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Kosciol Niepokalanego Serca Najswietszej Maryi Panny


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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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High risk/vulnerable parishioners are encouraged to stay home - The Diocese of Cleveland also encourages those who live with, care for or routinely come into contact with high/risk vulnerable people to stay home as well for the protection of those in their care. You can participate in live-streamed Masses from parishes that have it available, or the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. Mass from the cathedral is live-streamed daily Monday-Friday at 12 Noon, and Sunday at 8:00 a.m. Visit dioceseofcleveland.org to watch the Mass. TV Mass is presented each Sunday at 10:00 a.m. on WUAB 43. The Mass from EWTN is at 8:00 a.m., and 5:00 p.m. on Sundays, and weekday Masses are aired at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

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Parish January (& maybe February) Envelopes are late - Due to the problems in the U.S. Post Office many parishioners have not received their packet of envelopes for the month. Please use a plain envelope with your name, address and envelope number on it for your usual donation in the church basket, in the slot in the rectory door, or if you mail it in. Thank you! 

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We keep in our prayers Rita Drabek  who has died. May her soul and those of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

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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         January 16
                               8:00 am         + Edward Wisniewski
                               4:00 pm         + Celia Steiner and Veronica S. Chase

SUNDAY              January 17    
                              8:00 am          + John & Anna Grinda
                             10:00 am         + Bronislawa Potrzuski
                             12:00 pm         + Irena & Jan Boc

MONDAY            January 18         
                              8:00 am              NO INTENTION REQUESTED (*)

TUESDAY           January 19
                              8:00 am              NO INTENTION REQUESTED (*)

WEDNESDAY    January 20
                              8:00 am         + Stanley Gutfranski (Birthday Remembrance)

THURSDAY        January 21        
                              8:00 am          + Fr. Anthony Zepp (Birthday Remembrance)

FRIDAY               January 22          
                              8:00 am          + Chester, Hilda and Kenneth Zmija

SATURDAY        January 23        
                             8:00 am              For Our Parish Family
                             4:00 pm           + Deceased of the Struna Famliy

SUNDAY             January 24           
                             8:00 am           + Deceased of the Scott, Furman and Tylicki Families
                           10:00 am           + Piotr Hoscilowicz
                           12:00 pm           + Peter Latarski

(+) deceased

(*) NO INTENTION REQUESTED THEREFORE SOULS IN PURGATORY


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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:  
                                      12/13/20   -   $1,443.00 (R&R - $223.00)
                                      12/20/20   -   $2,549.00 (R&R - $124.00)
                                      12/27/20   -   $1,769.00 (R&R - $1,322.00)
                                      01/03/21   -   $2,028.00 (R&R - $516.00)
                                      01/10/21   -   $1,971.00 (R&R - $147.00) 

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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Sunday Mass attendance during the Coronavirus Crisis: 

                                        4:00 p.m.                    8:00 a.m.                    10:00 a.m.                    12:00 p.m.                 
December 12/13                25                                24                                 58                                  21
December 19/20                32                                26                                 85                                  29 
December 26/27                28                                25                                 99                                  18
January 2/3                       36                                24                                 78                                  20
January 9/10                     38                                28                                 92                                  28        

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Mass for Life will be live streamed from the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and aired on AM 1260 the Rock on Friday, January 22nd at 10:00 a.m. Please join us via the radio, or website am1260therock.com or our mobile app as we celebrate and respect life from the moment of conception until natural death. Please pray for the The Culture of Life to permeate our country and world as we begin this new year. Father Donald Oleksiak, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia will be the celebrant for this Mass.

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Contribution Statements for 2020 - Parishioners who need a tax statement of their 2020 contributions for tax purposes may request one by calling the rectory at 216-341-2734 during office hours (Monday-Friday, 9-2 p.m.), sending a note through the mail, or put a note in the collection basket. Please include in this note your nameaddressphone number and envelope contribution number. Thank you.

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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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2021 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal - kicks off in January with the theme "Love your Neighbor." During the week of January 25th, close to 100,000 households will receive a letter from Bishop Malesic encouraging support for the Appeal an asking each of us to "Help our brothers and sisters in need." The Appeal goal is $13.5 million and is needed to continue to serve more than 400,000 people in need. Donations can be made online of or by testing CCHOPE to 41444. All parishes of the diocese will conduct the In-Pew Appeal the weekend of February 20-21

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Art & Environment Committee will take down the Christmas decorations on Saturday, January 16 at 8:30 a.m. You are invited to help in this task. Christmas season ends with the Baptism of the Lord on Sunday , January 10. Ordinary Time begins for the Church's liturgical calendar on Monday, January 11. Green vestments will be worn by the priest during this period.

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District Pre-Baptism Class for parents will be held here at Immaculate Heart of Church on Sunday, February 7 at 1:30 p.m. Call the parish office during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 9-2 p.m.) to register or for more information (216-341-2734). Please us e the south entrance (Worley Avenue side) to enter the rectory. Wearing of a facemask and social distancing will be followed in the classroom.

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Catholic Cemeteries Association Monthly Grief Support - The next meeting is Sunday, January17th 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 Facing the New Year with Hope and Love", 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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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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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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Mass Intentions for 2021 - 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