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

The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist invites you to the next monthly gathering of SPARC to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 12:45 in the Cathedral Atrium.

Our society is now more than ever closely connected through technology, but isolation and loneliness do exist and are a major problem in society. Recent studies have shown that loneliness has the same impact on mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day! Melissa Meier, Executive Director of Eastside Senior Services, will discuss with us ways to combat isolation and loneliness for ourselves and in our community. She will present the positive impact of volunteering and how Eastside Senior Services help adults 60 and older to remain independent in their home through volunteerism. We will gain insight into how we can be social changers in defeating isolation and loneliness.

There is a concert in the Cathedral on this day. The artist is James Grzadinski on organ and Rachel Mallette, soprano. 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 to help defray costs. Reservations MUST be made to ensure your place at the table. Please RSVP by Monday, Sept. 16 to Jim at 414/276-9814, ext. 308 or via email   to   

Please remember to include your name in the RSVP. Thank You.