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

"Welcome Back!"

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

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.


SATURDAY         July 11
                              8:00 am              For Our Parish Family
                              4:00 pm          + Chester, Hilda and Kenneth Zmija

SUNDAY              July 12
                              8:00 am             Holy Name Society
                             10:00 am         + Wladyslaw & Jozef Gajdek
                             12:00 pm         + Ernest Tolar

MONDAY             July 13
                               8:00 am         + Deceased of the Pindel Family

TUESDAY            July 14
                              8:00 am             Blessings for Patricia Primer

WEDNESDAY     July 15
                              8:00 am             For Our Parish
THURSDAY         July 16
                              8:00 am             Jim Jr.& Penny Cesen - Anniversary Blessings

FRIDAY                July 17
                               8:00 am            Jarred - Birthday Blessings
                               6:00 pm         + Helena Wolner

SATURDAY          July 18
                               8:00 am         + Leo & Pauline Sobolewski
                               4:00 pm         + John Swiech

SUNDAY               July 19
                               8:00 am         + Helen Wasko
                              10:00 am            Marta & Wiecslaw Pilipczuk - Blessings 45th Wedding Anniversary
                              12:00 pm        + Michele Osborne 
(+) deceased


We keep in our prayers John Baranowski, James Bolesta and Aniela Klacza who have died. May their souls and those of all the faithful departed rest in peace. 

"Spring Fling 2020 Raffle"

Congratulations to our prize winners: Ron Stavnicky - 1st prize $500; Jacek Maczka - 2nd prize $250; Sabina Jedrey - 3rd prize $150; Walter Jedrey - 4th prize $50; and Amy Oryl - 5th prize $50.

Sabina and Walter Jedrey returned their winnings to the church and we thank them for their generosity to IHM.

Ron Stavnicky, the winner of the 1st prize, has donated $100.00 of his winnings back to IHM and we thank him for his generous donation. 

After 27 years, Derek Madej is moving - It is difficult to inform our parishioners that our long-time parish music director, organist and friend is moving to Denver. He and his wife, Gosha have decided to live near their son and his family. It will be a change of life for them and for our parish Music Ministry. I ask our parishioners to remember Derek and his family in prayer as they move through this time of transition. Derek will leave some time in the middle of August, and will be gone for some of the remaining weekends. Because of his schedule and the Coronavirus precautions not to have gatherings, there will not be a formal reception. Please feel free to express your personal gratitude to him either at Mass or by mail. If you wish to mail him a card, then mail it to the rectory office (6700 Lansing Avenue, Cleveland, 44105) and we will forward it to him. Father Ralph Hudak

Job Offer: Organist for Immaculate Heart of Mary Church - We need an organist for our 4:00 p.m., 8:00 a.m., (Polish), and 12:00 Noon Masses. One person could do both English and Polish, or one for the English Masses and one for the Polish Mass. Availability for funerals, weddings (very few), and special liturgical events. Qualifications: The candidate must have a knowledge and experience of Roman Catholic liturgy and liturgical principles; know how to play an organ (pipe or electronic) and if possible, lead in singing. Interested candidates can contact or send a resume to Fr. Ralph Hudak at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 6700 Lansing Avenue, Cleveland, OH  44105, call the office 216-341-2734,  or email ihmpol@mainet.net. A background check and Virtus training will be required.

Changes in our Parish Calendar due to the Pandemic follow:
1. The Parish Pastoral Council meeting originally scheduled for Monday, June 8th was cancelled and rescheduled to Monday, September 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the rectory.

2. Our Summer Social at Klima Gardens scheduled for Sunday, August 16, 2020 is canceled. This directive comes from our Diocesan Administrator, Rev. Donald Oleksiak who has informed the pastors in the Diocese of Cleveland to do this for all parish festivals, carnivals, picnics or other large group events for the summer of 2020. (There will be no raffle.)

3. 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 fund raiser and social event for our parish.

4. Instead of the Fall Reverse Raffle, we might consider a "Fall Fling Raffle".

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

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.

Weekly Donations:

       6/14/20   -   $3,175.00 (R&R - $1,373.00)                6/21/20   -   $1,949.00 (R&R - $144.00)
       6/28/20   -   $2,562.00 (R&R - $236.00)                   7/05/20   -   $2,557.00 (R&R - $444.00)

A Donation to IHM has been received from the Borcuch Family in memory of our parishioner Dorothy A. Reitz and gratefully acknowledged and appreciated.

Donations:  IHM Parish has received donations totaling $960.00 as of 7/10/20, in memory of John Baranowski.
Thank you to all who have made donations to IHM.

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

Information for our parishioners about work done on our church and school boilers 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 done by Stack: Heating - Cooling - Electric.

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.

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.

                                        4:00 p.m.                    8:00 a.m.                    10:00 a.m.                    12:00 p.m
June 13/14                          33                               41                                 87                                 21
June 20/21                          35                               46                                 67                                 26
June 27/28                          31                               38                                 80                                 23
July 4/5                               29                               32                                 60                                 33  

Your presence was missed, but now you are able to return. Know that I am sensitive to the fact that there are others who would have liked to have been physically present these past weekends, but were not due to your particular circumstances. There will be a time when we will all be back together again at IHM. With your presence in church many brought donations for the past weeks that were missed. Thank you!  Fr. Ralph Hudak

Annual Mission Appeal which was more often than not held during the month of July on some particular weekend has been canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. In the meantime, remember to pray for the missionaries and the work that they do in God's name throughout the world.

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.

District Pre-Baptism Class - for parents will be held at St. John Nepomucene Church, Fleet Avenue at East 50th Street on Sunday, July 19th at 1:30 p.m. Call the parish office during regular business hours to register or for more information 216-641-8444.

The FEST - A day of hope and family when we need it most! We are excited and blessed to announce that FEST 2020 is not cancelled! Instead, it will come to you "live" from the comfort of your own home on Sunday, August 9, 2020. We will be streaming FEST day with messages of faith and inspiration, songs from national Christian bands and so much more! We will have an engaging and interactive website where you will be able to experience and do all the things you love to do on FEST day - from crafts and activities to sponsor bags and more! Visit www.theFEST.us for more information.

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."

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.

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, Monday - 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.

Mass Requests for 2020 - There are a few weekend Masses open. Many weekdays are still available.

Jezu, ufam Tobie