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
for a downloadable form.
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This web site was the inspiration of Suzanne C. Guerin,
who passed away in October, 2003. The site is
lovingly dedicated to her.
The Second Sunday of Advent
Saturday/Sunday, December 7-8, the annual parish
Giving Treewill be placed in the North
Transept, and gift tags will be available for pick up.
Please select a tag or two from the tree to provide
Christmas gifts for the families of our sharing parish, St.
Simeon in Bellwood, Casa San Jose Obrero Mission in Pilsen
or P.A.D.S. guests. Kindly return the gifts, unwrapped and
with the tag from the Giving Tree securely attached
to the package, to the North Transept the weekend of
December 14-15. 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 Michele Wheeler via e-mail at
Saturday/Sunday, December 7-8, there will be a special
Retired Religious Collection
at all masses. Let us remember the
faithful religious who have made a difference in so many
Saturday/Sunday, December 7-8, come satisfy your sweet
tooth at the Annual Bake Sale! A variety of delicious
cakes, cookies, pies and other baked goods will be available
after all masses. You can also begin your Christmas shopping
early. Browse through a selection of handcrafted items
priced to fit every budget. Our own St. Edmund knitters and
crocheters have created a wonderful array of gifts - you
just may find the perfect present for that special someone
on your shopping list.
Monday, December 9 we celebrate the
Solemnity of the
Immaculate Conception. Though not a holy day of
obligation this year, we nonetheless encourage parishioners
to join us at mass.
Thursday, December 12, we invite you to the
Reconciliation Service at 7:00pm. Reclaim this season of
reflection, anticipation and hope. Come to pray and reflect
and to seek the Lord’s forgiveness. There will be several
priests available for the reception of individual confession
and absolution. Please join us for this important
opportunity of reconciliation.
Saturday/Sunday, December 14-15, is Celebration Weekend
for the To Teach Who Christ is Campaign. We will
communicate our pledged results at all the masses! Let us
continue to keep this important effort in our prayers.
Please see theSpecial Eventspage for
Saturday, December 21, St. Edmund Parish welcomes the return
of the nationally acclaimed
William Ferris Chorale at 8 p.m.,
conducted by musical director Paul French. This encore
performance promises an evening of exceptional choral music
of the season. There is no cost for the event. This is a
gift to the parish and we welcome you to bring all of your
family and friends who are of any age to quietly enjoy this
splendid chorale music. Please join us for the concert and
at the reception of holiday fare which will immediately
follow in Murphy Hall.
All parishioners are welcome to join us for
Advent Faith Sharing every Tuesday during
Advent. We will be praying with the upcoming Sunday
Gospel. We meet at 9am in Murphy Hall. Nothing is
required but your time commitment of one hour and
your willingness to share your faith. Please join
See the St. Edmund School page for the
School Wish List for 2013-14
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
Saturday 5:30pm; Sunday: 8am, 9:30am, 11:30am, 6:00pm
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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Parish Office Hours
Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturday, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
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..
of the Acts of the Apostles meets from 7:00pm -
9:00 pm in the Parish School
resource room. The group will reconvene in the Fall. For more information, contact
Mary Lynn Dietsche
Friday Morning Bible
St. Paul’s Letters From Prison: to the Philippians,
Colossians and Ephesians,
held in Murphy Hall on consecutive
Friday mornings from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. We
provide a set of books: the scripture and study
guide which costs $10.00. Each session includes a
video by a scripture scholar on the lesson of the
day. For more information, call the Parish
Center office at 708-848-4417.
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
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! Check out our Facebook page at
or contact Una McNulty 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
adults in the Resource Room of the Parish School.
Saturdays from 11am - 12pm noon. October 5, November
2, 16, December 7, January 4, February, 1, 15, March
22. For information contact Janet Bennick in
the Religious Education Office at 708-848-7220.
7:00 - 9:00 p.m., Murphy Hall. Beginners and
advanced players welcome! Learn or improve
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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p.m. and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Website established September 1,
December 07, 2013.