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.
Saturday at 5:15 pm
December-May - St. James
June-November - St. Joseph
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
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
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
1128 St. James Ct.
8:30 - 4:00, Mon-Fri
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
2018 Lenten Schedule
Tuesdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am, St. Joseph Church
Thursday, March 8, 7:00 pm, St. Joseph Church, Spanish
Saturdays, March 3, 10, 17 and 24 at 9:15 am, St. Joseph Church
Stations of the Cross
Fridays, March 2, 9, 16 at 23 at 2:15 pm, St. James Church
Friday, March 30, 7:30 pm, St. James Church – Live Stations of the Cross
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8 am, St. Joseph Church
Wednesday & Fridays, 8:30 am, St. James Church
Saturday at 5:15 pm, St. James
Sunday at 8:30 am, St. James
Sunday at 10:45 am, St. Joseph
Sunday at 7:00 pm, St. Joseph (Spanish)
Holy Thursday, March 29
Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 pm, St. James
Altar of Repose: Following Mass until 10:00 pm, St. James School Gym
Good Friday, March 30
Altar of Repose: 9:00 am to Noon, St. James School Gym
Good Friday Service at 1:00 pm, St. James
Holy Saturday, March 31
Easter Vigil at 8:00 pm, St. James
Easter Sunday, April 1
Mass at 8:30 am, St. James
Mass at 10:45 am, St. Joseph
Penitential Disciplines of Lent
In addition to choosing their own penitential practices, Catholics are also asked to observe the practices of fast and abstinence during the 40 days of Lent. The Lenten Fast and Abstinence Regulations are as follows:
- Catholics who have celebrated their 14th birthday are bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent, including Good Friday.
- Catholics who have celebrated their 18th birthday and are under 59 years of age are bound to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.
- Ash Wednesday and Good Friday Fasts: only one full meatless meal is allowed. Two other smaller meatless meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to each one's needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted on these two days, but liquids, including milk and fruit juices are allowed. When health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige.
- Catholics should not lightly excuse themselves from these prescribed minimal penitential practices.
Upcoming Lenten Activities
Stations of the Cross with the School Children
All are invited to join the St. James School children for Stations of the Cross at our St. James Site. They will be held at 2:15 pm in the St. James Church site on the following days: February 16, March 2, 9, 16 and 23.
Live Stations of the Cross
The high school students will perform the Live Stations of the Cross on Good Friday evening, 7:30 pm, St. James Site
St. James School Fish Dinners
Friday Fish Dinners, 4:30 to 7:30 pm, at our St. James Site on February 16th, March 2nd, March 9th and March 16th There will be entertainment each night from 6:45 - 7:30 p.m. Breaded fish, baked fish, with potatoes, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw and all the fixings. Also serving our newly famous & authentic fish tacos on March 9th and March 16th. Single serving $10, One Person/Three Trips $15, Children 10 and under $5, Children 4 and under, free. Desserts, beer, and drinks also served. Come join us for a great meal.
Adult Faith Formation
Beginning February 26/27 join us for our Adult Faith Formation Series: Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John. Classes are Mondays, 6 to 8 pm, St. James School.
Resource Room or Tuesdays, 9 to 11 am, St. Joseph Library.
All are welcome.
Join our faith community in a life-changing Lenten journey with Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl. Rice Bowls can be picked up in the entrance of each church site starting on Ash Wednesday and can be returned during Holy Week.