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.
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.
Mondays, 3 pm to 8 pm.
in this blessed devotion unless other wise announced
Sacrament of Reconciliation Saturdays: 4:15pm.
(located in west end of north transept).
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
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
to sign up through the Give Central website.
Cards Available for Purchase. A wide-variety of
vendor cards, such as Jewel, Best Buy, CVS, Pete's
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
for ordering and more information about the bank
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 AnniversarySunday 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
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
neighbor and welcomes us to visit the school. Their website is:
call 708-484-8033 to learn more or set up a tour.
This web site was the inspiration of parishioner Suzanne C. Guerin,
who passed away in October, 2003. The site is
lovingly dedicated to her.
Upcoming Parish Events
Our "Beyond the
to restore the St. Edmund Parish Rectory is underway.
For updates, and Fr. McGivern's message to
parishioners, click on
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
Ferris Chorale Returns!
Saturday, December 14, we welcome the nationally acclaimedWilliam Ferris Chorale,
conducted by Mr. Paul French, for an 8 pm encore performance
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
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
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
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:
email@example.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
Adoration. Please note that Eucharistic Adoration will resume on Monday,
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.
Chili Pot Luck and Game Night,
Saturday, January 18,
St. Edmund Parish Book Club.
Coming up: February 18, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.
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
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
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
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
We also urge legislators to understand the urgency
of this issue.
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Peggy Leddy, Pastoral Associate, at 708-848-4417, extension 2021 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
contact Peggy Leddy at:
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
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.
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
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
or call her at 708-386-1832.
Continue Your Faith Education! Research shows that
most Catholics stop learning
about their faith after Confirmation. Continue learning
on Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm.
Join us and
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
for the St. Edmund Parish choirs are held
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:
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:
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:
. 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 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
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.
St. Edmund Parish, 188 South Oak
Park Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois 60302
Phone 708-848-4417 // Fax Line:
Parish contact: Christine
// Web site editor: 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 14, 2019.