Edmund Parish Website incorporates information and news about St. Edmund
Parish, the first Roman Catholic Parish in Oak Park, and includes weekly
updates about St. Edmund School, educating children pre-Kindergarten
through 8th Grade.
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.
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Saturday, February 6, stimulate your
creative juices at a Wine and Canvas event from
1:00pm - 4:00pm in Murphy Hall. Enjoy wine and refreshments
while you create your Masterpiece. We provide the painting
materials and expert instruction; you provide 1 bottle of
wine to share, your advance purchased event ticket, and your
creativity. No previous experience is necessary. Tickets are
$40.00 in advance after all masses this weekend. A great
Christmas gift for the creative at heart! Contact Denise
firstname.lastname@example.org for further
Saturday-Sunday, February 6-7, the first weekend
of the month, includes Anniversary Sunday , when the parish will offer a special
blessing upon all couples who will celebrate their wedding anniversary in that
month. If you were married in the month of February , plan to receive this
special blessing after all the masses this weekend.
Sunday, February 7, is the last day we can accept
palms from previous
years. The palms will be burned and the ashes will be
distributed on Ash Wednesday, February 10. Please place the
palms in the baskets opposite the baptismal font at the
entrance of the church.
Monday, February 8 is the deadline for
registering for one of the Lenten Faith Sharing
Groups, as, once again, we encourage parishioners to
enter into this holy season of prayer, fasting and
gather in small groups, break open the upcoming Sunday
Scriptures, pray with them and discuss their thoughts with
one another. Faith sharing is for everyone and is a
non-threatening and comfortable way to share and deepen
one’s life of faith. Please let us know as soon as possible
what time and day you would like to participate. Forms are
available in the Echoes or can be printed from the
Events page. Drop the form
into the collection basket or return it to the parish
office. You will be notified of the group in which you will
February 10, is Ash Wednesday. Services
at St. Edmund are as follows:
8:30am Mass; 10:00am Parish School Mass; 12:00 noon Word
Service; 4:00pm Word Service; and 7:00pm Mass. Easter Sunday
is Sunday, March 27.
Thursday, February 11, Fr. John Lucas will make a
presentation on Procedures for Annulments at 7:30
Last September, Pope Francis announced a change in the
procedure for annulments in both the Roman Catholic Church
as well as the Eastern Catholic Churches. The new changes
were to go into effect on December 8 of last year at the
same time the Year of Mercy began. While the substance of
why a marriage may be annulled has not changed, the
procedure has. Fr. Lucas, who is the Judicial Vicar of the
Court of Appeals, Province of Chicago, will address these
issues in his presentation.
Sunday, February 14,
please join us for Coffee and..., at the best kept secret in the
parish - our second Sunday of
the month breakfast, with a child’s table, free raffle and
great food! We will meet in Murphy Hall after the morning
masses. Let us eat, drink and be merry! It’s a
great way to meet others in the St. Edmund parish community. The St. Edmund Welcome Committee will
also be available to register you and/or your family with the parish
16, the next meeting of the St. Edmund Parish Respect
Life Committee will take place at 7:00pm in Murphy Hall.
All are welcome to join us.
Saturday, February 27, you are
invited to our Chili Dinner and Game Night in Murphy
Hall immediately following the 5:30pm mass. Please join us
for a family fun-filled night with a chili
and games for one and all. We are searching for a few
families willing to contribute a pot of their secret chili
recipes. There is no charge for the event, but monetary
donations would be appreciated. Not able to bring chili?
Bring board games to play and share what you think will add
to the fun. Contact Yvonne Hooper at (708)714-1887 or
or Gina Werner at (708)606-1083 or
if you are able to contribute to the
meal. We thank you in advance.
Registration for both the Rite of Christian
Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and the Adult
Confirmation Program are now open. If you or an
adult you know is interested in the RCIA or Adult
or contact Peggy Leddy, Pastoral
email@example.com or 708-848-4417, x202.
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. See the Echoes
for more details. For questions, contact Mary Lynn
call the parish office.
Prayer Opportunities at St. Edmund
Mass Schedule Saturday, 5:30pm;
Sunday 9:00am, 11:00am and 5:30pm
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 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
click hereor contact Peggy.
Adult Confirmation Sessions.Baptized
Catholics,18 and older, who are not yet
confirmed, 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 Morning Bible Study
meets at 9:00 am on consecutive Fridays in Murphy Hall
unless otherwise announced. The title for the
session, which began February 5th, is “Israel’s Story,
In this part the people of
King David’s monarchy suffer the Babylonian exile.
They are underlings of the Persian empire for a
while. Then, Alexander the Great conquers them for
Greek enculturation. Their wisdom tradition asks the
following: How does the world work? What must we do
to gain happiness? Why do innocent people suffer? Is
death the end of everything?
Centering Prayer Group,
Saturdays at 9:15 a.m. in the church. All are welcome.
Parish Service Opportunities and Groups
The St. Edmund PADS
ministry has been staffing an overnight
emergency shelter in Oak Park for over 15 years.
This is the parish’s largest ministry and needs your
help to have another successful PADS
season. We are looking for
Site Leads, Evening and Overnight Volunteers, and
Breakdown Teams. If
interested please contact Deacon Tom Dwyer at and
Anita Dwyer at
Consider joining the
St. Edmund Music Ministry and one of our
parish choirs! Join us on Wednesdays 7:30-9pm
in the choir loft. Choirs serve at the 5:30pm
Saturday mass and the 11:30am Sunday mass. Auditions
for vocalists are not needed.
Contact music director Kathy Halfpenny at
708-386-1832 or via e-mail 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:
email@example.com. 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
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Murphy Hall. Beginners and
advanced players welcome!
to play or improve
Click here for details!
Respect Life Committee has a virtual home
our page to receive inspiration and information on
current and upcoming events.
The next Respect Life Committee Meeting is Tuesday,
December 15 at 7pm.
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 Bellmar at
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.
the weekly Echoes for dates or contact
the parish office at 708-848-4417.
St. Edmund Parish School website!
St. Edmund Parish, 188 South Oak
Park Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois 60302
Phone 708-848-4417 // Fax Line:
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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,
February 06, 2016.