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


"Welcome Back!"

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

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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.

The period of time in which to fulfill the obligation to receive Holy Communion annually has been extended by one year from the end of the Easter Season, 2020. This is the directive from the bishops in the six dioceses of the Province in the State of Ohio. (Cleveland Catholic Diocesan Memorandum, August 2020)

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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 21
                              4:00 pm             Living & Deceased of the Brodzinski and Hecmanowski Families

SUNDAY              November 22     
                              8:00 am          + Dorothy Reitz
                             10:00 am         + Czeslawa Ozimek
                             12:00 pm         + Richard, Evelyn and Chester Jasko

MONDAY            November 23         
                              8:00 am          + John & Helen Hudak

TUESDAY           November 24
                              8:00 am             Donna Gutfranski Cesen - Birthday Blessings and in Thanksgiving

WEDNESDAY    November 25
                              8:00 am          + Walter, Richarda and James Jasinski

THURSDAY        November 26    Thanksgiving Day
                              8:00 am             For Our Parish Family

FRIDAY              November 27    
                              8:00 am         + Don Eizember (Anniversary of His Death)
                              6:00 pm         + Arlene Cendrowski

SATURDAY       November 28        
                             8:00 am          + Bronislawa Potrzuski
                             4:00 pm          + Theofil Kumor

SUNDAY            November 29     First Sunday in Advent  
                               8:00 am        + Eddie Florek
                             10:00 am        + Stanislaw Klacza
                                                        and Polish Parish School of Religion First Communion
                             12:00 pm        + Mary Jane Slomkowski

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We keep in our prayers - Zdzislaw WodjciechowskiHerschel Maggard and Leonard Wisniewski who have died. May their souls and those of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

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A Donation to IHM - has been received in memory of Piotr Hoscilowicz from Krystyna Hoscilowicz and Family and is gratefully acknowledged.

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Prayer Against Coronavirus
"Lord Jesus Christ, our Divine Physician, we ask you to guard and protect us from 
Coronavirus COVID-19 and all serious illness. For all that have died from it have mercy; 
for those that are ill now, bring healing. For those searching for a remedy, enlighten them; 
for medical caregivers helping the sick, strengthen and shield them. For those working 
to contain the spread, grant them success; for those afraid, grant peace. May your 
precious blood be our defense and salvation. By your grace may you turn the evil of 
disease into moments of consolation and hope. May we always fear the contagion 
of sin more than any illness. We abandon ourselves to your infinite mercy. Amen"

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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."

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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

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Weekly Donations:  
                                      10/25/20   -   $2,230.00 (R&R - $161.00) 
                                      11/01/20   -   $2,715.00 (R&R - $564.00)
                                      11/08/20   -   $3,253.00 (R&R - $414.00)
                                      11/15/20   -   $1,919.00 (R&R - $119.00)

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

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Thanksgiving Day Mass at IHM - As we gather together as a parish family on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, to give thanks for what the Lord has provided, we remember that there are still many who are not as blessed as we. 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. Because of COVID-19 precautions, we ask that at the Offertory time you bring your donation up to the sanctuary, and place it on the first step. The priest will not take it directly from you. This activity is planned by our parish Worship Commission and St. Vincent de Paul Society. Thank you.

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Annual Blanket Sunday Appeal (2020) - If you have not had a chance to contribute to this year's annual Blanket Sunday appeal, please consider doing so. The need is greater than ever this fall/winter as many more people experience financial hardship during the pandemic. The need is still great. Donations can be made securely online at https://www.svdpcle.org/donate-today/blanket-sunday. Checks may also be mailed to St. Vincent de Paul Society Blanket Sunday, 1404 East 9th Street, 3rd Floor, Cleveland, OH  44114.

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Sunday Mass attendance during the Coronavirus Crisis: 

                                        4:00 p.m.                    8:00 a.m.                    10:00 a.m.                    12:00 p.m.
October 24/25                    41                               24                               134                                 30 
Oct. 31/ Nov. 1                   40                               38                               100                                 23
November 7/8                    44                               31                               105                                 25
November 14/15                39                               36                               103                                 20

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IHM Rectory Office will be closed Friday, after Thanksgiving Day, November 27. The office will reopen on Monday, November 30th at 9:00 a.m.

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Art & Environment Committee will decorate the church for Advent on Saturday, November 28 at 8:30 a.m.

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IHM Parish Advent Confessions are Sunday, November 29th at 1:00 p.m. It will consist of individual confession. Visiting priest will NOT be available. Fr. Andrzej Panek will be present and will hear them in English or Polish. Covid-19 precautions are taken in the confessional rooms.

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All Souls Day Intentions - During the month of November, the Universal Church encourages us to pray for these deceased people through a concentrated effort, and on this day in a particular way. We remember them through our Mass intentions, various prayers, good actions and the sacrifices we offer for them. We are able to help them during their time of purification, since they are unable to help themselves as taught us to us by the Church. We will remember them at our parish during a monthly Mass throughout 2021, and during the Rosary prayed before the Sunday vigil 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. Masses during November. Your envelope intentions will remain on the Altar of Sacrifice throughout the month of November. 

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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.

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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 21-22 and throughout the Advent season while the supply lasts. We will implement COVID-19 precautions when selling the oplatki.

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November 21-22 is the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) Collection - 40 million people in the United States live in poverty. This collection supports programs to empower people to identify and address the obstacles they face as they work to lift themselves out of poverty. By supporting this collection, you give people the opportunity to bring permanent and positive change to their communities. Give to the CCHD collection by using the envelope for this purpose found in your monthly mailed packet. For more information about this program go to www.usccb.org/cchd/collection.

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"Pro Orantibus Day" (For Those Who Pray) will be celebrated on Saturday, November 21. This celebration takes place on the Memorial of Mary's Presentation in the Temple. The faithful around the world are encouraged to develop their own way of commemorating the day and honoring cloistered women and men religious, at Mass and in other special ways, such as by offering up their prayers, by making visits to monasteries and cloistered convents, by sending cards or letters to contemplative religious, and by coordinating school or catechetical activities. For more information visit www.cloisteredlife.com, or call the Diocesan Vocation Office at 440-943-7600.

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Catholic Cemeteries Association Monthly Grief Support - The next meeting is Sunday, December 15th from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the following locations: 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). We offer a comfortable, private and encouraging environment where you do not have to hide what you are really feeling. The topic for this session is "The Gift of God's Presence: You Never Walk Alone", but discussions follow whatever is in your heart. You do not even have to talk, but come and listen and be in the presence of those who understand. Meeting sites are sanitized and seating is arranged so everyone is at a safe distance. Participants are required to RSVP so we can plan appropriate social distancing at each locationParticipants must wear protective facial coverings. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Rhonda at 216-930-4866.

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Register for "Good Shepherd Classes" at St. Stanislaus - The Good Shepherd catechesis provides a rich environment and instruction based on scripture and the Mass, to give children the opportunity to deepen their personal relationship with Jesus and to prepare them for full participation in the Church. The program begins with children at age three, and includes First Communion and First Penance preparation for older children. Classes are on Sunday (9:30 am - 11:30 am) on the third floor of St. Stan's social center, and parishioners are encouraged to observe classes at any time. Covid -19 health measures will be followed.

Open to children of the diocese from 3 to 9 years old, no matter which parish they are registered in. Printed information and registration forms are in the vestibule of the church. For any questions, contact Jane Bobula 
(text & voice 216-288-0294, email jane.bobula@gmail.com. Go to www.cgsusa.org to learn more about the Good Shepherd program.

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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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Tuesday, December 1st (#weGiveCatholic) - To celebrate the great community of Catholics in Northeast Ohio, the Catholic Community Foundation is once again hosting (#weGiveCatholic), Northeast Ohio's Online Day of Catholic Giving, on Tuesday, December 1st, also known as "Giving Tuesday", a global day of giving. A total of 235 Catholic parishes, school, ministries, Catholic Charities sites/programs, and other Catholic organizations affiliated with the Diocese of Cleveland will be accepting donations on weGiveCatholic.org during a 24-hour period. Last year, this one day event raised more than $1.8 million to support these ministries.

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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 IS MOVING TO A NEW TV CHANNEL AND A NEW TIME - The weekly television Mass produced by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland is moving. Starting on November 22, the Sunday television Mass will 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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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, Wednesday, Thursday or 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.

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Jezu, ufam Tobie