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Celebrate 70! Fun Fact: Open, Not Finished…

Posted on November 13, 2023
Due to the explosive growth of the parish in the 1950s, school enrollment consumed “parish” space (including the temporary church) in the school building, Father O’Hara had no choice but to build the permanent church sooner than anticipated. The decision [read more...]

Celebrate 70 Fun Fact: “The Magic Lady”

Posted on June 13, 2023
OLW’s Catholic Woman’s Club held its first meeting on October 2, 1952. The program featured “The Magic Lady,” Miss Frances Ireland, who skillfully combined mystery and humor. One of her specialties was taking a lucky lady on an imaginary shopping [read more...]

Celebrate 70 Fun Fact: First School Faculty

Posted on May 8, 2023
In August 1954, four Dominican Sisters of St. Catharine of Siena, from St. Catharine, Kentucky, arrived to take up quarters in a wing of Our Lady of the Wayside’s new school until a convent could be built. The first class [read more...]

Celebrate 70 Fun Fact: Third Rectory

Posted on May 2, 2023
In the second half of 1954, Father O’Hara and Father O’Connor moved into a third rectory, in as many years, situated on the edge of the school property on Walnut street.

Celebrate 70 Fun Fact: OLW School

Posted on April 25, 2023
Ground was broken for OLW School on the Feast of Our Lady of the Wayside, May 24, 1953. It would initially also provide space for a parish hall, a parish library, a temporary church, and a convent. The first class [read more...]

Celebrate 70 Fun Fact: First Youth Group Formed

Posted on April 18, 2023
In July, 1954, after Father Jeremiah O’Connor was appointed as the first Assistant Pastor, a Young People’s Club was formed with Father as moderator. With his appointment, it also became possible to have six Sunday Masses and two Daily Masses. [read more...]

Celebrate 70 Fun Fact

Posted on February 28, 2023
DID YOU KNOW… On June 30, 1952, Father Harold T. O’Hara, previously assistant pastor at St. Francis Xavier Church in La Grange, was called to the Archdiocesan Chancery Office and asked to build a new parish on the south side [read more...]

Celebrate 70 Fun Fact

Posted on February 21, 2023
DID YOU KNOW… The icon of Our Lady of the Wayside that graces our Church was painted by a distinguished Italian artist in Rome in 1953. The figures of the Virgin and Child appear as they must have been seen [read more...]