This weekend is the final weekend for collecting gifts for the people of St. Mark's Parish. If you have not already taken an envelope to help, please stop by the trees on your way out and take one. The need is very great this year. We are seeking the help to 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 the purchase of much needed gloves or a scarf.

This weekend is the final weekend for returning your gifts. We ask that you place your return gift envelope in the boxes at the back of the church near the Giving Trees. Thank you for joining us in this expression of the
Christmas Spirit.

Advent is a time of preparation for us to prepare
ourselves for Jesus. Please take advantage of the
Reconciliation Services offered at multi parishes.


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Day of Reconciliation
Queen of the Rosary Church - 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
750 W. Elk Grove Blvd.
Elk Grove Village, Illinois

Monday, December 19, 2016

Our Lady of the Wayside - 7:30 p.m.
(Adoration following in the Gathering Place)
434 W. Park Street
Arlington Heights, Illinois

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

St. Edna Church - 3:00 p.m.
2525 N. Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois

St. Mary Church - 7:30 p.m.
10 N. Buffalo Grove Road
Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

St. James Church - 7:30 p.m.
831 N. Arlington Heights Road
Arlington Heights, Illinois

Thursday, December 22, 2016

St. Colette Church - 7:30 p.m.
3900 S. Meadow Drive
Rolling Meadows, Illinois
English and Spanish (All confessors are Bilingual)








Wayside's relatively new Communications Committee took steps last Wednesday to broaden the communication avenues in which the parish can reach parishioners by adopting and enhancing some of the new communications methods that have been developed in a rapidly changing technical environment.

While the parish itself and OLWs School utilize Facebook and other "new" means of communications, there is acknowledgement that technological advances have been swift and there are many tools - some already in use at OLW - that can improve communications between the parish and its parishioners.

Former OLW Parishioner Jim Rafter, a communications consultant who now lives in Wisconsin, has been working with the OLW Communications Committee to suggest, develop, and ultimately implement more modern and effective communications for OLW and its parishioners.

More that 1,600 parishioners opened a recent e-mailed "Happy Thanksgiving" video message from OLW Pastor Father Ed Fialkowski, one of the first OLW uses of electronic videos to parishioners.

Video message to parishioners, especially those who are home-bound, are likely to become more common. Plans are underway for a Christmas message and continued expansion and enhancement of communications between the parish and parishioners.


Earlier Wednesday, OLW parish participated in an Archdiocesan "webinar" in which parishes discussed means of welcoming new parishioners in more effective ways intended to make them feel more "at home," and also to provide them with means of becoming active through participation in various parish activities.

"Welcoming new parishioners and making them feel at home is one of the most important tasks the parish staff and congregation have when new people move into a parish," said a representative of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

The Archdiocese's communications program is running nearly parallel to Wayside's. The benefit to OLW is that different programs and activities utilized in different parishes are available for comparison and evaluation by Our Lady of the Wayside. There are 378 parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago, which covers Cook and Lake counties in Illinois.

November (and early December) weather in Arlington Heights can be very unpredictable. It was bright and sunny as the Advent season was beginning earlier this week and the Advent banners were blowing in the wind on Monday, November 28, but it was a different story for these parents of OLW pre-schoolers and kindergarteners just 24 hours later, on Tuesday, November 29.


Chicagoland Area

Sunday, December 11, 2016

"The desert and the parched land will exult; the steppe will rejoice and bloom." As we await the coming of the Lord, let us rejoice and encourage our marriages to bloom by participating in a WorldWide Marriage Encounter weekend on February 17-19, 2017, April 7-9, 2017 or June 9-11, 2017, all at Elk Grove Village, IL. Early registration is highly recommended. For reservations/information, call Jim & Kris at 630-577-0778 or contact us through



5:00 pm Saturday, December 10, 2016
Presider: Father Ed Fialkowski
Sister Mary Louise - Preaching

Lector: Bob Guretz, Kathy Maday
Euch. Min.:
Bob Guretz, Coord., Letitia Gunn, Mike Hollis, Jan  Hopkins, Jeanne Kabler, John Kabler, Kathy Maday,  Dennie Melroy, Chuck Tomasek, Ellen Tomasek,  Colleen Wozniak
Altar Serv.: Dave Orecchio, Holly Reynolds, Michael Somary,  Quinn Toomey
Music Min.:  Choir/Instrumentalist

7:00 am Sunday, December 11, 2016
Presider: Father Louis Golamari
Sister Mary Louise - Preaching

Lector: Owen West, Arnie Lemke
Euch. Min.: 
Marlene Bowen, Coord., Jane Holland, Eddie Kane,  Maureen Loughery, Rosa Maria MacNeil, Janet
Peters, Chris Sandefur
Altar Serv.: Cole Brossett, Margaret Lennon, Matt Lennon,
Arthur Zaro
Music Min.: Cantor

8:15 am Sunday, December 11, 2016
Father Dan Brady
Sister Mary Louise - Preaching
Deacon Thomas Corcoran - Assisting
Lector: Pete Odon, Louise Dickey
Euch. Min.:
Laurel Murnane, Coord., June Bourke, Jim Frett,  Tom Mezza, Carol Lynn Seifert, Ron Stein, George  Wingerter, Kathleen Wycykal, Keith Wycykal
Altar Serv.: Lily Bauer, Andrew McKenna, Shannon Newell,  Sophia Tiedge
Music Min.: Cantor

9:45 am Sunday, December 11, 2016
Father Ed Fialkowski
Sister Mary Louise - Preaching
Lector: Irene Corcoran, Jim Stapleton
Euch. Min.:
Muriel Banach, Coord., Joanne Beczek, Chris  Esposito, Linda Kesteloot, Ted Kesteloot, Tony  Russo, Mary Samulak, Brad Shewmon, Sally
Shewmon, Theresa Stewart, Krys Tischer, Dave  Woods
Altar Serv.: Susie Byrom, Matthew Onischuk, Drew Utech,
Mary Anne Wlodyga
Music Min.: Ensemble/Instrumentalists

11:30 am Sunday, December 11, 2016
Father Corey Brost
Sister Mary Louise - Preaching
Lector: Brendan Brady, Megan Martin
Euch. Min.: Maeve Thompson, Steven Cieniawa, Spencer North,  John Niesman, Grace Secton, Casey Pulikowski,  Connie Airan, Elizabeth Airan, Matt Schoessling,  Sheila Cavanagh, Madeline Vaughan
Altar Serv.: Avelyn Beltran, Kira Bondy, Jordan Colgan,
Quinn Errico
Music Min.: Cantor/Instrumentalist


Our Lady of the Wayside
Upcoming Events

Monday, December 5, 2016 - Sunday, December 11, 2016


Monday, December 5, 2016
7:00 am Communion Service
8:30 am For the Deceased Members of OLW

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
7:00 am Communion Service
8:30 am Nicholas Palmer, Theresa Belmonte,
Nicholas Musni, John Butler, Mary Kay MacKenzie

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
7:00 am Communion Service
8:30 am For the Deceased Members of OLW

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - Immaculate Conception
Holy Day of Obligation
8:30 am Anne Varner, Maurice & Lottie Kesteloot
10:00 am For the Deceased Members of OLW
7:30 pm For the Deceased Members of OLW

Friday, December 9, 2016
7:00 am Communion Service
8:30 am Nicholas Musni

Saturday, December 10, 2016
8:30 am Communion Service
5:00 pm Alberta Jackson, Alice Duffy

Sunday, December 11, 2016
7:00 am Bob Taraba and For the People of OLW
8:15 am Terry Markulin, Mary Shaughnessy, Dorothy Loeger
9:45 am Adele Gareri, John Nelligan, Patrick & Janie Meade
11:30 am Jim Doherty, Florence Jablonski, Patrick Reitmeyer,  Tricia Leane, William & Helen Fitzgerald

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
7:30-9:00 p.m. Music Ministry-Music Selection in Rectory
Front Area

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - Immaculate Conception
Holy Day of Obligation
12:01 a.m.- PADS in Rectory Rooms Basement
7:00 a.m.

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

3:15-4:30 p.m. Little Flowers Girls' Club in E110
Curriculum Room

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

6:30-7:30 p.m. Cub Scouts Pack Meetings 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 9, 2016
9:20-11:40 a.m. Bible Study (next Sunday's readings) in Gathering Place

9:30-10:30 a.m. Religious Education Program Little Saints Pray and Play in Rectory Meeting Room (basement)

3:15-4:30 p.m. Girl Scout Troop 41046 in Rectory Meeting

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

4:30-5:30 p.m. Girl Scout Troop 45496 in E110 Curriculum

7:30-9:00 p.m. Family School Association 8th Grade Cotillion in Fr. Mackin Center Gym

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

Saturday, December 10, 2016
9:00 a.m.- Athletic Programs-Youth in Fr. Mackin
5:00 p.m. Center Gym

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

Sunday, December 11, 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 Rectory
9:45 Mass Rooms (Basement)

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

5:00-9:00 p.m. Youth Ministry-Peer Ministry 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 December 4, 2016

Sunday:  Is 11:1-10/Ps 72/Rom 15:4-9/Mt 3:1-12
Monday:  Is 35:1-10/Ps 85/Lk 5:17-26
Tuesday:  Is 40:1-11/Ps 96/Mt 18:12-14
Wednesday:  Is 40:25-31/Ps 103/Mt 11:28-30
Thursday:  Gn 3:9-15, 20/Ps 98/Eph 1:3-6, 11-12/Lk 1:26- 38
Friday:  Is 48:17-19/Ps 1/Mt 11:16-19
Saturday:  Sir 48:1-4, 9-11/Ps 80/Mt 17:9a, 10-13
Next Sunday:  Is 35:1-6a, 10/Ps 146/Jas 5:7-10/Mt 11:2-11


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.






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 with questions.



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!


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.

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



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 or elizabethministry


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


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 was established to identify and meet the needs of our pacrishioners with special needs. Contact the parish office or email - or


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


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 for children and their caregivers, meets twice monthly. Email OLWLittleSaints for more