December 2, 2018

First Sunday of Advent

THE 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 the families are struggling even more than past years. The need for warm clothes and food continues.

I would like to provide a brief explanation of how the Giving Tree works. St. Mark's provides us with a list of families and individuals that need our help. The list
includes people of all ages. For many of these families, the contribution from Wayside will be the only material gifts that they receive.

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 OR needs. A gift card for an adult may provide for the purchase of a much needed warm sweater or gloves.

Each envelope hung on the trees represents an individual 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. Return the
envelope with your check and the slip completed and 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 or in the Parish Office. The
final date for gift return is
December 9, 2018.
This allows time for our gifts to be delivered to and distributed at St. Mark and allows the families time to shop.

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

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH

As the Advent season approaches we invite our parish families to participate in the Lighting of the Advent Wreath at all masses on the four Sundays of Advent. We are looking for families to sign up for one mass where they will walk as a family in the procession and light the Advent candle on the front altar. This is a wonderful tradition at Wayside and we encourage all to participate. We have provided an easy sign up at:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090D45A5A62CA3FB6-advent

After you sign-up you will receive a reminder. We look forward to seeing many of our Wayside families.

Over 8 inches of heavy wet snow fell on Arlington Heights on Sunday November 25 and Monday November 26 coating the trees in white.  It was a beautiful sight!

Look how the northeast side of the bell tower is coated from the strong winds! 

The winds and heavy wet snow caused a power outage at the parish and surrounding neighborhoods from 1 a.m. Monday thru 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, forcing the cancellation of school and numerous parish events.   Things finally returned to normal on Thursday!

As a result, we will not have a hard copy Parish Bulletin available for the parishioners this weekend. Father Ed asked that we post a limited version on line for your viewing. Sorry for the inconvenience

Our Lady of the Wayside
Upcoming Events

Monday, December 3, 2018 - Sunday, December 9, 2018

PRAY FOR THE SICK

Michael Harth, Joe Walker, Sr., Bev Folkedahl, John O'Neill, Maureen Sexson, Pam Barton, Joshua Leese, Chad Demas, Catherine Hansen, Marie Caranci, Geraldine Shufeldt, Peter Phillips, Debbie (Flack) Fry, Carol Herman, Ann Kelley, Lynn Steele, Margaret Soboleski, Marie DeSanto, Steve Demas, Carol Blatnick, Joel Rivera, Arthur Dixon, Rita Maves, Joseph Halka, Fr. John Topper, Audra Tucker, Mary Ellen Spiekerman

ST. HUBERT'S JOB NETWORK

Our Lady of the Wayside is one of over 25 member parishes of St. Hubert's Job Network. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at St. Hubert's in Hoffman Estates. Visit www.sainthubert.org/job-networking for a full schedule of events.

PARISH LIFE COMMISSION

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

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.

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
information.