As the holiday season approaches once again it is time to begin our traditional Wayside Giving Tree. We invite you  to join us again this year in making a difference for the individuals and families of St. Mark parish who are in such great need.

This year we are working to help 81 families (in excess of 275 individuals) with their Christmas celebration.

We are seeking to help make the holiday special for children, adults and families. With that in mind we have structured our method of giving to best meet their need. We ask that your gift be provided in the form of a gift card. The gift card allows the parent to purchase exactly what their child wants OR needs. A gift card for an adult may provide for the purchase of much needed gloves or a scarf.

Each envelope hung on the trees represents an indiviudual that needs our help. Enclosed in each envelope is a slip for ordering gift certificates. You may purchase gift cards on your own or use the slip to indicate the amount of your gift and your choice of store. We will purchase the gift card through our school.

We ask that you place your return gift envelope in the boxes at the back of church near the Giving Trees.
The final date for gift return is next weekend, December 4, 2016. We do our best to allow time for our gifts to be delivered and distributed at St. Mark and allows the families time to shop.

Thank you for joining us in this expression of the Christmas Spirit.

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AN ADVENT WREATH BLESSING

Traditionally, Advent wreaths are constructed of a circle of evergreen branches into which four candles are inserted, representing the four weeks of Advent. Ideally, three candles are purple and one is rose, but white candles can also be used. The purple candles in particular symbolize the prayer, penance, and preparatory sacrifices and goods works undertaken at this time. The rose candle is lit on the third Sunday. http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/advent/about-advent-wreaths.cfm

Before your family has gathered for the blessing, select one of the following Scripture passages to be read during the blessing: Isaiah 11:1-4, 61:1-2; Mark 1:1-8; James 5:7-10; or Philippians 4:4-7. Have someone volunteer to read the passage. Place the Advent wreath on a table and have your family gather around it. Lower the light level in the room to create an appropriate atmosphere for the blessing. Light one of the purple candles for the first week of Advent. Have someone lead your family in the following prayer.

Leader:
This week we begin the season of Advent, when the days grow short and darkness closes in. We are preparing to celebrate at Christmas the birth of Jesus, who is the light of the world. Let's spend some quiet time being aware of the darkness and longing for the light.
(Pause a few moments and then begin with the Sign of the Cross.)

Leader: Lord God, bless this wreath and bless us as well.  May this wreath remind us of the hope and joy that Jesus brings into the world. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
All: Amen.

Leader: Advent means "arrival." In the season of Advent, the church prepares to celebrate the coming of Jesus. We recall the past, celebrate the present, and look to the future with hope. We prepare to celebrate not only the birth of Jesus but also his presence in our family. We wait for the return of the Lord at the end of time when all hopes will be fulfilled. We await the coming of the light that will shine in the darkness, shining light on our path to peace.

Reader: A reading from [name of book in Bible].
(Reader reads selected passage.)
Leader: The Word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.
All: Amen.

All pray the Lord's Prayer together.
http://www.loyolapress.com/blessing-an-advent-wreath.htm

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS


Tuesday, November 29th
R.E.P. classes after Thanksgiving are as follows:

Grades 1-4 - have classes.

Grades 5-6 have class. Grade 6 students are having a Torah presentation in the Gym during their class period. Ann Stein is the presenter of the Program. Ann has been conducting this program for a number of years. Grade 5 has  a Mock Baptism in Church at 7:30 p.m. Deacon Mike Madison will be conducting the Baptism Ceremony.

Thursday, December 1

R.E.P. Grades 7-8 Volunteers will have practice for their Advent/Christmas Prayer Service.

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AND OLW'S FAMILY SCHOOL ASSOCIATION HOLDS
Another Successful Homemade Holiday Fair

Another sure sign that Christmas is coming soon was the 36th Annual Homemade Holiday Fair last Saturday, (November 19) in the Father Mackin Center.

Funds raised are used to support programs that benefit OLW students, teachers and the OLW School Annual Fund.

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PARTICIPATE IN OUR ONGOING EVENTS

Enjoy the parish community by meeting other parishioners at events such as Women's Golf, Men's Golf, Women's Bowling, Men's Basketball, Women's Bridge, Widows of Wayside (W.O.W.), and Christian Family Movement (CFM), the Senior Group and Fil-American Group. Contact parishlife @olwparish.org with questions.

WORSHIP AND SPIRITUAL LIFE

CHILDREN'S LITURGY OF THE WORD

Sunday Readings and Homily adapted for ages 3 to 10 on most Sundays at the 9:45 Mass before the Liturgy of the Word.  The children are invited to participate. The children will return for the remainder of the Mass. No registration is required!

BIBLE STUDY

Focus on the readings for the coming Sunday and their context in scripture. No registration or fee. Come when your schedule permits. Friday mornings in the Gathering Place 9:30 - 11:15 a.m.

ROSARY PRAYER GROUP
Meets in the Seton room (#201) every Monday at 7:00 p.m. Contact - Chris

CARE AND OUTREACH

ST. MARK'S - NON PERISHABLE FOOD DRIVE EVERY SUNDAY

Drop off bin located in Gathering Place hallway across from the drinking fountains (8-12 every Sunday) in addition to the Garage drop off (2nd Sunday of each month). To Volunteer - The Gilberts--collecting-The Piergalskis--delivery or Volunteer signup http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f48acae2ca75-stmarks.

THE ELIZABETH MINISTRY

The Elizabeth Ministry offers families prayer and support during the joys, challenges and sorrows of the childbearing years. To contact a minister, please complete a card from the banner in the back of the church, or call the parish office or e-mail ElizabethMinistry @olwparish.org. or elizabethministry @att.net

RESPECT LIFE

The Respect Life Ministry works to make life issues visible and viable at the parish level. To get more involved in Respect Life at OLW, please email respectlife @olwparish.org.

FUNERAL LUNCHEON MINISTRY

This Ministry offers families in their time of sorrow a continental breakfast in the Gathering Place or sit down luncheon in the Rectory Meeting Room. For further information contact the parish office.

SPECIAL NEEDS MINISTRY

Special Needs Ministry was established to identify and meet the needs of our pacrishioners with special needs. Contact the parish office or email - special-needs @att.net or specialneeds @olwparish.org.

ST. VINCENT DEPAUL SOCIETY

An emergency source for short term financial help. For information or assistance, contact the DePaul voice mailbox at the parish 847-253-5353 x398.

MINISTRY OF CARE

OLW has trained Ministers of Care who are available to visit and bring communion to those parishioners who are homebound. If you are interested in receiving communion or being part of this ministry contact Kathy O'Neill, 847-253-5353, ext. 238.

LITTLE SAINTS PRAY & PLAY

Little Saints Pray & Play for children and their caregivers, meets twice monthly. Email OLWLittleSaints @gmail.com for more
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MINISTERS OF THE LITURGY


5:00 pm Saturday, December 3, 2016
Presider: TBA

Lector: Jan LeTourneau, Kathy Maday

Euch. Min.: Chuck Tomasek, Coord., Bob Guretz, Jeanne  Kabler, John Kabler, Kathy Maday, Jim McIlwee,  Mary McIlwee, Joe Panarale, Chris Sandefur, Jean  Simpson, Colleen Wozniak
Altar Serv.: Lilly Collins, David Lavender, Jack Lewis,
Mia Parise
Music Min.:  Choir/Instrumentalist

7:00 am Sunday, December 4, 2016
Presider: TBA
Lector: Marlene Bowen, Francis Fox
Euch. Min.: 
Rosa Maria MacNeil, Coord., Eddie Kane, Arnie  Lemke, Sarah Lemke, Bettina Patena, Mary Jean  Sandefur, Sharon Zurek
Altar Serv.: Tommy DeMaria, Margaret Lennon, Matt Lennon,  Madie Rappa
Music Min.: Cantor

8:15 am Sunday, December 4, 2016
Presider:
TBA
Lector: Nancy Lipinski, Kathy Kennedy
Euch. Min.: Pat VanKlompenburg, Coord., June Bourke, Tom  Mezza, Jim Murray, Edith Pena, Tanya Petermann,  Genny Powers, Tom Seputis, Ron Stein
Altar Serv.: Bobby Craig, Molly Craig, Charlotte Errico,
Andrew Shevlin
Music Min.: Cantor

9:45 am Sunday, December 4, 2016
Presider:
TBA
Lector: Mary Ann Galvanoni, Dave Woods
Euch. Min.:
Bob Galvanoni, Coord., Chris Esposito, Nancy  Odon, Pete Odon, Patricia Pulikowski, Annette  Quick, Juliet Robles, Max Robles, Mary Samulak,  Jim Sherry, Rose Sherry
Altar Serv.: Charlie Mallek, Louis Mallek, Daniel Quick,
Matt Quick
Music Min.: Ensemble/Instrumentalists

11:30 am Sunday, December 4, 2016
Presider:
TBA
Lector: Martha Cavers, Jeff Scardami
Euch. Min.:
Miriam Pecora, Coord., Gene Beiswenger, Winnie  Bowles, Krystyna Chadzichristos, Julie Cleary, Mary  Dubiel, Kathy Freiburger, Mary Jane Niman,
` Maureen Sharkey, Catherine Sloan, Bud Trunk
Altar Serv.: Gillian Heyden, Jack Lynch, Ryan Schoessling,
Ashley Weidner
Music Min.: Cantor/Instrumentalist

PRAY FOR THE DECEASED


For the Deceased Members
of Our Lady of the Wayside

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Our Lady of the Wayside
Upcoming Events

Monday, November  28, 2016 - Sunday, December 4, 2016

SACRED LITURGY


Monday, November 28, 2016
7:00 am Communion Service
8:30 am Gerry Harrington

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
7:00 am Communion Service
8:30 am William Foreman, John Stubing

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
7:00 am Communion Service
8:30 am Bill Banach, Joseph Kopec

Thursday, December 1, 2016
7:00 am Communion Service
8:30 am Adele Gareri

Friday, December 2, 2016
7:00 am Communion Service
8:30 am Dr. Fernando Caburnay, Frank DeSimone, Jr.

Saturday, December 3, 2016
8:30 am Communion Service
5:00 pm Eileen Schwartzbauer

Sunday, December 4, 2016
7:00 am Marlene Wojtun, Frank Radosta
and For the People of OLW
8:15 am Dorothy Sansone
9:45 am Natalie Francis, Donald Brown, Grace Chambers,  Steve Penner
11:30 am Dr. Fernando Caburnay, Jim Doherty, Marge Carter,  John Butler

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
7:00-9:00 p.m. C.R.H.P. Men - Meeting in PC200 Neumann Room

Thursday, December 1, 2016
12:01 a.m.- PADS in Rectory Rooms
7:00 a.m. Basement

1:00-4:00 p.m. Shawl Ministry in PC204 Cabrini Room

3:15-6:00 p.m. Athletic Programs-Youth in Fr. Mackin Center Gym

6:30-7:30 p.m. Cub Scout Den Meeting in Fr. Mackin Center Gym

7:30-9:00 p.m. Music Ministry Choir-Regular
Rehearsal in Gathering Place

7:45-9:00 p.m. Athletic Programs-Youth in Fr. Mackin Center Gym

Friday, December 2, 2016
9:20-11:40 a.m. Bible Study (next Sunday's readings) in Gathering Place

3:05-4:30 p.m. Girl Scout Troop 45494 in Rectory Meeting Room

3:15-8:00 p.m. Athletic Programs-Youth in Fr. Mackin Center Gym

7:00-11:00 p.m. Christian Family Movement Monthly Leader Meeting in Gathering Place

8:30-10:00 p.m. AA Regular Meeting in Rectory Meeting Rooms (Basement)

Saturday, December 3, 2016
9:00 a.m.- Adult Enrichment in PC204 Cabrini 12:00 p.m. Room

9:00 a.m.- Athletic Programs-Youth in Fr.
5:00 p.m. Mackin Center Gym

12:00-3:00 p.m. Music for Youth School Activity in
E209 Day Care/Band Room

Sunday, December 4, 2016
8:00-11:30 a.m. Sunday Coffee in Gathering Place (after the 7:00, 8:15 & 9:45 Masses)

During the Children's Liturgy of the Word in
9:45 Mass Rectory Rooms (Basement)

1:00-5:00 p.m. Athletic Programs-Youth in Fr. Mackin Center Gym

6:00-7:30 p.m. Boy Scout Troop 161 in Rectory Meeting Room (basement)

Readings for the Week of November 27, 2016

Sunday:  Is 2:1-5/Ps 122/Rom 13:11-14/Mt 24:37-44
Monday:  Is 4:2-6/Ps 122/Mt 8:5-11
Tuesday:  Is 11:1-10/Ps 72/Lk 10:21-24
Wednesday:  Rom 10:9-18/Ps 23/Mt 4:18-22
Thursday:  Is 26:1-6/Ps 118/Mt 7:21, 24-27
Friday:  Is 29:17-24/Ps 27/Mt 9:27-31
Saturday:  Is 30:19-21, 23-26/Ps 147/Mt 9:35--10:1, 5a, 6- 8
Next Sunday: Is 11:1-10/Ps 72/Rom 15:4-9/Mt 3:1-12

PRAY FOR THE SICK

Pam Barton
Marie Caranci
Chad Demas
Steve Demas
Marie DeSanto
Kristina Fitzgerald
Bev Folkedahl
Debbie (Flack) Fry
Catherine Hansen
Michael Harth
Carol Herman
Ann Kelley
Joshua Leese
John O'Neill
Peter Phillips
Maureen Sexson
Geraldine Shufeldt
Margaret Soboleski
Lynn Steele
Joe Walker, Sr.