Father James J. Seitz
311 Sverdrup Ave S.
Jackson MN 56143
Cell Phone: 507-438-0776

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We hope you find our information helpful and insightful. We hope to assist you in your spiritual growth by sharing with you what we are proud of.

We gather often at all three churches in our Tri-Parish community to celebrate the Sacraments. You will find we are welcoming parishes. We will delight in your presence and hope you experience the goodness of God in your worship time with us.

We are proud rural people and tilling the soil is only one way of many our parishioners help feed a hungry world and make it better. Like the angel Gabriel shared with Blessed Mary, we too believe God has looked down upon our churches with favor. We invite you to come and visit, worship and even stay and sign up and become lifelong members. All are welcome!

I am Father James J. Seitz. I am the pastor of Good Shepherd Church in Jackson, St. Luke’s Church in Sherburn and St. Joseph’s Church in Lakefield. I grew up in a small southwestern Minnesota town called Ellsworth. I am the eighth child of 10. My first four years of minor seminary I attended St. Mary's University in Winona, Minn. My graduate level schooling was at St. Paul School of Divinity on the campus of St. Thomas University in St Paul, Minn. I was ordained in 1994 and have absolutely loved my 23 years of priesthood. Celebrating the Sacraments, ministering to the dying, filling young minds with knowledge of God and preaching the Word are some of my favorite things to do. I believe strongly in “priestly presence.” Woody Allen once said, "Ninety-nine percent of success is just showing up." I praise God for his mercy.

Father Seitz

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Sacrament of Reconciliation - Every Saturday from noon to 12:30 p.m. at Good Shepherd, before 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday and before the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday. Call Father for special appointments.


Sacrament of Baptism - Please contact the Pastor for a preparation session and a baptismal date.


Sacrament of Marriage - Please contact the Pastor six months prior to your wedding date.


New Parishioners - We warmly welcome you to our Catholic faith communities: Good Shepherd, St. Joseph's and St. Luke's. Please contact your parish office to register.