|“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.”
YOU ARE NOT ALONE; HELP IS AVAILABLE!
|HOW TO GET HELP*|
|IN AN EMERGENCY – DIAL 911!
Illinois Domestic Violence 24-Hour Hotline – Information & referrals.
Parish Nurse Kathy O’Neill – Referrals to counseling, spiritual guidance, assistance.
WINGS 24-Hour Hotline – Emergency shelter, counseling, information.
Love Is Respect National Teen Dating Violence Helpline – For Teens.
Archdiocese of Chicago Domestic Violence Outreach – Information and excellent resources.
*All contacts are completely confidential.
More Information on Domestic Abuse
About Our Ministry
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. Contact Barbara Condon, Chairperson, at DomesticAbuseMinistry@olwparish.org or watch the parish bulletin for meeting announcements.
At a very special Mass celebrated by Cardinal Blase Cupich at Holy Name Cathedral, the Cardinal preached to end domestic violence. Click here to see the video of this homily.
Father Chuck Dahm, O.P., Director of Domestic Violence Outreach for the Archdiocese of Chicago, preaches on how Catholics can reach out to victims of domestic violence. Click here to see the video of this homily.
Deacon Tom Corcoran and Deacon Mike Madison have preached on domestic abuse at weekend Masses, building awareness of domestic violence in our community and suggesting ways that we can help.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE; HELP IS AVAILABLE.