people of St. Edmund Church 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 11:00 am.
us every Monday and every Friday at 8:30am.
Daily mass will be held at 8:15a.m.Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday at Ascension Church, 808 S. East, Oak Park.
Sacrament of Reconciliation, Saturdays: 4:30-5:00
Reconciliation Room located
in west end of north transept.)
church without women
be like the apostolic college without Mary. The Madonna is
more important than the apostles, and the church herself is
feminine, the spouse of Christ and a mother.”
Did You Know...
Deacon Tom Dwyer Retires…but still is Ascension
and St. Edmund Deacon.
Congratulations to Deacon Tom who has served at
St. Edmund as our Business Manager for several
years. We hope that you enjoy smooth sailing
ahead. Deacon Tom will still continue to
minister in his role as a Deacon. We are
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...The Children’s School, now in the St.
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
Please click on
Renew My Church for information on the
unification of Ascension and St. Edmund parishes, and
biographies of pastor Fr. Rex Pillai and associate
pastor Fr. Robert Carleton
August 15, Mass for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the
Blessed Virgin Mary will be at 8:30am. This is not a Holy
Day of Obligation this year.
August 23,the Ascension and St. Edmund Book Club will
meet in MurphyHall from 1:00pm - 3:00pm. All participants must
be fully vaccinated and boosted. We
be discussing the New York Times bestseller Summer Island
by Kristin Hannah - “a poignant, funny, luminous novel about a
mother and daughter--the complex ties that bind them, the past
that separates them, and the healing that comes with
Read the book and join us! Contact parishioner Mari Hans at:
for more information.
Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 28, Ascension and St.
Edmund Parish will host aMass
As one of the last communities in the Archdiocese of Chicago to
experience the Renew My Church process, we have benefitted from
the experiences of other parishes which have joined together
over the past six years. One tried and true way to begin to
learn about what makes our new faith community so special is
through “Meet and Greets” on each of our two campuses. We will
pray together through our Sunday liturgies and join in
fellowship afterwards. There are two events scheduled and we
hope you can participate in at least one of them. Both Fr. Rex
Pillai, our pastor, and Fr. Robert Carlton, our Associate
Pastor, will be present at these masses and receptions:
Saturday, August 20 at the 5:30pm Mass at St. Edmund,
followed by a reception in Murphy Hall hosted by the
Reception Committee. Note: there will be no 5:00pmmass at Ascension that day.
Sunday, August 28 at the 10:30am Mass at Ascension,
followed by a reception in the Pine Room hosted by the
Knights of Columbus. Note: there will be no 11:00am
mass at St. Edmund that day.
Any parishioner needing transportation to attend these
events should contact the Parish Office at either parish
campus or use this address to email us:
Wednesday, September 7, Ministries Meeting at Ascension,
7:00 p.m. Click onRenew My
Church link for details.
Thursday, September 15, All Parishioners Meeting at St.
Edmund, 7:00p.m. Click on
Renew My Church link for
September 18, All Parishioners Meeting at Ascension, 1:00
p.m. Click on
Renew My Church link for
schedule for liturgies is 5:30
p.m. on Saturdays and 11:00 a.m. on Sundays. Daily Mass is held
on Mondays and Fridays at 8:30 am. We are asking that you enter through the Murphy Hall
corridor. A box of masks will be placed on an entry table and people
are welcome/encouraged to take one. At Communion time, we will have 2 lines coming
forward. We will continue to keep socially distanced seating
to every other pew. There may be other changes coming
and, if so, we will let you know. Please know that all
who gather for our weekend liturgies are now allowed to sing. Your
parish musicians very much look forward to your voices joining
theirs in joyful praise of God!
Please Remember Your Parish
We realize there are many demands on your time
and your income during this time of year, but we ask that you give
consideration to the gift you are able to offer your parish this year.
As you know, we are struggling to meet our
weekly expenses, our twice-monthly payroll and our monthly parish Archdiocesan assessments, and we count on the generosity
of our parishioners—throughout the year, to help us stay on top of our financial demands. There
are a variety of ways to help.
The easiest and quickest way to help is to
remember to turn in your envelope. We are also willing to
help you to set up a one-time (or more regular) automatic bank
withdrawal, or a credit card withdrawal.
year-end, some people like to donate some stock to the parish. This
is a way for people not to accrue capital gains tax. If you itemize
your tax return and are interested in making a charitable donation
to St. Edmund Parish, the best way to do this is to donate your
shares directly to the church. The parish will receive the full
charitable gift income tax deduction and no capital gains tax needs
to be paid. We are happy to expedite this process for you.
Perhaps there are other ways that you would
like to make a donation to the parish. However you wish to do so, we
would be most grateful. You may call the parish office at
708-848-4417 during office hours and we will be most happy to help.
Let us Pray
Edmund Church 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 church office.
Minister of Care Home Visit
Arrangements. St. Edmund Church 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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Afternoon Faith Sharing
is held once a month from 1:30pm-3:00pm and is open to all
parishioners. Please contact Kathy Halfpenny at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 708-386-1832 for
upcoming dates and locations.
Peggy Leddy, Pastoral Associate, at
708-848-4417, extension 2021 or email
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
registration is open and sessions begin
soon. (RCIA) is a spiritual and educational
designed for those considering becoming
Catholic and those baptized Catholic, who
have not received First Holy Communion and
Confirmation. To register or for more
information, please email Peggy Leddy,
Pastoral Associate, at email@example.com.
Adult Confirmation ZOOM 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. Prep
sessions, offered via Zoom, begin soon. The
fee is $60. Advance registration is
required. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
New or expectant parents are invited to
Baptismal Preparation Class. For
more information or to register, please
contact Peggy Leddy.
We Need the Generosity of Every
Parishioner!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
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 sensitive.
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.
During this continuing Coronavirus pandemic, many are
tempted to fear, anxiety and perhaps even despair. Every
crisis in life is also an opportunity to turn to our beloved
Savior in trust and complete abandonment so as to rest in
His merciful hands. To rest in the hands of God means we are
secure, despite the uncertainty of life. Prayers and resources
for healing and hope may be found at:www.mycatholic.life
Parish Service Opportunities and Groups
Most parish-related activities
and meetings have been suspended or are taking place virtually.
Please call the office if you have questions.
for the St. Edmund Church 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.
The church 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:
St. Edmund Peace Garden Committee plants flowers and vegetables
Murphy Hall and along the handicap ramp. In May, vegetables will
be planted and then harvested throughout the summer. All the
produce is donated to Beyond Hunger, the former OPRF food
pantry. The committee needs and welcomes new volunteers to help
maintain the garden. The need is great; the laborers are few. We
would love to grow the garden ministry membership and the
produce servings total this year. Please consider joining
the team. For more information, please contact Nora Abboreno at
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 during COVID-19: Monday-Saturday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm;
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