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,5:00 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
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
DID YOU KNOW...
... Catholic New World is a
newspaper of the Archdiocese of Chicago and is available to you
at no cost at the entrances of the church doors. Feel free to
take a copy home and catch up with all of the news in the
Archdiocese of Chicago.
...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.
Christians struggle to recognize him with his torn clothes (and)
dirty feet, Jesus is present in the migrants and refugees who
seek safety and a dignified life in a new land. If Jesus’ words,
‘Whatever you did for one of these least of mine, you did for
me,’ are true, we must begin to thank those who give us the
opportunity for this encounter, namely, the ‘others’ who knock
on our doors, giving us the possibility to overcome our fears in
order to encounter, welcome and assist Jesus in person.”
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
The St. Edmund Parish website will be on hiatus the week of
Our "Beyond the
to restore the St. Edmund Parish Rectory is underway.
For updates, and Fr. McGivern's message to
parishioners, click on
Saturday-Sunday, September 7-8 are the dates for
St. Edmund’s annual Gathering on the Green to be held on the
parish lawn. All parishioners and visitors worshipping with us are invited to gather for
fellowship, camaraderie and treats! If you wish to
contribute to the refreshments, items needed are finger
food, appetizers, such as cheese and crackers, fruit, baked
goods (or any purchased desserts), beverages and/or wine.
Please bring your goodies to Murphy Hall by noon on
Sunday, September 8, the Sunday Night Mass returns with New5pmstart time.
For your convenience, we are pleased to announce this
change and hope you and your family will join us in worship!
Whether it has been a hustle and bustle kind of weekend and
no other time would work for you, or if it was one of those
wonderfully lazy weekends and you just didn’t get moving
earlier, join us for worship on Sunday evenings at 5:00pm..
Tuesday, September 10, Continue Your Faith Education! Why do
Catholics believe? Have you ever been asked this question
and struggled o think of an answer? Research shows that most
Catholics stop learning about their faith after
Confirmation. Would you go to a mechanic that hadn’t studied
how to repair the electronics in newer cars? Continue
learning about your faith on Tuesday evenings beginning
September 10 at 7:00pm through Symbolon an 8
week video course. The series will be led by St. Edmund
parishioner, Dr. Tim Cullinane. We will meet either in
Murphy Hall or the North Transept. You do not need to attend
each session. The first topic will be about the Journey of
Faith and Divine Revelation. Hope to see you there!
Saturday, September 14, is the National Day of Remembrance for
Aborted Children. Services will be held at 2pm at Queen
of Heaven Cemetery, 1400 S. Wolf Road, Hillside, IL. The 7th
annual Day of Remembrance is co-sponsored by Citizens for
Pro-Life Society, Priests for Life and the Pro-Life Action
League and calls on pro-life Americans to honor the
gravesites of our aborted brothers and sisters. Solemn
prayer vigils will be conducted at these gravesites, of
which there are 52 across the United States, as well as at
dozens of other sites dedicated in memory of aborted
children. Special Guests will be Bishop Robert Kurtz, Fr.
Herman Kincaid, and Nancy Kreuzer. Parking is available near
section 108. Additionally, the gravesite is also located in
section 108, at the far western edge of the cemetery, about
500 feet south of Roosevelt Road. If you need to reach the
national team by phone, please call the Pro-Life Action
League at 773-777-2900 during regular business hours.
Tuesday, September 17, the St.
Edmund Book Club will discuss the book, A Grateful American,
by Gary Sinise at 7:00 p.m. in Murphy Hall. We
generally meet September though May on the third Tuesday of
the month. . Haven’t come to Book Club
before? All are welcome!
Saturday, October 5, 2019, break out the lederhosen and the dirndls for
Oktoberfest at St. Edmund parish. The event will be held in the school gymnasium from 6:30 to
10:00p.m., with tickets at only $25 per person for “Gut”
German Food & Drink, Live Music & Dancing, as well as Polka
Lessons. “Wir sehen uns dort. Danke.” (Hope to see you
Monday, September 30, 7:00pm, St. Edmund Church Silent Witness
Exhibit & Presentation: Remember My Story; Remember My Name. Sponsored by local
parishes’ Domestic Violence Outreach Ministry Teams.
Domestic Abuse! No Excuse!
Parish Green Team is conducting a Brown Paper Bag
Composting Experiment for all parishioners.
Special Events for
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
the parish office.
New Housing Forw>rd Shelter
Season Soon to Begin. We Need Your Help Tuesday
Nights/Wednesday Mornings. This ministry
works under the umbrella of the housing Forw>rd 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, x2021, 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.
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Peggy Leddy, Pastoral Associate, at 708-848-4417, extension 2021 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
contact Peggy Leddy at:
or 708-848-4417, x2021.
Adult Confirmation Sessions. The
Chicago Archdiocese’s Adult Confirmation Program is
for those who are: 19-years-old or older, and are baptized Catholic and received First Communion.
For the full class schedule and registration, contact Javier
or 312-965-2291. As part of your registration, please
contact the church where you were baptized and request a
newly-issued copy of your sacramental records to submit to
Javier. Adult Confirmation is April 10.
New or expectant parents are invited to register for
Baptismal Preparation Class. For more information or to
register, please contact Peggy.
Stay tuned for Fall Bible Study
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!
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,
September 13, 2019.