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

Click on the picture to see regular You Tube Messages from Bishop Donald J. Hying.

Birthday Breakfast-This Sunday, July 14, after 10:45 Mass at St. Joseph Church



Important Reminder About 5:15 Mass

Our 5:15 pm Mass on Saturday is held at our St. Joseph Site the months of June through November. Please join us at our St. Joseph Site. The months of December through May we will be at our St. James Site. 

Hospital Awareness -“STAY IN TOUCH”
 When you are admitted to the hospital, please let the admitting staff know that you are from Good Shepherd  Catholic Parish. We would like to visit and pray for you at this time of need. If you are admitted to VA hospital, UW hospital or a nursing home, please call the rectory and let us know where you are so we can continue to visit.
 If you know you are scheduled for any surgery, you can call the rectory and arrange ahead of time for the sacrament of the sick.
If you or someone you know is homebound and would like to receive communion or receive the bulletin, please call the rectory at 268-9930.

Our Dear Sr. Kathleen. 
We mourn the loss of our dear Sr. Kathleen Loughrin-teacher, principal and heart of St. James School. 
On Wednesday, May 15, at 8:30 a.m., St. James School will host an all-school Memorial Mass in honor of Sr. Kathleen Loughrin. Following the mass there will be an Ice Cream Sandwich (one of her favorites) reception. All family, friends, alumni, and parishioners are invited to share in this mass and come to the celebration to share stories and fellowship, in memory of amazing impact Sr. Kathleen had on our community.

Click to view Sr. Kathleen’s Obituary.

 Sr. Kathleen’s Wake (Remembrance Service) was on Sunday evening, May 5, at the Sinsinawa Mound. Her funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday, May 6, at Sinsinawa. Both events are available for streaming.

Click Here for Streaming of Sr. Kathleen's Remembrance and her Funeral Mass.

Then click the “On Demand” tab to view Sr. Kathleen’s Remembrance and/or Funeral. 

 Thank you to all who participated in our recent parish council elections. Elected to the council for a 3 year term are Chris Eshun and Koso Weller. As our constitution calls for, the pastor is to appoint one member to the council each year. Msgr. Tom has appointed Dana Maas to the council for a 3 year term.

  As their terms are ending, we wish to thank Leon DaCosta, Dee Nicolai and Nick Derr for their dedication and service to our parish.

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


 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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Bishop Donald J Hying
Named 5th Bishop of Madison
Installed  June 25, 2019 

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

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.


Kremer Foundation

In August, 2018, St. James School applied for the Grant Proposal from the Kremer Foundation of Naples, FL. This foundation helps support Catholic schools by giving $10,000 annually to the schools that they select for their program.

Their goal is to fund at least one school in every diocese in the nation. They presently found 475 schools throughout the nation.

In March of this year, we were told that St. James School will be one of the schools they will support. They ask that the money be used to help give partial scholarship to at least 4 students.

Our Principal, Randall Enders; our Business Manager, Lisa Harrington; and our Finance Committee Chair, Michael Schultz have selected 4 students to receive the Kremer Foundation monies. Each student will receive $ 2,500 to support his or her tuition costs of $3,900.

This $10,000 will be available to our school annually to support students attending our school.

We are very grateful to the Kremer Foundation for this generous support of our school.

For more information about the Kremer Foundation, you can look online at


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 significantl

Fall Festival Results









Kids Games


Hidden Treasure-2 days




Mound Bread






Raffle Baskets, Dresses/Shoes


Silent Auction


Snack Bar


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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