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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Wednesday & Friday @ 8:00 am
1st Saturday @ 8:30 am
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A Reflection from Zach Krueger
In 1968 Bl. Pope Paul VI released Humanae Vitae, his famous document outlining the Church’s teaching about the dignity of human life and her approach to the issue of contraception. Since its publication at the time when contraception was becoming more popular, it has been a source of argument in the Church and in society as a whole. It is probably the single teaching of the Church that is debated and misunderstood more than any other. In fact, the Catholic Church is the only denomination that has unfalteringly held onto this teaching even while the others changed. Why hold on to this particular teaching under so much pressure to change it? What does the Church actually teach? What makes it so controversial?
The first paragraph of the letter states that the transmission of life is a great blessing but also comes with “not a few difficulties and… distress.” This letter in no way teaches that families regardless of their context and situation should have as many kids as is physically possible. Later on in the letter he writes that, “…a conjugal act imposed upon one’s partner without regard for his or her condition and lawful desires is not a true act of love.” When starting or growing a family the whole person of each member needs to be taken into consideration. The Pope lists physical, economic, and social conditions as those that cause a married couple to pause and consider whether or not it would be best to bring another child in to the family. But an artificial means of avoiding a pregnancy is not the solution to these problems. It is quick, easy, and effective, but it does not get to the deeper issues at the root of the question.
Marriage is meant to be a self-sacrificing show of love for the other. “Marriage, then, is far from being the effect of chance or the result of the blind evolution of natural forces. It is in reality the wise and provident institution of God the Creator, whose purpose was to effect in man His loving design. As a consequence, husband and wife, through that mutual gift of themselves, which is specific and exclusive to them alone, develop that union of two persons in which they perfect one another, cooperating with God in the generation and rearing of new lives.”
The teaching on contraception is based on the fact there is an objective truth, and that we need to consider that when dealing with these very real problems. Solutions to the various issues of marriage should be based on God’s plan and intention for it. The source of all goodness is the One who knows how to bring about goodness in his creation. The goodness he gives in marriage lived out faithfully in line with his plan is freedom, fruitfulness, and totality. Any act in which even one of those is missing is an evil act. Evil simply means a lack of something that should be there. “…it is not licit, even for the gravest of reasons, to do evil so that good may follow therefrom.” This is the core of the teaching on contraception- that it lacks the fullness of the gift of self meant for the marital act. This is an important issue that hits home for many of us, so in the bulletin articles for the next few weeks we will unpack more of what this groundbreaking and beautiful letter teaches us.
The Office of the Marian Apostolate will host "Humanae Vitae: The Gift Continues 50 Years Later" July 24 at 7 p.m. in the Parish Hall of Holy Spirit; Sioux Falls. We will learn about this great contribution left to us by Blessed Paul VI, whom Pope Francis will canonize later this year.
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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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