A special day at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church

Delegates to the 2013 Polish-American Priests Association, in Pittsburgh this week for their convention, will gather at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church for Holy Mass today at 5:00 p.m.

Bishop Zubik, Cardinal Dziwisz of Krakow (former secretary to Pope John Paul II), and Cardinal Maida of Detroit will concelebrate.  It is a great honor for Immaculate Heart to host this event, and the church tells us that everyone is welcome.

Check out Immaculate Heart of Mary’s website to find out more about the church and upcoming events.

Fish fry dinner every Friday through Lent!

Did you miss last Friday’s fish fry dinner at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church?  Well, don’t be sad; the church will continue the  dinners every Friday through Lent (through March 30).

They start serving at 3:00 p.m., and keep going until the food sells out  Even if you aren’t a churchgoer, a church fish fry dinner is a classic.  You get a fried fish filet, french fries, and coleslaw, all for $8, and they do it very well.

The fish fry dinner will be in Rosary Hall, same room they use for the Polish Hill polling station.  Enter on Brereton Street, just to the right of the main steps.  For more information, call IHM at 412.621.5170.

Immaculate Heart of Mary to hold fish fry on Feb 13

Mark your calendars — we just got word that the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church will be having a Fish Fry from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13 (Ash Wednesday).  Last year’s fish fry was a big success,  and they tell us that if this one goes well, they may do it again on Friday the 15, and every Friday during Lent.

We don’t know yet how much it’ll cost, but we’ll get that information out as soon as we know more.  For more information, call IHM at 412.621.5170.

Baby Jesus figure stolen from IHM creche

The secretary from the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church stopped by to tell us that the Baby Jesus was stolen from the nativity scene in front of the rectory.  They aren’t sure when it was taken; it was noticed early Thursday evening that the figure was missing.

The creche and it’s figures have been in use for a long time, and they’re are very important to the church and their parishioners.  We hope that the figure is returned unharmed.  If you happen upon a small (about 4-6 inches long) figure of a baby, please bring it back where it belongs!

A first glimpse of Christmas at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church

Former PHCA Vice President Patrick Singleton was in town today and visited Polish Hill, and while he was in the neighborhood, he stopped in to Immaculate Heart of Mary Church to check out their Christmas decorations.  They don’t have everything up yet — Patrick was told that the lights are lit at the midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.  But even with just what’s lit now, the church is beautiful.  You can click on each image to see them larger.

(All photos by Patrick Singleton — all rights reserved)

Johnny Angel and the Halos to help John Paul Plaza celebrate 30-year anniversary

A “One of Its Kind” celebration will be held on October 21 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of John Paul Plaza, the senior 70-unit high rise at 1005 Herron Avenue in Polish Hill.  John Paul Plaza, named after Pope John Paul ll, was built in 1982 under the direction of Rev. John M. Jendzura, C.S.Sp, former Pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, and Sister M. Coleman Conroy, OSF, and Sister Veronica, OSF.

Presently, the Plaza is under Housing Management Services, and Sister Eileen Magill is the Executive Director.  The property manager at John Paul Plaza is Sister Lorita Kristufek, a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis from Mt. Assisi Convent in Bellevue (North Hills) PA.

To mark the 30th anniversary of John Paul Plaza, a special Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated on October 21 by Rev. Joseph Swierczynski at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.  The festivities will continue at the Plaza; to highlight the occasion, Johnny Angel and the Halos will perform a concert at 3:00 p.m..  Tickets for the general public are $10 per person at the door.  There will be no pre-sale tickets.   For more information, call John Paul Plaza at 412.683.5850.

Polish Falcons 40th national convention coming to Pittsburgh, Polish Hill

The Polish Falcons of America, the national Polish fraternal organization, is having it’s 40th national convention in Pittsburgh from July 18 – 21.  The organization is celebrating a combination of several notable anniversaries, including the 125th Anniversary of the founding of the PFA.

Here in Polish Hill, the Immaculate Heart of Mary church will hold a Polish Falcons convention Mass on Saturday, July 21 at 4:00 p.m.  Delegates from across the USA will come to IHM for the mass.  All are invited to attend this mass.

For more information on the convention, click here, or email convention2012@polishfalcons.org.

Photos from the Immaculate Heart of Mary parish festival

Saturday, the day of the Immaculate Heart festival, was the hottest day of the year.  The heat impacted the daytime attendance, but after the sun went down, more people came out for Polish food, games, and just to enjoy visiting and strolling.

To the many church volunteers who worked hard all day in this extreme heat, we can only say, you are a champ.  A special appreciation goes to Mark Dobies, who does so much work on these days .  Here’s hoping that next year is cooler!

(Photos by Leslie Clague for the PHCA)