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,5:30 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.
Mondays, 3 pm to 8 pm.
in this blessed devotion unless other wise announced
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...
families in our parish will be receiving the Annual Catholic
Appeal request mailing from Cardinal Cupich. On behalf of those
served by the ministries and services funded by the ACA, we
thank you for your gifts. Please return your response as soon as
possible. The ACA offers a wonderful opportunity to answer
Jesus’ call to “Come, Follow Me...and share the Word.” In addition to providing for ministries and services
throughout the Archdiocese, the Appeal also funds services that
are of great help to ministries here in our Parish. As we
contemplate God’s many gifts to us, we should also reflect on
our gratitude for these gifts. Your financial support for the
work of our Parish, our Archdiocese, and the Church throughout
the world is, in fact, one way to express this gratitude. Please
give generously to the 2019 Annual Catholic Appeal. When our
parish reaches its goal of $41,029.62 in paid pledges,
all additional funds received will be returned to us for use in
our Parish. The appeal takes place beginning the last week of
January - mid-February.
...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.
is no cross, big or small, in our life which the Lord does
not share with us."
This web site was the inspiration of parishioner Suzanne C. Guerin,
who passed away in October, 2003. The site is
lovingly dedicated to her.
Upcoming Parish Events
Last weekend saw the initiation of the Capital campaign
to restore the St. Edmund Parish Rectory. Click on
Capital Campaign to read Fr. McGivern's
message about this important initiative.
Saturday-Sunday, January 19-20, the collection for the Church in
Latin America will take place this weekend. Your
generosity will support the many pastoral projects that
benefit the faithful in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Extra envelopes may be found in the pews.
Monday, January 21, the Parish Office will be closed in
observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. In
addition, there will be no Eucharistic Adoration this day.
Monday, January 21, is the Lou Malnati Parish Fundraiser.
Don’t cook on Monday; you may dine in, carry out or have
your dinner delivered from 11:00am - 11:00pm
from Lou Malnati’s, 1038 Lake Street, Oak Park. Lou
Malnati’s will donate 20% of the total sales (excluding
alcohol) for St. Edmund back to us. You must mention to the person taking your order that it is a fundraiser for St.
Edmund. You may also pick up a Lou-Malnati’s flyer available in the
Murphy Hall corridor if you are dining in. Excludes on-line
ordering. Mangia, mangia! Eat, eat!
Monday, January 21, the St. Edmund Book Club will meet at
7pm on Monday, to coincide with the Lou Malnati fundraiser.
Join us for pizza at 6:30pm in Murphy Hall followed by the discussion of the book, A Gentleman in Moscow by
“A transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend
the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel. An indomitable
man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his
life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the
most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding
outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced
circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of
Tuesday, January 22, the Catholic Church in the United
States observes the annual “Day of Prayer for the Legal
Protection of Unborn Children.” This day is set aside to
pray for the legal protection of human life and to do
penance for the violations to human dignity through
abortion. We are called to observe this day through prayer
and penance. The Respect Life Committee will lead the rosary
on Tuesday, January 22 at 8:10am and lead a Litany for Life
after the 8:30am mass. Please join us in prayer.
Saturday, January 26, join us in the north transept of the church
for our monthly
Prayer Vigil to End Gun Violence from 6:30 to 7pm. vigil.
It is our way of standing against the culture of violence in
our country. Please join us and bring friends.
Saturday, January 26, Young Adults Bowling, 7:00 p.m,. at Circle Lanes; click on the
Young Adults page for information.
Tuesday, February 19 at 7:00pm, the St. Edmund Book Clubwill meet in Murphy Hall, when we shall discuss the
book, Tattoos on the Heart by Fr. Gregory
Parish Green Team is initiating a Brown Paper Bag
Composting Experiment for all parishioners.
Special Events for
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.
..... and, F Y I
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.
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,
January 19, 2019.