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.
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
withdrawal today!Click here
for a downloadable form.
Saint Edmund parishioners are strongly
urged to subscribe to the Parish
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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
Our sharing parish
is St. Simeon Parish, Bellwood, IL.
for the church web site.
the love of each one of us for the other,
from the closest to the
furthest, is in fact the only way that Jesus
has given us to find the
way of salvation and of the Beatitudes.
This web site was the inspiration of Suzanne C. Guerin,
who passed away October 14, 2003. The site is
lovingly dedicated to her.
Cardinal Cupich has called
on all of us to protest H.R. 40, a bill in the state
legislature which would, if passed, use tax dollars to pay
for taking the life of a child in the womb through abortion.
Please see the Cardinal's letter, and the action you can
take, by clicking on the
Respect Life page.
Special Events page for listing of 2017
Lenten Activities at St. Edmund Parish
Saturday-Sunday, February 25-26, the Daily Reflections for Lent,
Not By Bread Alone, will be available at the doors
of the church this weekend. There is a limited supply
available. We ask that only one booklet per household is
Saturday, February 25, join the
St. Edmund Young Adults
for a Chicago Wolves game at 7pm at
the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. Contact Aaron at:
for more information and to purchase your tickets. We plan
to stop at Hala Kahiki on River Road, River Grove afterward
for drinks. Hope you can make it!
Sunday, February 26, you are invited to Bring Your Blessed
Palms from previous years to burn for ashes. Please
bring your blessed palms to the large basket at the entrance
of the church. The palms will be
burned and the ashes will be distributed on Ash Wednesday.
Sunday, February 26, you are invited to sign up for participation
in any of several Lenten Faith-Sharing Groups. These are not Bible study programs, but a sharing of your
reflections on the scripture of the weekends and how it
affects your life, your thoughts, and the world around you.
It is an opportunity to deepen your faith and to become more
aware of how scripture has influenced your life. All
materials will be provided at no cost to you. The schedule
can be found by clicking on
Special Events. For more
information please contact Kathy Halfpenny (708-386 -1832)
. Opportunities for
Stations of the Cross can also be found on the Special Events
Wednesday, March 1 is Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday
services are as follows: 8:30am Mass; 12:00pm Word
Service; 4:00pm Word Service; 7:00pm Mass. Easter is Sunday, April 16.
Saturday, March 11, join us for the
Celebration. Come to the school gymnasium for
the wearin’ o the green! There will be food, entertainment,
and lots of blarney in! Tickets will be sold in the Murphy
Hall corridor after weekend masses. The cost per person is
$25 which Includes refreshments and entertainment. Cash bar.
Please purchase your tickets early so we may plan accordingly!
Saturday-Sunday, March 11-12, there will be a Personal Care
Items Collection for the Oak Park River Forest Food
Pantry. Drop off your donations before/after you come to
Mass! You may also drop your donation off any time on
Saturday between 10am and 6:30pm or Sunday, between 8am and
7pm. The following items are needed: bar soap, shampoo,
combs, deodorant, shaving cream, toothbrushes, toothpaste,
dental floss, disposable razors, feminine hygiene pads,
laundry detergent, dish soap, toilet paper, lotion, and nail
Saturday-Sunday, April 1-2, a special collection will also be taken
up for the Parish Lenten Almsgiving project. St.
Edmund Parish is supporting the Refugees Welcome!
Resettlement Emergency Fund, an organization of the
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Lenten banks
will be distributed at Ash Wednesday and weekend masses.
They are asked to be returned on the weekend of April 1-2.
Please support this most important and worthy cause. More
detail on the Special Events
Save the Date!
March 25, the
St. Edmund Film Series continues
Gods and Men". Synopsis: Under threat by fundamentalist terrorists, a group of
Trappist monks stationed with an impoverished Algerian
community must decide whether to leave or stay.
February, 2017, please make your gift to the 2017 Annual
Catholic Appeal, “Love Your Neighbor As Yourself”. Many
of you have responded to the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA)
mailing from Cardinal Cupich. On behalf of those served by
the ministries and services funded by the ACA, we thank you
for your gifts. If you have received the mailing and have
not responded, please do so as soon as possible. As you
review the Cardinal’s mailing, please note the ministries
and services funded by the Appeal, including the ones that
directly support the work of our parish. Then please give
generously. Note, when our parish reaches its goal of
$43,165.00 in paid pledges, 100% of the additional funds
received will be returned to us for use in our Parish.
Our volunteer recruitment for the
PADS Ministry is now underway. 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
Registration for both the Rite of Christian
Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and the Adult
Confirmation Program is now open. If you or an
adult you know is interested in the RCIA or Adult
Confirmation, please contact Peggy Leddy, Pastoral
email@example.com or 708-848-4417, x202.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
call the parish office.
Prayer Opportunities at St. Edmund
Mass Schedule: Saturday, 5:30pm;
Sunday 9:00am, and 11:00am. (5:30pm beginning in
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
in the church sanctuary unless otherwise
Sacrament of Reconciliation Saturdays: 4:15pm.
(located in west end of north transept).
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Peggy Leddy, at 708-848-4417, extension 202 or email@example.com.
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.
Friday, March 3, the first Friday
of Lent, St. Edmund Bible Study Group will begin
session with a study of the Book of Job. The Book of
Job, a Wisdom book, searches for the meaning of
suffering and retribution. The group will meet in Murphy
Hall from 9am until 10:30am on consecutive Fridays
unless otherwise announced. Please join us whenever you
are able, even if you are traveling in the Spring. Our
discussions are educational and lively! All are welcome.
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. 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 over 15 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 at and Anita Dwyer
for the St. Edmund Parish choirs begin at
7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 and continue on subsequent
Wednesdays. Rehearsals are 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
11:30am 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:
The committee hosts a New Parishioner dinner;
generally in the Spring and the Fall. If you are
able to assist with the dinners, please contact Mary
Wednesday Night Bridge,
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Murphy Hall. Beginners and
advanced players welcome!
Learn to play or improve your game.
Our Winter to Spring Lecture series for 2017 is now
underway, presented by Gustavo Saravia, MD, Bridge
Lifetime Master. See the January 22 Echoes for the
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
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! Contact Mary
for more information.
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
The St. Edmund Parish Life Commission offers
knitting and crochet classes
for adults in the Resource Room of the Parish School.
See the weekly Echoes for
dates or contact the parish office at 708-848-4417.
St. Edmund Parish, 188 South Oak
Park Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois 60302
Phone 708-848-4417 // Fax Line:
Parish contact: Christine
// Web site contact: 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,
February 26, 2017.