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

Christmas Mass Schedule -Dec. 24 & 25

 Monday, Dec. 24 - 5:15 pm - St. Joseph
Monday, Dec. 24 - 7:00 pm - St. Joseph (Spanish)

Monday, Dec. 24 - Midnight - St. James
(music prelude beginning at 11:30 pm)

Tuesday, Dec. 25 - 8:30 am - St. James
Tuesday, Dec. 25 - 10:45 am - St. Joseph
Tuesday, Dec. 25 - 7:00 pm - St. Joseph  (Spanish)

Mary, Mother of God - January 1st  Mass Schedule

Monday, Dec. 31 - 5:15 pm - St. Joseph
Tuesday, Jan. 1 - 8:30 am - St. James
PLEASE NOTE:  There will be no daily Mass at either Church Site on December 26th and 27th and January 2nd and 3rd 

The day of the 2018 St. James School Christmas Program is drawing near.  Are you ready? 

We hope you plan to join us at St. James church on Friday, Dec. 21 - either 1:00PM or 6:30PM or both if you wish.  The Program, "Journey to Bethlehem" was designed by the 8th Grade Class and features a play about the Wise Men; songs by all classes; a live Nativity and the traditional closer of St. James alumni, students and audience singing "Peace, Peace".  The seating fills up so best to come early and enjoy student musicians play and sing 30 minutes before each Program.
The students will take you out of the hustle and bustle of the season and fill your heart with the true meaning of Christmas.  Looking forward to seeing you there!  A cookie reception follows the evening performance.  School is on Christmas break starting Dec. 22.  Classes resume on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019.


 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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This Sunday, December 9, at our St. Joseph Church at 10:45 Mass, the children of our St. James School will be the liturgical ministers by serving, singing, reading and ushering at this Mass.  It is a special time when we hear our young people lead us in prayer.  
Immediately following the Mass, there will be our delicious Birthday Breakfast for all to join.
Come and pray and celebrate with us.


Thank you for all of the generous donations to the Angel Trees.  St. Vincent de Paul has picked up the toys for the children.  On December 12, the gifts for our homebound parishioners will sorted and bagged so that our "Parishioner Elves" can deliver them before Christmas Day.  Also, the donations for the babies and parents at Elizabeth House will be delivered before Christmas.
Your many kind gifts will help provide a blessed Christmas for many.


Fall Festival Update: Another Good Shepherd Fall Festival has been completed and, thanks to all our fantastic volunteers, it was a busy, noisy, happy affair. The number of people who work to make this happen each year, and the number of hours they put in, is astounding. We don’t have the final net profit yet, but we think that the festival was a great social success. We want to thank all the parish staff who gave their support and hours. The school staff, teachers, parents and students gave generously of their time, efforts and money, chairing areas, putting together baskets, rolling cookies, and working at the festival. Our parishioners are the heart of our Festival efforts, as Holy Rollers, festival workers, bakers and makers and, of course, as attendees who come to eat, buy and participate. Thank you all so much. And, of course, our wonderful festival chairpeople make everything appear easy because they make sure that everything and everybody in their areas are considered. Some of them were new this year, some have been doing their jobs for many years. All are just great! Our church and school have a very special spirit, and the Fall Festival is a great showcase for this spirit. Sincerely, Peg Adamowicz and Wanda Behling