people of St. Edmund Parish are a diverse community of Christians
whose beliefs are rooted in sacred scripture and the traditions of
the Catholic faith. We strive to fulfill the commandments of Jesus
to love God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our
mind, and with all our strength (Mk 12:30), and to love one another
as He has loved us (Jn 13:34). We gather as community to be
nourished in Word and Sacrament, and are sent forth to be, to see
and to experience Christ in the world with friend and stranger
gratitude for all our blessings, we commit ourselves to love,
forgive and support each other joyfully. We seek to serve others and
to be active participants in living our Catholic faith.
Week at a Glance
We Need the Generosity of Every
easiest and most convenient way to remember your weekly
collection is to sign up for automatic electronic withdrawal. It
is a very safe method of support and helps the parish know
exactly what it can count on from week to week. Additionally,
there are many people who do not financially support their
parish at all, and we need the help of everyone! Please consider
what you are able to give and sign up for automatic electronic
withdrawal today!Click here
for a downloadable form.
Saint Edmund parishioners are strongly
urged to subscribe to the Parish
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receive posts addressed to the following address:
Leave the subject line empty and write the following in the body
of the e-mail: Subscribe stedmund <your name as you wish to
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Monthly Wedding Anniversary Sunday is held at all masses
on the first Sunday of the month. A special blessing is bestowed
on all couples who will celebrate their anniversary in that
Our sharing parish
is St. Simeon Parish, Bellwood, IL.
for the church web site.
the love of each of us for the other, from the closest to
the furthest, is in fact the only way that Jesus has given
us to find the way of salvation and of the Beatitudes."
Parish Service Opportunities and Groups
The St. Edmund PADS/Housing
Forward ministry has been staffing an overnight
shelter in Oak Park for over 15 years. This is
the parish’s largest ministry and needs your help to
ensure successful Housing Forward seasons. We are
looking for Site Leads, Evening and Overnight
Volunteers, and Breakdown Teams. If interested
please contact Deacon Tom Dwyer at and Anita Dwyer
for the St. Edmund Parish choirs begin at
7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 and continue on subsequent
Wednesdays. Rehearsals are in the church choir loft,
and you have your choice of serving in this ministry
at either the 5:30pm Saturday evening mass or the
11:30am Sunday morning mass each week. For more
information contact Kathy Halfpenny at:
or call her at
The parish Welcome
Committee ensures those who are new to our
parish are warmly welcomed and have the information
they need to feel a part of our community as quickly
as possible. The committee seeks parishioners who
are willing to greet and register new parishioners
on the second weekend of each month. Please contact
parishioner Mary Ellen Gruszka at:
The committee hosts a New Parishioner dinner;
generally in the Spring and the Fall. If you are
able to assist with the dinners, please contact Mary
Wednesday Night Bridge,
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Murphy Hall. Beginners and
advanced players welcome!
Learn to play or improve your game.
Our Winter to Spring Lecture series for 2017 is now
underway, presented by Gustavo Saravia, MD, Bridge
Lifetime Master. See the January 22 Echoes for the
Respect Life Committee has a virtual home at
“Like” our page to receive inspiration and
information on current and upcoming events.
The Respect Life Committee holds monthly meetings
the third Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in Murphy
Hall. Contact Mary Ellen Gruszka at
Parents with young children
(newborn - 3 years of age) are invited to join the
St. Edmund Parents Group (New StEPs). This
informal play group meets on the second and fourth
Friday of each month. All are welcome! Contact Mary
for more information.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
ministry helps provide comfort to those who are ill,
support those who are experiencing difficulty in
their lives and those who are coping with the loss
of a loved one. If you are interested in joining or
need additional information, please contact
parishioner Michele Wheeler through the Parish
The St. Edmund Parish Life Commission offers
knitting and crochet classes
for adults in the Resource Room of the Parish School.
See the weekly Echoes for
dates or contact the parish office at 708-848-4417.
This web site was the inspiration of Suzanne C. Guerin,
who passed away October 14, 2003. The site is
lovingly dedicated to her.
Saturday, May 20, St.
Edmund Parish's an Elegant Evening...Comes Home.
The annual fundraiser will be held in
the St. Edmund Parish
Gymnasium from 6:30-11:00 p.m. The event features a
Silent Auction, Cash and Prize Raffle, Hors d'oeuvres,
Dinner, a Cash Bar and much, much more. Our goal is to raise
as much money as we can and we need the involvement of every
parishioner. The event will support the operating
needs of our parish including payment of our obligations to
the Archdiocese. For more information on the event,
underwriting, auction, raffles, donations and event tickets,
click on the
Elegant Evening page for details.
Sunday, May 21, parents and their children are reminded to return
to the Peace Garden after the 9:00am and 11:00 am
Masses to plant the Marigolds that they planted in
their peat pots. We will have extra Marigold plants
for the children if they did not attend the planting
session. The children are important members of our
Saturday, May 27, join us on the rectory lawn from 6:30 to 7pm for
our monthly Prayer Vigil to End Gun Violence. It is
our way of standing against the culture of violence in our
country. We also urge legislators to understand the urgency
of this issue. Please join us and bring your friends.
Another vigil will be held on Saturday, June 24.
Saturday,May 27, you are invited to Movie Night
at 7 p.m. in Murphy Hall.
Tuesday, May 30, parishioners from St. Edmund and other local
parishes and congregations who are still hoping for a better
employment situation will have an opportunity to raise their
job search campaigns to the next level. Join parishioner Dan
Kane and renowned LinkedIn
expert, Denis Curtin from
7:00-8:30pm in Murphy Hall for the eighth session in our Job Search Think Tank series. Denis and Dan will be
comparing notes with other local job search experts. They
will bring you up to date on the latest LinkedIn strategies
and other internet options in today’s job market. Dress is
casual. Bring several copies of your resume. There is not a
charge to attend. Contact parishioner Dan Kane at:
email@example.com for more
information or to sign up.
Thursday, June 1, join us for the Catholic Charities 44th Annual
Senior Unity Mass and Luncheon at 10:00am at Holy Family
Church, 1080 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago. Parking is
available in the large lot next to the church. Immediately
following Mass, there is a social gathering and free hot
luncheon in the basement cafeteria. 350 spots for the
luncheon are available on a first-come, first served basis.
Reservations are required by May 26 and may be made by
calling: 312-655-7425 or via email at:
Sunday, June 4, St. Edmund Parish will have a booth at the annual
A Day in Our Village held in Scoville Park, corner of Oak Park
Avenue and Lake Street from 11:00am - 6:00pm. Volunteers are
needed to help set up and take down our booth. We also need
volunteers to donate an hour or two at the booth throughout
the day and share information about our wonderful parish. If
you are able to help, please contact Don Giannetti at
708-848-4417, extension 205 or via email at:
Saturday, June 10, an Archdiocese of Chicago Care for
Creation Listening Session will be hosted at
Ascension Parish, 808 S. East Avenue, Oak Park from 9am -
12pm. Other Vicariate IV parishes will participate as well.
Join us as we reflect on our Catholic faith, and how it
calls on us to be in right relationship with God, with one
another, and with the earth as we build a healthy planet for
our children’s future and for the well-being of all
humanity. RSVP by calling the Office of Human Dignity and
Solidarity at 312-534-5393.
Saturday, June 10, the St. Edmund Young Adults group will attend
the 5:30pm mass followed by an Ice Cream Social in Murphy
Hall. All adults under the age of 35 are welcome to join
the Young Adult group. Contact Monica at
Saturday-Sunday, June 10-11 is Spring Bundle Weekend for
collection of household Items and clothing. Please donate
your clean, gently-used apparel such as: clothing, outerwear, and shoes for adults and children. Household
items in good condition are needed including: linens;
cooking and serving items; small, working appliances; and
home decorations. Pack delicate items safely in a container
and mark them fragile. Drop off items in the parking lot at
the St. Vincent de Paul Society trailer before or after the
weekend masses. Thank you in advance for your support and
Sunday, June 11 the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick will
be celebrated within the 11am mass. This Sacrament is the
prayer and activity of Christ for the physical and spiritual
healing of the infirmed. No longer only understood as
Extreme Unction, or the Last Rites, this
Sacrament is intended for Catholic faithful who have serious
illness. It also applies to those who are about to undergo
surgery, have a chronic illness, suffer from the challenges
of being elderly, suffer with emotional or psychological
illness, or have other serious conditions. The communal
anointing also provides an opportunity for those who enjoy
good health to witness the reception of this unique
sacrament and to offer their prayerful support at this
sacred moment. All those who are anointed, as well as all of
those who witness the anointing, share equally in the
mystical Body of Christ.
Registration for the 2017-2018 Religious
Education program is now open to children Pre K
(3 & 4 year old) through 8th grade. A letter from
director Janet Bennick outlining the process, as
well as forms which require your completion, can be
found on the
Our volunteer recruitment for the
PADS Ministry continues. This ministry
works under the umbrella of the housing Forw>rd +
Prevail organization. The
program runs every Tuesday from Mid–September
through Mid-May at Oak Park Temple at 1235 North
Harlem. We hope you will consider supporting this
key parish ministry by signing up to be a team
volunteer. As a volunteer you are making a
commitment to work as part of a team in whatever
capacity you choose. For more details, please click
Registration for both the Rite of Christian
Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and the Adult
Confirmation Program is now open. If you or an
adult you know is interested in the RCIA or Adult
Confirmation, please contact Peggy Leddy, Pastoral
firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-848-4417, x202.
Minister of Care Home Visit
Arrangements. St. Edmund Parish has trained
Ministers of Care, who bring Communion to homebound
parishioners. Arrangements can be scheduled on
either a short-term or long-term basis. To schedule
visitation, contact Peggy Leddy, Pastoral Associate,
at 708-848-4417, x202, or
Donate your discarded cell phones and help abused
women. The Domestic Violence Outreach Ministry
collects phones and chargers in collaboration with
Verizon Network. The phones are programmed with
emergency numbers, loaded with 3000 minutes, and
distributed to abused women through various
Drop off phones and accessories in the basket on the
table in the Murphy Hall Corridor. We are grateful
for your support!
The last Saturday of each month, please join us on
the rectory lawn from 6:30 to 7pm for our monthly Prayer Vigil to End Gun Violence.
It is our way of standing against the culture of violence in
Edmund Parish is in need of a few good people to
serve as Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist
and Lectors for the weekend masses. The
Ministers of the Eucharist assist in the
distribution of Holy Communion at mass. Lectors
proclaim the First and Second readings at mass,
lead the people in the Prayer of the
and read the weekly announcements. For questions, contact Mary Lynn
Dietsche at email@example.com
call the parish office.
Prayer Opportunities at St. Edmund
Mass Schedule: Saturday, 5:30pm;
Sunday 9:00am, and 11:00am. (5:30pm beginning in
Attend Daily Mass.
Join us every Monday-Saturday at 8:30am.
Centering Prayer every Saturday at 9:30am.
All are welcome—beginners too! Come join us.
Eucharistic Adoration Mondays,
2pm - 8pm.
Join in this blessed devotion on Mondays
in the church sanctuary unless otherwise
Sacrament of Reconciliation Saturdays: 4:15pm.
(located in west end of north transept).
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Peggy Leddy, at 708-848-4417, extension 202 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you want to become a Catholic, or perhaps just learn more
about the Catholic faith? Registration for theRite of Christian Initiation of Adults
(RCIA) is now open
and sessions start soon.
For more information
Adult Confirmation Sessions.Baptized
Catholics,19 and older, who are not yet
confirmed and have received Holy Communion are invited to contact Peggy for information
about preparation for the Sacrament of
Confirmation. Registration is now open and sessions start soon.For more information
New or expectant parents are invited to register for
Baptismal Preparation Class. For more information or to
register, please contact Peggy.
Friday, March 3, the first Friday
of Lent, St. Edmund Bible Study Group will begin
session with a study of the Book of Job. The Book of
Job, a Wisdom book, searches for the meaning of
suffering and retribution. The group will meet in Murphy
Hall from 9am until 10:30am on consecutive Fridays
unless otherwise announced. Please join us whenever you
are able, even if you are traveling in the Spring. Our
discussions are educational and lively! All are welcome.
The Tuesday Afternoon Faith
Sharing Group meets the first Tuesday of each
month from 1pm - 3pm. This is
not a Bible Study program, but a sharing of your
reflections on the scripture of the weekends and how
it affects your life, thoughts, and the world around
you. It is a chance to deepen your faith and to
become more aware of how scripture has influenced
your life. Please bring your own Bible having read
the scriptures for the upcoming weekend. For more
information and the location contact Kathy Halfpenny
or call her at 708-386-1832.
Centering Prayer Group,
Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. in the North Transept area of the church. All are welcome.
St. Edmund Parish, 188 South Oak
Park Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois 60302
Phone 708-848-4417 // Fax Line:
Parish contact: Christine
// Web site contact: Michael
Office hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am – 8:00 pm; Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00
p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Website established September 1,
May 20, 2017.