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.
Prayer Opportunities at St. Edmund
Mass Schedule: Saturday, 5:30pm; Sunday 9:00am, 11:00am,
(beginning September 23)
Attend Daily Mass.
Join us every Monday-Friday at 8:30am.
Centering Prayer every Saturday at 9:30am.
All are welcome—beginners too! Come join us.
is on its summer hiatus and will resume Monday September 3.
Sacrament of Reconciliation Saturdays: 4:15pm.
(located in west end of north transept).
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
to sign up through the Give Central website.
Cards Available for Purchase. A wide-variety of
vendor cards, such as Jewel, Best Buy, CVS, Pete's
restaurant offerings, and many more are available.
You will receive the full value (100 percent) of
your purchase card. St. Edmund will receive a
rebate back from
your purchase. MANNA ordering forms are available on
the tables in the Murphy Hall corridor. Feel free to
take one home with you to browse through for your
shopping needs. Contact Deacon Tom at
or Denise Walsh
for ordering and more information about the bank
Saint Edmund parishioners are strongly
urged to subscribe to the Parish
Listserv. Send an email using the address you wish to use to
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
see it displayed>. Except for your name, the command is case
Monthly Wedding AnniversarySunday 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
Sharing Parish is St. Simeon Parish, 429 Bellwood Avenue, Bellwood, IL,
DID YOU KNOW...
U.S. bishops urge our participation each Friday in a nationwide
Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life, August
3–September 28. Participants will receive weekly email or text
reminders to pray and fast, along with little-known facts about
Roe v. Wade to share with others. Sign up at
are invited to attend a Sunrise Prayer Service/Praying for
Non-Violence Saturday, August 25 from 6:30am-8am at Oakwood
Beach, 41st Street and Lake Shore Drive. The service is hosted
by the Black Catholic Deacons of Chicago to pray for the healing
of our families, schools and communities. If there is heavy
rain, the service will be moved to Holy Angels Catholic Church,
615 E. Oakwood Boulevard, Chicago.
The Children’s School, now in St. Edmund’s school
building, is an independent, K-8 school
with approximately 100 students. The curriculum emphasizes
project based learning, social emotional competence, and social
justice teaching and learning. The school is pleased to being
neighbor and welcomes us to visit the school. Their website is:
call 708-484-8033 to learn more or set up a tour.
“The Lord is knocking atthe door our hearts. Have we put a sign
on the door saying DO NOT DISTURB'?"
This web site was the inspiration of Suzanne C. Guerin,
who passed away October 14, 2003. The site is
lovingly dedicated to her.
Upcoming Parish Events
Sunday, September 16, couples celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary
from across the Archdiocese of Chicago are invited to gather
together for the Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass that
will be celebrated by Cardinal Cupich. The Mass will be at
Holy Name Cathedral, 730 North Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL.
Register online at pvm.archchicago.org. We hope to see you
Saturday, September 15, the Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Human
Dignity and Solidarity is excited to host this year’s
Life and Justice Conference entitled
Building a New Reality Together. The conference will be
held from 9:00am - 3:00pm at Mount Carmel High School, 6410 South Dante Avenue, Chicago. The
keynote speaker for this year’s conference will be Sister
Helen Prejean. The cost is $25.00 in advance or $30.00 at
the door. Please visit pvm.archchicago.org to register
or our Facebook page at: chdschicago for more information.
Mid-September: New Housing Forw>rd Shelter Season Soon to Begin.
We need your help Tuesday nights/Wednesday mornings.
In 2 weeks, the Shelter Season begins. St. Edmund Parish is
committed to the hands-on running of the shelter ministry
mid-September-May. For full details on how you can help,
click the Special Events page.
Tuesday, September 18, the St. Edmund Book Club will begin
its Fall meetings. Next up: Bad Girls of the Bibleby
Liz Curtis Higgs. “With her trademark humor and
encouragement, Higgs combines a contemporary retelling of
the stories of the ‘other women’ in Scripture with a solid,
verse-by-verse study to teach us how to avoid their tragic
mistakes and joyfully embrace grace.
Let these Bad Girls show you why studying the Bible has
never been more fun!” In October, the club selection is “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard Read
the books and join us! Contact parishioner Mari Hans at:
Saturday, September 22 all parishioners are invited
to attend the St. Edmund Annual Music Ministry Retreat
from 8:30am - 4:00pm. You do not need to be a choir member
to attend. The keynote speaker is Kara McBride who will
speak on "Building Community, Imaging God". The retreat will be held off-site. You may call the parish
office for the location. In the event of inclement weather,
the retreat will be held in Murphy Hall. The cost is $20.00
per person. If you have any questions or need more information, contact
Director of Music, Kathy Halfpenny at 708-386-1832 or
through this parish website.
Sunday, September 23, the 5:30pm Sunday mass resumes.
Whether it has been a hustle and bustle kind of weekend and
no other time would work for you, or if it was one of those
wonderfully lazy weekends and you just didn’t get moving
earlier, join us for worship on Sunday evenings at 5:30pm.
Sunday, September 30, between 10:00am and 10:45am all St. Edmund
Parish children and their parents are invited to help put
the Peace Garden to “bed” for the year. All of the
vegetables grown in our garden were shared with the clients
of the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry. Please join us in
the garden, which is located by the east entrance to Murphy
Friday, October 5, we will begin our Bible Study of
Spirituality of the Gospels at 9:15am in Murphy
Hall. We meet on consecutive Fridays unless otherwise
four gospels of the New Testament provide a rich
multi-dimensional portrait of Jesus Christ. Each gospel also
maps out a unique spiritual path into life with Jesus. In
Spirituality of the Gospels the modern quest for spiritual
fulfillment is met with insight from the gospels and the
enduring examples of saints, both ancient and contemporary.
All are welcome, especially newcomers!
Saturday, October 20, join us for a new parish event, our
Oktoberfest! The festivities begin at 6:30pm, after the 5:30pm mass. Enjoy an
evening filled with German food, German beers and live
German Music! Before we can enjoy the revelry, we are
looking for volunteers to help set-up and clean-up. We are
also seeking donations of German foods such as bratwurst,
sauerkraut, German potato salad, red cabbage, rye breads,
various mustards and desserts. Do you have a specialty
German dish you would like to share? Contact JoAnn
Lewandowski at: 708-386-1681 to volunteer your time and to
let her know what delicious German food items you are able
to provide. Tickets are $25.00 per person and are available
for purchase in the Murphy Hall corridor after masses.
October 20-21 - St. Vincent de Paul Society Bundle Weekend:
Collection of clothing and household items.
October 20-21 - OPRF Food Pantry Harvest Weekend: Collection
of food, paper products and toiletries.
Summer Parish Office Hours:
Monday 9:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m., Tuesday-Friday,
9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. You may want to call ahead to
ensure that someone is available to assist you, as
the office may be closed from time to time.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m., and Sunday, 9:00
a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
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
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
We also urge legislators to understand the urgency
of this issue.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
call the parish office.
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Peggy Leddy, Pastoral Associate, at 708-848-4417, extension 202 or email@example.com.
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, October 5, we begin our
Bible Study of Spirituality of the Gospels at 9:15am
in Murphy Hall. We meet on consecutive Fridays unless
otherwise announced. The four gospels of the New
provide a rich multi-dimensional portrait of Jesus
Christ. Each gospel also maps out a unique spiritual
path into life with Jesus. In Spirituality of the
Gospels the modern quest for spiritual fulfillment is
met with insight from the gospels and the enduring
examples of saints, both ancient and contemporary. All
are welcome, especially newcomers!
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.
Centering Prayer welcomes newcomers and provides a time
and place for peace, quiet, prayer and reflection.
Mother Theresa explained that “we need silence to be
alone with God, to speak to Him, to ponder His words
deep in our hearts.” Please join us; all are welcome.
Parish Service Opportunities and Groups
The St. Edmund PADS/Housing
Forward ministry has been staffing an overnight
shelter in Oak Park for nearly 20 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 and Anita Dwyer
for the St. Edmund Parish choirs are held
7:30 p.m. 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
11:00am 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:
Alzheimers Support Group, for caregivers of
persons living with younger-onset (before age 65)
dementia. The group meets on the first Saturday of
every month in Murphy Hall from 10:30am - 12pm noon,
unless otherwise announced. Sponsored by the
Alzheimer’s Association, the group is facilitated by
a trained volunteer. For more information, visit:
. Caregiving may be difficult, but
getting support for yourself
should not be!
The Type 1 Diabetes Support
Group provides free, fun activities and
informational presentations for families dealing
with Type 1 diabetes, known as Juvenile or
Insulin-Dependent Diabetes. One of the big positives
is that the children and their parents meet and talk
with other families with this disease. Kids also
enjoy supervised play in the school gym while
parents discuss diabetes related topics. Sometimes
we all meet together. We meet the first Wednesday of
the month in the Resource Room of the School from
7:15pm - 8:30pm, unless otherwise announced. Contact
parishioner Helen Gilmore at:
Wednesday Night Bridge,
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Murphy Hall. Beginners and
advanced players welcome!
Learn to play or improve your game.
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
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.
The St. Edmund Parish Life Commission offers
knitting and crochet classes
for adults in
Murphy Hall. The group generally meets on the second
Saturday of the month.
St. Edmund Parish, 188 South Oak
Park Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois 60302
Phone 708-848-4417 // Fax Line:
Parish contact: Christine
// Web site editor: 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,
September 14, 2018.