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Kosciol Niepokalanego Serca Najswietszej Maryi Panny

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, daily if possible. Praying the Rosary as a family helps its members to remain unified in a time when it faces many challenges secular society. Fathers Ralph Hudak and Andrzej Panek encourage you to pray the Rosary. Plus, they 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 meditate 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 pm. 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 October, which includes a devotion in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.


On December 8, 2020, the 50th Anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, Pope Francis proclaimed a Year of Saint Joseph from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021.

                                                                      Prayer to St. Joseph
"Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man. Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father, and guide us in the path of life. Obtain for us, mercy and courage, and defend us from every evil. Amen."

March 19th - St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary 
May 1st - St. Joseph the Worker


                                                                       MASS SCHEDULE

SATURDAY       October 16             
                              8:00 am      + Dan Prijatel
                              4:00 pm      + Theodore Adaska

SUNDAY            October 17          
                             8:00 am       + Bernadette Workman
                           10:00 am       + Tadeusz Gajdek
                           12:00 pm       + David Kornatowski, Sr.

MONDAY          October 18                   
                             8:00 am        + Arron Winters

TUESDAY          October 19             
                             8:00 am        + Deceased of the Kmet Family

WEDNESDAY   October 20
                             8:00 am           Jim & Donna Cesen -Anniversary Blessings

THURSDAY      October 21
                             8:00 am        + Greg Hudak

FRIDAY             October 22        
                             8:00 am        + Edward Sobczynski (Anniversary of Death) 
                             6:00 pm           For Our Parish Family

SATURDAY       October 23
                              8:00 am       + All Souls Day Intentions
                              4:00 pm       + Daniel & Rita Wesley

SUNDAY            October 24           
                             8:00 am        + Ruth Anderson
                            10:00 am       + Jerzy Amanowicz
                            12:00 pm       + Dale Tolar


Daily Mass is very comfortable - Please join us for weekday Mass in our air-conditioned chapel in the convent at 8:00 a.m. Monday thru Saturday. The door opens at 7:30 a.m.

World Mission Sunday is October 24th. It is a day that leads us to the heart of our Christian faith - leads us to Mission! Your generosity on World Mission Sunday supports the work of priests, religious and lay leaders in the Missions who share our faith with those most in need. Pope Francis invites the entire Church to support the young mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, parts of Latin America and Europe. There is a white envelope in your monthly mailed packet for this purpose. Remember the missionaries in your prayers. For more information, visit MISSIO.org.

Priesthood Sunday is October 31st. Catholics across the country are asked to set side this Sunday to celebrate the importance of the gift of priesthood in the life of the church. It is a time for us to reflect on the ministry that our priests share with us when we gather at the Table of the Lord - when we call in our times of need. Together we pray that many of our young people will be inspired by the ministry and witness of our priests. May their hearts be open to hearing and responding to God's call in their lives. For more information, call the Seminary Vocation Office at 440-943-7660, Father Michael McCandless, Director at mmccandless@dioceseofcleveland.org or see www.clepriesthood.com - www.churchvocations.com or speak with one of your parish priests.

Mass at St. Mary Cemetery on Sunday, November 7th at 3:00 p.m.  Fr. Andrzej Panek will offer a bilingual Mass for the Souls in Purgatory and for all those buried in St. Mary's Cemetery on East 71st in Cuyahoga Heights. He will also have some special prayers after the Mass. All are welcome. Masses are celebrated simultaneously in other Catholic cemeteries throughout the Diocese of Cleveland on this day. (Please contact the Catholic Cemeteries Association at 216-641-7575 for a listing of the other cemeteries having Mass that day.)

We keep in our prayers Kathleen Lipnick-Brenneman who has died. May her soul and those of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

A Donation to IHM has been received in memory of Eleanor Geniusz from the Geniusz Family and is gratefully acknowledged. 

Parish Finance Council meets on Thursday, October 21st at 6:00 p.m. in the rectory. If a member is unable to be present, please leave a message for Father Hudak, 216-341-2734.

District Pre-Baptism Class for parents will be held at St. Stanislaus Church, 3649 East 65th Street on WednesdayNovember 3, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. Call the parish office during regular business hours to register or for more information (216-341-9091). 

The 35th Annual Blanket Sunday Collection - The appeal is sponsored by the Diocesan St. Vincent de Paul Society and kicked off the last weekend October 9-10, 2021. Last year funds from the appeal were used to purchase 4,500+ new winter blankets that were provided to the homeless and 179 beds/mattresses for low-income individuals and families throughout Northeast Ohio.

White envelopes for this purpose are available in the church pews or you may want to use your own plain white envelope and write on on it "SVDP Blanket Sunday." Put it into the Offertory collection basket on that weekend. Make checks out to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. One check will then be forwarded to the SVDP Diocesan Office. 

Donations can also be made securely online: https://donate.svdpcle.org/blanket-sunday-donations/

Checks may also be mailed directly to: St. Vincent de Paul Society Blanket Sunday, 1404 East 9th Street, 3rd Floor, Cleveland, OH  44114. 

Thank you for helping us "blanket" neighbors in warmth and compassion! The need is great!

Cleveland Polonia Celebrates the Beatification of Blessed Stefan Cardinal Wyszynski (1901-1981) and Blessed Mother Elizabeth Czacka (1876-1961) - They were beatified September 12, 2021 at Warsaw's Church of Divine Providence. Cardinal Wyszynski, the Archbishop who steered Poland's Catholic Church through communist rule, and Mother Elizabeth Rosa Czacka, a blind Franciscan nun who founded one of Europe's foremost centers for the sight-impaired have begun their journey to canonization. Blessed Elizabeth, pray for us, and Blessed Stefan, pray for us.

Celebration for Cleveland Polonia - All are invited to attend a Mass to celebrate the recent beatification of the Primate of the Millennium, Stefan Cardinal Wyszynski and Mother Elizabeth Czacka, on Tuesday, October 12th at 7:00 p.m.  at the Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus, 3649 East 65 Street in Cleveland. For more information, please call their parish office at 216-341-9091.

Immaculate Heart of Mary's Polish Parish School of Religion (PPSR) meets on Sundays at 11:00-Noon in the convent for grades K-8. It began September 12th. For more information or to register contact Fr. Andrzej Panek at 216-341-2734 , Beata Pierzynski at 216-355-7424 or come to the convent on Sunday.

The Mass Book for 2021 is closed. All of the Mass dates have been taken for the year. No Masses available in 2021.

                                                 "The Mass Intention Book for 2022 is Open"
To schedule in person, please come to the rectory, WEDNESDAYSTHURSDAYS OR FRIDAYS9:30 a.m. to 2:00 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 coronavirus, WE WILL ACCEPT REQUESTS IN WRITINGThese 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 intendedMass dateMass time and 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 anniversary to celebrate DO NOT WAIT until the last minute to schedule it. Thank you.

Weekly Donations
                                 10/03/21 - $4,945.00 (R&R - $568.00)
                                 10/10/21 - $2,567.00 (R&R - $569.55)

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

The City of Cleveland has launched a COVID-19 Vaccination Program for individuals who are homebound - For individuals who have not received a COVID-109 vaccination yet due to being homebound or bedridden, Cuyahoga County and the City of Cleveland have a vaccination program to vaccinate individuals in their home. A homebound person includes those who need the help of another person, a walker or a wheelchair to leave their home, or their medical provider believes that their health or illness could get worse if they leave their home, therefore, they do not typically leave their home. To check eligibility and register yourself or a loved one, please contact the Western Reserve Area Agency on Aging as they are providing screening for eligibility at 216-621-0303.

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!

2021 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal - As of September 30, 2021, here at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish52 parishioners have pledged $7,331 toward our parish goal of $10,436. That is 70.25% of our overall goal. Your financial support makes a difference and transforms lives. Thank you! 

If you have not had a chance to make a gift, please visit CatholicCommunity.org/Donate, text CCHOPE to 44114, or mail your donation to the Catholic Community Foundation at 1404 E. 9th Street, Cleveland, OH  44114. Your support of the Appeal helps us to carry out the mission that Jesus entrusted to us: "I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me." 

Catholic Cemeteries Association Sunday, October 17th Grief Support / "In-Office" and "Virtual" - We continue to provide free monthly grief support groups in two formatsIn-Office (3 p.m.) and Virtually (5 p.m.). Our Grief Support Groups meet the 3rd Sunday of every month, except June, where we meet on the 4th Sunday. 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 to listen and be in the presence of those who understand. 

The October topics are "Children's Griefand "Pregnancy, Infant and Child Loss ". 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.

Catholic Cemeteries Association follows the guidelines set by the CDC, the State of Ohio and the Diocese of Cleveland regarding COVID-19 protocols. We do however strongly suggest that those not yet vaccinated or who are otherwise vulnerable, continue to wear a facemask. CCA will continue to follow strong hygiene practices and encourage all who are ill to stay at home. Our Virtual Grief Support Group and our monthly grief support e-newsletter are excellent alternatives for individuals who are not able to join us in person for Grief Support.

In-Office / 3-4 pm at 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). 

Virtual / 5-6 p.m. Via Zoom follows the same monthly topic discussion as the in-office groups.  Sign-up at http://bit.ly/ccavirtualgriefsupportgroup to receive login information and the handout materials. You can join virtually from any Wi-Fi enabled area 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.

Your RSVP for both In-Person and Virtual Grief Support is appreciated but not required to attend. For more information or if you have questions, please contact Rhonda at 216-930-4866 or rabrams@clecem.org.

"A Closer Walk with Thee(CCA Monthly Grief Support E-Newsletter) - Subscribe to the Catholic Cemeteries Association's monthly grief support e-newsletter, "A Closer Walk with Thee"." This e-newsletter is emailed the first Tuesday of each month to any family/individual who has expressed an interest in our bereavement programs. To subscribe to this valued grief support resource, visit https://www.clecem.org/Information/Bereavement.aspx and click the tan signup box on the right side, contact Rhonda rabrams@clecem.org or at 216-930-4866. You can also click this link and go directly to the signup https:.//bit.ly/ccabereavementbulletin.

Age Successfully. We can help! Services for adults age 60 an over (or age 18-59 with disabilities). Cuyahoga County's Division of Senior and Adult Services (DSAS) empowers seniors and adults with disabilities to age successfully, by providing resources and support that preserve their independence. DSAS is the mandated provider Adult Protective Services (APS) in Cuyahoga County, and provides home-based care services, benefits assistance, meal delivery, and senior center programming. DSAS strives to keep seniors safe, supported and independent, so they can live their best lives. Call today to learn about the programs and services we offer (216-420-6700) or go online dsascuyahogacounty.us.

Does someone you know need help because of addiction? The Absolute House located at Holy Name Parish (8328 Broadway Avenue) in Cleveland is men's residential recovery living community for drugs and alcohol addictions. This is an intensive 12-step program that includes daily Mass in the former convent chapel. The men participate in Holy Name parish activities, and several of them who were involved in the eight-month program made their First Holy Communion or Confirmation. For an "Intake Interview" call 216-862-5014.

Catholic Nursing Home: The sisters are in need of Nurses - House of Loreto is hiring nurses for all three shifts, full time, or part time, RNs or LPNs. Want to work for a ministry that values your talent and ability? Grow your career with the best support, resources, and team. Call today (330-453-8137) or email loreto1955@neohio.twcbc.com.

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.


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 SUNDAY TV MASS HAS MOVED TO A NEW TV CHANNEL AND A NEW TIME - The weekly television Mass produced by the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland has moved. The Sunday television Mass can 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.


Mass Book - The Mass is the greatest of of prayers. Some reasons for Mass intentions are an expression of our faith, belief in life after death, belief in the power of prayer to help the deceased during their time of purification (souls in purgatory), for a particular person or persons who have died, for an anniversary of death, wedding anniversary, for health, alcohol-drug addiction, financial help, peace in the world, for our government, a happy death, respect for life, Devotion to Mary or other special intentions.

To schedule in person, please come to the rectory, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY or FRIDAY (9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.). 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.

Jezu, ufam Tobie