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
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Use the parish code: Y883W7
A Reflection from Father King
Last week I spoke about the first question that parents are asked at the beginning of the rite of Baptism. The second question is: “What name do you give your child?”
The name of a person is very important for a number of reasons. First, it tells us who we are, and that we are a unique and unrepeatable person whom God has willed to exist with the cooperation of our parents. God tells us that He knows each one of us by our name: “I have called you by name, you are mine” (Isaiah 43:1). God gives such importance to a person’s name that He changes the names of some people when He speaks to them and gives them a mission. In this manner He changes the names of Abraham, Jacob, Peter and Paul. This is in stark contrast to the ways of worldly rulers where people are regularly counted not because the rulers care for them but so as to tax them, amass armies from among their people, and control them ever more closely. Even today, for the state what is most important is our Social Security Number, not our name – to the secular state we are not a person but a number. Even companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon do not see us as unique human beings but as sources of data according to which they can tailor their advertising and increase revenue. When we are baptized our name is placed in the book of life before God and He calls us by our name because He knows each of us intimately.
Second, our name can also set the tone to how we see ourselves. Every year the Census Bureau releases the most popular names for newborn babies for the previous twelve months. The most popular girl’s name a few years ago was Kim; it was widely understood that this name was popular because of the Kardashians. Those parents who were inspired by Kim Kardashian in naming their child sent a message that the Kardashians and all they represent is laudable and should be sought after in life. The same can be said when a child is given the name of a saint – of an apostle or martyr or virgin or missionary or wise and learned teacher. That too sends the child a message: “This saint is a model for you and a heavenly patron to whom to pray for help throughout your life. Seek Christ’s kingdom as this saint did.” I would like to encourage you to consider saints names for your children. There are a great variety of names – including many original names – and marvelous models in the saints. While many first names are given in honor of parents, siblings or grandparents, you can always choose a saint for the second name, which is often called the baptismal name. In our confused world, our patron saints can be strong guides to each of us as well as reminding us of the unique place we hold in the eyes of God.