Welcome to St. George Catholic Church of Hartford, SD, located ten miles west of Sioux Falls, SD . Founded in 1882, we are older than the state of South Dakota and the Diocese of Sioux Falls. Though old, in 2010 we built a brand new and beautiful church to accommodate the growth of the Hartford area. We are a growing and thriving parish made up of many young families who wish to know, love, and serve God and his Church in this life and forever in the next. Currently we have 370 families and we are always adding more each month. All we need to have a perfect parish is you! Click here to learn how to join!
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Saint George Parish Annual Turkey Dinner
408 S. Western Ave Hartford, SD
Turkey and Dressing, Potatoes, Gravy, Beans, Coleslaw, Cranberries, and Desserts
Sunday, October 28th Serving 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Country Store & Raffle
Adults- $10.00 6-12 - $5.00 5 and Under- Free
Carry-Out meals will be available.
Saturday @ 5:30 pm
Sunday @ 8:00 am & 10:30 am
Tuesday & Thursday @ 5:30 pm
Wednesday & Friday @ 8:00 am
1st Saturday @ 8:30 am
First Saturday: Before and after 8:30am Mass
8:30 am-1:30 pm
For online books, movies, bible studies, talks and more sign up for the free parish program called FORMED.
Use the parish code: Y883W7
A Reflection from Father King
At the beginning of a baptism the priest asks the parents what name they give their child and what they wish the Church to do for their child. It is the parents who must give their consent for the child to be baptized. They are the ones who, along with the godparents, make the renunciation of Satan and the profession of faith on their child’s behalf. One of the parents holds the child as the priest baptizes. So, the role of parents is very important in the reception of the sacrament of baptism.
The Church’s law concerning baptism states that at least one of the parents give their consent to the child’s baptism, except for situations where the child is in danger of death. The Church’s law also states that “there be a realistic hope that the child will be brought up in the Catholic religion. If such hope is truly lacking, the baptism is…to be deferred.” The child is totally dependent on his or her parents for everything, including their growth in the knowledge and love of God. Without a life of faith and prayer at home the flame of faith that is sown at baptism can easily be extinguished. However, when a family prays together, and the home is a place where the children are taught about God and are educated to act in love of God and neighbor then the parents are passing on the faith to their children and the flame of faith takes hold of their child’s soul. Attending Mass every Sunday is an essential part of that work of passing on of the faith, creating the habit of the sacramental life where we most truly honor God with our worship, our prayer, and our humble service within the Church. That is why the Church will ask parents to renew their faith and their practice of the faith if they have lapsed before their child can be baptized. It is good, if your married children, siblings or friends are considering baptism for their children for you to talk to them about the importance of returning to the Church if you are aware that they have not been practicing their faith. Sometimes your encouragement can be all they need to return to the practice of the faith.
The parents must prepare for their child’s baptism. Here, that preparation consists of meeting with me. I would recommend that you do so before your child’s birth so that the baptism can take place soon after the birth. The beautiful duty of parents is summed in these words from the rite of baptism:
You must make it your constant care to bring your child up in the practice of the faith. See that the divine life which God gives your child is kept safe from the poison of sin, to grow always stronger in his heart.