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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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Week at a Glance

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  • 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  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: 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.

    • Our sharing parish is St. Simeon Parish, Bellwood, IL.  Click here for the church web site.

     

     

    "The mercy of God is not an abstract idea, but a concrete reality though which he reveals his love as that of a father or a mother, moved to the very depths out of love for their child."

--Pope Francis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This web site was the inspiration of Suzanne C. Guerin, who passed away October 14, 2003.  The site is lovingly dedicated  to her.

** News and Events for the Week of December 11, 2016**

The Third Sunday of Advent

Click on Holidays at St. Ed's for information on Christmas Related Events and the Christmas Liturgical Calendar

  • Saturday, December 10, the William Ferris Chorale Returns at 8pm. Join us for an exceptional evening of music and hospitality. A Chicago landmark since 1972, the William Ferris Chorale continues to excite its audiences season after season. Audiences know that when they come to a William Ferris Chorale concert, they will experience something entirely new—beautifully prepared, and impeccably performed. There is no cost for this event. It is a gift for you - our wonderful parishioners. Please bring your family and friends!

  • Saturday-Sunday, December 10-11, gifts for the annual parish Giving Tree need to be returned to the North Transept, unwrapped and with the tag from the Giving Tree securely attached to the package  With these gifts we can provide a special Christmas for members of our sharing parish, St. Simeon in Bellwood, Casa San Jose Obrero Mission in Pilsen, Housing Forw>rd (formerly known as P.A.D.S.), and St. Edmund parishioners. Thanks for sharing your blessings with others in these tough economic times.

  • Monday, December 12, Eucharistic Adoration will end at 5pm. Eucharistic Adoration will resume on Monday, December 19.

  • Monday, December 12, we invite all parishioners to a Reconciliation Service at 7:00pm in the church. Amid all the activities that stake too much claim to our lives during the season of Advent, we encourage you to reclaim this season of reflection, anticipation and hope. Our holiday plans need also include our spiritual readiness for the Lord whom we seek. To that end, there will be several priests available for the reception of individual confession and absolution. Please join us for this important opportunity of reconciliation.

  • Monday, December 12, the Respect Life committee invites you to celebrate  the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe;  we will gather  at 8:15 AM before mass to pray the prolife joyful mysteries of the rosary and then after mass present roses to Blessed Mother . Please then join us  in Murphy Hall to enjoy  Mexican Concha and Mexican hot chocolate in celebration. For more details click on the Respect Life page.

  • Saturday-Sunday, December 17-18, you are invited to the Holiday Yarn Goods and Bake Sale in Murphy Hall. A variety of delicious cakes, cookies, pies and other baked goods will be available for your holiday gift giving (or for yourself to enjoy). Do your Christmas shopping! Beautifully hand-made knitted and crocheted items made by our own St. Edmund parishioners and other friends will also be available. Click on the Holidays at St.Ed’s page for a preview of what’s “in store” for you!

  • Monday, December 26, Eucharistic Adoration will not take place.  

     

Save the Date!

  • Sunday, January 15, March for Life Chicago. For information click on  Respect Life link.

  • Tuesday, January 17, the St. Edmund Book Club will discuss  Runaway Project by Michele Chynoweth, and, on February 2,  Woman of God by James Patterson.

  • And:

    • Our volunteer recruitment for the St. Edmund’s PADS Ministry is now underway. 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 on the Special Events link.

    • 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.

    • Please Note: 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 Associate, at pleddy@stedmund.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 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.

    • 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 Mary Lynn Dietsche at mldietsche46@gmail.com or call the parish office.

Prayer Opportunities at St. Edmund 

  • Mass Schedule: Saturday, 5:30pm; Sunday 9:00am, and 11:00am. (5:30pm beginning in September)

  • 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 announced. 

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

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Worship Schedule

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  • Religious Instruction (Contact Peggy Leddy, at 708-848-4417, extension 202 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.

    • 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 click here.

    • New or expectant parents are invited to register for Baptismal Preparation Class. For more information or to register, please contact Peggy.

  • Religious Study

    • The Tuesday Afternoon Faith Sharing Group meets the first Tuesday of each month from 1pm - 3pm beginning September 6. 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.

    • 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 708-848-4417.

    • Rehearsals for the St. Edmund Parish choirs begin at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 and continue on subsequent Wednesdays. Rehearsals are 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 11:30am 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. 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 Ellen.

    • 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 .

    • 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 mary.bellmar@gmail.com  for more information.

    • 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. If you are interested in joining or need additional information, please contact parishioner Michele Wheeler through the Parish Office.

    • 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.

     

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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 contact: 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: December 09, 2016.