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!
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
A Reflection from Father King
Today – just six months before Christmas Day – is the feast of the Nativity, or birth, of John the Baptist. Saint John has held a predominant position in people’s devotion to the saints. This is a solemnity, or solemn feast day, in the Church’s calendar. We are reminded today of Saint John’s miraculous birth to elderly parents, and of his life of radical penance and prayer which attracted great crowds from all over Israel. He shows us that what opens many people to Christ is their coming into contact with a person who is fully given to Jesus through a deep faith, a life of prayer and holiness. Nowhere is that seen more in Saint John’s arrest and martyrdom at the hands of King Herod and his queen Herodias.
Herod was outraged by John’s condemnation of his sinful lifestyle and his unlawful marriage. He had John imprisoned yet, Saint Mark tells us, he was attracted by what John had to say and would come to listen to him. We live in a time when people are outraged by the teaching of the Church, and yet are fascinated by her too. That can give us hope so that we are not so afraid to live our faith, nor ashamed to live our lives in accord with the Church’s teachings. Blessed John Henry Newman, from the 19th century, writes about how Saint John the Baptist was able to reprimand and yet win over the king:
John the Baptist had a most difficult office to fulfill; that of rebuking a king. Not that it is difficult for a man of rude arrogant mind to say a harsh thing to men in power — no, rather, it is a gratification to such a one; but it is difficult to rebuke well, that is, at a right time, in a right spirit, and a right manner.
The holy Baptist rebuked Herod without making him angry; therefore he must have rebuked him with gravity, temper, sincerity, and an evident good-will towards him. On the other hand, he spoke so firmly, sharply, and faithfully, that his rebuke cost him his life. We who now live have not that extreme duty put upon us with which Saint John was laden; yet every one of us has a share in his office, inasmuch as we are all bound "to rebuke vice boldly," when we have fit opportunities for so doing....
Aim at viewing all things in a plain and candid light, and at calling them by their right names. Be frank, do not keep your notions of right and wrong to yourselves, nor, on some conceit that the world is too bad to be taught the Truth, suffer it to sin in word or deed without rebuke.
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St. George is raising money for Pro-Life billboards in the Sioux Falls area. If you would like to donate to help cover expenses please make checks payable to Pro-Life Across America and give to Zach.
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