A Special Communication from Our Lady of the Wayside
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,

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.

Hopefully, Easter Masses Will Be In Refurbished Church