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The Worship and Spiritual Life Commission acts as stewards of liturgy and prayer life at Our Lady of the Wayside. Worship at OLW allows the entire community to be involved. In addition to the Music Ministry, which provides a cantor and musicians at each Mass or Prayer Service, some of the key ministries that help make worship a meaningful, prayerful and uplifting experience are listed below.



Daily Liturgies:
Weekday Communion Services: 7:00 a.m.
Weekday Mass: 8:30 a.m.
Saturday Communion Service: 8:30 a.m.

Weekend Liturgies:
Saturday Mass: 5:00 p.m. (Adult Choir)
Sunday Masses: 7:30, 9:30 (Adult Choir) and 11:30 a.m., 6:00 p.m.

Holyday Liturgies:
Vigil Mass: 7:30 p.m.
Holyday Masses: 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m. (only when school is in session), 7:30 p.m.

Stations of the Cross:
7:30 p.m. Fridays in Lent in Church

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:
Thursdays after the 8:30 a.m. Communion Service

Church open 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily for private prayer


Christmas Eve, December 24
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 and 10:00 p.m. Midnight Mass

Christmas Day, December 25
7:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

Holy Family, December 29-30
Saturday December 29, 5:00 p.m.
Sunday December 30, 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 6:00 p.m.

Mary, Mother of God, December 31-January 1
Monday December 31, 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday January 1, 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m.



Lectors are parishioners who have shown an aptitude and willingness to proclaim the word of the Lord to the assembly at Mass and for the various Liturgical Services. Typically two Lectors participate in each Mass to proclaim the Old and New Testament Readings. Open to men and women, confirmed adults and teens. If interested, please complete an "Availability for Liturgical Ministry Form" below.

Requirements: Ministry Training, Virtus Training and annual In-Service session attendance required. Honoring of assignments is required.



Typically six to eight Eucharistic Ministers participate in each Mass to distribute the Body and Blood of Christ. Open to men and women, confirmed adults and teens. These persons are not commissioned as Ministers of Care in the parish unless done separately under a separate preparation. If interested, please complete an "Availability for Liturgical Ministry Form" below.

Requirements: Ministry Training, Archdiocesan Commission, Virtus Training and annual In-Service session attendance required. Honoring of assignments is required.



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Liturgical Minister Schedule



A group of adult ministers invited by the pastor to preside at a Liturgical Service of the Word for the purpose of distributing Communion, outside of Mass, to an assembled group, in the absence of a priest. Contact Deacon Madison.

Requirements: Ministry Training, In-Service and complete Virtus.



Ushers are a group of dedicated men and women, adults and teens who serve at the various Masses to welcome all coming to worship on that particular day. Typically four to six ushers serve at each Mass. Duties include making sure worship aids are passed out and collected; distributing bulletins at the proper time to all who enter or are leaving the church; seating parishioners when needed and utilizing the seating as well as possible, performing collections and in case of emergency making necessary contacts or calling for medical help when needed. Contact the Usher Coordinator.

Requirements: Training and Complete Virtus required. Attendance at Semi-annual In-service, attendance at assigned regular Mass and volunteer for Holiday Masses on occasion.

All ushers are Greeters but all greeters are not necessarily ushers. Greeters are solicited and utilized for a specific Mass, holiday or season to welcome parishioners, newcomers and guests especially for the occasion or the feast. Greeters may serve individually or in groups of two or three at a particular door or position. Contact the Pastoral Associate

Requirements: Willingness to serve.



Two or three Altar Servers assist the priest at each Mass. Servers are students from the School and Religious Education Program, 5th thru 8th grade, who are willing to train and be present to serve the priest in the actions of the Mass, the celebration of various sacraments and other church services. Contact the Altar Server Coordinator.

Requirements: Ministry Training, attendance and In-service required.

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Adults who volunteer to train new servers in grade 5 and to participate in on-going help for the others on a yearly basis or when needed.

Requirements: Ministry Training and complete Virtus.



Sacristans are persons invited to care for the vessels of the altar and to prepare for the sacramental action of the parish at the various Masses and Liturgical Services. Contact the Pastoral Associate.

Requirements: Ministry Training, Complete Virtus and Quarterly Meeting required.



A group of parishioners who help plan, design and execute the Worship Space Environment for the various seasons of the Liturgical Year. The group meets monthly for study of the Liturgical underpinnings of the various seasons and plan how best to physically articulate the theme of the Liturgy for that particular season. Contact the Art and Environment Coordinator.

Reqirements: Attendance at yearly Archdiocesan Training Sessions, attendance at the monthly parish planning sessions, Virtus training, ability to follow the dictates of the Liturgy, ability to work well with others and good will required.

The Committee also can use volunteers who help with set up, take down of sets and watering of plants and flowers as needed. Ability to take direction and to work with others is all that is required. Many hands make for a lighter load!



Three small groups of women who rotate the responsibility of various cleaning tasks around the altar such as, the cleaning and refilling of vigil lights, dust moping the altar, tidying the Ministers’ Sacristy, etc. A willingness to serve and ability to work with others are the only requirements! Contact the Pastoral Associate.



The Sewing Committee is responsible for light sewing for Art & Environment and baptismal bibs. Contact the Sewing Coordinator.



This group meets for prayer and the Rosary on Monday evenings in the Parish Center. Contact the Prayer Group Coordinator.



Marriage Encounter is an opportunity for married couples to reconsider the most important part of their lives, their marriage. It is a time to become reacquainted and to learn or relearn how to talk and listen to each other. Visit www.wwmechicago-gary.org for more information.



Want to quench your thirst for life? All women of the parish are invited to join us for “Women at the Well” to experience dynamic and engaging speakers on topics relevant to all Christian women in these challenging and changing times. “Women at the Well” host speakers in October, January and April of each year in the Gathering Place. Email for more information.

Marlene Hayes and Sr. Betty Smigla - Oct. 20, 2018
Kolbe House Jail Ministry

Fr. Corey Brost - Jan. 26, 2019
Shelter the Homeless

Sidney Czynski - Apr. 13, 2019
Clothe the Naked



Click here for information on Childrens Liturgy of the Word.



Click here for information on Men's Lenten Talks.



Click here for information on Welcome Weekend Retreat.



Click here for information on Music Ministry.


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