News and Events

Holocaust Stories at the Cathedral

Join us as we listen to the survival stories of members of the Nathan  and Esther Pelz  Holocaust Education Resource Center's Speakers Bureau. This program allows community  members, both teenagers and adults, an opportunity  to listen to the testimonies of our local Holocaust survivors while there is still time to do so, and to recognize these unique individuals for their heroic survival of the Nazi hell and their creation of a new life on American  soil. Please click on the flyer for full details.

Scripture with Scholars 10-1-19

Please join us on Thursday, October 1, 2019 for Scripture with Scholars "A Holy Land Pilgrimage for Armchair Travelers" with Dr. Patrick Russell.  Please click on the flyer for full details.

Prayer Service - Love in Action

The tragic loss of lives in Gilroy, California, El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio confront us with a terrible truth, states Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  The terrible truth is that we can never again believe that mass shootings are an isolated exception.  They have become an epidemic – an epidemic against life that we must, in justice, face.

... click here to view the full text from the prayer service on August 9, 2019



Choirs at the Cathedral

If you've ever thought of getting involved in the music program, now is your chance!  Please click on the flyer for details.



Celebrate the Cathedral Experiences Still Available!

We still have some spaces left in one of our exciting Celebrate the Cathedral experiences:

Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Date: Tuesday September 17, 2019
Time: 6:40 pm
$500/tax deductible portion $350

Please visit to purchase - don’t miss out on this fun opportunity!




Bastille Days and The Joy of the Gospel

Once again, Bastille Days gave us the unique and exciting opportunity to welcome people from near and far to visit our magnificent Cathedral. With the help of many volunteer Greeters and Tour Guides as well as Pastoral Staff, approximately 6,700 visitors came through our doors during the four days of the festival. And that’s not counting those who joined us in prayer during the French Mass on Saturday and our Sunday morning Masses!

Many came to enjoy the Friday afternoon concert; others came to light a candle and say a quiet prayer during the Oremus event on Friday evening. A highlight for many of our visitors was finding their way to the Crypt and meeting Bishop Jeff who shared the history of our past Bishops each afternoon. Many stopped by for Coffee in the Garden or to support our Sister Parish, La Sagrada Familia.

Our Greeters and Tour Guides delighted in meeting guests from China, Austria, Germany, France, Mexico, Yugoslavia, even Australia, and many, many US states. There were many words of “Thanks” from people as they left, so many wonderful comments about the beauty of the Cathedral, the excellent music, the welcoming environment provided by volunteers and Pastoral Staff.

It was a very busy four days of opening our doors, encouraging people to come in, extending a warm greeting, being ready to answer questions about our faith, and talking about our parish’s history. But most of all it was a wonderful opportunity for us to share our Catholic faith with others, to live our discipleship and evangelize through our actions.

In the words of Pope Francis: “Being a disciple means being constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others, and this can happen unexpectantly and in any place: on the street, in a city square (Perhaps our own Cathedral Square!), during work, on a journey.” Evangelii Gaudium, #127

I’d like to think that Pope Francis would be very pleased with our efforts to share the Joy of the Gospel during Bastille Days 2019.

-Sallyanne Hassert, Evangelization Team Leader


Rectory Renovation

The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Rectory Renovation: January - March, 2019

Want to Better Understand your Catholic Faith?

We are excited to announce that our parish now has access to premium video content from Word on Fire. We are offering you the opportunity to access these videos that will help you better understand your Catholic Faith. Please click on the flyer for more details.

We have sent a welcome message to the emails we have in our database, but if you haven’t received the message and would like enroll, please visit or text SJCathedral to 84576.

Please contact Pat Wisialowski with any questions at 414/276-9814, ext. 302.

2019 Catholic Stewardship Appeal: Amazing Grace

The Catholic Stewardship Appeal offers a unique opportunity to support Catholic life throughout the ten-county Archdiocese of Milwaukee with a single gift—a gift that helps sustain a broad spectrum of life-changing ministries and programs that meaningfully impact people’s lives.

Contributions to the annual $7.8 million Catholic Stewardship Appeal are restricted for use in four key areas of ministry: serving families, strengthening parishes, supporting schools, and forming priests and parish leaders.

Visit the Catholic Stewardship Appeal website