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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Saint George Catholic Church

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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

For online books, movies, bible studies, talks and more sign up for the free parish program called FORMED.

 Register HERE. Use the parish code: Y883W7

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Saint George has made Online Giving available for our weekly offerings, as well as other parish collections. Donating is simple, safe, and secure and take less than five minutes.You’ll be able to give to any of our collections and view complete financial records at any time. Set up a one-time or recurring donation by following these three easy steps:

  1. Click on the Online Giving link.
  2. Select the collection you wish to donate to and click to make a donation.
  3. Enter your payment information.

That’s it. You can return at any time to edit your donation or to view your financial records.

Please contact Rechelle if you would like assistance.

Donation link for Elaina Wegleitner, St George parishioner who is participating in NET MINISTRIES for the next year. Thank you for your donation!

A Reflection

In the ancient Church there was an idea that a true theologian is one who does not only study and know the truths of the faith, but is one who has had an experience of the things he studies.  He doesn’t just know about but directly knows God.  This has been missing in the modern Church in many ways.  We end up substituting knowing the basic tenets of the faith (at least somewhat) with the need to know Christ personally as a friend.  Without knowing God as a friend, the rites, prayers, and teachings of the Church fall hollow.  The beauty of Catholicism is how consistent it is.  We have celebrated the same sacred rituals for thousands of years and we hang onto the truths of the faith even if the stormy winds of the   culture try to blow us off our course.  This great beauty is also what can make our faith challenging.  We go to the same Mass every Sunday, we celebrate the same great feasts every year, we gear up for our celebrations by fasting, we go to  confession and repeat the same prayers and formulas (and often the same sins).  The consistency and repetition should help us to burrow deeper into these practices and truths and to find greater healing, freedom and grace.  These practices are like diamonds that can be viewed and studied from many angles, each angle magnifying the beauty of the whole thing in a new way.  But for many of us, repetition is synonymous with being dull. 

These are the reasons we are introducing Alpha this January.  We will hold this program after the 8:00 Mass every week from January through the first half of March.  You can come to all of the sessions or some of the sessions.  Each session will have time for fellowship with coffee and breakfast for roughly 30 minutes or so before we dive into the topic for the week.  We will have speakers and videos that walk through the most basic tenets of the faith followed by time for some discussion with the friends you came with led by a small group leader.  Whether you are someone who has been part of the blessed repetition of the faith and want to burrow further into the mysteries, or you are harboring some doubts and skepticism, this program is for you.  Alpha is geared towards those who have doubts or those who wouldn’t necessarily consider themselves very religious.  But it is also a good primer for those who do consider themselves devout practitioners of the faith.  Alpha is a place for your deepest questions.  We can never gloss over what we view as the basics of the faith.  Every time we go through the basic gospel message, we can find new riches or reencounter Christ there.  God becoming man is anything but boring. 

Whatever the state of your faith is, I would ask you all to consider this invitation that comes right from one of the Alpha Youth videos:

If you live to be at least 70 years old, on average this is how you are going to spend your life: You will spend 20 years and 3 months asleep, 10 years and 5 months watching TV, 7 years and 6 months eating and drinking, 5 years and 9 months in some form of transportation, 18 months waiting in line, and 6 months sitting at red lights.  Put this way, it is shocking that many people will spend more time sitting at red lights than they will considering the important questions like “What is the meaning of my life?” or “Who is God?” or “How can I trust the Jesus is who he says he is?”.  We are inviting you to spend less than 24 hours of the 570,000 hours many of us have to live at Alpha pondering some of these questions.. ~Zach Krueger