Welcome to our website of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Hanford, California. We are a community whose members, called by Baptism and formed by life long education, grow in faith and holiness through worship, prayer, and service, guided by the Gospel and traditions of the Catholic Church.
We hope you will find this website an informative and helpful resource. It is offered to you to make you aware of the many opportunities of services that are available here in the parish and to invite you to consider becoming more involved in parish life on a deeper and more active level.
We also hope you will consider visiting our church. Whether you visit us here or bless us with your presence at Mass, please know, wherever you are on your journey of faith, may you find a warm welcome with us.
Bienvenido a La Iglesia Inmaculado Corazon de Maria
Bienvenido a nuestro sitio web de La Iglesia Catolica
Inmaculado Corazón de María en Hanford,
California. Somos una comunidad cuyos miembros, llamados por el Bautismo y
formados con larga duracion de educación, crecemos en la
fe y la santidad a través del culto, la oración y servicio, guiada por el
Evangelio y las tradiciones de la Iglesia Católica.
Esperamos que usted encuentre este sitio web como un recurso
informativo y útil. Se le ofrece a Usted para informarle acerca de las muchas
oportunidades de servicios que están disponibles aquí en la parroquia y le
invitamos a considerar cada vez más la vida parroquial en un nivel más profundo
y más activo.
También esperamos que considere visitar nuestra iglesia. Ya
sea que nos visite aquí o nos bendiga con su presencia en la Misa, por favor
sepa, donde quiera que se encuentre en su camino de fe, puede encontrar una
cálida bienvenida con nosotros.
Bishop's Annual Appeal 2017
It has been our custom now to pay off our obligation to the Bishop's Annual Appeal, by taking a second collection at every Sunday during Lent. This is a part of our responsibility of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. By our extra financial sacrifice, we are able to help the Bishop in his responsibility to care for the entire Diocese. Our obligation is around $11,000 every year. I am hopeful that we can once again retire our responsibility. I am very grateful to all who have responded in the past. It is due to our faithful and generous parishioners that enable us to do so much! - Fr. Mike
From the Pastor
Brothers and Sisters: If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ your life appears, then you too will appear with him in glory. - 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8
In this beautiful time of the year, as we have received the blessing of rain this winter, and continue to receive into our spring, we see the wildlife around us come to life. The blossoms are bright and colorful; the flowers in the hillsides, especially the poppies and purple lupus are brilliant. After the drought, our reservoirs and lakes are full, and we await the summer heat.
Easter is our awakening. Easter is our returning to new life. Easter is a time of hope and enchantment. The death of the winter cold, and the dryness of the drought of five years, now is gone and we can breath again, though many of us with allergies are not so sure.
Jesus is our new life. Jesus’ resurrection is our hope and salvation. Jesus is the light that shines, after a long winter, in the morning sun. The wonderful colors of the earth reflect the joy of nature coming back to life. Spring breaks through the gloominess we all experience in the fog that envelops our being.
Our parish again celebrates the paschal mystery, the life, death and resurrection of Jesus through liturgies and Masses. We come to confess, assured of receiving forgiveness. We gather on Palm Sunday, welcoming Jesus into the community, as he was received in Jerusalem. We feast at the table in Upper Room, we cry at the foot of the cross on Calvary. In Easter morning, join us for a Sunrise Mass to embrace the morning sun of a new day.
We pray you will join us for the Easter Season Masses. This holy time goes to Pentecost Sunday, on June 4. Please share this with family and friend. Come, celebrate, rejoice and live!