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
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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.
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.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Click
on theRespect Life link
weekly for the latest updates.
Saturday-Sunday, October 14-15, St. Edmund Parish church will be an
Open House Chicago 2017 Tour Site. The church will be
open Saturday from 10am-4pm and 12:30pm-5pm on Sunday. Invite your friends and neighbors
have never seen our beautiful church to visit us! An annual event sponsored by the Chicago Architecture
Foundation, Open House Chicago opens up architecturally
significant and interesting buildings to the public over the
course of a weekend; more than 200 sites will be available
for attendees to visit.
Sunday, October 15, all children and their parents are invited to
come to the St. Edmund Peace Garden after the 9:00am
Mass next Sunday, October 15. Come help us put the garden
“to bed” for the winter! This summer we have grown
vegetables in our Peace Garden for the Oak Park River Forest
Food Pantry. This is one of our many activities to fulfill
our Parish commitment to feed the hungry. Join us for this
fun and short activity (about 15 minutes!). Meet us in the
Peace Garden, which is located outside the East entrance of
the Murphy Hall Corridor.
Tuesday, October 17,
join us at 7:30 pm for the
Book Club Discussion ofBear Townby
Fredrik Backman. "The sentimentally savvy Backman (A Man Called Ove, 2014)
takes a sobering and solemn look at the ways alienation and
acceptance, ethics and emotions nearly destroy a small town
and young people." (Booklist). The St. Edmund Book Club welcomes all adult parishioners to join us
as we meet once a month to discuss books of relevance and
depth. On November 21st we’ll read The
Swallows Nest by Emilie Richards.
Saturday, October 21 at the 5:30pm Mass and 6:30pm in the School
Gymnasium, the Switchback Concert Returns! We welcome
back Martin McCormack and Brian Fitzgerald of the Switchback
group for what is sure to be a fun-filled evening of
entertainment! Switchback joins us at the 5:30pm Mass with
special liturgical music.. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to
the mass beginning to learn some of the music. The evening
continues afterward in the School gymnasium. Doors open
after the mass. An evening filled with Irish and American
Folk Music will be performed for all to enjoy. Tickets are
$10.00 per person in advance and $15.00 at the door. Tickets
may be purchased at the doors of the church after weekend
masses. Food and beverage items will be available at a
nominal purchase. Bring your friends and neighbors for a
Saturday-Sunday, October 28-29, is Fall Bundle Weekend for
collection of Household Items and Clothing. Please support
our semi-annual event by donating clean, gently-used apparel
including: clothing, outerwear, and shoes for adults,
children and babies.Household items in good condition are
also needed including: cooking and serving items, such as
dishes, flatware, pots and pans; small, working appliances,
such as toasters and coffee-makers; and decorations, such as
vases, picture frames and figurines. Please pack delicate
items safely in a container and mark them fragile.
Drop off items in the parking lot at the St. Vincent dePaul
Society trailer before or after the weekend masses.
Saturday-Sunday, October 28-28 is also Harvest Weekend for collection of
food, paper products and toiletries for the OPRF Food
Pantry. For more details, click on
Wednesday, November 29, join us for a production of 42nd
Street! We have reserved 50 tickets at $36 per person
for parishioners and friends to see the musical 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, x205. The deadline to purchase tickets is
Wednesday, November 1.
Upcoming Parish Events - Save the Dates!
October 15 - Domestic Violence
Awareness Walk sponsored by local Catholic parishes
including St. Edmund.
October 24 - Job Search Think Tank.
October 28-29 - Harvest Weekend:
Collection of nonperishable food, paper products and
toiletries and monetary donations for OPRF Food
November 21 - Book Club discussion of The
Swallows Nest by Emilie Richards
December 22 - Christmas Tea.
DID YOU KNOW...
... October is Respect Life Month. This year's theme is, Be
Not Afraid, along with Christ's promise, "I will be with you
always, until the end of the age" (Matthew 28:20). Watching the
news or reading the headlines, we may feel helpless at the lack
of respect for human life. But God assures us that He is with us
in times of trial. He encourages us to extend His Love to others
who suffer, to walk with them and intercede for them. This
month, let us build a Culture of Life. Let us dare to answer our
missionary call to defend and protect human life. Let us “be not
afraid” to joyfully proclaim the truth of God's love, purpose
and plan for each person.
... October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Please click on the
Respect Life link for a
calendar of related community events
The women of the west-side of Chicago and Chicago’s near-west
suburbs are invited to gather at St. Catherine-St. Lucy Church
this Fall to pray, reflect and converse as part of the
Saints, Sisters and Prophets Series. Sessions will be held through
November 13. The entire schedule
is displayed on the bulletin board in the Murphy Hall Corridor.
The sessions are held on Mondays, at 1pm or
3pm at St. Catherine-St. Lucy, 38 N. Austin Boulevard, Chicago.
You may attend at either time, as the sessions are both the
same. A different woman will be featured at each session. Attend
one session or all as your own personal schedule permits. For
more information, contact Shelby at 630-240-2765.
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 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.
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,
October 14, 2017.