Posted on July 1, 2019 by Published by


Jesus said:
“Full authority has been given to me both in heaven and on earth; go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.  Baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.’  Teach them to carry out everything I have commanded you. And know that I am with you always, until the end of the world!”
Our late holy father, Saint John Paul II, echoed these words in 1978 when he began his papacy. “Do not be afraid! Open wide the doors for Christ!”

Our doors at Our Lady of the Wayside are open to anyone interested in pursuing Catholicism or in returning home to the Catholic faith. This opportunity is provided at Our Lady of the Wayside through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. (R.C.I.A.).

Our informal summer inquiry session will take place on Tuesday, August 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Gathering Place.

The R.C.I.A. team is always available to answer your questions. You may contact the parish office at (847) 253-5353 any time for further information.

Deacon Michael Madison and
Elaine Clancy – Co-Directors



  • Non-Catholic adults interested in finding out more about the Roman Catholic faith tradition.
  • Non Catholic adults wishing to join the Catholic Church and receive its sacraments.
  • Cradle-Catholics who may never have received the
    sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation.
  • Cradle-Catholics who have been away from practice of their faith for an extended period, and who wish to re-turn with an understanding of the post-Vatican II changes and theology.
  • Married couples of mixed religious faith, one Catholic and one non-Catholic, who wish to unite in our religious tradition for the sake of their children’s religious up-bringing.





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