THE CHRISTMAS WAFER

The word Bethlehem means "House of Bread". The breaking of the bread is a sign of charity, unity, and friendship. Religious family traditions and customs bring the truths of Faith into the home. One of these beautiful Christmas customs is the Christmas Wafer.

The blessed Christmas Wafer can be purchased at the Parish Office for $3.00 dollars per envelope. Each envelope contains two large wafers to be broken and shared with family and friends.

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FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017

The following page summarizes the financial data for the period of 7/1/2016 thru 6/30/2017. This commentary will help you understand the parish's financial activities during the past year.

Our operating loss for last year was $81,373 compared to 2016 loss of $102,182. (Line E) vs. budgeted loss of $29,002.

Total Parish Income was $4,382,309 (Line A) compared to the last year of $4,267,436 vs. the budget of $4,493,733. Sunday and Holy Day Collections along with Christmas and Easter  were $1,791,494 compared to last year of $1,777,115 vs. the budget of $1,855,000. The Sunday and Holiday Collection along with Christmas and Easter compared to last year, had a small increase of $14,379. Compared to the budget the collection decrease was 3.6%. Last year was the second full year of To Teach Who Christ Is capital campaign which we believe had a negative impact on Sunday Collections. The economy has improved significantly and we are Praying our Sunday Collections will also start to improve.

School Tuition and Fees were $2,350,327 compared to last year of $2,271,022 vs. the budget of $2,367,651. We budgeted 450 students and had an average of 451 students throughout the year. All remaining expense decreased from $490,240 in 2016 to $486,159 in 2017 and was below the budget of $502,450.

Total Parish Expenses line D were 4,463,682 compared to 2016 which was $4,369,618 compared to the budget of $4,522,735. We were able to reduce expenses by $59,053 compared to budget but compared to last year expenses increased $94,064. This is a 2% increase and is mainly due to inflation.

The School Endowment Fund had profit of $42,746 (Line F) due to stock market fluctuation.

We had income of $309,110 from Capital activities (Line G). These are the collections from the To Teach Who Christ Is Campaign. These are the funds that will be used to repair the church starting January 2.

We continue to repair the buildings and property. We spent $26,071 to repair the Gathering Place, concrete repairs $30,094, painting the school $65,357 and repaired the gym ceiling for $33,932. These funds came from the raffle and other donations. None of these capital items were paid for by the To Teach Who Christ Is funds.

Family School Association helped fund many other school expenses with the proceeds from our annual auction. Boosters helped pay for some work in our gym and we received miscellaneous donations from many of our other fine organizations. We thank everyone for his or her stewardship again this year. OLW gave $23,170 to our sharing parish, St. Mark's.

We lost $81,373 last year and currently our Sunday collections are $20,822 under budget. We are not in debt and were current on all our obligations to the archdiocese. We are in the fortunate position of having savings but are fully aware that we will continue to face challenges posed by aging facilities and growing needs. Consequently, we ask all parishioners to prayerfully consider what they can do to help Our Lady of the Wayside Parish and further assure its bright future.

It will take an increase of 7% to eliminate our yearly deficit so we can continue to do the good work of the Lord at your Lady of the Wayside Parish.

Thank you again for your continued support and may God Bless You.

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BLESSING OF NEW LIFE

The weekend of December 30th and 31st, at the end of each weekend Mass, a blessing will be given for all expectant parents and their unborn children. All parents, families, and friends who are anticipating the birth of a child, whether here or elsewhere, are welcome to stand for the blessing. Please invite anyone you know who would like to participate in this celebration of and prayer for new life!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS

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.


School Mass practice at 12:30 p.m. with Mr. Joe Miller's 8th grade class.


Tuesday, December 19

Second School Mass practice at 11:50 a.m. with Mr. Joe Miller's 8th grade class.

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 class 7:00-8:30 p.m. This is their last class before Christmas. The students will attend an Advent/Christmas Prayer Service at 7:10 p.m. in Church. Deacon Michael Madison is the presider for the prayer service.

Wednesday, December 20
There is an all school Mass at 8:30 a.m. Mr. Miller's 8th grade class has special participation in the Mass.

Looking Ahead:

Sunday, December 24
Christmas Eve Mass at 2:00 p.m. will have children participating in the Mass. Places in Church will be reserved for parents who have children participating in the Mass.

Tuesday, December 26
There are no R.E.P. classes.

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MINISTERS OF THE LITURGY

Fourth Sunday of Advent

5:00 pm Saturday, December 23, 2017
Presider: Father Dan Brady
Deacon Jerry Brennan - Preaching
Lector: June Bourke, Kathy Maday 
Euch. Min.: June Bourke, Kathy Maday, Mary Samulak,
Colleen Wozniak
Altar Serv.: TBA
Music Min.:  Choir/Instrumentalist

7:30 am Sunday, December 24, 2017
Presider: Father Ed Fialkowski
Deacon Michael Madison - Preaching
Lector: Owen West, Louise Dickey
Euch. Min.: 
Owen West, Coord., Louise Dickey, Edith Pena
Altar Serv.: TBA
Music Min.: Cantor

9:30 am Sunday, December 24, 2017
Presider: Father Louis Golamari
Deacon Michael Madison - Preaching

Lector: Kathy Kennedy, Pete Odon
Euch. Min.: Kathy Kennedy, Pat Kennedy, Pete Odon,
George John Wingerter

Altar Serv.: Kira Bondy
Music Min.: Cantor

11:30 am Sunday, December 24,  2017
Presider:
Father Louis Golamari
Deacon Thomas Corcoran - Preaching
Lector: TBA
Euch. Min.: TBA
Altar Serv.: TBA
Music Min.: Cantor/Instrumentalist

Christmas Eve

2:00 pm  Sunday, December 24, 2017
Mass with children's participation

Presider: Father Ed Fialkowski
Paul Onischuk - Assisting
Lector: TBA
Euch Min.: John Franczyk, Jim Frett, Tanya Petermann, Mary  Samulak, Carol Lynn Seifert
Altar Serv: Alex Konopka, Rowan McDonnell, Moira Newell

4:00 pm Sunday, December 24, 2017
Teen Ministered Mass
Presider: Father Louis Golamari
Peter LeTourneau - Assisting
Lector: TBA
Euch Min.: TBA
Altar Serv.: TBA

6:00 pm Sunday, December 24, 2017
Vigil Mass
Presider: Father Dan Brady
Deacon Jerry Brennan - Assisting
Lector: TBA
Euch Min.: Kim Banks
Altar Serv.: TBA

10:00 pm Sunday December 24, 2017
Midnight Mass
Presider: Father Ed Fialkowski
Deacon Michael Madison - Assisting
Lector: Elizabeth Anastasia, Chris Anastasia
Euch. Min.:
Krys Tischer, Coord., Linda Kesteloot, Ted
Kesteloot, Kathy Maday, Dennie Melroy, Colleen  Wozniak
Altar Serv.: TBA

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Our Lady of the Wayside
Upcoming Events

Monday, December 18, 2017 - Sunday, December 24, 2017

SACRED LITURGY


Monday, December 18, 2017
7:00 am Communion Service
8:30 am John Hollowed, Rocco Christofano

Tuesday, December 19, 2017
7:00 am Communion Service
8:30 am Daniel Novak

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
7:00 am Communion Service
8:30 am Katharina Kozoris, Nancy Lipinski,
Adeline Lipinski

Thursday, December 21, 2017
7:00 am Communion Service
8:30 am Jean Schwitzenberg

Friday, December 22, 2017
7:00 am Communion Service
8:30 am William Dooner

Saturday, December 23, 2017
8:30 am Communion Service
5:00 pm William Oshinski, Pasquale & Rose Caruso,
Geraldine Mansicalco, Darlene Denten McCook,  Judy Witt

Sunday, December 24, 2017
Fourth Sunday of Advent
7:30 am Chester Borek
9:30 am Alice Kennedy, Mary Gareri
11:30 am Andrew Kokotis, Jim Doherty

Christmas Eve, December 24, 2017
2:00 pm For the Deceased Members of OLW
4:00 pm For the Deceased Members of OLW
6:00 pm For the Deceased Members of OLW
10:00 pm For the Deceased Members of OLW

Readings for the Week of December 17, 2017

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
Monday:  Jer 23:5-8/Ps 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19 [cf. 7]/Mt  1:18-25
Tuesday:  Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a/Ps 71:3-4a, 5-6ab, 16-17 [cf.  8]/Lk 1:5-25
Wednesday:  Is 7:10-14/Ps 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 [cf. 7c and  10b]/Lk 1:26-38
Thursday:  Sg 2:8-14 or Zep 3:14-18a/Ps 33:2-3, 11-12, 20 -21 [1a; 3a]/Lk 1:39-45
Friday:  1 Sm 1:24-28/1 Sm 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcd [cf. 1a]/ Lk 1:46-56
Saturday:  Mal 3:1-4, 23-24/Ps 25:4-5ab, 8-9, 10 and 14  [cf. Lk 21:28]/Lk 1:57-66
Next Sunday: 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16/Ps 89:2-3, 4-5, 27,  29 [2a]/Rom 16:25-27/Lk 1:26-38

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, 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, Joseph Halka

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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

CARE AND OUTREACH

SHAWL MINISTRY

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.

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
information.