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 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.
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
Thank you to the many of our parishioners who made it to our third annual St. Patrick's Dinner Dance last Saturday night. While we are still counting the final numbers, it was a wonderful event of people coming together to enjoy the evening, and to help raise funds for the parish... read more
Exercising the Mind, Body and Spirit: To be Renewed this Lent
A few weeks ago, I realized that I was stressed about many things. My mind, body and spirit were tired. I was no longer reading books that interested me. My body was tired; and I needed to join a gym. My spirit, wounded, tired, and discouraged at the end of the year, especially with the election and the many deaths of family and friends, was at a low point. I needed Lent. I needed a kick to get off the couch!
In the desert, Jesus was also in despair. Here the devil had the advantage. Apostles who were complaining about the mission had challenged Jesus. He was tired of the overwhelming needs to the people to whom he ministered. There was so much to do, so little time and so little help. He went on a retreat into the desert to clear his mind, body and Spirit. In his confrontation with Satan, Jesus realizes that He is the Word; that is, feeding the most hurting, when he says, “Man does not live by bread only, but by every Word uttered by God.”
In the temptation of using power to control people’s lives, He is led be Satan to a high place over the Temple, and Jesus tempted to use power to determine what He wants, and do it His way. That would be so easy, yet to others, it would take away their freedom. Making mistakes, and to be forgiven by unconditionally would be God’s way of loving all.
Satan tempts Jesus to use His angels as means of rescue. This would have been so easy. No power on earth could match God’s power, and that true power is found in love, and in love alone. True love is profoundly looking to the other, never to oneself. This is not easy, but it’s the only way.
Jesus walked out of the desert renewed. He rediscovered who He was, what He mission is, and what he needed to do to free all humanity from itself. It would lead him on the road to Jerusalem. At the end of that road is death. Dying to self is the basis of His true integrity, doing the will of the Father. Life eternal would follow. Doing the right thing is where we find integrity with each other, then with God. Life, love and joy follow without effort... read more here