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
withdrawal today!Click here
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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.
Sunday, October 4,
Anniversary Sunday, the parish will offer a special
blessing upon all couples who will
celebrate their wedding anniversary in the month of October.
Please plan to receive this special blessing after all the
masses this weekend—and Congratulations.
Sunday, October 4,
please join the Respect Life Committee in a Holy Hour for
Life immediately following the 11am mass. In observance
of Respect Life Sunday, we will pray the Rosary with
Adoration and Benediction for the intention of building a
culture of life from conception to natural death.
Tuesday, October 6,
The Book Club Returns with a discussion of Company
Man: My Jesuit Life, 1950-1968, by Oak Park author Jim
Bowman, at 7:30pm in Murphy Hall. Mari Hans,
parishioner and book moderator, thinks you may find this
first book selection to be very interesting. Former
parishioner Bowman’s book takes a in-depth look at his years
as a Jesuit--his triumphs, travails and ultimate separation
from life as a Jesuit priest. This book is a wonderful
retrospective for those who made similar journeys and an
amazing introspective for any who may have considered it.
Saturday, October 10, the St. Edmund
Young Adults (SEYA) will sponsor a Parish Service Day.
Please help us deep clean, spruce up the parish facilities
and some other service projects from 9am to noon. Any time
you can give us would surely help! All ages are welcome.
Please bring a bucket and rags; other cleaning items will be
provided. Come and join others as we work in community
Thursday, October 15, you are invited
to Job Search Think Tank V: “Your Resume and Your
LinkedIn® profile; Make Sure They Are working For You!”
Next to your resume, your LinkedIn® profile is your most
important job search tool. If you already have a resume and
have gone online to create a LinkedIn profile, you have some
idea of how important these tools can be. Denis
Curtin, a LinkedIn Trainer, will join St. Edmund parishioner
Dan Kane, a human resources professional, in presenting and
discussing methods guaranteed to get your job search moving
in the right direction. The workshop will run from 7 pm
until 8:30pm on Thursday, October 15, in Murphy Hall. There
is no cost to attend, and all are welcome. Dress is casual.
For more information,
see full details on the
Special Eventspage or
contact Dan Kane at 773-817-1232 or
Saturday, October 17, join us for the
5:30pm Multicultural Liturgy. We will celebrate the
wonderful diversity of cultures found in our parish at the
mass which will be celebrated by Fr. McGivern. Parishioners
are asked to wear their ethnic clothing (if possible) and be
in the entrance procession. We are hoping for a huge turnout
to celebrate our unity in our diversity and ask that you let
us know if you are willing to be in the procession. A
Taste of St. Edmund will be held in Murphy Hall
immediately following the mass featuring finger foods and
desserts from parishioners representing many nations. To
sign up for the procession, and for preparing foods for the
Taste, see full details on the
page or in the September 27
issue of the Echoes.
24, is Harvest Saturday, St. Edmund’s Collection for
the Oak Park River
Forest Food Pantry from 11:00 am—12:30pm in Murphy Hall. We
invite every St. Edmund parishioner to participate in this
important outreach effort by contributing monetary
donations, nonperishable food and household items. Please
click on the graphic for full details on what is needed,
contact information, and volunteer sign-up. As always, we
appreciate your generosity to this cause.
Saturday-Sunday, October 24-25, is Fall Bundle Weekend
sponsored by the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Donations are
needed including: small appliances, clothing, household
items, winter apparel, linens, cooking and serving items,
small appliances, and home items such as vases, picture
frames, and wall decorations (delicate items should be
packed safely in a box/carton marked Fragile). All
donations should be clean, gently-used, and in good
condition. Drop off items at the St. Vincent de Paul Society
trailer in the parking lot before or after the weekend
masses. Thank you in advance for your support and
29,(deadline for tickets is Sunday October 18) Save the
Date for a Parish Outing to Drury Lane. We have reserved
50 tickets at $35 per person for parishioners and friends to
see the production of White
at Drury Lane, 100 Drury Lane in
Oakbrook Terrace. The cost is for the production only. This
event is sponsored by the St. Edmund Parish Life Commission.
Men and women of all ages are welcome to join us! Tickets
will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. To
keep the cost of the event down, we will carpool and meet
there. To reserve your ticket, please see Don Giannetti or
call him at 708-848-4417, x205.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Please click on the graphic for a calendar of
related community events.
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
email@example.com or 708-848-4417, x202.
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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Summer Parish Office Hours
Monday, 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
am - 4:30 pm
Friday, 9:00 am-4:00
pm (closed July 3)
Saturday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (closed July 4)
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.
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:
email@example.com. 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!
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:
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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,
October 03, 2015.