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, 5:30pm (beginning
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
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, 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
or Denise Walsh
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 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
Sharing Parish is St. Simeon Parish, 429 Bellwood Avenue, Bellwood, IL,
"It is the synthesis-word of the Gospel-"Mercy"-it is the
fundamental trait of the face of Christ: that face that we
recognize in the diverse aspects of his existence: when he
goes out to meet all, when he heals the sick, when he sits
at table with sinners, and most of all when, nailed to the
cross, he pardons; there we see the face of divine mercy."
This web site was the inspiration of Suzanne C. Guerin,
who passed away October 14, 2003. The site is
lovingly dedicated to her.
Upcoming Parish Events
Saturday, January 20 from 1pm - 4pm, we are hosting a Pottery
Painting Party in Murphy Hall! Stimulate your creative
juices and create your own masterpiece! This is a fun way to
spend the afternoon, enjoying wine and light refreshments while you enjoy time
with family and friends. Purchase your ticket for $40.00 after the
masses this weekend and next weekend, January 13-14 in the
Murphy Hall corridor. You will be able to select a pottery
piece to paint. All materials are included and Picasso
skills are not required! Bring your creativity and a bottle
of wine to share. All painted pottery pieces will be fired
upon completion and ready for pick-up one week after the
event takes place. Contact Denise Walsh for tickets or
information at: 630-240-8882 or by e-mail at
Monday, January 22, is a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection
of Unborn Children. The Respect Life committee will lead
a Rosary for Life at 8:00am and the Litany for Life after
the 8:30am mass. Please join us. For more information click
Respect Life link.
Saturday, January 27 please join us for the monthly Prayer Vigil
to End Gun Violence from 6:30 to 7pm on our parish
grounds. It is our way of standing against the culture of
violence in our country.
Wednesday, February 14, is Ash
Wednesday. Details on distribution of ashes will be
Friday, February 16, (the Friday after Ash Wednesday) please join us
for St. Edmund Parish Morning Bible Study. We will
study St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians and his
letters to Colossians and Ephesians. The group meets in
Murphy Hall from 9am - 10:30am on consecutive Fridays,
unless otherwise announced. All are welcome.
Tuesday, February 20, the St. Edmund Book Club will meet at
7:30pm to discuss The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild
by Lawrence Anthony. Set against the background of life
on an African game reserve, with unforgettable characters
and exotic wildlife, Anthony's unrelenting efforts at animal
protection and his remarkable connection with nature will
inspire animal lovers and adventurous souls everywhere.
Contact parishioner Mari Hans at:
for more information.
Friday, February 23, join us at 7:00 p.m. for "Damien",
a one man play by Aldyth
Morris, with Wayne Messmer starring as Saint Damien, The
Leper Priest of Molokai. Messmer is a professional speaker, singer, broadcaster, author and actor,
and known for many years as the long-time public address
announcer for the Chicago Cubs. The play tells the story of
Father Damien, whom Pope Benedict XVI canonized on October
11, 2009, who devoted his life and ministry to more than
8,000 lepers on the island of Molokai (1873-1889). Messmer
says that the world needs to hear the message of Saint
Damien’s life and mission now more than ever. Sponsored by The Catholic
Parishes of Oak Park, St. Edmund Church is the host for this
production. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $10.00
in the Murphy Hall corridor after masses. Tickets at the
door are $15.00.
DID YOU KNOW...
…During the last few weeks, many parish families received a
letter from Cardinal Cupich requesting your participation by
making a pledge to the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal. We
ask that you respond as generously as possible. The Appeal
supports both Parish and Archdiocesan ministries and services.
The Appeal funds services that are of great help t o ministries
here in our Parish. This year, the theme of the Appeal is “Come,
Follow Me.” We have all received God’s love. By financially
supporting the ministries and services funded by the Annual
Catholic Appeal, we help to extend God’s love to many, many
others. When our parish reaches its goal of $41,222.00 in paid
pledges, 100% of the additional funds received will be returned
to us for use in our Parish. The appeal takes place beginning
the last week of January—mid-February. Please give generously
to the 2018 Annual Catholic Appeal.
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
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
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
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.
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 Mary Lynn
Dietsche at email@example.com
call the parish office.
..... and, F Y I
Peggy Leddy, Pastoral Associate, at 708-848-4417, extension 202 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
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
New or expectant parents are invited to register for
Baptismal Preparation Class. For more information or to
register, please contact Peggy.
OurBible Study of
St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians begins
Friday, February 16 from 9 -10:30
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
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
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
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:
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,
January 20, 2018.