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 the 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
Our "Beyond the
to restore the St. Edmund Parish Rectory is underway.
For updates, and Fr. McGivern's message to
parishioners, click on
November 2-30, we place our Book of
next to the baptismal font and paschal candle believing that
those who have died with Christ in baptism will also
rise with him. All parishioners are invited to inscribe the
name of deceased family and friends in the Book before and
after all of the liturgies in November.
Parish Fall Raffle,
a fundraiser with the goal of raising $40,000 for the
operating expenses of St. Edmund Parish and help in
responding to the parish's challenging financial needs.
There will be 20 wonderful raffle prizes, all of them with a
value of more than the cost of a single ticket. For full
information click on
"Prize is Right" for
details about this November 24 drawing, and a letter from
Father McGivern. You can buy your tickets by clicking on the
Saturday, November 16, the St. Edmund Parish Life Commission
invites all to join us for the Harvest Tea
12pm noon - 2:30pm, in Murphy Hall. Musical entertainment
will be harp music. There will be a combined special
presentation by Abraham Lincoln and Thanksgiving. We
do not want to give away more than that and hope to pique
your interest! Tickets will be on sale soon at $25.00 per
Tuesday, November 19, the St. Edmund Book Club will discuss
Being Mortalby Atul Gawande at 7:00pm in Murphy Hall. “Medicine
has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of
childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to
manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities
of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter
to what it should.” Named a Best Book of the Year by The
Washington Post, The New York Times Book Review,
NPR, and Chicago Tribune.Never
come to Book Club before? We welcome newcomers!
Thursday, November 28, let us gather at 10 am to worship and give
thanks to God at our special
Thanksgiving Day liturgy. In coming together as a parish family, we have an opportunity to
start the day in a true spirit of gratitude for the many
blessings in our lives. Whether you are hosting or visiting
family and friends, please bring an item (wine, dessert,
etc.—no turkeys!) that will be part of your personal
later in the day. There will be a blessing during the mass
and we will have a special table set up for this blessing.
Place your item on the table before mass
be sure to pick it up after mass to take home. We will
continue the tradition of giving away Turano bread at the
end of the liturgy. The Thanksgiving Day collection will
support outreach efforts to members of our faith community,
who are especially challenged during these difficult times.
Please join us.
Thursday, November 28, the Parish Life’s Reception Committee will
offer a Traditional
those of you without family in the area or have nowhere else
to go that day. The dinner will be held after the 10am mass on
Thanksgiving Day. The meal is complimentary, but there will
be a goodwill basket if you are able to make an offering. We
kindly request that you bring a side dish or dessert to
share. Please call JoAnn Lewandowski at 708-386-1681 or
email her at:
to confirm your reservation and let her know what you plan
to bring. Reservations are
and needed by Friday, November 22.
Wednesday, December 4, we have reserved 50 tickets at $40 per
person for parishioners and friends to see the production of
Mary Poppins at 1:30pm at Drury Lane,
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, x2051. The deadline to purchase tickets is next Sunday, November 17.
December 7-8, St. Edmund Holiday
Save the Dates for this holiday shopping extravaganza! What
a great opportunity for your one-stop holiday shopping:
Calling All Crafters! The Knit and
Crochet group will be accepting donations of
hand-crafted items; including jewelry and fabric
items. Donated items may be dropped off the weekend of the sale. Questions? Contact Louise Stevens at:
Calling All Bakers! The Reception
committee will be accepting donations of baked
goods. More information will be forthcoming.
Questions? Contact Joann Lewandowski at:
708-386-1681 or email her at:
email@example.com. All proceeds
from the sale benefit St. Edmund.
St. Edmund Parish Book Club.
January 21; The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates;
February 18, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.
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. 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.
..... and, F Y I
Peggy Leddy, Pastoral Associate, at 708-848-4417, extension 2021 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
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.
Fall Bible Study sessions have begun with our study
of the second part of Panarama of the Old Testament. We
meet on consecutive Fridays at 9:15am in Murphy Hall
otherwise announced. The readings will include Israel’s
stories, Ruth, Ester, Job, Sirach, Jeremiah and Messiah.
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.
Continue Your Faith Education! Research shows that
most Catholics stop learning
about their faith after Confirmation. Continue learning
on Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm.
Join us and
Symbolon; a video course. The series is 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. Hope to see you there!
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,
November 08, 2019.