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,5:00 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.
Mondays, 3 pm to 8 pm.
in this blessed devotion unless other wise announced
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, Best Buy, CVS, Pete's
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
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 AnniversarySunday 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
DID YOU KNOW...
... Catholic New World is a
newspaper of the Archdiocese of Chicago and is available to you
at no cost at the entrances of the church doors. Feel free to
take a copy home and catch up with all of the news in the
Archdiocese of Chicago.
...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
neighbor and welcomes us to visit the school. Their website is:
call 708-484-8033 to learn more or set up a tour.
Christians struggle to recognize him with his torn clothes (and)
dirty feet, Jesus is present in the migrants and refugees who
seek safety and a dignified life in a new land. If Jesus’ words,
‘Whatever you did for one of these least of mine, you did for
me,’ are true, we must begin to thank those who give us the
opportunity for this encounter, namely, the ‘others’ who knock
on our doors, giving us the possibility to overcome our fears in
order to encounter, welcome and assist Jesus in person.”
This web site was the inspiration of parishioner Suzanne C. Guerin,
who passed away October 14th, 2003. The site is
lovingly dedicated to her.
Upcoming Parish Events
Our "Beyond the
to restore the St. Edmund Parish Rectory is underway.
For updates, and Fr. McGivern's message to
parishioners, click on
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Respect Life for the
September-October Calendar of Events and other relevant
Sunday, October 13, all parishioners
with pets are invited to gather on the Murphy
Hall lawn at 2:00pm for a
Special Pet Blessing.
In keeping with the spirit of St. Francis, whose feast we
celebrated on October 4 and who had a gentle way with
all of God’s creatures. Please join us as we invokethe Lord’s blessing on your furry friends. The
ten minute blessing will take place rain or shine. Bring
along the necessary items to keep the lawn free from any
Monday, October 14, please note that the
Parish Office will be closed in observance of the Columbus Day holiday. In addition,
Eucharistic Adoration will not take place this day.
Mondays, October 14 and 21,
St. Catherine-St. Lucy Parish offers the Love and Forgiveness Series for
Women. See Special Events
Tuesday, October 15, the
St. Edmund Parish Book Clubwill discuss the book,
The Jealous Son, by Michele
Chynoweth at 7:00pm in Murphy Hall. Next up: November
19,Being Mortal by Atul Gawande;
January 21; The Moment of Lift by Melinda
Gates; February 18, The Bluest Eye by
Toni Morrison. Haven’t come to Book Club before? All are
Wednesday, October 16, join us at 7pm at Ascension Parish,
808 S. East Avenue, Oak Park forFrancis of Assisi ~ Messenger of Peace. The program is
the dream of artists who believe the mission of Francis of
Assisi is exactly what our contemporary world needs. Ten
stories will be presented through story, music and image.
Tickets are $25.00 at Eventbrite.com or cash only at the
Saturday-Sunday, October 19-20, St. Edmund Parish church will be
open on Saturday, October 19 from 10am -1pm and on Sunday, October 20 from
12:30pm-4:30pm for Open House Chicago Tour 2019. Invite your friends and neighbors who have never seen our
beautiful church to visit us!
October 19 – 20 is Harvest
Weekend & Bundle Weekend. Harvest Weekend supports Beyond Hunger (food pantry): ‘For
I was hungry and you gave me food’. Bundle Weekend Supports
the St. Vincent de Paul Society: ‘For I was naked and
you clothed me.’ Donations are needed for both causes.
Please see details by clicking on
Events. And thanks for your support!
Saturday, November 16, the St. Edmund Parish Life Commission
invites all to join us for the Harvest Tea
12pm noon - 2:30pm, in Murphy Hall. Musical entertainment
will be harp music. There will be a combined special
presentation by Abraham Lincoln and Thanksgiving. We
do not want to give away more than that and hope to pique
your interest! Tickets will be on sale soon at $25.00 per
Wednesday, December 4, we have reserved 50 tickets at $40 per
person for parishioners and friends to see the production of
Mary Poppins at 1:30pm at Drury Lane,
Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The cost is for the
production only. Men and women of all ages are welcome to
join us! Tickets will be available on a first-come,
first-served basis. To keep the cost of the event down, we
will carpool and meet there. To reserve your ticket, please
see Don Giannetti or call him at 708-848-4417, x2051. The deadline to purchase tickets is Sunday, November 17.
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
the parish office.
New Housing Forw>rd Shelter
Season. We Need Your Help Tuesday
Nights/Wednesday Mornings. This ministry
works under the umbrella of the housing Forw>rd 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, x2021, 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.
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Peggy Leddy, Pastoral Associate, at 708-848-4417, extension 2021 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
contact Peggy Leddy at:
or 708-848-4417, x2021.
Adult Confirmation Sessions. The
Chicago Archdiocese’s Adult Confirmation Program is
for those who are: 19-years-old or older, and are baptized Catholic and received First Communion.
For the full class schedule and registration, contact Javier
or 312-965-2291. As part of your registration, please
contact the church where you were baptized and request a
newly-issued copy of your sacramental records to submit to
Javier. Adult Confirmation is April 10.
New or expectant parents are invited to register for
Baptismal Preparation Class. For more information or to
register, please contact Peggy.
Fall Bible Study sessions have begun with our study
of the second part of Panarama of the Old Testament. We
meet on consecutive Fridays at 9:15am in Murphy Hall
otherwise announced. The readings will include Israel’s
stories, Ruth, Ester, Job, Sirach, Jeremiah and Messiah.
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.
Continue Your Faith Education! Research shows that
most Catholics stop learning
about their faith after Confirmation. Continue learning
on Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm.
Join us and
Symbolon; a video course. The series is led by St.
Edmund parishioner, Dr. Tim Cullinane. We will meet
either in Murphy Hall or the North Transept. You do not
need to attend each session. Hope to see you there!
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
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:
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:
. Caregiving may be difficult, but
getting support for yourself
should not be!
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,
October 12, 2019.