The Adult Enrichment Committee offers both multi-session classes and periodic opportunities to help adults grow in their faith and apply it in their daily lives. Past offerings have included the Catholicism series, the Great Adventure Bible Study, a funeral tutorial, a biblical walk through the Mass, book club, and movie nights. The committee also maintains a kiosk in the gathering space with books and CD’s on a variety of subjects concerning the faith. The AEC is always looking for new members to help program new opportunities for parishioners to grow in their faith!
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Altar Cleaning/Sanctuary Maintenance
Three small groups 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!For More Information, Contact
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. Ministry training, attendance and in-service required. Call the parish office to contact the Altar Server Coordinator.
Altar Server Trainers
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.For More Information, Contact
Art and Environment
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. 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! Call the parish office to 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.For More Information, Contact
Our Lady of the Wayside ministry of Bereavement offers a grief support program for adults in the fall. This six-week program is open to adult men and women parishioners who have suffered the loss of a spouse, parent or sibling through death.
- For Grief Counseling/Support Groups: CLICK HERE.
- For Grief Resource Library links: CLICK HERE.
Parishioners meet weekly Friday mornings at 9:30 am in the Cabrini Room of our Parish Center (and “live online” via Zoom for homebound parishioners and participants outside our geographical area) to reflect on the Scripture readings for the coming Sunday and to explore their implications for daily life. The Sunday Lectionary is designed to present a substantial amount of the entire Bible over a three-year period, so this approach to Bible study is both a chance to become acquainted with the whole Bible “from the heart of the church,” and an opportunity to share insights within the rhythm of the liturgical year. It isn’t necessary to register and there is no charge. Because the readings are read in context, participants typically bring along bibles rather than use Sunday missals.
For information for for a for the Zoom code, email email@example.com
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Bible Study for Women
Save the Date! OLW’s newest Bible Study for Women will begin Sunday, April 16 at 7pm in the Gathering Space. We will use the study course Fulfilled: Uncovering the Biblical Foundations of Catholicism (Ascensionpress.com).
Fulfilled is a book and a two-part study exploring the biblical roots of the Catholic Faith. It uncovers God’s consistent design for our worship of him and his relationship with us. Learn where the blueprint for the Catholic Faith was laid out in the Old Testament and how Jesus fulfilled it in the New Testament.For More Information, Contact
Our Lady of the Wayside sponsors occasional blood drives organized in cooperation with LIFE SOURCE.
CLICK HERE for the 2023 Blood Drive Registration Flyer.
CLICK HERE to schedule a blood donation time.For More Information, Contact Back To Top
Christ Renews His Parish 2.0/ The Welcome Retreat
Have you been searching for a deeper relationship with God? Have you always wanted to become more involved in your parish but didn’t know how? Then Christ Renews His Parish 2.0 is just what you’re looking for! The CRHP process, centering around the Renewal Weekend, emphasizes continued growth in our daily Christian life and offers a unique opportunity to make new friends in our parish. Note that CRHP has been renamed “CRHP 2.0/The Welcome Retreat”.For More Information, Contact
Coffee and Donuts Ministry
Every Sunday after the 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. Masses, join us for coffee, donuts and fellowship in the Gathering Space. Various parish groups and families assist in setup, serving and cleanup.
We are always looking for more help. Contact Elizabeth Bauer if you’re interested.For More Information, Contact
This casual evening of music and beverages usually held in February is ideal for families. Music and entertainment are put on by parish volunteers. Donations collected benefit for a selected charity. Contact the coordinator if you would like to perform!For More Information, Contact
To improve our parish’s ability to communicate with parishioners, Our Lady of the Wayside formed a Parish Communications Ministry. This Ministry is tasked with ensuring that information of parish activities, news and events reaches parishioners in a timely manner. The Communications team oversees all forms of communication at the parish: Website, Wayside Wednesday e-mails, the Bulletin, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. We seek to identify our parishioners’ interests, and preferred methods of communicating, and to then spread the word!
If you have information to share, please contact the Communications Ministry and be sure to indicate where you would like your information posted: Website, Facebook, Wayside Wednesday, YouTube and/or the Bulletin.For More Information, Contact
Coordinator of Pastoral Healthcare
Our Lady of the Wayside has a parish nurse on staff. The nurse does not perform hands-on clinical care. Rather, the nurse performs healthcare assessments through interviews and observations, which may include taking blood pressure, reviewing medications, nutrition, ability to perform basic activities of daily living and environmental safety issues. The nurse seeks out healthcare services and community resources and counsels individuals and families on healthcare concerns and available resources. Ongoing support and encouragement are provided through periodic visits to members at home, in hospitals or in nursing homes. Working with the pastoral staff, the nurse addresses health and wellness issues of individuals and groups across all dimensions – spiritual, physical, emotional, social, intellectual, and vocational.For More Information, Contact Back To Top
Divorced or Separated Group
We are a non-denominational group for both men and women in various stages of separation and divorce. The group is based on the principles of the Twelve Steps successfully used by Alcoholics Anonymous and asks members to place their faith in God and improve themselves rather than dwell in the fears and problems caused by separation or divorce.
In following the Twelve Steps, members experience improvements in their own strength and peace of mind and in their relationships with those close to them.
The group was formed in response to a perceived need for spiritual healing on the part of separated and divorced members of our community. Too often men and women, in addition to the pain and fears of divorce, come out angry and resentful. We seek to help that person heal while offering support during difficult times.
Contact the Parish Office for more information.For More Information, Contact Back To Top
Domestic Abuse Ministry
|“As pastors of the Catholic Church in the United States, we state as clearly and strongly as we can that violence, inside or outside the home, is never justified.”
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:
- 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.
The Domestic Abuse Ministry welcomes new members! Give a little time and make a big difference by helping us with awareness and prevention projects.
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The Elizabeth Ministry is an international movement designed to support women and their families during the joys, challenges and sorrows of the childbearing years and beyond. The areas include, but are not limited to: pregnancy, birth, miscarriage, regretted abortions, infant or child death, crisis or special needs, adoption, fertility and infertility.
To contact a minister, please complete a card from the banner in the back of church or contact the Elizabeth Ministry Coordinator.For More Information, Contact
Our Lady of the Wayside is also one of over 25 member parishes of St. Hubert’s Job Network. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at St. Hubert’s in Hoffman Estates. Visit www.sainthubert.org/job-networking for a full schedule of events.
Prayer for the Unemployed:
Lord, I am not certain where this job search will lead me, nor for whom I may toil, nor what I may be asked to do. I pray that you would provide me the guidance to do what is right; to find a righteous and worthy opportunity; to earn my pay and to contribute to my fellow workers, and to our society. Give me the strength to continue my quest; to provide for my family, and to carry your word through my actions and deeds. Provide me with the opportunity to help others and to recognize the help I receive. I ask that you help all those searching, who seek your anointing to become re-employed and to assist all others in their moment of need. And Lord, bless those less fortunate than I, those who have so little, when I have so much. In your name I pray. Amen.
Extraordinary Ministers of Communion
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. Ministers are commissioned after formal training. If interested, please contact the parish office.For More Information, Contact
The Filipino American Group consists of OLW parishioners who conduct celebrations in the tradition of the Filipino culture. They host the celebration of Simbang Gabi in December and the annual Hawaiian night. These events reflect the culture of the Filipino Americans and contribute to the worship and celebration of the parish at large.For More Information, Contact
Flu Shot Clinic
Held every Fall, hosted by Walgreens Pharmacy, OLW offers parishioners an opportunity to receive a Flu (and Pneumonia) Shot.For More Information, Contact Back To Top
Our Lady of Wayside has several funeral ministries that support parishioners including Bereavement, Funeral Choir, Funeral Lunch, Wake Service.
Ministers of Bereavement assist in planning and celebrating the various parts of the funeral process, provide luncheons by request and provide post funeral support.
To get involved, contact Dan McMahon in the parish office.For More Information, Contact
Knights of Columbus
The Holy Rosary Council #4483 works closely with the three Arlington Heights parishes.
Why Join the Knights of Columbus?
Imagine being part of an organization that fills your heart and your mind with the joy of giving to others and the feeling that comes with making a difference. Knights are Catholic men, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their Church. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie; it is being involved with your community; it is supporting your local Catholic Church, while enhancing your own faith; it is about protecting and enhancing your family life.
Upon acceptance, the applicant becomes a member by participating in a ceremonial known as the First Degree. Later he advances through the Second Degree and Third Degree ceremonies. A 3rd degree Knight is eligible to become a Sir Knight. This Fourth Degree, also known THE PATRIOTIC DEGREE, is the highest degree in the Order.
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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 all men and women who have received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Formal training is required to be commissioned as a Lector.For More Information, Contact
Each Friday of Lent a soup and meatless pasta supper is held in the Gathering Space at 6:30 p.m. followed by Stations of the Cross in the church at 7:30 p.m. Join us for delicious non-meat soups, meatless pasta and fellowship! If you make a great soup or pasta you would like to share, contact the coordinator!For More Information, Contact
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 re-acquainted and to learn or relearn how to talk and listen to each other.
Visit wwme-chicagoland.org website or Facebook for more information.For More Information, Contact
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels is a group of volunteers that take meals to shut-ins. Contact the Parish Office for more information.For More Information, Contact
What is the Men’s Basketball Club? We are a men’s parish organization committed to both social and service activities. Stop by any week and join us! We conduct weekly pick-up basketball games Tuesday nights, 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. September through June in the Father Mackin Center. We participate in, volunteer for, and donate to parish sponsored activities. Annual dues are $40 and include a reversible jersey.
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OLW Men’s golf plays Wednesday afternoons at Arlington Lakes Golf Course from April through September. Walk-up and form your own foursomes from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Greens Fee: $18.00 Resident and $22.00 Nonresident. 2023 League Membership Fee: $120.
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Men's Lenten Talks
Our Deacons hold a Saturday morning Lenten Talk series at 7:30 a.m. (prior to the Communion Service) in the Gathering Space. Coffee and donuts will be served. All men are invited to attend this Series of Reflection, Prayer and Challenge every Saturday morning during the Lenten Season.
The 40 Days of Lent provide men of faith an excellent opportunity to walk with Christ, learn from Christ and pray with Christ. Reflect, refuel, and reinforce your Christian life!
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Click here for previous years’ sessions in our archive.For More Information, Contact
Grace Prayer Circle: CLICK HERE
Our Lady of the Wayside, St. James and St. Edna’s, and have joined together for this very important Mental Health Ministry. We strive to provide support, education and awareness to our parish communities on issues related to mental health. Our goal is to break down the social stigma surrounding these issues, provide information, local resources, and emotional and spiritual support.
The National Institute of Health says 1 in 5 people in any given year deal with a mental illness. For 1 in 17, it is a serious and persistent illness and 1 in 4 of these individuals also have a substance abuse issue. Tragically, the stigma surrounding them causes isolation and often keeps individuals and families from seeking help. Our hope is this web page provides you with resources of support, education and hope.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
- If you feel unsafe or are experiencing a mental health emergency: CLICK HERE
- For Support Resources: CLICK HERE
- For Educational Resources, CLICK HERE
Click here for a list of mental health services.For More Information, Contact Back To Top
Ministers of Care
Ministers of Care tend to the needs of the home-bound, hospitalized, and nursing home residents by bringing Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist, as well as providing friendly companionship. If you know someone who wishes to receive the Eucharist or if you would like information on becoming a Minister of Care, contact the coordinator at the parish office.For More Information, Contact
Ministry of Praise
The Ministry of Praise is a spiritual ministry in which the members offer their prayers to God for special intentions. This ministry encourages the bonding of generations with our homebound and our active members to experience a closer connection. This ministry is a way to pray in your own way, your own home and on your own time.For More Information, Contact
Monday Night Rosary Group
This group meets for prayer and the Rosary on Monday evenings at 7pm in the Seton Room in the Parish Center. Contact the Prayer Group Coordinator.For More Information, Contact
Music plays an essential role in the liturgical life of any parish. The music ministry at Our Lady of the Wayside exists to support liturgical goals of Vatican II:
to have active, conscious participation by the entire assembly.
to have the liturgical texts set to music.
to preserve our heritage as new music is included.
This is done by the musicians supporting the singing of the entire assembly as well as offering music unique to choirs, solo voice, or instrumentalists.
The parish employs a professionally prepared full time Director of Music, Dan McMahon, to direct all facets of music in worship.
If you are interested in the opportunities below, contact OLW Music Ministry at the Parish Office or at email@example.com.For More Information, Contact
Our largest parish activity is our parish picnic. Normally held on a fall afternoon after the 11:30am Mass, the picnic is a festival for the entire family with food, kid’s games, and live music.
The picnic is a huge undertaking and needs many hands. If you would like to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.For More Information, Contact
Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS)
PADS is an acronym for Public Action to Deliver Shelter. The goal of the program is to provide hospitality, food, and emergency shelter to homeless people from October 1 through April 30 of each year. The sites are staffed entirely by volunteers, who prepare, supervise, and clean sleeping accommodations. They also provide, prepare, and offer dinner, breakfast, and a sack lunch, all in a welcoming, supportive, safe environment. Our Lady of the Wayside is part of a group of 18 churches in the northwest suburbs that provides these services to the homeless. Each Wednesday night the Rectory Meeting rooms are used to provide meals and shelter from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Thursday, with more than 200 dedicated volunteers working in shifts.
Contact the PADS Coordinator for more information or to volunteer at email@example.com.For More Information, Contact
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
Spiritual and educational formation through which adults become fully initiated members of the Roman Catholic Church through Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist.For More Information, Contact
Respect Life Committee
Respect Life provides information on current concerns and legislative alerts to parishioners, as well as prayers and other needed support to those affected by life issues. If you would like to get involved, contact the Committee Chair for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.For More Information, Contact Back To Top
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. If you would like to become a Sacristan, please contact the Pastoral Associate.For More Information, Contact
The Sewing Committee is responsible for light sewing for Art & Environment and baptismal bibs. To participate, please contact the Sewing Coordinator.For More Information, Contact
The Shawl Ministry provides handmade shawls to sick members of the community who request one. As they are working on them the women are praying for the sick. When the shawls are completed, a priest or deacon leads a prayer service for the recipients.
The women meet every Thursday afternoon from 1 to 3pm in the Cabrini Room. Anyone is welcome to join and the women are eager to teach knitting or crocheting, if you don’t know how but would like to learn.
The only revenue source for the needed supplies are donations from parishioners. To contribute,
please leave a check in an envelope in the Sunday collection or at the Parish Center.
PURPOSE OF SPRED MINISTRY
OLW is forming a small faith community for people aged 22 and older who have a developmental disability. If you or someone you know are caring for a person with developmental disabilities, OLW invites him/her into this wonderful program.
WHAT IS SPRED SUPPORT MINISTRY?
The program, SPRED, is an Archdiocesan Agency created to bring forth an awareness in our special friends as persons of dignity who are loved by God. A welcoming space, the bonds of friendship, the proclamation of the WORD and inclusion in the sacramental life of the parish are essential for growth in faith. Our program will facilitate a one-on- one activity, a group spiritual reflection and an agape to foster friendship and religious development. We will meet once a month on a Saturday morning at the Parish Center. Visit www.spred-chicago.org for an overview of the SPecial REligious Development program.
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St. Mark's Sharing Parish
Our Lady of the Wayside and St. Mark’s of Chicago’s west side are sharing parishes. Two and a half percent of our weekly collections are sent to St. Mark’s.
Donations of non-perishable food items are taken to St. Mark’s on the second Sunday of each month. Recipients of food from the pantry include the disabled, those recently unemployed or working for low wages, the elderly and struggling families. St. Mark’s uses all our food donations and relies greatly on our help. Our contributions allow St. Mark’s to answer the call of the hungry on any day. Working together, we can raise awareness about hunger issues, inspire empathy for those facing hunger and lend a hand of mercy. To volunteer contact Don & Mary Piergalski or John and Kathy Loy for delivery.
Each Advent, Our Lady of the Wayside collects gifts for the members of our sharing parish, St. Mark’s. Look for the Christmas tree with the tags in the back of church.For More Information, Contact
St. Vincent DePaul Society
OLW’s St. Vincent de Paul Society provides emergency assistance, counseling, support, and referral services in case of illness, fire, loss of job or other emergencies. If you need assistance or would like to be of assistance to others, contact the Parish Office for more information.For More Information, Contact
Ushers and Greeters
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. We always need help! If you would be interested, please 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.
Wheels to Worship
Disciples. We’ve talk about being disciples of Jesus; intentional disciples; how to be a disciple. Renewing the church one disciple at a time. Here’s an opportunity for you to become a real disciple to Mass through our Wheels to Worship ministry.
Our passengers are all ages, and all are faith filled. As a Wheels to Worship driver, your faith will be enriched by the example of our passengers who are over 85 + years old. Super Ager! Aging has forced them to give up many things, but not this. Being here each and every week is a must. They come here to continue a conversation with Jesus that started decades ago.
These Super Agers are like that insurance commercial you’ve seen on TV. THEY KNOW A THING OR TWO BECAUSE THEY’VE SEEN A THING OR TWO! They are the children of the Great Depression, the warriors and Rosie the Riveters of World War II. They’ve buried a spouse, siblings and best friends. Some have even buried a child. God has carried them through the toughest times in their life. And yet, they are PEACE-filled, JOY-filled, and HOPE-filled.
And so, they come here each week to give thanks for what has been, and ask for strength to continue the journey. In this ever-changing world, God’s Word remains old, familiar and true because Sunday Mass has been a constant in their lives.
As a Wheels to Worship driver, you will drive your passenger to the Mass you usually attend. Some of our drivers drive every week, some drive once a month. Our passengers get in and out of the car with minimal assistance. Your participation in this ministry is important to our older adults now, and someday as we age, our hope is that we will be a Wheels to Worship passenger, A DISCIPLE, sharing our faith with a new generation. Wheels to Worship is more than a ride.For More Information, Contact
Widows of Wayside (WOW)
We are a social organization for those who are widowed. Throughout the year, join us at various events and meetings.
*If you would be interested in leading this ministry, please reply to the email address below.For More Information, Contact Back To Top
Women at the Well
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 January, April and October of each year. Email email@example.com for more information.For More Information, Contact
Come join us Wednesday’s from 1pm to 3:30pm, Mid-September through April at Beverly Lanes in Arlington Heights!For More Information, Contact
Season: September through May
Where: OLW Gathering Space
Times: Third Thursday at noon
New members are welcome!
Substitutes are needed, too, and no membership donation is required.
Membership Donation: $40 annually
Prizes Included in Membership Donation
Annual Luncheon Party: May – Included in Membership Donation
Pat Ragone and Marie Jackson
The twilight afternoon 2022 women’s golf league plays Mondays, May through August at Nickol Knoll par three golf course in north Arlington Heights. Tee times are 4:30-5:15 p.m. Resident and nonresident fees are $15. You may pull your own cart, or motorized carts are available to rent for those who would like to ride the course. Women who are not Wayside parishioners may also join the league, so invite a friend to join us. We are a low-key, fun-oriented league. A year-end party is usually held after the season. Annual dues for the league are $10.
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Young Adult Ministry
Young Adult Ministry-Northwest (YAM-NW) is a regional ministry within the Northwest Suburbs, serving young adults in their 20s and 30s. A variety of faith programs, monthly social events and volunteer opportunities bring young adults who are interested in their faith together for fun, fellowship, and faith enrichment!
For more information, contact Kathy Leisten or Bryan Fong at firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Facebook.
Here is a map/list of some of our member parishes. http://goo.gl/maps/rC9O
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