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,
(resumes in September)
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, Carsons, 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
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...
Children’s School is coming to St. Edmund’s! The Children’s
School is thrilled to be moving into the beautiful St. Edmund’s
school building this summer. We are an independent, K-8 school
with approximately 100 students. Our curriculum emphasizes
project based learning, social emotional competence, and social
justice teaching and learning. We look forward to being your
neighbors and welcome you to visit the school. Please visit our
thechildrensschool.info or call 708-484-8033 to learn more or set up a tour.
you can do something powerful in 2018 that will bring joy to
others? Consider joining Mercy Home for Boys & Girls' Heroes
team for the sold out Oct. 7 Bank of America Chicago
Marathon and transforming the life of an abused child in
Chicago. Mercy Home for Boys & Girls has been a solution for
kids in crisis since 1887. By joining our Heroes team, you will
make it possible for us to provide a safe home, emotional
healing, and academic opportunities for children who have
suffered abuse, neglect, poverty, and abandonment. Sign up at
mercyhome.org/marathon or contact Jim Harding at:
or 312-738- 9381 for more information.
the life of a person is in a land full of thorns andweeds,
there is always a space in which the good seed can grow.
Your have to trust God. "
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
June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month. Domestic Violence--No
excuse! Domestic Violence takes many forms. If you are in
immediate danger, call 911. For more resources, click on theSpecial Eventspage.
Saturday, June 16th, is the annual Volunteer Appreciation Party
for all adult parishioners involved in parish ministries and
volunteer efforts. The party takes place at 6:30pm
in Murphy Hall and on the parish green. We hope all of you
received your e-mail invitations informing you of the event;
we e-mailed invitations to parish volunteers through their
emails we have on file, and we’ve worked hard to make sure
that everyone who is involved in one way or another received
an invitation. There is the possibility that we overlooked
someone. If so, please call the parish office and we’ll get
an invitation in the mail to you right away! We want all our
volunteers to join us for this special way to say “thank
are unpaid not because they are worthless,but because they
are priceless." - Aonymous
Saturday, June 16, the
Coalition for Spiritual and Public
Leadership (CSPL) is offering a day-long community
organizing and leadership training that is grounded in
Catholic theological and spiritual traditions. If you wish
to develop your leadership potential and learn how to
effectively build relationship so you and others can
organize and improve your community this is your
opportunity. The training will be held on Saturday, June 16
from 8:30am to 3:00pm at McDonough Hall, Saint Giles Parish,
1101 Columbian Avenue, Oak Park. If you are interested
please contact John Barrett at:
Monday-Thursday, June 18-21, 2018, St. Edmund parish will not
celebrate Weekday Masses. Priests serving in the
Archdiocese of Chicago will gather for their triennial
convocation during those days. This gathering is an
important and necessary time of spiritual renewal for the
priests, so that they can better serve the People of God.
The priests have been asked to clear their schedules, so
that they can fully participate in this experience.
Consequently, during those three days, there will be no
weekday Masses celebrated. However, there will be prayer
services as determined by each parish. In cases of
emergency, parishioners can contact parish staff who will
make whatever referral is appropriate.
Tuesday, June 19, the Parish Summer Office Hours begin. The
parish office will be closed in the evenings with the
exception of Mondays. Parish facilities that need to be
utilized Tuesdays through Thursdays will need to be
scheduled in advance by special arrangement. Regular evening
parish office hours will resume at a later date.
Saturday-Sunday, June 30-July 1, is the annual Peter’s
Pope Francis has spoken of our responsibility before the
world and creation. "There is much that we can do to benefit
the poor, the needy and those who suffer, and to favor
justice, promote reconciliation and build peace," he said.
The Peter's Pence Collection unites us in solidarity to the
Holy See and its works of charity to those in need. Your
generosity allows the Pope to respond to our suffering
brothers and sisters. The purpose of the Peter's Pence
Collection is to provide the Holy Father with the financial
means to respond to those who are suffering as a result of
war, oppression, natural disaster, and disease. Please be
Save The Dates:
Saturday, June 30 after the 5:30pm mass--Ice Cream
Sunday, July 8 after the morning masses--Coffee and...
Saturday, July 28 after the 5:30pm mass--Parish
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.
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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
St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians begins
Friday, February 16 from 9 -10:30
in Murphy Hall. We meet on consecutive Fridays unless
otherwise announced. Paul inspires us as well as
first century Christians. Letters to Thessalonians,
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:
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,
June 15, 2018.