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, 5:30pm (beginning
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,
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).
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.
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 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, 429 Bellwood Avenue, Bellwood, IL,
is the syntheses word of the Gospel, Mercy, it is the
fundamental trait of the face of Christ: that face that we
recognize in the diverse aspects of his existence: when he
goes out to meet all, when he heals the sick, when he sits
at table with sinners, and most of all when, nailed to the
cross, he pardons; there we see the face of Divine Mercy."
This web site was the inspiration of Suzanne C. Guerin,
who passed away October 14, 2003. The site is
lovingly dedicated to her.
Saturday-Sunday, November 18-19, start your Christmas shopping
early at the St. Edmund Parish Holiday Bazaar and
support your parish at the same time. Handcrafted knit and
crochet items, jewelry and gift items will be available for
purchase in Murphy Hall after all of the masses. Proceeds
benefit St. Edmund parish.
Sunday, November 19 is the Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving
Service. From diverse religious traditions, we come
together to celebrate and give thanks. This year, the
service takes place at 7:00 p.m. at Unity Temple, 875 Lake
Street, Oak Park. This is an annual event that is hosted by
one of the congregations belonging to the Oak Park-River
Forest Community of Congregations and is open to everyone. A
free will offering will support local charities.
Refreshments will be served immediately following the
Tuesday, November 21, the St. Edmund Book Club will meet at
7:30pm. We will be discussing the book, The Swallows Nest by Emilie
Richards. It is a story about three women who fight for the
chance to raise a child they've all come to love; each must
examine her heart, confront her choices and weigh her dreams
against the fate of one vulnerable little boy. Each will
redefine family, belonging and love—and the results will
alter the course of not only their lives, but also the lives
of everyone they care for. Contact parishioner Mari Hans at:
Thursday-Friday, November 23-24, the Parish Office Will Be
Closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The Parish office
will be open on Saturday, November 25. Blessings to you and
all of those whom you love.
Thursday, November 23, Thanksgiving Day, let us gather to worship
and give thanks to God at our special Thanksgiving Day
Liturgy at 10:00 a.m. In coming together as a parish
family, we have an opportunity to start the day in a true
spirit of gratitude for the many blessings in our lives.
Whether you are hosting or visiting family and friends,
please bring an item (wine, dessert, etc.—no turkeys!) that
will be part of your personal Thanksgiving celebration later
in the day. There will be a blessing during the mass and a
special table set up for the blessing. Place your item on
the table before mass and be sure to pick it up after mass
to take home. We will continue the tradition of giving away Turano bread
at the end of the liturgy. The Thanksgiving Day collection
will support outreach efforts to members of our faith
community, who are especially challenged during these
difficult times. Please join us.
Thursday, November 23, Thanksgiving Day, those of you
without family in the area or nowhere else to go are invited
to a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner offered by the Parish Life’s
Reception Committee after the 10am mass. The meal is
complimentary, but there will be a goodwill basket if you
are able to make an offering. We kindly request that you
bring a side dish or dessert to share. Please call JoAnn
Lewandowski at 708-386-1681 or email her at:
email@example.com to confirm your
reservation and let her know what you plan to bring. Reservations are requiredand needed by Sunday,
November 19 so we may plan accordingly.
Saturday-Sunday, November 25-26, the annual parish Giving Tree
will be placed in the North Transept. Please pick up one or
more gift tag(s) either that weekend or the next (December 2-3).Together, we can provide Christmas gifts for
members of our sharing parish St. Simeon,
San Jose Obrero Mission, Housing Forw>rd (formerly known as
P.A.D.S.), and St. Edmund parishioners. We have more need
this year and appreciate everyone’s generosity. Kindly
return the unwrapped gifts, with the gift tag
securely attached to the package, to the North Transept
before or after the masses on December 9-10. Thanks for
sharing your blessings with others! Help St. Edmund’s
at the Same Time: Givetwice…at the same
price!Purchase MANNA (gift) cards from St. Edmund’s.
Give the cards as gifts or shop for your gift using the
MANNA cards! Volunteers are needed for gift collection
and/or delivery to St. Simeon. For more information, please
contact Mary Prudence at:
Saturday, December 2, join us from 1–4 p.m. in Murphy Hall for a Festive Holiday
Christmas Tea! All are welcome! Fr. Tom Donaldson is our
guest speaker. The theme is Eternity Breaking Into Time.
Fr. Tom is a Redemptorist priest. The early years of his
ministry were spent as a Parish Associate, followed by
twelve years of giving parish missions, retreats for
priests, religious and deacons. Fr. Tom resides at St.
Michael’s church in Chicago’s historic Old Town
neighborhood, along with his religious community. Harpist
Nancy Donegan will provide the musical entertainment.
Tickets are $30.00 per person and will be available after
masses beginning this weekend.
Upcoming Parish Events - Save the Dates!
Sunday, December 3 - Friday, December 8: Holiday
Shop at 10,000 Villages, Oak Park. 15% of the
purchase price benefits St. Edmund!
Saturday, December 9 - the William Ferris Chorale
Returns. Join us for an exceptional evening of
music and hospitality. There is no cost for this
event. It is a gift for you - our wonderful
parishioners. Please bring your family and friends!
DID YOU KNOW...
...On November 2, we placed our Book of Remembrance next to the baptismal font and paschal candle believing that those
who have died with Christ in baptism will also rise with
him. All parishioners are invited to inscribe the name of
deceased family and friends in the Book before and after all
of the liturgies in November.
… St. Edmund Parish has a very active Duplicate Bridge Club
which is currently seeking two substitute players for the
remainder of this season. Members gather on the first Friday of
the month through June at 6:30 pm in Murphy Hall. Contact Mary
firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or wish to
join the substitution list.
Parish Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m., 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 email@example.com
call the parish office.
..... and, F Y I
Peggy Leddy, Pastoral Associate, 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.
OurBible Study of Paul’s Letters from
Prison continues at 9 am
in Murphy Hall. We meet on consecutive Fridays unless
otherwise announced. Paul inspires us as well as
first century Christians. Letters to Philippians,
Colossians, and Ephesians challenge us to greater
discipleship. 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:
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,
November 19, 2017.