Mass Schedule for The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - August 15th - Holyday of Obligation
Tuesday, Aug. 14 - 5:15 pm at St. Joseph

Wednesday, Aug. 15 - 8:30 am at St. James
Wednesday, Aug. 15 - 5:15 pm at St. James
Wednesday, Aug. 15 - 7:00 pm at St. Joseph (español)

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

It was a great Summer Festival. Thanks to all those who helped; those who came and enjoyed our great day!

Welcome Our 2 Newest Parishioners:
We are so happy to welcome Benedicta Johanne Agbo, daughter of Koffi Agbo and Afi Abiba Agbo  and Benjamin David Koehler, son of John and Elizabeth Koehler.

Adult Education Summer Offering
Click Here for Details-Viewing and Discussion of Pope Francis's Favorite Movies

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
Thank you for your participation in our Good Shepherd SCRIP Program. From July1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 (2017-18 Fiscal Yr.), the Scrip Program has earned $12,000 for our Good Shepherd Parish. 
Click Here to See A Summary of the Success of our Scrip Program for the last Fiscal Year.

Click Here For a Listing of the Scrip Inventory Available for Immediate Purchase

COOKIE ROLLING Starts Monday, August 27
Betty Schuchardt, along with Paul Scott, have been in charge of the pfeffernuesse cookie operation at our church for many years. Betty has decided that it is time for her to step down from her responsibilities. So we are looking for 1, 2 or 3 people to take over the specific jobs Betty does: 1) Ordering supplies - Usually performed 2 - 3 times during the rolling season, this person needs to check our supplies, order what is needed from Sysco, check in the order and pay the company. 2) Leading the Tuesday afternoon rolling operation - This person will come in and set up the room, insure that things are going well, and make sure that the area is clean after rolling is finished. 3) Organizing volunteers - This person will work with Paul to insure that there are people for all of the required positions for mixing, scraping, baking and bagging. Betty will continue to participate as a cookie roller and will be happy to mentor anyone interested in taking on these responsibilities. If you can take over one of these positions, please contact Anne at the office.






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St. James School Has a New Principal







We would like to introduce our new principal, Randy Enders. He is from Madison, where he graduated from LaFollette and was confirmed at  St. Dennis Parish. He brings 13 years of educational experience in a wide     variety of rolls. Randy has teaching   experience at both the 4th grade and 6th grade, in multiple subjects. Along with his teaching experience, he was an   elementary summer school principal and currently works as the Associate Principal at Patrick Marsh Middle School in Sun Prairie.  His wife, Erica, is a middle school teacher in Sun Prairie where they reside. With two sons, Edward (4) and William (2), dogs Gracie and Gizmo, their house is full of energy as they love spending their free time together.


Our New School Secretary at St. James School is Julie Grosse

Mrs. Julie Grosse has been hired as our new secretary at St. James School.  Julie is well known amongst the families, students and staff at St. James.  Julie is the mother of two students, Zach and Hailey, and two alumnae, Gabby and Amber.  We are so happy to know that Julie will be welcoming, guiding and organizing our school.  Welcome, Julie Grosse.  We can't wait for school to start to have you at the helm in the office.


New Business Manager for Good Shepherd Parish

 My name is Lisa Harrington. I was raised in Oregon and was a member of Holy Mother of Consolation Catholic Church. I joined St James Church, married the love of my life Bill Harrington, and we raised two wonderful children who graduated from St James School and Edgewood High School. Zach lives and works in Chicago, and Samantha lives in Madison and is attending Edgewood College. I earned my degree in business management from Grand Canyon University. I worked for Monroe Clinic the past 7-1/3 years and was Director of the Revenue Cycle over patient financial services, insurance, and coding operations. I am honored to join the staff of Good Shepherd Catholic Parish as your business manager.