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Welcome to St. Edmund Parish, Oak Park, IL

Established 1907
Church, 1910
School, 1917

The St. Edmund Parish Website incorporates information and news about St. Edmund Parish, the first Roman Catholic Parish in Oak Park, and includes weekly updates about St. Edmund School, educating children pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade.   

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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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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  for a downloadable form.

    • 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.  For full details, see the September 2, 2012 Echoes.

    • 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, Bellwood, IL.  Click here for the church web site.

    • Purchase MANNA Certificates;  click on St. Edmund School page for details. Credit cards are accepted.

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

 

 

 

 

** News and Events for the Week of Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014**

Click on Worship Schedule for Holy Week and Easter Liturgies

Click on Special Events for An Elegant Evening...Updates

  • Palm Sunday, April 13, join us for Egg Dying and Palm Weaving at 2:00 pm in Murphy Hall. Love coloring eggs, but don’t like the mess? Children of all ages (accompanied by a parent/guardian) are invited to color and decorate Easter eggs. All supplies will be provided, including 3 hard-boiled eggs per child. If you wish to decorate more than 3 eggs, bring them with you. We will also be demonstrating different ways to weave the palms that you will receive on Palm Sunday. Please bring your family and friends; there is no cost for this event!

  • Saturday, April 26, the archdiocese invites you to Training and Formation for Liturgical Ministers at St. John of the Cross Parish in Western Springs, from 9:15am-2:30pm. This is an opportunity  for prayer, training, and formation. The day will include breakout interest sessions, midday prayer, fellowship, and dialogue with other liturgical ministers throughout the Archdiocese. For more details and a registration form, visit www.MinistryEnrichmentGathering.org  (click Local Events). St. Edmund parishioner cost is only $15.00 (the parish will pay the remainder of the cost). Please make your check payable to St. Edmund and return it with your registration form to Kathy Halfpenny.

  • Thursday, May 1, the ladies of St. Edmund Parish are invited join us for a private evening of shopping, sipping and snacking at Deedee and Edee’s  Shopping Night 7415 Madison Street, Forest Park from 7:00pm - 9pm. Deedee and Edee’s is a trendy local boutique with a lot of hip options for the upcoming La Dolce Vita parish fundraiser. The shop will donate 15% of the evening sales back to St. Edmund. There is no charge to attend. To sign up for the fun and festivities, please RSVP to Mary Wacker at mcbax1959@gmail.com by April 23. Friends and family are welcome.

  • Saturday, May 17th-- Mark your calendars for the 2014 annual parish spring fundraiser AN ELEGANT EVENING...celebrates LA DOLCE VITA!

  • And:

    • 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. See the Echoes for more details.  For questions, contact Mary Lynn Dietsche at mldietsche46@gmail.com  or call the parish office.

Prayer Opportunities at St. Edmund 

  • Mass Schedule-- Saturday 5:30pm; Sunday: 8am, 9:30am, 11:30am, 6:00pm

  • Attend Daily Mass.  Join us every Monday-Saturday 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 unless otherwise announced. 

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

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Worship Schedule

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  • Parish Office Hours

    • Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

    • Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

    • Saturday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

    • Sunday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

  • Religious Instruction (Contact Peggy Leddy, 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 click here or contact Peggy.

    • Adult Confirmation Sessions. Baptized Catholics,18 and older, who are not yet confirmed, 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

    • Join our Tuesday Morning Faith Sharing Group Group which reads and discusses the three scripture passages for the upcoming weekend masses. We meet Tuesdays after the 8:30 mass in Murphy Hall.  Please call Janet Bennick at 708-848-7220 or email at jbennick@stedmund.org  for further information..

    • Wednesday Evening Bible Study of the Acts of the Apostles meets from 7:00pm - 9:00 pm in the Parish School resource room. The group will reconvene in the Fall.  For more information, contact Mary Lynn Dietsche mldietsche@gmail.com ..

    • Friday Morning Bible Study of St. Paul’s Letters From Prison: to the Philippians, Colossians and Ephesians, is held in Murphy Hall on consecutive Friday mornings from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. We provide a set of books: the scripture and study guide which costs $10.00. Each session includes a video by a scripture scholar on the lesson of the day. For more information, call the Parish Center office at 708-848-4417.

    • Centering Prayer Group, Saturdays at 9:15  a.m. in the church. All are welcome.

  • Parish Service Opportunities and Groups

    • The St. Edmund PADS ministry has been staffing an overnight emergency shelter in Oak Park for over 15 years.  This is the parish’s largest ministry and needs your help to have another successful PADS season. We are looking for Site Leads, Evening and Overnight Volunteers, and Breakdown Teams. If interested please contact Deacon Tom Dwyer at and Anita Dwyer at 708-848-4417.

    • Consider joining the St. Edmund Music Ministry and one of our parish choirs!  Join us on Wednesdays 7:30-9pm in the choir loft. Choirs serve at the 5:30pm Saturday mass and the 11:30am Sunday mass. Auditions for vocalists are not needed. Contact music director Kathy Halfpenny at 708-386-1832 or via e-mail at khalfpenny@stedmund.org .

    • St. Edmund Young Adults (SEYA) welcomes all parishioners in their 20s and 30s to visit their blogspot, http://www.saintedmundyoungadults.blogspot.com

    • Parents with young children (newborn - 3 years of age) are invited to join the St. Edmund Parents Group (New StEPs). This informal play group meets on the second and fourth Friday of each month. All are welcome! Check out our Facebook page at http://facebook.com/NewStEps  or contact Una McNulty at mcnultyuna@gmail.com  for more information.

    • 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. If you are interested in joining or need additional information, please contact parishioner Michele Wheeler through the Parish Office.

    • The St. Edmund Parish Life Commission offers knitting and crochet classes for adults in the Resource Room of the Parish School. Saturdays from 11am - 12pm noon. October 5, November 2, 16, December 7, January 4, February, 1, 15, March 22.  For information contact Janet Bennick in the Religious Education Office at 708-848-7220.

    • Wednesday Night Bridge,  7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Murphy Hall. Beginners and advanced players welcome!  Learn or improve your game.

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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: carousakis@stedmund.org // Web site contact: mpguerin@aol.com
Office hours: Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., 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 12, 2014.