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What does your relationship with Christ look like? Do you see Jesus as simply a great teacher? A prophet? A man of great wisdom? Or do you see him as more? Jesus calls us to be more than simply believers - he calls us to be his disciples and his friends. Do you consider yourself a disciple and friend of Christ? The Gospel of John shows us that God became like us; he became a man so that we could be become like him and grow closer to him. Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John is your guide to a personal encounter with Christ.

Follow Me invites you to experience the joy of a renewed friendship with Christ. You will learn what it takes to follow him. You will experience the joy of divine friendship, and you will see how God - and only God - can satisfly the deepest desires of your heart.

Participants of Follow Me will receive a workbook and will meet weekly to view an engaging video presentation followed by a time of lively group discussion and fellowship. The eight 30-minute videos, presented by Dr. Edward Sri, will guide you through the Gospel of John. Dr. Sri will explain how Christ's encounters with his disciples, the Samaritan woman, the man born blind, and others, are examples of how he lovingly and persistently calls each of us to a more intimate and life changing relationship with him.

We will begin Follow Me on January 14th at 9:00 a.m. To register for the study, just use the form in today's bulletin or register online at
Adultenrichment hope you can join us! Registration closes January 10th.

FOLLOW ME: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John

8 week session begins Saturday, January 14 at 9:00 a.m.




$20.00 Fee included

(checks payable to OLW)

Indicate any special needs:

Return in collection basket or at Parish Center.




GOD WITH US - MT. 1:18-24
Deacon Michael Madison - Homily-December 18, 2016

Last week I became aware of some young men who graduated from our school, now in their mid-twenties, who wanted to give back to the community while home for Christmas. Each of them successful, busy, enjoying life, felt a need to share with others in our community. They reached out to Molly Wolfe, one of the Wayside P.A.D.S. site directors, offering to serve on Wednesday night after Christmas. They are offering a respite for some of the regularly scheduled volunteers who work through the night, while they connect with those less fortunate than themselves. These young people are servants of God, serving others.

Another group of people has been providing Christmas dinner for nearly 400 homeless and lonely people at St. Benedicts Parish in Chicago for the past 14 years. Pete and Jan LeTourneau will once again lead a group of volunteers from our parish who will provide the turkey, ham and all the fixings, deliver the food, setup the facility, serve the food and clean up.

The middle school children recently went shopping for Catholic Charities families in need, spending their own money for Christmas gifts. And families have responded to the Advent Angel tags on the trees for families at our Sharing Parish, St. Marks. Again, servants of God serving others.

There are many other happenings of Waysiders serving others at this time of year. I hope you find a way to serve others in the name of Christ this season and throughout the year.

I have a prayer that I say twice a day: Lord, help me to be a better servant. Continue to show me the way. It reminds me that I too am a slave to Christ as Paul claims, and that I need to follow his commands as to where I shall serve. It reminds me that it is his will I am seeking, not my own. It reminds me that I am to serve others, loving my neighbor as myself, spreading the Good News, not expecting to be served.

Last weekend in our scripture we heard from or about other servants of God, servants who point the way: Isaiah, Paul and Joseph. Isaiah, a prophet who carried God's word to King Ahaz, even though the king did not want to listen, pointed the way to Emmanuel. Paul, a slave of Jesus Christ, announces to the early Church in Rome who he is and what he knows as an apostle of Jesus about the Good News, leading them to the salvation offered by Christ. And Joseph, a righteous man, accepts God's direction provided to him in a dream. He serves the Lord by accepting Mary into his home and being part of the first family where God enters directly into humanity.

The people of Isaiah's and later Joseph's time heard from God via the prophets or in a dream or via an angel, as Mary did when Gabriel announced that she would bear the child of God. But Paul is part of a new world order when it comes to communication from God. And so are we.

Jesus, known by many names including Emmanuel, which means God is with us, comes down to earth as one of us. He descends into humanity. He is the Word, who existed before creation, made flesh. The incarnation as we profess in our creed. In the preparation of the gifts, the priest or deacon silently prays "By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ as he humbly shared in our humanity." That really sums it up!

God became man in Jesus. Humanity no longer needs to have a prophet to speak for God because he chooses to speak to us directly as Jesus. We can hear him, see him, touch him. He looks like us. He walked among us, teaching, eating, praying and healing. God is no longer far away, he is here among us.

We have Christ with us proclaimed in the sacred scriptures and at the Eucharist as we eat his body and drink his blood. We consume him as he has consumed us. He is within us as we listen and act upon his Word and as we partake in the sacrifice of the Eucharist.

We are not just celebrating the birth of Jesus on December 25. No, as Christians we are really celebrating God's entry into our humanity. Through Jesus, God no longer wishes to be distant or far from us, but rather he wants to be near us always, easily reached through prayer, easily visible to us in the Eucharist.

We are different because of this new world order that began about two thousand years ago, with the birth of Jesus Christ. Because God entered humanity, because God is with us, we respond as his servants to serve others. We are motivated by God in our lives to share our gifts and we see God in those we serve.

This Christmas, may we celebrate with the understanding that there is so much more going on than just a birthday and exchanging gifts with each other.

As we exchange presents, let us remember that it is Christ who is present to us that is most important. As we give gifts to others, let us remember that the gifts we have been given are meant to be shared. As we enjoy a lighted tree, let us reflect on Christ as the light of our lives. And finally, let us be reminded that Christ speaks to us directly, calling us to serve one another.







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


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


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



5:00 pm Saturday, December 31, 2016
Presider: Father Dan Brady
Lector: Kathy Maday, Mike Hollis
Euch. Min.:
Chuck Tomasek, Coord., Robert Crabbe, Rosalie  Crabbe, Letitia Gunn, Mike Hollis, Jan Hokins,  Jeanne Kabler, John Kabler, Kathy Maday, Dennie  Melroy, Colleen Wozniak
Altar Serv.: Cole Brossett, Jack Lynch, Madie Rappa,
Ashley Weidner
Music Min.:  Choir/Instrumentalist

7:00 am Sunday, January 1, 2017
Presider: Father Louis Golamari

Lector: Arnie Lemke, Francis Fox
Euch. Min.: 
Sarah Lemke, Coord., Jane Holland, Bettina Patena,  Janet Peters, Chris Sandefur, Mary Jean Sandefur,  Owen West
Altar Serv.: Lilly Collins, Colin Langrill, Andrew McKenna,  Drew Utech
Music Min.: Cantor

8:15 am Sunday, January 1, 2017
Father Ed Fialkowski
Lector: Nancy Lipinski, Louise Dickey
Euch. Min.:
Pat Van Klompenburg, Coord., Louise Dickey,  Don Hansen, George Miller, Michael Scoglietti,  Pauline Scoglietti, Tom Seputis, Ron Stein, George  Wingerter
Altar Serv.: Bobby Craig, Molly Craig, Margaret Lennon,
Matt Lennon
Music Min.: Cantor

9:45 am Sunday, January 1, 2017
Father Corey Brost
Lector: Christopher R. Vann, Sally Shewmon
Euch. Min.:
Brad Shewmon, Coord., Joanne Beczek, Irene
Corcoran, Christ Esposito, Linda Kesteloot, Ted
Kesteloot, Nancy Odon, Pete Odon, Jim Sherry, Rose  Sherry, Jim Stapleton, Dave Woods
Altar Serv.: Tim Bauer, Shannon Newell, Matthew Onischuk,  Christopher A. Vann
Music Min.: Ensemble/Instrumentalists

11:30 am Sunday, January 1, 2017
Father Dan Brady
Deacon Michael Madison - Assisting
Lector: Martha Cavers, Jeff Scardami
Euch. Min.:
Kathy Freiburger, Coord., Gene Beiswenger,
Winnie Bowles, Krystyna Chadzichristos, Julie  Cleary, Mary Dubiel, Patrick Keating, Sr., Frank  Maniscalco, Vivian Mansicalco, Maureen Sharkey,  Bud Trunk
Altar Serv.: Michael Anderson, Quinn Errico, Luke Greazel,
Aidan Harrington
Music Min.: Cantor/Instrumentalist


For the Deceased Members
of Our Lady of the Wayside


Our Lady of the Wayside
Upcoming Events

Monday, December 26, 2016 - Sunday, January 1, 2017


Monday, December 26, 2016
7:00 am Communion Service
8:30 am For the Deceased Members of OLW

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
7:00 am Communion Service
8:30 am Josephine Stubing, Philip Quattrocchi

Wednesday, December 28, 2016
7:00 am Communion Service
8:30 am Brendan Kennedy

Thursday, December 29, 2016
7:00 am Communion Service
8:30 am For the Deceased Members of OLW

Friday, December 30, 2016
7:00 am Communion Service
8:30 am Marie Lynch Julius

Saturday, December 31, 2016 - New Years Eve
8:30 am Communion Service
3:00 pm Wedding Liturgy
5:00 pm For the Deceased Members of OLW

Sunday, January 1, 2017 - New Years Day
7:00 am Walter Moran, Jr. and For the People of OLW
8:15 am Kevin Miller
9:45 am Deacon Brendan Foley, Thomas Lazzara
11:30 am Richard Estaver, William Sheffler, Arlene Douglas,  Roberta O'Neill, Dr. Fernando Caburnay

Readings for the Week of December 25, 2016

Sunday:  Vigil: Is 62:1-5/Ps 89/Acts 13:16-17, 22-25/Mt  1:1-25 or 1:18-25 Night: Is 9:1-6/Ps 96/Ti 2:11- 14/Lk 2:1-14 Dawn: Is 62:11-12/Ps 97/Ti 3:4-7/   Lk 2:15-20 Day: Is 52:7-10/Ps 98/Heb 1:1-6/Jn   ` 1:1-18 or 1:1-5, 9-14
Monday:  Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59/Ps 31/Mt 10:17-22
Tuesday:  1 Jn 1:1-4/Ps 97/Jn 20:1a, 2-8
Wednesday:  1 Jn 1:5--2:2/Ps 124/Mt 2:13-18
Thursday:  1 Jn 2:3-11/Ps 96/Lk 2:22-35
Friday:  Sir 3:2-6, 12-14 or Col 3:12-21 or 3:12-17/Ps  128/Mt 2:13-15, 19-23
Saturday:  1 Jn 2:18-21/Ps 96/Jn 1:1-18
Next Sunday:  Nm 6:22-27/Ps 67/Gal 4:4-7/Lk 2:16-21

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.