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
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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.
born from knowing that with Him we are never alone, even at
This web site was the inspiration of Suzanne C. Guerin,
who passed away in October, 2003. The site is
lovingly dedicated to her.
Monday-Sunday, July 24 - 30, is
Natural Family Planning
Awareness Week, a national
educational campaign of the United States Conference of
Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to celebrate God's vision for
marriage and promote the methods of Natural Family Planning.
The week highlights the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae which articulates Catholic beliefs about
human sexuality, marriage, conjugal love and responsible
parenthood. For more information click on theRespect Life link.
30, 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. Please join us and bring friends.
Sunday, July 31,
you are invited to join us for Coffee and... .Please
the usually scheduled second Sunday of the month has been
re-scheduled to Sunday, July 31. Join us for good coffee,
great food and interesting conversation with fellow
parishioners and visitors in Murphy Hall after all of the
morning masses. New to the parish? Stop by the Welcome Table
to learn more about us or to register.
Monday, August 1, the conversation continues with a follow up discussion session on Racism: It Involves All of Us, at 7pm
in Murphy Hall. Whether you have
been able to attend our last two sessions or not, all
parishioners are welcome. Please join us for this important
discussion. Racism involves all of us! So does its solution!
Tuesday, September 20, The St. Edmund Book Club Returns at
7:30pm in Murphy Hall with a discussion of A Man Called Ove by
novelist Fredrik Backman. Quick synopsis: "A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its
head when a boisterous young family moves in next door". Due
to the length of the book, the discussion will be broken up into two
sessions, with the second to be held on Tuesday, October 18.
Contact parishioner Mari Hans at:
email@example.com to participate or for more information. The Book Club will
meet on the third Tuesday of every month unless otherwise
Parish Summer Office Hours
are in effect and the office is closed in the evenings with the
exception of Mondays when Eucharistic Adoration will take
place from 2-8 pm unless otherwise announced. Use of parish
facilities Tuesdays through Thursdays will need to be
scheduled in advance by special arrangement. Regular evening
parish office hours will resume at a later date.
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
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,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.
Join Summer Morning Bible
Study on Tuesdays at 9:00 am in Murphy Hall. We
discuss the latest exhortation of Pope Francis,
Joy of Love. We are studying the introduction
and nine chapters over the ten-week period through
Sept 6. The book Joy of Love is available for
$10.00. We meet on consecutive Tuesdays unless
otherwise announced. All are welcome to join us!
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
emergency 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 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 11:00am Sunday mass. Auditions
for vocalists are not needed.
Contact music director Kathy Halfpenny at
708-386-1832 or via e-mail 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:
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Murphy Hall. Beginners and
advanced players welcome!
to play or improve
Respect Life Committee has a virtual home
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 Bellmar 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
for adults in the Resource Room of the Parish School.
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,
July 23, 2016.