PLEASE NOTE:  There will be no confessions on Saturday, April 14. Msgr. Baxter will be attending his nephew’s confirmation.

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
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

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

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Current Events and Activites

 New Members: 
We celebrate with great joy as these young people of our parish were received into full membership of the Catholic Church.  John Witte and Tracy Dankers were welcomed into the church and received the sacraments of First Eucharist and Confirmation.  Tran Ha received the sacraments of First Eucharist and Confirmation.


Porchlight Meal: Please join our parish volunteer group to prepare and serve a meal to 60 homeless Madisonians on Thursday April 5. The main dish is going to be chicken enchilada casserole, with Mexican rice, peas, salad, and dessert; please drop a prepared dessert or any food items/ingredients at St. James kitchen anytime that week--please mark clearly for "Porchlight Meal." We need some help cooking from 5-7:30 on 4/5 and need people to serve food at the shelter from 7:30-9 on 4/5. You can sign up at, under coordinator: Niebler, password: April. Call or email me with questions! Anne 608-772-2725, or at Anne's email.

Join Us As We Celebrate Our
March and April Birthdays!
Happy Birthday to our Seniors!

 Please join us as we  celebrate all the March and April birthdays for folks from our Good Shepherd Parish. We will gather at the St. Joseph Site right after the 10:45 am Mass next Sunday, April 8th We will be having scrambled eggs, cheesy potatoes, sausage, bagels and sweets!

 Join the Good Shepherd Social Justice Committee

Join the Good Shepherd Social Justice Committee on April 8th form 2-4 pm at the St. James Site to hear guest speakers Craig and Cindy Corrie discuss their heroic daughter Rachael who was killed 15 years ago in Palestine.  This event is being sponsored by the Madison-rafah Sister City Project (MRSCP) to promote cultural awareness.
The program will feature a presentation by Palestinian and U.S. representatives of the International Solidarity Movement. Food  and beverages will be available  along with olive oil, soaps, and other items for purchase. An afternoon of education, cultural awareness, and community. Please contact Cynthia with any questions at 268-9930 .. thank you.

 You are Invited

You are Invited…On Tuesday April 10th from 5:30-7:30, UW Madison     Student Organization ENACTUS is hosting a cooking class for students and parishioners! Our goal is to teach basic cooking skills, spread healthy eating habits, and to bridge the gap between campus and the community. We have a delicious and healthy meal planned-stuffed bell peppers! We will have different ingredients for you to make your custom pepper, such as rice, black beans, cheese, onions and more all for $5! Come cook with us, we would love to share a meal with you! Hope to see you there! 




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Good Shepherd To Hire a New Business Manager     

Our Good Shepherd Parish is looking to hire a new Business Manager.  If you are interested or know of someone who is, please share the document that describes the position and timeline for the hiring process. 
Business Manager Job Description and Hiring Process   

Good Shepherd To Hire a New Principal

Our St. James School is looking to hire a new Principal.  If you are interested or know of someone who is, please share the document that describes the position and timeline for the hiring process.  Deadline for applications is April 20.
Principal Position Description
Process and Timeline for Principal 


 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.