new message, 2) Type the number 41444, 3) Next, type the word "CCHOPE" in the message, 4) That is all one word: C-C-H-O-P-E.  It does not matter if it is in caps or lower case.  5) Send the word "CCHOPE" to 41444, 6) You should receive an immediate message with a link to complete your donation.  Just click on the link and make your donation using your credit card.  7) That's it!  Thank You!  Alternatively, you can use the QR code on the back of your pledge envelope, which will take you directly to the donate page.


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IHM Christmas Collection for 2022 was $15, 448.00 - The parishioners and friends of Immaculate Heart of Mary parish responded to the financial needs of our parish in a special  way this Christmas. Still dealing with the continued stress placed upon us by the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic, the extremely cold temperatures for Christmas this year, and the uncertainty of the economy, you still came through in a beneficial way for our parish.  Many responded with significant donations to the parish for its needs.  Thank You!  You are all in my prayers. - Father Ralph Hudak
Presented here are some of our recent Christmas collections:
2021 - $21,594.00      2018 - $26,745.00      2015 - $23,869.11
2020 - $20,041.00      2017 - $23,875.00      2014 - $28,523.00
2019 - $22,084.00      2016 - $23,521.52      2013 - $25,454.10

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Pre-Cana Day - is offered 12:45-6:30 p.m. 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:  February 19, March 26, April 23, May 7, 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.

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National Catholic Schools Week - Each year, the last week of January, the Diocese of Cleveland together with dioceses across the country, observe NCSW.  As a community, we recognize the value of Catholic education and support educating youth as they reach their full potential while being guided by faith.  The week begins January 29 until February 3.  This week allows parishioners and entire communities to acknowledge the vital role of school staff and volunteers who are dedicated to this mission.  The weeklong celebration provides students recognition as they commit to learning about their faith and the skills they need in the 21st century.  Immaculate Heart of Mary parish being one of many parishes without a Catholic day school should still be aware of and support Catholic schools in any way possible.  It is a shared responsibility of all Catholics to promote Catholic education.

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2023 English and Polish Missalettes - They are NEW!  Both of these liturgical aides are used for one whole year.  Let us keep them in good condition.  An appropriate way to do so is by placing the Polish missalettes ONLY into the plastic racks attached to the back of the pew, and by placing the English missalettes on the end of the pew seat near the aisle side.  The English missalette is too thick for many of the plastic racks.  This method will hopefully eliminate damage to the missalettes and more damage to the plastic bookracks.  Many of the racks are already cracked.  Cost for the missalettes:  English - 225 @$1,512.00, and Polish - 250 @ $2,295.00.

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

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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.  This 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 willl be forthcoming.

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The Mass Intention Book for 2023 - is OPENED!  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 deceased during their time of purification, 4) Belief that 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 wedding anniversary, for health, etc. To schedule in person, please come to the rectory during regular business hours (Mon.-Fri. 9:00 -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 corona virus, WE WILL ACCEPT REQUESTS IN WRITING.  These may be mailed to the rectory (6700 Lansing Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44105) or put into the slot on the rectory office door (do not put in 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 and time and the 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 occasion  DO NOT WAIT until the last minute to schedule.   Thank You!

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WEEKLY DONATIONS:

                   01/01/2023 - $4,186.00 (R&R) $202.00
                   01/08/2023 - $2,269.00 (R&R) $422.00
                   01/15/2023 - $2,459.00 (R&R) $325.00
                   01/22/2023 - $1,959.00 (R&R) $175.00
                   01/29/2023 - $1,949.00 (R&R) $102.00
Christmas Collection - $15,448.00              New Year's Day Collection - $4,674.00
Art & Environment Collection - $782.00

"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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​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)

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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 (216-341-2734).
Thank You!

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Catholic Cemeteries Association  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 and listen and be in the presence of those who understand.  The February  topic is "What's Normal in Grief?".  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.  The 3 p.m. In-Office meet in the main office building at each of the following 6 cemetery locations:  All Saints, Northfield 480 W. Highland Road, All Souls, Chardon 10366 Chardon Road, Calvary Cemetery, 10000 Miles Avenue, Holy Cross, Akron 100 E. Waterloo Road, Holy Cross, Brookpark 14609 Brookpark Road and St. Joseph, Avon 32789 Detroit Road.
    *Important Notice:  During our unpredictable winter weather months, please check the weather forecast and if there is inclement weather, please check the voice mail greeting at 216-930-4866 for any potential office closures before you drive to any of these locations.  Your safety is our number one objective.  Our Virtual Grief Support Group remains an alternative for any in-office meeting cancellations.
The 5:00 p.m. Virtual Grief Support meets for an hour via Zoom and follows the same monthly topic discussion as the in-office groups.  Sign-up at http://bit.ly/ccavirtualgriefsupportgroup to receive login information and to download the handout materials.  You can join virtually from any Wi-Fi enabled 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.

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"A Closer Walk With Thee" - CCA Monthly Grief Support E-Newsletter:  Our monthly grief support e-newsletter, "A Closer Walk With Thee" provides much of the same helpful grief support information that is presented at the monthly meetings but can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home and from any device where you can access your email.  This newsletter is emailed the first Tuesday of each month to any family/individual who has expressed an interest in our bereavement.

Information for Senior Age People - If you have an IRA retirement account and you are 70-1/2 years old, 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 two pamphlet racks near the confessionals.

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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 responseservice@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 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 (1515-1582) said:  "When you do not receive Communion and you do not attend Mass, you can make  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
     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 Mas 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, Mass can be heard on the radio on, AM1260 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 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 a.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.