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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


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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Cookie Rolling Continues:
Mark your calendars! 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.
Schedule is:
Monday and Wednesday Evenings, 6 to 9 pm
Tuesdays, 1 to 3 pm
(Note: The week of Labor Day, we will roll cookies on Tues. from 6 to 9 pm in addition to the usual 1 to 3 pm. We will not be rolling cookies on Labor Day, Sept. 4th).
Note: Next Sunday, September 9th we will have an   additional cookie rolling time following Mass from
9:30 am to Noon

The choirs of Good Shepherd are all looking to add more singers to their ranks.
The Saturday 5:15 p.m. Folk Choir     rehearses on Wednesday evening from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. James in the church. 
Contact Merta at 608-443-9488

The Sunday 8:30 a.m. St. James Choir rehearses on Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. at St. James in room 214 in the school.   
Contact Mark at

The Sunday 10:45 a.m. St. Joseph Choir rehearses in the church before the Mass on Sunday morning. 
Contact Mary at

The St. Joseph and St. James choirs join together for the Christmas Midnight Mass as well as the services of the Easter Tridium during Holy Week. No experience is necessary.   Give it a try.

 Bible Study

Would you like to join us for Bible Study on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Library at the St. Joseph site?  A small group of us meet regularly, and are currently reading from the Old Testament one month, and the New Testament the next month.  We have questions from a special edition of the New American Bible that aids in promoting discussion, and we do some Faith sharing. Consider joining us this fall .....  we’d love to have you!  

Please contact:   Carole Kinney    271-1132