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,
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.
is on its summer hiatus and will resume Monday September 3.
Sacrament of Reconciliation Saturdays: 4:15pm.
(located in west end of north transept).
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
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
or Denise Walsh
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
Sharing Parish is St. Simeon Parish, 429 Bellwood Avenue, Bellwood, IL,
DID YOU KNOW...
is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Click on
Events for a Calendar of Community Events
...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 be
neighbor and welcomes us to visit the school. Their website is:
call 708-484-8033 to learn more or set up a tour.
“Everyone has his own idea of good and
evil and must choose
to follow the good and fight the evil as he conceives them. That
would be good enough to make the world a better place."
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
Saturday-Sunday, November 17-18, the Knit and Crochet group will
hold their annual St. Edmund Holiday Bazaar after all
of the masses. We are accepting donations of hand -crafted
items, including jewelry and fabric items. All proceeds from
the sales benefit St. Edmund. Donated items may be dropped
off the week end of the sale. Questions? Contact Louise
Sunday, November 18, is the Annual Multi-Faith Thanksgiving
Service. From diverse religious traditions, we come
together to celebrate and give thanks. This year, the
service takes place at 7 pm at St. Catherine-St. Lucy
Catholic parish, 38 N. Austin Boulevard, Oak Park. This is
an annual event that is hosted by one of the congregations
belonging to the Oak Park-River Forest Community of
Congregations and is open to everyone. A free will offering
will support local charities. Refreshments will be served
immediately following the service.
The Parish office will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday,
Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23. The
Parish office will be open on Saturday, November 24.
Blessings to you and all of those whom you love.
Thursday, November 22,
Let’s Meet to Give Thanks on Thanksgiving Day at 10 am.We gather to worship and give thanks to God at our
special Thanksgiving Day liturgy. In coming together as a parish family, we have an opportunity to
start the day in a true spirit of gratitude for the many
blessings in our lives. Whether you are hosting or visiting
family and friends, please bring an item (wine, dessert,
etc.—no turkeys!) that will be part of your personal
Thanksgiving celebration later in the day. There will be a
blessing during the mass. We will have a special table set
up for this blessing. Place your item on the table before
mass and be sure to pick it up after mass to take home. We
will continue the tradition of giving away Turano bread at
the end of the liturgy. The Thanksgiving Day collection will
support outreach efforts to members of our faith community,
who are especially challenged during these difficult times.
Please join us.
Thursday, November 22, St. Edmund Parish once again offers a
Those of you without family in the area or nowhere else to
go are invited to a
dinner offered by the Parish Life’s Reception
Committee after the 10am mass on Thanksgiving Day. The meal
is complimentary, but there will be a goodwill basket if you
are able to make an offering. We kindly request that you
bring a side dish or dessert to share. Please call JoAnn
Lewandowski at 708-386-1681 or email her at:
email@example.com to confirm your reservation and let her
know what you plan to bring. Reservations are required
and needed by Sunday, November 18 so we may plan
Saturday, November 24, the annual parish Giving Tree
will be placed in the North Transept beginning Saturday,
November 24. Please pick up one or more gift tag(s) the
weekends of November 24-25 and December 1-2. So together, we
Christmas gifts for members of our sharing parish St.
Simeon, Sarah’s Inn, Housing Forw>rd (formerly known as
P.A.D.S.), and St. Edmund parishioners. We have more need
this year and appreciate everyone’s generosity. Kindly
return the unwrapped gifts, with the gift tag securely
attached to the package, to the North Transept before or
after the masses on December 8-9. Thanks for sharing your
blessings with others! Help St. Edmund’s at the Same Time: Give twice…at
the same price! Purchase MANNA (gift) cards from St.
Edmund’s. Give the cards as gifts or shop for your gift
using the MANNA cards!Volunteers are needed for gift collection and/or delivery to St.
Simeon. For more information, please contact Mary Prudence
Tuesday, November 27, the St. Edmund Book Club will meet for
a discussion of The Gift of Years by Joan Chittister.
We will meet for dinner at 6:30 pm in Murphy Hall, if you
wish to do so, with the book discussion to begin at 7:00 pm.
Contact parishioner Mari Hans at:
Saturday, December 1, join us on from 1pm–4pm in Murphy Hall for a
festive holidayChristmas Tea. All are welcome! Sr. Mary Ruth Broz is our
guest speaker. The title of Sr. Mary Ruth’s presentation is Birthing the Holy...The Work of Advent.
Harpist Nancy Dunagan will entertain us. Tickets are $25.00
per person and will be available after masses.
Sunday, December 2 - Friday, December 7, Holiday Shop at 10,000
Villages, Oak Park 15% of the purchase price
benefits St. Edmund! When you pay for your
purchases, mention that you are from St. Edmund
Saturday, December 15 at 8pm the William Ferris Chorale Returns.
Join us for an exceptional evening of music and
hospitality. There is no cost for this event.
Our volunteer recruitment for the
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
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
We also urge legislators to understand the urgency
of this issue.
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
Dietsche at firstname.lastname@example.org
call the parish office.
..... and, F Y I
Peggy Leddy, Pastoral Associate, 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,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
New or expectant parents are invited to register for
Baptismal Preparation Class. For more information or to
register, please contact Peggy.
Friday, October 5, we began 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
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
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
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!
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:
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,
November 17, 2018.