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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, 5:30 pm (beginning September 23)

  • 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 is on its summer hiatus and will resume Monday September 3.

  • 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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  • 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  or Denise Walsh at drwalsh34@gmail.com  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.

    • Our Sharing Parish is St. Simeon Parish, 429 Bellwood Avenue, Bellwood, IL, phone 708-547-6868

 

DID YOU KNOW...

...The U.S. bishops urge our participation each Friday in a nationwide Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life, August 3–September 28. Participants will receive weekly email or text reminders to pray and fast, along with little-known facts about Roe v. Wade to share with others. Sign up at www.usccb.org/pray!

...you are invited to attend a Sunrise Prayer Service/Praying for Non-Violence Saturday, August 25 from 6:30am-8am at Oakwood Beach, 41st Street and Lake Shore Drive. The service is hosted by the Black Catholic Deacons of Chicago to pray for the healing of our families, schools and communities. If there is heavy rain, the service will be moved to Holy Angels Catholic Church, 615 E. Oakwood Boulevard, Chicago.

The Children’s School, now in 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 being 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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“The Lord is knocking at the door our hearts. Have we put a sign on the door saying DO NOT DISTURB'?" 

--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 September 16, 2018 **

Upcoming Parish Events

  • Sunday, September 16, couples celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary from across the Archdiocese of Chicago are invited to gather together for the Golden Wedding Anniversary Mass that will be celebrated by Cardinal Cupich. The Mass will be at Holy Name Cathedral, 730 North Wabash Avenue, Chicago, IL. Register online at pvm.archchicago.org. We hope to see you there!

  • Saturday, September 15, the Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Human Dignity and Solidarity is excited to host this year’s Life and Justice Conference entitled Building a New Reality Together. The conference will be held from 9:00am - 3:00pm at Mount Carmel High School, 6410 South Dante Avenue, Chicago. The keynote speaker for this year’s conference will be Sister Helen Prejean. The cost is $25.00 in advance or $30.00 at the door. Please visit pvm.archchicago.org  to register or our Facebook page at: chdschicago for more information.

  • Mid-September: New Housing Forw>rd Shelter Season Soon to Begin. We need your help Tuesday nights/Wednesday mornings. In 2 weeks, the Shelter Season begins. St. Edmund Parish is committed to the hands-on running of the shelter ministry mid-September-May. For full details on how you can help, click the Special Events page. Special Events

  • Tuesday, September 18, the St. Edmund Book Club will begin its Fall meetings. Next up: Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs. “With her trademark humor and encouragement, Higgs combines a contemporary retelling of the stories of the ‘other women’ in Scripture with a solid, verse-by-verse study to teach us how to avoid their tragic mistakes and joyfully embrace grace. Let these Bad Girls show you why studying the Bible has never been more fun!” In October, the club selection is “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard Read the books and join us! Contact parishioner Mari Hans at: marithans@comcast.net for more information.

  • Saturday, September 22 all parishioners are invited to attend the St. Edmund Annual Music Ministry Retreat from 8:30am - 4:00pm. You do not need to be a choir member to attend. The keynote speaker is Kara McBride who will speak on "Building Community, Imaging God". The retreat will be held off-site. You may call the parish office for the location. In the event of inclement weather, the retreat will be held in Murphy Hall. The cost is $20.00 per person. If you have any questions or need more information, contact Director of Music, Kathy Halfpenny at 708-386-1832 or through this parish website.

  •  Sunday, September 23, the 5:30pm Sunday mass resumes. Whether it has been a hustle and bustle kind of weekend and no other time would work for you, or if it was one of those wonderfully lazy weekends and you just didn’t get moving earlier, join us for worship on Sunday evenings at 5:30pm.

  • Sunday, September 30, between 10:00am and 10:45am all St. Edmund Parish children and their parents are invited to help put the Peace Garden to “bed” for the year. All of the vegetables grown in our garden were shared with the clients of the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry. Please join us in the garden, which is located by the east entrance to Murphy Hall.

  • Friday, October 5, we will begin our Bible Study of Spirituality of the Gospels at 9:15am in Murphy Hall. We meet on consecutive Fridays unless otherwise announced. The four gospels of the New Testament provide a rich multi-dimensional portrait of Jesus Christ. Each gospel also maps out a unique spiritual path into life with Jesus. In Spirituality of the Gospels the modern quest for spiritual fulfillment is met with insight from the gospels and the enduring examples of saints, both ancient and contemporary. All are welcome, especially newcomers!

  • Saturday, October 20, join us for a new parish event, our first-ever Oktoberfest!  The festivities begin at 6:30pm, after the 5:30pm mass. Enjoy an evening filled with German food, German beers and live German Music! Before we can enjoy the revelry, we are looking for volunteers to help set-up and clean-up. We are also seeking donations of German foods such as bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad, red cabbage, rye breads, various mustards and desserts. Do you have a specialty German dish you would like to  share? Contact JoAnn Lewandowski at: 708-386-1681 to volunteer your time and to let her know what delicious German food items you are able to provide. Tickets are $25.00 per person and are available for purchase in the Murphy Hall corridor after masses.

     

  •  Save the Dates!

    • October 20-21 - St. Vincent de Paul Society Bundle Weekend: Collection of clothing and household items.

    • October 20-21 - OPRF Food Pantry Harvest Weekend: Collection of food, paper products and toiletries.

     

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  • And:

    • Summer Parish Office Hours: Monday 9:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. You may want to call ahead to ensure that someone is available to assist you, as the office may be closed from time to time. Saturday, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m., and Sunday, 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

    • Our volunteer recruitment for the St. Edmund’s PADS Ministry continues. 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.

    • 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. We also urge legislators to understand the urgency of this issue.

    • 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 dietscheml@gmail.com or call the parish office.

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  • Religious Instruction (Contact Peggy Leddy, Pastoral Associate, 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,19 and older, who are not yet confirmed and have received Holy Communion 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

    • Friday, October 5, we begin our Bible Study of Spirituality of the Gospels at 9:15am in Murphy Hall. We meet on consecutive Fridays unless otherwise announced. The four gospels of the New Testament provide a rich multi-dimensional portrait of Jesus Christ. Each gospel also maps out a unique spiritual path into life with Jesus. In Spirituality of the Gospels the modern quest for spiritual fulfillment is met with insight from the gospels and the enduring examples of saints, both ancient and contemporary. 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.

    • 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

      • The St. Edmund PADS/Housing Forward ministry has been staffing an overnight emergency shelter in Oak Park for nearly 20 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  and Anita Dwyer at 708-848-4417.

      • 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!

      • The Type 1 Diabetes Support Group provides free, fun activities and informational presentations for families dealing with Type 1 diabetes, known as Juvenile or Insulin-Dependent Diabetes. One of the big positives is that the children and their parents meet and talk with other families with this disease. Kids also enjoy supervised play in the school gym while parents discuss diabetes related topics. Sometimes we all meet together. We meet the first Wednesday of the month in the Resource Room of the School from 7:15pm - 8:30pm, unless otherwise announced. Contact parishioner Helen Gilmore at: gilmorefamily2@comcast.net .  

      • 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: September 14, 2018.