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
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
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Although 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. You have to trust God.
This web site was the inspiration of Suzanne C. Guerin,
who passed away in October, 2003. The site is
lovingly dedicated to her.
November 2, the Feast of All Souls, we placed our Book of
Remembrance next to the baptismal font and paschal candle,
believing that those who have died with Christ in baptism will
also rise with Him. All parishioners are invited to inscribe the
name of deceased family and friends in the Book before and after
all of the liturgies in November.
21, St. Edmund Parish will provide Virtus Training,
Protecting God’s Children, for any parishioner over
18 who plans to serve as a parish volunteer that involves
children. The training will take place from 12:00pm-2pm in
Murphy Hall. Log on to
click on the registration link to sign up. For further
information, contact Janet Bennick in the Religious
Education office at 708-848-7220. Babysitting is not
November 21-22, Daily Reflection Advent books will
be distributed after all the masses. The Advent Book is a
wonderful way to aid you in prayer during the Advent and
Christmas season. We kindly ask that only one book is taken
22, is the Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at
7pm, this year at St. Giles Catholic Parish, 1025
Columbian, Oak Park. From diverse religious traditions, we
come together to celebrate and give thanks. This is an
annual event 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 Holiday
Food & Gift Basket Program and Interfaith Youth Corps.
Refreshments will be served immediately following the
Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 the parish
office will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The
office will re-open on Saturday, November 28. Blessings to
you and all of those whom you love.
26, Let’s Meet to Give Thanks on Thanksgiving Dayat our special
liturgy at 10 am. 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. Please bring
an item (wine, dessert, etc.—no turkeys!) that will be part
of your personal Thanksgiving celebration later in the day.
The items will be placed on a special table and will be
blessed during the mass. 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.
Saturday, November 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
Saturday-Sunday, November 28-29 and
December 5-6, gift tags for the annual parish Giving
Tree will be placed in the North Transept. Please
select a tag or two from the tree to provide Christmas gifts
for members of our sharing parish, St. Simeon in Bellwood,
Casa San Jose Obrero Mission in Pilsen, P.A.D.S. guests, or
St. Edmund parishioners. Kindly return the gifts, unwrapped
and with the tag securely attached to the package, to the
North Transept the weekend of December 12-13. Thanks for
sharing your blessings with others in these tough economic
times. Volunteers are needed to help with the Giving Tree.
For more information, contact Mary Prudence via e-mail at:
Tuesday, December 1
the St. Edmund Book Club will meet to discuss
Seven Miracles That Saved America: Why They Matter and Why
We Should Have Hope by Chris and Ted Stewart. The
session is at 7:30pm in Murphy Hall. For those of us whose
minds were elsewhere during American History class, we’ve
been given a reprieve with this book! Seven Miracles
is full of those significant events and inspirational
stories that we should not only be aware of, but value as
American citizens. God has had a hand in protecting this
country from the beginning…read this book to find out how.
Thursday, December 3, earn dollars for St. Edmund Parish!
Support Fair Trade
and artisans at Ten Thousand Villages, 121 N. Marion Street,
Oak Park from 10am - 9pm. Please join your fellow
parishioners and bring family and friends for an evening of
fun and shopping. 15% of the proceeds of anyone shopping
that evening will be donated back to St. Edmund parish. Be
sure to mention St. Edmund when you are paying for your
December 12-13, treat yourself at the
Holiday Bake Sale and Gift Bazaar.
variety of delicious cakes, cookies, pies and other baked
goods will be available. Do your Christmas shopping in
Murphy Hall! You may purchase desserts and homemade
knit/crochet items for your loved ones.
19, St. Edmund Parish welcomes the return of the nationally
William Ferris Chorale for an evening of exceptional
choral music and hospitality. There is no cost for this
event. It is a gift for you - our wonderful parishioners!
The concert begins at 8 pm. Please bring your families and
Registration for both the Rite of Christian
Initiation of Adults (RCIA) and the Adult
Confirmation Program are now open. If you or an
adult you know is interested in the RCIA or Adult
or contact Peggy Leddy, Pastoral
firstname.lastname@example.org or 708-848-4417, x202.
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
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
Mass Schedule Saturday, 5:30pm;
Sunday 9:00am, 11:00am (and 5:30pm beginning September 20)
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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Peggy Leddy, 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
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.
Friday Morning Bible Study
meets at 9 am on consecutive Fridays in Murphy Hall
unless otherwise announced. The title for the Fall
session is “Israel’s Story, part one, and explores
Old Testament history and theology as well as
stories from the creation accounts of Genesis to the
fall of the Northern Kingdom.
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
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:
firstname.lastname@example.org. The committee hosts a New Parishioner dinner;
generally in the Spring and the Fall. If you are
able to assist with the dinners, please contact Mary
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Murphy Hall. Beginners and
advanced players welcome!
to play or improve
Click here for details!
Respect Life Committee has a virtual home
our page to receive inspiration and information on
current and upcoming events.
The next Respect Life Committee Meeting is Tuesday,
December 15 at 7pm.
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! Contact Mary Bellmar 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
for adults in the Resource Room of the Parish School.
the weekly Echoes for dates or contact
the parish office at 708-848-4417.
St. Edmund Parish School website!
St. Edmund Parish, 188 South Oak
Park Avenue, Oak Park, Illinois 60302
Phone 708-848-4417 // Fax Line:
// Web site contact:
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 21, 2015.