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

In the Book of Genesis, after Cain had killed Abel, God asks him about the whereabouts of his brother. Cain answers that he is not his brother’s keeper, but God does not accept this answer and Cain is banished to the wilderness for his terrible sin. Cain denies a simple truth about all of us – we are our brother’s keepers so that our actions for good or bad do good or do harm to them as well as pleasing or offending God. Jesus dies on the cross so as to make up for the great damage that the sins of mankind has wrought upon the human race and for the grave injustices committed against God who has given us all that we are and sustains us at every moment of our existence.

Penance is an essential part of the life of God’s people. It is present in the Old Testament, for example, when the people of Nineveh fast and wear sackcloth to avoid Jonah’s prophecy that the city will be destroyed by God for their sins. In the New Testament Jesus tells the disciples of John the Baptist that the Apostles will fast when He has been taken away from them. Throughout the history of the Church, Christians have accepted suffering or made sacrifices in reparation – to make up for – their own sins and the sins of the world. Saint Ignatius of Antioch, at the beginning of the second century, wrote of how he accepted his imprisonment and impending death in the Roman Colosseum as a sacrifice offered to Jesus for his sins and those of the whole world – joining his sufferings to those of Jesus on the cross. Our Lady, in her apparitions, has frequently called on us to do penance. In particular the message of Our Lady of Fatima is that we must do penance.

I think that it is true to say that the last fifty years of the Church has stood out as an anomaly – a time when penance has disappeared from the lives of many Catholics. By taking away the obligatory fasts of Advent and Lent, Catholics may have been encouraged to look upon penance as strange, cruel and just for extremists when it has always been meant to be an integral part of our Catholic lives. It is not a coincidence that the relaxation of the rules of fasting and penance went hand in hand with a collapse of the moral lives of so many in our own days.

In conclusion, I would like to encourage you to take the Lenten penance with great seriousness and to not be afraid to go through the pain of self-denial so as to make up for the hurt we have caused through our selfishness when we sinned.

Finally, the theme of this weekend’s Lenten Holy Hour will be that of Judas’ betrayal of Jesus. Zach Krueger will give the talk. I hope that you will be able to come.