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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Mass Times

Sunday Mass
Saturday @ 5:30 pm
Sunday @ 8:00 am & 10:30 am

Daily Mass
Tuesday & Thursday @ 5:30 pm
Wednesday & Friday @ 8:00 am
1st Saturday @ 8:30 am

Confession Times

Thursday: 6:15-7:00pm                                                                Saturday: 4:00-5:00pm                                                                             First Saturday: Before and after 8:30am Mass

Office Hours

Monday-Thursday
8:30 am-1:30 pm

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A Reflection from Father King

Tomorrow, Monday, March 25, is the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord. This day marks nine months before the Feast of the Nativity of Jesus on Christmas Day, and so celebrates the conception of Jesus, the Son of God made man, in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It indicates the beginning of Jesus’ life on earth – it did not begin at Bethlehem but in the womb of His mother. This feast day and the event it commemorates reminds us of a fact that science can only hint at in its studies of the development of an embryo in the womb – “We honor the coexistent but higher reality, the more mysterious one, of the beginnings of a human person, ... And we celebrate the fact that we are, as soon as we are conceived, unique, irreplaceable, and infinitely valuable.” (Carrie Frederick Frost - professor of theology at Saint Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Seminary). Today, many people deny the reality that the unborn child is a human person because he or she has not fully developed physically. Our Faith has always told us that the unborn child – hidden and still developing in the womb – is a person as much as the most developed of adult men and women. Let us hold to this truth ourselves in our own day when the personal dignity of children is denied by many.

One way in which the dignity of children has not been respected is in the sexual abuse of children by adults, including by priests. This past Thursday Bishop Swain sent a letter to all households in the Diocese with the names of priests of the Diocese who were accused of abuse and the allegations found to be substantiated. I would ask you to read Bishop Swain’s letter. The letter also contains contact information if you have been harmed and wish to report to the Diocese or law enforcement. Let us pray for all those who have been affected, so often in profound and destructive ways, by this grave scandal.

We have placed two adoring angel statues on the high altar. The church had adoring angels very similar to the new statues in the past and the high altar seems made for such angels. They depict the angels who kneel before God in adoration, and they remind us that Jesus is really, truly present before us in the Tabernacle. The Church’s art expresses and deepens our faith – in this case it shows us that in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist we are united to the saints and the angels who are already in the glory of heaven (Catechism 1352, 1370). I would like to thank the Catholic Daughters and the Knights of Columbus who very generously covered the cost of the statues.

The reflection at this Sunday’s Lenten Holy Hour will be about Holy Thursday and the Last Supper. It will be given by Msgr. Richard Mahowald who is one of our diocese’s senior priests. He has long experience including founding the Newman Center at SDSU and study programs for priests in Rome. He is a very experienced spiritual director and retreat master. I hope that you will be able to come.