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,
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,
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).
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, Carsons, 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
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...
…that in the spirit of
Renew My Church, St.
Catherine--St. Lucy parish is hosting a Spring Series For
Women. We wish to extend a special invitation to all female
parishioners and female neighbors within our Renew My Church
grouping to join us. We will meet in the gathering space of St.
Catherine-St. Lucy Parish, 38 N. Austin Boulevard, Oak Park. The
series continues through April 23. For questions call Shelby
Boblick at 630-240-2765.
…St. Edmund Parish is Hosting Two Support Groups? The
Alzheimers Support Group for caregivers living with loved
ones who have younger-onset (before age 65) dementia. The group
just for meets on the first Saturday of every month from 10:30am
- 12pm noon, unless otherwise announced, in Murphy Hall.
Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association, the group is
facilitated by a trained volunteer. For more information, visit:
http://www.alzheimers-llinois.org/supportgroups . The
Best Type 1 Diabetes Support Group provides free, fun
activities and informational presentations for families that are
dealing with Type 1 Diabetes, known as Juvenile or
Insulin-Dependent Diabetes. The children and their parents meet
and talk with other families with this disease. The group meets
the first Wednesday of the month at 7:15pm - 8:30pm in the
Resource Room of the School. Contact for more information is
Helen Gilmore at:
email@example.com or through Facebook:
the life of a person is in a land full of thorns and weeds,
there is always a space in which the good seed can grow.
Your have to trust God. "
This web site was the inspiration of Suzanne C. Guerin,
who passed away October 14, 2003. The site is
lovingly dedicated to her.
Upcoming Parish Events
Plan Now to attend
...an Elegant Evening:Cinco deMayo,
May 5. Information below and
on the Special Events Page. For tickets and on-line Registration
use this QR Code!
Sunday, April 15, isGift-Gathering Sunday for our Annual Parish
Fundraiser, “An Elegant Evening...Cinco de Mayo” on May 5.
Information on the event is below, with more details
on auction items we are seeking on the
Events page. Gift–Gathering will be held form
9:00am-12:30pm in Murphy Hall. We count on our parishioners
and Religious Education families to make our auctions a big
success, and we are in the process of gathering auction
items now. Will you help us?
Tuesday, April 17, the
St. Edmund Book Club will be
discussing the book,Shroud for the Archbishop
by Peter Tremayne. This second installment
of the series set in medieval Ireland "finds Celtic nun
Sister Fidelma investigating the brutal death of Wighard,
Archbishop Designate of Canterbury, a case that leads her
into the thick of the world's religious conflict". We plan to meet at George’s Restaurant at
6:00pm for dinner, followed by the discussion. Read the book
and join us! Contact parishioner Mari Hans at:
for more information.
Sunday, April 22, 10:00am - 11:00am, all St. Edmund Parish children
and their parents are invited to Plant and Paint in the
Peace Garden; that is, plant seeds and decorate planters
with paint. Please meet in the Peace Garden, located by the
East entrance to Murphy Hall.
Sunday, April 22, please join us at St. Catherine-St. Lucy, 38 N.
Austin Boulevard, Oak Park for a St. Edmund & St.
Catherine-St. Lucy combined Choirs Concert, at
4:00pm. Both of the parish choirs have been busy practicing
and preparing. You are invited to attend, along with your
family and friends. The more the merrier!
Saturday, April 28, 6:30 to 7pm, join us on the rectory lawn for
our monthly vigil. 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. Please join us and bring your
friends. Another vigil will be held May 26.
Sunday, April 29, the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick
will be celebrated within the 11am mass. This Sacrament is the prayer and activity of Christ
for the physical and spiritual healing of the infirmed and
is intended for Catholic faithful who have serious
illness—people who are about to undergo surgery, have a
chronic illness, suffer from the challenges of being
elderly, or suffer with emotional or psychological illness.
Of course, serious illness may have taken another form in
your life not mentioned here. The April 29 anointing is a
communal service allowing many people to receive the
anointing together and also provides an opportunity for
those in good health to offer their prayerful support at
this sacred moment.
Saturday, May 5, we welcome you to St. Edmund’s Annual
an Elegant Evening”.
As the date suggests, this year’s
theme celebrates the spirit of Cinco de Mayo
which, in the United States, is a date which has become
associated with the celebration of Mexican-American
culture. The event will feature all of the festivities and
events you’ve come to love and expect from “…an Elegant
Evening”—terrific music, wonderful prizes, great food,
an outstanding silent auction, “a “will-it-be-me!” raffle,
and a cash bar—all with a South of the Border motif! And
this year, there’s two new twists: registration and tickets,
plus participation in the auction via on-line bidding, all
on one website. For full information on the event, tickets,
auction, and how you can make the difference by raising
funds for our ministries and operating expenses, click on
You’ll need to R.S.V.P. by Friday, April 27, so do it now!
Parish Office Hours:
Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m., 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
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.
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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.
OurBible Study of
St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Thessalonians begins
Friday, February 16 from 9 -10:30
in Murphy Hall. We meet on consecutive Fridays unless
otherwise announced. Paul inspires us as well as
first century Christians. Letters to Thessalonians,
Colossians, and Ephesians challenge us to greater
discipleship. 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
The St. Edmund PADS/Housing
Forward ministry has been staffing an overnight
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
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,
April 14, 2018.