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).
"There are dark days even days when we fail---but always
think of this: Don't be afraid of
failures. Don't be afraid of falling. What matters in
the art of journeying isn't not falling but not staying
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
Sunday, February 23, please Bring Your Blessed
Palms to Burn for Ashes. Bring your palms
from previous years and place them in the large basket at
the entrance of the church.
The palms will be burned and the ashes will be distributed
at Ash Wednesday services on February 26.
Saturday, February 22, join us for the
Parish Mardi Gras
in Murphy Hall at 6:30pm.
We’ll have New Orleans style food including Jambalaya, Poor
Boy Sandwiches and more! Live Dixieland music will be
provided by Silver Stream, a trio of music students
from DePaul University. Be there for the cash bar and
raffle! Tickets are on sale now for $20.00 per person after
the masses in the Murphy Hall corridor. The event is
sponsored by the St. Edmund Parish Life Commission.
7, join us for Faith Sharing/ Scripture Discussions
during the Lenten Season. Do you want to deepen your faith?
Do you want to have the opportunity to share your faith? We
have two opportunities for you!
Come and join the “First
Tuesday Group”, a faith sharing group which prepares by
reading the three scripture passages of the upcoming
weekend. These are held from 1:30 to 3:00. There is also an
opportunity to participate in Faith-Sharing on
Tuesday mornings after the 8:30 mass (from 9am – 10:15am) in
Murphy Hall. Please click on
for full details on these
opportunities and how to register your interest.
Wednesday, February 26 is Ash Wednesday.
As we embark upon this holy and
it is important that we do so by gathering for worship. Plan
to join us at one of the following opportunities:
Word Service, and
Easter Sunday is April 12.
Saturday, February 29 and Sunday,
March 1 join us on our parish grounds for ourMonthly
Prayer Vigils to End Gun Violence.
It is our way of standing against the
culture of violence in our country. Please join us and bring
friends on Saturday and Sunday after the evening masses.
Easter Sunday is April 12.
St. Edmund Parish Book Club.
Coming up March 17, Little Women by
Louisa May Alcott.
Events at our Sister Parishes
through May 6, St. Giles Parish is sponsoring a Grief Share Support Program,
a special program for people dealing with the loss of a
family member or dear friend. Grief Share is a weekly
seminar and support group designed to help you rebuild your
life after losing a loved one. The group is led by caring
people who have experienced grief and want to help you
through the difficult days head and assist you to gain
closure in your loss. The program consists of weekly
sessions and utilizes videos, group discussion and a
personal workbook. The program runs on Wednesdays from
7:00pm - 9:00pm at St. Giles, 1101 Columbian Avenue, Oak
Park. To register, contact 708-223-4912 or email:
Wednesdays through February,
you are invited to Ascension Parish for a series of
Defining Moments in the History of Christianity
The discussions will be led by Peter
O’Leary at 7:30 pm in the Pine Room and will cover the
history of Christian thought and beliefs, including
discussions of the four Gospels, the four Ecumenical
Councils, the doctrine of the Trinity, differences between
Eastern and Western Christianity, the schisms in
Christianity, and the Reformation and Counter -Reformation.
Peter is a lector and catechist at Ascension, and he teaches
at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the
University of Chicago. Feel free to attend any or all of the
If you would like a copy of your
2019 financial contributions to St. Edmund Parish for
please email you request to:
the Parish office at: 708-848-4417, extension 2011. Let
us save some trees and also help to reduce paper and
rising postage costs!
Special Appeal to St. Edmund Parish School Alumni! St.
School alumni are invited to make a legacy gift to the parish. Your
generosity comes with recognition and remembrances of your time at
the school. Wherever you currently may call home,
remember you will always be a part of the beautiful legacy
here. As this parish and school supported you and gave you wings
for your life‘s
journey, so your support to us today will allow
us to serve God‘s people who call St. Edmund Parish their home
today. For complete details, click on School
To make your donation, click the
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.
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 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
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.
Beginning on Friday, February 28 (after Ash Wednesday),
the Bible Study Group will begin a Panorama of the
New Testament. We will explore the big picture from
the 4 Gospels, Acts, Romans, Corinthians, Galatians,
Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, Thessalonians,
Timothy, Titus, Hebrews, James, Peter, John, Jude and
the book of Revelations. We hope to discover the
importance of these readings in our everyday lives. We
meet in Murphy Hall from 9:15am until 10:30am on
consecutive Fridays unless otherwise announced. Please
join us whenever you are able, even if you are traveling
in the Spring. Our discussions are educational and
lively! All are welcome.
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,
February 22, 2020.