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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...

...October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Click on Special Events for a Calendar of Community Events

...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 November 18, 2018 **

Upcoming Parish Events

  • Saturday-Sunday, November 17-18, the Knit and Crochet group will hold their annual St. Edmund Holiday Bazaar after all of the masses. We are accepting donations of hand -crafted items, including jewelry and fabric items. All proceeds from the sales benefit St. Edmund. Donated items may be dropped off the week end of the sale. Questions? Contact Louise Stevens at: Lpgj4@sbcglobal.net.

  • Sunday, November 18, is the Annual Multi-Faith Thanksgiving Service. From diverse religious traditions, we come together to celebrate and give thanks. This year, the service takes place at 7 pm at St. Catherine-St. Lucy Catholic parish, 38 N. Austin Boulevard, Oak Park. This is an annual event that is hosted by one of the congregations belonging to the Oak Park-River Forest Community of Congregations and is open to everyone. A free will offering will support local charities. Refreshments will be served immediately following the service.

  • The Parish office will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23. The Parish office will be open on Saturday, November 24. Blessings to you and all of those whom you love.

  • Thursday, November 22, Let’s Meet to Give Thanks on Thanksgiving Day at 10 am.We gather 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 Thanksgiving celebration later in the day. There will be a blessing during the mass. We will have a special table set up for this blessing. Place your item on the table before mass and 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 22, St. Edmund Parish  once again offers a Thanksgiving Meal. Those of you without family in the area or nowhere else to go are invited to a traditional dinner offered by the Parish Life’s Reception Committee 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: lewjoann@hotmail.com to confirm your reservation and let her know what you plan to bring. Reservations are required and needed by Sunday, November 18 so we may plan accordingly.

  • Saturday, November 24, the annual parish Giving Tree will be placed in the North Transept beginning Saturday, November 24. Please pick up one or more gift tag(s) the weekends of November 24-25 and December 1-2. So together, we can provide Christmas gifts for members of our sharing parish St. Simeon, Sarah’s Inn, Housing Forw>rd (formerly known as P.A.D.S.), and St. Edmund parishioners. We have more need this year and appreciate everyone’s generosity. Kindly return the unwrapped gifts, with the gift tag securely attached to the package, to the North Transept before or after the masses on December 8-9. Thanks for sharing your blessings with others! 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! Volunteers are needed for gift collection and/or delivery to St. Simeon. For more information, please contact Mary Prudence at: mprudence@comcast.net

  • Tuesday, November 27, the St. Edmund Book Club will meet for a discussion of The Gift of Years by Joan Chittister. We will meet for dinner at 6:30 pm in Murphy Hall, if you wish to do so, with the book discussion to begin at 7:00 pm. Contact parishioner Mari Hans at: marithans@comcast.net .

  • Saturday, December 1, join us on from 1pm–4pm in Murphy Hall for a festive holiday Christmas Tea. All are welcome! Sr. Mary Ruth Broz is our guest speaker. The title of Sr. Mary Ruth’s presentation is Birthing the Holy...The Work of Advent. Harpist Nancy Dunagan will entertain us. Tickets are $25.00 per person and will be available after masses.

  •  Save the Dates!

    •  Sunday, December 2 - Friday, December 7, Holiday Shop at 10,000 Villages, Oak Park 15% of the purchase price benefits St. Edmund! When you pay for your purchases, mention that you are from St. Edmund

    • Saturday, December 15 at 8pm the William Ferris Chorale Returns. Join us for an exceptional evening of music and hospitality. There is no cost for this event.

     

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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: November 17, 2018.