There will be no daily morning Mass at either church site from October 11 through October 31st. Also, no  confessions will be heard on October 13th, 20th  and 27th.

Welcome to Good Shepherd Catholic Parish in Madison, Wisconsin.  We hope you will come and experience the joy of the Risen Christ with us. You can learn much about us through this site and we encourage you to view it often, as it updates frequently to reflect our many opportunities for faith filled sacraments, service, education and fellowship.

Good Shepherd Catholic Parish comprises over 800 family units with two church sites and a school.  In 2012, Saint Joseph Parish and Saint James Parish were merged to become Good Shepherd Parish. Saint Joseph Parish first began in 1916 on Park Street near Regent in the old Greenbush neighborhood - a neighborhood with a strong Italian Catholic heritage.  Saint James Parish began in 1904 at its current site in order to accommodate the growing German Catholic population of Madison.  Today, in addition to those two former congregations, Good Shepherd also has a large Spanish-speaking community which meets at the Saint Joseph site.
Our Saint James School is the oldest private or parochial school in Madison and was established in 1905.  We are blessed to have a three- and four-year-old program as well as kindergarten through eighth grade.
Come!  Join us at one of our liturgies and special events.

Mass Times

Saturday at 5:15 pm
June-November - St. Joseph
December-May - St. James

8:30 am - St. James
10:45 am - St. Joseph
7:00 pm - St. Joseph (Misa en Espanol)

Tuesday: 8:00 am - St. Joseph
Wednesday: 8:30 am - St. James
Thursday: 8:00 am - St. Joseph
Friday: 8:30 am - St. James

Holy Days of Obligation:
Vigil: 5:15 pm - St. Joseph
Holyday: 8:30 am - St. James, and
5:15 pm - St. James

Saturdays at 9:15 am
St. Joseph: odd months
(Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Nov)
St. James: even months
(Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct, Dec)

St. James Catholic Church 1128 St. James Ct

St. Joseph Catholic Church


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Office Hours

Rectory Office
1128 St. James Ct.
8:30 - 4:00, Mon-Fri
FAX 608-268-9929

St. Joseph Site
1905 W. Beltline Highway
ENGLISH (Sr. Zita):
8:30 - 4:00 pm, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri
ESPAÑOL (Denice Jimenez):
8:30 - 2:30, Mon
8:30 - 4:30, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
FAX 608-268-9929

Current Events and Activities

Good Shepherd Parish 
Fall Festival News….
Sunday, November 11th!

Start the day off by joining us for Mass at 8:30 am

Pfefferneusse Sales Begin after 8:30 Mass

 Chicken Dinner Served from 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Adults (12 and over): $12, children (4 to 11 years) $6.00, under 4 are free

Hidden Treasure sale, bake sale, book sale, crafts, kids games, silent auction and raffle, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.

There will also be a Packer Games Viewing Party!

Hidden Treasure Sale
Presale Saturday, Nov 10, 2018
9:30 am - Noon **$5.00 entrance donation**
Sunday, Nov 11, 2018 9:30 - 4:00
1/2 price 1:00; $5 bag sale 3:00 - 4:00

Only 2 Weeks Left To Roll Cookies!--We Need More Rollers
Come one, Come all! This is a great fundraiser for our parish and a great way to enjoy some fellowship with folks. If you have never rolled before, no worries. It is very easy and we will show you what to do. Come for as little or as long as you can. All are welcome and a way for families to provide service. We will be gathering in the St. James Church Hall.
The Schedule for the last 2 weeks is
Mondays, Oct. 22 & 29  6 to 9 pm
Tuesdays, Oct. 23 & 30  1 to 30 pm
Wednesday, Oct. 24  6 to 9 pm
Thursday, Nov. 1  6 to 9 pm
(Note: No cooking rolling on Wed., Oct. 31st)


The week of October 8th, St. James School hosted the WRISA Site Visit Team comprised of 5 teachers and principal from Catholic Schools in the Madison Diocese.  The team included Diane Rebout, Principal of St. William School in Janesville, four classroom teachers from Lancaster, Ft. Atkinson, Beloit and Watertown, and Charles McGrath , Assistant Superintendent from the Diocese of Madison.
This team reviewed the Self Study that our staff prepared for them based on 13 Standards and 92 benchmarks; held 52 interviews of staff, parents, students and parishioners; visited classrooms; and attended our Children’s Mass on last Wednesday.  From their work, they will prepare a document for our school for us to guide and help set direction for the next 6 years.
I want to express my deep gratitude and appreciation for your time and support.  There were 52 interviews scheduled and 52 interviews were completed.  100% of Interviews is a true testament to the dedication of the community of our St. James School.  
There was a short debriefing by the Site Visit Team for the staff at the end of classes last Wednesday. The team spoke well of our school and all that they learned about St. James School.  One of the reviewer said,”It is evident that God’s Presence is truly felt in this school.” They stated that it is obvious the staff, the culture and the community are at the heart of the school.
Most gratefully, 
Principal Randall Enders




Is God calling you to receive Baptism in the Catholic Church? Or are you baptized but have not received the sacraments of confirmation or Eucharist? Or are you interested or know someone who is interested in knowing more about the Catholic Church? RCIA class will be starting in the Fall. If you would like more information please call Sr. Zita at 268- 9934. 

Time for Donations to the 2018 Fall Festival:  Trash ‘N Treasure Sale -
IT IS TIME AGAIN for your generous donations to the 2018 Fall Festival Trash ‘N Treasure Sale - Reminder, NO Computer Equipment and NO Clothing, please give these items to St. Vincent DePaul. Please, only working electronics, it costs us too much to dispose of them. Items can be dropped off at the St. Joseph Church Site or St. James School in the designated bins. BOOK SALE!!! We will once again be having our awesome sale of books! We are now accepting your used books and DVD’s. (Please no encyclopedias or VHS cassettes.) HELP NEEDED We will welcome people to work with us on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 am - 4pm. You are welcome to stop in any Tuesday or Wednesday and lend a hand.

SCRIP Program Update
They are a big help to our parish.

Click Here For a Listing of the Scrip Inventory Available for Immediate Purchase
Click Here to See A Summary of the Success of our Scrip Program for the last Fiscal Year.





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 There will be no daily morning Mass at either church site from October 11 through October 31st. Also, no  confessions will be heard on October 13th, 20th  and 27th.

 Mass for All Saints Day,--a holyday of obligation will be as follows:

 Wednesday, October 31 - 5:15 pm, St. Joseph
Thurs., November 1st - 8:30 am and 5:15 pm, St. James
Thurs., November 1st - 7:00 pm, St. Joseph en español 

 Attention All Liturgical Ministers

  We will soon be working on the liturgical schedule for December, 2018 through May, 2019. If you know of any dates you are not able to serve, please contact the rectory at 268-9930 or  Also, if you are no longer able to serve, just let us know and we will take you off the schedule. Please let us know your requests by October 29th.

  We always need and welcome new ministers in all of the ministries. You can tell us which roles and Mass times work best for you.  If you are interested or would like more information, please contact the rectory.

The Season is here... FLU and YOU
Influenza vaccination season has begun. We know that  older adults, young   children, pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions are at  greatest risk of severe illness.  We all need to be immunized against flu to protect ourselves and those around us.  Take care of yourself and those you love, immunize yourself at this Free Flu clinic.
    St. James Site -  October 21st,  9:30-10:30 am
 Coffee, juice, doughnuts, & bagels. Come for prayer,
vaccine, and a delicious cup of friendship.