Operations Director Corner: January

Posted on January 16, 2024 by Published by

Greetings from your new OLW Operations Director!

New Year, New OD, life could not be better. I thought the good parishioners of OLW would benefit from knowing what exactly is getting my attention in the first few weeks. My intention is to publish a monthly update to keep parishioners informed of how we are preparing Our Lady of the Wayside for the next 70 years of devotion.

  • Middle School bathroom updating and overhaul – bids are being updated; architect plans are being developed. Our aim is to get all the paperwork completed for construction to take place this summer.
  • Rectory second story window replacements – the contract for this project has been awarded and replacement should take place in April.
  • Church front door replacement – bids are being updated and final details will be decided in the coming weeks.
  • Grotto project – our statue of the Blessed Mother is on track to arrive in March.
  • Parish Celebrations – we are working on the 2024 planning calendar for parish activities: Parish Family Fair, Golf Outing, Oktoberfest and ???. If you have any ideas or would like to help, please send them our way.

Most of these projects were in-process prior to my arrival. Through the generosity of many parishioners, we already have funds in the bank to cover a portion of the work. Should any of these projects be near and dear to you, and should you feel moved to make a contribution please reach out to me at or 847.253.5353 x229.

That’s all for the first month. I ask for your patience as I continue to learn and get my arms around all that is happening at Our Lady of the Wayside

Vivat Jesus,
Patrick j. Fitzgerald
Operations Director

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