Msgr. Baxter will be on vacation from Nov. 11 through Nov. 25.  There will be no daily masses or confessions during this time.

5:15 Mass on Saturday will move to our St. James Site.  Saturday masses will be at St. James through the month of 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.









Breakfast with Santa
         December 7th -- 9AM to Noon
Join KC Council 531 and Santa Claus for a free Pancake Breakfast at GSP/St James on Dec 7th.   School and Parish families are invited to attend.   Please RSVP by Nov 29thcall 204-7028 or email us at KC's email. Let us know when you plan to arrive:
9:00-10:00, 10:00-11:00 o11:00-12:00 so we can plan food and time with Santa. 

Desayuno con Santa
7 de diciembre - 9 a.m. al mediodía
Únase al Consejo 531 de KC y a Santa Claus gratis desayuno de panqueques en GSP / St James el 7 de diciembre.   Las familias de la escuela y la parroquia están invitadas a asistir. Confirme su asistencia antes del 29 de noviembre - llame al 204-7028 o envia un correo electrónico a KC EMAIL
Nos deja saber cuándo planea llegar:
9:00-10:00, 10:00-11:00 o11:00-12:00 para que podamos planificar la comida y
el tiempo con Santa.

Click Here to Download the Breakfast with Santa Flyer in English.

Marque aqui para el folleto "Desayuno con Santa"

Angel Trees: It is that time of year when our thoughts go to the Christmas holidays. We can help to make this Christmas a happier one for many children and babies in our city, and for older adults in our Parish. At both sites, we will have an Angel Tree for parishioners to share their generous spirit at Christmas time. For the children, there will be cards that specify the sex and age of a child. Please take one or two of these cards. Buy a gift appropriate for a child of that description and then bring the unwrapped gift to the church. Tape the card to the gift and remember --DO NOT WRAP. You will find these cards on the Angel trees set up at the entrances to both churches. SCRIP GIFT CARD ideas for older children are available on the back side of the Suggestion List Insert. These gifts are all collected by St. Vincent de Paul to be used in their annual toy room, where parents can come to pick out gifts that their children will love. DO NOT WRAP THE GIFTS, AND ALL GIFTS MUST BE IN BY SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8th FOR THE GIFTS TO BE USED THIS YEAR.

For our older adults and the babies at Elizabeth House, you will find a list of suggestions in this weekends bulletin and some at the back of the church after that. The list of Scrip gift cards is also useful for our older adults. Keep the list handy as both a reminder and for the suggestions when you go shopping. The items for the older adults and the babies can also be placed under the Angel Tree at either site and are also due by Sunday, December 8th.
Please, do not wrap these gifts, also.


Thank you to all who helped make our Fall Festival a great success.  We had many volunteers give hundreds of hours from the making of our famous pfeffernuesse cookies (3,453 bags), to preparing items for purchase in our Hidden Treasure sales, to making and serving the delicious Chicken Dinner and so much more.  
Thank you to our guests who came and enjoyed our event. 
Next year's Festival will be on November 8th.  Save the date.

Bishop Donald Hying Visits St. James School

"Just imagine what the world would be like if everyone was nice to each other. Wouldn't that be great? What if we treated everyone we met like we were meeting Jesus...think about that for a much more kind and gentle the 🌎world would be." -Bishop Donald J. Hying

Our All-School Mass on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, marked the beginning of a beautiful new friendship with Bishop Donald J. Hying! There was so much 🌼WONDERFUL🌼 in Bishop Hying's inaugural visit to St. James School 💒 where he con-celebrated mass with our very own Monsignor Tom Baxter.

We are so grateful and feel so blessed! 🙏🏾💛💙


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. 

Check our our New Hidden Treasures online sales:


 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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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.

The Two Eagles Foundation of Punta Gorda, Florida

Our St. James School has received $20,000 from the Two Eagles Foundation of Punta Gorda, Florida.  This money is given to the school to help provide support for students in need of financial aid to attend our school.  This grant will be provided annually to St. James School.  We are most grateful to The Two Eagles Foundation for their generous support of our school.

St. James 8th Graders Retreat

Reflections of 8th Grade Retreat by Students... Elizabeth: We played really challenging games that were meant for us to include others and to be respectful and not talk over people while others were trying to speak. I realized that sometimes we think that we don’t need help even though were struggling and trying to get things done independently. Sofia: We realized that the key to success was to listen to others, and everybody must be included. From that I took away that listening is the key to communication. You won’t be able to help each other without being able to listen to the needs of a person. Sam: The trip to Camp Gray was the most exciting part of the school year so far. Some of the activities were so challenging we had to step away and thinking through the situation until we acquired the solution. Tobias: Camp Gray helped me grow closer to God, my peers, and my parents. George: At Camp Gray, our class became closer as a community and closer to God.


 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.


New Hearing Loop System

A new Hearing Loop System has recently been installed at our St. James site.  Hearing loop systems provide a      magnetic wireless audio signal that is picked up by hearing aids set to the “T-coil (short for telecoil)” setting.  Most   hearing aids have this setting.  Special wires have been installed in the floor at St. James which comprises the    hearing loop that broadcasts audio  signals from           microphones directly to hearing aids.  For those with     hearing loss who do not use hearing aids or cochlear     implants, portable receivers with T-coils will be made    available so that they can hear the clarity of speech sounds transmitted through hearing loops.
If you are interested in hearing more about our hearing loop system and participating in a demo, please plan on attending an open general informational meeting at St. James on Thursday August 1st at 6:00 pm.  You will be hearing from Mike Mair, an expert in hearing loop technology and Dr. Veronica Heide, PhD Audiologist.


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