Edmund Parish Website incorporates information and news about St. Edmund
Parish, the first Roman Catholic Parish in Oak Park, and includes weekly
updates about St. Edmund School, educating children pre-Kindergarten
through 8th Grade.
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
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Saturday, March 8, the national
association for catholic children’s choirs, Pueri
Cantores, will hold
its Regional Music Festival at St. Edmund. Children’s
choirs from the Chicago area will rehearse all day in
preparation for the 5:30pm Saturday evening mass. We are
honored to welcome Bishop Alberto Rojas as the Presider and
John Robinson who will conduct the choirs. Singers in Grades
Fourth through Eighth will be represented from the
Archdioceses of Chicago and Dubuque and dioceses of
Davenport, Gary, Joliet and Rockford. This is such a special
event and we are happy to host this wonderful choral group.
For more information on Pueri Cantores you may visit
Sunday, March 9,
join us for Coffee and...in Murphy Hall after
the morning Masses. If you are new to the parish or just
worshipping with us for the day, we warmly welcome you! Wish
to register as a parishioner? The Welcome Committee will be
on-hand to assist you.
Saturday, March 15, there will be free
Health Care Coverage Workshops to assist
individuals in finding a low-cost plan that fits into one’s
budget. There is even financial help to make it all
possible. The deadline for getting health coverage this year
is March 15, 2014, and the reality we face even here among
St. Edmund parishioners is that many among us are living
without any type coverage. After the Saturday and Sunday
masses, there will be volunteers in the Murphy Hall corridor
with information about the workshops and to answer
questions. Please stop by and take a hand out to share.
Saturday, March 22,
Help Save a Life! Please join us on from 11am - 12pm
in Murphy Hall for Continuous Chest Compression (CCC) and
Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training. CCC is as
effective as, or even more effective than, traditional CPR.
No certification is required and
since it is so easy, bystanders are more willing to assist.
If someone is dying, it is better to break a rib or bruise
the chest than do nothing! An AED examines heart rhythm and
determines whether the electric treatment is needed or not,
not the user of the machine. Lieutenant Peter J. Pilafas
from the Oak Park Fire Department will provide the
informational instructional training. We especially
encourage all St. Edmund commission and committee members,
choir members, morning mass goers parishioners, wedding
facilitators, friends and family and all interested parties
in helping to save a life to attend. Reservations are not
Thursday, March 27,
join us for a bus Tour of Henry Schlacks’ Churches,
when we will visit five beautiful Chicago churches designed
by Henry J. Schlacks, the architect of our own St. Edmund
church. The bus will leave from St. Edmund promptly
at 9:00 am and return at 4:00 pm. We will visit St. Paul,
St. Adalbert, St. Mary of the Lake, St. Ita, and the Chapel
at Misericordia. The cost for the bus transportation is
$15.00. We will eat lunch (pay for your own) at the
Greenhouse Inn at Misericordia. Don Giannetti will be the
tour leader. Contact Don at 708-848-4417, extension 205 for
See the St. Edmund School page for the
School Wish List for 2013-14
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. See the Echoes
for more details. For questions, contact Mary Lynn
call the parish office.
Prayer Opportunities at St. Edmund
Saturday 5:30pm; Sunday: 8am, 9:30am, 11:30am, 6:00pm
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 unless otherwise
Sacrament of Reconciliation Saturdays: 4:15pm.
(located in west end of north transept).
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Parish Office Hours
Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Peggy Leddy, at 708-848-4417, extension 202 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
click hereor contact Peggy.
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.
our Tuesday Morning Faith
Sharing Group Group which reads and discusses the three scripture
passages for the upcoming weekend masses. We meet Tuesdays after
the 8:30 mass in Murphy Hall. Please call
Janet Bennick at 708-848-7220 or email at
for further information..
of the Acts of the Apostles meets from 7:00pm -
9:00 pm in the Parish School
resource room. The group will reconvene in the Fall. For more information, contact
Mary Lynn Dietsche
Friday Morning Bible
St. Paul’s Letters From Prison: to the Philippians,
Colossians and Ephesians,
held in Murphy Hall on consecutive
Friday mornings from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. We
provide a set of books: the scripture and study
guide which costs $10.00. Each session includes a
video by a scripture scholar on the lesson of the
day. For more information, call the Parish
Center office at 708-848-4417.
Centering Prayer Group,
Saturdays at 9:15 a.m. in the church. All are welcome.
Parish Service Opportunities and Groups
The St. Edmund PADS
ministry has been staffing an overnight
emergency shelter in Oak Park for over 15 years.
This is the parish’s largest ministry and needs your
help to have another successful PADS
season. We are looking for
Site Leads, Evening and Overnight Volunteers, and
Breakdown Teams. If
interested please contact Deacon Tom Dwyer at and
Anita Dwyer at
Consider joining the
St. Edmund Music Ministry and one of our
parish choirs! Join us on Wednesdays 7:30-9pm
in the choir loft. Choirs serve at the 5:30pm
Saturday mass and the 11:30am Sunday mass. Auditions
for vocalists are not needed.
Contact music director Kathy Halfpenny at
708-386-1832 or via e-mail 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! Check out our Facebook page at
or contact Una McNulty at
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
adults in the Resource Room of the Parish School.
Saturdays from 11am - 12pm noon. October 5, November
2, 16, December 7, January 4, February, 1, 15, March
22. For information contact Janet Bennick in
the Religious Education Office at 708-848-7220.
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Murphy Hall. Beginners and
advanced players welcome! Learn or improve
St. Edmund Parish School website!
St. Edmund Parish, 188 South Oak
Park Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois 60302
Phone 708-848-4417 // Fax Line:
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p.m. and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Website established September 1,
March 08, 2014.