About Us

Our Lady of the Wayside Parish is a Roman Catholic community of almost 3,000 households who live in and serve the Arlington Heights, Illinois area in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago.

If you are new to our area, please feel free to look around and learn more about what we do and who we are. Fellow Parishioners will no doubt find this site a valuable resource in discovering this great community in which every person is an important part.

From the activities of our worship, our school, our Stewardship, and participation in a wide variety of religious and social activity, you will soon see that we are committed to the challenges of our Faith.  Browse through the “Ministries” area of our site to see what ministries may exist to help in your family’s life or be inspired to assist others with your gifts.  Here is an organization chart of most of the ministries here at Our Lady of the Wayside.

For a list of current events, visit the News or Events pages or check out the Bulletin and/or Wayside Wednesday E-newsletter.

You can also Get and Stay Informed of current OLW “Happenings” on our Social Media channels:

Check the last page of each week’s bulletin to see a listing of the readings for the week and a detailed daily Sacred Liturgy schedule, including information on Baptisms, Marriage, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick.

If you are new to the parish, please stop by the Parish Center for information on becoming a member or visit the “I’m New” page of our website to get in touch with our Welcome Committee.

Parish Mission Statement

We are members of the family of God in the Roman Catholic tradition.
We rejoice in the many gifts God has bestowed upon our community.
We pledge to share those gifts in the service of God.

We heed Jesus’ command to love God and love one another;
in Faith, we answer the call to grow spiritually;
in Charity, we accept responsibility for ourselves and others;
through the Word of God, we learn from one another,
nurture one another and respect one another.

Humbly, we give thanks for the graces of the sacraments.
Joyfully, we celebrate our special prayer, the Mass.
With Gratitude, we affirm our brothers and sisters in the ministry of
Jesus Christ, our savior, through Mary, our patron.

The Parish Pastoral Council synthesized the previous Mission Statement
into a Vision Statement and a Mission Statement for the parish:

Vision Statement

We will be a parish who lives the message and mission of Jesus.

Mission Statement

We do this by building a nurturing Catholic community through
prayer, service, and celebration.


Parish Office Hours:

The Parish Office is open from 8:30 am to 7:30 pm (closed from 12:00 – 1:00), Monday through Friday, and from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, with the exception of certain Holidays. Please feel free to reach out to Patricia Porzezinski, Office Manager, at 847.253.5353 with questions, ideas, suggestions or requests.