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






Bishop Donald Hying
Visits St. James School

"Just ima-
gine 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 moment...how 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! 🙏🏾💛💙






       Madison K of C Council 531 & GSP/St James Fellowship will sponsor an "All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast" at our St James Site from 9:00AM to Noon Cost: Adults $7 – Children 4-12 $3 – Under 4 are FREE Menu: Pancakes, bacon, scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee, juice and milk PLEASE JOIN US!!!   

Our St. James School 6th graders joined residents from the All Saints Neighborhood Center at Vilas Park on September 10th.  Together they enjoyed lunch and a beautiful day visiting the exhibits at the zoo.  What a great day!


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


Our Parish Summer Festival
Sunday, August 11

It was a great day.  Music, Fun, Games and Great Food.  We thank Bishop Donald Hying for joining us for the for our Summer Festival.


Cookie Rolling Begins on August 26th

St. James Auditorium
Be sure to make your calendar for the start of cookie    rolling. We will once again be rolling cookies on Monday and Wednesday evening from 6 pm to 9 pm and Tuesday afternoon from 1 to 3 pm.
Note: There will be no cooking rolling on Labor Day,  Sept. 2, but we will roll cookies on Tuesday evening, Sept. 3 from 6 to 9 pm in addition to the regular afternoon shift from 1 to 3 pm.
Note: We will also roll cookies on Sunday, Sept. 29 and Oct. 20 from 9:30 am to noon.
Please plan on joining us for this very important


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. 

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 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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Birthday Breakfast:  Sunday, October 13 following the 10:45 Mass at St. Joseph Church
Join us for good food and fellowship. 

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.


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