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Welcome to St. Edmund Parish, Oak Park, IL

Established 1907
Church, 1910
School, 1917-2016

The St. Edmund Parish Website presents information and news about St. Edmund Parish, the first Roman Catholic Parish in Oak Park.

 

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St. Edmund Mission Statement

The 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 alike.

In 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. 

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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.

  • Eucharistic Adoration is on its summer hiatus and will resume Monday September 3.

  • Sacrament of Reconciliation Saturdays: 4:15pm. (located in west end of north transept).

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Week at a Glance

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  • Miscellany.....

    • We Need the Generosity of Every Parishioner! The 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 withdrawal today! Click here to sign up through the Give Central website.

    • MANNA Gift Cards Available for Purchase. A wide-variety of vendor cards, such as Jewel, Best Buy, CVS, Pete's Market, 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 tdwyer@stedmund.org  or Denise Walsh at drwalsh34@gmail.com  for ordering and more information about the bank account option.

    • 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: imailsrv@stedmund.org. 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 sensitive. 

    • Monthly Wedding Anniversary Sunday 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 month.

    • Our Sharing Parish is St. Simeon Parish, 429 Bellwood Avenue, Bellwood, IL, phone 708-547-6868

 

DID YOU KNOW...

...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 our neighbor and welcomes us to visit the school. Their website is: thechildrensschool.info; call 708-484-8033 to learn more or set up a tour.

...we’re on Twitter! Follow us: St. Edmunds-Oak Park or click on @edmunds_oakpark .

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“Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight the evil as he conceives them. That would be good enough to make the world a better place."

--Pope Francis

 

This web site was the inspiration of parishioner Suzanne C. Guerin, who passed away in October, 2003.  The site is lovingly dedicated  to her.

 

** News and Events for the Week of December 9, 2018 **

The Second Sunday of Advent

Upcoming Parish Events

  • Saturday-Sunday, December 8-9, please return your Giving Tree gifts, unwrapped with the gift tag securely attached to the package, to the North Transept before or after the masses. So together we can provide Christmas gifts for members of our sharing parish St. Simeon, Housing Forw>rd (formerly PADS), St. Edmund parishioners and Sarah’s Inn.  Thanks for sharing your blessings with others! Volunteers are needed on December 8-9 for the gift drop off in the North Transept and/or delivery to St. Simeon. For more information, please contact Mary Prudence at: mprudence@comcast.net. Help St. Edmund’s at the Same Time: Give twice…at the same price! Purchase MANNA (gift) cards from St. Edmund’s. Give the cards as gifts or shop for your gift using the MANNA cards!

  • Saturday, December 8, is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.  Mary, the mother of God, is known by many honorific titles. She is Queen of Heaven and Queen of the Universe; Mother Most Holy, Our Lady of Sorrows, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and many others. Mary, as the Immaculate Conception, is the patroness of the United States. As such, this day is celebrated as a holy day of obligation. Rather than think of it as something a Catholic must do, think of why it is important, in this season of Advent, that we take this brief amount of time to ponder how, in God’s great wisdom, Mary was conceived without sin and therefore, the perfect vessel through which God’s son could enter the world. The mass begins at 8:30am. Please mark your calendars and let us gather on this special occasion.

  • Saturday-Sunday, December 8-9 is the Holiday Items Sale in Murphy Hall. Stop by next weekend and purchase some delicious holiday baked goods! Whether you keep them for yourself or use them as a hostess/host gift when visiting loved ones this Christmas, you can’t go wrong with this tasty treat! Lovely handmade knit and crochet items are also available for that special someone or yourself! Proceeds from all holiday sales benefit the parish.

  • Monday, December 10, Father McGivern invites all St. Edmund parishioners, along with parishioners of other Oak Park Catholic parishes, to a combined Reconciliation Service of the Catholic Parishes of Oak Park at 7:00pm at St. Giles Parish, 1025 Columbian Avenue, Oak Park. Amid the busy-ness that stakes too much claim to our lives during the season of Advent, he encourages you to reclaim this season of reflection, anticipation and hope. Yes, there is Christmas shopping to do and holiday parties to attend, but our holiday plans need also include our spiritual readiness for the Lord whom we seek. Besides Fr. McGivern, several other priests will be available for the reception of individual confession and absolution. Please join us for this important opportunity of reconciliation. Hope to see you there!

  • Saturday, December 15, St. Edmund Parish welcomes the return of the nationally acclaimed William Ferris Chorale, conducted by acclaimed musical director, Mr. Paul French at 8pm for an encore performance with an evening of exceptional choral music of the season. There is no cost for this event. This is a gift to the parish and we invite  you to bring all of your family and friends who are of any age to quietly enjoy this splendid chorale music. Please join us for the concert and at the reception of holiday fare which will immediately follow in Murphy Hall.

  •  Save the Dates!

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  • And:

    • Our volunteer recruitment for the St. Edmund’s 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 on the Special Events link.

    • 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 pleddy@stedmund.org .

    • 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 shelters. 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 our country. We also urge legislators to understand the urgency of this issue.

    • St. 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 Faithful, and read the weekly announcements. For questions, contact Mary Lynn Dietsche at dietscheml@gmail.com or call the parish office.

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Worship Schedule

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  • Religious Instruction (Contact Peggy Leddy, Pastoral Associate, at 708-848-4417, extension 202 or email pleddy@stedmund.org.

    • Do you want to become a Catholic, or perhaps just learn more about the Catholic faith? Registration for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is now open and sessions start soon. For more information contact Peggy.

    • 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 click here.

    • New or expectant parents are invited to register for Baptismal Preparation Class. For more information or to register, please contact Peggy.

  • Religious Study

    • 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 Testament 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 at: khalfpenny@stedmund.org  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

      • Rehearsals for the St. Edmund Parish choirs are held Wednesdays at 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: khalfpenny@stedmund.org  or call her at 708-386-1832.

      • 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: mgruszka8453@aol.com. 

      • 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: http://www.alzheimersillinois . 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: gilmorefamily2@comcast.net .  

      • Wednesday Night Bridge,  7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Murphy Hall. Beginners and advanced players welcomeLearn to play or improve your game.

      • The Respect Life Committee has a virtual home at www.facebook.com/StEdmundRespectLife. “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 mgruszka8453@aol.com .

      • The parish’s 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.

     

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St. Edmund Parish, 188 South Oak Park Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois 60302
Phone 708-848-4417 //  Fax Line: 708-848-0049
Parish contact: Christine Rousakis (carousakis@stedmund.org" // Web site editor: Michael Guerin (mpguerin@aol.com)
Parish 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, 2001
 
Last updated: December 07, 2018.