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, and 11:00am. (5:30pm beginning in
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
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:
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
Our sharing parish
is St. Simeon Parish, Bellwood, IL.
for the church web site.
is the syntheses 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.
Sunday, August 13, join us after the morning masses for
Coffee and..., offering both coffee and hospitality.
New to the parish? Stop in and mingle! Visitors are always
welcome. The Welcome Committee will be available to register
you as a parishioner if you wish to do so.
Tuesday, August 15, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption
of the Blessed Virgin Mary with masses at 8:30am and
7:00pm. The Assumption is a Holy Day of Obligation this year. On November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII
promulgated the papal bull, Munificentissimus Deus, which stated that the “Immaculate Mother of God, Mary
ever Virgin, when the course of her earthly life was
finished, was taken up body and soul into the glory of
heaven.” Catholics believe that Mary, in the fullness of her
historical personality lives now in union with her Son, the
Saturday-Sunday August 19 – 20, please welcome our visiting priest,
Rev. Juse Ezeigbo of Ijebu-Ode Diocese, Nigeria, for our
Annual Missionary Coop Weekend. Ijebu-Ode Diocese is
located in the Western part of Nigeria, near Lagos and is a
rural but growing Diocese. Her
population is predominantly Muslim; 50% Muslims, 25%
Christians of other denominations, 15% of Catholics and 10%
of Traditional African believers. The Diocese has 34
parishes with over 150 churches, 7 houses of formation, and
12 religious houses for male and female religious groups.
The Catholic population does not have enough material and
financial resources to sustain her many developing programs
of evangelization; sustenance of priests and religious,
training of seminarians and to sustain primary health care
projects for the villages. Please let us warmly welcome Rev.
Juse and let us be as generous as possible to his Mission
Saturday-Sunday, August 19-20, is the Parish Rectory Rummage
Sale in Murphy Hall after the masses. Do you like to
shop? Do you like unique items? Then come to the Rummage
Sale. We are in the midst of readying the parish rectory for
the future. All proceeds from the rummage sale will benefit
the Rectory Renovation project.
Sunday, August 20, all children are invited to the St. Edmund
Peace Garden between 10am - 11am to learn about Watering
Our Vegetables in the garden. We grow these vegetables for
the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry and is one of many
activities to fulfill our Parish commitment to feed the
hungry. Parents join your children for this fun and short
activity (about 15 minutes). Meet us in the Peace Garden
located outside the East entrance of the Murphy Hall
Tuesday, September 19, The Book Club Returns! The St. Edmund
Book Club will
begin once again at 7:30pm in Murphy Hall.
The Book Club will meet on the third Tuesday of every month
unless otherwise announced. The first book up for discussion
is Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.
As this selection is a large book, if you are unable to read
the entire book, read what you can and join us! Contact parishioner Mari Hans at:
email@example.com to participate or for more
information. (Editor's Note: A terrific book--one of the best!)
Friday, September 22, we will begin our Bible Study of
Paul’s Letters from Prison at 9 am in Murphy Hall. We meet
on consecutive Fridays unless otherwise announced. Paul
inspires us as well as first century Christians. Letters to
Philippians, Colossians, and Ephesians challenge us to
greater discipleship. All are welcome, especially newcomers!
Upcoming Parish Events - Save the Dates!
Sunday, August 20, Watering our Vegetables in thePeace
Tuesday, October 17,
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DID YOU KNOW...
… Saturday, August 19, Catholic Charities will sponsor a
Health Fair at St. Frances of Rome School, 1401 S. Austin
Avenue, Cicero. Registration takes place from 8am - 10:30am. The
Health Fair hours are from 9am - 12pm noon.
Free medical exams and screenings will be
offered; including, back-to-school physical exams
for children, glaucoma screenings, and much more. Please call
708-222-1491 for more information.
Parish Office Summer Hours: Closed every evening except
Mondays to accommodate Eucharistic Adoration from
2-8pm. Facilities that need to be utilized Tuesdays
through Thursdays must be scheduled in advance by
Registration for the 2017-2018 Religious
Education program is now open to children Pre K
(3 & 4 year old) through 8th grade. A letter from
director Janet Bennick outlining the process, as
well as forms which require your completion, can be
found on the
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
call the parish office.
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Peggy Leddy, 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.
Friday, September 22, we will
begin our Bible Study of Paul’s Letters from
Prison at 9 am
in Murphy Hall. We meet on consecutive Fridays unless
otherwise announced. Paul inspires us as well as
first century Christians. Letters to Philippians,
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 at 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
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
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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.
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August 12, 2017.