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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.

From the Pastor's Desk

From the Pastor's Desk

A recent cartoon in the Wisconsin State Journal seemed to call into question the consistency of Catholic's pro-life stance, given our concerns related to vaccines derived from cell-lines from aborted fetuses. This cartoon may lead you to confusion. So here is a brief attempt to clarify what the Church is saying.

    As Catholics, we take seriously the responsibility that we have to defend human life at all its stages and the responsibility to never treat another human being in a utilitarian fashion, manipulating them for our own ends. Hence, though the concept of vaccines is clearly in favor of the common good, the processes used to attain a vaccine must be examined to make sure that the processes themselves are morally licit.

    The USCCB issued this statement on the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine recently approved for use in the United States:

“The approval of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19

vaccine for use in the United States again raises

questions about the moral permissibility of using

vaccines developed, tested, and/or produced with

the help of abort ion-derived cell lines.”

    Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines raised concerns because an abortion-derived cell line was used for testing them, but not in their production. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, however, was developed, tested and is produced with abortion-derived cell lines raising additional moral concerns. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has judged that ‘when ethically irreproachable Covid-19 vaccines are not available … it is morally acceptable to receive Covid 19 vaccines that have used cell lines from aborted fetuses in their research and production process.’(Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “Note on the morality of using some antiCovid-19 vaccines” (17 Dec 2020), no. 2.) However, if one can choose among equally safe and effective COVID19 vaccines, the vaccine with the least connection to abortion-derived cell lines should be chosen. Therefore, if one has the ability to choose a vaccine, Pfizer or Moderna’s vaccines should be chosen over Johnson & Johnson’s.

    While we should continue to insist that pharmaceutical companies stop using abortion-derived cell lines, given the world-wide suffering that this pandemic is causing, we affirm again that being vaccinated can be an act of charity that serves the common good."

    In short, the US Bishops' Conference (USCCB) has deemed that the vaccines currently available in the USA are morally acceptable because the connection to the sin of abortion is very remote. Still, because there is some connection to such a morally reprehensible act, the vaccines should be received under moral protest (ex. informing the pharmaceutical company that you disapprove of the process they used to produce the vaccine). Additionally, since the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has a stronger connection to abortion, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are to be preferred to it if they are available.

 I hope this helps clarify things for you a bit.

 - Fr Dave

115th Anniversary of St. James School-Chapter 2-1920's and 1930's

Interview-Pat Hopkins Photo Gallery History-1920-30 Video-Fr. Robert Enders

Mass Times

Holy Week Schedule
Easter Vigil - April 3
8:00 pm - Easter Vigil-St. James
8:00 pm - La Vigilia Pascual-St. Joseph (en español)
Easter Sunday - April 4
7:00 am - Mass - St. Joseph
9:00 am - Mass - St. James
10:45 am - Mass - St. Joseph
1:30 pm - Misa - St. Joseph (en español)
7:00 pm - Misa - St. Joseph (en español)

Saturday at 5:15 pm
June-November - St. Joseph
December-May - St. James

8:30 am - St. James
10:45 am - St. Joseph
1:30 pm - St. Joseph (Misa en Español)
7:00 pm - St. Joseph (Misa en Español)

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)
Saturday 4:30-5:00pm at St. Joseph/St. James per Mass schedule
Sunday 7:45-8:15 am at St. James

Adoration of Eucharist
Tuesdays-St. Joseph-following 8:00 a.m. Mass
Wednesdays-St. James 7:15-8:15 a.m.
Thursdays-St. Joseph-7:00 p.m.
Fridays-St. James 7:15-8:15 a.m.

St. James Catholic Church 1128 St. James Ct

St. Joseph Catholic Church

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 (Shawn Willox)
12:00-4:30 Mon-Thur
ESPAÑOL (Denice Jimenez):
8:30 - 2:30, Mon
8:30 - 4:30, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
FAX 608-268-9929

Holy Week Schedule

Holy Week Mass Schedule

Easter Vigil - April 3

8:00 pm - Easter Vigil - St. James
8:00 pm - La Vigilia Pascual - St. Joseph (en español)

Easter Sunday - April 4

7:00 am -  Mass - St. Joseph
9:00 am - Mass - St. James
10:45 am -  Mass - St. Joseph 
1:30 pm - Misa - St. Joseph (en español)
7:00 pm - Misa - St. Joseph (en español)

Easter Triumph, Easter Joy!

Easter Triumph, Easter Joy!
             Friends, this Easter has been a long time coming. We are all looking for a time of renewal and hope after the "long winter" of the pandemic. Thankfully the number of new hospitalizations and deaths linked to COVID-19 are dropping rapidly. There is a sense of relief and newfound freedom growing.
             Imagine, however, the "long winter" of a world without the hope of eternal life. Before Jesus came, the concept of eternal life was mostly seen as an impossibility, and those who did believe in it often envisioned it in an impersonal way. When Jesus died, was buried, and broke the chains of death through the Resurrection, he opened up for us the possibility of eternal life - in personal communion with God forever. What a relief! What a source of newfound freedom! Certainly the witness of the Apostles and the early Church clearly reflects the difference the Resurrection of Jesus made in their lives. Easter triumph, Easter joy, indeed!
             Are you grateful that the pandemic seems to be winding down in some respects? How much more gratitude should we cultivate as we reflect upon the new life of the Risen Christ that is accessible to us? A simple question for you this Easter, as you plan how your new freedoms will affect your life after the pandemic: How will you use the freedom that Christ won for you by His dying and rising again?
     Easter blessings to you and yours!
     Fr Dave Carrano, Pastor


Current Events and Activities

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

St. James School  Grades K-8 and Early Care Program 
Our Early Care in Education (ECE) program at St. James School is meeting with students in person.  The program opens at 7:30 a.m.  Monday through Friday and closes at 5:30 p.m.  
 For more information about either our Early Care Program or our K-8 School program, you can contact Liz Stattelman-Scanlan @608-609-3586 or  call the school at 608-268-9935.

Our K-8 students are meeting in person following the Christmas Holiday.  Students, staff and families are being very diligent to stay healthy and safe during the time of the Pandemic

Click on the email below to contact our school.
Email contact for St. James School

St. James School Website

Adoration of Eucharist

Tuesdays-St. Joseph-following 8:00 a.m. Mass
Wednesdays-St. James 7:15-8:15 a.m.
Thursdays-St. Joseph-7:00 p.m.
Fridays-St. James 7:15-8:15 a.m.



The Year of St. Joseph

What is the Year of Saint Joseph

     With the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis recalls the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. The mark the occasion, the Holy Father has proclaimed a “Year of Saint Joseph” from December 8, 2020 to December 8, 2021.
     We invite you to pray with us throughout the Year of Saint Joseph. We are providing a prayer booklet that can use and that will allow Saint Joseph to lead you into deeper devotion and greater love for Our Lord Jesus and his Blessed Mother Mary.
     You can reserve a Saint Joseph figure (see photo) to be in your home for a week to help increase your devotion. We will also have a Book of Intentions that you can pray through and also add your intentions so that others can join you in prayer.

Click Here to Sign Up for a week.

¿Qué es el Año de San José?

      Con la carta apostólica "Patris corde" ("Con corazón de padre"), el Papa Francisco recuerda el 150 aniversario de la declaración de San José como Patrón de la Iglesia Universal. Con motivo de la ocasión, el Santo Padre ha proclamado un “Año de San José” del 8 de diciembre de 2020 al 8 de diciembre de 2021.
     Te invitamos a rezar con nosotros durante todo el Año de San José. Estamos proporcionando un folleto de oración que puede usar y que le permitirá a San José llevarlo a una devoción más profunda y un mayor amor por Nuestro Señor Jesús y su Santísima Madre María.
     Puedes reservar una figura de San José (ver la foto) para que esté en tu casa durante una semana para ayudar a aumentar tu devoción. También tendremos un Libro de Intenciones por el cual puedes orar y también agregar tus intenciones para que otros puedan unirse a ti en oración.

Haga “clic” aquí para reservar la estatua de San José

Sr. Zita

Our Hearts Are Broken
Our "practically perfect" Sr. Zita is now resting in the arms of Our Savior.  
We mourn the loss of our dear Sr. Zita who passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 4.
She was a very special lady who welcomed us all.  She shared her faith with many young parents as they prepared their children for Baptism; she nurtured and guided so many adults as they prepared for the sacraments in our RCIA program; she consoled and grieved with families as they buried their loved ones.  How she loved the little ones.  The young students in our school have already missed the time Sr. Zita would spend with them.  And, how we laughed and enjoyed her special sense of humor.
Sr. Zita's Wake and Remembering was onThursday, January 14, at 6:30 p.m.  Sr. Zita's Funeral was Friday, January 15, at 10:30 a.m.  Both broadcasts have been archived at the web addresses below.
We will always love and remember you, Sr. Zita.  Your spirit lives on forever in our hearts. 

Important Information

Special Letter from Bishop Donald Hying-Please Read.  

On Pentecost Sunday,  a bold new Evangelization Initiative called “Go Make Disciples” in the Diocese of Madison was launched.  Bishop Donald Hying has sent a letter to all our pastors and parishes with an introduction to this initiative.  Our Diocesan Herald Citizen is an important tool for us to learn about the Evangelization Intiative:  "Go Make Disciples".

Click Here to Read the Bishop's Letter
Click Here for Update on Baptism and Confirmation

Hearing Loop System

Now available at our St. James Church.
You can pick up one of the transistor units along with head phones from the box on the counter in the vestibule of the church.
This system has an immediate improvement for the user.
Transistors and ear plugs are available for anyone to use.
You can ask any usher for help.

Hidden Treasure Update

The Hidden Treasures Team will NOT be working at school until April.  At that time we will return to receive your generous donations.  We make anywhere between $1000 to $3000 each month for the church due to you giving us your unwanted and unneeded items.  We cannot tell you how much we appreciate these gifts.  So we are asking you to hold onto things a bit longer and we will be putting our totes out for you to fill up.  We are planning to have an in-person book sale in the summer and an all item sale isn the fall this year as well.  You can find previously listed items on

Hidden Treasures Email

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.

From the Pastor's Desk



Relocation of the Tabernacle at St. James Church
As you may know, the majority of the Catholic Churches in our Diocese have moved the Tabernacle into the center of the Sanctuary in recent years as a united effort to highlight the central role of the Eucharist in our lives as Catholics. Moving the Tabernacle at St. James was one of the projects listed on our Capital Campaign. After inquiry, I discovered that there is virtually no cost associated with the move that was planned. We have some very dedicated and skilled individuals who have volunteered to carry out the work necessary to make this move successfully. Hence I have asked for them to proceed with the relocation of the Tabernacle as soon as is reasonably possible.
The result of this move will not drastically change the aesthetics of our sanctuary, but is intended to change our focus so that Jesus, truly present in the Eucharist, more clearly remains at the center of our lives and worship. The role of the Priest/presider at Mass is never to be the center of our attention, and instead is at the service of our Eucharistic Lord and the People of God. Hence the Presider's Chair will be relocated to the side of the Sanctuary. The relief of the Last Supper will remain in its place, as the Tabernacle fits just below it on the High Altar.
Some may find that they preferred the current location of the Tabernacle, as it was a bit more accessible and approachable for personal prayer. I understand that feeling entirely, but believe that the Church asks us to subjugate our preferences in regards to personal devotion for the sake of what is most fitting for the Sacred Liturgy, which is the public worship of the Church. I also trust that the current space where the Tabernacle is located can be used for other devotions to enrich us.
Let us pray together that Jesus, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament, would always be at the center of all that we do as a Parish.
God bless you all! Fr. Dave