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.
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
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
sensitive. For full details, see the
This web site was the inspiration of Suzanne C. Guerin,
who passed away in October, 2003. The site is
lovingly dedicated to her.
Saturday-Sunday, September 13-14, there will be a second
collection for the Parish P.A.D.S.
Ministry which begins mid-September, and
volunteer recruitment is underway. The
program runs every Tuesday through mid-May at Oak Park
Temple, 1235 N. Harlem, Oak Park. We hope you will consider
supporting this key parish ministry by volunteering to be a
team member. We are in need of breakfast, morning breakdown
and overnight volunteers. Please also be as supportive as
you can with our annual P.A.D.S. second collection this
weekend. Your support makes a big difference! Please contact
Deacon Tom at 708-848-4417, x206 or via e-mail at
14, an informational meeting to determine parishioners’
interest in developing a Parish Garden will take
place at 3pm in Murphy Hall. Such a garden would be to grow
vegetables that can be given to local agencies which
serve/feed the poor and hungry, or possibly our sharing
parish community members at St. Simeon Parish, or, of
course, our own parishioners who are in need. This is no
small undertaking and we can only move forward knowing we
have the commitment of many hands (and hearts, and strong
backs, arms and legs) to take ownership of this project!
September 21, the Sunday 6 pm mass resumes.
25, the Peace & Justice Committee invites you to a 7pm
screening of the film A Place at the Table “One Nation.
Underfed." The film explains how the hunger issue
in our society could be solved forever, once the American
public decides – as they have in the past – that ending
hunger is in the best interest of all of us. For those who
cannot attend our screening, you may also see it at Pilgrim
Congregational United Church of Christ, 460 Lake Street, Oak
Park on Saturday, September 20th starting with a potluck
dinner at 6:00pm.
Saturday, September 27, St. Edmund
Parish will provide Virtus Training, Protecting God’s
Children, for any parishioner over 18 who plans to serve
as a parish volunteer that involves children. The training
will take place from 10:00am-1pm in Murphy Hall. Log on to
www.virtus.org and click on the registration link to
sign up. For further information, contact Janet Bennick in
the Religious Education office at 708-848-7220. Babysitting
is not provided.
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
Thursday, November 20, we
have reserved 50 tickets for the Drury Lane production of
Tickets are $30 per person for parishioners and friends for
the 1:30pm show at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in
Oakbrook Terrace. The cost is for the production only. This
event is sponsored by the St. Edmund Parish Life Commission.
Men and women of all ages are welcome to join us! Tickets
will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. To
keep costs down, we will carpool and meet there. To reserve
your ticket, please see Don Giannetti or call him at
Eucharistic Adoration had been moved
permanently from the North Transept to the sanctuary
of the church. The sanctuary offers an intimate
space for prayer and there is a ramp that makes
adoration accessible for all. If you wish to remain
in the nave of the church for adoration, you are
welcome to do so.
men’s and women’s Murphy Hall restroom renovation
is underway, and we hope the project will be
completed in six week. When completed, the restrooms
will be ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)
compliant and fully handicapped and wheelchair
accessible. We thank you in advance for your
patience and understanding while we work hard to
provide you with new and beautiful restrooms that
will serve and be accessible to all!
St. Edmund Book and Media Discussion Group is
coming to St. Edmund! The series will run from
September through May and usually meet on the first
Thursday of the month. This new program will alternate each
month between books and film. Films will be shown on
a Saturday sometime before the scheduled discussion
and are open to the entire parish as a community
event. All are welcome to attend one, some or all.
Please check the August 17 Echoes for the schedule.
Registration for both the Rite of Christian
Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and the Adult
Confirmation Program are 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.
Registration for the School of Religious Education programs
are still being accepted for the 2014-2015 academic
school year? Contact the Religious Education office at
708-848-7220. We will gladly inform you about all religious education programs
we have to offer!
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. See the Echoes
for more details. For questions, contact Mary Lynn
call the parish office.
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
Sacrament of Reconciliation Saturdays: 4:15pm.
(located in west end of north transept).
..... and, F Y I
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
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
click hereor 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
New or expectant parents are invited to register for
Baptismal Preparation Class. For more information or to
register, please contact Peggy.
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
for further information..
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
Beginning September 5, the Friday Morning Bible
Study will focus on the Old Testament book of
Daniel and Pope Francis’s 2014 CHURCH OF MERCY. A
Vision for the Church (a collection of Pope
Francis’s talks). The group will meet in Murphy Hall
on consecutive Friday mornings from 9:00 to 10:30
a.m. 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
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
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
or contact Una McNulty at
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
adults in the Resource Room of the Parish School.
the weekly Echoes for dates or contact Janet Bennick in
the Religious Education Office at 708-848-7220.
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Murphy Hall. Beginners and
advanced players welcome! Learn or improve
St. Edmund Parish School website!
St. Edmund Parish, 188 South Oak
Park Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois 60302
Phone 708-848-4417 // Fax Line:
// Web site contact:
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,
September 13, 2014.