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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

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"What does that Child, born for us of the Virgin Mary, have to tell us? What is the universal message of Christmas? It is that God is a good Father and we are all brothers and sisters. For this reason, my wish for a happy Christmas is a wish for fraternity. Fraternity among individuals of every nation and culture. Fraternity among people with different ideas, yet capable of respecting and listening to one another. Fraternity among persons of different religions. By his incarnation, the Son of God tells us that salvation comes through love, acceptance, respect for this poor humanity of ours, which we all share in a great variety of races, languages, and cultures. Yet all of us are brothers and sisters in humanity!"

--Pope Francis, Christmas, 2018

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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 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 .

 

 

 

 

 

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 Third Week of Advent, December 15, 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.

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. The drawing is next Sunday, Dec. 22, at 12:30 p.m. in Murphy Hall. For full information click on "Prize is Right" for details about this  drawing, and a letter from Father McGivern. You can buy your tickets by clicking on the GIVE button.

William Ferris Chorale Returns!

Saturday, December 14, we welcome the nationally acclaimed William Ferris Chorale, conducted by Mr. Paul French, for an 8 pm encore performance of exceptional choral music of the season. There is no cost for this event. This is a gift to the parish and we welcome you to bring all of your family and friends to enjoy this splendid chorale music. Please join us for the concert and at the reception of holiday fare which will immediately follow in Murphy Hall.

The Christmas Liturgical Calendar is has been published in the Echoes, and is also available here. Click on Holidays at St. Ed's.

 

  • Sing with the St. Edmund Choir for Christmas! St. Edmund Choirs invite you to sing with us for Christmas. This is a short-term commitment with rehearsals at 7:30pm in the choir loft. We’ll rehearse every Wednesday.  If you’re interested, contact Kathy Halfpenny at: khalfpenny@stedmund.org 

  • Sunday, December 15 is the final day of the Christmas season for the Giving Tree! Please pick up gift tag(s) and drop off the tags securely attached to unwrapped gifts in the North Transept of the church this weekend. This event provides Christmas gifts for members of Housing Forw>rd/PADS, Sarah’s Inn, St. Edmund parishioners, and A House in Austin, a new Giving Tree recipient agency. We appreciate everyone’s generosity. Thank you for sharing your blessings!

  • Sunday, December 15, St. Catherine-St. Lucy Parish, 38 N. Austin, Oak Park will host a Candlelight Vigil to End Gun Violence and Celebrate Hope and Light at 4:00pm in commemoration of the 7th anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. The vigil is in partnership with hundreds of vigils nationwide. Locally the vigil is sponsored by MOMS Demand Action Oak Park-Austin, St Catherine-St. Lucy Parish, Waging Peace of First United Church of Oak Park, Congregations Committed to Peace, Gun Responsibility Advocates, and the Ascension Parish Peace and Justice Committee. All are invited. Please bring a grocery store gift card or a financial donation (check made out to Bertha Purnell). For more information, contact Celine Woznica at: cwoznica.illinois@gmail.com  or 708-383-8619.

  • Monday, December 16 at 6:30pm, all St. Edmund parishioners are encouraged to attend the Advent Reconciliation Service of the Catholic Parishes of Oak Park at St. Giles Parish. Amid the busy-ness that stakes too much claim to our lives at this time year, reclaim this season of reflection, anticipation and hope with this beautiful sacrament.  Several priests will be available for the reception of individual confession and absolution. Please join us for this important opportunity of reconciliation!

  • Parishioners who regularly attend the 5pm mass on Sundays are asked to make note of the fact that for December 22nd and December 29th, there will be no 5pm mass. It will resume again on Sunday, January 5.

  • Monday, December 23 and Monday, December 30, there will be no Eucharistic Adoration. Please note that Eucharistic Adoration will resume on Monday, January 6

  • Tuesday, January 21, the St. Edmund Parish Book Club will discuss the book, The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates at 7:00pm in Murphy Hall.

  • Sunday, January 28, 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.

  •  Save the Dates!

    • Chili Pot Luck and Game Night, Saturday, January 18,

    • St. Edmund Parish Book Club. Coming up: 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: December 14, 2019.