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Welcome to St. Edmund Parish, Oak Park, IL

Established 1907
Church, 1910
School, 1917-2016

The St. Edmund Parish Website presents information and news about St. Edmund Parish, the first Roman Catholic Parish in Oak Park.

(Photo Courtesy of Chicago Architecture Info.)

 

St. Edmund Mission Statement

The 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 alike.

In 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. 

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Prayer Opportunities at St. Edmund 

  • Mass Schedule: Saturday, 5:30pm; Sunday 9:00am, 11:00am, 5:00 pm

  • 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.

  • Eucharistic Adoration, Mondays, 3 pm to 8 pm. Join in this blessed devotion unless other wise announced

  • Sacrament of Reconciliation Saturdays: 4:15pm. (located in west end of north transept).

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Week at a Glance

 

  • Miscellany.....

    • We Need the Generosity of Every Parishioner! The 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 to sign up through the Give Central website.

    • MANNA Gift Cards Available for Purchase. A wide-variety of vendor cards, such as Jewel, Best Buy, CVS, Pete's Market, gas, 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 tdwyer@stedmund.org  for ordering and more information about the bank account option.

    • 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: imailsrv@stedmund.org. 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 sensitive. 

    • 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 month.

 

DID YOU KNOW...

... Catholic New World is a newspaper of the Archdiocese of Chicago and is available to you at no cost at the entrances of the church doors. Feel free to take a copy home and catch up with all of the news in the Archdiocese of 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 be our neighbor and welcomes us to visit the school. Their website is: thechildrensschool.info; call 708-484-8033 to learn more or set up a tour.

...we’re on Twitter! Follow us: St. Edmunds-Oak Park or click on @edmunds_oakpark .

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“Even if Christians struggle to recognize him with his torn clothes (and) dirty feet, Jesus is present in the migrants and refugees who seek safety and a dignified life in a new land. If Jesus’ words, ‘Whatever you did for one of these least of mine, you did for me,’ are true, we must begin to thank those who give us the opportunity for this encounter, namely, the ‘others’ who knock on our doors, giving us the possibility to overcome our fears in order to encounter, welcome and assist Jesus in person.”

--Pope Francis

 

This web site was the inspiration of parishioner Suzanne C. Guerin, who passed away October 14th, 2003.  The site is lovingly dedicated  to her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

** News and Events for the Week of October 13, 2019 **

Upcoming Parish Events

Our "Beyond the Building Campaign" to restore the St. Edmund Parish Rectory is underway.  For updates, and Fr. McGivern's message to parishioners, click on Capital Campaign.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Click on Respect Life for the September-October Calendar of Events and other relevant information..

  • Sunday, October 13,  all parishioners with pets are invited to gather on the Murphy Hall lawn at 2:00pm for a Special Pet Blessing. In keeping with the spirit of St. Francis, whose feast we celebrated on October 4 and who had a gentle way with all of God’s creatures. Please join us as we invoke the Lord’s blessing on your furry friends. The ten minute blessing will take place rain or shine. Bring along the necessary items to keep the lawn free from any surprises!

  • Monday, October 14, please note that the Parish Office will be closed in observance of the Columbus Day holiday. In addition, Eucharistic Adoration will not take place this day.

  • Mondays, October 14 and 21, St. Catherine-St. Lucy Parish offers the Love and Forgiveness Series for Women. See Special Events for details.

  • Tuesday, October 15, the St. Edmund Parish Book Club will discuss the book, The Jealous Son, by Michele Chynoweth at 7:00pm in Murphy Hall. Next up: November 19, Being Mortal by Atul Gawande; January 21; The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates; February 18, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. Haven’t come to Book Club before? All are welcome!

  • Wednesday, October 16, join us at 7pm at Ascension Parish, 808 S. East Avenue, Oak Park for Francis of Assisi ~ Messenger of Peace. The program is the dream of artists who believe the mission of Francis of Assisi is exactly what our contemporary world needs. Ten stories will be presented through story, music and image. Tickets are $25.00 at Eventbrite.com or cash only at the door.

  • Saturday-Sunday, October 19-20, St. Edmund Parish church will be open on Saturday, October 19 from 10am -1pm and on Sunday, October 20 from 12:30pm-4:30pm for Open House Chicago Tour 2019. Invite your friends and neighbors who have never seen our beautiful church to visit us!

  • October 19 – 20 is Harvest Weekend & Bundle Weekend. Harvest Weekend supports Beyond Hunger (food pantry): ‘For I was hungry and you gave me food’. Bundle Weekend Supports the St. Vincent de Paul Society: ‘For I was naked and you clothed me.’ Donations are needed for both causes. Please see details by clicking on Special Events. And thanks for your support!

  • Saturday, November 16, the St. Edmund Parish Life Commission invites all to join us for the Harvest Tea Luncheon, 12pm noon - 2:30pm, in Murphy Hall. Musical entertainment will be harp music. There will be a combined special presentation by Abraham Lincoln and Thanksgiving. We do not want to give away more than that and hope to pique your interest! Tickets will be on sale soon at $25.00 per person!

  • Wednesday, December 4, we have reserved 50 tickets at $40 per person for parishioners and friends to see the production of Mary Poppins at 1:30pm at Drury Lane, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The cost is for the production only. Men and women of all ages are welcome to join us! Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. To keep the cost of the event down, we will carpool and meet there. To reserve your ticket, please see Don Giannetti or call him at 708-848-4417, x2051. The deadline to purchase tickets is Sunday, November 17.

     

  •  Save the Dates!

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  • And:

    • St. 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 Faithful, and read the weekly announcements. For questions, contact  the parish office.

    • New Housing Forw>rd Shelter Season. We Need Your Help Tuesday Nights/Wednesday Mornings. This ministry works under the umbrella of the housing Forw>rd 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 on the Special Events link.

    • 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, x2021, or pleddy@stedmund.org .

    • 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 shelters. 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 our country. We also urge legislators to understand the urgency of this issue.

     

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  • Religious Instruction (Contact Peggy Leddy, Pastoral Associate, at 708-848-4417, extension 2021 or email pleddy@stedmund.org.

    • Do you want to become a Catholic, or perhaps just learn more about the Catholic faith? Registration for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is now open and sessions start soon. For more information contact Peggy Leddy at: pleddy@stedmund.org  or 708-848-4417, x2021.

    • Adult Confirmation Sessions. The Chicago Archdiocese’s Adult Confirmation Program is for those who are: 19-years-old or older, and are baptized Catholic and received First Communion. For the full class schedule and registration, contact Javier Castillo at jacastillo@archchicago.org  or 312-965-2291. As part of your registration, please contact the church where you were baptized and request a newly-issued copy of your sacramental records to submit to Javier. Adult Confirmation is April 10.

    • New or expectant parents are invited to register for Baptismal Preparation Class. For more information or to register, please contact Peggy.

  • Religious Study

    • The Fall Bible Study sessions have begun with our study of the second part of Panarama of the Old Testament. We meet on consecutive Fridays at 9:15am in Murphy Hall unless otherwise announced. The readings will include Israel’s stories, Ruth, Ester, Job, Sirach, Jeremiah and Messiah. 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 at: khalfpenny@stedmund.org  or call her at 708-386-1832.

    • Continue Your Faith Education! Research shows that most Catholics stop learningSee the source image about their faith after Confirmation. Continue learning on Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm. Join us and experience Symbolon; a video course. The series  is led by St. Edmund parishioner, Dr. Tim Cullinane. We will meet either in Murphy Hall or the North Transept. You do not need to attend each session. Hope to see you there!

    • 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

      • Rehearsals for the St. Edmund Parish choirs are held Wednesdays at 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: khalfpenny@stedmund.org  or call her at 708-386-1832.

      • 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: mgruszka8453@aol.com. 

      • 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: http://www.alzheimersillinois . Caregiving may be difficult, but getting support for yourself should not be!

      • Wednesday Night Bridge,  7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Murphy Hall. Beginners and advanced players welcomeLearn to play or improve your game.

      • The Respect Life Committee has a virtual home at www.facebook.com/StEdmundRespectLife. “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 mgruszka8453@aol.com .

      • The parish’s 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.

     

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St. Edmund Parish, 188 South Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois 60302
Phone 708-848-4417 //  Fax Line: 708-848-0049
Parish contact: Christine Rousakis (carousakis@stedmund.org" // Web site editor: Michael Guerin (mpguerin@aol.com)
Parish 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, 2001
 
Last updated: October 12, 2019.