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

Today we celebrate the solemn feast of Corpus Christi, dedicated to the mystery of the Holy Eucharist – that ‘Christ himself is present in the sacrament of the altar, [so] he is to be honored with the worship of adoration. “To visit the Blessed Sacrament is…a proof of gratitude, an expression of love, and a duty of adoration toward Christ our Lord” (Pope St. Paul VI)’ (Catechism 1418).

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is the fruit of our faith but also deepens and enriches our faith, hope and love. Jesus, really and truly present in the Host, does many other things for those who believe and adore Him. I would like to quote Fr. Benedict Groeschel about some social fruits of Eucharistic adoration.

The Eucharistic presence of Christ is an absolute equalizer of persons. Popes and peasants, rich and poor, kings and beggars all fell on their knees together before Christ present in the Holy Eucharist. There is a fascinating account of the Habsburg Emperor Charles II, meeting a priest bringing Holy Communion to a poor gardener who was dying. The emperor put the priest in his carriage and "with his own hand" led the team of horses down the narrow lanes to the poor man's home. The emperor helped the priest alight and he remained in prayer while the man received the sacraments. He then gave the man a sizable gift of money and promised his weeping daughter a dowry so that she would not be in danger after the father's death. Then the emperor accompanied the priest back to the church where he received the blessing given to those who assist in the reception of the sacraments for the sick. This is a marvelous account of how we all kneel together in the presence of Christ.

Adoration is sometimes dismissed as a selfish exercise, making people concentrate on themselves, and indeed some people who frequent adoration may seem unsociable. However, appearances are usually deceptive. Fr. Groeschel continues:

There are some who find crowds and groups difficult to handle psychologically, that is, constitutionally introverted people. They are often quite sensitive and caring to others in a quiet way. But they are not good at functioning in groups. Thank God they find solace and strength in the Eucharist. My patron saint Benedict Joseph Labre a homeless, mentally ill man, found the anchor he needed to survive in the Eucharistic presence. He often begged for food for other homeless people and even organized the devout homeless into religious activities. But he needed several hours of prayer in the presence of Christ every day to cope with life.

We are all in need of the blessings Jesus wishes to give us through adoration before Him in the Blessed Sacrament. The gifts He wishes to give us vary from person to person. I hope that you will consider becoming an adorer of Jesus especially through participating in our adoration every Thursday evening and this Sunday afternoon.