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,
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...
is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Click on
Events for a Calendar of Community Events
...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
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
Saturday-Sunday, October 13-14, St. Edmund Church will once again
be an Open House Chicago Tour Site sponsored by the Chicago
Architecture Foundation. Saturday hours are 10am-4pm and
Sunday hours are 12:30pm-5pm. Invite your friends and
neighbors who have never seen our beautiful church to visit
Sunday, October 14, all parishioners with pets are invited to
gather on the Murphy Hall lawn at 2pm for a Special Pet
Blessing. In keeping with the spirit of St. Francis,
whose feast was 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.
Tuesday, October 16 the St. Edmund Book Club will meet at
7:00pm to discuss the book Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
by Annie Dillard. A Pulitzer Prize winner, Pilgrim
the story of a dramatic year in Virginia's Roanoke Valley.
Annie Dillard sets out to see what she can see. What she
sees are astonishing incidents of 'beauty tangled in a
rapture with violence.' " If you are interested in joining in for
dinner at 6:30pm, please do so. Contact parishioner Mari
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Saturday, October 20, join us at 6:30 pm, after the 5:30pm mass,
for our first-ever Oktoberfest! Enjoy an evening filled with German food, German beers and LIVE
German Music 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.
Saturday-Sunday, October 20-21, 2018 is Fall Bundle Weekend,
sponsored by the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Donations must
be clean, gently-used, and in good condition. They include:
Baby Items: Baby food, diapers, wipes, baby shampoo and lotion
Drop off items in the North Transept at weekend masses. Volunteers
needed at 9:00am, Monday, October 22, to sort and box items,
load vehicles and/or deliver items to the OPRF Food Pantry. To
volunteer, please contact Janet and Mark Jackson at either:
708-717-4213. Thank you for your support and generosity!
Thursday, November 29, we have reserved 50 tickets at $38 per
person for parishioners and friends to see the production of Beauty and
the Beast 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 Sunday, October 28.
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.
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.
Friday, October 5, we began 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
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,
October 12, 2018.