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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, 5:30pm

  • 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 Mondays, 2pm - 8pm. Join in this blessed devotion on Mondays in the church sanctuary unless otherwise announced. 

  • 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, 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 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...

…that in the spirit of Renew My Church, St. Catherine--St. Lucy parish is hosting a Spring Series For Women. We wish to extend a special invitation to all female parishioners and female neighbors within our Renew My Church grouping to join us. We will meet in the gathering space of St. Catherine-St. Lucy Parish, 38 N. Austin Boulevard, Oak Park. The series continues through April 23. For questions call Shelby Boblick at 630-240-2765.

…St. Edmund Parish is Hosting Two Support Groups? The Alzheimers Support Group for caregivers living with loved ones who have younger-onset (before age 65) dementia. The group just for meets on the first Saturday of every month from 10:30am - 12pm noon, unless otherwise announced, in Murphy Hall. Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, the group is facilitated by a trained volunteer. For more information, visit: http://www.alzheimers-llinois.org/supportgroups .  The Best Type 1 Diabetes Support Group provides free, fun activities and informational presentations for families that are dealing with Type 1 Diabetes, known as Juvenile or Insulin-Dependent Diabetes. The children and their parents meet and talk with other families with this disease. The group meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7:15pm - 8:30pm in the Resource Room of the School. Contact for more information is Helen Gilmore at: gilmorefamily2@comcast.net  or through Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups302937253398733/ .

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

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Let the Good Seed Grow:

"Although the life of a person is in a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow.  Your have to trust God. "

--Pope Francis

This web site was the inspiration of Suzanne C. Guerin, who passed away October 14, 2003.  The site is lovingly dedicated  to her.

 

** News and Events for the Week of April 15, 2018 **

Upcoming Parish Events

Plan Now to attend ...an Elegant Evening:Cinco deMayo, May 5. Information below and on the Special Events Page. For tickets and on-line Registration use this QR Code!

  • Sunday, April 15, is Gift-Gathering Sunday for our Annual Parish Fundraiser, “An Elegant Evening...Cinco de Mayo” on May 5. Information on the event is below,  with more details on auction items we are seeking on the Special Events page. Gift–Gathering will be held form 9:00am-12:30pm in Murphy Hall. We count on our parishioners and Religious Education families to make our auctions a big success, and we are in the process of gathering auction items now.  Will you help us?

  • Tuesday, April 17, the St. Edmund Book Club will be discussing the book, Shroud for the Archbishop by Peter Tremayne. This  second installment of the series set in medieval Ireland "finds Celtic nun Sister Fidelma investigating the brutal death of Wighard, Archbishop Designate of Canterbury, a case that leads her into the thick of the world's religious conflict". We plan to meet at George’s Restaurant at 6:00pm for dinner, followed by the discussion. Read the book and join us! Contact parishioner Mari Hans at: marithans@comcast.net  for more information.

  • Sunday, April 22, 10:00am - 11:00am, all St. Edmund Parish children and their parents are invited to Plant and Paint in the Peace Garden; that is, plant seeds and decorate planters with paint. Please meet in the Peace Garden, located by the East entrance to Murphy Hall.

  • Sunday, April 22, please join us at St. Catherine-St. Lucy, 38 N. Austin Boulevard, Oak Park for a St. Edmund & St. Catherine-St. Lucy combined Choirs Concert, at 4:00pm. Both of the parish choirs have been busy practicing and preparing. You are invited to attend, along with your family and friends. The more the merrier!

  • Saturday, April 28,  6:30 to 7pm, join us on the rectory lawn for our monthly vigil. 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. Please join us and bring your friends.  Another vigil will be held May 26.

  • Sunday, April 29, the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated within the 11am mass. This Sacrament is the prayer and activity of Christ for the physical and spiritual healing of the infirmed and is intended for Catholic faithful who have serious illness—people who are about to undergo surgery, have a chronic illness, suffer from the challenges of being elderly, or suffer with emotional or psychological illness. Of course, serious illness may have taken another form in your life not mentioned here. The April 29 anointing is a communal service allowing many people to receive the anointing together and also provides an opportunity for those in good health to offer their prayerful support at this sacred moment.

  • Saturday, May 5, we welcome you to St. Edmund’s Annual Fundraiser,”… an Elegant Evening”. As the date suggests, this year’s theme celebrates the spirit of Cinco de Mayo which, in the United States, is a date which has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture.  The event will feature all of the festivities and events you’ve come to love and expect from “…an Elegant Evening”—terrific music, wonderful prizes, great food, an outstanding silent auction, “a “will-it-be-me!” raffle, and a cash bar—all with a South of the Border motif! And this year, there’s two new twists: registration and tickets, plus participation in the auction via on-line bidding, all on one website. For full information on the event, tickets, auction, and how you can make the difference by raising funds for our ministries and operating expenses, click on Special Events.  You’ll need to R.S.V.P. by Friday, April 27, so do it now!

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  • And:

    • 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 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

    • Our Bible Study of St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians begins Friday, February 16 from 9 -10:30 am 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 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

      • The St. Edmund PADS/Housing Forward ministry has been staffing an overnight emergency 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 at 708-848-4417.

      • 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: April 14, 2018.