5:15 Saturday Mass is celebrated at our St. James Church--December through May.

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

Check our our Hidden Treasures online sales:  https://www.ebay.com/str/gshiddentreasures 

 Upcoming Lenten Activities

 Ash Wednesday Services:   March 6

8:30 am - Mass at St. James
5:15 pm - Mass at St. Joseph
7:00 pm - Mass at St. Joseph - Spanish

 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 2:30 pm in the St. James Church site on the following days:  March 8, 22, 29 and April 5 and 12.

 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

Friday Fish Dinners,

4:30 to 7:30 pm
at our St. James Site
on March 8th,
March 15th,
March 22nd,
March 29th,
and April 5th. 
Entrees include breaded or baked fish with potatoes, macaroni and cheese, coleslaw and all the fixings.  Also serving our newly famous & authentic fish tacos on March 29th and April 5th. Single serving $10,  All You Can Eat $15, Children 10 and under $5, Children 4 and under, free. Desserts, beer, and wine also available. Come join us for a great meal and good company to help support St. James School and the Good Shepard Parish.


Lent Madness
Lent Madness Begins March 7! Want to be inspired by some saintly souls this Lent and have fun along the way? Join with thousands of Christians across denominations who have discovered the joyful online learning community that is Lent Madness. With its unique blend of competition, education, and humor, Lent Madness allows participants to be inspired by the ways in which God has worked through the lives of saints over the generations. Based loosely on the NCAA basketball tournament of a similar name, this online devotion pits 32 saints against one another in a single-elimination bracket as voters choose their favorites throughout Lent. Here’s how to participate: on the weekdays of Lent, information is posted at www.lentmadness.org about two different saints. Each pairing remains open for 24 hours as participants read about and then vote to determine which saint moves on to the next round. Sixteen saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight advance to the Round of the Elate Eight; four make it to the Faithful Four; two to the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo. www.LentMadness.org Lent Madness Begins


The first round consists of basic biographical information about each of the 32 saints. Things get a bit more interesting in the subsequent rounds as we offer quotes and quirks, explore legends, and even move into the area of saintly kitsch. This year, Lent Madness features an intriguing slate of saints ancient and modern, Biblical and ecclesiastical. 2019 heavyweights include Ignatius of Loyola, Nicodemus, Margaret of Cortona, John Chrysostom, and Nicholas of Myra (aka St. Nick). The full bracket is online at the Lent Madness website and, while not necessary to participate, you can order The Saintly Scorecard: The Definitive Guide to Lent Madness 2019 at www.forwardmovement.org. This companion guide includes biographies of all 32 saints, a fullcolor bracket, information about how to fully participate, and a series of Pocket Lent trading cards. Lent Madness began in 2010 as the brainchild of the Rev. Tim Schenck. He and Forward Movement executive director the Rev. Scott Gunn comprise the self-appointed Supreme Executive Committee and are accompanied by eleven Celebrity Bloggers, clergy and lay people from across the country who shepherd several saints each throughout the season of Lent. If you’re looking for a Lenten discipline that is fun, educational, occasionally goofy, and always joyful, join the Lent Madness journey. Lent needn’t be all doom and gloom. After all, what could be more joyful than a season specifically set aside to get closer to Jesus Christ?

 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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Night Adoration Vigil

Friday, March 29th, St. Joseph Church beginning at 6 pm until Saturday, March 30th at 6 in the morning. Mass at 6:00 am.

If you would like to register to accompany the Blessed Sacrament during a specific hour please call Adriana at a608-770-5599.

Everyone is welcome to stay as long as you would like.

“I am the living bread which has come down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live for e3ver; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, for the life of the world.” John 6:51

We give thanks to our God for all theRCIA members.  (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

Please continue to pray for these men and women as they attend the Rite of Election.
Patricia Rios and James Gray are asking for the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation
Steven Fong  is asking for the sacraments Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation in the Catholic Church.

St. James School Student Council

 St. James School, Student Council consists of students from grades 4-8. The Council is a service-based organization trying to work at helping fulfill the needs of people in the school, parish, community, and areas in the world. Students work at getting their fellow classmates involved in helping others and hopefully learn how to reach out to those in need. This year students will be working at several different projects during the Lenten season. Here is a list of activities and dates of these events:
 Baby Shower - March 11-15 Collect baby items especially diapers donated to the           Elizabeth House. Drop off at school.
Donkey Project for Ghana – Cultural Arts Day March 14th and during the weekend of March 16-17. Students raise money to buy donkeys and carts for farmers in Ghana. One donkey and cart for a family can help their economy and feed the family.
Beads for Life - Student Council members will sell bead bracelets made by Ugandan women at our Fish Dinners during Lent.  Bead Bracelets are purchased through “Beads for Life” organization. The profits from them go back to women in Uganda to help them establish store and businesses for themselves and enable them to support their families.

Soles for Souls – This project is a continuation from last year. “Soles for Souls” is a project in which we collect shoes of any kind, shape or size, boots included, and send them to a distribution center. This center sends the needed footwear to developing countries. Shoes are distributed in a variety of ways.  This is a great time to clean out your closet of shoes you don’t want, don’t need, don’t wear and bring them to the box for shoes in St. James School front hallway and St. Joseph’s hallway by Panera Bread table.  Student Council will make sure they are delivered to “Soles for Souls” center. If you want to learn more go on line “Soles for Souls”. Finally drop off time will be Palm Sunday Weekend, April 14th.




Hearing Loop System

The Good Shepherd Parish Council is looking into the possibility of adding a Hearing Loop system in our St. Joseph and/or St. James sites to help people with hearing loss to better hear the Gospel Readings and Homily during mass (see details in the bulletin insert).  This system will work for people with fairly new hearing aids that have T-coil feature or we will make available portable receivers with T-coils for other individuals who have trouble hearing but do not have hearing aids or cochlear implants.  We have tested a similar system in use at Queen of Peace Parish and we    determined that the system significantly helps people with hearing loss.
We need to establish that there is an interest in investing in a Hearing Loop system for our Parish so we are asking you to contact the rectory at 268-9930 or email at goodshepherdmadison@straphael.org and voice your opinion.  If we can justify a need for the system, there may be grant monies available from the Apostolate for Persons with Disabilities to help us offset the cost so please let us hear from you so more parishioners can better hear our beautiful readings and homilies.

Fall Festival Results









Kids Games


Hidden Treasure-2 days




Mound Bread






Raffle Baskets, Dresses/Shoes


Silent Auction


Snack Bar


Handmade Cards










Net Profit



Good Shepherd Hidden Treasures Report for June 5, 2018 thru December 31, 2018

 We have concluded an excellent year.  We thank you for your generosity in giving us many valuable items for resale.  It’s wonderful for our church, school and community to have so many items reused and recycled as well as the income it brings our general fund.
We earned the following:

Sales-Constant Contact to  
Parishioners, Alum. & Parents $1,025.73
Sales at Summer Festival $514.00
Sales at Fall Festival $7,573.66
Sales to Sources (jewelry  
to dealers, sales on FB Marketplace) $1,409.59
Sales on eBay (net after fees) $2,752.69
In-Kind Giving (to school) $2,449.50
Total $15,725.

We give credit to our very hard-working crew, Ann Dubeau, Annie Delmore, Barb Domke, Jacky and Kevin Byrnes, Kristine Schultz, Mary Witte, Peg Adamowicz and many  others who stop by to help in our workroom and who help at our sales for this success.  
We will keep our eBay Store open year-round.  Please go visit every now and them as this month we will be adding things.  https://www.ebay.com/str/gshiddentreasures
We look forward to getting more of your unwanted items in the Spring.
With much appreciation submitted by Paul and Carol Scott