More Information on Domestic Abuse
What Is Domestic Abuse?
How Can I Help a Friend or Family Member?
The Cycle of Abuse
When I Call for Help: A Pastoral Response to Domestic Violence by the U.S. Catholic Bishops
Domestic Abuse Ministry Suggested Reading/Video List
About Our Ministry
The Our Lady of the Wayside Domestic Abuse Ministry was formed in 2014 in coordination with the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Domestic Violence Outreach, led by Fr. Chuck Dahm, O.P. Our mission is:
The Domestic Abuse Ministry welcomes new members! Give a little time and make a big difference by helping us with awareness and prevention projects. Contact Barbara Condon, Chairperson, at
or watch the parish bulletin for meeting announcements.
- To raise awareness of domestic abuse through parish outreach and communications,
- To offer support to those affected by domestic abuse by providing referrals to professional resources and spiritual guidance,
- To promote healthy relationships and prevention of domestic abuse by educating our community.
Current News from Our Ministry
The tri-parish Domestic Abuse Ministries (Our Lady of Wayside, St. James, St. Edna), in coordination with other Arlington Heights churches, will sponsor ‘Shine the Light: A Prayer Vigil for Those Affected by Family Violence’ on Sunday, October 21, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in North School Park. Click here for details.
Catholic Preaching on Domestic Violence
At a very special Mass celebrated by Cardinal Blase Cupich at Holy Name Cathedral, the Cardinal preached to end domestic violence. Click here to see the video of this homily.
Father Chuck Dahm, O.P., Director of Domestic Violence Outreach for the Archdiocese of Chicago, preaches on how Catholics can reach out to victims of domestic violence. Click here to see the video of this homily.
Deacon Tom Corcoran and Deacon Mike Madison have preached on domestic abuse at weekend Masses, building awareness of domestic violence in our community and suggesting ways that we can help.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE; HELP IS AVAILABLE.