Dear Parishioners,

Every New Year we welcome new beginnings. We make New Year Resolutions and we promise to make changes to our life styles. The New Year of 2018 will begin with several new beginnings for Our Lady of the Wayside. Our new Sunday Mass schedule begins after a year in anticipation. On January 2, 2018 we will begin repairs in our Church. The whole repair process should take us from the first of the year to just before Easter
Sunday. It is our goal to be celebrating Mass in our newly redone Church for Easter. All this is possible because of your generosity through the Archdiocesan Campaign entitled To Teach Who Christ Is. I am grateful for your efforts to make our Church a beautiful place of worship. During these three months of repairs there will be inconveniences that all of us will have to endure. For example, weekend liturgies will be in the Father Mackin Center and daily mass in the Gathering Place. Funerals will be at parishes in the area depending on their availability. Our priests and bereavement ministers will be doing the wakes and funerals for our parishioners. Many dedicated parish Staff Members and parishioners have put serious efforts into making our Church a beautiful edifice for the worship of our faith community. I want to thank all of you for your generosity to fund this project, those who worked so hard planning on these church repairs and as we go forward, your patience and understanding during these three months of inconvenience. I think all of you will agree that the final result was worth it.

God Bless,

Father Ed Fialkowski
Pastor of Our Lady of the Wayside Parish


The much anticipated Parish Directories have arrived - just in time for Christmas! Directories can be picked up this Sunday, December 10th, after the 7:00, 8:15, 9:45 and 11:30 masses in the Gathering Place. Alternative pick up dates will be available, but at this time, we cannot guarantee it will happen before Christmas.




Monday, December 11

There is a practice in Church at 4:00 p.m. for R.E.P. participants in Grades 5-6 for their Advent/Christmas Prayer Service.

Tuesday, December 12

This is the last class for Grades 1-4. From 4:00-5:15 p.m.

This is the last class for Grades 5-6 before Christmas. These students will be attending their Advent/Christmas Prayer Service in Church at 7:10 p.m. The presider for the service is Mr. Pete LeTourneau.

Looking Ahead:

Monday, December 18

Mass practice at 4:00 p.m. with students who will be participating in the 2:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass. Parents are asked to wait for their child in Church as the practice should not be long.

Tuesday, December 19

There is a second practice in Church at 4:00 p.m. with students who will be participating in the 2:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass. Parents are asked to wait for their child in Church as the practice should not be long.

Grades 7-8 have class from 7:00-8:30 p.m. This is their last class before Christmas.

Wednesday, December 20

All school Mass at 8:30 a.m. for the students. Mr. Miller's Grade 8 students have special participation.


This weekend, December 10th 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 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.

Father Ed Fialkowski, Pastor

Father Louis Golamari,
Associate Pastor

Mandy Dillon,
Pastoral Associate

Kathy O'Neill, Parish Nurse

Barb Boarini

Barbara Condon

Irene Corcoran

Stephanie Dolan


  December 2017

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

On the Second Sunday of Advent, parishes throughout the Archdiocese will participate in the annual collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious, benefiting more than 32,000 elderly Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests throughout the United States.

Our senior religious are a treasure. Their dedication and hard work laid the foundation for Catholic schools, hospitals, and numerous social service organizations. Many continue in volunteer ministry today. Their ongoing prayer and witness enrich our faith in countless ways. Personally, I am grateful for the service of religious, past and present. Perhaps you also recall a sister or brother who made a positive difference in your life.

Most elder religious worked for years for small stipends, leaving a substantial gap in retirement savings. Rising health-care costs and decreased income compound the challenge to meet such day-to-day needs as medications and nursing assistance. The Retirement Fund for Religious offers financial support that helps religious communities provide loving care for older members while ensuring younger members can continue the good work of their elders.

In the past, the people of the Archdiocese of Chicago have led the nation in their generous response to this appeal. Though I understand you are asked to support many worthy causes, I invite you to contribute what you can at masses the weekend of December 9-10. Most importantly, please pray for God's continued blessing on all our women and men religious. Rest assured they are praying for you.

Wishing you every blessing during this Holy Season of Advent. With kind regards I remain,

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Cardinal Blase J. Cupich
Archbishop of Chicago




Saturday, December 23, 2017
5:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

7:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

Sunday, December 24, 2017 - Vigil of Christmas

2:00 p.m. Mass with children's participation
4:00 p.m. Teen Ministered Mass
6:00 p.m. Vigil Mass
9:30 p.m. Musical prelude of Carols
10:00 p.m. Midnight Mass

Monday, December 25, 2017 - Christmas Day

7:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

Saturday, December 30, 2017
5:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

7:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 6:00 p.m.

(Not a Holy day of Obligation this year)

Monday, January 1, 2018
8:30 a.m.

Saturday, January 6, 2018
5:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

7:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 6:00 p.m.



Be Prepared: OLW Church Renewal Begins on January 2

Hopefully, Easter Masses Will Be In Refurbished Church

Long-awaited renovations to Our Lady of the Wayside Church are scheduled to begin on January 2 - which means daily mass in The Gathering Place and Sunday masses will be celebrated in the gymnasium at the Father Mackin Center.

The project is expected to be finished in late March, if construction is not interrupted, and - hopefully - Easter Sunday Masses will be celebrated in the refurbished church.

No activities will take place in the main church, although meetings and other activities willcontinue in the Gathering Place.

There will be no weddings at OLW until the church repairs are completed. Funerals will be held at churches in neighboring parishes.

OLW priests will continue to live in the Rectory but the asbestos-removal and renovation projects will preclude other activities.

Asbestos removal in all facilities is expected to take two weeks and is scheduled to be completed by January 23.

Preparation of the floors will begin - hopefully - on January 24. All rugs and tile in the church will be replaced, with a completion target date of March 15 after the painting and the cleaning of the wood paneling. The interior of the church will be the same only refreshed. Whatever is painted now will be repainted and if it is wood now it will be cleaned and refreshed.

OLW Business Manager, Jim Liput reports that construction of new pews has begun and they are expected to arrive on March 16, with installation completed March 28.

The configuration of the church will not change. The center aisle and two side aisles will remain as they presently are and seating capacity will remain at approximately 750.

Sound and lighting should be enhanced considerably. New Lights will be installed and a church-wide audio "looping" system will be installed under the flooring to provide enhanced listening capability for senior citizens or others who have hearing problems. Adding to improved sound quality, the organ and chimes are being refurbished.

Funding of the OLW renewal project is being provided by the Archdiocese of Chicago with funds contributed by Our Lady of the Wayside parishioners during the To Teach Who Christ Is fund-raising campaign. The estimated cost for the OLW project is $850,000.

Frequent updates and progress reports will be available in the OLW Bulletin, as well as on OLW's electronic communications programs such as Wayside Wednesday and the OLW Facebook page.


Be Prepared: OLW Church Renewal Begins on January 2

Hopefully, Easter Masses Will Be In Refurbished Church




5:00 pm Saturday, December 16, 2017
Presider: Father Dan Brady
Lector: Berny Bennett, Mike Nolan
Euch. Min.:
Bob Guretz, Coord., Robert Crabbe, Rosalie Crabbe,  Mike Hollis, Jeanne Kabler, John Kabler, Kathy Loy,  Linda Luna, Kathy Maday, Dennie Melroy, Joe
Altar Serv.: Andrew Firestone, Sarah Firestone, Nick Galvan,  Emily Lang
Music Min.:  Choir/Instrumentalist

7:00 am Sunday, December 17, 2017
Presider: Father Louis Golamari
Lector: Dave Heiss, Owen West
Euch. Min.: 
Marlene Bowen, Coord., Jane Holland, Mary Jo  Lee, Maureen Loughery, Rosa Maria MacNeil, Janet  Peters, Terry Smith
Altar Serv.: Drew Heiss, Colin Langrill, Gage Lockley,
Andrew Shevlin
Music Min.: Cantor

8:15 am Sunday, December 17, 2017
Father Louis Golamari
Lector: Pat Aichele, Therese Graff
Euch. Min.:
Louise Dickey, Coord., June Bourke, Jim Frett, Al  Fricano, Don Hansen, Kathy Kennedy, Pat Kennedy,  Tom Mezza, Edith Pena
Altar Serv.: Lily Bauer, Gabe Cherwin, Reagan Cherwin,
Ryan Hannon
Music Min.: Cantor

9:45 am Sunday, December 17, 2017
Father Dan Brady
Deacon Don Grossnickle - Preaching
Lector: Linda Nicholas, Joe Zimmermann
Euch. Min.:
Mary McBride, Coord., Muriel Banach, Irene
Corcoran, Chris Esposito, John Franczyk, Linda
Kesteloot, Ted Kesteloot, Rich Pfisterer, Tony Russo,  Jim Sherry, Rose Sherry
Altar Serv.: Kira Bondy, Kaitlyn Deloncker, Nathan Georg,
James Heraty
Music Min.: Ensemble/Instrumentalists

11:30 am Sunday, December 17, 2017
Father Dennis Kasule
Lector: Chris Anastasia, Elizabeth Anastasia
Euch. Min.:
Mary Jane Niman, Coord., Gene Beiswenger,
Winnie Bowles, Krystyna Chadzichristos, Julie  Cleary, Kathy Freiburger, Frank Maniscalco, Vivian  Maniscalco, Bud Trunk
Altar Serv.: Emerson Burda, James Doherty, Anthony Pretto,
Mae Scardami
Music Min.: Cantor/Instrumentalist

6:00 pm Sunday, December 17, 2017
Presider: Father Ed Fialkowski
Lector: Brenda Brady
Euch. Min. Timmy Somary, Michael Somary, Ryan Crain,  Spencer North, Grace Sexton, Sean Norris
Altar Serv. Billy Doyle, Margaret Lennon
Music Min.:


Our Lady of the Wayside
Upcoming Events

Monday, December 11 - Sunday, December 17, 2017


Monday, December 11, 2017
7:00 am Communion Service
8:30 am Mary Shaughnessy, Adele Gareri

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
7:00 am Communion Service
8:30 am Lloyd Nybo, Tom Simon

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
7:00 am Communion Service
8:30 am Bridget Montanaro, Kevin Curnyn

Thursday, December 14, 2017
7:00 am Communion Service
8:30 am Nicholas Klinger

Friday, December 15, 2017
7:00 am Communion Service
8:30 am Mathias Schmitz, Lillian Schmitz, David Schmitz,  Peter Schmitz

Saturday, December 16, 2017
8:30 am Communion Service
3:00 pm Wedding Liturgy
5:00 pm Raymond Paul Wozniak, Pasquale Caruso,
William Oshinski, Darlene Denton McCook,
Marian Alich

Sunday, December 17, 2017
7:00 am Bob Taraba, Stephen Filar, Patricia Smith
and For the People of OLW
8:15 am Gust Kozarzewski, Virginia Lee, Daniel Nowak
9:45 am Tricia Leane, William and Helen Fitzgerald,
Mark Sargent, Rita Lee
11:30 am Kelly Trecka, Frank DeSimone, Jr. Jim Doherty,  Mary Lynch, Mario LaPlaca
6:00 pm For the Deceased Members of OLW

Thursday, December 14, 2017
12:01-7:00 a.m. PADS in Rectory Rooms

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

7:00-8:00 p.m. Cub Scout Meeting in Fr.  Mackin Center Gym

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

Friday, December 15, 2017
9:00-11:00 a.m. Religious Education Program  Little Saints in Rectory
Meeting Rooms

9:20-11:30 a.m. Bible Study (next Sunday's
readings) in Gathering Place

3:15-7:30 p.m. Athletic Programs-Youth in Fr.  Mackin Center Gym

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

Saturday, December 16, 2017
9:00-11:00 a.m. St. Vincent de Paul Society in  PC204 Cabrini Room

9:00-2:00 p.m. Athletic Programs-Youth in Fr.  Mackin Center Gym

Sunday, December 17, 2017
8:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday Coffee in Gathering  Place (after the 7:00, 8:15 &  9:45 Masses)

During the Children's Liturgy of the Word
9:45 Mass in Rectory Meeting Room

3:00-6:00 p.m. Marriage Encounter Regular  Monthly Meeting in Gathering  Place

4:30-6:00 p.m. Boy Scout Troop 161 in
Rectory Meeting Room

6:00-10:00 p.m. Filipino-American Community  of  OLW in Fr. Mackin Center

Readings for the Week of December 10, 2017

Sunday:  Is 40:1-5, 9-11/Ps 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14 [8]/2  Pt 3:8-14/Mk 1:1-8
Monday:  Is 35:1-10/Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14 [Is  35:4f]/Lk 5:17-26
Tuesday:  Zec 2:14-17 or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab/Jdt  13:18bcde, 19 [15:9d]/Lk 1:26-38 or Lk 1:39- 47
Wednesday:  Is 40:25-31/Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8 and 10 [1]/Mt  11:28-30
Thursday:  Is 41:13-20/Ps 145:1 and 9, 10-11, 12-13ab [8]/ Mt 11:11-15
Friday:  Is 48:17-19/Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 [cf. Jn 8:12]/Mt  11:16-19
Saturday:  Sir 48:1-4, 9-11/Ps 80:2ac and 3b, 15-16, 18-19  [4]/Mt 17:9a, 10-13
Next Sunday:  Is 61:1-2a, 10-11/Lk 1:46-48, 49-50, 53-54 [Is  61:10b]/1 Thes 5:16-24/Jn 1:6-8, 19-28


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, Jean Ferrero, Debbie (Flack) Fry, Carol Herman, Ann Kelley, Lynn Steele, Margaret Soboleski, Marie DeSanto, Steve Demas, Carol Blatnick, Joel Rivera, Arthur Dixon, Rita Maves




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 for a full schedule of 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 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



This prayerful ministry offers knitted or crocheted shawls to those who are in need of comfort physically, emotionally and spiritually. We meet every Thursday at 1:00 p.m. in the Parish Center - Cabrini Room. Questions contact Kit, Winnie, Patsy.


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


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 respectlife


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 - special-needs or specialneeds


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