SPARC Ministry

SPARC Ministry
(Senior People Are Really Cool)
The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist’s Ministry for Senior Adults is planned for Seniors ages 60 and older. It is called the SPARC program (Senior People are Really Cool!!!!!). The concept of the program is to gather our Senior Adults together to strengthen personal bonds with the Cathedral and to further our parish mission. This program is one where all members enjoy the company and friendship of others through religious, social, educational, and other activities.

SPARC Program Mission Statement
The intent of the program is to invite seniors in the community to come together to further the mission of the Cathedral, that is, to be a welcoming Eucharistic community committed to growing together as disciples of Jesus Christ. To serve as a beacon of faith and a haven and advocate for people who are poor and marginalized. To strengthen personal bonds with the Cathedral and with one another. This program is meant to be fun as well, where all members enjoy the company and friendship of others. We do envision a program with religious activities, social activities, and with an educational component supported by invited guest speakers.

General Information
SPARC made its debut in September, 2015 and has been gathering strength since then. Gatherings are held in the Cathedral Atrium on the third Wednesday of each month. A luncheon is planned for each meeting for which there is no charge. A Free Will Offering is greatly appreciated, but not necessary. Luncheon is served at 12:45 pm followed by a presentation by invited speakers or just plain fun stuff to do. We wrap up about 2:30 pm in order to avoid the difficult parking situation around the Cathedral. Day trips in and around the city are also planned throughout the year.

For further information about this Ministry please contact Dr. Jenny Brasseur at

Upcoming Meeting – March 21, 2018 at 12:45 pm in the Cathedral Atrium
We are so honored and pleased to have Fr. Gene Pocernich as our guest speaker this day. Fr. Gene traveled to Egypt for eight days in January to spend time with some of the 122,000 Syrian refugees living in and around Cairo, as well as to observe how Catholic Relief Services (CRS) helps the refugees. Fr. Gene is a CRS Global Fellow, meaning he and other members of the clergy are able to see CRS in action throughout the world. He will share with us his experiences in Egypt witnessing CRS working with refugees from the Middle East and NE Africa. We all must recognize that the situation in Syria is dire – many children and civilians are being killed.

Fr. Gene has an extensive history in the Archdiocese serving as Parish Priest at several churches. He was on the staff of the archdiocesan Office for Human Concerns, coordinating CCHD, CRS and Corporate Responsibility. He was an associate priest with Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, serving in Thailand for five years. Since his retirement in 2016, he has been a ‘senior priest’, active with CRS, as a Global Fellow and with the Association of US Catholic Priests. He was appointed by the Archbishop as Chaplain to the Port of Milwaukee, under the Apostleship of the Sea-USA.

There is a concert in the Cathedral on this day. The artists are Marie Sinco Warren on Cello and Laura Thompson on violin. The concert begins at 12:15 pm, with luncheon and guest speaker immediately following.

Please do join us and bring a friend. There is no charge for the luncheon. A Free Will Offering is gratefully appreciated. Reservations must be made to ensure your place at the table. Please RSVP by Monday March 19, 2018 to Rachel at 414/276-9814, ext. 308 or via email: Thank You.