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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, 5:00 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.

  • Eucharistic Adoration, Mondays, 3 pm to 8 pm. Join in this blessed devotion unless other wise announced

  • Sacrament of Reconciliation Saturdays: 4:15pm. (located in west end of north transept).

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Week at a Glance

 

  • 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  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.

 

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 the 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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“Even if 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.”

--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 10, 2019 **

Upcoming Parish Events

Our "Beyond the Building Campaign" to restore the St. Edmund Parish Rectory is underway.  For updates, and Fr. McGivern's message to parishioners, click on Capital Campaign.

November 2-30, we place our Book of Remembrance next to the baptismal font and paschal candle believing that those who have died with Christ in baptism will also rise with him. All parishioners are invited to inscribe the name of deceased family and friends in the Book before and after all of the liturgies in November.

Announcing The Parish Fall Raffle, a fundraiser with the goal of  raising $40,000 for the operating expenses of St. Edmund Parish and help in responding to the parish's challenging financial needs. There will be 20 wonderful raffle prizes, all of them with a value of more than the cost of a single ticket. For full information click on "Prize is Right" for details about this November 24 drawing, and a letter from Father McGivern. You can buy your tickets by clicking on the GIVE button

 

  • Saturday, November 16, the St. Edmund Parish Life Commission invites all to join us for the Harvest Tea Luncheon, 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 person!

  • Tuesday, November 19, the St. Edmund Book Club will discuss the book, Being Mortal by Atul Gawande at 7:00pm in Murphy Hall.   “Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming the dangers of childbirth, injury, and disease from harrowing to manageable. But when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should.” Named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, The New York Times Book Review, NPR, and Chicago Tribune.Never come to Book Club before? We welcome newcomers!

  • Thursday, November 28, let us gather at 10 am 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 and 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 28, the Parish Life’s Reception Committee will offer a Traditional Thanksgiving Meal those of you without family in the area or have nowhere else to go that day. The dinner will be held 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 Friday, November 22.

  • 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, 100 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 next Sunday, November 17.

  • December 7-8, St. Edmund Holiday Bazaar. Save the Dates for this holiday shopping extravaganza! What a great opportunity for your one-stop holiday shopping:

    • Calling All Crafters! The Knit and Crochet group will be accepting donations of hand-crafted items; including jewelry and fabric items. Donated items may be dropped off the weekend of the sale. Questions? Contact Louise Stevens at: Lpgj4@sbcglobal.net.

    • Calling All Bakers! The Reception committee will be accepting donations of baked goods. More information will be forthcoming. Questions? Contact Joann Lewandowski at: 708-386-1681 or email her at: lewjoann@hotmail.com. All proceeds from the sale benefit St. Edmund.

  •  Save the Dates!

    • St. Edmund Parish Book Club. Coming up:

    • January 21; The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates;

    • February 18, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.

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  • And:

    • 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  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 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, x2021, 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.

     

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  • Religious Instruction (Contact Peggy Leddy, Pastoral Associate, at 708-848-4417, extension 2021 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 Leddy at: pleddy@stedmund.org  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 Castillo at jacastillo@archchicago.org  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.

  • Religious Study

    • The 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 unless 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 at: khalfpenny@stedmund.org  or call her at 708-386-1832.

    • Continue Your Faith Education! Research shows that most Catholics stop learningSee the source image about their faith after Confirmation. Continue learning on Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm. Join us and experience 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

      • 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!

      • 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 08, 2019.