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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         September 26
                              4:00 pm           + Joseph Brown

SUNDAY              September 27
                              8:00 am              Mary Ann & Jim Adamczak (Blessings - 30th Wedding Anniversary)
                             10:00 am          + Sabina, Joseph Amanowicz
                             12:00 pm          + Rose Kumor

MONDAY             September 28     
                               8:00 am          + Donald & Joyce Saverno

TUESDAY            September 29
                               8:00 am          + Anton Klauda

WEDNESDAY     September 30
                               8:00 am             For Our Parish Family

THURSDAY         October 1    
                               8:00 am         +  Bertha, Gene and Dan Leonhardt

FRIDAY                October 2          FirstFriday
                               8:00 am         +  Living & Deceased of the Clarence & Catherine Knapik Family
                               6:00 pm         +  Zenon, Halina Hara

SATURDAY          October 3        
                                8:00 am        + Celia Gutfranski (Anniversary of her Death)
                                4:00 pm        + Melanie Mohney and Jim Orzech
                                                         (Birthday Remembrances)

SUNDAY               October 4
                                8:00 am        + Wenceslaus, Pauline and Paul Cuglewski  
                               10:00 am       + Bronislaw Gajdek
                               12:00 pm       + Albert Zak

(+) deceased

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Pray the Rosary - The month of October has traditionally been a time for us, as members of the Catholic Church, to concentrate more on praying the Rosary. Praying the Rosary as a family helps its member to remain unified in a time when it faces many challenges from the secular society. Fathers Ralph Hudak and Andrzej Panek encourage you to pray the Rosary. They also request the help of parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts and uncles to teach the younger members of the family (including teenagers and young adults) about this beautiful prayer. Devotion to Jesus' mother, Mary, our mother too, is important for our spiritual well-being. Remember to mediate on one of the Mysteries of the Rosary (Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious or Luminous) as you pray it. As a parish family, we pray the Rosary before the 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. Masses during the month of October. Father Andrzej Panek has a 6:00 p.m. Polish Mass on all Fridays during the month of October which includes a devotion in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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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

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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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​Catholic Communication Campaign is September 27th - This campaign connects people with Christ, here and around the world in developing countries, through the internet, television, radio and print media. Fifty percent of the funds collected remains in the Cleveland Diocese to fund local communication efforts. Your support helps spread the gospel message! To learn more, visit www.usccb.org/ccc. There is an envelope in your monthly mailed packet for this purposed.

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Changes in our Parish Calendar due to the Pandemic - 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 fundraiser and social event for our parish. 

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

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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:  
                                  9/06/20   -   $3,100.00 (R&R - $273.00)
                                  9/13/20   -   $2,662.00 (R&R - $412.00)
                                  9/20/20   -   $2,223.00 (R&R - $371.00)

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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Information for our parishioners about work done on our church and school boilers, and the rectory air-conditioner 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 all done by Stack: Heating - Cooling - Electric.)
$    285.00 (6/09/20)   - Rectory air-conditioner was serviced by the Stack Co. to deal with minor problems.
$    562.00 (7/14/20)   - Rectory air-conditioner was serviced by the Energy Management Specialists who are
                                      knowledgeable about the chiller unit.
$2,816.00 (8/05/20)    - School boiler: repaired the leak on the main steam line and the return line. Serviced 
                                      by the Stack Co.

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.

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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.
August 29/30                      35                               33                                 99                                 27
September 5/6                    49                               34                                 92                                 27
September 12/13                33                               27                                 77                                 20
September 19/20                33                               32                                 58                                 24

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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.

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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.

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Appointment of Bishop of Cleveland - On July 16, the Holy See announced that the Holy Father has appointed Bishop Edward C. Malesic of the Greensburg Diocese in Pennsylvania as bishop of Cleveland. Bishop Malesic was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Harrisburg in 1987 and was installed as bishop of Greensburg in 2015. He was installed as the twelfth bishop of Cleveland on Monday, September 14, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, in a Mass at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Please pray for our new bishop that he might receive the grace he needs to transition well and begin his new ministry as our shepherd and spiritual father.

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PSR Registration at St. John Nepomucene Parish School of Religion is accepting registration for students in grades 1 thru 8 for the 2020-2021 school year. Because of all the uncertainties during this time and for the health and safety of all, we are using a homeschool model for PSR classes this year. We accept and serve children from Slavic Village and Southeast Cleveland parishes. So invite a friend, relative or neighbor to learn more about our faith. Classes start September 14th. Please call Judy Lasecki at 216-641-8444 extension 29 for more details and to register for homeschool classes. 

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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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District Pre-Baptism Class for parents will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Sunday, October 4th at 
11:00 a.m. located at 3396 East 55th Street. Call the parish office during regular business hours to register or for more information (216-641-2829). Wearing of a face mask and social distancing will be followed in the meeting room.

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Change in IHM's Eucharistic Devotion Day - Traditionally, the parish set aside a whole day to give special devotion to our Lord in His Eucharistic Presence at this time of the year. We had an 8:00 & 11:00 morning Mass and a solemn bilingual 7:00 p.m. Mass with adoration in church throughout the day. As the years have gone by the attendance has decreased to the point that a change was necessary. Then, COVID-19 came which would probably amplify the lack of attendance. Therefore, this year on the weekend of October 3-4 after each of our four Masses we will have a benediction service which will be approximately 20 minutes long. This will be similar to what we have done on the feast of Corpus Christi. There will not be a procession with the Eucharist, because of the necessity to remain socially distant in the church. Fr. Ralph Hudak & Fr. Andrzej Panek

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​Respect Life Sunday is October 4th - The observance emphasizes concern for all human life, especially that of the unborn, the elderly, persons with disabilities, the terminally ill, and others whose lives are easily threatened. For more information contact locally: Pro-Life Office, 7911 Detroit Avenue in Cleveland (216-334-2965), or nationally 
www.usccb.org/prolife or www.clevelandcatholiccharities.org/prolife.

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The 34th Annual Blanket Sunday Appeal - kicks off the weekend of October 10-11, 2020. Last year, funds from the appeal were used to purchase and distribute over 6,000 blankets and 200 beds to the homeless and low-income individuals and families throughout Northeast Ohio. Although the pandemic has caused a reduction in the number of parish in-pew Blanket Sunday donation envelopes available, the need is still great and 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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Cleveland Catholic Women's Live-streamed Conference on Saturday, October 17th - All women are invited to attend the one day event for adult women who wish to learn and pray as they grow deeper in their faith. Conference time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Inspired by St. Therese of Lisieux, the theme of this year's conference is "Simply Holy: Living God's Will in All Things." The day will begin with a live-streamed Mass at Sts. Cosmas & Damian in Twinsburg followed by a variety of speakers. Registration for the conference is $25. To register: visit our website at www.clecatholicwomen.org. For more information contact Jen Ricard, 216-302-8594, jenricard@tobcle.org, chairperson; Bernadette Boguski, 216-618-6677, bboguski@am1260therock.com. More detailed information about the speakers and the day can be found on the church bulletin board and pamphlet racks.

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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 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.

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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