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

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday Sept. 19, 2018 at 12:45 pm in the Cathedral Atrium. Welcome Back!!!

Sadly and unfortunately there is a change in the SPARC program for September 19. Due to an unforeseen circumstance, Fr. Martin Pable is unable to meet with us on this date. Sr. Karlyn Cauley, SDS has most graciously stepped in and saved the day!  We are indeed excited to have her with us this day. She will be speaking to us on “What to Do When What Works Spiritually, No Longer Works”. Sr. Karlyn is both  a Teacher and a well-known Milwaukee Artist. She is a parishioner, recognized Folk Artist, and is well-known to SPARC as she has spoken with us in the past.  What a gift she is!!

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 do RSVP by Monday September 17 to Rachel at 414/276-9814, ext. 308 or via email: Thank You.