Rep. Aaron Aylward trusts in the path God is showing him as he follows the call to represent the people of South Dakota.

Witness Wednesdays

Each Wednesday, we'll bring you stories of how people have found faith relevant to their everyday lives and how they are sharing the faith with others. We invite you to share your story with us, too! Just send us an email with your name and story. For past stories, we invite you to check out our Witness Wednesday archive.


It’s Witness Wednesday!

Parishioner Aaron Aylward shares his vocation as a new legislator and his complete trust in God’s guidance as he begins his work in Pierre.

My time as a Catholic goes back 34 years to when I was baptized in Arlington, SD, at St. John’s Catholic Church. Over the years, there have been times I have been close to God and other times I have strayed and lacked faith. However, since my wife and I were married and our two boys were brought into this world, I have continued to grow closer to God, and I believe that my faith has never been as strong as it is today.

While my relationship with God has grown, I have also been called to the legislative side of this world. I feel a calling in this area because I see such a great injustice and lack of morality when it comes to how many laws are placed upon society. Laws that are backed by fear and a lack of faith/love in one’s neighbor. As I continue to look at the history of the Catholic Church, I see such a strong love for God, one’s neighbor, property rights/life, and subsidiarity. I would love to get back to that as a city and/or state–back to being able to rely on a faith-based community and not having to rely on some faraway person who knows little about the culture in which you live.

I believe that is why I have such an interest in this area of my life. I do not know exactly what God has in store, but I do have complete trust in Him, and I know that everything will work out fine. With that, I leave you with two of my favorite quotes, that in my opinion, play into this vocation in which I have entered. -Aaron Aylward

“But Peter and the Apostles responded by saying: ‘It is necessary to obey God, more so than men. The God of our fathers has raised up Jesus, whom you put to death by hanging him on a tree. It is he whom God has exalted at his right hand as Ruler and Savior, so as to offer repentance and the remission of sins to Israel. And we are witnesses of these things, with the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to all who are obedient to him.’ When they had heard these things, they were deeply wounded, and they were planning to put them to death.”-Acts 5:29-33

“For Christians above all men are forbidden to correct the stumbling of sinners by is necessary to make a man better not by force but by persuasion. We neither have authority granted us by law to restrain sinners, nor, if it were, should we know how to use it, since God gives the crown to those who are kept from evil, not by force, but by choice.”-St. John Chrysostom

Saturday Mass times

We recently changed our Saturday Mass times. Join us for the celebration of the Most Holy Eucharist at the following times and locations:

  • 4 p.m. & 5:15 p.m. Saturdays at Shalom Lutheran Church

  • 9:30 a.m. Sundays at Harrisburg High School

Please note that masks are required at Saturday Masses and strongly encouraged at Sunday Mass.

Mass live streamed via Facebook at 9:30 a.m. and drive-thru communion at the parish chapel from 10:30-11 a.m. will continue on Sundays for those who are covered under the bishop's dispensation.

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Welcome to Saint John Paul II Catholic Parish! We are a missionary people who desire to live the fullness of God’s plan for our lives and families. In our need for salvation, we witness to the world — through our ordinary lives — that we have encountered Christ in Person, in Scripture, and in Sacrament.

We strive to make faith relevant to our daily lives through the recognition that God has come to us through His Son, Jesus Christ! We believe He dwells among among us: in our hearts, our homes, and our community of believers. You will find us in many ordinary places, and you'll also find us gathered together at the extraordinary altar for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Come and see what is happening in Harrisburg!

Weekend Mass Times

Saturday: 4 p.m. & 5:15 p.m. at Shalom Lutheran Church, 1000 E. Maple St., Harrisburg. Facial coverings required.

Sunday: 9:30 a.m. at Harrisburg High School, 1300 Willow St., Harrisburg

Daily Mass Times

Tuesday & Wednesday: 5:30 p.m. Thursday: 7:15 a.m. Friday: 8:30 a.m.

Daily Mass is celebrated at the Parish Chapel, 220 S. Cliff Ave., Suite 126, Harrisburg


The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available by appointment. Contact Fr. John at

Office Hours

Monday: Closed Tuesday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Spiritual growth is a journey. Discover ways to make yours possible and read how others have grown in their spiritual lives in our Witness Wednesday stories.

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Contact Information

220 S. Cliff Avenue, Suite 126 Harrisburg, SD 57032

Call: 605.988.3750