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.
In October 2011, Pope Benedict announced a Year of Faith for the universal Church to commence on October 11, 2012, the Anniversary of both the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and to conclude on November 24, 2013, the feast of Christ the King. The purpose of the Year of Faith is to make clear to the faithful that "faith is a gift to rediscover, to cultivate and to bear witness to." An emphasis is to be placed on inspiring interest in the faith that will lead to renewed efforts of conversion and evangelization in both the clergy and the laity. The focus of study will be on the primary conciliar documents and the Cathechism of the Catholic Church. By learning, loving, and living the faith authentically expressed, we will be brought closer to Christ and live in communion with Christ and his Church.
The apostolic letter "Porta Fidei," announces and explains the Year of Faith.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has issued the following pastoral recommendations, Note with pastoral recommendations for the Year of Faith.
Links to the primary documents of the Second Vatican council as well as the Catechism of the Catholic Church which are suggested reading in preparation for the Year of Faith.
Sacrosanctum Concilium - The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy
Dei Verbum - The Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation
Lumen Gentium - The Dogmatic Constitution of the Church
Gaudium et Spes - The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
Happy Mother's Day
On behalf of the parish staff and myself, I want to wish all the mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, and all mothers of every sort a very happy Mother's Day. In this Month of May, the month of Mary, patroness of our parish and country, we ask that the Blessed Virgin be the model of faith for mothers, especially those mothers who at times find motherhood difficult. Mary, too saw her son, Jesus, suffered needlessly and yet, remained faithful. It was finally through the Holy Spirit, that she finally understood the full impact of his love for her. That is why we say, she was the first redeemed.
- Fr. Mike
Every parish grows and in each generation, new families emerge and the life of the parish continues grow to the past. It is important that we record in some way, the growth of our Catholic community.
We will attempt for the first time in the history of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish to put together a pictorial directory. Most parishes have such directories, with the pictures of the parishioners and those who work and are involved in the life of the parish. During the month of March, we will be taking sign ups of family and individuals who wish to participate. Every person or family that take a picture, will receive a FREE 8/10 picture as well as FREE pictorial directory.
Picture taking will take place the first week of April and the first week of May in the Pastoral Center. Appointments for picture taking will take place at all Masses during March and anytime online, just click here. We ask that you all make appointments when you and your family can come together for picture taking. The hours of the picture taking will be 2pm to 9pm April 2 to 6. Please help us mark this point in our history by joining us in making this directory a great success!