Posted on July 18, 2019 by Published by

Young adults from Our Lady of the Wayside and other Northwest suburban parishes were among many Chicago-area Catholics to participate in the revitalized “Theology on Tap” program earlier this month.

The first two sessions were held within OLW parish boundaries: the first at Arlington Ale House in downtown Arlington Heights on July 10, and the second was scheduled for OLW Parish on Wednesday, July 17.

Future sessions will be held at St. Julian Eymard parish in Elk Grove Village on July 24, and St. Hubert parish in Hoffman Estates on July 31.  “Theology on Tap” returns to Arlington Heights – Arlington Ale House – on August 7.

The host and featured speaker at the opening session on July 10 was renowned Chicago broadcaster and singer, Wayne Messmer, whose topic, “Keep the faith; nobody said it was going to be easy,” was a testimony on the importance of faith.

Messmer is a strong witness for “keeping the faith” as his career – and life – almost came to an end when he was shot in the throat while leaving a restaurant in Chicago several years ago. Messmer was nationally known for his dramatic singing of the National Anthem before sporting events, particularly Chicago Blackhawks and Chicago Cubs games.

He survived the shooting and has resumed his career, including as a motivational speaker, such as his recent appearance in Arlington Heights for the “Theology on Tap” program.

Further information about upcoming “Theology on Tap” sessions can be found at:

Additional “Theology on Tap” photos are available on the OLW Face-book site at:

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