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
see it displayed>. Except for your name, the command is case
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.
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."
This web site was the inspiration of Suzanne C. Guerin,
who passed away October 14, 2003. The site is
lovingly dedicated to her.
The Third Sunday of
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
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,
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
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 Goodsand 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
Holidays at St.Ed’s
page for a preview of what’s “in store” for you!
Monday, December 26, Eucharistic Adoration will not take
Save the Date!
Sunday, January 15, March for Life Chicago. For
information click on
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.
Our volunteer recruitment for the
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
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.
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
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
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
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:
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:
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
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
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
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.
See 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,
December 09, 2016.