In light of guidelines regarding social distancing as related to the potential spread of the Covid-19/Coronavirus, we want to make sure that we are staying in contact with members of the parish.

This page has been set up  in order to keep you informed about any changes at the Cathedral during this time and to help us all stay connected as a parish.

Of course, the situation is evolving, but we will make an effort to keep our information as up to date as possible.

Please see the information below and if you have questions, please contact us at 414/276-9814.  The Staff Directory can be found here if you would like to call or email a specific staff member.

Archdiocese of Milwaukee - Daily Reflection

Starting today, the bishops of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee will be offering "Daily Reflections," beginning with Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki:

"I know we are going through some very difficult times. Our routines have been disrupted. There is a lot of fear present in our society. We want to begin a moment of reflection everyday ... encouraging you, and having you understand the spiritual dimension of the crisis we are going through."

Sunday, March 29, 2020

"Do you believe? I'm a believer. I know that my trust and my confidence is in Christ, in our Lord Jesus Christ, at this time. For, we have to admit, and we know that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. With him, nothing is lost and all is made whole." See all of the reflections here:

Suspension of the public celebration of Masses

Archbishop Listecki has issued the following statement: "Effective Wednesday, March 18, I am suspending the public celebration of Masses throughout the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, through Friday, April 3. This includes weekday and Sunday Masses".

Please click on the image to view the entire statement.

Archbishop Listecki Consecrates Parishes

Please follow this link to view the video.

On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Archbishop Listecki consecrated the Archdiocese of Milwaukee to St. Joseph and then traveled to 11 locations across the archdiocese to pray for healing from CoVID-19 and protection from evil. This blessing occurred on the first day of suspension of public Masses in the archdiocese.

In these challenging times, when the Church cannot gather for worship, Archbishop Listecki wishes to make it clear to the Church and to the world that prayer remains effective and God’s power is unsurpassable, despite prudent efforts to slow the spread of CoVID-19. As the local shepherd of the flock, Archbishop Listecki went out to the entire Archdiocese of Milwaukee to formally lift up the Church in prayer. Through his witness to prayer and God’s care for His people, Archbishop Listecki invites everyone to deepen their confidence in Divine protection and blessing.

Upon leaving the Cathedral, the Archbishop traveled with the Blessed Sacrament and two priests in procession to one parish in each of the 11 deaneries of the archdiocese. At each parish, he blessed the entire deanery and its people to communicate the reality that Jesus Christ abides in our midst in the Eucharist and is true to His promise: “Behold, I will be with you until the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). The itinerary was as follows.

9 a.m. – The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
Racine Deanery – St. Lucy's Catholic Parish in Racine, WI
Kenosha Deanery – St. Anne Catholic Parish, Pleasant Prairie
Walworth Deanery – St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish - Burlington, WI
Waukesha West Deanery – St. Leonard Catholic Church & School Muskego
Waukesha East Deanery – Saint John Vianney Parish, Brookfield
Dodge/Washington Deanery – St. Peter Catholic Church - Slinger, WI
Fond du Lac/Sheboygan Deanery
Ozaukee/Milw NE Deanery – St Monica Parish, Whitefish Bay
Milwaukee NW Deanery – Christ King Parish and School, Wauwatosa
Milwaukee SE Deanery – Blessed Sacrament School, Milwaukee
Milwaukee SW Deanery – St John The Evangelist Catholic Church, Greenfield

On the eve of the Solemnity of St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and during this difficult time for our world, let us remain steadfast in prayer, and confident in Christ’s power to deliver us from all evil.

Information from the Cathedral

We would like to make you aware of the following decisions regarding activities at the Cathedral in response to concerns about the Covid19-Coronavirus:

  • All Public Masses, Confession and Sunday Vespers are cancelled.
  • There will be no public events or activities at the Cathedral or Parish Center until further notice. This includes Wednesday Concerts, Grand Music, SPARC, Women's Spirituality, UPLIFT, etc.
  • The Parish Office will be closed to the public. Staff members will be responding to phone calls and email messages. If you have any questions not addressed on this web page, please call or email the appropriate staff member - staff directory.
  • Starting on Sunday, March 22nd, the Open Door Cafe will stop serving hot lunches and only bag lunches will be handed out.
  • The weekly bulletin will remain available online here.
  • Our weekly newsletter will remain available online here.

Obviously, this is a difficult time for everyone and the situation continues to evolve. We will continue to keep you informed as information becomes available.

Please stay safe and well

-The Cathedral Staff

(Updated March 21, 2020)

Online and Radio Masses

Two Sunday Masses at the Cathedral will still be celebrated, but without an assembly.  The 9:00 AM Mass is available on Radio 920 AM, WOKY, and the 11:00 AM Mass will be available on our YouTube channel.  Other TV Masses are available on WVTV, My24 at 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM, and on WITI Fox 6, at 5:30 AM and 4:30 PM.

You can view the latest Cathedral Mass broadcast on this page or on our YouTube channel.

The March 29th 11:00 AM Mass and the Order of Worship will be available here once it is broadcast on YouTube:

Solemn Mass The Fifth Sunday in Lent, March 29, 2020
The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee, WI

March 29, 2020 Order of Worship

Solemn Mass The Fourth Sunday in Lent, March 22, 2020
The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee, WI

March 22, 2020 Order of Worship

The Cathedral Needs Your Help

“We have a Lord who is capable of crying with us, capable of walking with us in the most difficult moments of life.” Pope Francis

Despite the high rate of participation in online Mass last week, our weekly cash flow is currently well below our planned budget.  We need your continued support in these challenging times in order to continue our mission as Mother Church of the Archdiocese: a beacon of faith, patron of the arts and haven and advocate for the poor and marginalized.

Our entire operating budget comes from private sources: contributions from individual Cathedral parish members, visitors, local corporations, foundations and generous friends.

Please consider giving online by clicking on the “Give Online” button on this page or sending your weekly envelope contributions via mail to:

The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist
831 N. Van Buren Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

If you have any questions, please contact Amy or Cathy at 414/276-9814.


Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, composed a prayer asking Mary, Health of the Sick, to intercede for us during this pandemic. Please join us in prayer.

Prayer to Mary, Health of the Sick

O Mary, you always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm. You, Mother of the Divine Physician, know what we need, and we are sure you will provide so that, as in Cana of Galilee, we may return to joy after this time of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.

Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

WASHINGTON- Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19):

With the worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus, we are confronted once more with the fragility of our lives, and again we are reminded of our common humanity — that the peoples of this world are our brothers and sisters, that we are all one family under God.

God does not abandon us, he goes with us even now in this time of trial and testing. In this moment, it is important for us to anchor our hearts in the hope that we have in Jesus Christ. Now is the time to intensify our prayers and sacrifices for the love of God and the love of our neighbor. Let us draw closer to one another in our love for him, and rediscover the things that truly matter in our lives.

United with our Holy Father Pope Francis, let us pray in solidarity for our brothers and sisters here and around the world who are sick. Let us pray for those who have lost loved ones to this virus. May God console them and grant them peace.

We pray also for doctors, nurses, and caregivers, for public health officials and all civic leaders. May God grant them courage and prudence as they seek to respond to this emergency with compassion and in service to the common good.

In this time of need, I invite all the faithful to seek together the maternal intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and I share this prayer with you:

Holy Virgin of Guadalupe,
Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas.
We fly to you today as your beloved children.
We ask you to intercede for us with your Son,
as you did at the wedding in Cana.

Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our nation and world,
and for all our families and loved ones,
the protection of your holy angels,
that we may be spared the worst of this illness.

For those already afflicted,
we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance.
Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful,
wipe away their tears and help them to trust.

In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.

We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you truly are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.

Shelter us under the mantle of your protection,
keep us in the embrace of your arms,
help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen


Please Help us Serve those in Need

In response to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, it has been decided to temporarily suspend our regular hot lunch service in the Open Door Café effective from Sunday, March 22, 2020 through Sunday, April 12, 2020.

In its place, during this time, we will be serving only bag lunches during the regular lunch times of 11:15 AM – 1:00 PM. These bag lunches will be prepared here at the Cathedral.

We are asking for your help with donating the items necessary for the bag lunches. If you can, please donate some of the following items:

  • Bottled Water
  • Sliced White Bread
  • Single Serve Bags of Chips
  • Granola Bars or Little Debbie or Hostess Snack Cakes
  • Jelly
  • Brown Paper Lunch Bags

If you are able to donate any of the following items, please call to arrange for a drop-off time by contacting:

Shanedra Johnson 414/276-9814, x110 or

Jim Trzebiatowski 414/276-9814, x308 or jimtrzebiatowski@

We will also gladly accept monetary donations as well online or via check - checks should be made out to the Cathedral of St. John and in the memo line ODC.