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
on-line mass Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. Click on
St. Edmund Parish Oak Park. .
Will continue until
"shelter in place" order has been lifted.
Mass Schedule: Saturday, 5:30pm; Sunday 9:00am, 11:00am,5:00 pm
Attend Daily Mass.
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, 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).
We Need the Generosity of Every
The 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 withdrawal
to sign up
through the Give Central website.
MANNA Gift Cards
Available for Purchase. A wide-variety of vendor
cards, such as Jewel, Best Buy, CVS, Pete's Market, 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
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
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you wish to see it displayed>. Except for your name, the
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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 month.
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 our neighbor and welcomes
us to visit the school. Their website is:
call 708-484-8033 to learn more or set up a tour.
for the St. Edmund Parish choirs are held
Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the church choir loft, and
you have your choice of serving in this ministry
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
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.
This web site was the inspiration of parishioner Suzanne C. Guerin,
who passed away in October, 2003. The site is
lovingly dedicated to her.
Weekend mass at St. Edmund
church is being live-steamed on the parish's own YouTube
Account and will remain on the site until "the shelter in
place" order has been lifted. The mass will be celebrated
live every Saturday at 5:30 p.m., and will remain on the
site for two additional weeks. To access the site at any
time click on
St. Edmund Parish Oak Park.
Due to the "shelter in
place" order from Governor Pritzker, the Archdiocese of
Chicago has given the directive that all church doors should
be locked. In addition to the the suspension of daily
and weekend liturgies, no weddings of funerals are to take
place until further notice.
April 9, 2020 PHONE
Dear St. Edmund Parishioners,
this is Fr. John McGivern.
I hope I’m reaching you safe at
home, and feeling well. This message can also be read at the
parish website: stedmund.org.
As Catholics, we believe that in
faith and prayer, we are united, including with all the
faithful departed. We call this the Communion of Saints.
Though we’re currently
self-isolating, let’s enter into the Lord’s paschal mystery
together. Join me in praying with Cardinal Cupich the next 3
days. Log on to archchicago.org and you’ll see a link for
the Holy Week services. On Easter Monday, April 13
In this challenging time, and at
all times, I pray for you daily. I hope you remember me too.
I also hope that you’ll make an
Easter donation. I’m grateful to those who have continued
their support, but we need everyone’s help. So, please drop
off your envelope in the rectory mailbox. Or go to
givecentral.org and type in St. Edmund Parish in the "Find
your Charity" line. Or, simply text the word "Easter" to
708-258-5095, and you’ll be sent a donation link.
Remember that wherever we are,
we share the gift of our Lord’s resurrection. Especially
now, let’s find safe ways to share this beautiful gift of
faith and hope with all others. May our Lord bless you all.
finances, as you know, our single most important source of
revenue is our Sunday collection. While the celebration of the
Eucharist is obviously significantly more important to our lives
of faith and to our salvation, the reality is that we have bills
and salaries to pay. It is my sincere hope that although you,
our parishioners, will not be gathering as a worshipping
community for the foreseeable future, that you will continue to
make your weekly contribution to St. Edmund Parish. It is the
only way that we can continue to meet our financial
responsibilities. I know that times are tough for all of
us right now, but your parish needs you and cannot make it
There are several ways to make a
donation right now. They are:
Drop of your weekly
collection envelope in the mail slot of the
Click the "Donate"
button. You will be directed to Give Central where
you can make a secure automatic offertory gift to
the parish with either a credit card or your bank
You may make a parish
donation by text! (Text to Give). Text the number
1-708-258-5095; write the word Offertory. You'll
immediately be sent a link that will lead you to
Give Central. It's that simple.
never forget to make the time to pray. We must pray for one
another. We must pray for all others, especially those whose
lives are disrupted physically, emotionally, psychically,
spiritually, socially and financially by this terrible crisis.
Let is also remember all the healthcare workers and
first-responders who do not have the luxury to self-quarantine
or at least, to take a few steps back from the front line. As
always, we must remember, too, all others who are suffering and
those who have been called home to God.
Though we are not
worshipping together regularly right now, we remain one in
faith, in sprit and in love.
May our Lord bless
us all in these frightening days. May God guide us to do his
will, especially now, that we may bring calm and healing and
light amid the fear and disease and darkness that seems so close
and so pervasive these days.
- Fr. John McGivern,
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
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.
..... and, F Y I
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.
Peggy Leddy, Pastoral Associate, at 708-848-4417, extension 2021 or email
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.
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 15, 2020.